Do cross polarized beams interfere

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No, crossed polarizers do not cause interference patterns directly. They extinguish transmitted light that is vibrating in planes that are perpendicular to the respective axes of polarization. However, when a transparent anisotropic stressed material (like glass or plastic) is inserted between the crossed polarizers, the light through the first polarizer that enters the material rotates and separates into two waves (one fast and one slow) that are out of phase with each other by 90 degrees along the axes of principal stresses in the material due to the phenomenon of birefringence. This phase difference is known as optical retardation. Because some components of the light waves are no longer perpendicular to the polarization axis of the second polarizer when they reach it (analyzer), they are permitted to pass through. However, the two separate light waves eventually recombine and cause interference fringes (colors) to appear, specific to the degree of optical retardation exhibited by the material. This retardation is directly proportional to stress and can be used for qualitative and quantitative evaluation of residual and dynamic stresses.

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