• Andrew K. Dunn
Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAII, volume 238)


This chapter describes the results of a finite-difference time-domain model of light scattering from inhomogeneous biological cells. The FDTD approach enables realistic three-dimensional modeling of light scattering from cells. The effects of small cytoplasmic organelles and nuclear morphology on the angular distribution of scattered light are examined. The results suggest that the small-scale refractive-index variations found in small cytoplasmic organelles and within the nucleus largely determine the scattering properties of cells at larger scattering angles.


Scattered Intensity Scatter Cross Section Cytoplasmic Organelle Homogeneous Sphere Large Scattering Angle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew K. Dunn
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  1. 1.Biomedical Engineering DepartmentUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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