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The fact that photons don’t have to hit a magnet in order to become polarized was discovered by Michael Faraday in 1845. By passing visual light through a magnetic field, he observed polarization. This is what we call the Faraday Effect. It proves that there’s a direct relationship between magnetism and light.

Visible light polarized by a magnetic field
Visible light polarized by a magnetic field

The Faraday Effect can be used as supporting evidence for the position that magnetism is a form of polarized light.

When photons are polarized so that they spin along the same axis and with their positive and negative orbs facing the same way, we have magnetism.

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