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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 25 — Sep. 1, 2011
  • pp: 5023–5030

Compound prism design principles, III: linear-in-wavenumber and optical coherence tomography prisms

Nathan Hagen and Tomasz S. Tkaczyk  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 25, pp. 5023-5030 (2011)

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We extend the work of the first two papers in this series [ Appl. Opt. 50, 4998–5011 (2011)APOPAI0003-6935, Appl. Opt. 50, 5012–5022 (2011)APOPAI0003-6935] to design compound prisms for linear-in-wavenumber dispersion, especially for application in spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT). These dispersive prism designs are believed to be the first to meet the requirements of high resolution OCT systems in direct-view geometry, where they can be used to shrink system size, to improve light throughput, to reduce stray light, and to reduce errors resulting from interpolating between wavelength- and wavenumber-sampled domains. We show prism designs that can be used for thermal sources or for wideband superluminescent diodes centered around wavelengths 850, 900, 1300, and 1375 nm .

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OCIS Codes
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(230.5480) Optical devices : Prisms
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(300.6190) Spectroscopy : Spectrometers

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: May 26, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 5, 2011
Published: August 30, 2011

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Nathan Hagen and Tomasz S. Tkaczyk, "Compound prism design principles, III: linear-in-wavenumber and optical coherence tomography prisms," Appl. Opt. 50, 5023-5030 (2011)

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