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Green functions for multiple scattering as mathematical tools for dense-cloud remote sensing: theory with passive and active applications
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Paper Abstract

We survey radiative Green function theory (1) in linear transport theory where numerical procedures are required to obtain specific results and (2) in the photon diffusion limit (large optical depths) where it is analytically tractable, at least for homogeneous plane-parallel media. We then describe two recent applications of Green function theory to passive cloud remote sensing in the presence of strong three-dimensional transport effects. Finally, we describe recent instrumental breakthroughs in 'off-beam' cloud lidar which is based on direct measurements of radiative Green functions with special attention to the data collected during the Shuttle-based Lidar In-space Technology Experiment (LITE) mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2001
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 4377, Laser Radar Technology and Applications VI, (19 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.440117
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Anthony B. Davis, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Alexander Marshak, Univ. of Maryland (United States)
Robert F. Cahalan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4377:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications VI
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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