1 September 2008 Light scattering of semitransparent sintered polytetrafluoroethylene films
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J. of Biomedical Optics, 13(5), 054064 (2008). doi:10.1117/1.2992485
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is a strongly scattering material and has been regarded to have optical properties similar to biological tissues. In the present study, the bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) and the bidirectional transmittance distribution function (BTDF) of several PTFE films, with thicknesses from 0.11 to 10 mm, are measured using a laser scatterometer at the wavelength of 635 nm. The directional-hemispherical reflectance (R) and transmittance (T) were obtained by integrating BRDF and BTDF for normal incidence. Comparison of the ratio of the measured R and T with that calculated from the adding-doubling method allows the determination of the reduced scattering coefficient. Furthermore, the effect of surface scattering is investigated by measuring the polarization-dependent BRDF and BTDF at oblique incidence. By analyzing the measurement uncertainty of BTDF in the near-normal observation angles at normal incidence, the present authors found that the scattering coefficient of PTFE should exceed 1200 cm-1, which is much greater than that of biological tissues. On the other hand, the absorption coefficient of PTFE must be less than 0.01 cm-1, much smaller than that of biological tissues, a necessary condition to achieve R ≥ 0.98 with a 10-mm-thick slab.
Qinghe Li, Bong-Jae Lee, Zhuomin M. Zhang, David W. Allen, "Light scattering of semitransparent sintered polytetrafluoroethylene films," Journal of Biomedical Optics 13(5), 054064 (1 September 2008). http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.2992485


Light scattering

Bidirectional reflectance transmission function


Laser scattering

Monte Carlo methods


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