A scattering-media-characterization method that uses partially coherent radiation and polarization discrimination of multiply scattered light is described. The method is based on an analysis of the dependence of speckle contrast on the coherence length of the probe light. Polarization discrimination of detected speckles makes it possible to select scattered-light components that propagate in the probed medium at different distances. A theoretical analysis of the polarization-dependent speckle contrast as influenced by the probe-light coherence and parameters of the probed medium is presented. Experimental results obtained with various nondiffuse scattering samples are presented.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 21, 2003
Revised Manuscript: July 31, 2003
Manuscript Accepted: September 2, 2003
Published: January 1, 2004
Dmitry A. Zimnyakov, Jung-Taek Oh, Yury P. Sinichkin, Valery A. Trifonov, and Eugeny V. Gurianov, "Polarization-sensitive speckle spectroscopy of scattering media beyond the diffusion limit," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 59-70 (2004)