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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Energy enhancement in time-reversed ultrasonically encoded optical focusing using a photorefractive polymer

Paper Abstract

Time-reversed ultrasonically encoded (TRUE) optical focusing achieves light focusing into scattering media beyond one transport mean free path, which is desirable in biomedical optics. However, the focused optical energy needs to be increased for broad applications. Here, we report the use of a photorefractive polymer (PRP) as the phase conjugate mirror in TRUE optical focusing. The PRP boosted the focused optical energy by ∼ 40 times in comparison to the previously used photorefractive Bi12SiO20 crystal. As a result, we successfully imaged absorbing objects embedded in the middle plane of a tissue-mimicking phantom having an optical thickness of 120 scattering mean free paths.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 August 2012
PDF: 4 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 17(8) 080507 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.17.8.080507
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 17, Issue 8
Show Author Affiliations
Yuta Suzuki, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
Xiao Xu, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
Puxiang Lai, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)
Lihong V. Wang, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (United States)


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