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Homework Help: Polarization concept

  1. Jun 3, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    In the context of elliptical polarization,every book writes out this formula:

    (E_y/E_0y)^2 + (E_x/E_0x)^2 -2(E_y/E_0y)(E_x/E_0x) cos ε= (sinε)^2

    where ε is the initial phase difference.

    After that they write this is the equation of an ellipse making an angle α with the E_x-E_y co-ordinate system such that

    tan 2α=[[2E_0x*E_0y]cos ε]/[(E_0x)^2 - (E_0y)^2]

    2. Relevant equations
    3. The attempt at a solution

    This is NOt a homework problem;but I want to clarify how does the 2nd relation concering tan 2α comes.

    I tried to understand by expanding tan 2α and by dividing RHS by (E_0x)^2 throught.
    But the factor cos ε is annoying.

    Can anyone please tell how the relation comes?
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