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Light diffusion in N-layered turbid media: frequency and time domains

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André Liemert, Alwin Kienle

Institut für Lasertechnologien in der Medizin und Meßtechnik, Helmholtzstrasse 12, Ulm, D-89081 Germany

J. Biomed. Opt. 15(2), 025002 (April 12, 2010). doi:10.1117/1.3368682
History: Received August 10, 2009; Revised January 15, 2010; Accepted February 03, 2010; Published April 12, 2010; Online April 12, 2010
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We deal with light diffusion in mismatched N-layered turbid media having a finite or an infinitely thick N’th layer. We focus on time-resolved light propagation in both the frequency and time domains. Based on our results for the steady-state domain, solutions of the N-layered diffusion equations in the frequency and time domains are obtained by applying the Fourier transform technique. Different methods for calculation of the inverse Fourier transform are studied to validate the solutions, showing relative differences typically smaller than 106. The solutions are compared to Monte Carlo simulations, revealing good agreement. Finally, by applying the Laplace and Fourier transforms we derive a fast (1ms) and accurate analytical solution for the time domain reflectance from a two-layered turbid medium having equal reduced scattering coefficients and refractive indices in both layers.

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André Liemert and Alwin Kienle
"Light diffusion in N-layered turbid media: frequency and time domains", J. Biomed. Opt. 15(2), 025002 (April 12, 2010). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.3368682


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