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System and Method for Imaging Objects Through Turbid Media

Light passing through a turbid media is scattered and absorbed, thereby reducing the quality of an image formed by light emerging from the turbid media. For example, light passing through sea water is scattered, diffused and absorbed by particles within the sea water.

By controlling properties of the light beam entering the turbid media, the signal strength of the light after the turbid media is increased. After the light has passed through the turbid media, it is detected by a sensor and processed to generate an image of objects within the turbid media.

By altering the characteristics of the light source such that propagation of the generated light beam through the turbid media is maximized, increased signal to noise ratio is achieved at the sensor.

This imaging technique has many diverse applications. For example, it may be used within the aviation industry for imaging objects within clouds, the defense industry for identifying objects within smoky environments, the marine industry for imaging objects within sea water, the medical industry for imaging objects within flesh, etc.

This technology is claimed in the published PCT Application No. PCT/US2007/078503. We are seeking an industrial partner interested in its commercialization. (Ref: J355)

Last Updated: 7/24/12