Plane of Polarization

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plane of polarization

[′plān əv ‚pō·lə·rə′zā·shən]
Plane containing the electric vector and the direction of propagation of electromagnetic wave.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Plane of Polarization


the plane defined by the direction of propagation of a linearly polarized electromagnetic wave and the direction of the vibrations of the electric vector of this wave. The plane of polarization of a polarizer coincides with the plane of polarization of the light waves (rays) it transmits.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The array antenna is x-polarized, and the plane of polarization is the xoz plane.
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If an incident beam is linearly polarized with polarization direction at angle [alpha] with respect to the fast direction, its plane of polarization is thus rotated by an angle 2[alpha], making a half-waveplate an effective polarization rotator.