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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 2000
  • pp: 6318–6324

Depth-resolved two-dimensional Stokes vectors of backscattered light and Mueller matrices of biological tissue measured with optical coherence tomography

Shuliang Jiao, Gang Yao, and Lihong V. Wang  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 34, pp. 6318-6324 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.39.006318


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Abstract

Mueller matrices provide a complete characterization of the optical polarization properties of biological tissue. A polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (OCT) system was built and used to investigate the optical polarization properties of biological tissues and other turbid media. The apparent degree of polarization (DOP) of the backscattered light was measured with both liquid and solid scattering samples. The DOP maintains the value of unity within the detectable depth for the solid sample, whereas the DOP decreases with the optical depth for the liquid sample. Two-dimensional depth-resolved images of both the Stokes vectors of the backscattered light and the full Mueller matrices of biological tissue were measured with this system. These polarization measurements revealed some tissue structures that are not perceptible with standard OCT.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media

History
Original Manuscript: April 4, 2000
Revised Manuscript: August 11, 2000
Published: December 1, 2000

Citation
Shuliang Jiao, Gang Yao, and Lihong V. Wang, "Depth-resolved two-dimensional Stokes vectors of backscattered light and Mueller matrices of biological tissue measured with optical coherence tomography," Appl. Opt. 39, 6318-6324 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-39-34-6318


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