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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A beam of unpolarized light with intensity 30 watts/m^2 passes through a polarizing sheet. What is the electric field amplitude of the transmitted beam?

2. Relevant equations

Ia=Ipcos2[tex]\Theta[/tex]
Ea=Epcos[tex]\Theta[/tex]
Ip=Io/2

3. The attempt at a solution

I solved the first two equations for cos[tex]\Theta[/tex] and set them equal to each other to get sqrt(Ia/Ip)=Ea/Ep

I know Io is 30, so Ip is 15

So then, I believe I should have sqrt(2)=Ea/Ep and I don't know how to just solve for one without the other...
 

ehild

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you need to know how the intensity of light is related to the electric field intensity. Look after in your textbook.

ehild
 
Ah, okay, so scrap all that and use I=(E2)/[tex]mu[/tex]oc

Thanks!

The book apparently likes to put questions at the end of random chapters!
 

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