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Overcoming the 2Pi ambiguity in low-coherence interferometric differential phase measurements
Author(s): Christoph K. Hitzenberger; Markus Sticker; Rainer Leitgeb; Harald Sattmann; Adolf Friedrich Fercher
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Paper Abstract

Quantitative phase measurements by optical coherence tomography and low coherence interferometry are restricted by the well known 2(pi) ambiguity to path length differences smaller than +/- (lambda) /2. We present a method that can overcome this ambiguity. We introduce a slight imbalance of dispersive material between the reference and sample arms of the interferometer. Thereby, short and long wavelengths of the source spectrum are separated within the signature of the interferometric signal. This causes a varying phase slope within the signal. To measure phase differences between two adjacent beams traversing a sample, the total interferometric signal of the two beams is recorded. The phase difference is calculated by subtracting the phase values obtained for both recorded signals. Without dispersive effects, the phase difference is constant across the coherence envelope. With the dispersive effect, the phase difference varies (because of the varying phase slopes) as a function of position within the interferometric signal. The slope of the phase difference between the two signals is proportional to the optical path difference, without 2(pi) ambiguity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2001
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4251, Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedical Science and Clinical Applications V, (23 May 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.427875
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Christoph K. Hitzenberger, Institute of Medical Physics/Univ. of Vienna (Austria)
Markus Sticker, Institute of Medical Physics/Univ. of Vienna (Austria)
Rainer Leitgeb, Institute of Medical Physics/Univ. of Vienna (Austria)
Harald Sattmann, Institute of Medical Physics/Univ. of Vienna (Austria)
Adolf Friedrich Fercher, Institute of Medical Physics/Univ. of Vienna (Austria)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4251:
Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedical Science and Clinical Applications V
Valery V. Tuchin; Joseph A. Izatt; James G. Fujimoto, Editor(s)

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