The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 199, Issue 1, pp 167–180 | Cite as

Photon path length distribution in random media from spectral speckle intensity correlations

  • L. F. Rojas
  • M. Bina
  • G. Cerchiari
  • M. A. Escobedo-Sánchez
  • F. Ferri
  • F. Scheffold
Regular Article


We show that the spectral speckle intensity correlation (SSIC) technique can be profitably exploited to recover the path length distribution of photons scattered in a random turbid medium. We applied SSIC to the study of Teflon slabs of different thicknesses and were able to recover, via the use of the photon diffusion approximation theory, the characteristic transport mean free path ℓ and absorption length s a of the medium. These results were compared and validated by means of complementary measurements performed on the same samples with standard pulsed laser time of flight techniques.


European Physical Journal Special Topic Temporal Response Speckle Pattern Random Medium Intensity Correlation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. F. Rojas
    • 1
  • M. Bina
    • 2
  • G. Cerchiari
    • 3
  • M. A. Escobedo-Sánchez
    • 1
  • F. Ferri
    • 2
  • F. Scheffold
    • 4
  1. 1.Departamento de FísicaCinvestav-IPNMéxico D.F.México
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Fisica e MatematicaUniversità degli Studi dell’InsubriaComoItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità degli studi di MilanoMilanoItaly
  4. 4.Department of Physics and Fribourg Center for NanomaterialsUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland

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