Abstract

The relevance of polarization measurements in the near uv and visible regions of the electromagnetic spectrum in investigations of the effects of the atmospheric aerosol and the reflective properties of the ground, intermediate layers of the atmosphere, and the atmosphere as a whole on the ambient radiation field is discussed. The salient features of a photoelectric skylight polarimeter characterized by its adaptability to balloon-borne measurements of the degree of linear polarization and relative intensity variations in four narrow spectral intervals (bandwidth ~150 Å) centered on λλ 3270 Å, 3975 Å, 500 Å, and 6120 Å are described. Preliminary results of measurements obtained in a balloon experiment staged at Page, Arizona (36°57′N, 111°27′W, 1300 m above msl) on 30 March 1965 are presented.

© 1967 Optical Society of America

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