Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Theory of Reflectance and Emittance Spectroscopy

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521883498

£ 72.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Reflectance and emittance spectroscopy are increasingly important tools in remote sensing and have been employed in most recent planetary spacecraft missions. They are primarily used to measure properties of disordered materials, especially in the interpretation of remote observations of the surfaces of the Earth and other terrestrial planets. This book gives a quantitative treatment of the physics of the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with particulate media, such as powders and soils. Subjects covered include electromagnetic wave propagation, single particle scattering, diffuse reflectance, thermal emittance and polarisation. This new edition has been updated to include a quantitative treatment of the effects of porosity, a detailed discussion of the coherent backscatter opposition effect, a quantitative treatment of simultaneous transport of energy within the medium by conduction and radiation, and lists of relevant databases and software. This is an essential reference for research scientists, engineers and advanced students of planetary remote sensing.

    • Gives a quantitative and physical explanation of light scattering and thermal emission by particulate media to illustrate the reflectance and emittance of powders and soils
    • Presents an accessible introduction to a key remote sensing technique for modelling surfaces of solid bodies in the solar system
    • Provides useful, physically based, analytic formulae, rather than ones that are empirical or results of computer calculations
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    '… packed with information … a stimulating and enjoyable read. I encourage any students who read this early in their careers to work through the equations even if they look intimidating, as Hapke does a great job of articulating his logic. For those already familiar with the first edition of this text, it is still a worthwhile read. It centralizes Hapke's pioneering early work with the developments in the almost 20 years since the first edition was published, and the reorganization of chapters and sections results in a more natural, accessible flow.' Rachel Klima, Meteoritics and Planetary Science

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521883498
    • length: 528 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.1kg
    • contains: 180 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Electromagnetic wave propagation
    3. The absorption of light
    4. Specular reflection
    5. Single particle scattering: perfect spheres
    6. Single particle scattering: irregular particles
    7. Propagation in a nonuniform medium: the equation of radiative transfer
    8. The bidirectional reflectance of a semi-infinite medium
    9. The opposition effect
    10. A miscellany of bidirectional reflectances and related quantities
    11. Integrated reflectances and planetary photometry
    12. Photometric effects of large scale roughness
    13. Polarization
    14. Reflectance spectroscopy
    15. Thermal emission and emittance spectroscopy
    16. Simultaneous transport of energy by radiation and conduction
    Appendix A. A brief review of vector calculus
    Appendix B. Functions of a complex variable
    Appendix C. The wave equation in spherical coordinates
    Appendix D. Fraunhoffer diffraction by a circular hole
    Appendix E. Table of symbols

  • Author

    Bruce Hapke, University of Pittsburgh
    Bruce Hapke is Professor Emeritus of Geology and Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh, where he continues to study various bodies of the solar system. He was principal investigator for the analysis of lunar samples and was associated with several other NASA missions, to Mercury, Mars, Saturn and the outer solar system. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and was awarded the Kuiper Prize by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society for 'outstanding contributions to planetary science'. He has an asteroid 3549 Hapke and a mineral Hapkeite named in his honour.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.