Photon migration in a two-layer turbid medium a diffusion analysis

Ido Dayan, Shlomo Havlin, George H. Weiss

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We analyse the diffusion of photons in a two-layer turbid medium, paying specific attention to parameters suggested by the use of lasers for diagnostic purposes in a medical setting. The data produced by such experiments consists of an intensity profile measured on the surface of the medium, which is measured either as a function of time at a fixed distance from the input laser beam, or else as a function of distance keeping the measurement time fixed. In both cases we demonstrate that the presence of a second layer can be detected provided that physical properties of the two layers differ by a sufficient amount, and also show up in calculated values of such parameters as the mean travel time of a photon to the surface of the medium, and the distribution of the maximum depth reached by an arbitrary photon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1567-1582
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 1992

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Acknowledgment We are grateful to the US-Israeli Binational Foundation for partial support of this research .


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