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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 11 — Oct. 31, 2012

Thermal light optical coherence tomography for transmissive objects

Xue-Feng Liu, Xu-Ri Yao, Xi-Hao Chen, Ling-An Wu, and Guang-Jie Zhai  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 9, pp. 1922-1926 (2012)

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We report an experimental demonstration of optical coherence tomography for transmissive objects utilizing second-order correlation ghost imaging with thermal light. To evaluate the longitudinal resolution of our system, the concept of the imaging longitudinal coherence length is introduced, which is more accurate for judging the image quality of ghost imaging with unequal optical paths than the conventional point-to-point longitudinal coherence length. Our work should help clarify our understanding of the longitudinal coherence of thermal light, as well as provide a scheme for performing optical coherence tomography on objects that are not highly reflective.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.6140) Coherence and statistical optics : Speckle
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(110.6150) Imaging systems : Speckle imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: May 29, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 29, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 29, 2012
Published: August 23, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 11 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Xue-Feng Liu, Xu-Ri Yao, Xi-Hao Chen, Ling-An Wu, and Guang-Jie Zhai, "Thermal light optical coherence tomography for transmissive objects," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, 1922-1926 (2012)

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