Importance sampling the Rayleigh phase function

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    Rayleigh scattering is used frequently in Monte Carlo simulation of multiple scattering. The Rayleigh phase function is quite simple, and one might expect that it should be simple to importance sample it efficiently. However, there seems to be no one good way of sampling it in the literature. This paper provides the details of several different techniques for importance sampling the Rayleigh phase function, and it includes a comparison of their performance as well as hints toward efficient implementation.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalOptical Society of America. Journal A: Optics, Image Science, and Vision
    Issue number12
    Pages (from-to)2436-2441
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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    This paper was published in The Journal of the Optical Society of America A (JOSA A) and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. The paper can be found at the following URL on the OSA website: Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.


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