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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 12 — Jun. 13, 2005
  • pp: 4420–4438

Three Monte Carlo programs of polarized light transport into scattering media: part I

Jessica C. Ramella-Roman, Scott A. Prahl, and Steve L. Jacques  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 12, pp. 4420-4438 (2005)

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Propagation of light into scattering media is a complex problem that can be modeled using statistical methods such as Monte Carlo. Few Monte Carlo programs have so far included the information regarding the status of polarization of light before and after a scattering event. Different approaches have been followed and limited numerical values have been made available to the general public. In this paper, three different ways to build a Monte Carlo program for light propagation with polarization are given. Different groups have used the first two methods; the third method is original. Comparison in between Monte Carlo runs and Adding Doubling program yielded less than 1 % error.

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OCIS Codes
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: April 25, 2005
Revised Manuscript: May 27, 2005
Published: June 13, 2005

Jessica Ramella-Roman, Scott Prahl, and Steve Jacques, "Three Monte Carlo programs of polarized light transport into scattering media: part I," Opt. Express 13, 4420-4438 (2005)

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