Abstract

We introduce an efficient numerical method for studying the detectability of absorptive inclusions in a multiple-scattering optical medium. Use of the method is demonstrated by the forward calculation of integrated and time-gated photon intensities. Schemes for positioning the light source above an inclusion and otherwise determining the location of a hidden object, involving either reflected or transmitted reemissions, are discussed as examples. They are investigated for several illustrative models, and images are calculated as a function of the size and shape of the inclusion.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

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