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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 1 — Jan. 14, 2013
  • pp: 1163–1180

Numerical compensation of system polarization mode dispersion in polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography

Ellen Ziyi Zhang, Wang-Yuhl Oh, Martin L. Villiger, Liang Chen, Brett E. Bouma, and Benjamin J. Vakoc  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 1163-1180 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.001163


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Abstract

Polarization mode dispersion (PMD), which can be induced by circulators or even moderate lengths of optical fiber, is known to be a dominant source of instrumentation noise in fiber-based PS-OCT systems. In this paper we propose a novel PMD compensation method that measures system PMD using three fixed calibration signals, numerically corrects for these instrument effects and reconstructs an improved sample image. Using a frequency multiplexed PS-OFDI setup, we validate the proposed method by comparing birefringence noise in images of intralipid, muscle, and tendon with and without PMD compensation.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(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

History
Original Manuscript: August 28, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 19, 2012
Published: January 10, 2013

Virtual Issues
Vol. 8, Iss. 2 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Ellen Ziyi Zhang, Wang-Yuhl Oh, Martin L. Villiger, Liang Chen, Brett E. Bouma, and Benjamin J. Vakoc, "Numerical compensation of system polarization mode dispersion in polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 21, 1163-1180 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-1-1163


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