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azimuthal polarization

Polarization that is perpendicular to a cylinder's radial axis. This description of polarization is useful for systems with cylindrical symmetry, such as interactions between focused beams and matter, or with the optomechanical tensor in components with cylindrical geometry, such as laser rods, circular lenses and mirrors. Also known as tangential polarization in the case of thermally induced birefringence.

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