Reusch and Sohncke have examined the properties of a system containing a large number n of identical retardation plates, each of which is rotated with respect to the one preceding it through the angle ω. The product of n and ω must be equal to μπ, where μ is an integer. Under certain conditions this system is optically equivalent to a simple rotator. This system, which would be very difficult to examine by ordinary methods, is given a treatment which is completely rigorous and which is more general than any given heretofore.
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