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Optical Engineering

Reflectance Of Ground Snow At Millimeter Wavelengths
Author(s): R. C. Anderson; K. I. MacFeely
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Paper Abstract

Radar cross sections per unit area of ground snow were calculated for linearly polarized incident radiation at 8.6, 17, 35, and 95 GHz. The snow was modeled as a plane-parallel medium consisting of ice grains immersed in a homogeneous substance having varying amounts of liquid water-like absorption. Individual ice grains were treated as independent Rayleigh scattering centers. Calculations of the radar cross sections were made using known solutions of the radiative transfer equation. These were then compared with experimental data. Curves are given which can be used to find radar cross sections once the grain size and the water content of the snow are known.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1982
PDF: 10 pages
Opt. Eng. 21(3) 213496 doi: 10.1117/12.7972936
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 21, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
R. C. Anderson, University of Florida (United States)
K. I. MacFeely, University of Florida (United States)

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