Abstract

An instrument has been constructed that can produce any degree of elliptical polarization from linear to circular in the vacuum uv range 1050 Å to 1450 Å using a piezobirefringent retarder of LiF. The apparatus is conveniently described by the Mueller matrices. One of the piezobirefringence constants, p11 − p12, ranged from 4.0–10.0 × 10−13 cm2/dyn for various samples of LiF, and the index of refraction at 1216 Å was 1.79 ± 0.14.

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