Scattering matrices and reciprocity relationships for various representations of the state of polarization

by Zdenek Sekera

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Continuation of a study that puts the theory of scattering and transfer of solar radiation in planetary atmospheres on a rigorous mathematical basis. The Memorandum examines several schemes for the complete quantitative description of a stream of radiation with regard to their suitability to the treatment of this theory. Relations between these schemes are found and certain conclusions about their properties are reached. The analytical efort combines classical field-theoretical concepts and optical principles with modern matrix mathematics to make full use of high-speed computers in numerical modeling experiments.

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