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A property arising from the wave nature of light.  Polarized light consists of waves which oscillate in a defined and predictable manner.  The direction in which the electric field vector points as it propagates through space defines the polarization state. If it oscillates in a single plane, the polarization state is linear. If it rotates about the axis of propagation, the polarization state is elliptical or circular.

See also Polarizing Efficiency , Linear Polarizer , Unpolarized , Wire Grid Polarizer , S-Polarization , Circular Polarizer , P-Polarization , Extinction Ratio , Non-Polarizing Beamsplitter

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