A metriplectic formulation of polarized radiative transfer

Vincent Bosboom*, Michael Kraus, Matthias Schlottbom

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We present a metriplectic formulation of the radiative transfer equation with polarization and varying refractive index and show that this formulation automatically satisfies the first two laws of thermodynamics. In particular, the derived antisymmetric bracket enjoys the Jacobi identity. To obtain this formulation we suitably transform the equation and show that important physical quantities derived from the solution remain invariant under such a transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number345206
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of physics A: mathematical and theoretical
Issue number34
Early online date7 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2023


  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • structure-preservation
  • metriplectic formulation
  • polarization
  • radiative transfer


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