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Latest Circular polarization Stories

2012-02-01 20:02:31

New circular polarizing filter may replace existing multi-layer approach to achieve the ability to see through dust and clouds As sophisticated as the human eye is, it does not compare to what the latest scientific achievement has to offer in enhancing what can be visually perceived. Funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the development of a new circular polarization filter by a collaborative team of scientists at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and ITN...

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2011-06-27 07:20:33

The eye of the peacock mantis shrimp has led an international team of researchers to develop a two-part waveplate that could improve CD, DVD, blu-ray and holographic technology, creating even higher definition and larger storage density. Peacock mantis shrimp are one of only a few animal species that can see circularly polarized light -- like the light used to create 3-D movies. Some researchers believe the mantis shrimp's eyes are better over the entire visual spectrum than any man-made...

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2010-04-19 12:35:00

A new study suggests that jewel scarab beetles find each other"”and hide from their enemies"”using the same technology that creates the 3D effects for the blockbuster movie Avatar. According to researchers from the University of Texas, the jewel scarab species Chrysina gloriosa can distinguish between circularly polarized and unpolarized light. That ability could provide the beetles with a tremendous advantage, the researchers say, because most of the light reflected off these...

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2008-03-20 02:10:00

Mantis shrimp can see the world in a way that had never been observed in any animal before, researchers report in the March 20th Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. The discovery"”which marks the fourth type of visual system"”suggests that the ability to perceive circular polarized light may lend mantis shrimp a secret mode of communication. "Mantis shrimp ventured into a new dimension of vision," said Justin Marshall of the University of Queensland in Australia. Also known...