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First high-resolution passive polarimetric images of boosting rocket exhaust plumes
Author(s): David W. Tyler; Adam M. Phenis; Alan B. Tietjen; Miguel Virgen; Jason D. Mudge; John S. Stryjewski; Jeff A. Dank
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Paper Abstract

We present the first high spatial resolution, passively-illuminated polarimetric images of boosting rocket exhaust plumes. The images shown here show significant linear and circular polarization, and the ability to resolve the polarization signals into images allows us to make some preliminary arguments as to their origins. Our observations are consistent with polarization caused by Rayleigh and Mie scattering (linear) and interaction with plume plasma-generated magnetic fields (circular). We also present nearly simultaneous, two-color, narrowband (633 ± 5 and 750 ± 5 nm) exhaust plume images, where significant structural differences are observed in the plumes despite a relative small difference in the two wavelengths.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 August 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7461, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing IV, 74610J (11 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.828438
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David W. Tyler, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Adam M. Phenis, AOptix Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Alan B. Tietjen, Computer Sciences Corp. (United States)
Miguel Virgen, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Jason D. Mudge, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
John S. Stryjewski, Computer Sciences Corp. (United States)
Jeff A. Dank, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7461:
Polarization Science and Remote Sensing IV
Joseph A. Shaw; J. Scott Tyo, Editor(s)

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