Monte Carlo simulation of radiative transfer in a refractive layered medium

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Abstract

In this work, we adapted the Monte Carlo method to simulate radiative transfer in a two-layer scattering slab with continuously varying refractive index in each of the two layers and a jump of refractive index at the interface between the two layers. The hemispherical reflectance (Rh) and transmittance (Th) of the slab are obtained by tracing photon bundles propagating along curved trajectories. There is a very satisfying correspondence between the present results and those obtained by numerical solution of integral radiative transfer equation for the special cases with constant refractive index in each of the layers. The magnitude of numerical uncertainty decreases with the increase of bundles. The results show that the Rh decreases with the increase of the positive gradient of the refractive index considered. For the cases with constant total thickness, the Rh and the Th increase with the increase of the ratio of upper-layer thickness to lower-layer thickness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-613
Number of pages7
JournalHeat and Mass Transfer/Waerme- und Stoffuebertragung
Volume46
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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