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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 15 — Jul. 23, 2007
  • pp: 9755–9777

A novel approach for simulating light interaction with particulate materials: application to the modeling of sand spectral properties

BradleyW. Kimmel and Gladimir V.G. Baranoski  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 15, pp. 9755-9777 (2007)

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In this paper, we present a new spectral light transport model for sand. The model employs a novel approach to simulate light interaction with particulate materials which yields both the spectral and spatial (bidirectional reflectance distribution function, or BRDF) responses of sand. Furthermore, the parameters specifying the model are based on the physical and mineralogical properties of sand. The model is evaluated quantitatively, through comparisons with measured data. Good spectral reconstructions were achieved for the reflectances of several real sand samples. The model was also evaluated qualitatively, and compares well with descriptions found in the literature. Its potential applications include, but are not limited to, applied optics, remote sensing and image synthesis.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2710) Geometric optics : Inhomogeneous optical media
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

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Original Manuscript: May 24, 2007
Revised Manuscript: July 2, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 13, 2007
Published: July 20, 2007

Bradley W. Kimmel and Gladimir V. G. Baranoski, "A novel approach for simulating light interaction with particulate materials: application to the modeling of sand spectral properties," Opt. Express 15, 9755-9777 (2007)

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