Definition of polarize in English:

polarize

Line breaks: po¦lar|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊlərʌɪz
 
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(also polarise)

verb

1 [with object] Physics Restrict the vibrations of (a transverse wave, especially light) wholly or partially to one direction: some of the light is polarized so that it vibrates in only one plane (as adjective polarized) polarized laser light (as adjective polarizing) a polarizing microscope
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  • We used the EOM and quarter-wave plate combination to rotate the polarization direction of the linearly polarized laser light.
  • Bile must be centrifuged and examined under polarizing or light microscopy for detection of precipitates.
  • Even though the sun itself produces fully depolarized light, partially linearly polarized light is abundant in natural scenes.
2 [with object] Physics Cause (something) to acquire polarity: the electrode is polarized in aqueous solution
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  • By polarizing the cells, ions are removed from the electrolyte and are held in the electric double layers formed at the carbon aerogel surfaces of the electrodes.
  • Whenever a gas gets sufficiently cold, ions attract a crowd by polarizing surrounding atoms - inducing a charge asymmetry in them - which draws them near.
  • The S atom in this side chain also helps polarize the C-H bond more than other methyl C-H bonds.
3Divide or cause to divide into two sharply contrasting groups or sets of opinions or beliefs: [no object]: the cultural sphere has polarized into two competing ideological positions
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  • Analysts brushed aside on Friday fears that political parties would be polarized into Islamic and nationalist groupings in their struggle for power in the 2004 election.
  • Political life became sharply polarised between the left, dominated ideologically if not numerically by the Stalinists, and the right, dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • You will find opinions as polarised here as anywhere in the world, if not more so.

Derivatives

polarizable

adjective
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  • The formation of a bleach continuum suggests the presence of a polarizable proton in the ground state that changes during the photocycle.
  • Another active area of biophysical research concerns the study of the interactions involving charged, polar and polarizable groups of atoms in proteins.
  • The electrode may be a polarizable electrode composed of activated carbon.

polarization

Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
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  • This does not mean that a measurement of one polarization will destroy the other polarization.
  • Their system continually rotates the polarization to keep the torque constant.
  • The first lens will block out light in one polarization and the second lens will block out the rest.

polarizer

noun
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  • For those that don't know, in LCD displays, use is made of linear polarisers, familiar to most as the glass in polarising sunglasses.
  • During phosphorescence measurements the polarizers are removed.
  • A linear polarizer placed before the beam splitter rejected the p-polarized light, reducing the light noise and increasing the system dynamic range.

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