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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 14 — May. 10, 2008
  • pp: 2599–2609

Light propagation in tissues with forward-peaked and large-angle scattering

Pedro González-Rodríguez and Arnold D. Kim  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 14, pp. 2599-2609 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.47.002599


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Abstract

We study light propagation in tissues using the theory of radiative transport. In particular, we study the case in which there is both forward-peaked and large-angle scattering. Because this combination of the forward-peaked and large-angle scattering makes it difficult to solve the radiative transport equation, we present a method to construct approximations to study this problem. The delta–Eddington and Fokker–Planck approximations are special cases of this general framework. Using this approximation method, we derive two new approximations: the Fokker–Planck–Eddington approximation and the generalized Fokker–Planck–Eddington approximation. By computing the transmittance and reflectance of light by a slab we study the performance of these approximations.

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OCIS Codes
(000.3860) General : Mathematical methods in physics
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues

ToC Category:
Scattering

History
Original Manuscript: January 14, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 12, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 3, 2008
Published: May 2, 2008

Virtual Issues
Vol. 3, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Pedro González-Rodríguez and Arnold D. Kim, "Light propagation in tissues with forward-peaked and large-angle scattering," Appl. Opt. 47, 2599-2609 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-47-14-2599

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