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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 13 — May. 1, 1997
  • pp: 2990–2994

Picosecond magneto-optical phenomena in turbid media: toward magneto-optical characterization of highly scattering biological samples

Egberto Munin  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 36, Issue 13, pp. 2990-2994 (1997)

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The behavior of a Faraday-active turbid medium under ultrafast optical excitation is investigated. As the degree of polarization of early arriving photons is mostly preserved during the first 100 ps after the arrival of the ballistic component, the possibility of using the magneto-optical rotation of the light polarization as a new tool for tissue characterization is addressed. A technique is proposed for determining photon-scattering statistics in turbid biological media. The analysis is performed on the basis that photons trapped in multiple-scattering events leave the medium with larger induced rotation angles. A measurement of the magneto-optical rotatory power of turbid biological samples is possible if only the early arriving unscattered photons are probed.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 29, 1996
Revised Manuscript: September 16, 1996
Published: May 1, 1997

Egberto Munin, "Picosecond magneto-optical phenomena in turbid media: toward magneto-optical characterization of highly scattering biological samples," Appl. Opt. 36, 2990-2994 (1997)

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