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Polarization Of Reflected Sunlight As Measured From A High-Altitude Balloon
Author(s): Larry L. Stowe
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Paper Abstract

A high altitude balloon carrying four optical instruments was flown on March 17, 1976, from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. A modified spacecraft scanning radiometer (NIMBUS /EARTH RADIATION BUDGET EXPERIMENT) measured the linear polarization properties of reflected sunlight in broad intervals of the visible and near-infrared spectrum. The instrument scanned from horizon to horizon in the principal plane of the sun as the balloon ascended to float altitude of 37 km. The instrument and its calibration will be described. Plots of the intensity, plane and degree of linear polarization will be used with coincident photographs to examine the effects of the earth's surface and atmosphere on polarization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 1977
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0112, Optical Polarimetry: Instrumentation and Applications, (19 October 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955561
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Larry L. Stowe, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (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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