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Full-field optical coherence tomography used for security and document identity
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Paper Abstract

The optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an emerging technology for high-resolution cross-sectional imaging of 3D structures. In the past years, OCT systems have been used mainly for medical, especially ophthalmological diagnostics. Concerning the nature of OCT system being capable to explore the internal features of an object, we apply the OCT technology to directly retrieve the 2D information pre-stored in a multiple-layer information carrier. The standard depth-resolution of an OCT system is at micrometer level. If a 20mm by 20mm sampling area with a 1024 x 1024 CCD array is used in the OCT system having 10 μm, an information carrier having a volume of 20mm x 20mm x 2mm could contain 200 Mega-pixel images. Because of its tiny size and large information volume, the information carrier, with its OCT retrieving system, will have potential applications in documents security and object identification. In addition, as the information carrier can be made by low-scattering transparent material, the signal/noise ratio will be improved dramatically. As a consequence, the specific hardware and complicated software can also be greatly simplified. Owing to non-scanning along X-Y axis, the full-field OCT could be the simplest and most economic imaging system for extracting information from such a multilayer information carrier. In this paper, deign and implementation of a full-field OCT system is described and the related algorithms are introduced. In our experiments, a four layers information carrier is used, which contains 4 layers of image pattern, two text images and two fingerprint images. The extracted tomography images of each layer are also provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6402, Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting II, 64020Q (28 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.692733
Show Author Affiliations
Shoude Chang, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Youxin Mao, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Sherif Sherif, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
Costel Flueraru, National Research Council Canada (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6402:
Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting II
Colin Lewis; Gari P. Owen, Editor(s)

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