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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 2 — Jan. 21, 2008
  • pp: 1196–1207

Polarization effects on oceanographic lidar

James H. Churnside  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 1196-1207 (2008)

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A simplified radiative transfer equation yields a simple analytic expression for the co- and cross-polarized return in a linearly polarized oceanographic lidar. This equation agrees well with the lidar data over a wide range of oceanographic conditions. The relationship between depolarization and lidar attenuation shows three distinct relationships corresponding to water within the Columbia River plume, near-shore water outside of the plume, and off-shore water.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.4455) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic propagation
(010.4458) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic scattering
(010.5620) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Radiative transfer

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and oceanic optics

Original Manuscript: December 3, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 8, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 10, 2008
Published: January 16, 2008

James H. Churnside, "Polarization effects on oceanographic lidar," Opt. Express 16, 1196-1207 (2008)

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