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Emissivity of a flat surface varies with zenith angle

  1. Aug 20, 2005 #1
    If the emissivity of a flat surface varies with zenith angle according to

    where E is the emissivity at zenith.
    Would this surface radiate isotropically?

    I think that because the emissivity varies then the emitted radiation varies accordingly so the energy measured from any fixed point and at any angle would not be the same so therefore the surface would be an anisotropic source of radiation.

    Does this sound like a fair argument?
    anybody care to correct me?

  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 20, 2005 #2

    No, the surface is an isotropic radiator. The cos law means the projected
    area of the surface is being reduced. Any deviation from the cos variation
    means it's not an isotropic radiator.
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