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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 3 — Sep. 1, 2010
  • pp: 178–184

Depolarization Ratio Retrievals Using AERONET Sun Photometer Data

Kyung-Hwa Lee, Detlef Muller, Young-Min Noh, Sung-Kyun Shin, and Dong-Ho Shin  »View Author Affiliations

Journal of the Optical Society of Korea, Vol. 14, Issue 3, pp. 178-184 (2010)

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We present linear particle depolarization ratios (LPDRs) retrieved from measurements with an AERONET Sun photometer at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Korea (<TEX>$35.10^{/circ}N$</TEX>, <TEX>$126.53^{\circ}E$</TEX>) between 19 October and 3 November 2009. The Sun photometer data were classified into three categories according to <TEX>${\AA}$</TEX>ngstr<TEX>$\ddot{o}$</TEX> exponent and size distribution: 1) pure Asian dust (19 October 2009), 2) Asian dust mixed with urban pollution observed in the period from 20-26 October 2009, and 3) clean conditions (3 November). We show that the LPDRs can be used to distinguish among Asian dust, mixed aerosol, and non-Asian dust in the atmosphere. The mean LPDR of the pure Asian dust case is 23 %. Mean LPDRs are 13 % for the mixed case. The lowest mean LPDR is 6 % in the clean case. We compare our results to vertically resolved LPDRs (at 532 nm) measured by a Raman LIDAR system at the same site. In most cases, we find good agreement between LPDRs derived with Sun photometer and measured by LIDAR.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1100) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosol detection
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.1350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Backscattering
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

Original Manuscript: June 28, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 10, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 25, 2010
Published: September 25, 2010

Kyung-Hwa Lee, Detlef Muller, Young-Min Noh, Sung-Kyun Shin, and Dong-Ho Shin, "Depolarization Ratio Retrievals Using AERONET Sun Photometer Data," J. Opt. Soc. Korea 14, 178-184 (2010)

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