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Volume of Pharmaceutical Powders Probed by Frequency-Domain Photon Migration Measurements of Multiply Scattered Light

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posted on 28.06.2002, 00:00 by Tianshu Pan, Eva M. Sevick-Muraca
Using probability distribution analysis to describe the propagation of multiply scattered light between a point source and point detector located a known distance apart, mathematical expressions predicting the volume of sampled powder were determined for infinite and semi-infinite powder beds and then compared to experimental measurements of frequency-domain photon migration (FDPM). Our results show that the volume of powder sampled varies with optical properties and, when using FDPM techniques, with modulation frequency. For a typical measurement in lactose powder, the volume of powder sampled by multiply scattered light propagating between a 1000-μm-diameter point source and point detector pair separated by 8 mm is predicted to be 1.8 and 1.5 cm3 at modulated frequencies of 50 and 100 MHz, respectively. Experimental measurements in lactose powder confirm the predictions.