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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2012
  • pp: 3102–3104

Instantaneous quadrature components or Jones vector retrieval using the Pancharatnam–Berry phase in frequency domain low-coherence interferometry

Norman Lippok, Stéphane Coen, Rainer Leonhardt, Poul Nielsen, and Frédérique Vanholsbeeck  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 15, pp. 3102-3104 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.003102


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Abstract

We use the Pancharatnam–Berry phase as a multifunctional tool for low-coherence interferometry. This geometric phase shift enables instantaneous retrieval of the quadrature components of the complex interferometric signal. The phase shift is independent of wavelength and allows for a complex conjugate suppression of 40 dB for an optical bandwidth of 115 nm. Furthermore, this paper investigates the versatility of the geometric phase to perform polarization sensitive measurements. The Jones vector of the sample was obtained numerically, allowing sample birefringence and optical axis calculation.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.1650) Imaging systems : Coherence 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: April 4, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 23, 2012
Published: July 19, 2012

Virtual Issues
Vol. 7, Iss. 10 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Norman Lippok, Stéphane Coen, Rainer Leonhardt, Poul Nielsen, and Frédérique Vanholsbeeck, "Instantaneous quadrature components or Jones vector retrieval using the Pancharatnam–Berry phase in frequency domain low-coherence interferometry," Opt. Lett. 37, 3102-3104 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-15-3102


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