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unpolarized radiation

radiation that exhibits no preferential directional property in a plane normal to the direction of propagation of the radiation, the direction and phase of the electric field vector being randomly distributed

Note 1 to entry: to entry: A beam of unpolarized radiation can be regarded as being composed of two components of equal amplitude but with orthogonal states of polarization, the two components being unrelated in phase.

Note 2 to entry: This entry was numbered 17-1375 in CIE S 017:2011.

Publication date: 2020-12
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