AN INVESTIGATION OF POLARIZATION PHENOMENA PRODUCED BY SPACE OBJECTS
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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Plane polarized light produced by the reflection of sunlight from a dielectric surface on a space object was observed. This was accomplished with a polarization analyzer which was added to the existing photoelectric telescope and recording equipment at the Sulphur Grove, Ohio tracking station. A maximum of 39 polarization was measured for one particular satellite Space Object No. 893. The plane of polarization was found to be perpendicular to the plane of incidence as expected.
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