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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 11 — Oct. 21, 2009

Acousto-optical coherence tomography using random phase jumps on ultrasound and light

M. Lesaffre, S. Farahi, M. Gross, P. Delaye, A.C. Boccara, and F. Ramaz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 20, pp. 18211-18218 (2009)

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Imaging objects embedded within highly scattering media by coupling light and ultrasounds (US) is a challenging approach. In deed, US enable direct access to the spatial localization, though resolution can be poor along their axis (cm). Up to now, several configurations have been studied, giving a millimetric axial resolution by applying to the US a microsecond pulse regime, as is the case with conventional echography. We introduce a new approach called Acousto-Optical Coherence Tomography (AOCT), enabling us to get a millimetric resolution with continuous US and light beams by applying random phase jumps on US and light. An experimental demonstration is performed with a self-adaptive holographic setup containing a photorefractive GaAs bulk crystal and a single large area photodetector.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(090.2880) Holography : Holographic interferometry
(170.1650) Medical optics and biotechnology : Coherence imaging
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(170.7050) Medical optics and biotechnology : Turbid media
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: May 26, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 24, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 26, 2009
Published: September 25, 2009

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Vol. 4, Iss. 11 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

M. Lesaffre, S. Farahi, M. Gross, P. Delaye, C. Boccara, and F. Ramaz, "Acousto-optical coherence tomography using random phase jumps on ultrasound and light," Opt. Express 17, 18211-18218 (2009)

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