Steven L. Jacques, Ph.D., Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Oregon Graduate Institute, Portland, Oregon, USA. email:,

Basic science studies.

Generic behavior of experimental data.

The incident light Io is parallel polarized. As the light propagates through increasing thicknesses of scattering tissue, the transmitted parallel light drops from 1 to 1/2, and the transmitted perpendicular light rises from 0 to 1/2. When the light is fully randomized, both the parallel and perpendicular components are equal to 1/2.

Linear plot versus optical thickness.


Logarithmic plot versus optical thickness.


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