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Mishchenko et al. 2016

Mishchenko, M.I., J.A. Lock, A.A. Lacis, L.D. Travis, and B. Cairns, 2016: First-principles definition and measurement of planetary electromagnetic-energy budget. J. Opt. Sci. Amer. A, 33, no. 6, 1126-1132, doi:10.1364/JOSAA.33.001126.

The imperative to quantify the Earth's electromagnetic-energy budget with an extremely high accuracy has been widely recognized but has never been formulated in the framework of fundamental physics. In this paper we give a first-principles definition of the planetary electromagnetic-energy budget using the Poynting-vector formalism and discuss how it can, in principle, be measured. Our derivation is based on an absolute minimum of theoretical assumptions, is free of outdated concepts of phenomenological radiometry, and naturally leads to the conceptual formulation of an instrument called the double hemispherical cavity radiometer (DHCR). The practical measurement of the planetary energy budget would require flying a constellation of several dozen planet-orbiting satellites hosting identical well-calibrated DHCRs.

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  author={Mishchenko, M. I. and Lock, J. A. and Lacis, A. A. and Travis, L. D. and Cairns, B.},
  title={First-principles definition and measurement of planetary electromagnetic-energy budget},
  journal={J. Opt. Sci. Amer. A},

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RIS Citation

ID  - mi04220q
AU  - Mishchenko, M. I.
AU  - Lock, J. A.
AU  - Lacis, A. A.
AU  - Travis, L. D.
AU  - Cairns, B.
PY  - 2016
TI  - First-principles definition and measurement of planetary electromagnetic-energy budget
JA  - J. Opt. Sci. Amer. A
VL  - 33
IS  - 6
SP  - 1126
EP  - 1132
DO  - 10.1364/JOSAA.33.001126
ER  -

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