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Three-dimensional computation of focused beam propagation through multiple biological cells
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Paper Abstract

The finite difference time domain method was used to compute scattering of a focused optical beam by multiple heterogeneous biological cells. A perfectly matched layer boundary condition and the scattered-field-only method were utilized in the simulation to increase accuracy and computational efficiency. A fifth-order approximation to the focused Gaussian beam was used for the incident field. A parametric study was performed to determine scattering effects of varying cellular fine structure, such as nuclear refractive index, organelle volume density, cellular shape and the cell membrane on the point spread function of the beam. It was found that two-photon PSF is largely unaffected by increasing numbers of scatterers within cells, while two-photon excitation signal strength is dependent on both beam focal depth and the density of scatterers in tissue.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7187, Biomedical Applications of Light Scattering III, 71870I (24 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.809433
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Matthew S. Starosta, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Andrew K. Dunn, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7187:
Biomedical Applications of Light Scattering III
Adam Wax; Vadim Backman, Editor(s)

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