Click through to check out a mini-video I’ve made showing a couple of cool tricks using two linear polarisers and sticky tape!! Spoiler alert: there will be lots of pretty colours! Physics is magic!! :) And you can easily do this yourself at home!
We did some cool physics arts and crafts at uni today and it was so much fun! Thanks to my PhD supervisor Dr. Peter Reece for the idea! Although I’m sure he’d like me to be working on my thesis instead of blogging… Oooops! Muahaha.
In the short video below you can see the results of stacking several layers of sticky tape and looking at it using two linear polarisers.
Can you guess how it works?
Hint: Google the term “Birefringence” :)
If you would like to make this type of art at home you will just need some clear sticky tape (make sure it’s clear and not white), some transparency paper (which you can buy here), and two linear polarisers (like these for example). I would love to see what you come up with!! You can share in the comments below or on my Facebook page :)
Thank you for reading!!
xx Ana :)