An overview of materials research, utilizing the unique power of polarized light for the optical characterization of materials is presented. For ease of discussion, the article is divided into two parts as characterization of materials (a) in their natural state and (b) under the influence of external stresses.
K. Vedam, K. Vedam,
"Applications Of Polarized Light In Materials Research", Proc. SPIE 0088, Polarized Light: Instruments, Devices, Applications, (22 October 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.955016; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.955016