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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1049–1054

Resolution-enhanced optical coherence tomography based on classical intensity interferometry

Hanna Lajunen, Víctor Torres-Company, Jesús Lancis, and Ari T. Friberg  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 26, Issue 4, pp. 1049-1054 (2009)

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We propose a fourth-order interference scheme for optical coherence tomography operating with broadband incoherent (or quasi-incoherent) light. It is shown that using this proposal, an axial resolution improvement by a factor of 2 and a better sensitivity for weakly reflecting samples are obtained than with the standard second-order correlation scheme. From a practical perspective, we suggest the use of broadband Q-switched pulses and performing ultrafast intensity correlation with a nonlinear crystal. The global performance of our proposal is illustrated by means of numerical simulations.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: October 27, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 7, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 8, 2009
Published: March 31, 2009

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Hanna Lajunen, Víctor Torres-Company, Jesús Lancis, and Ari T. Friberg, "Resolution-enhanced optical coherence tomography based on classical intensity interferometry," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 26, 1049-1054 (2009)

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