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Photon correlation spectroscopy with incoherent light

D. Salerno, D. Brogioli, F. Croccolo, R. Ziano, and F. Mantegazza  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 27, pp. 26416-26422 (2011)

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Photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS) is based on measuring the temporal correlation of the light intensity scattered by the investigated sample. A typical setup requires a temporally coherent light source. Here, we show that a short-coherence light source can be used as well, provided that its coherence properties are suitably modified. This results in a “skewed-coherence” light beam allowing that restores the coherence requirements. This approach overcomes the usual need for beam filtering, which would reduce the total brightness of the beam.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: October 18, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 21, 2011
Published: December 12, 2011

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Vol. 7, Iss. 2 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

D. Salerno, D. Brogioli, F. Croccolo, R. Ziano, and F. Mantegazza, "Photon correlation spectroscopy with incoherent light," Opt. Express 19, 26416-26422 (2011)

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