Spectral-domain, polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography system insensitive to fiber disturbances

Marques, M.J., Rivet, Sylvain, Bradu, Adrian, Podoleanu, Adrian G.H. (2016) Spectral-domain, polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography system insensitive to fiber disturbances. In: Izatt, Joseph A and Fujimoto, James G and Tuchin, Valery V, eds. Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedicine XX. 9697. International Society for Optics and Photonics ISBN 978-1-62841-931-3. (doi:10.1117/12.2213479)

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This communication presents a spectral-domain, polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) system based on a fiber interferometer using single-mode fibers and couplers. The two orthogonal polarization components which define the polarization state are sequentially detected by a single line camera. Retardance measurements can be affected by polarimetric effects in fibers and couplers. This configuration bypasses such issues by performing the polarization selection before the collection fiber, employing a combination of a polarization rotator and a linear polarizer. Numerical simulations are carried out to verify the tolerance of the proposed configuration to fiber-based disturbances; this was further experimentally verified with similar net retardance maps of a birefringent phantom being obtained for two different settings of induced fiber birefringence. © (2016) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1117/12.2213479
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics > QC355 Optics
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences > Applied Optics Group
Depositing User: M.J.M. Marques
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 11:40 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54536 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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