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Published February 1, 2002 | Published
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Monte Carlo model and single-scattering approximation of the propagation of polarized light in turbid media containing glucose

Abstract

We present a single-scattering model as well as a Monte Carlo model of the effect of glucose on polarized light in turbid media. Glucose alters the Mueller-matrix patterns of diffusely backscattered and forward-scattered light because glucose molecules rotate the polarization plane of linearly polarized light. For example, the angles of rotation in Mueller-matrix elements S_(21) and S_(12) are linearly related to the concentration of glucose and increase with the source–detector distance. In the nondiffusion regime, the two models agree well with each other. In the diffusion regime, the single-scattering model is invalid, but there still exists a linear relationship between the angles of rotation in the Mueller-matrix elements and the concentration of glucose, which is predicted by the Monte Carlo model.

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© 2002 Optical Society of America. Received 15 March 2001; revised manuscript received 14 September 2001. This study was sponsored in part by National Institutes of Health grants R01 CA71980 and R21 CA83760, National Science Foundation grant BES9734491, and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board grant 000512-0123-1999.

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