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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Optimized off-axis cylindrical mirror-focused line-scanning system for optical coherence tomography imaging applications
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Paper Abstract

The parameters of an off-axis cylindrical mirror-focused line-scanning system were studied to optimize the flatness of the 2 mm scan field. The scanning system parameters included the beam size, the distance between the scanning and the focusing mirror, the angle between the incident beam and the reflected beam, the optical scan angle, and the effective focal length of the cylindrical mirror. Because of the off-axis line-scanning system configuration, the scanning could be carried out either in the tangential (Y-scan) or in the sagittal (X-scan) plane. A 53 nm spectral bandwidth light source was used to evaluate the imaging performance of the scanning system. Since reflective optics is employed in this work for focusing, the scanning system could be used with a higher spectral bandwidth light source for optical coherence tomography applications. The effect of the angle between of the incident and reflected beams, the distance between the mirrors, the focal length of the cylindrical mirror and the scanning directions, on the flatness of the scan field were studied. It was proved that the sagittal scanning is least sensitive to variations in scanning system parameters and thus provides maximum flexibility in design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2012
PDF: 10 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 17(5) 056006 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.17.5.056006
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 17, Issue 5
Show Author Affiliations
Mohammad Kamal, Concordia Univ. (Canada)
Narayanswamy Ramachandran Sivakumar, Concordia Univ. (Canada)
Muthukumaran Packirisamy, Concordia Univ. (Canada)


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