Last updated: Sat Jan 11 2003

Rotation of Linearly Polarized Light in Sugars
White Light in Sucrose
d-glucose bound to l-fructose

Linearly polarized light scattered by a column of disolved sucrose (granulated table sugar).
The light enters the tube at the bottom, through a linear polarizer, and the color spiral turns left.
Note that when looking down the tube, this means the polarization has turned to the *right*.
Sucrose is a compound of glucose (dextrose) and fructose (levulose), it rotates the light's linear polarization to the right.