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Full-field optical coherence tomography by achromatic phase shifter with a rotating half-wave plate
Author(s): Yaliang Yang; Zhihua Ding
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Paper Abstract

In optical coherence tomography (OCT), broad-bandwidth optical sources are required to achieve high axial resolution. Introducing a variable phase shift achromatically between the probe and reference beams is required for phase-shifting algorithms implemented to extract the coherence signal. We propose a full-field OCT using an achromatic phase shifter based on wave plates. The phase shifter that is almost independent of the wavelength over a range of 240 nm, can provide a phase shift of eight times the rotating angle of the half-wave plate. The system is based on a Michelson interferometer, illuminated by a white light source, and has several advantages compared with previous implementation of full-field OCT based an achromatic phase shifter. Numerical simulation on phase shift error and amplitude ratio between orthogonal polarization components at nominal phase shifts required for two typical phase-stepping algorithms is conducted. Approach for extracting OCT signal by the revised Carre algorithm is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6534, Fifth International Conference on Photonics and Imaging in Biology and Medicine, 65340U (1 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.741363
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Yaliang Yang, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Zhihua Ding, Zhejiang Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6534:
Fifth International Conference on Photonics and Imaging in Biology and Medicine
Qingming Luo; Lihong V. Wang; Valery V. Tuchin; Min Gu, Editor(s)

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