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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 1999
  • pp: 1644–1647

Information content of the kernel matrix for the phase function retrieval problem

Claudia Sendra and Michael A. Box  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 9, pp. 1644-1647 (1999)

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We investigate the information content of the radiation measurements to be used in the retrieval of the scattering properties of the atmosphere with the perturbation technique that we previously introduced. Applying this technique to different sets of data, we obtained solutions with varying accuracy. An analysis of these solutions shows that selecting linearly independent data in directions corresponding to small values of the scattering angle increases the number of pieces of information. (This result is in accord with conclusions reached by other researchers, based on a variety of criteria.) This information content should be largely independent of the method or methods employed to perform the inversion procedure.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(010.1280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric composition
(280.1100) Remote sensing and sensors : Aerosol detection
(280.1310) Remote sensing and sensors : Atmospheric scattering
(290.3200) Scattering : Inverse scattering
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

Original Manuscript: August 21, 1998
Revised Manuscript: November 12, 1998
Published: March 20, 1999

Claudia Sendra and Michael A. Box, "Information content of the kernel matrix for the phase function retrieval problem," Appl. Opt. 38, 1644-1647 (1999)

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