Using polarized variable coherence tomography to estimate polarimetrie BRDF from monostatic data

J. Scott Tyo, Theodore S. Turner

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Variable coherence tomography (VCT) was recently developed by Baleine and Dogariu for the purposes of directly sensing the second-order statistical properties of a randomly scattering volume. In this paper we generalize the theory of VCT to include polarized inputs and scatterers. The measurement of the scattered coherency matrix or Stokes vector is not adequate in general to describe the surface, as these quantities depend on the coherence state of the incident beam. However, by controlling the polarized coherence properties of the beam with polarized VCT, we are able to design a method that can measure analogous information to the Polarimetric BRDF, but do it from monostatic data. Such a method has potential impact on both Polarimetric and scalar active remote sensing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolarization Science and Remote Sensing III
StatePublished - 2007
EventPolarization Science and Remote Sensing III - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 29 2007Aug 30 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherPolarization Science and Remote Sensing III
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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