Abstract

Using a time-resolved technique, we have studied two methods of quantifying the concentration of a light absorber localized in a scattering medium. Because some of the transmitted photons pass through the absorber region many times because of complicated photon propagation in the scattering medium, we used the following methods. First, early-arriving photons passing through the absorber approximately once were selected. Using these photons, we quantified the concentration of the absorber by an ordinary spectroscopic method based on the Beer–Lambert law. Second, for later-arriving photons, after empirically determining the distribution of the number of passes through the absorber as a function of detection time, we obtained the concentration by applying this function to the Beer–Lambert law.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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