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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 44, Iss. 26 — Sep. 10, 2005
  • pp: 5463–5467

Fiber-based polarization-sensitive Mueller matrix optical coherence tomography with continuous source polarization modulation

Shuliang Jiao, Milos Todorovic, George Stoica, and Lihong V. Wang  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 26, pp. 5463-5467 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.44.005463


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Abstract

We report on a new configuration of fiber-based polarization-sensitive Mueller matrix optical coherence tomography that permits the acquisition of the round-trip Jones matrix of a biological sample using only one light source and a single depth scan. In this new configuration, a polarization modulator is used in the source arm to continuously modulate the incident polarization state for both the reference and the sample arms. The Jones matrix of the sample can be calculated from the two frequency terms in the two detection channels. The first term is modulated by the carrier frequency, which is determined by the longitudinal scanning mechanism, whereas the other term is modulated by the beat frequency between the carrier frequency and the second harmonic of the modulation frequency of the polarization modulator. One important feature of this system is that, for the first time to our knowledge, the Jones matrix of the sample can be calculated with a single detection channel and a single measurement when diattenuation is negligible. The system was successfully tested by imaging both standard polarization elements and biological samples.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(170.0170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics and biotechnology
(170.1870) Medical optics and biotechnology : Dermatology
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Shuliang Jiao, Milos Todorovic, George Stoica, and Lihong V. Wang, "Fiber-based polarization-sensitive Mueller matrix optical coherence tomography with continuous source polarization modulation," Appl. Opt. 44, 5463-5467 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-44-26-5463


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