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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 6 — May. 25, 2012

Experimental and numerical analysis of ballistic and scattered light using femtosecond optical Kerr gating: a way for the characterization of strongly scattering media

François-Xavier d’Abzac, Myriam Kervella, Laurent Hespel, and Thibault Dartigalongue  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 9, pp. 9604-9615 (2012)

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We have developed a new experimental setup based on optical Kerr gating in order to isolate either the transmitted or the scattered light going through an optically thick medium. This selectivity can be obtained by finely tuning the focusing of the different laser beams in the Kerr medium. We have developed an experimental setup. A Monte Carlo simulation scheme generates an accurate model of scattering processes taking into account the time of flight, the geometry of the Kerr gating and the polarization. We show that our experimental setup is capable of analyzing the transmitted light with optical densities up to OD = 9.7, and scattered light beyond OD = 347 in poly-disperse silica spheres in water (distribution centered on ~0.9µm radius) at λ = 550 nm. Strongly positive correlations are obtained with simulations.

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OCIS Codes
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media
(320.7120) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast phenomena

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Original Manuscript: January 18, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 11, 2012
Published: April 11, 2012

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François-Xavier d’Abzac, Myriam Kervella, Laurent Hespel, and Thibault Dartigalongue, "Experimental and numerical analysis of ballistic and scattered light using femtosecond optical Kerr gating: a way for the characterization of strongly scattering media," Opt. Express 20, 9604-9615 (2012)

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