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  • Vol. 33, Iss. 27 — Sep. 20, 1994
  • pp: 6547–6554

Analytical solution to the optical transfer function of a scattering medium with large particles

Eleanor P. Zege and Alexander A. Kokhanovsky  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 33, Issue 27, pp. 6547-6554 (1994)

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A new analytical expression for the optical transfer function of multiple-scattering media such as clouds, mists, and dust aerosols is given in terms of their microphysical characteristics. The geometrical optics approximation is used to find local optical parameters of a scattering medium, including the simple approximation of the phase function, which is the key to the solution of the problem considered here. The optical transfer function is taken within a small-angle approximation of the radiative transfer theory. A comparison with Monte Carlo data shows a fairly satisfactory accuracy of our analytic formulas.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: April 19, 1993
Revised Manuscript: January 1, 1994
Published: September 20, 1994

Eleanor P. Zege and Alexander A. Kokhanovsky, "Analytical solution to the optical transfer function of a scattering medium with large particles," Appl. Opt. 33, 6547-6554 (1994)

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