We developed a spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) with an extended depth-of-focus (DOF) by synthetizing aperture. For a designated Gaussian-shape light source, the lateral resolution was determined by the numerical aperture (NA) of the objective lens and can be approximately maintained over the confocal parameter, which was defined as twice the Rayleigh range. However, the DOF was proportional to the square of the lateral resolution. Consequently, a trade-off existed between the DOF and lateral resolution, and researchers had to weigh and judge which was more important for their research reasonably. In this study, three distinct optical apertures were obtained by imbedding a circular phase spacer in the sample arm. Due to the optical path difference between three distinct apertures caused by the phase spacer, three images were aligned with equal spacing along z-axis vertically. By correcting the optical path difference (OPD) and defocus-induced wavefront curvature, three images with distinct depths were coherently summed together. This system digitally refocused the sample tissue and obtained a brand new image with higher lateral resolution over the confocal parameter when imaging the polystyrene calibration beads.
We developed a spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) system employing dual-balanced detection (DBD) for direct current term suppression and SNR enhancement, especially for auto-autocorrelation artifacts reduction. The DBD was achieved by using a beam splitter to building a free-space Michelson interferometer, which generated two interferometric spectra with a phase difference of π. These two phase-opposed spectra were guided to the spectrometer through two single mode fibers of the 8 fiber v-groove array and acquired by ultizing the upper two lines of a three-line CCD camera. We rotated this fiber v-groove array by 1.35 degrees to focus two spectra onto the first and second line of the CCD camera. Two spectra were aligned by optimum spectrum matching algorithm. By subtracting one spectrum from the other, this dual-balanced detection system achieved a direct current term suppression of ~30 dB, SNR enhancement of ~3 dB, and auto-autocorrelation artifacts reduction of ~10 dB experimentally. Finally we respectively validated the feasibility and performance of dual-balanced detection by imaging a glass plate and swine corneal tissue ex vivo. The quality of images obtained using dual-balanced detection was significantly improved with regard to the conventional single-detection (SD) images.
A fiber-optic sinusoidal phase modulating (SPM) interferometer was proposed for the acquisition and reconstruction of three-dimensional (3-D) surface profile. Sinusoidal phase modulation was induced by controlling the injection current of light source. The surface profile was constructed on the basis of fringe projection. Fringe patterns are vulnerable to external disturbances such as mechanical vibration and temperature fluctuation, which cause phase drift in the interference signal and decrease measuring accuracy. A closed-loop feedback phase compensation system was built. In the subsystem, the initial phase of the interference signal, which was caused by the initial optical path difference between interference arms, could be demodulated using phase generated carrier (PGC) method and counted out using coordinated rotation digital computer (CORDIC) , then a compensation voltage was generated for the PZT driver. The bias value of external disturbances superimposed on fringe patterns could be reduced to about 50 mrad, and the phase stability for interference fringes was less than 6 mrad. The feasibility for real-time profile measurement has been verified.
A novel fiber-optic interferometer fringe projector with the sinusoidal phase-modulating method is presented. The system utilizes the integrating bucket method to detect the desired phase or the displacement and a CMOS image sensor to detect four frames obtained by integration of the time-varying intensity in an interference image during the four quarters of the modulation period. Since this technique with the method modulating the injection current of the piezoelectric transducer (PZT), measurement accuracy is not affected by an intensity modulation that usually appears in the current modulation. The system also utilizes the Fresnel reflection signal to adjust the phase-modulation coefficient z to eliminate the disturbance of initial phase ψ0 . The experimental results for surface profiles of a convex hull show that the sinusoidal phase modulating interferometer proposed here confirms its applicability to practical application.
A fiber-optic sinusoidal phase-modulating (SPM) interferometer for fringe projection is presented. The system is based on the SPM technique and makes use of the Mach–Zehnder interferometer structure and Young’s double pinhole interference principle to achieve interference fringe projection. A Michelson interferometer, which contains the detection of Fresnel reflection on its fiber end face and interference at one input port of a 3 dB coupler, is utilized to achieve feedback precise control of the fringe phase, which is sensitive to phase drifting produced by the nature of the fiber. The phase diversity for the closed-loop SPM system can be real-time measured with a precision of 3 mrad. External disturbances mainly caused by temperature fluctuations can be reduced to 57 mrad for the fringe map. The experimental results have shown the usefulness of the system.