Abstract

We discuss the impact of large-angle scattering events in highly forward-scattering media on the spatial distribution of the diffusively reflected light. We show that, even for highly forward-scattering media, the reflected light near the incident beam axis is strongly dependent on the small number of large-angle scattering events. Reliable modeling of near-axis reflection thus requires accurate knowledge of the scattering phase function’s behavior at large angles.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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