I've been watching the first season of Star Trek: Enterprise, and on more than one occasion, the crew protects themselves by "polarizing the shields" or changing their polarity. The question that comes to my mind is how does one accomplish this? Also, how does the crew know that the energy weapons that are being fired upon them are of a specific polarity? Changing the polarity seems to work every time, and I was just wondering how that is accomplished on a scientific level.
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