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1. A pattern of double refraction exhibited by certain refracting materials when exposed to an electric field.
2. Birefringence induced by an electric field or an optical property in which a single ray of unpolarized light splits into two components traveling at different velocities and in different directions.

In birefringent materials either the separation between neighboring atomic structural units is different in different directions, or the bonds tying such units together have different characteristics in different directions.

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