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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 11 — May. 29, 2006
  • pp: 4656–4661

Applying the polarization memory effect in polarization-gated subsurface imaging

Ralph Nothdurft and Gang Yao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 11, pp. 4656-4661 (2006)

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Polarization memory is a well established phenomenon occurring when circularly polarized light propagates in turbid media of larger particles. Recent studies have demonstrated that the circularly cross-polarized imaging can significantly improve subsurface reflection contrast due to the polarization memory effect. We have found that such improvement is strongly influenced by the optical properties of the media. Circularly cross-polarized light provides superior image enhancement in low scattering media, but becomes inferior in high scattering media. Our experiments also demonstrate that polarization imaging provides no significant improvement to image resolution.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.7050) Imaging systems : Turbid media
(170.0110) Medical optics and biotechnology : Imaging systems
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: February 15, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 9, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 12, 2006
Published: May 29, 2006

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Ralph Nothdurft and Gang Yao, "Applying the polarization memory effect in polarization-gated subsurface imaging," Opt. Express 14, 4656-4661 (2006)

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