26 October 2011 Mueller matrix for preferably oriented ice crystal particles of cirrus clouds
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Abstract
Mueller matrices for ice crystals horizontally and preferably oriented in horizontal plane are calculated with a code ("facet-tracing") based on the geometric optics. For the case of preferably oriented ice crystals particles uniform and normal distributions of flutter with maximum dimension of 5° are analyzed. The main physical regularities inherent to the scattering matrices are discussed. Degree of polarization of the scattered light is shown to be a qualitative criterion of number of photon trajectories that contribute effectively to the scattered light. The inverse scattering problem of retrieving aspect ratios of the horizontally/preferably oriented hexagonal ice plates from polarization of the scattered light in the bistatic sounding scheme has been proposed and discussed.
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Alexey V. Burnashov, Alexey V. Burnashov, } "Mueller matrix for preferably oriented ice crystal particles of cirrus clouds", Proc. SPIE 8177, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XVI, 81770E (26 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.898897; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.898897
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