- Polarized Light Reflected and Transmitted by Thick Rayleigh Scattering Atmospheres
- Astrophysical Journal
- Volume | Issue number
- 748 | 1
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API)
Accurate values for the intensity and polarization of light reflected and transmitted by optically thick Rayleigh scattering atmospheres with a Lambert surface underneath are presented. A recently reported new method for solving integral equations describing Chandrasekhar's X- and Y-functions is used. The results have been validated using various tests and techniques, including the doubling-adding method, and are accurate to within one unit in the eighth decimal place. Tables are stored electronically and expected to be useful as benchmark results for the (exo)planetary science and astrophysics communities. Asymptotic expressions to obtain Stokes parameters for a thick layer from those of a semi-infinite atmosphere are also provided.
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