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  • Vol. 8, Iss. 7 — Aug. 1, 2013

Target detection in turbid medium using polarization-based range-gated technology

Jinge Guan and Jingping Zhu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 12, pp. 14152-14158 (2013)

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Range-gated technology is well known for its good reliability, large field of view (FOV) and low cost in target detection through scattering or turbid medium. However, the tail-gating technology suffers from low signal-to-noise ratio in high turbidity levels due to superposition of photons multiply scattered from the medium and that reflected from the target. In this paper, polarization properties of multiply scattered photons emerging from the turbid medium are studied. Results demonstrate that diffusive photons are almost completely depolarized with no diattenuation and retardance. We combined the tail-gated technology with polarization detection method to effectively image in high level of turbidity. This approach showed about two times enhancement in image contrast as compared with the conventional range-gated technology.

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OCIS Codes
(290.5855) Scattering : Scattering, polarization
(280.1350) Remote sensing and sensors : Backscattering

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing

Original Manuscript: April 3, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 25, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 25, 2013
Published: June 6, 2013

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Vol. 8, Iss. 7 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Jinge Guan and Jingping Zhu, "Target detection in turbid medium using polarization-based range-gated technology," Opt. Express 21, 14152-14158 (2013)

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