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CMB polarization data plots, almost a vector field, then what?

  1. Mar 17, 2014 #1
    The data points of the polarization of the CMB are a magnitude and an orientation that varies between 0° and 180°. What kind of mathematical field is that, not quite a vector field?

    Thanks for any help!
     
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  3. Mar 18, 2014 #2

    Chalnoth

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    This is how polarization on the sky is often defined mathematically:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stokes_parameters
     
  4. Mar 18, 2014 #3

    bcrowell

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    And what are the red and blue colors in the plots?
     
  5. Mar 18, 2014 #4
    Temperature fluctuations?
     
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