Polarimetric study of birefringent turbid media with three-dimensional optic axis orientation
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© 2014 Optical Society of America. This paper was published in Biomedical Optics Express and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. The paper can be found at the following URL on the OSA website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/BOE.5.000287. Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.
Biomedical Optics Express, 2014, 5 (1), 287-292
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Ellipsometry and polarimetry
Recent approaches to the analysis of biological samples with three-dimensional linear birefringence orientation require numerical methods to estimate the best fit parameters from experimental measures. We present a novel analytical method for characterizing the intrinsic retardance and the three-dimensional optic axis orientation of uniform and uniaxial turbid media. It is based on a model that exploits the recently proposed differential generalized Jones calculus, remarkably suppressing the need for numerical procedures. The method is applied to the analysis of samples modeled with polarized sensitive Monte Carlo. The results corroborate its capacity to successfully characterize 3D linear birefringence in a straightforward way.
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