Abstract

Two new sets of analytical equations are derived with which the albedo of single scattering and the coefficients of a Legendre polynomial expansion of the scattering phase function can be determined for a source-free, homogeneous plane-parallel medium uniformly illuminated over the surfaces. The equations, essentially linear in the unknowns, require measurements of the radiance in the interior of the medium, but no iterative forward-problem calculations are needed. Sets of equations for both unpolarized and polarized radiation applications are given, as well as a side-by-side comparison with previously known sets of analytic inversion equations. Applications of the equations are suggested.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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