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  • Vol. 3, Iss. 4 — Apr. 23, 2008

Impulse response solution to the three-dimensional vector radiative transfer equation in atmosphere-ocean systems. I. Monte Carlo method

Peng-Wang Zhai, George W. Kattawar, and Ping Yang  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 8, pp. 1037-1047 (2008)

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We have developed a powerful 3D Monte Carlo code, as part of the Radiance in a Dynamic Ocean (RaDyO) project, which can compute the complete effective Mueller matrix at any detector position in a completely inhomogeneous turbid medium, in particular, a coupled atmosphere-ocean system. The light source can be either passive or active. If the light source is a beam of light, the effective Mueller matrix can be viewed as the complete impulse response Green matrix for the turbid medium. The impulse response Green matrix gives us an insightful way to see how each region of a turbid medium affects every other region. The present code is validated with the multicomponent approach for a plane-parallel system and the spherical harmonic discrete ordinate method for the 3D scalar radiative transfer system. Furthermore, the impulse response relation for a box-type cloud model is studied. This 3D Monte Carlo code will be used to generate impulse response Green matrices for the atmosphere and ocean, which act as inputs to a hybrid matrix operator–Monte Carlo method. The hybrid matrix operator–Monte Carlo method will be presented in part II of this paper.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media
(010.5620) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Radiative transfer

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: September 17, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 3, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 9, 2008
Published: March 5, 2008

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Vol. 3, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Peng-Wang Zhai, George W. Kattawar, and Ping Yang, "Impulse response solution to the three-dimensional vector radiative transfer equation in atmosphere-ocean systems. I. Monte Carlo method," Appl. Opt. 47, 1037-1047 (2008)

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