Radialism

Year: 
2016
Ranking: 
Entrant
Artist: 
Tanya Das
Lab: 
Schuller Lab

Description

Light exhibits polarization, its electric field of light can vibrate in many different directions relative to the direction of the light's travel. This picture depicts the electric field of a radially polarized wave. The circular nature is a result of the radial symmetry of this type of light.

The electric field of light is complex, so it has both real and imaginary parts. Since the electric field is a vector, it can be described with x, y, and z components. This picture is specifically of the real parts of the x and y components of the electric field, overlaid on top of each other.

CSEP CNSI Schuller Lab UCSB