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Light backscattering polarization patterns from turbid media: theory and experiment

Raković, Milun J. and Kattawar, George W. and Mehrübeoğlu, Mehrübe and Cameron, Brent D. and Wang, Lihong V. and Rastegar, Sohi and Coté, Gerard L. (1999) Light backscattering polarization patterns from turbid media: theory and experiment. Applied Optics, 38 (15). pp. 3399-3408. ISSN 0003-6935. doi:10.1364/AO.38.003399.

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We present both experimental measurements and Monte-Carlo-based simulations of the diffusely backscattered intensity patterns that arise from illuminating a turbid medium with a polarized laser beam. It is rigorously shown that, because of axial symmetry of the system, only seven elements of the effective backscattering Mueller matrix are independent. A new numerical method that allows simultaneous calculation of all 16 elements of the two-dimensional Mueller matrix is used. To validate our method we compared calculations to measurements from a turbid medium that consisted of polystyrene spheres of different sizes and concentrations in deionized water. The experimental and numerical results are in excellent agreement.

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Additional Information:© 1999 Optical Society of America. Received 23 June 1998; revised manuscript received 22 January 1999. This research was partially supported by the Office of Naval Research under contract N00014-95-1-0275, the Office of Vice President for Research at Texas A&M University, and the Whitaker Foundation.
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Official Citation:Milun J. Raković, George W. Kattawar, Mehrűbe Mehrűbeoğlu, Brent D. Cameron, Lihong V. Wang, Sohi Rastegar, and Gerard L. Coté, "Light backscattering polarization patterns from turbid media: theory and experiment," Appl. Opt. 38, 3399-3408 (1999)
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