The diffusion approximation proves to be valid for light propagation in highly scattering media, but it breaks down in the presence of nonscattering regions. We present a compact expression of the boundary conditions for diffusive media with nonscattering regions, taking into account small-index mismatch. Results from an integral method based on the extinction theorem boundary condition are contrasted with both Monte Carlo and finite-element-method simulations, and a study of its limit of validity is presented. These procedures are illustrated by considering the case of the cerebro-spinal fluid in the brain, for which we demonstrate that for practical situations in light diffusion, these boundary conditions yield accurate results.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 2, 1999
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2000
Published: September 1, 2000
Jorge Ripoll, Manuel Nieto-Vesperinas, Simon R. Arridge, and Hamid Dehghani, "Boundary conditions for light propagation in diffusive media with nonscattering regions," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 1671-1681 (2000)