San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
6 - 10 August 2017
Conference 10407
Polarization Science and Remote Sensing VIII
Tuesday - Wednesday 8 - 9 August 2017
This conference is no longer accepting submissions.
Late submissions may be considered subject to chair approval. For more information, please contact Jen Lowell.
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Abstract Due:
23 January 2017

Author Notification:
3 April 2017

Manuscript Due Date:
10 July 2017

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Program Committee
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Optical polarization is a powerful tool used in many aspects of remote sensing. Active and passive polarimetric sensors have been developed for use in all optical regions from UV–LWIR and into the THz region. Polarization has been demonstrated to enhance target contrast, aid in target identification, assist in the penetration of scattering media, probe material surfaces, and characterize particles suspended in the air and water. Applications of polarimetry have included passive and active air- and ground-based sensors, underwater imagers, medical imagery, and non-imaging sensors for environmental and industrial monitoring. In astronomy, polarimetry provides unique capabilities to reveal otherwise invisible targets, and to characterize them in an unambiguous way. In addition, polarization vision is known to be used by many species of vertebrates and invertebrates for the identification of prey and intra-species communications.

This conference will focus on the science, phenomenology, applications, and mathematics of polarization and polarimetric remote sensing. Papers are encouraged that discuss instruments, calibrations, novel theoretical treatment, or practical applications of polarimetric measurements or polarimetric imagery.

In 2017 we will organize the first “polarization photo contest” for which we solicit contributions that capture a polarization effect in an educational as well as artistic way. We will exhibit all submissions at the conference, and we will arrange for a fitting award for the top 3 photos (as elected by the organizing committee). For further questions and for submissions (high-quality image file plus few lines of explanation incl. credits) please email

Papers are solicited on the following and related topics:

Polarization in Remote Sensing
  • Atmospheric or ocean polarization measurements and modeling
  • polarization for characterizing clouds, haze, and aerosols
  • atmospheric and biological aerosol measurements
  • terrestrial and planetary surface sensing
  • agricultural crop and soil polarization and modeling
  • polarization remote sensing programs
  • spectropolarimetry
  • polarization imaging
  • polarization lidar/ladar and other active polarimetry
Polarization Phenomenology of Natural and Artificial Scenes
  • polarization phenomenology measurements
  • polarization phenomenology simulations
Astronomical Polarimetry
Polarization Properties of Sources and Detectors
Polarization Metrology and Instrumentation
  • passive and active polarimetry
  • ellipsometry
  • polarization scattered light measurements
  • spectropolarimetry
  • imaging polarimetry
  • polarization-based biological microscopy, imaging, and instrumentation
Polarization in Vision and Computer Vision
Polarimetric Image Quality Metrics
Polarization Analysis of Optical Systems
  • polarization in optical design and polarization ray tracing
  • polarization aberrations
  • instrumental polarization
  • polarimeter calibration.
  • end-to-end systems analysis
Polarization-Based Optical Systems and Components
  • passive polarimeters
  • laser radar (lidar or ladar) and other active polarimeters
  • polarization imagers
  • optical signal processors and computers
  • optical data storage
  • fiber optic sensors
  • optical modulators
Polarization Properties of Materials
  • liquid crystals and crystalline materials
  • ceramics and plastics
  • organic and biological materials
  • optical fiber
Mathematics of Coherence, Polarization, and Scattering Polarization
Methods of Displaying Polarization Data
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