Mechanism of Lunar Polarization

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Science  18 Mar 1966:
Vol. 151, Issue 3716, pp. 1380-1381
DOI: 10.1126/science.151.3716.1380


A theoretical model to explain the negative polarization of moonlight at small lunar phase angles is developed. The model is based on the polarization of light in the diffraction region bordering the geometric shadow of an opaque dielectric obstacle.