Mueller matrix measurements of ocean water

Edward S. Fry, Kenneth J. Voss

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Measurements of the complete polarized light scattering properties of ocean water have been made for scattering angles from 10° to 160°. The observed normalized Mueller matrices had six non-zero elements whose angular dependences were reminiscent of Rayleigh scat-terers. The remaining 10 elements were zero at all scattering angles. The normalized measurements showed little variability with the location or depth of the sample even though total cross-sections varied by more than an order of magnitude. An average Mueller matrix is presented which represents ocean water scattering effects with a standard deviation of typically less than 10% over the various ocean locations and depths that we observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-129
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Sep 27 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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