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Astrophysics and Space Science Library

Transfer of Polarized Light in Planetary Atmospheres

Basic Concepts and Practical Methods

Authors: Hovenier, J.W., van der Mee, Cornelis V. M., Domke, Helmut

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The principal elements of the theory of polarized light transfer in planetary atmospheres are expounded in a systematic but concise way. Basic concepts and practical methods are emphasized, both for single and multiple scattering of electromagnetic radiation by molecules and particles in the atmospheres of planets in the Solar System, including the Earth, and beyond. A large part of the book is also useful for studies of light scattering by particles in comets, the interplanetary and interstellar medium, circumstellar disks, reflection nebulae, water bodies like oceans and suspensions of particles in a gas or liquid in the laboratory.

Throughout the book symmetry principles, such as the reciprocity principle and the mirror symmetry principle, are employed. In this way the theory is made more transparent and easier to understand than in most papers on the subject. In addition, significant computational reductions, resulting from symmetry principles, are presented. Hundreds of references to relevant literature are given at the end of the book. Appendices contain supplementary information such as a general exposition on properties of matrices transforming Stokes parameters of light beams. Each chapter concludes with a number of problems with answers or hints for solution.

The readers should have some basic knowledge of physics and mathematics. The book is suitable as a textbook for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. It will also be of interest to science professionals in one of the many disciplines in which electromagnetic scattering plays an important role, like astrophysics, atmospheric optics, remote sensing, marine optics, biophysics and biomedicine.

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transfer of Polarized Light in Planetary Atmospheres
Book Subtitle
Basic Concepts and Practical Methods
Authors
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
318
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-2856-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-2856-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-2855-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-2889-2
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 258
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