Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Stanley K. Derby

Second Advisor

Dr. Ed Wong

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Chapter I


The phenomenon known as the Faraday Effect was discovered by Michael Faraday in the year 1845.1 He discovered that when an isotropic substance of high refractive index is placed in a strong magnetic field which is parallel to a beam of plane polarized light, the plane of polarization is rotated. The rotation is proportional to H, the strength of the magnetic field; and to 1, the length of the light path in the sample. If X represents the rotation in minutes then

X = VH1.

The proportionality constant V is known as Verdet's constant. The units of V depend upon the units chosen for H and 1, which usually are gauss and centimeter respectively.