WIAS Preprint No. 1493, (2010)

Noncompactness of integral operators modeling diffuse-gray radiation in polyhedral and transient settings


  • Druet, Pierre-Étienne
    ORCID: 0000-0001-5303-0500
  • Philip, Peter

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 45A05 45E99 45P05 45C05


  • Radiosity equation, Noncompact integral operator, Diffuse-gray radiation, Polyhedral domain, Transient setting




While it is well-known that the standard integral operator K of (stationary) diffuse-gray radiation, as it occurs in the radiosity equation, is compact if the domain of radiative interaction is sufficiently regular, we show noncompactness of the operator if the domain is polyhedral. We also show that a stationary operator is never compact when reinterpreted in a transient setting. Moreover, we provide new proofs, which do not use the compactness of K, for 1 being a simple eigenvalue of K for connected enclosures, and for I-(1-e)K being invertible, provided the emissivity e does not vanish identically.

Appeared in

  • Integral Equations Operator Theory, 69 (2011) pp. 101--111.

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