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Problem: What is the difference between linear and circular polarized light? What are some other animals that detect polarized light?

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Linear polarization is the polarization of an electromagnetic wave in which the electric vector at a fixed point in space remains pointing in a fixed direction, although varying in magnitude. There are two forms of linear polarization:

  • vertical, where the electric field is perpendicular to the Earth’s surface, and
  • horizontal, where the electric field is parallel to the Earth’s surface.

Both directions can be used simultaneously on the same frequency.

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What is the difference between linear and circular polarized light? What are some other animals that detect polarized light?

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