Suspended Sediment

Sequoia Scientific Optical VSF Sensors

Sequoia offers two instruments for this application. The LISST-200X and LISST-VSF. Respectively, these are for small-angle VSF and full-angle VSF with depolarization. Both measure beam attenuation.

The VSF can be thought of as composed of forward scattered (0-90°) and back scattered (90-180°) light, typically denoted bf and bb, respectively. Back scattering, bb, is of interest for scientists and practitioners concerned with ocean color studies and remote sensing. Sequoia offers the Hyper-bb for measuring bb for these applications.

  • Small Angle VSF with the LISST-200X

    The LISST-200X measures a weighted form of the VSF, covering the small forward range of angles, from 0.036 to 13.8° in water. No polarization information is available.  The VSF measurements are offered at 32 log-spaced angles, i.e. successive angles increase by the factor 1.1809, beginning at the smallest values of 0.036°.

    All measurements are made at the 670 nm wavelength of the laser. Measurements have been found to agree to within a few percent of Mie theory (see e.g. Agrawal (2005) in our library). Systems for the 532 nm green wavelength have been produced as custom units and remain available.

    Wide Angle VSF with Polarization, using the LISST-VSF

    The LISST-VSF is an instrument that combines the small-angle VSF capability of the LISST-100X with a wide angle capability, and with additional information on polarization properties of the scattered light.

    Like the LISST-200X, the LISST-VSF measures the VSF at small angles, 0.1-15º with identical optics. Additionally, with a ‘roving eyeball’ optics design, it obtains a measure of the depolarization element P12. The roving eyeball covers the angles 15-160º in 1-degree intervals.

    Hyper-spectral backscattering, bb, with the Hyper-bb

    The Hyper-bb is a multispectral, self-contained submersible single-angle backscattering instrument with configurable spectral channels.

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