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  • Vol. 15, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 1998
  • pp: 1797–1812

Influence of boundaries on the imaging of objects in turbid media

J. C. J. Paasschens and G. W. ’t Hooft  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 15, Issue 7, pp. 1797-1812 (1998)

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To image objects that are present in a random medium, one needs to know how sensitive measurements are to different kinds of objects and to the position of those objects. Within the diffusion theory we generalize expressions that describe the sensitivity to extra scattering and extra absorption. The sensitivity is influenced by the geometry and by the boundaries of the medium. We describe how sources and detectors at different boundaries have to be handled theoretically. We then compare an unbounded medium, a medium having a black boundary, and a medium having a mirror as a boundary and study the differences in sensitivity. Our results are confirmed by experiments.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.6800) General : Theoretical physics
(100.6950) Image processing : Tomographic image processing
(110.4850) Imaging systems : Optical transfer functions
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(290.1990) Scattering : Diffusion

Original Manuscript: September 24, 1997
Revised Manuscript: January 15, 1998
Manuscript Accepted: February 10, 1998
Published: July 1, 1998

J. C. J. Paasschens and G. W. ’t Hooft, "Influence of boundaries on the imaging of objects in turbid media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 15, 1797-1812 (1998)

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