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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 9, Iss. 5 — Apr. 29, 2014

Tracking shear waves in turbid medium by light: theory, simulation, and experiment

Sinan Li, Yi Cheng, Lipei Song, Robert J. Eckersley, Daniel S. Elson, and Meng-Xing Tang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 6, pp. 1597-1600 (2014)

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Shear wave propagation provides rich information for material mechanical characterization, including elasticity and viscosity. This Letter reports tracking of shear wave propagation in turbid media by laser-speckle-contrast analysis. The theory is described, and a Monte Carlo simulation of light shear wave interaction was developed. Simulation and experiments on tissue-mimicking phantoms agree well and show tracking of shear wave at the phantom surface and at depth as well as multiple shear waves interacting within the object. The relationship between speckle contrast value and shear wave amplitude is also investigated.

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OCIS Codes
(110.0113) Imaging systems : Imaging through turbid media
(170.1065) Medical optics and biotechnology : Acousto-optics

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: August 1, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 6, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 11, 2014
Published: March 12, 2014

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Vol. 9, Iss. 5 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Sinan Li, Yi Cheng, Lipei Song, Robert J. Eckersley, Daniel S. Elson, and Meng-Xing Tang, "Tracking shear waves in turbid medium by light: theory, simulation, and experiment," Opt. Lett. 39, 1597-1600 (2014)

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