This communication presents a spectral-domain, polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT)
system based on a fiber interferometer using single-mode fibers and couplers. The two orthogonal polarization
components which define the polarization state are sequentially detected by a single line camera. Retardance
measurements can be affected by polarimetric effects in fibers and couplers. This configuration bypasses such
issues by performing the polarization selection before the collection fiber, employing a combination of a polarization
rotator and a linear polarizer. Numerical simulations are carried out to verify the tolerance of the proposed
configuration to fiber-based disturbances; this was further experimentally verified with similar net retardance
maps of a birefringent phantom being obtained for two different settings of induced fiber birefringence.
Manuel J. Marques, Sylvain Rivet, Adrian Bradu, and Adrian Podoleanu, "Spectral-domain, polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography system insensitive to fiber disturbances," Proc. SPIE 9697, Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedicine XX, 96971K (Presented at SPIE BiOS: February 17, 2016; Published: 8 March 2016); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2213479.
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