Matrix representations of the vector radiativetransfer theory for randomly distributed nonspherical particles
Abstract
General matrix representations of the vector radiativetransfer equation for randomly distributed nonspherical particles are given with compact representations of the extinction matrix and the Mueller matrix. The propagation of the coherent Stokes vector and the coherency matrix in such a medium is expressed in matrix form. The extinction matrix is related to the generalized optical theorem for partially polarized waves. The firstorder scattering solution of the Stokes vector is given in matrix form, and discussions of the Fourier expansion of the equation of transfer and the limitation of the equation of transfer are given.
 Publication:

Journal of the Optical Society of America A
 Pub Date:
 April 1984
 DOI:
 10.1364/JOSAA.1.000359
 Bibcode:
 1984JOSAA...1..359I
 Keywords:

 Atmospheric Optics;
 Matrices (Mathematics);
 Radiative Transfer;
 S Matrix Theory;
 Coherent Electromagnetic Radiation;
 Incident Radiation;
 Polarization Characteristics;
 Random Processes;
 Vector Analysis;
 Physics (General)