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Problem 39.5: Describe the polarization state
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The animation shows the electric field of a light wave. Click-drag to the right or left to rotate about the z axis. Click-drag up or down to rotate in the xy plane. Restart.
- In which direction is the light traveling?
- Describe the polarization state of the wave. Include in your description the type of polarization and the direction of polarization.
Problem authored by Melissa Dancy.