The birefringence of the atmosphere under the onset of a wind speed gradient has been studied near flat ground. Some characteristics and performances of the ellipsometer are given. The setup of the experiment is described; the results show that a birefringent effect is measurable. The numerical value of β = Δn/G is in good agreement with a previous experiment, but to an improved accuracy.
© 1978 Optical Society of America
G. R. Boyer, B. Lamouroux, and B. S. Prade, "Atmospheric birefringence under wind speed gradient shear," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 471-474 (1978)