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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Polarization dependence of aligned collagen tissues imaged with second harmonic generation microscopy
Author(s): Francisco J. Ávila; Oscar del Barco; Juan M. Bueno
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Paper Abstract

A polarimetric second harmonic generation (SHG) microscope was used to analyze the dependence between polarization and SHG signal from collagen-based samples. A theoretical model was also developed to investigate the SHG intensity as a function of different polarization states for a set of quasiparallel fibers. Numerical simulations were compared to experimental SHG intensity values and a fairly good agreement was found. Linear polarized light produced periodical changes in the emitted SHG signal with a maximum of intensity corresponding to polarization parallel to the main orientation of the fibers, regardless the ratio of hyperpolarizabilities, ρ. A similar behavior was found for elliptical states located along a vertical meridian on the Poincaré sphere (i.e., null azimuth) although the modulation of the SHG signal was different. Our numerical calculations described a dramatic change in this regular trend when ρ changed from positive to negative values. Moreover, we provide an experimental method (based on the analysis of the modulation of the SHG signal) to determine the value of the ratio ρ and, consequently, to obtain information about the internal organization of the collagen fibers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 August 2015
PDF: 9 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 20(8) 086001 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.20.8.086001
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 20, Issue 8
Show Author Affiliations
Francisco J. Ávila, Univ. de Murcia (Spain)
Oscar del Barco, Univ. de Murcia (Spain)
Juan M. Bueno, Univ. de Murcia (Spain)

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