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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 2 — Jan. 18, 2010
  • pp: 854–876

Generalized Jones matrix optical coherence tomography: performance and local birefringence imaging

Shuichi Makita, Masahiro Yamanari, and Yoshiaki Yasuno  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 2, pp. 854-876 (2010)

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Phase retardation imaging including local birefringence imaging of biological tissues is described by generalized Jones-matrix optical coherence tomography. The polarization properties of a local tissue can be obtained from two Jones matrices that are measured by backscattered lights from the front and back boundaries of the local tissue. The error in the phase retardation measurement due to background noise is analyzed theoretically, numerically, and experimentally. The minimum detectable phase retardation is estimated from numerical simulations. The theoretical analysis suggests that the measurements with two orthogonal input polarization states have the lowest retardation error. Local birefringence imaging is applied to the human anterior eye chamber and skin in vivo.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(170.1870) Medical optics and biotechnology : Dermatology
(170.4470) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ophthalmology
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: October 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 21, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 23, 2009
Published: January 6, 2010

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Shuichi Makita, Masahiro Yamanari, and Yoshiaki Yasuno, "Generalized Jones matrix optical coherence tomography: performance and local birefringence imaging," Opt. Express 18, 854-876 (2010)

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