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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 1999
  • pp: 3196–3198

Reciprocity principle applicable to reflected radiance measurements and the searchlight problem

Larry Di Girolamo  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 15, pp. 3196-3198 (1999)

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In a recent paper by Di Girolamo et al. [J. Geophys. Res. D 103, 8795 (1998)] a heuristic argument was used to derive a reciprocity principle applicable to reflected solar radiation measurements. Here a formal derivation of this reciprocity principle is presented. It is also demonstrated that a purely spatial reciprocal relationship exists between one-dimensional radiative transfer theory and the three-dimensional searchlight problem for horizontally homogeneous media.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements

Original Manuscript: November 6, 1998
Revised Manuscript: March 8, 1999
Published: May 20, 1999

Larry Di Girolamo, "Reciprocity principle applicable to reflected radiance measurements and the searchlight problem," Appl. Opt. 38, 3196-3198 (1999)

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