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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 27 — Sep. 20, 1998
  • pp: 6550–6557

Differential absorption Mueller matrix spectroscopy and the infrared detection of crystalline organics

Arthur H. Carrieri, Jerold R. Bottiger, David J. Owens, and Erik S. Roese  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 27, pp. 6550-6557 (1998)

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The complete 16-element Mueller matrices for backscattering from amino acids, sugars, and other enantiomorphic compounds pressed into wafer form were measured at infrared wavelengths. For each compound a pair of CO2 laser lines was selected from the 9.1–11.6-μm region such that one line excited an absorption band in the compound, whereas the other did not. It was observed that at least some of the matrix elements differed significantly depending on which of the two wavelengths was used in the measurement. We propose that a neural network pattern recognition system can be trained to detect the presence of specific compounds based on multiwavelength backscatter Mueller matrix measurements.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy

Original Manuscript: January 26, 1998
Revised Manuscript: May 28, 1998
Published: September 20, 1998

Arthur H. Carrieri, Jerold R. Bottiger, David J. Owens, and Erik S. Roese, "Differential absorption Mueller matrix spectroscopy and the infrared detection of crystalline organics," Appl. Opt. 37, 6550-6557 (1998)

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