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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1997
  • pp: 3358–3365

Does the photon-diffusion coefficient depend on absorption?

T. Durduran, A. G. Yodh, B. Chance, and D. A. Boas  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 14, Issue 12, pp. 3358-3365 (1997)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.14.003358


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Abstract

We investigate the controversy over the precise form of the photon diffusion coefficient and suggest that it is largely independent of absorption, i.e., D0=v/3µs. After presentation of the general theoretical arguments underlying this assertion, Monte Carlo simulations are performed and explicitly reveal that the absorption-independent diffusion coefficient gives better agreement with theory than the traditionally accepted photon diffusion coefficient, Dμa=v/3(μs+μa). The importance of resolving this controversy for the proper characterization of the material optical properties is discussed.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: February 28, 1997
Revised Manuscript: June 2, 1997
Manuscript Accepted: April 21, 1997
Published: December 1, 1997

Citation
T. Durduran, A. G. Yodh, B. Chance, and D. A. Boas, "Does the photon-diffusion coefficient depend on absorption?," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 14, 3358-3365 (1997)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-14-12-3358

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