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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2009
  • pp: 64–68

Self-aligned setup for laser optical feedback imaging insensitive to parasitic optical feedback

Olivier Jacquin, Samuel Heidmann, Eric Lacot, and Olivier Hugon  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 1, pp. 64-68 (2009)

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We propose a new optical architecture for the laser optical feedback imaging (LOFI) technique which makes it possible to avoid the adverse effect of the optical parasitic backscattering introduced by all the optical interfaces located between the laser source and the studied object. This proposed setup needs no specific or complex alignment, which is why we can consider the proposed setup to be self-aligned. We describe the principle used to avoid the parasitic backscattering contributions that dramatically deteriorate amplitude and phase information contained in the LOFI images. Finally, we give a successful demonstration of amplitude and phase images obtained with this self-aligned setup in the presence of a parasitic reflection.

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OCIS Codes
(110.2970) Imaging systems : Image detection systems
(110.3080) Imaging systems : Infrared imaging
(110.4280) Imaging systems : Noise in imaging systems
(280.3420) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser sensors
(110.3175) Imaging systems : Interferometric imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: July 15, 2008
Revised Manuscript: November 12, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 14, 2008
Published: December 17, 2008

Olivier Jacquin, Samuel Heidmann, Eric Lacot, and Olivier Hugon, "Self-aligned setup for laser optical feedback imaging insensitive to parasitic optical feedback," Appl. Opt. 48, 64-68 (2009)

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