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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 27 — Dec. 17, 2012
  • pp: 28222–28233

Backscattering Mueller matrix for quasi-horizontally oriented ice plates of cirrus clouds: application to CALIPSO signals

Anatoli Borovoi, Alexander Konoshonkin, Natalia Kustova, and Hajime Okamoto  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 27, pp. 28222-28233 (2012)

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A general view of the backscattering Mueller matrix for the quasi-horizontally oriented hexagonal ice crystals of cirrus clouds has been obtained in the case of tilted and scanning lidars. It is shown that the main properties of this matrix are caused by contributions from two qualitatively different components referred to the specular and corner-reflection terms. The numerical calculation of the matrix is worked out in the physical optics approximation. These matrices calculated for two wavelengths and two tilt angles (initial and present) of CALIPSO lidar are presented as a data bank. The depolarization and color ratios for these data have been obtained and discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(010.2940) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Ice crystal phenomena
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.1350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Backscattering

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: September 20, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 14, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 14, 2012
Published: December 5, 2012

Anatoli Borovoi, Alexander Konoshonkin, Natalia Kustova, and Hajime Okamoto, "Backscattering Mueller matrix for quasi-horizontally oriented ice plates of cirrus clouds: application to CALIPSO signals," Opt. Express 20, 28222-28233 (2012)

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