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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2005
  • pp: 1351–1353

Stroboscopic ultrahigh-resolution full-field optical coherence tomography

G. Moneron, A. C. Boccara, and A. Dubois  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 11, pp. 1351-1353 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.30.001351


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Abstract

We present a new technique that produces en face tomographic images with a 10-µs acquisition time per image. The setup consists of an interference microscope with stroboscopic illumination provided by a xenon arc flash lamp (10-µs flashes at 15 Hz). The tomographic images are obtained from two phase-opposed interferometric images recorded simultaneously by two synchronized CCD cameras. Transverse resolution better than 1.0 µm is achieved by use of high-numerical-aperture microscope objectives. The short coherence length of the source yields an axial resolution of 0.9 µm. 3×3 pixel binning leads to a detection sensitivity of 71 dB. Our system is suitable for various applications, particularly in biology for in vivo cellular-level imaging.

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OCIS Codes
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(170.7160) Medical optics and biotechnology : Ultrafast technology
(180.3170) Microscopy : Interference microscopy

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G. Moneron, A. C. Boccara, and A. Dubois, "Stroboscopic ultrahigh-resolution full-field optical coherence tomography," Opt. Lett. 30, 1351-1353 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-11-1351


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