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Predicting polarization properties of marine aerosols
Author(s): Mary S. Quinby-Hunt; Patricia G. Hull; Arlon J. Hunt
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Paper Abstract

This paper investigates the variation in the polarization properties of light scattered by aerosols in the MBL arising from various aerosol sources and environmental conditions. Mie scattering models of Gaussian and log normal distributions of spheres and combinations thereof were used to calculate the polarization properties of light scattered from various models and from experimentally determined distributions of aerosols in the marine boundary layer. The results of the models were verified by comparison to scattering from (NH4)2SO4 particles, a component of aerosols in the MBL that is nearly spherical and readily generated in the laboratory. Calculations indicate that scattering by aerosols is distinctly not Rayleigh-like. The polarization properties of light scattered in the MBL vary with size, refractive index, and number distributions of particles in the MBL. These differences should be instrumentally detectable and could be important for visibility.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2258, Ocean Optics XII, (26 October 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.190120
Show Author Affiliations
Mary S. Quinby-Hunt, Lawrence Berkeley Lab. (United States)
Patricia G. Hull, Tennessee State Univ. (United States)
Arlon J. Hunt, Lawrence Berkeley Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2258:
Ocean Optics XII
Jules S. Jaffe, Editor(s)

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