Mueller matrix holographic method for small particle characterization: theory and numerical studies

Meng Gao, Ping Yang, David McKee, George W. Kattawar

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Abstract

Holographic imaging has proved to be useful for spherical particle characterization, including the retrieval of particle size, refractive index, and 3D location. In this method, the interference pattern of the incident and scattered light fields is recorded by a camera and compared with the relevant Lorenz-Mie solutions. However, the method is limited to spherical particles, and the complete polarized scattering components have not been studied. This work extends the Mueller matrix formalism for the scattered light to describe the interference light field, and proposes a Mueller matrix holography method, through which complete polarization information can be obtained. The mathematical formalism of the holographic Mueller matrix is derived, and numerical examples of birefringent spheres are provided. The Mueller matrix holography method may provide a better opportunity than conventional methods to study anisotropic particles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5289-5296
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Optics
Volume52
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2013

Keywords

  • holographic imaging
  • spherical particle characterization
  • Mueller matrix holography method

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