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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 38, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 1999
  • pp: 6818–6825

In situ measurements of optical parameters in Lake Baikal with the help of a Neutrino telescope

Vasilij Balkanov, Igor Belolaptikov, Leonid Bezrukov, Aleksander Chensky, Nikolaij Budnev, Igor Danilchenko, Zhan-Arys Dzhilkibaev, Grigorij Domogatsky, Aleksander Doroshenko, Stanislav Fialkovsky, Oleg Gaponenko, Anatolij Garus, Tatiana Gress, Albrecht Karle, Arkadij Klabukov, Anatolij Klimov, Sergeij Klimushin, Andreij Koshechkin, Viktor Kulepov, Leonid Kuzmichev, Bajarto Lubsandorzhiev, Sergeij Lovzov, Thomas Mikolajski, Michail Milenin, Rashid Mirgazov, Andreij Moroz, Nikolaij Moseiko, Semen Nikiforov, Eleonora Osipova, Dirk Pandel, Andreij Panfilov, Yurij Parfenov, Anatolij Pavlov, Dmitrij Petukhov, Pavel Pokhil, Peter Pokolev, Elena Popova, Michail Rozanov, Valerij Rubzov, Igor Sokalski, Christian Spiering, Ole Streicher, Boris Tarashansky, Thorsten Thon, Ralf Wischnewski, and Ivan Yashin  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 33, pp. 6818-6825 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.006818


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Abstract

We present results of an experiment performed in Lake Baikal at a depth of ∼1 km. The photomultipliers of an underwater neutrino telescope under construction at this site were illuminated by a distant laser. The experiment not only provided a useful cross-check of the time calibration of the detector but also allowed us to determine inherent optical parameters of the water in a way that was complementary to standard methods. In 1997 we measured an absorption length of 22 m and an asymptotic attenuation length of 18 m. The effective scattering length was measured as 480 m. By use of 〈cos θ〉 = 0.95 (0.90) for the average scattering angle, this length corresponds to a geometric scattering length of 24 (48) m.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.7340) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Water
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements
(290.5870) Scattering : Scattering, Rayleigh

History
Original Manuscript: April 1, 1999
Revised Manuscript: July 26, 1999
Published: November 20, 1999

Citation
Vasilij Balkanov, Igor Belolaptikov, Leonid Bezrukov, Aleksander Chensky, Nikolaij Budnev, Igor Danilchenko, Zhan-Arys Dzhilkibaev, Grigorij Domogatsky, Aleksander Doroshenko, Stanislav Fialkovsky, Oleg Gaponenko, Anatolij Garus, Tatiana Gress, Albrecht Karle, Arkadij Klabukov, Anatolij Klimov, Sergeij Klimushin, Andreij Koshechkin, Viktor Kulepov, Leonid Kuzmichev, Bajarto Lubsandorzhiev, Sergeij Lovzov, Thomas Mikolajski, Michail Milenin, Rashid Mirgazov, Andreij Moroz, Nikolaij Moseiko, Semen Nikiforov, Eleonora Osipova, Dirk Pandel, Andreij Panfilov, Yurij Parfenov, Anatolij Pavlov, Dmitrij Petukhov, Pavel Pokhil, Peter Pokolev, Elena Popova, Michail Rozanov, Valerij Rubzov, Igor Sokalski, Christian Spiering, Ole Streicher, Boris Tarashansky, Thorsten Thon, Ralf Wischnewski, and Ivan Yashin, "In situ measurements of optical parameters in Lake Baikal with the help of a Neutrino telescope," Appl. Opt. 38, 6818-6825 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-33-6818

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