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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 7 — Jun. 25, 2012

Mapping local retardance in birefringent samples using polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography

Chuanmao Fan and Gang Yao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 9, pp. 1415-1417 (2012)

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We proposed a method to extract depth-resolved local retardance in birefringent samples from conventional polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PSOCT) that uses one circularly polarized incident light. Despite the wide use of such PSOCT systems in characterizing birefringent samples, the measured cumulative retardance does not represent the true cumulative retardance when optical axis varies with depth. A Jones calculus based algorithm was designed to derive the local depth-resolved retardance from conventional cumulative PSOCT results. The algorithm was tested in samples with homogeneous optical axis as well as samples with depth-dependent optical axis.

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OCIS Codes
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(110.5405) Imaging systems : Polarimetric imaging

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: January 13, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 26, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 27, 2012
Published: April 25, 2012

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

Chuanmao Fan and Gang Yao, "Mapping local retardance in birefringent samples using polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography," Opt. Lett. 37, 1415-1417 (2012)

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