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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2014
  • pp: 3638–3641

Fiber-optic polarization diversity detection for rotary probe optical coherence tomography

Anthony M. D. Lee, Hamid Pahlevaninezhad, Victor X. D. Yang, Stephen Lam, Calum MacAulay, and Pierre Lane  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 12, pp. 3638-3641 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.003638


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Abstract

We report a polarization diversity detection scheme for optical coherence tomography with a new, custom, miniaturized fiber coupler with single mode (SM) fiber inputs and polarization maintaining (PM) fiber outputs. The SM fiber inputs obviate matching the optical lengths of the X and Y OCT polarization channels prior to interference and the PM fiber outputs ensure defined X and Y axes after interference. Advantages for this scheme include easier alignment, lower cost, and easier miniaturization compared to designs with free-space bulk optical components. We demonstrate the utility of the detection system to mitigate the effects of rapidly changing polarization states when imaging with rotating fiber optic probes in Intralipid suspension and during in vivo imaging of human airways.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(120.1880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Detection
(170.0110) Medical optics and biotechnology : Imaging systems
(170.3890) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics instrumentation

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: April 2, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 7, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 7, 2014
Published: June 12, 2014

Citation
Anthony M. D. Lee, Hamid Pahlevaninezhad, Victor X. D. Yang, Stephen Lam, Calum MacAulay, and Pierre Lane, "Fiber-optic polarization diversity detection for rotary probe optical coherence tomography," Opt. Lett. 39, 3638-3641 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-12-3638


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