Some Results of Photoelectric Measurements of Atmospheric Polarization in the Town of Shakhty
Studies of the relationship between the polarization and turbidity of the atmosphere [1-3] have shown that turbidity can be detected and studied in various directions by almucantar measurements of the polarization of light scattered by the atmosphere. The almucantar measurements were made visually with a Martens polarimeter without filters and, therefore, had the following shortcomings: the results depended upon the sensitivity of the observer’s eye; the observations required a great deal of time (about 30 min for one almucantar); and the measurements did not allow the total intensity or the polarized and unpolarized components to be determined simultaneously with polarization.
KeywordsAtmospheric Optic Minimum Component Zenith Distance Molecular Scattering Atmospheric Polarization
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