I've seen that a tag polarization exists. There is no definition associated with it. Unfortunately, it refers to a lot of different mechanisms, almost all of them having to do with classical electromagnetism, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polarization for instance.

Can we fix this problem ?

Of course, most of the time the meaning is clear from the context. But it's still unsatisfactory, isn't it ?

I mean, can we decide which tag's definition is the best ? I would vote for Polarization in the sense of light polarisation, like in this wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polarization_(waves) And Maybe add a tag Polarizability for the creation of dipolar moment ? Or keep the tag Dipole moment (which already exists) for this last one ?

Are you ok with this ? (vote up if you are for instance, or comment)

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    $\begingroup$ There's a general feeling that new tags should only be created with good reason, so perhaps hold off on polarizability for now? Fortunately, it appears most of the questions already tagged polarization are indeed about photons and not induced dipoles or vacuum polarizations. $\endgroup$
    – user10851
    Jun 12, 2013 at 20:57

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You can (and are encouraged to: there's a badge for that) suggest a text for tag wikis.

Click the badge, then click the "help us create it?" link in the box at the top of the page.

Why don't you give us a definition?


Ok, done. Needs a referring. Thanks for your participation.


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