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Lateral light scattering in paper - MTF simulation and measurement

Ludovic G. Coppel, Magnus Neuman, and Per Edström  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 25, pp. 25181-25187 (2011)

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The modulation transfer function (MTF) of 22 paper samples is computed using Monte Carlo simulations with isotropic or strongly forward single scattering. The inverse frequency at half maximum of the MTF (kp) is found inappropriate as a single metric for the MTF since it is insensitive to the shape of the modeled and simulated MTF. The single scattering phase function has a significant impact on the shape of the MTF, leading to more lateral scattering. However, anisotropic single scattering cannot explain the larger lateral scattering observed in paper. It is argued that the directional inhomogeneity of paper requires a light scattering model with both the phase function and scattering distances being dependent on the absolute direction.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(100.2810) Image processing : Halftone image reproduction
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media
(290.2558) Scattering : Forward scattering

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Original Manuscript: September 26, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 9, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 10, 2011
Published: November 23, 2011

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Vol. 7, Iss. 2 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Ludovic G. Coppel, Magnus Neuman, and Per Edström, "Lateral light scattering in paper - MTF simulation and measurement," Opt. Express 19, 25181-25187 (2011)

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