Fresnel-Arago laws

Fresnel-Arago laws

[frā′nel ä·rä′gō ‚lȯz]
(optics)
The three laws stating that two rays of polarized light interfere in the same way as ordinary light if they are polarized in the same plane, but do not interfere if they are polarized at right angles; two rays polarized from ordinary light at right angles do not interfere in the ordinary sense when they are brought into the same plane of polarization; and two rays polarized at right angles from plane polarized light, and then brought into the same polarization plane, interfere.