Archive for October 30th, 2009

It was a dark and stormy night…Halloween in Mineralogy

October 30th, 2009

Tomorrow is Halloween, but Mineralogy students celebrated the holiday today by dressing as their favorite optical property. Guess what the people in the picture below are dressed as (hint: they are all under crossed polars!).

Becky Alcorn, Colin Mennett, Nick Fedorchuck, and Megan Innis are dressed as interference colors!

Becky Alcorn, Colin Mennett, Nick Fedorchuk, and Megan Innis are dressed as interference colors! Can you determine their birefringence?

The people below appear every 90 degrees when the stage is rotated under crossed polars…

Colin Mennett, Elizabeth Deering, Micah Risacher, and Becky Alcorn are at extinction!

Colin Mennett, Elizabeth Deering, Micah Risacher, and Becky Alcorn are at extinction!

Andrew Retzler (below) is dressed as muscovite under conoscopic illumination…

Retzler dressed as a Bxa interference figure.

Retzler dressed as a Bxa interference figure.

Okay, here’s a tough one. Lindsey Bowman’s costume represents the microscope set up when the analyzer is in the optical path…

Lindsey is a "crossed polar." Get it? Grumpy = crossed Polar!

Lindsey is a "crossed polar." Get it? Grumpy = crossed Polar!

Wooster Mineralogy students bring a whole new meaning to optics!