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Polarization transformation of a wave field propagating in an anisotropic medium

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3 Author(s)
Yeh, K.C. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Illinois Univ., Urbana, IL, USA ; Chao, H.Y. ; Lin, K.H.

The momentous experimental discovery of the Faraday (1846) effect is sketched from a historical perspective, through the eyes of several well-known scientists. This effect and its generalization can be explained theoretically by using the dispersion theory for waves propagating in an anisotropic medium. A wave of arbitrary initial polarization will have its wave polarization transformed continuously as it propagates. It is convenient to represent this continuous polarization transformation by a locus in the polarization-ratio plane. In a lossless medium, when both characteristic waves are propagating, this locus is a circle. Five cases in a magneto-ionic medium have been investigated for different propagation angles. The results are discussed and illustrated

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Antennas and Propagation Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 5 )