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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2008
  • pp: 1545–1547

Classifying atmospheric ice crystals by spatial light scattering

Paul H. Kaye, Edwin Hirst, Richard S. Greenaway, Zbigniew Ulanowski, Evelyn Hesse, Paul J. DeMott, Clive Saunders, and Paul Connolly  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 13, pp. 1545-1547 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.001545


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Abstract

We describe preliminary results from an optical scattering instrument designed to assess the shapes and sizes of microscopic atmospheric cloud particles, especially the smallest ice crystals, that can profoundly affect cloud processes and radiative properties. The new instrument captures high-resolution spatial light scattering patterns from individual particles down to 1 μ m in size passing through a focused laser beam. Its significance lies in the ability of these patterns to provide morphological data for particle sizes well below the optical resolution limits of current cloud particle probes.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.2940) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Ice crystal phenomena
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(010.1615) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Clouds

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 8, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 16, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 2, 2008
Published: June 30, 2008

Citation
Paul H. Kaye, Edwin Hirst, Richard S. Greenaway, Zbigniew Ulanowski, Evelyn Hesse, Paul J. DeMott, Clive Saunders, and Paul Connolly, "Classifying atmospheric ice crystals by spatial light scattering," Opt. Lett. 33, 1545-1547 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-13-1545

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