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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 7 — Mar. 30, 2009
  • pp: 5666–5683

Polarized light in coastal waters: hyperspectral and multiangular analysis

Alberto Tonizzo, Jing Zhou, Alexander Gilerson, Michael S. Twardowski, Deric J. Gray, Robert A. Arnone, Barry M. Gross, Fred Moshary, and Samir A. Ahmed  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 7, pp. 5666-5683 (2009)

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Measurements of the underwater polarized light field were performed at different stations, atmospheric conditions and water compositions using a newly developed hyperspectral and multiangular polarimeter during a recent cruise in the coastal areas of New York Harbor -Sandy Hook, NJ region (USA). Results are presented for waters with chlorophyll concentrations 1.3-4.8μg/l and minerals concentrations 2.0-3.9mg/l. Angular and spectral variations of the degree of polarization are found to be consistent with theory. Maximum values of the degree of polarization do not exceed 0.4 and the position of the maximum is close to 100° scattering angle. Normalized radiances and degrees of polarization are compared with simulated ones obtained with a Monte Carlo radiative transfer code for the atmosphere-ocean system and show satisfactory agreement.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(010.5620) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Radiative transfer

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: January 16, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 24, 2009
Published: March 25, 2009

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Alberto Tonizzo, Jing Zhou, Alexander Gilerson, Michael S. Twardowski, Deric J. Gray, Robert A. Arnone, Barry M. Gross, Fred Moshary, and Samir A. Ahmed, "Polarized light in coastal waters: hyperspectral and multiangular analysis," Opt. Express 17, 5666-5683 (2009)

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