Half-wave plate



[haf-weyv, hahf-] /ˈhæfˌweɪv, ˈhɑf-/

noun, Optics.
1.
a crystal thin enough to cause a phase difference of 180° between the ordinary and extraordinary rays of polarized light, thereby changing the direction of the plane of polarization.

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