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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Propagation of polarized light in birefringent turbid media: A Monte Carlo study
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Paper Abstract

A detailed study, based on a Monte Carlo algorithm, of polarized light propagation in birefringent turbid media is presented in this paper. Linear birefringence, which results from the fibrous structures, changes the single scattering matrix and alters the polarization states of photons propagating in biological tissues. Some Mueller matrix elements of light backscattered from birefringent anisotropic turbid media present unusual intensity patterns compared with those for nonbirefringent isotropic turbid media. This result is in good agreement with the analytic results based on the double-scattering model. Degree of polarization, Stokes parameters, and diffuse reflectance as functions of linearly birefringent parameters based on numerical results and theoretical analysis are discussed and compared in an effort to understand the essential physical processes of polarized light propagation in fibrous tissues.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2002
PDF: 12 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 7(3) doi: 10.1117/1.1483315
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 7, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
Xueding Wang, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Lihong V. Wang, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)

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