Absorption, Boundary, Coherence, Dental lesions, Diffusive coatings, Inhomogeneous media, Monte carlo simulations, Scattering
Light scattering-based techniques are being developed for non-invasive diagnostics of inhomogeneous media in various fields, such as medicine, biology, and material characterization. However, as most media of interest are highly scattering and have a complex structure, it is difficult to obtain a full analytical solution of the scattering problem without introducing approximations and assumptions about the properties of the system under consideration. Moreover, most of the previous studies deal with idealized scattering situations, rarely encountered in practice. This dissertation provides new analytical, numerical, and experimental solutions to describe subtle effects introduced by the properties of the light sources, and by the boundaries, absorption and morphology of the investigated media. A novel Monte Carlo simulation was developed to describe the statistics of partially coherent beams after propagation through inhomogeneous media. The Monte Carlo approach also enabled us to study the influence of the refractive index contrast on the diffusive processes, to discern between different effects of absorption in multiple scattering, and to support experimental results on inhomogeneous media with complex morphology. A detailed description of chromatic effects in scattering was used to develop new models that explain the spectral dependence of the detected signal in applications such as imaging and diffuse reflectance measurements. The quantitative and non-invasive characterization of inhomogeneous media with complex structures, such as porous membranes, diffusive coatings, and incipient lesions in natural teeth was then demonstrated.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Optics and Photonics
Optics and Photonics
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Dissertations, Academic -- Optics; Optics -- Dissertations, Academic
Mujat, Claudia, "Multiple Scattering Of Light In Inhomogeneous Media And Applications" (2004). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 11.