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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2008
  • pp: 1503–1505

Rotating orthogonal polarization imaging

Stephen P. Morgan, Qun Zhu, Ian M. Stockford, and John A. Crowe  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 13, pp. 1503-1505 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.001503


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Abstract

Surface reflections often present a problem in the polarization difference imaging of tissue. The technique described involves illumination in a single polarization state and detection in the orthogonal polarization state. Synchronously rotating both the illumination and orthogonal detection states provides an image free from surface reflections that is sensitive to the polarization properties of the underlying tissue. Results on tissue phantoms demonstrate that polarization sensitive measurements of a test target can be made up to a depth of 12 mean free paths within a scattering medium. Preliminary images of bovine tendon are also demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(170.0170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics and biotechnology
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

History
Original Manuscript: January 14, 2008
Revised Manuscript: April 30, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 17, 2008
Published: June 27, 2008

Virtual Issues
Vol. 3, Iss. 8 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Stephen P. Morgan, Qun Zhu, Ian M. Stockford, and John A. Crowe, "Rotating orthogonal polarization imaging," Opt. Lett. 33, 1503-1505 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-13-1503


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