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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1931–1933

Absolute fast axis determination using non-polarization-maintaining fiber-based polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography

Zenghai Lu and Stephen J. Matcher  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 11, pp. 1931-1933 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.001931


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Abstract

We report on a new calibration technique that permits the accurate extraction of sample Jones matrix and hence fast-axis orientation by using fiber-based polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) that is completely based on non-polarization-maintaining fiber such as SMF-28. In this technique, two quarter-wave plates (QWPs) are used to completely specify the parameters of the system fibers in the sample arm so that the Jones matrix of the sample can be determined directly. The device was validated on measurements of a QWP and an equine tendon sample by a single-mode fiber-based swept-source PS-OCT system.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

History
Original Manuscript: February 21, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 10, 2012
Published: May 25, 2012

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Citation
Zenghai Lu and Stephen J. Matcher, "Absolute fast axis determination using non-polarization-maintaining fiber-based polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography," Opt. Lett. 37, 1931-1933 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-11-1931

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