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Computational model of heterogeneous heating in melanin
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Paper Abstract

Melanin particles often present as an aggregate of smaller melanin pigment granules and have a heterogeneous surface morphology. When irradiated with light within the absorption spectrum of melanin, these heterogeneities produce measurable concentrations of the electric field that result in temperature gradients from thermal effects that are not seen with spherical or ellipsoidal modeling of melanin. Modeling melanin without taking into consideration the heterogeneous surface morphology yields results that underestimate the strongest signals or over{estimate their spatial extent. We present a new technique to image phase changes induced by heating using a computational model of melanin that exhibits these surface heterogeneities. From this analysis, we demonstrate the heterogeneous energy absorption and resulting heating that occurs at the surface of the melanin granule that is consistent with three{photon absorption. Using the three{photon dluorescence as a beacon, we propose a method for detecting the extents of the melanin granule using photothermal microscopy to measure the phase changes resulting from the heating of the melanin.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2015
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9321, Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXVI, 93210H (5 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2077853
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Jason Kellicker, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
Charles A. DiMarzio, Northeastern Univ. (United States)
Gregory J. Kowalski, Northeastern Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9321:
Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXVI
E. Duco Jansen, Editor(s)

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