Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

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.
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Similar Discussions: Poynting vector
  1. Poynting vector (Replies: 2)