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Photopolarimetric observations of satellites
Author(s): Santiago Tapia; Willet I. Beavers; James Y.-K. Cho
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Paper Abstract

Photopolarimetric observations are reported for three types of satellites with simple structures. The variation of the measured percentage of linear polarization as a function of the observed phase angle for each of the three types is shown and compared with model predictions. The models are based on specular reflections off surfaces represented by randomly oriented macroscopic facets. In the examples considered, the polarization verus phase angle curves imply a unique value for the effective complex index of refraction of the surface.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1317, Polarimetry: Radar, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, and X-Ray, (1 October 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.22062
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Santiago Tapia, Lincoln Lab./MIT (United States)
Willet I. Beavers, Lincoln Lab./MIT (United States)
James Y.-K. Cho, Lincoln Lab./MIT (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1317:
Polarimetry: Radar, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, and X-Ray
Russell A. Chipman; John W. Morris, Editor(s)

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