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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 42, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2003
  • pp: 3647–3652

Coherence, power laws, and the negative polarization surge

Gorden Videen, Karri Muinonen, and Kari Lumme  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 18, pp. 3647-3652 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.42.003647


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Abstract

We develop a second-order ray-tracing model that includes the constructive interference of reciprocal rays and Fresnel reflections from an inverse gamma-type distribution function of path length to predict the negative polarization branch seen in some astronomical bodies. We expect that such a path-length distribution might resemble the path lengths undertaken by rays incident upon some astronomical bodies. The resulting negative polarization is largely wavelength independent and depends primarily on the power law in the path-length distribution, which coincides with some observations.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering
(290.3770) Scattering : Long-wave scattering
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.5870) Scattering : Scattering, Rayleigh

History
Original Manuscript: November 14, 2002
Revised Manuscript: March 18, 2003
Published: June 20, 2003

Citation
Gorden Videen, Karri Muinonen, and Kari Lumme, "Coherence, power laws, and the negative polarization surge," Appl. Opt. 42, 3647-3652 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-42-18-3647

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