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  • Vol. 58, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1968
  • pp: 1634–1637

Determination of the Temperature Profile in an Atmosphere from its Outgoing Radiance

MOUSTAFA T. CHAHINE  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 58, Issue 12, pp. 1634-1637 (1968)

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A highly convergent relaxation method has been developed for the inversion of the full radiative-transfer equation. The results of the iterative solution indicate that convergence can be achieved over a wide range of initial guesses, enabling the temperature profile of a relatively unknown atmosphere to be unambiguously determined. The method is illustrated by examples for the outgoing radiance in the earth’s atmosphere for the region of the 4.3-µ CO2 band, but can be similarly applied in other frequency ranges.

MOUSTAFA T. CHAHINE, "Determination of the Temperature Profile in an Atmosphere from its Outgoing Radiance," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 58, 1634-1637 (1968)

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