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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2139–2147

Comparison of polarimetric techniques for the identification of biological and chemical materials using Mueller matrices, lateral waves, and surface waves

Ezekiel Bahar  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 28, Issue 10, pp. 2139-2147 (2011)

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Optical polarimetric techniques to identify and characterize biological and chemical materials have received much attention recently for their broad applications in biophotonics, biochemistry, biomedicine, and pharmacology. We present here several options for the measurement of optical rotation, diattenuation, and the index of depolarization. These include polar decomposition, identification of specific pairs of Mueller matrix elements that are proportional to optical activity, and the cross-polarized components of lateral waves and surface waves at the interface between free space and the optically active material.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.2690) General : General physics
(000.3860) General : Mathematical methods in physics
(040.1880) Detectors : Detection
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

Original Manuscript: May 20, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 19, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 17, 2011
Published: September 23, 2011

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Ezekiel Bahar, "Comparison of polarimetric techniques for the identification of biological and chemical materials using Mueller matrices, lateral waves, and surface waves," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28, 2139-2147 (2011)

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