Sarai Sherfield - Norfolk State University
Co-Author(s): Bennett Goldberg and Will Shain, Boston University, Boston, MA
Oil companies currently struggle with finding small deposits of oil in porous rock. In theory, imaging could occur by precompensating for the scattering and realigning the light in order to image rock at a greater depth. Porous rock scattering samples have some crucial unknown optical properties needed to realign the light. The goal of this portion of the project is to create evenly dispersed scattering samples with known physical and optical properties, which can be compared to the scattering that occurs within porous rock samples. In this way, the optical properties of rock can be determined to begin refocusing diffused light. The homogeneous scattering samples currently contain polystyrene nanoparticles with the same diameter. In the future, different sized nanoparticles will be added in order to simulate a more realistic example of light diffusion through porous rock.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates site in Integrated Nanomanufacturing – EEC-1461152.
Faculty Advisor: Bennett Goldberg,