Polarization Optics of Random Media
Alex A Kokhanovsky
Recent progress in computer and satellite technology has led to an increased ability to analyse the polarization of scattered light, arising from clouds, aerosols, snow fields and the ocean. This has important implications for researchers in astrophysics, atmospheric research and applied optics.
Polarization Optics of Random Media is the first book to draw together all the information previously available only in specialized literature and to review polarization optics in a wide range of disperse media. It presents the major results obtained from recent research in a wide range of applications, as well as providing theoretical insight into the physical processes of polarization transformation during photon transport in disperse media.
graduated from the Physics Department of the Belarussian State University in 1983. He carried out outstanding research work in the Laboratory of Light Scattering Media Optics of the Institute of Physics in Minsk between 1983 and 1996, obtaining his Ph.D in 1991. He was subsequently awarded the STA Fellowship at the National Space
Development Agency of Japan (Tokyo, Japan),
Alexander von Humbold Foundation Fellowship
at the Clausthal Technical University (Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany), and the EPSRC Fellowship at the Imperial College (London, UK) . He is currently Senior Researcher at the Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen (Germany), and is an internationally recognised authority in the optics of light scattering media.
Table of contents:
List of figures
List of tables
- Polarized radiative transfer
- Local optical characteristics
- Environmental polarimetry
Appendix 1 The tensor radiative transfer equation
Appendix 2 Jones matrices, Mueller matrices, and Stokesívectors
Appendix 3 The system of linear differential equations
Appendix 4 Local optical characteristics of cloudy media
Appendix 5 Fresnel equations
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