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Polarisation vision : overcoming challenges of working with a property of light we barely see

Foster, James J. LU ; Temple, Shelby E.; How, Martin J.; Daly, Ilse M.; Sharkey, Camilla R.; Wilby, David LU and Roberts, Nicholas W. (2018) In Science of Nature 105(3-4).
Abstract

In recent years, the study of polarisation vision in animals has seen numerous breakthroughs, not just in terms of what is known about the function of this sensory ability, but also in the experimental methods by which polarisation can be controlled, presented and measured. Once thought to be limited to only a few animal species, polarisation sensitivity is now known to be widespread across many taxonomic groups, and advances in experimental techniques are, in part, responsible for these discoveries. Nevertheless, its study remains challenging, perhaps because of our own poor sensitivity to the polarisation of light, but equally as a result of the slow spread of new practices and methodological innovations within the field. In this... (More)

In recent years, the study of polarisation vision in animals has seen numerous breakthroughs, not just in terms of what is known about the function of this sensory ability, but also in the experimental methods by which polarisation can be controlled, presented and measured. Once thought to be limited to only a few animal species, polarisation sensitivity is now known to be widespread across many taxonomic groups, and advances in experimental techniques are, in part, responsible for these discoveries. Nevertheless, its study remains challenging, perhaps because of our own poor sensitivity to the polarisation of light, but equally as a result of the slow spread of new practices and methodological innovations within the field. In this review, we introduce the most important steps in designing and calibrating polarised stimuli, within the broader context of areas of current research and the applications of new techniques to key questions. Our aim is to provide a constructive guide to help researchers, particularly those with no background in the physics of polarisation, to design robust experiments that are free from confounding factors.

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Artefact, Imaging, Measurement, Methods, Polarisation, Vision
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  author       = {Foster, James J. and Temple, Shelby E. and How, Martin J. and Daly, Ilse M. and Sharkey, Camilla R. and Wilby, David and Roberts, Nicholas W.},
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  title        = {Polarisation vision : overcoming challenges of working with a property of light we barely see},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00114-018-1551-3},
  volume       = {105},
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