Physics & Astronomy Seminar: An Interactive Demonstration of Polarization Optics and Stress Mechanics
Joshua Jones, Sr Research Scientist - Optical Physics, Corning Research & Development Corporation, will give a presentation of a high-level overview of the relationship between mechanical properties of transparent materials (such as glass and plastics) and their interaction with polarized light. This will be an introductory approach to this topic and is done with accessible, off-the-shelf, and DIY components to encourage student exploration - the attendees will be supplied with polarizing glasses, diffraction glasses, and a plastic stress specimen to engage with the presentation. I will present some examples of the interaction of polarized light with a linear retarder, such as glass under external stress, from the perspective of Mueller calculus and the Poincaré sphere representation (some matrix manipulation required). Some tools, such as the pixelated polarizer camera (an off-the-shelf system), are introduced as a way to quantify optical phase delay related to stress birefringence. Additionally, some time will be spent on reflecting on my educational background prior to joining Corning, as a previous faculty member, as well as what skill development has helped me find success in my research.
Tuesday, November 12 at 11:30am to 12:30pm
Ho Science Center, 101
1819 Oak Dr, Hamilton, NY 13346, USA