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Backscattering Of Laser Light From Freely Rising Spherical And Spheroidal Air Bubbles In Water
Author(s): W.Patrick Arnott; Philip L Marston
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Paper Abstract

Observations were made of the near backward scattering of polarized laser light from freely rising spherical and oblate spheroidal air bubbles in fresh water. The cross-polarized pattern was observed and was modeled with a physical optics approximation for two different incident polarization directions relative to the axis of rotational symmetry of the spheroidal bubble. A rigid sphere drag law and relations from hydrodynamics were used to estimate bubble oblateness. The directional caustics associated with the near-backward directed wavefronts from oblate bubbles were calculated and may be used to estimate bubble oblateness from certain features of the angular scattering pattern.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 1988
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 0925, Ocean Optics IX, (12 August 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.945737
Show Author Affiliations
W.Patrick Arnott, Washington State University (United States)
Philip L Marston, Washington State University (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0925:
Ocean Optics IX
Marvin A. Blizard, Editor(s)

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