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31 May 2001 Polarization visualization of scattering media with backscattered light detection
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Method of polarization visualization of superficial layers of multiply scattering medium containing macroinhomogeneities based on the analysis of polarization patterns of a backscattered linearly polarized light is discussed. The polarization properties of a backscattered light were studied for phantom scattering media (diluted milk with low concentrations). The influence of media scattering properties on inhomogeneity image is obtained by use of polarization degree and normalized scattered intensity as visualization parameters is discussed. Quality of reconstructed images was estimated in terms of spatial resolution and image contrast. Depth resolution of the considered polarization imaging in the backscattering mode is discussed. Phenomenological description of the polarization image formation is carried out by means of the concept of statistical distribution of effective optical paths of partial components of scattered optical field.
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Yurii P. Sinichkin, Dmitry A. Zimnyakov, and Vadim V. Giterman "Polarization visualization of scattering media with backscattered light detection", Proc. SPIE 4242, Saratov Fall Meeting 2000: Coherent Optics of Ordered and Random Media, (31 May 2001);

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