A light-scattering matrix for unicellular marine phytoplankton

Witkowski, Konrad, Tadeusz Król, Andrzej Zielinski, Edward Kuten

Limnol. Oceanogr., 43(5), 1998, 859-869 | DOI: 10.4319/lo.1998.43.5.0859

ABSTRACT: This paper presents angular and spectral measurements of the functions that create a scattering matrix (Müller matrix). The investigations were carried out on monocultures of the unicellular phytoplankton Chlorella vulgaris, Chlorella kesleri, and Chroococcus minor at scattering angles from 8° to 155° and at wavelengths of 488, 514, and 633 nm. Living cultures of phytoplankton as well as cultures treated chemically (boiled in 5% NaOH) and physically (ultrasound) were tested. These treatments alter the internal structures of the cells, and show that the altered structures modify the scattering matrix functional.

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