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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2244–2252

Monte Carlo simulation of light scattering in the atmosphere and effect of atmospheric aerosols on the point spread function

Joshua Colombi and Karim Louedec  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 30, Issue 11, pp. 2244-2252 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.30.002244


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Abstract

We present a Monte Carlo simulation for the scattering of light in the case of an isotropic light source. The scattering phase functions are studied particularly in detail to understand how they can affect the multiple light scattering in the atmosphere. We show that, although aerosols are usually in lower density than molecules in the atmosphere, they can have a non-negligible effect on the atmospheric point spread function. This effect is especially expected for ground-based detectors when large aerosols are present in the atmosphere.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(280.1100) Remote sensing and sensors : Aerosol detection
(280.1310) Remote sensing and sensors : Atmospheric scattering
(290.1090) Scattering : Aerosol and cloud effects
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 11, 2013
Published: October 11, 2013

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Citation
Joshua Colombi and Karim Louedec, "Monte Carlo simulation of light scattering in the atmosphere and effect of atmospheric aerosols on the point spread function," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 30, 2244-2252 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-30-11-2244

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