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

Sensitivity study on the effects of hydrosol size and composition on linear polarization in absorbing and nonabsorbing clear and semi-turbid waters

Amit Lerner, Nadav Shashar, and Carynelisa Haspel  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 11, pp. 2394-2405 (2012)

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A full Mie scattering subroutine is employed to calculate what we call the linear polarization phase function (LPPF; percent polarization and e-vector orientation of radiation as a function of scattering angle) that results from refraction of the direct solar beam from air into water followed by single scattering by spherical hydrosols. The separate effects of refraction at the air–water interface, hydrosol size, the real and imaginary parts of the hydrosol refractive index, and absorption by the surrounding medium (water) on the LPPF are investigated. All of the above factors are found to alter the LPPF, changing the value of the maximum percent polarization (Pmax), the location of Pmax, the number of fluctuations in the LPPF, or the location of the neutral points (points of 0 percent polarization), though absorption by the surrounding medium is found to have only a minimal effect. The character and extent of the influence on the LPPF is found to depend on the scattering regime (Rayleigh, Mie, or geometric optics). We conclude that in calculating underwater polarization, it is important to take into consideration Mie scattering even in relatively clear waters. We also find a coupling between the partial polarization and the e-vector orientation, which suggests that for some polarization-based visual tasks, only one of these would suffice. Other implications for aquatic animal polarization vision are discussed.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(010.4458) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic scattering
(290.5855) Scattering : Scattering, polarization
(010.5620) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Radiative transfer

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: May 7, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 14, 2012
Published: October 22, 2012

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

Amit Lerner, Nadav Shashar, and Carynelisa Haspel, "Sensitivity study on the effects of hydrosol size and composition on linear polarization in absorbing and nonabsorbing clear and semi-turbid waters," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, 2394-2405 (2012)

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