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  • Vol. 44, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 2005
  • pp: 1250–1262

Experimental and theoretical studies of the aureole about a point source that is due to atmospheric scattering in the middle ultraviolet

Claire Lavigne, Antoine Roblin, Patrick Chervet, and Patrick Chazette  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 7, pp. 1250-1262 (2005)

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In the atmosphere, pointlike sources are surrounded by aureoles because of molecular and aerosol scattering. In various meteorological conditions, this variance field can be a nonnegligible part of the signal detected by a large-field-of-view sensor. A model based on a Monte Carlo technique has been developed to simulate the propagation of radiation coming from a UV point source. The model was validated with an experimental comparison by a photon-counting technique, and good agreement between experimental and theoretical results was found.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric scattering
(030.5260) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon counting
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(260.7190) Physical optics : Ultraviolet
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

Original Manuscript: January 23, 2004
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: October 26, 2004
Published: March 1, 2005

Claire Lavigne, Antoine Roblin, Patrick Chervet, and Patrick Chazette, "Experimental and theoretical studies of the aureole about a point source that is due to atmospheric scattering in the middle ultraviolet," Appl. Opt. 44, 1250-1262 (2005)

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