The temporal profiles of the parallel and perpendicular polarization components of a light pulse backscattered from a scattering medium are different. The depth of penetration into the tissue and depolarization of the backscattered light depend on the scattering and absorption characteristics of the tissue. Based on these facts, a novel technique is demonstrated for noninvasive surface and beneath-the-surface imaging of biological systems.
© 1997 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 19, 1996
Revised Manuscript: October 7, 1996
Published: January 1, 1997
S. G. Demos and R. R. Alfano, "Optical polarization imaging," Appl. Opt. 36, 150-155 (1997)