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Effects of polarization control on continuum light source for OCT
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Paper Abstract

In conventional single mode fiber, Self Phase Modulation (SPM) and Degenerate Cross Phase Modulation (DXPM) are the main non linear effects contributing to continuum generation. By controlling the polarization state of the light pumping the fiber and by selecting the polarization state out of the fiber, the spectrum of continuum generation can be optimized for optical coherence tomography (OCT). We investigate the effects of polarization control and selection on continuum light source consisting of a femotosecond Nd:glass laser and ultra high numerical aperture (UHNA) single mode fiber. The point Spread Function (PSF) can be improved by controlling linear input polarization or by selecting one of two orthogonal polarization modes at the output.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5316, Coherence Domain Optical Methods and Optical Coherence Tomography in Biomedicine VIII, (1 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.531396
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Hui Wang, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)
Andrew M. Rollins, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5316:
Coherence Domain Optical Methods and Optical Coherence Tomography in Biomedicine VIII
Valery V. Tuchin; Joseph A. Izatt; James G. Fujimoto, Editor(s)

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