Diffusing wave spectroscopy

D. J. Pine, D. A. Weitz, P. M. Chaikin, E. Herbolzheimer

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We obtain useful information from the intensity autocorrelations of light scattered from systems which exhibit strong multiple scattering. A phenomenological model, which exploits the diffusive nature of the transport of light, is shown to be in excellent agreement with experimental data for several different scattering geometries. The dependence on geometry provides an important experimental control over the time scale probed. We call this technique diffusing wave spectroscopy, and illustrate its utility by studying diffusion in a strongly interacting colloidal glass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1134-1137
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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