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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Simulations of light scattering from a biconcave red blood cell using the finite-difference time-domain method
Author(s): Jun Q. Lu; Ping Yang; Xin-Hua Hu

Paper Abstract

Numerical simulations of light scattering by a biconcave shaped human red blood cell (RBC) are carried out using the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method. A previously developed FDTD code for the study of light scattering by ice crystals is modified for the current purpose and it is validated against Mie theory using a spherically shaped RBC. Numerical results for the angular distributions of the Mueller scattering matrix elements of an RBC and their dependence on shape, orientation, and wavelength are presented. Also calculated are the scattering and absorption efficiencies. The implication of these results on the possibility of probing RBC shape changes is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2005
PDF: 10 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 10(2) 024022 doi: 10.1117/1.1897397
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 10, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Jun Q. Lu, East Carolina Univ. (United States)
Ping Yang, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Xin-Hua Hu, East Carolina Univ. (United States)

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