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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1997
  • pp: 267–274

Pulse wave scattering by an absorber and integrated attenuation in the diffusion approximation

Koichi Furutsu  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 14, Issue 1, pp. 267-274 (1997)

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The diffusion equation derived from the space–time transport equation, in contrast to the conventional diffusion equation, should have a diffusion coefficient perfectly independent of the attenuation coefficient, γab, without any constraint on the magnitude of γab and also on its possible spatial inhomogeneity; however, in the case of time-independent diffusion equations, including those for intensity-modulated density waves, such parameters are subjected to constraints including both γab and the modulation frequency. Basic equations for a fixed scatterer embedded in the random medium are presented with reference to previous papers, with some applications. A previous expression for integrated attenuation in a slowly changing medium of γab is improved to be valid to second order of γab for a temporal pulse wave and to first order for an intensity-modulated wave.

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Koichi Furutsu, "Pulse wave scattering by an absorber and integrated attenuation in the diffusion approximation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 14, 267-274 (1997)

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