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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 4 — Feb. 20, 2006
  • pp: 1487–1496

Heterodyne Fourier domain optical coherence tomography for full range probing with high axial resolution

Adrian H. Bachmann, Rainer A. Leitgeb, and Theo Lasser  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 4, pp. 1487-1496 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.001487


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Abstract

One of the main drawbacks of Fourier domain optical coherence tomography (FDOCT) is the limited measurement depth range. Phase shifting techniques allow reconstructing the complex sample signal resulting in a doubled depth range. In current complex FDOCT realizations the phase shift is introduced via a reference path length modulation, which causes chromatic phase errors especially if broad bandwidth light sources are employed. With acousto-optic frequency shifters in the reference and sample arm, and the detector being locked to the resulting beating frequency, the signal is quadrature detected at high speed. The beating signal frequency is the same for all wavelengths allowing for achromatic complex reconstruction. With a Ti: Sapphire laser at 800 nm and spectral width of 130nm, a heterodyne complex FDOCT system is realized with 20kHz line rate and an axial resolution of 4μm.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(070.1060) Fourier optics and signal processing : Acousto-optical signal processing
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: December 20, 2005
Revised Manuscript: January 16, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: February 3, 2006
Published: February 20, 2006

Virtual Issues
Vol. 1, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Adrian Bachmann, Rainer Leitgeb, and Theo Lasser, "Heterodyne Fourier domain optical coherence tomography for full range probing with high axial resolution," Opt. Express 14, 1487-1496 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-4-1487


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