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Textbook Problem

A scuba diver sees light reflected from the water's surface. At what angle will this light be completely polarized?

To determine

At what angle will light be completely polarized

Explanation

Given info:

Refractive index of water, n1=1.33

Refractive index of air, n2=1

Formula used:

The refractive light will be completely polarized at angle θ is given by

  tanθ=n2n1

Here,

  n2 is the refractive index of media

  n2 is the refractive index of media in which incident and reflected light travel

Calculation:

For scuba diver, the reflected light and incident light will travel in the water, while light is reflected from the air

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