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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2010
  • pp: 3545–3551

Laboratory measurements of light beam depolarization on turbulent convective flow

Sarah Woods, Jacek Piskozub, Wlodzimierz Freda, Miroslaw Jonasz, and Darek Bogucki  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 18, pp. 3545-3551 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.49.003545


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Abstract

Laboratory measurements of light beam depolarization by a turbulent flow, corresponding to oceanic turbulence within the oceanic mixed layer, show that the depolarization rate ( 1 × 10 5 m 1 to 3 × 10 3 m 1 ) correlates with turbulence strength and is consistent with polarized lidar observations [ Opt. Express, 16, 1196 (2008)]. These results imply that one should be able to characterize oceanic turbulence with polarimetric oceanic lidar measurements.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2190) General : Experimental physics
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.7060) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Turbulence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 15, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 31, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 23, 2010
Published: June 16, 2010

Citation
Sarah Woods, Jacek Piskozub, Wlodzimierz Freda, Miroslaw Jonasz, and Darek Bogucki, "Laboratory measurements of light beam depolarization on turbulent convective flow," Appl. Opt. 49, 3545-3551 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-49-18-3545

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