Coherent backscattering in planetary regoliths

  • Karri Muinonen
  • Jani Tyynelä
  • Evgenij Zubko
  • Gorden Videen
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Atmosphereless solar-system objects exhibit two ubiquitous light-scattering phenomena at small solar phase angles ( angle α): first, the opposition effect in the intensity of scattered sunlight (e.g., [1]); and, second, the negative degree of linear polarization (I I )/(I + I ). Here I denotes the intensity component parallel to the scattering plane defined by the Sun, the object, and the observer and I denotes the component perpendicular to that plane [2].


Phase Function Linear Polarization Negative Polarization Scatter Phase Function Coherent Backscattering 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karri Muinonen
    • 1
  • Jani Tyynelä
    • 2
  • Evgenij Zubko
    • 3
  • Gorden Videen
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.ObservatoryUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.Army Research LaboratoryAdelphiUSA

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