What is polarized light?

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Aug 11, 2017

Answer:

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Explanation:

The polarization of an electromagnetic wave (made up of electric and magnetic fields) is defined as the direction along which the electric field vector (E) points.

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In polarized light, the electric field is oriented in a single direction.

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Unpolarized light is "polarized" in all directions. The electric fields are oriented in all directions. The light that we see (with our eyes alone) is unpolarized.

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Unpolarized light can be passed through a polarizer (such as polarized sunglasses) to polarize it.

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