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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2011
  • pp: 1395–1397

Transition from the ballistic to the diffusive regime in a turbid medium

Andre Yaroshevsky, Ziv Glasser, Er’el Granot, and Shmuel Sternklar  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 8, pp. 1395-1397 (2011)

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By varying the absorption coefficient and width of an intralipid–India ink solution in a quasi-one-dimensional experiment, we investigate the transition between the ballistic and the diffusive regimes. The medium’s attenuation coefficient changes abruptly between two different values within a single mean free path. This problem is analyzed both experimentally and theoretically, and it is demonstrated that the transition location depends on the scattering coefficient as well as on the measuring solid angle.

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(110.7050) Imaging systems : Turbid media
(170.7050) Medical optics and biotechnology : Turbid media
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media
(110.0113) Imaging systems : Imaging through turbid media

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Original Manuscript: November 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 20, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 24, 2011
Published: April 12, 2011

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