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Applied Optics


  • Vol. 8, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1969
  • pp: 1169–1178

Infrared Cloud Radiance

George W. Kattawar and Gilbert N. Plass  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 8, Issue 6, pp. 1169-1178 (1969)

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The radiance of clouds is calculated at nine wavelengths in the ir. The single scattering function is obtained by Mie theory from the measured values of the complex index of refraction and with two different drop size distributions. Multiple scattering is taken into account by a Monte Carlo technique which computes the exact three-dimensional paths of the photons. The upward and downward radiance is obtained as a function of optical thickness, angle of observation, drop size distribution, and incident solar angle. The mean optical path of the photon, the cloud albedo, and the flux at the lower and upper boundaries are also given.

© 1969 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: January 9, 1969
Published: June 1, 1969

George W. Kattawar and Gilbert N. Plass, "Infrared Cloud Radiance," Appl. Opt. 8, 1169-1178 (1969)

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