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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2013
  • pp: 4888–4891

Empirical model of total internal reflection from highly turbid media

K. G. Goyal, M. L. Dong, V. M. Nguemaha, B. W. Worth, P. T. Judge, W. R. Calhoun, L. M. Bali, and S. Bali  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 22, pp. 4888-4891 (2013)

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We demonstrate, to the best of our knowledge, a first accurate empirical model for reflectance measurements from highly turbid media over the full range of incident angles, i.e., for reflectivity values going from unity in the total internal reflection regime to nearly zero when almost all the light is transmitted. Evidence that our model is accurate is provided by extraction of the particle size, followed by independent verification with dynamic light scattering. Our methodology is in direct contrast with the prevalent approach in turbid media of focusing on only the critical angle region, which is just a small subset of the entire reflectance data.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(170.7050) Medical optics and biotechnology : Turbid media
(260.6970) Physical optics : Total internal reflection
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media
(280.1415) Remote sensing and sensors : Biological sensing and sensors

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Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: May 29, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 9, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 10, 2013
Published: November 14, 2013

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K. G. Goyal, M. L. Dong, V. M. Nguemaha, B. W. Worth, P. T. Judge, W. R. Calhoun, L. M. Bali, and S. Bali, "Empirical model of total internal reflection from highly turbid media," Opt. Lett. 38, 4888-4891 (2013)

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