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  • Vol. 43, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2004
  • pp: 5662–5668

Light scattering on oceanic turbulence

Darek J. Bogucki, Julian A. Domaradzki, Robert E. Ecke, and C. Randal Truman  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 30, pp. 5662-5668 (2004)

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Turbulent inhomogeneities of fluid flow have the effect of scattering light in near-forward angles, thus providing an opportunity to use optics to quantify turbulence. Here we report measurements of the volume-scattering function in the range of 10-7 to 10-3 rad using a wave-front sensing technique. The total scattering coefficient b, due to scattering on turbulent inhomogeneities, is between 1 and 10 m-1 under typical oceanographic conditions. The numerical calculations of turbulent volume-scattering functions compare well with the laboratory measurement. These results suggest that optical measurements at small angles are affected by turbulence-related scattering, and their effects can be well modeled with numerical calculations.

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(010.7060) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Turbulence
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing

Original Manuscript: January 12, 2004
Published: October 20, 2004

Darek J. Bogucki, Julian A. Domaradzki, Robert E. Ecke, and C. Randal Truman, "Light scattering on oceanic turbulence," Appl. Opt. 43, 5662-5668 (2004)

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