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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2010
  • pp: 2088–2090

Effect of scattering albedo on attenuation and polarization of light underwater

Brandon Cochenour, Linda Mullen, and John Muth  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 12, pp. 2088-2090 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.002088


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Abstract

Recent work on underwater laser communication links uses polarization discrimination to improve system performance [ Appl. Opt. 48, 328 (2009)] [in Proceedings of IEEE Oceans 2009 (IEEE, 2009), pp. 1–4]. In the laboratory, Maalox antacid is commonly used as a scattering agent. While its scattering function closely mimics that of natural seawaters, its scattering albedo can be much higher, as Maalox particles tend to be less absorbing. We present a series of experiments where Nigrosin dye is added to Maalox in order to more accurately recreate real-world absorption and scattering properties. We consider the effect that scattering albedo has on received power and the degree of depolarization of forward-scattered light in the context of underwater laser communication links.

OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media
(290.2558) Scattering : Forward scattering
(010.4455) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic propagation
(290.5855) Scattering : Scattering, polarization

ToC Category:
Scattering

History
Original Manuscript: March 30, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 30, 2010
Published: June 11, 2010

Citation
Brandon Cochenour, Linda Mullen, and John Muth, "Effect of scattering albedo on attenuation and polarization of light underwater," Opt. Lett. 35, 2088-2090 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-12-2088

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