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Optimisation of a single stage VIPA spectrometers (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): ChengZe Song; Emilio Sánchez-Ortiga; Matthew R. Foreman; Peter Török

Paper Abstract

VIPA (Virtually Imaged Phased Array) based spectrometers are now routinely favoured over other types of spectrometers (such as scanning Fabry-Perot) for Brillouin imaging because VIPAs permit higher data acquisition speeds as compared to others. However, higher speeds mean lower photon counts at the camera used to acquire the spectra. The quality of optical components used is also important and have profound effect on the quality of the spectrum. Yet, these issues have not been addressed by various groups doing Brillouin imaging around the world. In this talk we examine the effect of the various optical components on the overall performance of the spectrometer both in one and two stage configuration. We define information content in the measured spectra and using information theoretic approach determine system parameters under various design conditions. We show for example, the spherical aberration imparted by the plano-convex cylinder lens usually placed at the entrance of the spectrometer reduces signal quality but it otherwise does not affect the accuracy of measurements. On the other hand, aberrations introduced by lenses further down the optical train may result in significant loss in localisation accuracy of the spectra. Our approach will aid users of VIPA based spectrometers designing better quality systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 2017
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 10067, Optical Elastography and Tissue Biomechanics IV, 100670N (24 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2255054
Show Author Affiliations
ChengZe Song, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
Emilio Sánchez-Ortiga, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
Univ. de València (Spain)
Matthew R. Foreman, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
Peter Török, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10067:
Optical Elastography and Tissue Biomechanics IV
Kirill V. Larin; David D. Sampson, Editor(s)

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