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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2005
  • pp: 1542–1544

Generalized diffusion solution for light scattering from anisotropic sources

S. Menon, Q. Su, and R. Grobe  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 12, pp. 1542-1544 (2005)

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The traditional diffusion theory, often used for isotropic sources, becomes inaccurate at short source-detector spacings and cannot be applied to media with large absorption or with small scattering strengths. We show that for any type of source anisotropy, a Green's-function-based procedure can remove these limitations. The accuracy of the new approach is examined through a comparison with the numerical solution to the radiative transfer equation.

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(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media

S. Menon, Q. Su, and R. Grobe, "Generalized diffusion solution for light scattering from anisotropic sources," Opt. Lett. 30, 1542-1544 (2005)

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