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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1997
  • pp: 125–135

Influence of particle size and concentration on the diffuse backscattering of polarized light from tissue phantoms and biological cell suspensions

Andreas H. Hielscher, Judith R. Mourant, and Irving J. Bigio  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 36, Issue 1, pp. 125-135 (1997)

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We present experimental results that show the spatial variations of the diffuse-backscattered intensity when linearly polarized light is incident upon highly scattering media. Experiments on polystyrene-sphere and Intralipid suspensions demonstrate that the radial and azimuthal variations of the observed pattern depend on the concentration, size, and anisotropy factor g of the particles that constitute the scattering medium. Measurements performed on biological-cell suspensions show the potential of this method for cell characterization.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: April 17, 1996
Revised Manuscript: August 27, 1996
Published: January 1, 1997

Andreas H. Hielscher, Judith R. Mourant, and Irving J. Bigio, "Influence of particle size and concentration on the diffuse backscattering of polarized light from tissue phantoms and biological cell suspensions," Appl. Opt. 36, 125-135 (1997)

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