Continuous-wave measurement-based methods offer a rapid cost-effective way to determine optical properties in turbid media. This method requires a measure of the refractive index of the medium, which is often unknown <i>a priori</i>. Whereas previous studies have reported that the refractive index has little impact on the measurement of optical properties, here we show a significant effect of refractive indices on measurements, using both simulations and experiments. In addition we propose a noniterative method to determine the refractive index of the medium. This method can also provide an optimal initial guess of the optical properties for the standard iterative method for determining optical properties in turbid media. Our method is confirmed by simulations and experiments with latex spheres and Intralipid suspensions.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(170.6510) Medical optics and biotechnology : Spectroscopy, tissue diagnostics
(170.7050) Medical optics and biotechnology : Turbid media
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
Matthew A. Bartlett and Huabei Jiang, "Effect of Refractive Index on the Measurement of Optical Properties in Turbid Media," Appl. Opt. 40, 1735-1741 (2001)