Accession Number : ADA139868

Title :   Multiple Scattering of Light in Seawater.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Wells,W H

PDF Url : ADA139868

Report Date : Mar 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : Light scattering is the basic physical limitation in certain naval operations. These include: Optical detection of submarines; Blue-green communications to submarines; and Undersea visibility in search, rescue, and mapping. To evaluate these limitations, the Navy needs solutions to the mathematical problem of multiple scattering, or radiative transfer as physicists prefer to call it. To describe this problem, we need to make a distinction between inherent and apparent properties of the seawater. The inherent properties refer to the water and the particles suspended therein: (a) the beam attenuation coefficient; (b) the volume scattering function; (c) the absorption coefficient; (d) moments of delta (spherical harmonics); (e) total scattering coefficient; and (f) alpha - S sub n. Sections I and II describe contributions to the direct and inverse problems of radiative transfer, and Sec. III lists the papers and reports prepared and published under the subject contract.

Descriptors :   *Numerical analysis, *Light scattering, *Sea water, *Radiative transfer, Problem solving, Computations, Naval operations, Differential equations, Optical detection, Submarine detection, Underwater communications, Visibility

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Numerical Mathematics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE