2013 CASPER Seminar Series
with Dr. George Kattawar, Texas A&M University

DateNovember 1, 2013Time2:30 - 3:30 pm
LocationBaylor Sciences Building, Room A.207

Radiative Transfer using the Monte Carlo Method: Applications from Astrophysics to Biology

George W. Kattawar
Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
Dept. of Physics and Astronomy

We will begin with a brief history of the Monte Carlo method showing the virtues and versatility of the method. A plethora of applications will be discussed ranging from radiative transfer in realistic atmosphere-ocean systems to camouflage in cephalopods. The full Mueller matrix/Stokes vector method will be used and we will show why it is the only correct way to do radiative transfer. The “backward” Monte Carlo method will also be introduced showing its usefulness in solving certain problems and how it is related to reciprocity or time reversal invariance of Maxwell’s equations. This talk should be understood by all who are in attendance.

Prof. Kattawar is an internationally renowned expert in radiative transfer and light scattering dealing with full Mueller matrix/Stokes vector processes. One of the striking things about his research is that it covers so many different disciplines. He has made significant contributions in such diverse areas as biomedical optics, radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres, cloud property studies related to global warming, invisibility cloaking, ultrashort laser propagation in water, and anthrax detection, just to mention a few. He has authored/coauthored over 210 papers in peer reviewed jornals. He has won several awards such as Fellow of the Optical Society of America, 1976; Amoco Foundation Teaching Excellence Award, 1981; Teacher/Scholar Award, 1990; He was also elected for two, three year terms on the Committee on Recommendations for U.S. Army Basic Scientific Research under the National Research Council. His most recent honor was being selected by the Texas Academy of Science as the Distinguished Texas Scientist for the year 2011. He is a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans and a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Transport Theory and Statistical Physics. He was selected to be editor of the SPIE Milestone Series on “Multiple Scattering in Plane Parallel Atmospheres and Oceans: Techniques”. He was selected (2009) to serve on the External Advisory Board of the Stevens Institute of Technology to assess their engineering and science programs. He has served as Academic Advisor of the Board of Directors of the Texas Academy of Science. He has also been a major consultant to the Navy for several secret projects related to National Defense. In addition to his many invited talks at both national and international meetings, he is constantly being invited to give popular talks to civic and student organizations.

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