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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1475–1481

Light transport in three-dimensional semi-infinite scattering media

André Liemert and Alwin Kienle  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 7, pp. 1475-1481 (2012)

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The three-dimensional radiative transfer equation is solved for modeling the light propagation in anisotropically scattering semi-infinite media such as biological tissue, considering the effect of internal reflection at the interfaces. The two-dimensional Fourier transform and the modified spherical harmonics method are applied to derive the general solution to the associated homogeneous problem in terms of analytical functions. The obtained solution is used for solving boundary-value problems, which are important for applications in the biomedical optics field. The derived equations are successfully verified by comparisons with Monte Carlo simulations.

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OCIS Codes
(000.3860) General : Mathematical methods in physics
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(010.5620) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Radiative transfer

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: March 6, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 23, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 7, 2012
Published: June 29, 2012

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André Liemert and Alwin Kienle, "Light transport in three-dimensional semi-infinite scattering media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, 1475-1481 (2012)

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