When an unpolarized planar electromagnetic wavefront impinges on a flat dielectric surface, there is a unique angle
commonly referred to as Brewster angle
, at which the reflected waves are all polarized into a single plane.
PAC, 2007, 79, 293
(Glossary of terms used in photochemistry, 3rd edition (IUPAC Recommendations 2006))
on page 310
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