Optical properties of deep glacial ice at the South Pole

  title={Optical properties of deep glacial ice at the South Pole},
  author={Markus Ackermann and James P Ahrens and Xinhua Bai and Michael Bartelt and Steven W. Barwick and Ryan Bay and T. Becka and Julia K. Becker and Kurt H. Becker and Patrick Berghaus and Elisa Bernardini and Daniel Bertrand and David J. Boersma and Sebastian B{\"o}ser and Olga Botner and Adam Bouchta and Othmane Bouhali and Cliff P. Burgess and Thomas Burgess and Thierry Castermans and Dmitry Chirkin and B. Collin and J. Conrad and Jodi Cooley and Douglas Cowen and Anna Davour and Catherine De Clercq and C. P{\'e}rez de los Heros and Paolo Desiati and Tyce DeYoung and Peter Ekstr{\"o}m and Thomas Feser and Thomas K. Gaisser and R. Ganugapati and Heiko Geenen and Lisa Marie Gerhardt and Azriel Goldschmidt and Axel Gro{\ss} and Allan Hallgren and Francis Halzen and Kael D. Hanson and David Hardtke and T. Harenberg and T. Hauschildt and Klaus Helbing and Martin F. Hellwig and Ph. Herquet and Gary C. Hill and J. Hodges and Daan Hubert and Brennan Hughey and Per Olof Hulth and Klas Hultqvist and Stephan Hundertmark and Janet S. Jacobsen and K-H. Kampert and Albrecht Karle and Martin Kestel and Georges Kohnen and Lutz K{\"o}pke and Marek Kowalski and Kyler W. Kuehn and Rodrigo Guedes Lang and Henri Leich and Matthias J. Leuthold and Igor Liubarsky and Johan Lundberg and J. Madsen and Pawel Marciniewski and Howard S. Matis and C. P. McParland and T. Messarius and Yu. V. Minaeva and Predrag Mio{\vc}inovi{\'c} and R M Morse and K. Munich and Rolf Nahnhauer and Jiwoo Nam and Tanja Neunh{\"o}ffer and Peter Niessen and David R. Nygren and Ph. Olbrechts and A. C. Pohl and Rodin Antonio Porrata and P. Buford Price and Gerald T. Przybylski and Katherine Rawlins and Elisa Resconi and Wolfgang Rhode and Mathieu Ribordy and Steffen Richter and Julio Rodr{\'i}guez Martino and H. G. Sander and Stefan Schlenstedt and D. Schneider and Robert Schwarz and A. Silvestri and M. Solarz and Glenn M. Spiczak and Ch. Spiering and Michael Stamatikos and D. Steele and P. Steffen and Robert G. Stokstad and K-H. Sulanke and Ignacio Taboada and Oksana Tarasova and L. Thollander and Serap Tilav and W. Wagner and Ch. Walck and Mark Walter and Yi Wang and Christopher Wiebusch and Ralf Wischnewski and Henrike Wissing and Kurt Woschnagg},
  journal={Journal of Geophysical Research},
We have remotely mapped optical scattering and absorption in glacial ice at the South Pole for wavelengths between 313 and 560 nm and depths between 1100 and 2350 m. We used pulsed and continuous light sources embedded with the AMANDA neutrino telescope, an array of more than six hundred photomultiplier tubes buried deep in the ice. At depths greater than 1300 m, both the scattering coefficient and absorptivity follow vertical variations in concentration of dust impurities, which are seen in… Expand
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Optical properties of ice and snow
  • S. Warren
  • Medicine, Materials Science
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A
  • 2019
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