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Biomedical Optics Express

  • Editor: Joseph A. Izatt
  • Vol. 5, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2014
  • pp: 2798–2809

Single input state polarization sensitive swept source optical coherence tomography based on an all single mode fiber interferometer

Wolfgang Trasischker, Stefan Zotter, Teresa Torzicky, Bernhard Baumann, Richard Haindl, Michael Pircher, and Christoph K. Hitzenberger  »View Author Affiliations


Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 5, Issue 8, pp. 2798-2809 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/BOE.5.002798


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Abstract

We present a newly developed single mode fiber based swept source polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography system using a single input state at 1040 nm. Two non-polarizing fiber based beam splitters are combined to form a Mach-Zehnder interferometer, while two polarizing beam splitters are used to obtain a polarization sensitive detection. Both types of beam splitters solely feature conventional single mode fibers. Polarization control paddles are used to set and maintain the polarization states in the fibers of the interferometer and detection unit. By use of a special paddle alignment scheme we are able to eliminate any bulk optic wave plates and polarization maintaining fibers in the interferometer and detection paths while preserving the advantages of a single input state system that illuminates the sample with circularly polarized light. To demonstrate the capabilities of our system, we performed retinal measurements on healthy human volunteers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode
(170.0110) Medical optics and biotechnology : Imaging systems
(170.0170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics and biotechnology
(170.4470) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ophthalmology
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(170.2655) Medical optics and biotechnology : Functional monitoring and imaging

ToC Category:
Optical Coherence Tomography

History
Original Manuscript: May 2, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 24, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 18, 2014
Published: July 28, 2014

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Wolfgang Trasischker, Stefan Zotter, Teresa Torzicky, Bernhard Baumann, Richard Haindl, Michael Pircher, and Christoph K. Hitzenberger, "Single input state polarization sensitive swept source optical coherence tomography based on an all single mode fiber interferometer," Biomed. Opt. Express 5, 2798-2809 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/boe/abstract.cfm?URI=boe-5-8-2798


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