Boundary conditions for diffusion of light

R. Aronson (1995)


In connection with recent work on remote imaging of random media by light, a straightforward generalization of the proper diffusion boundary conditions is presented thast takes into account Fresnal reflection. The Milne problem at exterior boundaries is solved for various values of the index of refraction, absorption, and scattering anisotropy parameters to yield extraploated end points and extrapolation distances. A generalized interface condition is derived to replace the usual condition of continuity of intensity. Benchmark–quality numerical results are given for the extrapolation distance and for the new index–dependent parameter in the interface conditions. Difficulties in using the extrapolated end point when the index is sufficiently large are discussed, and a new image procedure suitable for this case is presented.