Radiative Thermal Conductivity in Planetary Interiors

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IT is customary to invoke radiative thermal conductivity as a mechanism for efficiently removing heat from the Earth's interior1. Clark2 derived the formula for radiative thermal conductivity in planetary conditions, where n is the refractive index, B is the blackbody function, γ is the radiation wavelength, α is the absorption coefficient and s is the backscattering coefficient. He used this relationship to estimate the radiative conductivity for a number of minerals by measuring α at room temperature and neglecting s (ref. 3).

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ARONSON, J., ECKROAD, S., EMSLIE, A. et al. Radiative Thermal Conductivity in Planetary Interiors. Nature 216, 1096–1097 (1967). https://doi.org/10.1038/2161096a0

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