Optical diffraction tomography is an imaging technique that permits retrieval of the map of permittivity of an object from its scattered far field. Most reconstruction procedures assume that single scattering is dominant so that the scattered far field is linearly linked to the permittivity. In this work, we present a nonlinear inversion method and apply it to complex three-dimensional samples. We show that multiple scattering permits one to obtain a power of resolution beyond the classical limit imposed by the use of propagative incident and diffracted waves. Moreover, we stress that our imaging method is robust with respect to correlated and uncorrelated noise.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 3, 2005
Revised Manuscript: July 8, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: August 23, 2005
Vol. 1, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics
Kamal Belkebir, Patrick C. Chaumet, and Anne Sentenac, "Influence of multiple scattering on three-dimensional imaging with optical diffraction tomography," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 23, 586-595 (2006)