depolarization

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polarization definition


In politics, the grouping of opinions around two extremes: “As the debate continued, the union members were polarized into warring factions.”

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Cultural Dictionary

polarization definition


The direction in which the electrical field of an electromagnetic wave points.

Note: Reflected light, such as the light that produces glare on a sunny day, is polarized so that the electrical field is parallel to the ground. Some sunglasses are designed to take advantage of this property by blocking out that particular polarization while allowing other light to come through.
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