Chapter 1. Fundamentals of Radiative Transfer

  1. George B. Rybicki and
  2. Alan P. Lightman

Published Online: 29 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527618170.ch1

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics

How to Cite

Rybicki, G. B. and Lightman, A. P. (1985) Fundamentals of Radiative Transfer, in Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527618170.ch1

Author Information

  1. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 DEC 2007
  2. Published Print: 15 MAY 1985

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471827597

Online ISBN: 9783527618170



  • electromagnetic radiation;
  • spectrum;
  • prism;
  • wavelengths;
  • frequencies


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum; Elementary Properties of Radiation

  • Radiative Flux

  • The Specific Intensity and Its Moments

  • Radiative Transfer

  • Thermal Radiation

  • The Einstein Coefficients

  • Scattering Effects; Random Walks

  • Radiative Diffusion