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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 1999
  • pp: 300–302

Determination of the depth-resolved Stokes parameters of light backscattered from turbid media by use of polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography

Johannes F. de Boer, Thomas E. Milner, and J. Stuart Nelson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 5, pp. 300-302 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.24.000300


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Abstract

Polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) was used to characterize completely the polarization state of light backscattered from turbid media. Using a low-coherence light source, one can determine the Stokes parameters of backscattered light as a function of optical path in turbid media. To demonstrate the application of this technique we determined the birefringence and the optical axis in fibrous tissue (rodent muscle) and in vivo rodent skin. PS-OCT has potentially useful applications in biomedical optics by imaging simultaneously the structural properties of turbid biological materials and their effects on the polarization state of backscattered light. This method may also find applications in material science for investigation of polarization properties (e.g., birefringence) in opaque media such as ceramics and crystals.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.7050) Imaging systems : Turbid media
(170.0170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics and biotechnology
(170.1870) Medical optics and biotechnology : Dermatology
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Johannes F. de Boer, Thomas E. Milner, and J. Stuart Nelson, "Determination of the depth-resolved Stokes parameters of light backscattered from turbid media by use of polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography," Opt. Lett. 24, 300-302 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-24-5-300


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