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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2003
  • pp: 1775–1777

Polarization-maintaining fiber-based optical low-coherence reflectometer for characterization and ranging of birefringence

Digant P. Davé, Taner Akkin, and Thomas E. Milner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 19, pp. 1775-1777 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.28.001775


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Abstract

We describe a polarization-maintaining fiber–based polarization-sensitive optical low-coherence reflectometer for measurement of depth-resolved birefringence. Unlike for other fiber-based polarization-sensitive optical low-coherence reflectometers, here the linear birefringence of a sample can be measured from data recorded in a single A scan. Simultaneous measurement of retardation and orientation of birefringent axes with mica wave plates is demonstrated. The measured retardation is insensitive to sample rotation in the plane perpendicular to ranging.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

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Digant P. Davé, Taner Akkin, and Thomas E. Milner, "Polarization-maintaining fiber-based optical low-coherence reflectometer for characterization and ranging of birefringence," Opt. Lett. 28, 1775-1777 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-19-1775


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