Reduction of multiple scattering to second order scattering for determination of liquid-cloud microphysical properties
Lidar Consultant, Ottawa, Canada ;
2* RDDC Valcartier 2459 de la Bravoure, Québec, Qc, Canada,
3 AEREX Avionic, Levis, Canada ;
Published online: 13 April 2018
Under single scattering conditions, water droplets clouds do not depolarize the backscattered light. However, backscattered light from multiple scattering will be depolarized. The level of depolarization is a function of the droplets size and of the cloud extinction coefficient value and its profile; it has also a strong dependency on the lidar field-of-view (FOV) and azimuth angle -. It has been demonstrated in  that the multiple scattering cross polarization signal can be reduced to a second order scattering one using the azimuthal dependency of the cross polarization. In this paper we present how the multiple scattering cross polarization can be reduced to a second order scattering and how this signal is related to the droplet particle size. Monte Carlo simulations for clouds at different ranges and effective radius sizes are performed and compared with the results obtained with an analytical model.
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