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Mishchenko et al. 2010

Mishchenko, M.I., V.K. Rosenbush, N.N. Kiselev, D.F. Lupishko, V.P. Tishkovets, V.G. Kaydash, I.N. Belskaya, Y.S. Efimov, and N.M. Shakhovskoy, 2010: Polarimetric Remote Sensing of Solar System Objects. Akademperiodyka.

Aerosol and cloud particles exert a strong influence on the regional and global climates of the Earth and other planets. Microscopic particles forming the regolith surfaces of many Solar System bodies and cometary atmospheres have a strong and often controlling effect on many ambient physical and chemical processes. Moreover, they are "living witnesses" of the history of the formation and evolution of the Solar System and can tell us much about the events that have taken place over the past ∼5 billion years in the circumsolar part of the Universe. Thus, detailed and accurate knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of such particles has the utmost scientific and practical importance.

More often than not it is impossible to collect samples of such particles and subject them to a laboratory test. Therefore, in most cases one has to rely on theoretical analyses of remote measurements of the electromagnetic radiation scattered by the particles. Fortunately, the scattering and absorption properties of small particles often exhibit a strong dependence on their size, shape, orientation, and refractive index. This factor makes remote sensing an extremely useful and often the only practicable means of physical and chemical particle characterization in geophysics and planetary astrophysics.

For a long time remote-sensing studies had relied on measurements of only the scattered intensity and its spectral dependence. Eventually, however, it has become widely recognized that polarimetric characteristics of the scattered radiation contain much more accurate and specific information about such important properties of particles as their size, morphology, and chemical composition.

The progress in polarimetric remote-sensing research has always been ham- pered by the fact that the human eye is "polarization blind" and responds only to the intensity of light impinging on the retina. As a consequence, to give a simple definition of polarization readily intelligible to a non-expert is almost as difficult as to describe color to a color-blind person. However, continuing progress in electromagnetic scattering theory coupled with great advances in the polarization measurement capability has resulted in overwhelming examples of the immense practical power of polarimetric remote sensing which are no longer possible to ignore. As a result of persistent research efforts, polarimetry has become one of the most informative, accurate, and efficient means of remote sensing. Many prominent scientists have contributed to the foundation of polarimetry as a major remote-sensing discipline in geophysics and planetary astrophysics. An important and often decisive role in this process has been played by the authors of this monograph.

The main objective of this book is to summarize the contributions to the field of polarimetric remote sensing of Solar System bodies which we and our colleagues have made over the past four decades. We believe that doing this is useful because a specialized monograph on this subject appears to be lacking and also because of the systematic and comprehensive nature of our collective research activities. Specifically, our work has included the development of a complete and rigorous theory of electromagnetic scattering by disperse media and accurate, physically based modeling tools required for the analysis of polarimetric measurements. We have advanced theoretical fundamentals and principles of measurements of polarized radiation and used them to design unique and precise instrumentation. Based on analyses of extensive ground-based, aircraft, and spacecraft observations, we have determined, for the first time, the optical and physical characteristics of surfaces and atmospheres of numerous Solar System objects (such as planets, satellites, Saturn's rings, asteroids, trans-Neptunian objects, and comets) as well as discovered a significant number of new phenomena and effects. We have also helped develop and implement unprecedented polarimetric techniques for the remote sensing of aerosol and cloud particles in the terrestrial atmosphere from aircraft and orbiting satellites.

This monograph is intended for science professionals, educators, and graduate students specializing in remote sensing, astrophysics, atmospheric physics, optics of disperse and disordered media, optical particle characterization, biomedicine, and nanoscience.

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  author={Mishchenko, M. I. and Rosenbush, V. K. and Kiselev, N. N. and Lupishko, D. F. and Tishkovets, V. P. and Kaydash, V. G. and Belskaya, I. N. and Efimov, Y. S. and Shakhovskoy, N. M.},
  title={Polarimetric Remote Sensing of Solar System Objects},
  address={Kyiv, Ukraine},

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RIS Citation

ID  - mi04610z
AU  - Mishchenko, M. I.
AU  - Rosenbush, V. K.
AU  - Kiselev, N. N.
AU  - Lupishko, D. F.
AU  - Tishkovets, V. P.
AU  - Kaydash, V. G.
AU  - Belskaya, I. N.
AU  - Efimov, Y. S.
AU  - Shakhovskoy, N. M.
PY  - 2010
BT  - Polarimetric Remote Sensing of Solar System Objects
PB  - Akademperiodyka
CY  - Kyiv, Ukraine
ER  -

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