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Poynting vector

  1. Oct 30, 2012 #1
    In case of a circularly polarized wave, is the poynting vector also circularly polarized?

    If not what happens in this case?
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 30, 2012 #2
    no, the poynting vector is directed in the direction of propagation.
  4. Oct 30, 2012 #3
    One difference is that for a uniform linearly polarized wave, magnitude of Poynting vector fluctuates periodically between zero and maximum at twice the wave frequency. For a similar circularly polarized wave there is no fluctuation in net power.
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