11 March 2016 Evaluation of a polarization sensitive multiple reference optical coherence tomography system
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Multiple reference optical coherence tomography (MR-OCT) is a new compact optical sensor platform based on a small form factor recirculating reference arm scanning optical delay, which promises a robust, cost-effective semisolid state design for integration with next generation mobile devices. The miniature re-circulating optical delay is based on a voice coil motor (VCM) actuator and a partial mirror. Imaging capability of MR-OCT has been recently demonstrated using a non-polarizing bulk optics design and an unbalanced detection system with a sensitivity of up to 98 dB at an axial rate of 1200 A-scans per second. In this study, we implemented a polarization based MR-OCT with balanced detection system and have gathered preliminary results in comparison with a non-polarizing MROCT with balanced detection. The polarization sensitive (PS)-MR-OCT, based on a balanced detection scheme can improve the sensitivity by reducing common-mode noise of the system.
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Sean O'Gorman, Sean O'Gorman, Paul M. McNamara, Paul M. McNamara, Roshan Dsouza, Roshan Dsouza, Kai Neuhaus, Kai Neuhaus, Josh Hogan, Josh Hogan, Carol Wilson, Carol Wilson, Martin J. Leahy, Martin J. Leahy, } "Evaluation of a polarization sensitive multiple reference optical coherence tomography system", Proc. SPIE 9699, Optics and Biophotonics in Low-Resource Settings II, 96990E (11 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2211094; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2211094

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