Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 157–162 | Cite as

The Microphysical Nature of the Glory from Aircraft Measurements

  • G. E. KolokutinEmail author
  • V. V. Volkov
Optics of Clusters, Aerosols, and Hydrosoles


The glory formation (optical phenomenon observed in clouds) is considered in the context of new experimental data acquired during the cloud microphysics investigations with the Roshydromet YAK-42D aircraft-laboratory in polar and central regions of Russia. Data on the cloud particle-size distribution are presented and conditions for occurrence of the glory on these clouds are discussed.


cloud microphysics glory particle-size spectrum aircraft observation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Central Aerological ObservatoryDolgoprudnyRussia

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