Accession Number : AD0259156

Title :   POLARIZATION OF CHARACTERISTIC WAVES IN A MAGNETOIONIC MEDIUM

Corporate Author : ILLINOIS UNIV URBANA ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB

Personal Author(s) : DESCHAMPS,G.A.

Report Date : 15 MAR 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : The polarization of a plane wave propagating through a homogeneous magneto-ionic medium in a given direction can be obtained from AppletonHartree equations. It is shown that the point representing this polarization on the Poincare sphere described simple curves when the basic parameters are varied. If these curves are drawn on a map of the Poincare sphere a convenient method results for evaluating the characteristic polarizations for any conditions in the medium or conversely for deducing the properties of the medium from the observed polarizations. Special cases are discussed in terms of this representation. (Author)

Descriptors :   *ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION, *PLASMAS(PHYSICS), *POLARIZATION, IONOSPHERE, MAGNETIC FIELDS, MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS, MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS, PROPAGATION, THEORY, TRANSFORMATIONS, WAVE PROPAGATION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE