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Problem: Light traveling in water of refractive index 1.33 is incident on a plate of glass of refractive index 1.53. At what angle of incidence will the reflected light be fully polarized?

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Let's consider the diagram:

From Brewster's angle law, we have:

θi = θB, where θi is the angle of incidence in the case where light is completely polarized.

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Light traveling in water of refractive index 1.33 is incident on a plate of glass of refractive index 1.53. At what angle of incidence will the reflected light be fully polarized?

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