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Coherent and incoherent imaging through scattering media (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Eitan Edrei

Paper Abstract

The shower-curtain effect is a familiar phenomenon, routinely observed in our everyday life: an object placed behind a scattering layer appears blurred but if the object is attached to the scattering layer it can be clearly resolved. The optical system we developed takes advantage of the shower-curtain effect properties and generalizes them to achieve high-resolution imaging of objects placed at a nearly arbitrary distance behind the scattering medium. The imaging procedure is based on retrieving the object Fourier transform from the turbid medium (used as the shower-curtain) through a correlography technique based on speckle illumination. Illuminating the object with a speckle pattern rather than a coherent beam, we show that the correlography principles can be effectively applied in the near field. While the far-field condition is usually known as z<(2D^2)⁄λ (D, size of the object; λ wavelength); by tuning the spatial coherence of the illumination beam, as one can do with speckle illumination, the “far-field” condition can be written as z<(2DRc)⁄λ where Rc is the correlation radius of the speckle pattern. Using our method we present high-resolution imaging of objects hidden behind millimeter-thick tissue or dense lens cataracts, and demonstrate our imaging technique to be insensitive to rapid medium movements (<5 m∕s) beyond any biologically relevant motion. Furthermore, we show this method can be extended to several contrast mechanisms and imaging configurations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 2017
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 10073, Adaptive Optics and Wavefront Control for Biological Systems III, 100730U (24 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2253297
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Eitan Edrei, Univ. of Maryland (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10073:
Adaptive Optics and Wavefront Control for Biological Systems III
Thomas G. Bifano; Joel Kubby; Sylvain Gigan, Editor(s)

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