The resolution or splitting of a light wave into two unequally reflected or transmitted waves by an optically anisotropic medium such as calcite or quartz.
The splitting of a light ray, generally by a crystal, into two components that travel at different velocities and are polarized at right angles to each other.
Webster's New World
(physics) The splitting of a ray of light into two parallel rays of perpendicular polarization by passage through an optically anisotropic medium.
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