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Transmitted 20 Degrees Off Crossed Linear Polarized Light


Significance in the Environment:

This is a common clothing fiber.

Characteristic Features:

Flax has a refractive index along its length of about 1.58 to 1.60 and perpendicular to its length of about 1.52 to 1.53. It has a birefringence of up to 0.06 and a positive sign of elongation.

Associated Particles:


DuPont Company Techinical Bulletin X-156: IDENTIFICATION OF FIBERS IN TEXTILE MATERIALS, December 1961.