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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 11 — Nov. 26, 2007

Noninterferometric characterization of partially coherent scalar wave fields and application to scattered light

C. K. Aruldoss, N. M. Dragomir, and A. Roberts  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 24, Issue 10, pp. 3189-3197 (2007)

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We report on the application of a simple propagation-based phase-space tomographic technique to the determination of characteristic projections through the mutual optical intensity and the generalized radiance of a scalar, quasi-monochromatic partially coherent wave field. This method is applied to the reconstruction of the coherence functions of an initially spatially coherent optical wave field that has propagated through a suspension of polystyrene microspheres. As anticipated, we see that the field separates into a ballistic, or unscattered, component and a scattered component with a much shorter coherence length. Good agreement is obtained between experimental results and the results of a model based on a wave-transport equation.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(170.7050) Medical optics and biotechnology : Turbid media
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: March 22, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 2, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 2, 2007
Published: September 18, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 11 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

C. K. Aruldoss, N. M. Dragomir, and A. Roberts, "Noninterferometric characterization of partially coherent scalar wave fields and application to scattered light," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 3189-3197 (2007)

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