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Using a piezoelectric fiber stretcher to remove the depth ambiguity in optical Fourier domain imaging
Author(s): Sébastien Vergnole; Guy Lamouche; Marc Dufour; Bruno Gauthier
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports the study of an Optical Fourier Domain Imaging (OFDI) setup for optical coherence tomography. One of the main drawbacks of OFDI is its inability to differentiate positive and negative depths. Some setups have already been proposed to remove this depth ambiguity by introducing a modulation by means of electro-optic or acousto-optic modulators. In our setup, we implement a piezoelectric fiber stretcher to generate a periodic phase shift between successive A-scans, thus introducing a transverse modulation. The depth ambiguity is then resolved by performing a Fourier treatment in the transverse direction before processing the data in the axial direction. It is similar to the B-M mode scanning already proposed for Spectral-Domain OCT1 but with a more efficient experimental setup. We discuss the advantages and the drawbacks of our technique compared to the technique based on acousto-optics modulators by comparing images of an onion obtained with both techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6627, Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Techniques III, 66271J (11 July 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.728489
Show Author Affiliations
Sébastien Vergnole, National Research Council (Canada)
Guy Lamouche, National Research Council (Canada)
Marc Dufour, National Research Council (Canada)
Bruno Gauthier, National Research Council (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6627:
Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Techniques III
Peter E. Andersen; Zhongping Chen, Editor(s)

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