# Understanding Polarization with an Analogy

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This analogy, similar to one attributed to Fresnel, provides a way to understand the phenomenon of polarization. Imagine a rope tied to a tree at one end with a person shaking it with a circular motion at the other end. The rope passes through three fences, with vertical bars in the first and the second fences and horizontal bars in the third, nearest the tree.

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Contributed by: Enrique Zeleny (March 2011)

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Published: March 7 2011