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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 11 — Nov. 20, 2000
  • pp: 375–380

Polarized infrared emissivity for a rough water surface

Joseph A. Shaw and Christopher Marston  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 7, Issue 11, pp. 375-380 (2000)

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The polarization state of infrared emission from water at large viewing angles is explained mathematically by a polarization-dependent emissivity. To provide polarized emissivity values for a wind-roughened water surface in a convenient format, this electronic paper provides interactive tables and plots of polarized water emissivity for the spectral range of 3–15 µm. The rough surface is modeled as a collection of specular facets with slopes given by a Gaussian distribution. The interactive electronic format provides a tutorial on emission polarization and it allows readers to copy the desired numbers and paste them into their electronic applications without the difficulty of transcribing numbers from printed tables.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.7340) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Water
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(260.3060) Physical optics : Infrared
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

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Original Manuscript: October 5, 2000
Published: November 20, 2000

Joseph Shaw and Christopher Marston, "Polarized infrared emissivity for a rough water surface," Opt. Express 7, 375-380 (2000)

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