Assessment of photon migration in scattering media using heterodyning techniques with a frequency modulated diode laser.

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A novel technique for studying photon propagation in scattering media is proposed and demonstrated, as is believed, for the first time. Photons propagating through the medium, from a frequency-ramped single-mode diode laser, meet a reference beam from the same source, at a common detector, and beat frequencies corresponding to various temporal delays are observed by heterodyne techniques. Fourier transformation directly yields the temporal dispersion curve. Proof-of-principle experiments on polystyrene foam and a tissue phantom suggest, that the new method, when fully developed, may favorably compete with the more complex time-correlated single-photon counting (TCSPC) and the phase-shift methods, now much employed.

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  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16291-16299
JournalOptics Express
Volume17
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes