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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 7 — Mar. 30, 2009
  • pp: 5217–5231

Bidirectional reflectance and polarization measurements on packed surfaces of benthic sediments and spherical particles

Hao Zhang and Kenneth J. Voss  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 7, pp. 5217-5231 (2009)

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Laboratory bidirectional reflectance and polarization measurements were carried out on packed layers of both natural sediments and manufactured spherical particles. The results indicate that among the natural sediments showing a strong backscattering peak (“hotspot”), the rough platelets are the only sediments with a branch of negative polarization. Measurements of circular and linear polarization ratios indicate that both smooth ooids and rough platelets are strongly depolarizing. Measurements of perfect spherical grains show both negative polarization and strong backscattering as a remnant of the single scattering process.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(240.6490) Optics at surfaces : Spectroscopy, surface

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: December 23, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 6, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 9, 2009
Published: March 18, 2009

Hao Zhang and Kenneth Voss, "Bidirectional reflectance and polarization measurements on packed surfaces of benthic sediments and spherical particles," Opt. Express 17, 5217-5231 (2009)

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