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Remarks on polarimetric-radiative transfer of the atmosphere involving ground reflections
Author(s): Saba Mudaliar
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Paper Abstract

The radiative transfer (RT) approach is widely used for studying scattering from layered random media with rough interfaces. Although it has been successful in several applications such as remote sensing of atmosphere it is well known that this approach involves certain approximations. In this paper these assumptions and approximations are reexamined and explained. To enable this a statistical approach is employed to this problem and the governing equations for the first and second moments of the wave fields are derived. A transition is hence made to arrive at a system of equations corresponding to that of the RT approach. It is thus found that more conditions are implicitly involved in the RT approach than generally believed to be necessary.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7200, Atmospheric Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves III, 720007 (24 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.811915
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Saba Mudaliar, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7200:
Atmospheric Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves III
Olga Korotkova, Editor(s)

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