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Random laser illumination: an ideal source for biomedical polarization imaging?
Author(s): Mariana T. Carvalho; Amrit S. Lotay; Fiona M. Kenny; John M. Girkin; Anderson S. L. Gomes
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Paper Abstract

Imaging applications increasingly require light sources with high spectral density (power over spectral bandwidth. This has led in many cases to the replacement of conventional thermal light sources with bright light-emitting diodes (LEDs), lasers and superluminescent diodes. Although lasers and superluminescent diodes appear to be ideal light sources due to their narrow bandwidth and power, however, in the case of full-field imaging, their spatial coherence leads to coherent artefacts, such as speckle, that corrupt the image. LEDs, in contrast, have lower spatial coherence and thus seem the natural choice, but they have low spectral density. Random Lasers are an unconventional type of laser that can be engineered to provide low spatial coherence with high spectral density. These characteristics makes them potential sources for biological imaging applications where specific absorption and reflection are the characteristics required for state of the art imaging. In this work, a Random Laser (RL) is used to demonstrate speckle-free full-field imaging for polarization-dependent imaging in an epi-illumination configuration. We compare LED and RL illumination analysing the resulting images demonstrating that the RL illumination produces an imaging system with higher performance (image quality and spectral density) than that provided by LEDs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9701, Multimodal Biomedical Imaging XI, 97010Q (7 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2209623
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Mariana T. Carvalho, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Univ. Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil)
Amrit S. Lotay, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Fiona M. Kenny, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
John M. Girkin, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Anderson S. L. Gomes, Univ. Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9701:
Multimodal Biomedical Imaging XI
Fred S. Azar; Xavier Intes, Editor(s)

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