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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 32 — Nov. 10, 2009
  • pp: 6099–6104

Polarization-gated imaging in tissue phantoms: effect of size distribution

Prashant Shukla and Asima Pradhan  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 32, pp. 6099-6104 (2009)

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We have investigated the effect of size distribution of aqueous solutions of monodisperse and a mixture of polydisperse scatterers of two different sizes on the image quality using linear and circularly polarized light. The contrast and resolution are affected by the size distribution present in the mixture of a polydisperse medium, while they are affected by the refractive index in a monodisperse medium. Circularly polarized light improves image quality of polydisperse scatterers. Images in the polydisperse medium are retrieved for values of optical thickness less than those of the large-sized monodisperse medium. We offer plausible explanations for all the experimental observations.

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OCIS Codes
(170.6930) Medical optics and biotechnology : Tissue
(170.7050) Medical optics and biotechnology : Turbid media
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(110.0113) Imaging systems : Imaging through turbid media

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Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: June 3, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 21, 2009
Published: November 2, 2009

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Prashant Shukla and Asima Pradhan, "Polarization-gated imaging in tissue phantoms: effect of size distribution," Appl. Opt. 48, 6099-6104 (2009)

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