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Two-dimensional image transmission through single multimode optical fibers
Author(s): Ye Chen; W. Thomas Cathey; Val N. Morozov
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Paper Abstract

The phenomenon of self imaging occurring in a multiple-mode fiber offers a transmission mechanism of 2D images through a single fiber. Potential medical applications of the technique would be the development of disposable single fiber endoscopes or viewing instruments to be used in surgery. In this paper, the theory of coherent light transmission in a multiple-mode waveguide has been described. As a result, a coherently illuminated image will repeat itself periodically while propagating in the waveguide. For the first time in experiment, images have been achieved for a point object transmitted through graded index optical fibers, and the image resolution and the field of view have been obtained. Discussions on problems and improvements are also presented in this paper for the method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2132, Clinical Applications of Modern Imaging Technology II, (26 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176596
Show Author Affiliations
Ye Chen, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
W. Thomas Cathey, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Val N. Morozov, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2132:
Clinical Applications of Modern Imaging Technology II
Leonard J. Cerullo; Kenneth S. Heiferman; Hong Liu; Halina Podbielska; Abund Ottokar Wist; Lucia J. Zamorano, Editor(s)

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