elliptical polarization


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elliptical polarization

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elliptical polarization

[ə′lip·tə·kəl ‚pō·lə·rə′zā·shən]
(electromagnetism)
Polarization of an electromagnetic wave in which the electric field vector at any point in space describes an ellipse in a plane perpendicular to the propagation direction.
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the hypothesis that a wave with linear or elliptical polarization has arrived is accepted, and the arrival of a polarized wave is estimated to have a significance level [alpha].
Wireless communications are similar in that an antenna with right-hand circular or elliptical polarization would have difficulty receiving a reverse-polarized signal.
Linear and circular polarizations are special cases of elliptical polarization, when the ellipse becomes a straight line or a circle, respectively.