Here we present a novel coherent optical receiver that can be easily adapted to biomedical imaging systems. The
proposed receiver provides amplitude, phase and polarization information. The principle of operation is discussed and
the design and characterization of the receiver is presented.
We present a parametric study of self-assembled photonic crystal growth as a function of radius of curvature. To do this,
we used a combination of microscope slides, glass capillaries and optical fibres as substrates to grow the self-assembled
films on. Microscope and SEM images, as well as broadband transmission spectra were used to characterise the crystal,
and the effect the changing surface curvature had on the crystal quality. Limitations for fabricating the crystals on highly
curved surfaces will be presented.