The "pre-processing" procedure and the "break-point" analysis developed in a previous work based on the ADO (analytical discrete ordinates) method are used, along with a nascent delta function to describe the polar-angle dependence of an incident beam, to solve the classical albedo problem for radiative transfer in a plane-parallel, multi-layer medium subject to Fresnel boundary and interface conditions. As a result of the use of a nascent delta function, rather than the Dirac distribution, to model the polar-angle dependence of the incident beam, the computational work is significantly simplified (since a particular solution is not required) in comparison to an approach where both the polar-angle and the azimuthal-angle dependence of the incident beam are formulated in terms of Dirac delta distributions. The numerical results from this approach are (when a sufficiently small "narrowness" parameter is used to define the nascent delta) found to be in complete agreement with already reported (high-quality) results for a set of challenging multi-layer problems. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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