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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2679–2681

Accuracy of the Born approximation in calculating the scattering coefficient of biological continuous random media

İlker R. Çapoğlu, Jeremy D. Rogers, Allen Taflove, and Vadim Backman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 17, pp. 2679-2681 (2009)

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A rigorous error analysis is presented for the scattering coefficient of biological random continuous media in the Born (or single-scattering) approximation. The analysis is done in two dimensions (2-D) for simplicity of numerical computation. Scattering coefficients of various tissue-like random media are numerically calculated via statistical finite-difference-time-domain analysis. The results are then checked against analytical formulas for the scattering coefficient in the Born approximation. The validity ranges for the correlation length and the refractive index fluctuation strength of the medium are clearly identified. These 2-D results show promise for future 3-D investigations.

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OCIS Codes
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(050.1755) Diffraction and gratings : Computational electromagnetic methods

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: June 9, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 14, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 28, 2009
Published: August 31, 2009

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İlker R. Çapoğlu, Jeremy D. Rogers, Allen Taflove, and Vadim Backman, "Accuracy of the Born approximation in calculating the scattering coefficient of biological continuous random media," Opt. Lett. 34, 2679-2681 (2009)

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