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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 19 — Sep. 13, 2010
  • pp: 19672–19680

POLRADS: polarization radiance distribution measurement system

Kenneth J. Voss and Nordine Souaidia  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 19, pp. 19672-19680 (2010)

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While the upwelling radiance distribution in the ocean can be highly polarized, there are few measurements of this parameter in the open ocean. To obtain the polarized in-water upwelling spectral radiance distribution data we have developed the POLRADS instrument. This instrument is based on the NuRADS radiance distribution camera systems in which linear polarizer’s have been installed. By combining simultaneous images from three NuRADS instruments, three Stokes parameters (I, Q, U) for the water leaving radiance can be obtained for all upwelling angles simultaneously. This system measures the Stokes parameters Q/I and U/I with a 0.05-0.06 uncertainty and I with a 7-10% uncertainty.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(010.4458) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic scattering

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: June 30, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 24, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 25, 2010
Published: August 31, 2010

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Kenneth J. Voss and Nordine Souaidia, "POLRADS: polarization radiance distribution measurement system," Opt. Express 18, 19672-19680 (2010)

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