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Polarization of waves

  1. Mar 6, 2008 #1
    I am reading a book about radomes and am confused about what is meant by parallel and perpendicular polarizations. I am familiar with vertical and horizontal. I am having trouble determining the connection between them. Anyone?
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  3. Mar 7, 2008 #2


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    It should indicate parallel and perpendicular to what.
  4. Mar 8, 2008 #3
    It is refering to the plane of incidence. So I think that if I have a vertically polarized source horn and cut in the h plane then I am parallel to the plane of incidence on a flat panel. It is still a little coudy, but I think that is correct.
  5. Mar 8, 2008 #4


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    I found this reference to parallel polarization on this Wikipedia page.
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