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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 25 — Dec. 7, 2009
  • pp: 22704–22717

Polarization maintaining fiber based ultra-high resolution spectral domain polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography

Erich Götzinger, Bernhard Baumann, Michael Pircher, and Christoph K. Hitzenberger  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 25, pp. 22704-22717 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.022704


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Abstract

We present a new ultra high resolution spectral domain polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) system based on polarization maintaining (PM) fibers. The method transfers the principles of our previous bulk optic PS-OCT systems to a fiberized setup. The phase shift between the orthogonal polarization states travelling in the two orthogonal modes of the PM fiber is compensated by software in post processing. Thereby, the main advantage of our bulk optics setups, i.e. the use of only a single input polarization state to simultaneously acquire reflectivity, retardation, optic axis orientation, and Stokes vector, is maintained. The use of a broadband light source of 110 nm bandwidth provides improved depth resolution and smaller speckle size. The latter is important for improved resolution of depolarization imaging. We demonstrate our instrument for high-resolution PS-OCT imaging of the healthy human retina.

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OCIS Codes
(170.4470) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ophthalmology
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(170.4580) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical diagnostics for medicine
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

History
Original Manuscript: October 23, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 23, 2009
Published: November 25, 2009

Virtual Issues
Vol. 5, Iss. 1 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Erich Götzinger, Bernhard Baumann, Michael Pircher, and Christoph K. Hitzenberger, "Polarization maintaining fiber based ultra-high resolution spectral domain polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 17, 22704-22717 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-25-22704


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