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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 2011
  • pp: 1396–1404

Investigation of the effect of scattering agent and scattering albedo on modulated light propagation in water

Linda Mullen, Derek Alley, and Brandon Cochenour  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 10, pp. 1396-1404 (2011)

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A recent paper described experiments completed to study the effect of scattering on the propagation of modulated light in laboratory tank water [ Appl. Opt. 48, 2607 (2009)]. Those measurements were limited to a specific scattering agent (Maalox antacid) with a fixed scattering albedo (0.95). The purpose of this paper is to study the effects of different scattering agents and scattering albedos on modulated light propagation in water. The results show that the scattering albedo affects the number of attenuation lengths that the modulated optical signal propagates without distortion, while the type of scattering agent affects the degree to which the modulation is distorted with increasing attenuation length.

OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication
(010.4455) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic propagation
(290.5855) Scattering : Scattering, polarization

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: August 16, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 2, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 24, 2011
Published: March 28, 2011

Linda Mullen, Derek Alley, and Brandon Cochenour, "Investigation of the effect of scattering agent and scattering albedo on modulated light propagation in water," Appl. Opt. 50, 1396-1404 (2011)

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