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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 35 — Dec. 10, 2013
  • pp: 8471–8483

Comparative analysis of radiative transfer approaches for calculation of diffuse reflectance of plane-parallel light-scattering layers

Leonid G. Sokoletsky, Alexander A. Kokhanovsky, and Fang Shen  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 35, pp. 8471-8483 (2013)

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We present an analysis of a number of different approximations for the diffuse reflectance (spherical and plane albedo) of a semi-infinite, unbounded, plane-parallel, and optically homogeneous layer. The maximally wide optical conditions (from full absorption to full scattering and from fully forward to fully backward scattering) at collimated, diffuse, and combined illumination conditions were considered. The approximations were analyzed from the point of view of their physical limitations and compared to the numerical radiative transfer solutions, whenever it was possible. The main factors impacting the spherical and plane albedo were revealed for the known and unknown scattering phase functions. The main criterion for inclusion of the models in analysis was the possibility of practical use, i.e., approximations were well parameterized and only included easily measured or estimated parameters. We give a detailed analysis of errors for different models. An algorithm for recalculation of results under combined (direct and diffuse) illumination also has been developed.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media

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Original Manuscript: June 3, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 27, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 8, 2013
Published: December 4, 2013

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Leonid G. Sokoletsky, Alexander A. Kokhanovsky, and Fang Shen, "Comparative analysis of radiative transfer approaches for calculation of diffuse reflectance of plane-parallel light-scattering layers," Appl. Opt. 52, 8471-8483 (2013)

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