CASPER - Dr. George W. Kattawar

DateNovember 1, 2013
Time2:30 - 3:30 pm
DescriptionRadiative Transfer using the Monte Carlo Method:
Applications from Astrophysics to Biology

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
PublisherBaylor Sciences Building
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