Polar lights

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Polar lights the aurora borealis or australis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Even though a polar bears fur looks white it is actually colourless and is made with hollow tubes. The reason the bear looks white is because the rough inner surface of the tubes make light scatter and reflect at many different angles which gives the white appearance
    • Polar lights the aurora borealis or australis
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. polarispolus, a pole.

Usage

In literature:

Duncan had no other guide than a distant glimmering light, which served, however, the office of a polar star to the lover.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
The reflection from the polar ice had hurt the old man's eyes, but a feeble gleam of light still shone through his swollen eyelids.
"Penguin Island" by Anatole France
Polarity of light is another of the wonders of which Meteorology takes cognizance.
"Atlantic Monthly Vol. 6, No. 33, July, 1860" by Various
Light in the polar wastes of a sparsely inhabited planet, and since we are still five miles up it is a very powerful light too.
"The Lost Kafoozalum" by Pauline Ashwell
The beach on which they stood glared white in the yellow light, giving the effect of a landscape in Polar seas.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
Polarized light is especially useful and powerful here.
"The Voice of Science in Nineteenth-Century Literature" by Various
In the polar-light of his eyes was a suggestion of earlier acquaintance.
"Eden" by Edgar Saltus
Or it is midnight, which suddenly becomes bright as day; the polar lights are in the heavens.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Melloni first polarizes light, ii.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
He also engaged in work on magnetism, the polarization of light, phosphorescence and the absorption of light in crystals.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
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In poetry:

There the systems, we call solar,
Equatorial and polar,
Write their lines of rushing light
On the awful leaves of night.
"Processional" by Madison Julius Cawein
Lur'd by the light that gleams afar,
With fainting steps these cliffs I prest :--
O! may it prove a polar star,
And guide to pity's shelt'ring breast!
"The Harp. A Legendary Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill
But north, still north, Saint Brandan steer'd—
And now no bells, no convents more!
The hurtling Polar lights are near'd,
The sea without a human shore.
"Saint Brandan" by Matthew Arnold

In news:

The images at right of Earth's aurora borealis--the shimmering lights created by particles of solar wind crashing into the polar atmosphere--were taken on April 9 by the UltraViolet Imager, an instrument on board nasa's polar satellite.
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Silver fishes' skin reflects light at multiple layers without polarization.
Silver fishes' skin reflects light at multiple layers without polarization.
And today we met a very special mother daughter with a personal story that shines a light on living with bi-polar disorder.
Paul Smiths, NY, Oct 11, 2012 — Martha Foley and Curt Stager talk about polar bear fur, what color it really is, and how it relates to our tendency to wear light colors in the summer and dark colors in winter.
Polarized Smoke lenses allow light transmission of 11 percent.
Polarization Properties of Light.
Different analytical techniques are introduced and compared and introductions to the use of polarized light in various forms of spectroscopy are provided.
A) one that contains Arlasolve DMI and b) one that does not (Brightfield, 200x magnification under polarized light).
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In science:

The scattering of light by small particles was understood to be important to understand how aligned particles could polarize starlight.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
Luzader, “On the reflection of polarized light at surfaces,” Am. J.
Constructing Fresnel reflection coefficients by ruler and compass
Pancharatnam’s work on interference of classical light in distinct states of polarization.
Generalization of geometric phase to completely positive maps
However, one must expect that these predictions may significantly differ in other experiments, e.g., for the transmission of light through three polarizers.
Quantum mechanics and EPR paradox
Figure 3: Light transmission through three polarizers (dependence on α at β = 0); ful l line - hidden-variable alternative, dashed line - quantum mechanics.
Quantum mechanics and EPR paradox
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