Abstract

A procedure for the time-domain optical characterization of an inclusion in a scattering slab is investigated theoretically and experimentally. The method relies on the measurement of a contrast function, which is defined as the time-dependent relative change in the transmitted signal resulting from the presence of the inclusion. Analytical expressions for the contrast functions of absorptive and diffusive inclusions are obtained through a perturbation solution of the diffusion equation. This procedure is used successfully to determine the optical properties of absorptive, diffusive, and mixed inclusions located at midplane in a scattering slab by use of time-resolved transmittance measurements.

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