polarization ellipse


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polarization ellipse

[‚pō·lə·rə′zā·shən i‚lips]
(physics)
The ellipse traced out by the tip of the electric field vector or the displacement vector of a polarized wave at a fixed point in space in the course of time.
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H] and [theta], an entirely equivalent description is obtained by specifying the polarization ellipse by its ellipticity -- the ratio of major to minor axes -- and the physical orientation of the major axis in space.
Some groups measure the angle between the major axes of the polarization ellipse characteristics of the two antennas.
y] are the coordinate pairs that from the polarization ellipse.
The tilt angle represents the source angle (with respect to the positive x-axis) at which the polarization ellipse magnitude r reaches a maximum magnitude.

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