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Chapter 39: Polarization

The polarization state of a traveling electromagnetic wave describes the orientation of the electric field over time. Both linearly and circularly polarized light are included in this chapter, which focuses on making the connection between the individual fields that comprise a traveling wave and the resultant electric field.

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