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Third Stokes parameter emission from a periodic water surface

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6 Author(s)
Johnson, J.T. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA ; Kong, J.A. ; Shin, R.T. ; Staelin, D.H.
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An experiment in which the third Stokes parameter thermal emission from a periodic water surface was measured is documented. This parameter is shown to be related to the direction of periodicity of the periodic surface and to approach brightnesses of up to 30 K at X-band for the surface used in the experiment. The surface actually analyzed was a "two-layer" periodic surface; the theory of thermal emission from such a surface is derived and the theoretical results are found to be in good agreement with the experimental measurements. These results further the idea of using the third Stokes parameter emission as an indicator of wind direction over the ocean.<>

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:31 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

Sept. 1993

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