Accession Number : AD0640301

Title :   DIFFUSE TRANSMISSION OF LIGHT FROM A CENTRAL SOURCE THROUGH AN INHOMOGENEOUS SPHERICAL SHELL WITH ISOTROPIC SCATTERING,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Bellman,R. E. ; Kagiwada,H. H. ; Kalaba,R. E. ; Ueno,S.

Report Date : SEP 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : A partial differential integral equation is derived for the angular distribution of the radiation which is diffusely transmitted through an inhomogeneous, isotropically scattering, spherical shell when there is a constant net flux of radiation normally incident on the inner surface. An equation is also derived for the strength of the diffusely reflected radiation when the shell is illuminated at each point on the outer surface by constant isotropic incident radiation. The equations obtained appear to lend themselves well to numerical solution. Astrophysically, the situation corresponds to determining the brightness of a spherical planetary nebula. As far as is known, the equations are new and exact. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*LIGHT TRANSMISSION, SPHERES), DIFFUSION, PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, NUMERICAL METHODS AND PROCEDURES, LIGHT, DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS

Subject Categories : Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE