A study of photon propagation in free-space based on hybrid radiosity-radiance theorem

Xueli Chen, Xinbo Gao, Xiaochao Qu, Jimin Liang, Lin Wang, Da'an Yang, Anikitos Garofalakis, Jorge Ripoll, Jie Tian
2009 Optics Express  
Noncontact optical imaging has attracted increasing attention in recent years due to its significant advantages on detection sensitivity, spatial resolution, image quality and system simplicity compared with contact measurement. However, photon transport simulation in free-space is still an extremely challenging topic for the complexity of the optical system. For this purpose, this paper proposes an analytical model for photon propagation in free-space based on hybrid radiosity-radiance theorem
more » ... ty-radiance theorem (HRRT). It combines Lambert's cosine law and the radiance theorem to handle the influence of the complicated lens and to simplify the photon transport process in the optical system. The performance of the proposed model is evaluated and validated with numerical simulations and physical experiments. Qualitative comparison results of flux distribution at the detector are presented. In particular, error analysis demonstrates the feasibility and potential of the proposed model for simulating photon propagation in free-space.
doi:10.1364/oe.17.016266 pmid:19724626 fatcat:v7a4unbvtfcbtjs35x452wmrom