Polarization in Scattering
DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CANADA VALCARTIER (QUEBEC)
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All the information available from an electromagnetic wave is contained in three variables, direction wavelength and polarization. This is sufficient to completely characterize light. If you cant extract the information you want using these parameters, then you have reached the limit of what Electro-Optics can do for you. Historically, optical oceanography has focused on using and analyzing color and directionality first both for remote sensing and in situ imaging and detection. Even though fundamental measurements and theoretical results on the effect of polarization have been available for many years they are only now starting to be applied to real world problems. This paper will focus on some general principles and relationships that may be of use in both remote sensing and underwater imaging and attempt to demystify the effects of polarization.
- Theoretical Mathematics