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extraordinary ray

noun, Optics, Crystallography
the part of a doubly refracted ray that has changed speed and vibrations in the principal plane of the crystal.
Origin of extraordinary ray
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The ordinary ray's polarization is perpendicular to the axis of the crystal, and the extraordinary ray's polarization is parallel.
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extraordinary ray

(optics) the plane-polarized ray of light that does not obey the laws of refraction in a doubly refracting crystal Compare double refraction, ordinary ray
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