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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 12 — Dec. 4, 2000
  • pp: 395–402

Polarization properties of light backscattered from a two layer scattering medium

S. P. Morgan and M. E. Ridgway  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 7, Issue 12, pp. 395-402 (2000)

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The polarization properties of light backscattered from a two layer scattering medium are investigated. Linear, circular and elliptical polarization states are considered and it is demonstrated that the degree of polarization of the backscattered light is sensitive to the optical properties of both layers and to layer thickness. Furthermore, it is shown that the polarization memory of circularly polarized light enables deeper layers to be probed whereas linearly polarized light is more sensitive to surface layers. This has applications for characterizing burns and melanoma.

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OCIS Codes
(170.0170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics and biotechnology
(170.5280) Medical optics and biotechnology : Photon migration
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Original Manuscript: October 27, 2000
Published: December 4, 2000

Stephen Morgan and M. Ridgway, "Polarization properties of light backscattered from a two layer scattering medium," Opt. Express 7, 395-402 (2000)

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