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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 7 — Jul. 27, 2011

Markov chain formalism for vector radiative transfer in a plane-parallel atmosphere overlying a polarizing surface

Feng Xu, Anthony B. Davis, Robert A. West, John V. Martonchik, and David J. Diner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 11, pp. 2083-2085 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.002083


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Abstract

We report on a way of building bidirectional surface reflectivity into the Markov chain formalism for polarized radiative transfer through a vertically inhomogeneous atmosphere. Numerical results are compared to those obtained by the Monte Carlo method, showing the accuracy of the Markov chain method when 90 streams are used to compute the radiation from a Rayleigh-plus-aerosol atmosphere that overlies a surface with a bidirectional reflection function consisting of both depolarizing and polarizing parts.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.5855) Scattering : Scattering, polarization

ToC Category:
Scattering

History
Original Manuscript: March 23, 2011
Revised Manuscript: April 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 26, 2011
Published: May 27, 2011

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Vol. 6, Iss. 7 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Feng Xu, Anthony B. Davis, Robert A. West, John V. Martonchik, and David J. Diner, "Markov chain formalism for vector radiative transfer in a plane-parallel atmosphere overlying a polarizing surface," Opt. Lett. 36, 2083-2085 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-11-2083


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