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Measurement of the second-order nonlinear susceptibility of collagen using polarization modulation and phase-sensitive detection
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Paper Abstract

The measurement of the second order nonlinear susceptibility of collagen in various biological tissues has potential applications in the detection of structural changes which are related to different pathological conditions. We investigate second harmonic generation in a rat-tail tendon, a highly organized collagen structure consisting of parallel fibers. Using an electro-optic modulator and a quarter-wave plate, we modulate the linear polarization of an ultra-short pulse laser beam that is used to measure second harmonic generation in a confocal microscopy setup. Phase-sensitive detection of the generated signal, coupled with a simple model of the collagen protein structures, allows us to measure a parameter (gamma) related to nonlinear susceptibility and to determine the relative orientation of the structures. Our preliminary results indicate that it may be possible to use this parameter to characterize the structure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 May 2001
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4276, Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrashort Pulse Lasers; Laser Plasma Generation and Diagnostics, (29 May 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.428013
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Patrick Christian Stoller, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Beop-Min Kim, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (South Korea)
Alexander M. Rubenchik, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Karen M. Reiser, Univ. of California/Davis (United States)
Luiz Barroca Da Silva, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4276:
Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrashort Pulse Lasers; Laser Plasma Generation and Diagnostics
Richard F. Haglund; Richard F. Haglund; Richard F. Wood; Joseph Neev; Richard F. Wood, Editor(s)

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