Definition of birefringent in English:

birefringent

adjective

Physics
  • Having two different refractive indices.

    • ‘A birefringent interference polarizer which may be fabricated from readily available materials using established coextrusion techniques is provided.’
    • ‘At the macroscopic scale, samples held in test-tubes spontaneously demix under the influence of gravity into a top isotropic phase and a bottom birefringent nematic phase.’
    • ‘The model appeared to require that a gas of hydrogenic atoms would be magnetically birefringent, because the electron would orbit in a plane perpendicular to the field direction.’
    • ‘In traditional polarization microscopy and orientational spectroscopy, several techniques have been used to determine birefringent and dichroic properties.’
    • ‘When polarization is a concern, linear and birefringent polarizers can be used to remove, reflect, or refract one of the polarization components.’

Pronunciation:

birefringent

/ˌbʌɪrɪˈfrɪn(d)ʒ(ə)nt/