radiance dose (in a given direction, at a given point of a real or imaginary surface) [Lt]

quantity defined by the equation



dQe is the radiant energy transmitted by an elementary beam passing through the given point and propagating in the solid angle, dΩ, containing the given direction;

dA is the area of a section of that beam containing the given point;

θ is the angle between the normal to that section and the direction of the beam

Unit: J·m-2·sr-1

Equivalent term: “(time) integrated radiance”

NOTE 1 The above equation does not represent a derivative (i.e. a rate of change of radiant energy with solid angle or area) but rather the quotient of an element of radiant energy by an element of solid angle and an element of area. In strict mathematical terms the definition could be written:


In practical measurements, A and Ω should be small enough that variations in Qe do not affect the result. Otherwise, the ratio  gives the average radiance dose and the exact measurement conditions must be specified.

NOTE 2 In the 4 following notes the symbols for the quantities are without extended subscripts because the formulae are also valid for the terms “luminance dose” and “photon radiance dose”.

NOTE 3 For an area, dA, of the surface of a source, since the radiant exposure or luminous exposure, dH, produced by the beam on dA is , then an equivalent formula is  , a form useful when the source has no surface (e.g. the sky, the plasma of a discharge).

NOTE 4 Making use of the geometric extent, dG, of the elementary beam, since dG = dA cosΘ dΩ, then an equivalent formula is .

NOTE 5 Since the optical extent, Gn2, (see NOTE to “geometric extent”) is invariant, then the quantity Ln-2 is also invariant along the path of the beam if the losses by absorption, reflection and diffusion are taken as 0. That quantity is called “basic integrated radiance”.

NOTE 6 The relation between dQ and L given in the formulae above is sometimes called a corollary to the basic law of radiometry and photometry.

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