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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2005
  • pp: 3051–3053

Fractal mechanisms of light scattering in biological tissue and cells

M. Xu and R. R. Alfano  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 22, pp. 3051-3053 (2005)

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We use fractal continuous random media to model visible and near-infrared light scattering by biological tissue and cell suspensions. The power law of the reduced scattering coefficient, the anisotropy factor of scattering, and the phase function are derived with good agreement with experimental results. Implications for spectroscopic tissue diagnosis are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(170.1530) Medical optics and biotechnology : Cell analysis
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(170.4580) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical diagnostics for medicine
(170.6510) Medical optics and biotechnology : Spectroscopy, tissue diagnostics
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering

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Medical Optics and Biotechnology

M. Xu and R. R. Alfano, "Fractal mechanisms of light scattering in biological tissue and cells," Opt. Lett. 30, 3051-3053 (2005)

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