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Fundamentals of Atmospheric Radiation
An Introduction with 400 Problems
by Craig F. Bohren

Fundamentals of Atmospheric Radiation covers the fundamentals of emission, absorption, and scattering of electromagnetic radiation from ultraviolet to infrared and beyond.

Features:

  • Applies to planetary atmosphere, with graded discussions providing a thorough treatment of subjects
  • Includes single scattering by particles at different levels of complexity
  • Introduces concepts in more advanced theories, such that the more complicated two-stream theory allows readers to progress beyond the pile-of-plates theory

Contents

Emission: The Birth of Photons

  • Wave and Particle Languages
  • Radiation in Equilibrium with Matter
  • Blackbody Radiation
  • AbsorptivityandEmissivity
  • Emission by Clouds
  • Emissivity and GlobalWarming

Absorption: The Death of Photons

  • Exponential Attenuation
  • Directional Emissivity of the Atmosphere
  • Flux Divergence
  • Absorption Cross Section
  • The ABCs of Complex Variables
  • Interpretation of the Molecular Absorption Coefficient
  • Classical versus Quantum-Mechanical Interpretation of Absorption
  • Absorption by Molecules: The Details
  • Absorption by Particles

Scattering: The Life of Photons

  • Scattering: An Overview
  • Scattering by a Dipole
  • Waves on a String: The One-Dimensional Wave Equation
  • Superposition and Interference
  • Scattering by Particles

Radiometry and Photometry: What you Get and What you See

  • The General Radiation Field
  • Diffuse Reflection
  • Color

Multiple Scattering: Elementary

  • Multiple Scattering by a Pile of Parallel Plates
  • Two-Stream Theory of Radiative Transfer
  • Multiple Scattering in an Absorbing Medium
  • Emission

Multiple Scattering: Advanced

  • N-Stream Theory and Beyond
  • Diffusion Theory: The Elements
  • The Monte Carlo Method
  • Atmospheric Applications of the Monte Carlo Method
  • Rate Profiles

Polarization: The Hidden Variable

  • The Nature of Polarized Light
  • Polarization upon Specular Reflection
  • Polarization by Dipolar Scattering: Skylight
  • Particles as Polarizers and Retarders

Meteorological Optics: The Reward

  • Color and Brightness of the Molecular Atmosphere
  • Atmospheric Visual Range
  • Atmospheric Refraction
  • Scatteringby Single Water Droplets
  • Scattering by Single Ice Crystals
  • Sun Dogs and Halos
  • Clouds as Givers and Takers of Light

Index

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An Introduction with 400 Problems
by Craig F. Bohren

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