Polarization

Electronic

For an atom, the displacement of the center of the negatively charged electron cloud relative to the positive nucleus, which is induced by an electric field.

Ionic

Polarization as a result of the displacement of anions and cations in opposite directions.

Orientation

Polarization resulting from the alignment (by rotation) of permanent electric dipole moments with an applied electric field.

Right-Handed Polarized Wave

Defined as one receding from the observer and radiated by an electric vector rotating clockwise in a fixed plane that is in front of the observer and at right angles to the direction of propagation of the wave in question.

See also: Cross Polarization, Plane of Polarization, Vertical Polarization.

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Subjects: Chemistry Physics