Abstract

We studied the effectiveness of using polarized illumination and detection to enhance the visibility of targets buried in highly scattering media. The effects of background optical properties including scattering coefficient, absorption coefficient, and anisotropy on image visibility were examined. Both linearly and circularly polarized light were used in the imaging. Three different types of target were investigated: scattering, absorption, and reflection. The experimental results indicate that target visibility improvement achieved by a specific polarization method depends on both the background optical properties and the target type. By analyzing all polarization images, it is possible to reveal certain information about target or the scattering background.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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