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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 12 — Dec. 19, 2012

The relationship between upwelling underwater polarization and attenuation/absorption ratio

Amir Ibrahim, Alexander Gilerson, Tristan Harmel, Alberto Tonizzo, Jacek Chowdhary, and Samir Ahmed  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 23, pp. 25662-25680 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.025662


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Abstract

The attenuation coefficient of the water body is not directly retrievable from measurements of unpolarized water-leaving radiance. Based on extensive radiative transfer simulations using the vector radiative transfer code RayXP, it is demonstrated that the underwater degree of linear polarization (DoLP) is closely related to the attenuation-to-absorption ratio (c/a) of the water body, a finding that enables retrieval of the attenuation coefficient from measurements of the Stokes components of the upwelling underwater polarized light field. The relationship between DoLP and the c/a ratio is investigated for the upwelling polarized light field for a complete set of viewing geometries, at several wavelengths in the visible part of the spectrum; for varying compositions of the aquatic environment, whose constituents include phytoplankton, non-algal particles, and color dissolved organic matter (CDOM); and for varying microphysical properties such as the refractive index and the slope of the Junge-type particle size distribution (PSD). Consequently, this study reveals the possibility for retrieval of additional inherent optical properties (IOPs) from air- or space-borne DoLP measurements of the water-leaving radiation.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(010.5620) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Radiative transfer
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 21, 2012
Revised Manuscript: October 16, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 23, 2012
Published: October 29, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 12 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Amir Ibrahim, Alexander Gilerson, Tristan Harmel, Alberto Tonizzo, Jacek Chowdhary, and Samir Ahmed, "The relationship between upwelling underwater polarization and attenuation/absorption ratio," Opt. Express 20, 25662-25680 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-23-25662


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