something I need a bit of help getting my head around.
Unpolarised light has E field components in two directions, e.g. vertically and horizontally. Assuming these components are in phase won't they just add up to a single E field in a direction that is neither vertical or horizontal ? i.e. polarised but at an angle to the vertical?
This topic wasn't covered in my Mech Eng degree
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- Thread Starter
- 09-11-2008 10:53
- 09-11-2008 11:34
You can't assume the components are in phase, unpolarised light is inherently incoherent