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Chin. Phys. B, 2018, Vol. 27(12): 124203    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/27/12/124203

Polarization-based range-gated imaging in birefringent medium:Effect of size parameter

Heng Tian(田恒)1,2, Jing-Ping Zhu(朱京平)1, Shu-Wen Tan(谭树文)1, Jing-Jing Tian(田晶晶)2,3, Yun-Yao Zhang(张云尧)1, Xun Hou(侯洵)1
1 Key Laboratory for Physical Electronics and Devices of the Ministry of Education and Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Information Photonic Technique, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an 710049 China;
2 School of Physics and Electronic Information Engineering, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000 China;
3 Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an 710049 China

We have investigated the effect of size parameter of the scatterer on the image quality obtained with polarization-based range-gated imaging in birefringent turbid medium. Both linearly and circularly polarized light were utilized for imaging. The simulated results indicate that the improvement of visibility is more pronounced using circularly polarized light for the birefringent medium composed of smaller-sized scatterers at lower values of optical thickness and the birefringent medium comprising larger-sized scatterers. In contrast, linearly polarized light provides better image quality for the birefringent medium composed of smaller-sized scatterers at larger values of optical thickness. The evolution of the polarization characteristics of backscattered light and target light under the conditions mentioned above was measured to account for these numerical results.

Keywords:  polarization      Monte Carlo simulation      birefringence      scattering  
Received:  26 May 2018      Revised:  22 August 2018      Published:  05 December 2018
PACS:  42.25.Ja (Polarization)  
  05.10.Ln (Monte Carlo methods)  
  42.25.Lc (Birefringence)  
  42.68.Mj (Scattering, polarization)  

Project supported by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant No. 2016M592788) and the Natural Science Basic Research Plan in Shaanxi Province of China (Grant No. 2018JM6008).

Corresponding Authors:  Jing-Ping Zhu, Jing-Jing Tian     E-mail:;

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Heng Tian(田恒), Jing-Ping Zhu(朱京平), Shu-Wen Tan(谭树文), Jing-Jing Tian(田晶晶), Yun-Yao Zhang(张云尧), Xun Hou(侯洵) Polarization-based range-gated imaging in birefringent medium:Effect of size parameter 2018 Chin. Phys. B 27 124203

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