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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 5 — Feb. 28, 2011
  • pp: 4777–4785

Dispersion management for controlling image plane in Fourier-domain spectrally encoded endoscopy

Michal Merman and Dvir Yelin  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 5, pp. 4777-4785 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.004777


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Abstract

Spectrally encoded endoscopy (SEE) uses single optical fiber and miniature diffractive optics to allow imaging through a miniature probe. Utilizing Fourier-domain interferometry, SEE was shown capable of video-rate three-dimensional imaging, albeit at limited depth of field due to the limited spectral resolution of the detection spectrometer. We show that by using dispersion management at the reference arm of the interferometer, the tilt and curvature of the field of view could be adjusted without modifying the endoscopic probe itself. By controlling the group velocity dispersion, this technique is demonstrated useful for imaging specimen regions which reside outside the system's depth of field. This approach could be used to improve usability, functionality and image quality of SEE without affecting probe size and flexibility.

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OCIS Codes
(110.6880) Imaging systems : Three-dimensional image acquisition
(170.2150) Medical optics and biotechnology : Endoscopic imaging
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(320.1590) Ultrafast optics : Chirping
(110.3175) Imaging systems : Interferometric imaging

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

History
Original Manuscript: November 18, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 7, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 7, 2011
Published: February 25, 2011

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Vol. 6, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Michal Merman and Dvir Yelin, "Dispersion management for controlling image plane in Fourier-domain spectrally encoded endoscopy," Opt. Express 19, 4777-4785 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-5-4777


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