Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Stanley K. Derby
Dr. Ed Wong
Masters Thesis-Open Access
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.
Love, Norman D., "The Construction of Two Light Sources with Adequate Intensity for Magneto-Optical Rotatory Dispersion Experiments" (1962). Masters Theses. 4289.