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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 16 — Aug. 12, 2013
  • pp: 18624–18639

Polarization-resolved exact light backscattering by an ensemble of particles in air

Grégory David, Benjamin Thomas, Elodie Coillet, Alain Miffre, and Patrick Rairoux  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 16, pp. 18624-18639 (2013)

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We present the first experimental observation of exact backscattering of light by an ensemble of particles in ambient air. Our experimental set-up operates in the far-field single scattering approximation, covers the exact backscattering direction with accuracy (θ = π ± ε with ε = 3.5 × 10−3 rad) and efficiently collects the particles backscattering radiation, while minimizing any stray light. Moreover, by using scattering matrix formalism, the observation of the particles UV-backscattering signal allowed to measure the particles depolarization of water droplets and salt particles in air, for the first time, in the exact backscattering direction. We believe this result may be useful for comparison with the existing numerical models and for remote sensing field applications in radiative transfer and climatology.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1100) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosol detection
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(280.1310) Remote sensing and sensors : Atmospheric scattering
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: May 20, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 9, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 9, 2013
Published: July 29, 2013

Grégory David, Benjamin Thomas, Elodie Coillet, Alain Miffre, and Patrick Rairoux, "Polarization-resolved exact light backscattering by an ensemble of particles in air," Opt. Express 21, 18624-18639 (2013)

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