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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 10 — May. 10, 2010
  • pp: 10432–10445

Impact of particulate oceanic composition on the radiance and polarization of underwater and backscattered light

J. K. Lotsberg and J. J. Stamnes  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 10, pp. 10432-10445 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.010432


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Abstract

We use a Monte Carlo model to investigate how the particulate oceanic composition affects the radiance, the linear polarization, and the circular polarization of underwater and backscattered light. The Mueller matrices used in our simulations were computed using the T-matrix method. They are significantly different for organic and inorganic particles. Our Monte Carlo simulations show that these differences have a significant impact on the underwater and backscattered light, and that it may be possible to determine the ratio between the amounts of organic and inorganic particles from measurements of the full Stokes vector.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.1350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Backscattering
(010.5620) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Radiative transfer
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 27, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 26, 2010
Published: May 5, 2010

Citation
J. K. Lotsberg and J. J. Stamnes, "Impact of particulate oceanic composition on the radiance and polarization of underwater and backscattered light," Opt. Express 18, 10432-10445 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-10-10432


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