Optimization of focusing through scattering media using the continuous sequential algorithm.
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The ability to control the propagation of light through scattering media is essential for atmospheric optics, astronomy, biomedical imaging and remote sensing. The optimization of focusing light through a scattering medium is of particular interest for the case of highly scattering materials. Optical wavefront beam-shaping plays a critical role in optimizing such a propagation; however, an enormous field of adjustable parameters makes the overall task complicated. Here, we propose and experimentally evaluate several variations on the standard continuous sequential algorithm that hold a promise of revealing new, faster and more efficient optimization algorithms for selecting an optical wavefront to focus light through a scattering medium. We demonstrate that the order in which pixels are chosen in the continuous sequential algorithm can lead to a 2-fold decrease in the number of iterations required to reach a given enhancement.