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Title: Detection range enhancement using circularly polarized light in scattering environments for infrared wavelengths

We find for infrared wavelengths there are broad ranges of particle sizes and refractive indices that represent fog and rain where the use of circular polarization can persist to longer ranges than linear polarization. Using polarization tracking Monte Carlo simulations for varying particle size, wavelength, and refractive index, we show that for specific scene parameters circular polarization outperforms linear polarization in maintaining the intended polarization state for large optical depths. This enhancement with circular polarization can be exploited to improve range and target detection in obscurant environments that are important in many critical sensing applications. Specifically, circular polarization persists better than linear for radiation fog in the short-wave infrared, for advection fog in the short-wave infrared and the long-wave infrared, and large particle sizes of Sahara dust around the 4 micron wavelength.
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  1. Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (United States)
  2. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  3. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6935; APOPAI; 540819
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Applied Optics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 54; Journal Issue: 9; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6935
Optical Society of America (OSA)
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE scattering; atmospheric scattering; Mie theory; multiple scattering; scattering, polarization; Turbid media