Abstract

A method to reconstruct weakly anisotropic inhomogeneous dielectric tensors inside a transparent medium is proposed. The mathematical theory of integral geometry is cast into a workable framework that allows the full determination of dielectric tensor fields by scalar Radon inversions of the polarization transformation data obtained from six planar tomographic scanning cycles. Furthermore, a careful derivation of the usual equations of integrated photoelasticity in terms of heuristic length scales of the material inhomogeneity and anisotropy is provided, resulting in a self-contained account about the reconstruction of arbitrary three-dimensional, weakly anisotropic dielectric tensor fields.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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