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Waves: Poynting vector

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I have the following homework problem: a monochromatic plane wave travels from medium 1 to medium 2 and experiences total internal reflection. Find the normal and parallel components of the Poynting vector, discuss the results with respect to the wave's polarization.

Now, I think that the vector just doesn't depend on the polarization, and the calculation is pretty simple, so either the problem is trivial or I don't understand something. Any hints?
 

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I think that the vector just doesn't depend on the polarization
A circularly polarized wave changes sense upon reflection.

Regards,

Bill
 

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