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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 20 — Jul. 10, 2007
  • pp: 4491–4500

Stokes polarimetry in multiply scattering chiral media: effects of experimental geometry

Xinxin Guo, Michael F. G. Wood, and I. Alex Vitkin  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 20, pp. 4491-4500 (2007)

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The spatial distribution of optical rotation α and surviving linear polarization fraction β L of light scattered from cylindrical turbid chiral (glucose-containing) and achiral samples is studied using a linear Stokes polarimeter. α and β L are measured in and off the incident plane as the detection angle changes from the forward to the backward direction. The experimental results exhibit a complex dependence on the detection geometry: α is more sensitive to glucose presence off the incident plane, whereas β L exhibits larger effects in-plane, as validated by polarization sensitive Monte Carlo simulations. A rigorous methodology is presented for optimizing the experimental geometry in the polarimetric examinations of complex random systems.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(170.5280) Medical optics and biotechnology : Photon migration
(170.7050) Medical optics and biotechnology : Turbid media
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

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Original Manuscript: October 11, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: February 21, 2007
Published: June 20, 2007

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Xinxin Guo, Michael F. G. Wood, and I. Alex Vitkin, "Stokes polarimetry in multiply scattering chiral media: effects of experimental geometry," Appl. Opt. 46, 4491-4500 (2007)

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