OSA's Digital Library

Optics Letters

Optics Letters


  • Vol. 29, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2004
  • pp: 2773–2775

Time-resolved backscattering of circularly and linearly polarized light in a turbid medium

Xiaohui Ni and R. R. Alfano  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 23, pp. 2773-2775 (2004)

View Full Text Article

Acrobat PDF (663 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



Time-resolved backscattering profiles of circularly and linearly polarized light were measured from a turbid medium composed of small and large polystyrene sphere particles in water. It is shown that, based on the measurements of the time-resolved backscattered copolarized and cross-polarized components of the incident polarized light, either linearly or circularly polarized light can be used to effectively image an object that is deep inside a turbid medium composed of small particles, depending on the depolarization properties of the object itself. For large particles such as in tissue, fog, and clouds, the experimentally observed polarization memory effect on the backscattering temporal profiles suggests that a significant improvement in the image contrast can be achieved by use of circularly polarized light.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.7050) Imaging systems : Turbid media
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

Xiaohui Ni and R. R. Alfano, "Time-resolved backscattering of circularly and linearly polarized light in a turbid medium," Opt. Lett. 29, 2773-2775 (2004)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset


  1. L. Wang, P. P. Ho, G. Liu, G. Zhang, and R. R. Alfano, Science 253, 769 (1991).
  2. D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flotte, K. Gregory, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, Science 254, 1178 (1991).
  3. M. A. O'Leary, D. A. Boas, B. Chance, and A. G. Yodh, Opt. Lett. 20, 426 (1995).
  4. Y. Guo, H. E. Savage, F. Liu, S. P. Schantz, P. P. Ho, and R. R. Alfano, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 96, 10854 (1999).
  5. A. Schmidt, R. Corey, and P. Saulnier, Opt. Lett. 20, 404 (1995).
  6. B. R. Masters, A. Kriete, and J. Kukulies, Appl. Opt. 32, 592 (1993).
  7. P. Clemenceau, A. Dogariu, and J. S. Stryjewski, Proc. SPIE 4035, 401 (2000).
  8. P. Y. Gerligand, M. H. Smith, and R. A. Chipman, Opt. Express 4, 420 (1999), http://www.opticsexpress.org.
  9. S. G. Demos and R. R. Alfano, Appl. Opt. 36, 150 (1997).
  10. S. P. Morgan and M. E. Ridgway, Opt. Express 7, 395 (2000), http://www.opticsexpress.org.
  11. G. D. Lewis, D. L. Jordan, and P. J. Roberts, Appl. Opt. 38, 3937 (1999).
  12. G. D. Gilbert and J. C. Pernicka, Appl. Opt. 6, 741 (1967).
  13. F. C. MacKintosh, J. X. Zhu, D. J. Pine, and D. A. Weitz, Phys. Rev. B 40, 9342 (1989).
  14. E. E. Gorodnichev, A. I. Kuzovlev, and D. B. Rogozkin, JETP Lett. 68, 22 (1998).
  15. D. Bicout, C. Brosseau, A. S. Martinez, and J. M. Schmitt, Phys. Rev. E 49, 1767 (1994).
  16. A. D. Kim and M. Moscoso, Opt. Lett. 27, 1589 (2002).

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited