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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 6 — Mar. 17, 2008
  • pp: 4163–4176

Improved spectral optical coherence tomography using optical frequency comb

Tomasz Bajraszewski, Maciej Wojtkowski, Maciej Szkulmowski, Anna Szkulmowska, Robert Huber, and Andrzej Kowalczyk  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 6, pp. 4163-4176 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.004163


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Abstract

We identify and analyze factors influencing sensitivity drop-off in Spectral OCT and propose a system employing an Optical Frequency Comb (OFC) to verify this analysis. Spectral Optical Coherence Tomography using a method based on an optical frequency comb is demonstrated. Since the spectrum sampling function is determined by the comb rather than detector pixel distribution, this method allows to overcome limitations of high resolution Fourier-domain OCT techniques. Additionally, the presented technique also enables increased imaging range while preserving high axial resolution. High resolution cross-sectional images of biological samples obtained with the proposed technique are presented.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(120.2230) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fabry-Perot
(170.3010) Medical optics and biotechnology : Image reconstruction techniques
(110.4155) Imaging systems : Multiframe image processing

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: January 31, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 1, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 7, 2008
Published: March 12, 2008

Virtual Issues
Vol. 3, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Tomasz Bajraszewski, Maciej Wojtkowski, Maciej Szkulmowski, Anna Szkulmowska, Robert Huber, and Andrzej Kowalczyk, "Improved spectral optical coherence tomography using optical frequency comb," Opt. Express 16, 4163-4176 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-6-4163


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