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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 25 — Dec. 10, 2007
  • pp: 16390–16399

Spectrally balanced detection for optical frequency domain imaging

Yueli Chen, Daniel M. de Bruin, Charles Kerbage, and Johannes F. de Boer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 25, pp. 16390-16399 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.016390


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Abstract

In optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) or swept-source optical coherence tomography, balanced detection is required to suppress relative intensity noise (RIN). A regular implementation of balanced detection by combining reference and sample arm signal in a 50/50 coupler and detecting the differential output with a balanced receiver is however, not perfect. Since the splitting ratio of the 50/50 coupler is wavelength dependent, RIN is not optimally canceled at the edges of the wavelength sweep. The splitting ratio has a nearly linear shift of 0.4% per nanometer. This brings as much as ±12% deviation at the margins of wavelength-swept range centered at 1060nm. We demonstrate a RIN suppression of 33dB by spectrally corrected balanced detection, 11dB more that regular balanced detection.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: July 20, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 7, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 12, 2007
Published: November 26, 2007

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

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Yueli Chen, Daniel M. de Bruin, Charles Kerbage, and Johannes F. de Boer, "Spectrally balanced detection for optical frequency domain imaging," Opt. Express 15, 16390-16399 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-25-16390


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