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.

  1. In which direction is the light traveling?
  2. 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.

Physlets were developed at Davidson College and converted from Java to JavaScript using the SwingJS system developed at St. Olaf College.

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