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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 20 — Jul. 10, 2006
  • pp: 4878–4887

Use of polarimetric lidar for the study of oriented ice plates in clouds

Massimo Del Guasta, Edgar Vallar, Olivier Riviere, Francesco Castagnoli, Valerio Venturi, and Marco Morandi  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 20, pp. 4878-4887 (2006)

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A polarization lidar operating at 532   nm was converted into an automatic, polarimetric lidar capable of measuring the entire Stokes vector of backscattered light and its derived quantities. Among these quantities, circular and linear depolarizations were studied as tools for investigating the presence of anisotropic scattering media. Isotropic scatterers show a simple relationship between linear and circular depolarization, a relation that we confirm theoretically and experimentally. Deviations from this relation, which are possible in the presence of anisotropic scatterers such as horizontally oriented ice plates when they are observed with a slant lidar, were studied both numerically and experimentally.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric scattering
(010.2940) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Ice crystal phenomena
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

Original Manuscript: June 28, 2005
Revised Manuscript: December 13, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: January 27, 2006

Massimo Del Guasta, Edgar Vallar, Olivier Riviere, Francesco Castagnoli, Valerio Venturi, and Marco Morandi, "Use of polarimetric lidar for the study of oriented ice plates in clouds," Appl. Opt. 45, 4878-4887 (2006)

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