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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 26 — Dec. 22, 2008
  • pp: 21339–21354

Mueller matrix retinal imager with optimized polarization conditions

K. M. Twietmeyer, R. A. Chipman, A. E. Elsner, Y. Zhao, and D. VanNasdale  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 26, pp. 21339-21354 (2008)

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A new Mueller matrix polarimeter was used to image the retinas of normal subjects. Light from a linearly polarized 780 nm laser was passed through a system of variable retarders and scanned across the retina. Light returned from the eye passed through a second system of retarders and a polarizing beamsplitter to two confocal detection channels. Optimization of the polarimetric data reduction matrix was via a condition number metric. The accuracy and repeatability of polarization parameter measurements were within ±5%. The magnitudes and orientations of retardance and diattenuation, plus depolarization, were measured over 15° of retina for 15 normal eyes.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.3890) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics instrumentation
(170.4470) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ophthalmology
(170.5755) Medical optics and biotechnology : Retina scanning

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: October 13, 2008
Revised Manuscript: November 21, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 26, 2008
Published: December 10, 2008

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K. M. Twietmeyer, R. A. Chipman, Ann E. Elsner, Y. Zhao, and D. VanNasdale, "Mueller matrix retinal imager with optimized polarization conditions," Opt. Express 16, 21339-21354 (2008)

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