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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 1999
  • pp: 3129–3133

Atmospheric ray path modeling for radiative transfer algorithms

Frank Hase and Michael Höpfner  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 15, pp. 3129-3133 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.003129


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Abstract

A new method for the determination of ray paths as well as resulting path segments and partial gas columns within a layered atmosphere is presented. Any singularity at the tangent point is avoided. No use is made of the gross spherical symmetry of the Earth’s atmosphere. Using this approach we examine the impact of the Earth’s oblate shape and horizontal atmospheric inhomogeneities on infrared limb spectra.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.4430) General : Numerical approximation and analysis
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1320) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric transmittance
(010.4030) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Mirages and refraction
(080.0080) Geometric optics : Geometric optics
(080.2710) Geometric optics : Inhomogeneous optical media
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

History
Original Manuscript: April 21, 1998
Revised Manuscript: January 7, 1999
Published: May 20, 1999

Citation
Frank Hase and Michael Höpfner, "Atmospheric ray path modeling for radiative transfer algorithms," Appl. Opt. 38, 3129-3133 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-15-3129


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