Abstract

Improved experimental measurements have been made to test an inverse radiative transfer algorithm that makes use of time-resolved measurements of the backscattered radiance to estimate the Legendre moments of the single-scatter phase function. In the latest experiments, a cw mode-locked argon-ion laser synchronously pumping a dye laser was used to produce 5-psec-duration pulses, and a streak camera with a time resolution of 10 psec was used. The single-scatter albedo and the asymmetry factor could be estimated more accurately than with the data from earlier experiments, but higher Legendre moments continue to be impractical to estimate.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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