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A handheld polarimeter for aerosol remote sensing
Author(s): J. W. Frost; F. Nasraddine; J. Rodriguez; I. Andino; B. Cairns
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we show how measurements made by a simple handheld polarimeter in conjunction with automated sunsky radiometers can be used to effectively constrain the real part of the complex refractive index of aerosols. We find that even measurements over a limited angular range near 90° scattering angle are sufficient for this purpose. We also note that because of the effect of surface reflectance on the observed degree of linear polarization (DOLP) it is sensible to select spectral bands for these measurements for which the surface is relatively dark and homogeneous (i.e. wavelengths shorter than 700 nm are to be preferred).

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5888, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing II, 58880Y (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.619982
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J. W. Frost, LaGuardia Community College (United States)
F. Nasraddine, LaGuardia Community College (United States)
J. Rodriguez, LaGuardia Community College (United States)
I. Andino, LaGuardia Community College (United States)
B. Cairns, Columbia Univ. (United States)
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5888:
Polarization Science and Remote Sensing II
Joseph A. Shaw; J. Scott Tyo, Editor(s)

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