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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2007
  • pp: 3517–3529

Properties of coherence-gated wavefront sensing

Markus Rueckel and Winfried Denk  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 24, Issue 11, pp. 3517-3529 (2007)

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Coherence-gated wavefront sensing (CGWS) allows the determination of wavefront aberrations in strongly scattering tissue and their correction by adaptive optics. This allows, e.g., the restoration of the diffraction limit in light microscopy. Here, we develop a model, based on ray tracing of ballistic light scattered from a set of discrete scatterers, to characterize CGWS performance as it depends on coherence length, scatterer density, coherence-gate position, and polarization. The model is evaluated by using Monte Carlo simulation and verified against experimental measurements. We show, in particular, that all aberrations needed for adaptive wavefront restoration are correctly sensed if circularly polarized light is used.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: July 2, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 24, 2007
Published: October 17, 2007

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Markus Rueckel and Winfried Denk, "Properties of coherence-gated wavefront sensing," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 3517-3529 (2007)

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