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Polarimetric lidar returns in the ocean: a Monte Carlo simulation
Author(s): James T. Adams; George W. Kattawar
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Paper Abstract

Anisotropy in the polarization state of backscattered light from a polarized beam incident on suspensions in water analogous to hydrosols in seawater has been observed experimentally. Viewed through an orientated polarizer, characteristic patterns in the backscattered light are produced. We wish to present the results of Monte Carlo simulations of these physical effects demonstrating excellent agreement with published and unpublished experimental observations. These simulations show that the effects observed are produced by the incoherent scattering of light in the range of volume fractions reported and that this treatment should a low predictions to be made about the application of this technique to ocean probing lidar.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 1997
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2963, Ocean Optics XIII, (6 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.266497
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James T. Adams, Texas A&M University (United States)
George W. Kattawar, Texas A&M University (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2963:
Ocean Optics XIII
Steven G. Ackleson; Robert J. Frouin, Editor(s)

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