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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 24 — Dec. 1, 2003
  • pp: 3262–3270

Determination of birefringence and absolute optic axis orientation using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography with PM fibers

Jun Zhang, Shuguang Guo, Woonggyu Jung, J. Stuart Nelson, and Zhongping Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 24, pp. 3262-3270 (2003)

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A novel polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) system was developed using polarization maintaining (PM) optical fibers and fiber coupler to measure birefringence properties of samples. Polarization distortion due to PM fibers and coupler can be calibrated with different polarization states during two consecutive A-scans. By processing the analytical interference fringe signals derived from two orthogonal polarization detection channels, the system can be used to measure phase retardation and optic axis orientation. Standard wave plates with different orientation and retardation were used as samples to test the system and calibrating method. We have also applied this system to image biological sample such as beef tendon.

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OCIS Codes
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

ToC Category:
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Original Manuscript: October 1, 2003
Revised Manuscript: November 18, 2003
Published: December 1, 2003

Jun Zhang, Shuguang Guo, Woonggyu Jung, J. Nelson, and Zhongping Chen, "Determination of birefringence and absolute optic axis orientation using polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography with PM fibers," Opt. Express 11, 3262-3270 (2003)

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