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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2011
  • pp: 1007–1015

Correcting the diffusion approximation at the boundary

Arnold D. Kim  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 28, Issue 6, pp. 1007-1015 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.28.001007


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Abstract

The diffusion approximation to the radiative transport equation applies for light that has propagated deeply into an optically thick medium, such as biological tissue. It does not accurately model light near boundaries where measurements of scattered light are often taken. Here, we compute a correction to the diffusion approximation at the boundary. This correction requires only small modifications to the standard diffusion approximation used in biomedical optics. In particular, one needs only to compute the coefficients in the boundary condition for the diffusion approximation and an additive correction. We give explicit procedures for these computations. Using numerical results for the steady-state plane–parallel slab problem, we show that this corrected diffusion approximation is a much better approximation than the standard diffusion approximation for modeling the reflectance and transmittance.

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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
(290.1990) Scattering : Diffusion

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

History
Original Manuscript: January 12, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 24, 2011
Published: May 9, 2011

Virtual Issues
Vol. 6, Iss. 7 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Arnold D. Kim, "Correcting the diffusion approximation at the boundary," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28, 1007-1015 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-28-6-1007

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