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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 2011
  • pp: 5499–5502

On limb radiance calculations and convergence of relaxation type retrieval algorithms

L. Rezac, A. A. Kutepov, A. G. Feofilov, and J. M. Russell, III  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 28, pp. 5499-5502 (2011)

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Several approaches to the solution of the radiative transfer equation assume either Curtis–Godson average or linear change of the source function across grid segments. When such solutions are used for calculating limb radiances, the peak radiance response to the source function perturbation at tangent point i is displaced down to the tangent point i + 1 . This effect is explained through a geometric argument. Temperature profile retrievals performed by applying the ratio of signals at level i + 1 for correcting temperature at level i demonstrate dramatic convergence acceleration of the iterative relaxation scheme.

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OCIS Codes
(260.3090) Physical optics : Infrared, far
(280.4991) Remote sensing and sensors : Passive remote sensing
(280.6780) Remote sensing and sensors : Temperature
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: February 15, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 27, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 19, 2011
Published: September 30, 2011

L. Rezac, A. A. Kutepov, A. G. Feofilov, and J. M. Russell, III, "On limb radiance calculations and convergence of relaxation type retrieval algorithms," Appl. Opt. 50, 5499-5502 (2011)

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