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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 5, Iss. 3 — Feb. 10, 2010

Single-camera polarization-sensitive spectral-domain OCT by spatial frequency encoding

Tilman Schmoll, Erich Götzinger, Michael Pircher, Christoph K. Hitzenberger, and Rainer A. Leitgeb  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 2, pp. 241-243 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.000241


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Abstract

We present a polarization-sensitive spectral-domain optical-coherence-tomography system that is capable of retrieving, with a single camera, both retardation and optical axis orientation. The method is based on a differentiation between orthogonal polarization channels through spatial modulation introduced by an electro-optic modulator. Proof-of-principle measurements using a wave plate as a sample are provided, and results of the method for in vivo imaging of the birefringent structures within the human nail fold are presented. Furthermore, we demonstrate the capability of such systems to perform ultra-high-speed polarization-sensitive imaging at 100.000 A -scans s .

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OCIS Codes
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: September 24, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 26, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 27, 2009
Published: January 15, 2010

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Vol. 5, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Tilman Schmoll, Erich Götzinger, Michael Pircher, Christoph K. Hitzenberger, and Rainer A. Leitgeb, "Single-camera polarization-sensitive spectral-domain OCT by spatial frequency encoding," Opt. Lett. 35, 241-243 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-2-241


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