Control of optical properties of human skin by embedding light scattering nanoparticles

Alexey P. Popov, Alexander V. Priezzhev, Jürgen Lademann

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Nowadays there is an acute problem to protect human skin against harmful influence of violet and ultraviolet solar radiation. The aim of this research is to evaluate, how optical properties of the horny layer of human skin can be changed by imbedding the titanium dioxide (TiO2) fine particles in order to achieve the maximal attenuation of the UV solar radiation. In-depth distribution in the skin of TiO2 particles typically achieved with the sunscreens is determined experimentally by the tape-stripping technique. Computer code implementing the Monte Carlo method is used to simulate photon migration within 20-μm thick horny layer partially filled with nano-sized TiO2 spheres. Dependencies of absorbed by and reflected from, as well as transmitted through the horny layer UV radiation of two wavelengths (290.5 and 400 nm) on the concentration of TiO2 particles are obtained and analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Laser Technologies 2004
EditorsIvan A. Shcherbakov, Anna Giardini, Vitali I. Konov, Vladimir I. Pustovoy
PublisherInternational Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE
ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-5847-6
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2005
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAdvanced Laser Technologies 2004 - Rome and Frascati, Italy
Duration: 10 Sept 200415 Sept 2004

Publication series

SeriesProceedings of SPIE


ConferenceAdvanced Laser Technologies 2004
CityRome and Frascati


  • Horny layer
  • Human skin
  • Monte Carlo simulation
  • Photon migration
  • Titanium dioxide particles
  • UV radiation


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