Polarimetric lidar returns in the ocean: A Monte Carlo simulation

James T. Adams, George W. Kattawar

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The text discusses an experimental observation of anisotropy in the polarization state of backscattered light from a polarized beam incident on water suspensions similar to hydrosols in seawater. When viewed through an oriented polarizer, characteristic patterns in the backscattered light emerge. The authors share the results of Monte Carlo simulations of these physical effects, which show a strong alignment with both published and unpublished experimental observations. The simulations reveal that the observed effects are due to the incoherent scattering of light within the reported volume fraction range. This insight may enable predictions regarding the technique's applicability to ocean probing lidar.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-59
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventOcean Optics XIII - Halifax, NS, Canada
Duration: Oct 22 1996Oct 22 1996

ASJC Scopus Subject Areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Incoherent scattering
  • Laser light scattering
  • Lidar
  • Mie scattering
  • Monte Carlo
  • Polarimetry
  • Polarization anisotropy
  • Rayleigh scattering
  • Remote sensing

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