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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2004
  • pp: 1491–1493

Spectral and temporal speckle field measurements of a random medium

M. A. Webster, T. D. Gerke, A. M. Weiner, and K. J. Webb  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 13, pp. 1491-1493 (2004)

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The zero-mean circular complex Gaussian field statistics of a random medium are experimentally demonstrated in the optical domain, thus verifying this key assumption of statistical optics. Using a frequency-tunable laser source in a fixed-path-length interferometer, we obtain optical field fluctuations in the time and frequency domains that clearly show that the ensemble-averaged temporal intensity converges to the photon transit time distribution, which for the samples used is in excellent agreement with a diffusion model.

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OCIS Codes
(030.6140) Coherence and statistical optics : Speckle
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media

M. A. Webster, T. D. Gerke, A. M. Weiner, and K. J. Webb, "Spectral and temporal speckle field measurements of a random medium," Opt. Lett. 29, 1491-1493 (2004)

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