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Time-resolved two-window measurement of Wigner functions for coherent backscatter from a turbid medium
Author(s): Frank Reil; John E. Thomas
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Paper Abstract

For the first time we are able to observe the time-resolved Wigner function of enhanced backscatter from a random medium using a novel two-window technique. This technique enables us to directly verify the phase-conjugating properties of random media. An incident divergent beam displays a convergent enhanced backscatter cone. We measure the joint position and momentum (x, p) distributions of the light field as a function of propagation time in the medium. The two-window technique allows us to independently control the resolutions for position and momentum, thereby surpassing the uncertainty limit associated with Fourier transform pairs. By using a low-coherence light source in a heterodyne detection scheme, we observe enhanced backscattering resolved by path length in the random medium, providing information about the evolution of optical coherence as a function of penetration depth in the random medium.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4705, Saratov Fall Meeting 2001: Coherent Optics of Ordered and Random Media II, (31 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469017
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Frank Reil, Duke Univ. (United States)
John E. Thomas, Duke Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4705:
Saratov Fall Meeting 2001: Coherent Optics of Ordered and Random Media II

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