4. Experimental Results

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The experimental results are shown for 5 mouse tissues and a gel with polystyrene microsphere:

As the scattering becomes stronger and more backward directed, both the reflectivity (ρ [dimensionless]) and the attenuation (μ [cm-1]) increase. It makes sense that if more light is backreflected, less light can transmit to be scattered by deeper depths, hence the attenuation increases.

To cause a comparable change in observed backreflected confocal SIGNAL, either a comparable change in A may occur, or a much smaller change in μ can occur since μ is in the exponent of the expression ρ exp(-μ zf). So it is not suprising to see the roughly linear relation between μ and log(ρ) in the data shown.

SIGNAL(zf) = ρ exp(-μ zf)
ρ [dimensionless] = reflectivity (x axis),
μ [cm-1] = attenuation (y axis)

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