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  • Vol. 72, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1982
  • pp: 1498–1501

Ray tracing in a refracting spherically symmetric atmosphere

Dennis A. Thompson, Theodore J. Pepin, and Frances W. Simon  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 72, Issue 11, pp. 1498-1501 (1982)

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Satellite- and balloon-borne instruments may be used to measure the total transmission of electromagnetic radiation along a slant-path trajectory traversing the Earth’s atmosphere. Inversions of this type of measurement data to determine the altitude- and wavelength-dependent atmospheric extinction require accurate ray-tracing techniques. The ray-tracing equations used in our inversion procedures are derived. These equations describe the refraction angle and generate the path-length matrix for such radiation traversing a refracting, spherically symmetric atmosphere. Furthermore, they are presented in forms suitable for numerical integration.

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Dennis A. Thompson, Theodore J. Pepin, and Frances W. Simon, "Ray tracing in a refracting spherically symmetric atmosphere," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 72, 1498-1501 (1982)

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