A radiometric term for the rate at which radiant energy
in a set of directions confined to a unit solid angle around a particular direction is transferred across unit area of a surface (real or imaginary) projected onto this direction.
, radiance is a property solely of a radiation
field, not of the orientation of the surface. The SI
units of radiance are W m-2
. In general, radiance depends on time, position, and direction as well as frequency
or spectral radiance
) or range
of frequencies. Irradiance for any surface is the integral of radiance over a hemisphere of directions above or below that surface. The photometric equivalent of radiance is luminance
, obtained by integrating spectral radiance weighted by luminous efficiency
over the visible spectrum
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