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Polarizing Filters

Polarizing Filters

This post is in response to this YouTube video in which polarizing filters are explained based on principles from conventional quantum mechanics.

As we can see from the video, clear polarizing glass lets through a surprisingly large percentage of regular light, considering that it blocks out 100% of light polarized at exactly 90 degrees to the filter. From direct observation, it appears that more than 90 percent of regular light is let through the filter.

If we apply a second filter to the light shone through the first filter, we see that we can block out 100 percent by holding the second filter at a 90 degree angle to the first one. This second observation tells us that ordinary light shone through the first filter has become close to perfectly polarized.

These two facts together tell us that polarizing glass does not merely block out light of a certain polarization, it re-orients light that comes in at an angle less than 90 degree in such a way that all light passed through the polarizing glass becomes polarized.

This explains why a single pane of polarizing glass lets through more than 90 percent of regular light, while 100% of all light can be blocked by applying two such panes at 90 degree angle to each other.

It also explains the rather counter-intuitive fact that if we have three panes of polarizing glass laid on top of each other at 45 degree angles, light is let through even though the total polarization adds up to 90 degrees. This is because two panes at 45 degree angle to each other let through about 70 percent of all light. A further 45 degrees re-orientation will therefore let through 70 percent of the original 70 percent. In total, we get that such an arrangement lets through about 50 percent of all light.

All of this fits perfectly with the two orb model of the photon in that such a model gives the photon orientation. Photons are little sticks that can pass through polarizing filters whenever oriented sufficiently in line with the polarizing glass. Adding pilot wave theory to this, we get the additional help of an aether to guide the photons through the glass. We do not need to accept the inherent weirdness of conventional quantum mechanics in order to explain what we see.

Polarizer Through Glass.jpg
Polarizing filter letting through more than 90 percent of regular light while filtering out close to 100 percent of reflected, polarized light.

By Sbittante at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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