Abstract

Point sources in the atmosphere are surrounded by aureoles because of atmospheric scattering. The properties of an aureole were calculated by use of a Monte Carlo approach and an iterative method for an isotropic source and an axially symmetric emission source inside an infinite homogeneous atmosphere. The influence of single-scattering albedo, optical depth between source and observer, and source intensity anisotropy were studied from both approaches. For each situation, the limits and advantages of the Monte Carlo technique and the iterative method are described.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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