Birefringence Effect of Anisotropic Calcite Crystal

Birefringence is the most famous optical property of anisotropic materials and is widely used in many optical devices. When an input wave impinges upon a birefringent material, it will be split by polarization into two beams taking slightly different paths, known as ordinary beam and extraordinary beam. In this use case, the simulation of the birefringence with VirtualLab Fusion is demonstrated, and the dependence of the effect on input polarization and crystal thickness analyzed.

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