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An overview of methods for deriving the radiative transfer theory from the...

Doicu, A., and M. Mishchenko (2019), An overview of methods for deriving the radiative transfer theory from the Maxwell equations. II: Approach based on the Dyson and Bethe–Salpeter equations, J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 224, 25-36, doi:10.1016/j.jqsrt.2018.10.032.

In this paper, the vector radiative transfer equation is derived by means of the vector integral Foldy equations describing the electromagnetic scattering by a group of particles. By assuming that in a discrete random medium the positions of the particles are statistically independent and by applying the Twersky approximation to the order-of-scattering expansion of the total field, we derive the Dyson equation for the coherent field and the ladder approximated Bethe–Salpeter equation for the dyadic correlation function. Then, under the far-field assumption for sparsely distributed particles, the Dyson equation is reduced to the Foldy integral equation for the coherent field, while the iterated solution of the Bethe– Salpeter equation ultimately yields the vector radiative transfer equation.

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