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OpticalField[, a] gives a complex time-dependent electric field with angular frequency , real amplitude a, and default polarization. |

OpticalField[, a, pol] gives a field with polarization parameters pol. |

OpticalField[{, k), {a, }, pol] gives a spatially dependent plane-wave field with angular wavenumber k and phase . |

- The following options can be given:

PolarizationVector | {1, 0, 0} | reference polarization vector | |

PropagationVector | {0, 0, 1} | unit wave vector | |

Parameterization | "AngleEllipticity" | parameterization scheme for polarization | |

CartesianCoordinates | {Xx, Yy, Zz} | symbols used to represent Cartesian coordinates | |

TimeVariable | Automatic | symbol used to represent the time variable |

- Possible values for the Parameterization option are "AngleEllipticity", "RatioPhase", and "Stokes".

- The polarization of the field is specified in reference to the unit vectors , given by the value of the option PolarizationVector, and , where is the unit vector specified by the option PropagationVector.

- In the "AngleEllipticity" parameterization, the polarization parameters pol are specified as {, }, where is the polarization angle (relative to with respect to rotation about ) and is the ellipticity, or as simply , with assumed to be zero.

- In the "RatioPhase" parameterization, the polarization parameters are specified as {, }, where , and and are the field amplitudes of the components along and , respectively, and is the relative phase angle between the components. The parameters can also be specified simply as , with assumed to be zero.

- In the "Stokes" parameterization, the polarization parameters are specified as {s
_{1}, s_{2}, s_{3}}, where s_{1}, s_{2}, and s_{3}are the normalized Stokes parameters relative to the axes and .