Light depolarization by atmospheric particles: theory and measurements (AMT/ACP inter-journal SI)(AMT/ACP inter-journal SI)
Light depolarization by atmospheric particles: theory and measurements (AMT/ACP inter-journal SI)(AMT/ACP inter-journal SI)
Editor(s): S. Schmidt, T. Garrett, and D. Baumgardner Special issue jointly organized between Atmospheric Measurement Techniques and Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
This special issue addresses the problem of distinguishing aspherical from spherical particles in the atmosphere. In particular, separating liquid from ice particles in clouds and distinguishing dust, ash, bioaerosols and other types of aspherical particles from those that are spherical.

Papers that discuss the theoretical background that relates depolarization to physical features of aerosol and cloud particles are welcome, as are those that apply the theory to actual measurement of ambient particles.

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18 Jul 2013
Retrieving simulated volcanic, desert dust and sea-salt particle properties from two/three-component particle mixtures using UV-VIS polarization lidar and T matrix
G. David, B. Thomas, T. Nousiainen, A. Miffre, and P. Rairoux
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 6757–6776,,, 2013
19 Apr 2013
Application of linear polarized light for the discrimination of frozen and liquid droplets in ice nucleation experiments
T. Clauss, A. Kiselev, S. Hartmann, S. Augustin, S. Pfeifer, D. Niedermeier, H. Wex, and F. Stratmann
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 1041–1052,,, 2013
14 Mar 2013
Depolarization ratio of polar stratospheric clouds in coastal Antarctica: comparison analysis between ground-based Micro Pulse Lidar and space-borne CALIOP observations
C. Córdoba-Jabonero, J. L. Guerrero-Rascado, D. Toledo, M. Parrondo, M. Yela, M. Gil, and H. A. Ochoa
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 703–717,,, 2013
01 Feb 2013
A new method for measuring optical scattering properties of atmospherically relevant dusts using the Cloud and Aerosol Spectrometer with Polarization (CASPOL)
A. Glen and S. D. Brooks
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 1345–1356,,, 2013
09 Nov 2012
Influence of particle size and shape on the backscattering linear depolarisation ratio of small ice crystals – cloud chamber measurements in the context of contrail and cirrus microphysics
M. Schnaiter, S. Büttner, O. Möhler, J. Skrotzki, M. Vragel, and R. Wagner
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 10465–10484,,, 2012
11 May 2012
Circular depolarization ratios of single water droplets and finite ice circular cylinders: a modeling study
M. Nicolet, M. Schnaiter, and O. Stetzer
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 4207–4214,,, 2012
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