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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 18 — Aug. 31, 2009
  • pp: 16266–16280

A study of photon propagation in free-space based on hybrid radiosity-radiance theorem

Xueli Chen, Xinbo Gao, Xiaochao Qu, Jimin Liang, Lin Wang, Da’an Yang, Anikitos Garofalakis, Jorge Ripoll, and Jie Tian  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 18, pp. 16266-16280 (2009)

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Noncontact optical imaging has attracted increasing attention in recent years due to its significant advantages on detection sensitivity, spatial resolution, image quality and system simplicity compared with contact measurement. However, photon transport simulation in free-space is still an extremely challenging topic for the complexity of the optical system. For this purpose, this paper proposes an analytical model for photon propagation in free-space based on hybrid radiosity-radiance theorem (HRRT). It combines Lambert’s cosine law and the radiance theorem to handle the influence of the complicated lens and to simplify the photon transport process in the optical system. The performance of the proposed model is evaluated and validated with numerical simulations and physical experiments. Qualitative comparison results of flux distribution at the detector are presented. In particular, error analysis demonstrates the feasibility and potential of the proposed model for simulating photon propagation in free-space.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.2970) Imaging systems : Image detection systems
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.5280) Medical optics and biotechnology : Photon migration
(170.7050) Medical optics and biotechnology : Turbid media

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: May 20, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 6, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 23, 2009
Published: August 28, 2009

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Xueli Chen, Xinbo Gao, Xiaochao Qu, Jimin Liang, Lin Wang, Da'an Yang, Anikitos Garofalakis, Jorge Ripoll, and Jie Tian, "A study of photon propagation in free-space based on hybrid radiosity-radiance theorem," Opt. Express 17, 16266-16280 (2009)

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