Electropolarimetric study of Jupiter’s Galilean satellites
The polarization properties of light, reflected from Jupiter’s satellites, are studied. Maximum difference is noticeable between polarization degrees of light, reflected from the satellites’ front and rear hemispheres. For the satellites located relatively close to Jupiter (Io, Europe, Ganymede), the magnitude of polarization degree of light, reflected from the front hemisphere, is comparatively less than the magnitude of polarization degree of light, reflected from the rear hemisphere, and vice versa for satellite Callisto. A hypothesis is presented in order to explain the mentioned differences. © 2012 Bull. Georg. Natl. Acad. Sci.