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Title: New approach for absolute fluence distribution calculations in Monte Carlo simulations of light propagation in turbid media

A novel way to attain three dimensional fluence rate maps from Monte-Carlo simulations of photon propagation is presented in this work. The propagation of light in a turbid medium is described by the radiative transfer equation and formulated in terms of radiance. For many applications, particularly in biomedical optics, the fluence rate is a more useful quantity and directly derived from the radiance by integrating over all directions. Contrary to the usual way which calculates the fluence rate from absorbed photon power, the fluence rate in this work is directly calculated from the photon packet trajectory. The voxel based algorithm works in arbitrary geometries and material distributions. It is shown that the new algorithm is more efficient and also works in materials with a low or even zero absorption coefficient. The capabilities of the new algorithm are demonstrated on a curved layered structure, where a non-scattering, non-absorbing layer is sandwiched between two highly scattering layers.
Authors:
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  1. Institute of Electromagnetic Fields, ETH Zurich, 8092 Zurich (Switzerland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22278084
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ABSORPTION; ALGORITHMS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DIAGRAMS; LAYERS; LIGHT TRANSMISSION; MONTE CARLO METHOD; OPTICS; PHOTONS; RADIANT HEAT TRANSFER; SCATTERING; SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION; THREE-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS; VISIBLE RADIATION