Using ultra-short pulses to determine particle size and density distributions

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Abstract

We analyze the time dependent response of strongly scattering media (SSM) to ultra-short pulses of light. A random walk technique is used to model the optical scattering of ultra-short pulses of light propagating through media with random shapes and various packing densities. The pulse spreading was found to be strongly dependent on the average particle size, particle size distribution, and the packing fraction. We also show that the intensity as a function of time-delay can be used to analyze the particle size distribution and packing fraction of an optically thick sample independently of the presence of absorption features. Finally, we propose an all new way to measure the shape of ultra-short pulses that have propagated through a SSM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12483-12497
Number of pages15
JournalOptics express
Volume15
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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