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Ocean surface induced underwater light polarization fluctuations
Zao Xu (xuzao at:mit dot'edu )

The studies of how underwater light polarization distribution and fluctuation depends on solar incidence, atmosphere and ocean turbidity and ocean surface conditions have been taken for decades. Among above effects, the least known one is the ocean waves.

We developed a vector radiative transfer code for coupled atmosphere-ocean system with Monte Carlo method to simulate the polarized light scattering in both atmosphere and ocean. Especially with the help of knowledge of random ocean surface waves, we investigate the relations between each elements of Stokes vector (which fully describes the polarization of light) and various surface conditions.

 

"The coupled atmosphere-ocean system "

 

"Underwater polarizations under wind influences"