On the accuracy of generalized fokker-planck transport equations in tissue optics

Kevin G. Phillips, Carlo Lancellotti

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Forward-peaked and large-angle scattering approximations of the radiative transport equation give rise to generalized Fokker-PIanck equations whose main feature is the replacement of the integral scattering operator with differential operators in the direction-space variables. Using the PN method, an appraisal of generalized Fokker-PIanck equations due to González- Rodriguez and Kim [Appl. Opt. 47, 2599-2609 (2008)], Leakeas and Larsen [Nucl. Sci. Eng. 137, 236-250 (2001), and J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 20, 92-98 (2003)], and Pomraning [Math. Models Meth. Appl. Sci. 2, 21-36 (1992)] is carried out by computing the relative error between the backscattered and transmitted surface flux predicted by the generalized Fokker-PIanck equations and the transport equation with Henyey-Greenstein phase function for anisotropies ranging from 0 to 1. Generalized Fokker-PIanck equations whose scattering operators incorporate large-angle scattering and possess eigenvalues similar to the integral scattering operator with Henyey-Greenstein phase function are found to minimize the relative error in the limit of unit anisotropy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-241
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 10 2009


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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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