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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2007
  • pp: 142–144

Fractal model of light scattering in biological tissue and cells

Colin J.R. Sheppard  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 2, pp. 142-144 (2007)

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The K-distribution, widely used for investigation of fractal scattering in the atmosphere and from surfaces, is applied as a model for light propagation in biological tissue and cells. This leads to simple expressions for the scattering function, anisotropy function, phase function, reduced scattering coefficient, and scattering power. Compared with an alternative previously published model [ Opt. Lett. 30, 3051 (2005) ], the range of allowable power laws is extended into the subfractal regime.

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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

Original Manuscript: June 13, 2006
Revised Manuscript: October 3, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 13, 2006
Published: December 23, 2006

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Vol. 2, Iss. 2 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Colin J. R. Sheppard, "Fractal model of light scattering in biological tissue and cells," Opt. Lett. 32, 142-144 (2007)

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