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  • Vol. 43, Iss. 14 — May. 10, 2004
  • pp: 2824–2832

Mueller polarimetric imaging system with liquid crystals

Blandine Laude-Boulesteix, Antonello De Martino, Bernard Drévillon, and Laurent Schwartz  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 14, pp. 2824-2832 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.43.002824


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Abstract

We present a new polarimetric imaging system based on liquid-crystal modulators, a spectrally filtered white-light source, and a CCD camera. The whole Mueller matrix image of the sample is measured in approximately 5 s in the transmission mode. The instrument design, together with an original and easy-to-operate calibration procedure, provides high accuracy over a wide spectral range (500–700 nm). This accuracy has been assessed by measurement of a linear polarizer at different orientations and a thick wedged quartz plate as an example of a partially depolarized retarder. Polarimetric images of a stained hepatic biopsy with significant fibrosis have been taken at several wavelengths. The optical properties of Picrosirius Red stained collagen (diattenuation, retardance, and polarizance) have been measured independently from each other between 500 and 700 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(170.0170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics and biotechnology

History
Original Manuscript: September 29, 2003
Revised Manuscript: February 18, 2004
Published: May 10, 2004

Citation
Blandine Laude-Boulesteix, Antonello De Martino, Bernard Drévillon, and Laurent Schwartz, "Mueller polarimetric imaging system with liquid crystals," Appl. Opt. 43, 2824-2832 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-43-14-2824


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