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Appl Opt. 2011 Jan 20;50(3):335-46. doi: 10.1364/AO.50.000335.

Neutral points in an atmosphere-ocean system. 2: Downwelling light field.

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  • 1ISPA Technology, 5901 Kingstowne Village Parkway, Alexandria, Virginia 22315, USA.


We use a Monte Carlo code that calculates the complete Stokes vector to predict the degree of polarization in the complete observable solid angle at any level in an atmosphere-ocean system. Using the Stokes vector components, we can find the positions of neutral points in a simulated plane-parallel atmosphere-ocean system for various conditions. We examine the locations and behavior of these neutral points for an observer placed directly above and beneath the air-water boundary and show how their positions are influenced by different atmospheric and oceanic conditions.

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