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Calculation of Photon Path Changes due to Scatter in Monte Carlo Simulations

Phillips, J. P., Kyriacou, P. A. & Jones, D. P. (2010). Calculation of Photon Path Changes due to Scatter in Monte Carlo Simulations. In: Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference. 2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE, Aug. 31 2010-Sept. 4 2010, Buenos Aires. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2010.5627216


Computation using Monte Carlo simulations is widely used for modelling the light-tissue interaction. Despite this, many of the methods used for building such simulations are poorly described in the literature. In particular, a scheme for translating the scatter angles produced from a phase function into updated photon direction vectors is not explicitly reported. To address this, a method for calculating the change in photon direction following a scattering event is described, thus illuminating one of the fundamental `building blocks' for researchers developing their own Monte Carlo models. The equations derived in this paper may be readily incorporated into applicable Monte Carlo program code.

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Publisher Keywords: Science & Technology; Technology; Engineering, Biomedical; Engineering, Electrical & Electronic; Engineering; OPTICAL-PROPERTIES; TISSUE; MODEL; LIGHT
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Departments: School of Science & Technology
School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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