Abstract

Higher-order iterative solutions for the vector radiative transfer equation are obtained from the application of the iterative approach to each Fourier component of the radiative transfer equation. Unlike the ordinary iterative method, in which each iteration introduces double integrals over μ and ϕ, the new approach introduces only one integral over μ for each additional iteration. Hence the new iterative method is suited for higher-order iterative solutions. The third- and fourth-order iterative solutions are described with the use of the Fourier expansion approach.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

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