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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 44, Iss. 27 — Sep. 20, 2005
  • pp: 5667–5674

Atmospheric glories: simulations and observations

Philip Laven  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 27, pp. 5667-5674 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.44.005667


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Abstract

Mie theory can be used to provide full-color simulations of atmospheric glories. Comparison of such simulations with images of real glories suggests that most glories are caused by spherical water droplets with radii between 4 and 25 µm. This paper also examines the appearance of glories taking into account the size of the droplets and the width of the droplet size distributions. Simulations of glories viewed through a linear polarizer compare well with the few available pictures, but they show some features that need corroboration by more observations.

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(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory

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Philip Laven, "Atmospheric glories: simulations and observations," Appl. Opt. 44, 5667-5674 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-44-27-5667


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