Abstract

The validity of the spherical harmonics–nodal collocation approximation to the stationary Boltzmann equation has been established in multidimensional neutron transport problems. This is a high-order approximation method that allows a coarse spatial discretization without losing accuracy. We extend the method to solve the time-dependent radiative transfer equation for absorbing media with anisotropic scattering, also incorporating into the model reflecting boundary conditions, due to refractive index mismatching. The formalism is then applied to numerical test cases in one and two spatial dimensions that, using typical values in optical tomography for the physical parameters, check the accuracy and convergence of the method.

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