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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 1991
  • pp: 858–867

Matrix description of radiometric quantities

Richard Anderson  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 30, Issue 7, pp. 858-867 (1991)

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The impetus for this paper was to assist investigators not familiar with radiometry theory. Many times they apply a scalar theory to the scattering of polarized light from nondepolarizing targets. Also some investigators erroneously apply a combined scalar–vector theory since the correct vector–matrix approach has not been developed in the literature. The classical theory used by many investigators is modified in vector–matrix form in this paper. The vector–matrix theory is applied to the various geometries. These results and examples are presented in tabular form.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: November 15, 1989
Published: March 1, 1991

Richard Anderson, "Matrix description of radiometric quantities," Appl. Opt. 30, 858-867 (1991)

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