Departmental Papers (BE)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

September 2007


We consider the photoacoustic effect for multiply scattered light in a random medium. Within the accuracy of the diffusion approximation to the radiative transport equation, we present a general analysis of the sensitivity of a photoacoustic wave to the presence of one or more small absorbing objects. Applications to tumor detection by photoacoustic imaging are suggested.


Copyright American Physical Society. Reprinted from Physical Review E, Volume 76, Article 036604, September 2007, 9 pages.


light scattering, photoacoustic effect, random media



Date Posted: 06 November 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.