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Here we wish to calculate the radiative transfer equation in the context of plane parallel atmospheres. In order to do that, we will be measuring from the surface up, where $\mu = cos \theta$ is defined relative to the vertical upward direction.  Therefore, we begin with the equation of radiative transfer,
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\subsection*{ Bolometric Radiative Equilibrium}

Let's start again with our equation: $$\mu\ddtau{I_\nu}=I_\nu-B_\nu$$ We can rewrite this in terms of atmospheric height $z$ (recall that as $z\to\infty$, $\tau\to0$, so: $$\mu{dI_\nu\over\rho\kappa_\nu dz}=-I_\nu+B_\nu$$ Then the first moment of this equation is: $${\mu\over\rho}{d\over dz}\int{{I_\nu\over\kappa_\nu}d\nu}=-I+B$$ where $I\equiv\int{I_\nu d\nu}$ and $B\equiv\int{B_\nu d\nu}$. Now we'll make the (dubious) approximation that $\kappa_\nu=\kappa$ does not depend on frequency (``Grey atmosphere). This gives us: $${\mu\over\rho\kappa}{dI\over dz}=-I+B=-{dI\over d\tau}$$ Now we make the assumption of Bolometric Radiative Equilibrium, so that: $${4\pi\over3}{dB\over d\tau}=F=constant$$ Recall that $B=\int{B_\nu d\nu}={\sigma T^4\over\pi}$, so BRE is telling us: $${4\pi\over3}\ddtau{}\left({\sigma T^4\over\pi}\right)=F$$ Or rewriting this: $$\boxed{\sigma T^4=\sigma T_b^4+{3F\over 4}\tau}$$ At infinite altitude, $J\equiv\int{J_\nu d\nu}=B$, so using that: $$\begin{aligned}J&=I^-+{F\over2\pi}\\ &=I^+-{F\over2\pi}\\ \end{aligned}$$ we have: $$J=B=\underbrace{I^-\eval{altitude}}_{0}+{F\over2\pi}$$ Therefore: $$F=2\pi B\eval{altitude}=2\pi{\sigma T_0^4\over\pi}=2\sigma T_0^4$$ Thus, our BRE equation gives us: $$\boxed{\sigma T^4=\sigma T_0^4\left(1+{3\over2}\tau\right)}$$ Saying $F=2\sigma T_0^4\equiv\sigma T_e^4$, where $T_e$ is an ``effective temperature, then: $$T_0=\inv{\sqrt[4]{2}}T_e$$ This is apparently a classical result. Let's do an example by calculating the effective temperature of the Earth. $F\eval{earth}$ is given by: $$4\pi R_\oplus^2F=(1-\tilde\omega_{eff}){L_\odot\over4\pi d^2}\pi R^2$$ $\tilde\omega_{eff}$ is a measure of how much of the sun's energy we get. We'll say that, since it's cloudy about a third of the time, $\tilde\omega_{eff}\sim0.3$. Plugging in the numbers, we find that $T_e=258K$, so $T_0=217K$. This is indeed about the mid-latitude temperature of air in the troposphere. Now temperature scales with optical depth by: $$\begin{aligned}T^4(\tau)&=T_0^4\left(1+{3\over2}\tau\right)\\ T&=T_0\tau^{1\over4}\\ \end{aligned}$$ This is an expression of the greenhouse effect.

\subsection*{ Radiative Diffusion}

Recall that we had, using Bolometric Radiative Equilibrium, an equation which described the greenhouse effect: $$\sigma T^4=\sigma T_0^4\left[1+{3\over2}\tau\right]$$ Now we want to talk about the effects of the diffusion of photons. For this, we have the general diffusion equation: $$F=-D\nabla n$$ For photons, $F$ is the energy flux, $D$ is $\lambda_{mfp}\cdot c$, and $n\sim{\sigma\over c}T^4$ is the number density of photons. Then: $$F\sim\underbrace{\lambda_{mfp}\over L}_{1\over\tau}c{\sigma\over c}T^4 \sim{\sigma T^4\over\tau}$$ Recall that $F\equiv\sigma T_e^4$, so: $$T^4\sim T_e^4\tau$$ This says that as we go deeper into the atmosphere, the temperature increases, but slowly (as the fourth root).


Here we wish to calculate the radiative transfer equation in the context of plane parallel atmospheres. In order to do that, we will be measuring from the surface up, where $\mu = cos \theta$ is defined relative to the vertical upward direction. Therefore, we begin with the equation of radiative transfer, \begin{align} \mu \frac{dI_{\nu}}{d \tau} = I_{\nu} - S_{\nu} \end{align} In this approximation we assume a grey atmosphere, meaning that opacity is frequency independent. Therefore, we integrate the radiative transfer equation over frequency, \begin{align} \mu \frac{dI}{d \tau} = I - S \end{align}

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