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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2008
  • pp: 1696–1698

Bessel beam spectral-domain high-resolution optical coherence tomography with micro-optic axicon providing extended focusing range

Kye-Sung Lee and Jannick P. Rolland  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 15, pp. 1696-1698 (2008)

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Endoscopic imaging in tubular structures, such as the tracheobronchial tree, could benefit from imaging optics with an extended depth of focus (DOF) to accommodate the varying sizes of tubular structures across patients and along the tree within the same patient. Yet the extended DOF needs to be accomplished without sacrificing resolution while maintaining sufficient sensitivity and speed of imaging. In this Letter, we report on the measured resolution and sensitivity achieved with a custom-made micro-optic axicon lens designed to theoretically achieve an 8 mm DOF. A measured invariant resolution of 8 μ m is demonstrated across a 4 mm measured DOF using the micro-optic axicon while achieving an invariant sensitivity of 80 dB with a 25 mW input power. Double-pass Bessel beam spectral-domain optical coherence tomography with an axicon micro-optic lens (i.e., < 1 mm in diameter) is, for the first time to our knowledge, demonstrated in a biological sample demonstrating invariant resolution and signal-to-noise ratio across a 4 mm measured DOF, which is compared to Gaussian beam imaging.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3890) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Medical optics instrumentation
(170.0110) Medical optics and biotechnology : Imaging systems

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: March 25, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 19, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 16, 2008
Published: July 24, 2008

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Kye-Sung Lee and Jannick P. Rolland, "Bessel beam spectral-domain high-resolution optical coherence tomography with micro-optic axicon providing extended focusing range," Opt. Lett. 33, 1696-1698 (2008)

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