Monitoring dust particle orientation with measurements of sunlight dichroic extinction

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Alignment of irregularly shaped dust aerosols leading to linear dichroism has been reported in atmospheric layers. The present study intents to quantify the excess linear polarization of direct solar radiation propagating through atmospheric layers, when these contain oriented dust particles. In order to record the linear polarization, we have used the Solar Polarimeter (SolPol). SolPol is an instrument that measures the polarization of direct solar irradiance at 550nm. It is installed on an astronomical tracker in order target the solar disk. Using the measurements, the Stokes parameters are retrieved (I, Q/I, U/I and V/I) with an accuracy of ~1% and precision of 1 ppm. Collocated measurements of a sun-photometer (Aerosol Robotic Network; AERONET) and lidar are used to quantify the Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) and identify the vertical distribution of dust layers, respectively. We will present indications of dust particle orientation recorded at the PANGEA station in the island of Antikythera, Greece, and at Nicosia, Cyprus during the preparatory phase for the ASKOS campaign in July 2021. The relation of the linear polarization of the solar irradiance to other optical properties of the dust layer is investigated.
Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusPublished - 29 Sep 2021


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