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Optical Polarimetry Of Particulate Surfaces
Author(s): B. Zellner
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Paper Abstract

Reflection polarimetry is a remote-sensing tool sensitive to the refractive index and microtexture of solid surfaces. Mechanisms producing linear polarization within a rough, porous, or particulate surface are discussed, and laboratory techniques for precise measurements are described in some detail. Polarimetry of atmosphereless solar-system bodies provides valuable indications of albedo for objects too small and distant for direct diameter determinations, and reveals that even quite small asteroids and satellites have particulate surfaces.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 1977
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0112, Optical Polarimetry: Instrumentation and Applications, (19 October 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955560
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B. Zellner, University of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0112:
Optical Polarimetry: Instrumentation and Applications
Rasheed M. A. Azzam; David Coffeen, Editor(s)

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