1. Not finding help here? Sign up for a free 30min tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Finding an Orthornomal Polarization?

  1. Mar 5, 2007 #1
    Say I have a polarization [3i, 2], How do I find a polarization that is orthogonal?

    I know that,

    [tex]AA^{\cdot }\; +\; BB^{\cdot }\; =\; 0[/tex]

    But my problem is that it yields one equation and two unknowns which I cant solve for. Furthermore, I am a bit confused on the representation of [3i,2] I understand [1,(+/-)i] is circularly polarized light but what about when the i is atop?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 5, 2007 #2
    So, you know that something is orthogonal when its inner product is zero. Find all A' and B' such that this the condition is satisfied. Even though you have one equation and two unknowns, that just indicates that there are infinite solutions depending on a free variable.

    You are confused on the mathematical representation or the physical representation?
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?