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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2587–2589

Optic axis determination accuracy for fiber-based polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography

B. Hyle Park, Mark C. Pierce, Barry Cense, and Johannes F. de Boer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 19, pp. 2587-2589 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.30.002587


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Abstract

We present a generalized analysis of fiber-based polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography with an emphasis on determination of sample optic axis orientation. The polarization properties of a fiber-based system can cause an overall rotation in a Poincaré sphere representation such that the plane of possible measured sample optic axes for linear birefringence and diattenuation no longer lies in the QU-plane. The optic axis orientation can be recovered as an angle on this rotated plane, subject to an offset and overall indeterminacy in sign such that only the magnitude, but not the direction, of a change in orientation can be determined. We discuss the accuracy of optic axis determination due to a fundamental limit on the accuracy with which a polarization state can be determined as a function of signal-to-noise ratio.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(200.4860) Optics in computing : Optical vector-matrix systems
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

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B. Hyle Park, Mark C. Pierce, Barry Cense, and Johannes F. de Boer, "Optic axis determination accuracy for fiber-based polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography," Opt. Lett. 30, 2587-2589 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-19-2587

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