Aerosol Optics: Light Absorption and Scattering by Particles in the Atmosphere

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Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 18, 2008 - Science - 148 pages
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Springer/Praxis have a successful mini program of books on various aspects of light scattering, and now have a journal "Light Scattering Review" under consideration proposed by Alex Kokhanovsky. The atmospheric air contains not only gases but also various types of airborne particles (known as aerosols) ranging from dust grains to microbes. These small particles influence atmospheric visibility, the thermodynamics of the atmosphere, and they are also of great importance in any consideration of climate change problems. Aerosols may also be responsible for the loss of harvest, health problems among humans and ecological disasters. Therefore, it is of great importance to study aerosol properties on a global scale. Such studies ultimately should be based on global observations using instruments positioned on the space platforms.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Microphysical parameters and chemical composition of atmospheric aerosol
1
12 Aerosol models
14
Chapter 2 Optical properties of atmospheric aerosol
16
22 Extinction
17
23 Absorption
23
24 Scattering
30
25 Polarization
37
Chapter 3 Multiple light scattering in aerosol media
48
374 The intensity and degree of polarization of light reflected from an aerosol layer
81
Chapter 4 Fourier optics of aerosol media
84
42 Image transfer through aerosol media with large particles
89
422 Geometrical optics approximation
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Chapter 5 Optical remote sensing of atmospheric aerosol
100
512 Measurements of scattered light
115
513 Lidar measurements
118
52 Satellite remote sensing of atmospheric aerosol
121

32 The diffuse light intensity
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33 Thin aerosol layers
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34 Semiinfinite aerosol layers
57
35 Thick aerosol layers
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36 Aerosols over reflective surfaces
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37 Multiple scattering of polarized light in aerosol media
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372 The accuracy of the scalar approximation
72
373 The accuracy of the single scattering approximation
78
an overview
122
523 Determination of aerosol optical thickness from space
124
524 Spatial distribution of aerosol optical thickness
129
525 Lidar sounding from space
132
Spectral dependence of Rayleigh optical thickness and depolarization factor
134
References
137
Index
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About the author (2008)

Education:

PhD: Optics, B. I. Stepanov Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk,

Belarus, 1991.

Title of PhD thesis: " The dependence of light scattering characteristics of aerosols and foams on their microstructure.a

Master of Science: Theoretical Physics, Belarussian State University, Minsk, Belarus, 1983.

Title of thesis: "The asymptotic light regime in deep layers of optically active light scattering media.a

Main research areas:

Radiative transfer, multiple and single light scattering, optics of aerosols and hydrosols, foams, snow and clouds, inverse problems, remote sensing of atmosphere and ocean.

Present position:

Senior Researcher

Laboratory of Light Scattering Media Optics

B. I. Stepanov Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

Skarina Avenue 72, Minsk 220072, Belarus

November 1983- Present

and

Institute of Environmental Physics and Remote Sensing, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany

March 2001 - Present

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