Polarimetry of the Galilean satellites and Jupiter near opposition

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Abstract

We present new polarimetric observations of the Galilean satellites Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto as well as the North and South polar regions of Jupiter in the V filter within the range of phase angles -0.13-0.62°. The differences between our results and observations of other authors are discussed. It is shown that there is no second inversion point near the phase angle 0.5°. New observations fully confirmed the presence of the polarization opposition effect for the Galilean satellites Io, Europa, and Ganymede in the region of phase angles smaller than 2°. Observations of Jupiter verified a sharp turn of the angle between the observed polarization plane and the plane perpendicular to the scattering plane by 90°. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Kiselev, N., Rosenbush, V., Velichko, F., & Zaitsev, S. (2009). Polarimetry of the Galilean satellites and Jupiter near opposition. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 110(14–16), 1713–1718. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jqsrt.2009.02.029

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