Accession Number:

AD0818327

Title:

AN INVESTIGATION OF POLARIZATION PHENOMENA PRODUCED BY SPACE OBJECTS

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1967-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

79.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Astrophysics
  • Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE