Optical polarization imaging

S. G. Demos, R. R. Alfano

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The temporal profiles of the parallel and perpendicular polarization components of a light pulse backscattered from a scattering medium are different. The depth of penetration into the tissue and depolarization of the backscattered light depend on the scattering and absorption characteristics of the tissue. Based on these facts, a novel technique is demonstrated for noninvasive surface and beneath-the-surface imaging of biological systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-155
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Optical imaging
  • Polarization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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