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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 23 — Nov. 12, 2007
  • pp: 15002–15010

Modified discrete particle model of optical scattering in skin tissue accounting for multiparticle scattering

Dirk H. P. Schneiderheinze, Timothy R. Hillman, and David D. Sampson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 23, pp. 15002-15010 (2007)

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We rigorously account for the effects of multiparticle light scattering from a fractal sphere aggregate in order to simulate the optical properties of a soft biological tissue, human skin. Using a computational method that extends Mie theory to the multisphere case, we show that multiparticle scattering significantly affects the computed optical properties, resulting in a reduction in both scattering coefficient and anisotropy for the wavelengths simulated, as well as a significantly enhanced forward peak in the simulated phase function. The model is extended to incorporate the contribution of Rayleigh scatterers, which we show is required to obtain reasonable agreement with experimentally measured optical properties of skin tissue.

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OCIS Codes
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(170.7050) Medical optics and biotechnology : Turbid media
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(290.5825) Scattering : Scattering theory

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Original Manuscript: September 18, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 25, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 25, 2007
Published: October 29, 2007

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Dirk H. P. Schneiderheinze, Timothy R. Hillman, and David D. Sampson, "Modified discrete particle model of optical scattering in skin tissue accounting for multiparticle scattering," Opt. Express 15, 15002-15010 (2007)

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