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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 1 — Jan. 29, 2008

Quantitative polarized phase microscopy for birefringence imaging

Nicoleta M. Dragomir, Xiao M. Goh, Claire L. Curl, Lea. M. D. Delbridge, and Ann Roberts  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 26, pp. 17690-17698 (2007)

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A novel application of quantitative phase imaging under linearly polarized light is introduced for studying unstained anisotropic live cells. The method is first validated as a technique for mapping the twodimensional retardation distribution of a well-characterized optical fiber and is then applied to the characterization of unstained isolated cardiac cells. The experimental retardation measurements are in very good agreement with the established Brace-Köhler method, and additionally provide spatially resolved cell birefringence and phase data.

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OCIS Codes
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(110.2350) Imaging systems : Fiber optics imaging
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(170.1530) Medical optics and biotechnology : Cell analysis
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Original Manuscript: October 19, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 9, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 9, 2007
Published: December 12, 2007

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Vol. 3, Iss. 1 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Nicoleta M. Dragomir, Xiao M. Goh, Claire L. Curl, Lea M. D. Delbridge, and Ann Roberts, "Quantitative polarized phase microscopy for birefringence imaging," Opt. Express 15, 17690-17698 (2007)

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