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Spatial frequency domain Mueller matrix imaging



Joseph Chue-Sang, Aaron Goldfain, Jeeseong C. Hwang, Thomas A. Germer


We combine Mueller matrix polarimetry (MMP) with spatial frequency domain imaging (SFDI) to create a technique that is sensitive to near-surface material anisotropy. We demonstrate this imaging modality with scattering and absorbing phantoms and with a fiber optic bundle. Images of depolarization show reduced depolarization under high spatial frequency illumination and demodulation and in some cases, reduced contrast to deeper features. The images of a fiber optic bundle show marked differences between illumination modulations that are aligned with the fibers versus those crossed with the fibers, demonstrating the impact of polarization on scattering direction.
Proceedings Title
Polarized Light and Optical Angular Momentum for Biomedical Diagnostics
Conference Dates
March 6-11, 2021
Conference Location
San Francisco, CA, US


anisotropy, Mueller matrix, polarimetry, scattering, spatial frequency imaging


Chue-Sang, J. , Goldfain, A. , Hwang, J. and Germer, T. (2021), Spatial frequency domain Mueller matrix imaging, Polarized Light and Optical Angular Momentum for Biomedical Diagnostics, San Francisco, CA, US, [online],, (Accessed May 26, 2024)


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Created April 22, 2021, Updated November 29, 2022