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We demonstrate significant differences in the propagation of polarized light through biological tissue compared with two common tissue phantoms. Depolarization of linearly and circularly polarized light was measured versus propagation distance by use of two independent measurement techniques. The measurements were performed on adipose and myocardial tissues(More)
We describe the use of degree of polarization to discriminate unscattered and weakly scattered light from multiply scattered light in an optically turbid material. We use spatially resolved measurements of the degree of polarization to compare how well linearly and circularly polarized light survives in a sample. Experiments were performed on common tissue(More)
We demonstrate that polarized light is maintained differently in densely packed versus dilute suspensions of polystyrene microspheres. The degrees of linear and circular polarization were measured versus scatterer concentration in aqueous suspensions of 0.48-, 0.99-, 2.092-, and 9.14-mum-diameter polystyrene microspheres. The results indicate that, for(More)
Linear birefringence, an optical property that results from a material's structure and composition, can be used to study dynamic changes in tissue structure. Single, 200 microseconds-long pulses from a Ho:YAG laser emitting 2.1 microns radiation were used to induce changes in the linear birefringence of rat tail tendon. Such changes were measured on a(More)
The explosion of a Type Ia supernova (SNIa) begins as a turbulent flame deep within a 1.4 solar-mass white dwarf. Initially the burning happens in the flamelet regime where turbulence only serves to wrinkle and fold an essentially laminar burning front. However, as the star expands and the flame moves outwards, it encounters regions of lower density. At ∼ 2(More)
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