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Biomed Opt Express. 2011 Mar 30;2(4):1021-9. doi: 10.1364/BOE.2.001021.

Correction for spatial averaging in laser speckle contrast analysis.

Abstract

Practical laser speckle contrast analysis systems face a problem of spatial averaging of speckles, due to the pixel size in the cameras used. Existing practice is to use a system factor in speckle contrast analysis to account for spatial averaging. The linearity of the system factor correction has not previously been confirmed. The problem of spatial averaging is illustrated using computer simulation of time-integrated dynamic speckle, and the linearity of the correction confirmed using both computer simulation and experimental results. The valid linear correction allows various useful compromises in the system design.

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(030.6140) Speckle; (110.6150) Speckle imaging; (170.0110) Imaging systems; (170.0170) Medical optics and biotechnology

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