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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 5 — Feb. 28, 2011
  • pp: 3881–3889

250 years Lambert surface: does it really exist?

Alwin Kienle and Florian Foschum  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 5, pp. 3881-3889 (2011)

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The time-honored Lambert law is widely applied for describing the angle resolved reflectance from illuminated turbid media. We show that this law is only exactly fulfilled for a very special set of geometrical and optical properties. In contrast to what is believed so far, we demonstrate theoretically and experimentally that huge deviations from the Lambert law are ubiquitous. This finding is important for many applications such as those in biomedical optics.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.1990) Scattering : Diffusion
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media

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Original Manuscript: November 30, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 27, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 2, 2011
Published: February 14, 2011

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Alwin Kienle and Florian Foschum, "250 years Lambert surface: does it really exist?," Opt. Express 19, 3881-3889 (2011)

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