Photon Measurement Density Function (PMDF)

Definition: The Photon Measurement Density Function (PMDF) is a mathematical function that describes the probability distribution of photons reaching a particular detector or measurement point in a medium. It is obtained from the Green’s function of the diffusion equation. The Green’s function represents the response of the medium to a point source of light and can be used to calculate the photon density at any point in the medium. By integrating the photon density over the volume of the detector or measurement point, the PMDF can be obtained. The idea of a PMDF is an extension of the notions of a photon-sampling volume and a photon-hitting density. where PMDF(x, t) is the photon-measurement density function at a point x and time t, G(x, x', t) is the Green’s function of the diffusion equation, which describes the probability distribution of photons reaching point x at time t that originated at point x' at time t=0, rho(x', t) is the photon density at point x' and time t, and the integral is taken over the volume V of the detector or measurement point.

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