A numerical approach to the computation of light propagation through turbid media: Application to the evaluation of lighted exit signs

Abstract

A general event-based Monte Carlo approach is presented for computationally performing quantitative and qualitative analyses relevant to the propagation of light through turbid media such as smoke mixtures and fog. The application of interest is the visualization of lighted safety-related signs through fire-caused smoke. The proposed approach is totally numerical in character. The scattering profiles for individual particles are obtained using a laser-based instrument. These are used to numerically model realistic complex, inhomogeneous, and time-varying media for which analytic methods are unavailable and/or intractable. The present approach results in high-quality visualizations, instead of the usual set of extinction coefficients. The computations are parallelizable on a massive scale, and are performed rapidly using a Connection Machine with 32768 processing elements. Experimental results are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness and usefulness of the overall approach.<<ETX>>

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@article{Roysam1991ANA, title={A numerical approach to the computation of light propagation through turbid media: Application to the evaluation of lighted exit signs}, author={Badri Roysam and Abbe Cohen and P. Getto and P. R. Boyce}, journal={Conference Record of the 1991 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting}, year={1991}, pages={1876-1882 vol.2} }