By Wing-Huen Ip, Anil Bhardwaj

Advances in Geosciences is the results of a concerted attempt in bringing the most recent effects and making plans actions relating to earth and area technology in Asia and the foreign enviornment. the amount editors are all major scientists of their examine fields protecting six sections: Hydrological technological know-how (HS), Planetary technology (PS), sun Terrestrial (ST), sturdy Earth (SE), Ocean technology (OS) and Atmospheric technology (AS). the most goal is to spotlight the clinical concerns necessary to the examine of earthquakes, tsunamis, atmospheric airborne dirt and dust storms, weather switch, drought, flood, typhoons, monsoons, house climate, and planetary exploration.

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Stankevich, O. Miloslavskaya, K. Muinonen, J. Piironen, R. Nelson, W. Smythe, V. Rosenbush and P. Helfenstein, Icarus 159 (2002) 396. 9. A. C. Levasseur-Regourd, E. Hadamcik and J. Lasue, Adv. Space Res. 37 (2006) 161. 10. D. J. Tholen and A. Barucci, in Asteroids II, eds. R. P. Binzel, T. Gehrels and M. S. Matthews (University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 1989), pp. 298–315. 11. S. J. Bus and R. P. Binzel, Icarus 158 (2002) 146. 12. A. Penttil¨ a, K. Lumme, E. -C. Levasseur-Regourd, Astron. Astrophys.

In this respect, a big effort is being produced by many teams to discover the most dangerous objects. A lot of work must be done, however, on the side of the study of the physical properties of these objects. In this respect, polarimetry can play an invaluable role as a powerful tool to derive the surface albedo, and consequently the sizes of the objects. 19 The availability of new polarimeters in the future is needed to ensure a stable development of asteroid polarimetry. Recently, a few new instruments, including a single-color polarimeter using phototube detectors, has entered into operations at the El Leoncito observatory.

In recent times, it has been widely accepted the idea that both the observed polarimetric and photometric properties of the asteroids can be explained in terms of two major mechanisms: coherent backscattering and shadowing. The former mechanism is based on constructive interference of scattered electromagnetic waves in presence of multiple scattering. Interested readers can find a description of this mechanism and appropriate references to previous work in the Muinonen et al. 7 According to current understanding, the coherent backscattering mechanism plays a role in the generation of both the observed brightness and polarization phase relations, while shadowing should contribute mainly in determining the brightness opposition effect.

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