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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2002
  • pp: 1153–1155

Coaxial Mirau interferometer

Adrian Dobroiu, *Hiroshi Sakai, Hitoshi Ootaki, Manabu Sato, and Naohiro Tanno†  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 13, pp. 1153-1155 (2002)

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We describe a new interferometric configuration for optical coherence tomography that is based on the Mirau interferometer. It uses the photodetector included in a superluminescent diode package, which makes possible a highly miniaturized device. Other advantages of the configuration include its totally coaxial structure, confocal microscope operation, availability of the full working distance of the imaging objective, and no central obscuration. Fundamental characteristics such as resolution and dynamic range are discussed, and the result of measurement on a rough metallic surface is presented.

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OCIS Codes
(110.1650) Imaging systems : Coherence imaging
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(180.1790) Microscopy : Confocal microscopy

Adrian Dobroiu, *Hiroshi Sakai, Hitoshi Ootaki, Manabu Sato, and Naohiro Tanno†, "Coaxial Mirau interferometer," Opt. Lett. 27, 1153-1155 (2002)

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