Display of ice crystal flutter in atmospheric light pillars
Article first published online: 26 FEB 2009
Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 36, Issue 4, February 2009
How to Cite
2009), Display of ice crystal flutter in atmospheric light pillars, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L04804, doi:10.1029/2008GL036413., and (
- Issue published online: 26 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 26 FEB 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 JAN 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 12 JAN 2009
- Manuscript Received: 21 OCT 2008
- light scattering;
- crystal clouds
 Specular patterns in the atmosphere caused by ice crystals with preferably horizontal orientation are quantitatively described by use of a bidirectional phase function for a fluttering plate. The main qualitative features of the sun pillars and overground light pillars are explained. Possibilities to retrieve the probability density for orientation of the preferably oriented crystals from the specular patterns are discussed.