Monte Carlo methods are often applied to the calculation of the apparent emissivities of blackbody cavities. However, for cavities with complex as well as some commonly encountered geometries, the emission Monte Carlo method experiences problems of convergence. The emission and absorption Monte Carlo methods are compared on the basis of ease of implementation and convergence speed when applied to blackbody sources. A new method to determine solution convergence compatible with both methods is developed, and the convergence speeds of the two methods are compared through the application of both methods to a right-circular cylinder cavity. It is shown that the absorption method converges faster and is easier to implement than the emission method when applied to most blackbody and lower emissivity cavities.
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(000.4430) General : Numerical approximation and analysis
(120.4570) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical design of instruments
(230.6080) Optical devices : Sources
(300.2140) Spectroscopy : Emission
Robert J. Pahl and Mark A. Shannon, "Analysis of Monte Carlo Methods Applied to Blackbody and Lower Emissivity Cavities," Appl. Opt. 41, 691-699 (2002)