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Fourth order perturbation theory for the diffusion equation: continuous wave results for absorbing defects
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Paper Abstract

We show the performance of a proposed perturbation theory of the diffusion equation for studying light propagation in optically heterogeneous media, i.e. characterized by a distribution of the absorption and the reduced scattering coefficient. In different geometries (cylindrical, slab, layered), we study the change of continuous wave intensity due to the presence of focal absorption perturbations. The results obtained with fourth order perturbation theory show a clear improved accuracy with respect to first order calculations for a range of the absorption contrasts of interest in the field of near infrared spectroscopy and diffuse optical tomography. The method of Padè Approximants is used to extend the limits of the proposed perturbation theory to a wider range of absorption contrasts. For validation of the theory, we show comparison with Monte Carlo simulations.

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Date Published: 12 February 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7174, Optical Tomography and Spectroscopy of Tissue VIII, 717402 (12 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.809070
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Angelo Sassaroli, Tufts Univ. (United States)
Fabrizio Martelli, Univ. degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
Sergio Fantini, Tufts Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7174:
Optical Tomography and Spectroscopy of Tissue VIII
Bruce J. Tromberg; Arjun G. Yodh; Mamoru Tamura; Eva M. Sevick-Muraca; Robert R. Alfano, Editor(s)

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