Lambert's cosine law
, Lambert's cosine law
is the mathematical statement that the radiance of certain idealized optical sources is directly proportional
to the cosine of the angle--with respect to the direction of maximum radiance--from which the source is viewed.
Note: Lambert's cosine law may also apply to certain idealized diffuse reflectors. Synonyms cosine emission law, Lambert's emission law.
Source: from Federal Standard 1037C