right-hand polarization

right-hand polarization

[′rīt ¦hand ‚pō·lə·rə′zā·shən]
(electromagnetism)
In elementary particle discussions, circular or elliptical polarization of an electromagnetic wave in which the electric field vector at a fixed point in space rotates in the right-hand sense about the direction of propagation; in optics, the opposite convention is used; in facing the source of the beam, the electric vector is observed to rotate clockwise.
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Clockwise rotation of the electric field vector is designated as right-hand polarization (RH) and counterclockwise rotation is left-hand polarization (LH), for an observer looking in the direction of propagation.
One curious aspect of the radio signals, Kaiser says, is the intricate polarization pattern of the smooth ones, showing emissions with both left - and right-hand polarization even though they seem associated with just one of Neptune's magnetic poles -- "the weak one, the north pole," according to Kaiser.