Polarization-sensitive low-coherence reflectometer for birefringence characterization and ranging

Michael R. Hee, David Huang, Eric A. Swanson, James G. Fujimoto

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Abstract

We present a polarization-sensitive optical coherence-domain reflectometer capable of characterizing the phase retardation between orthogonal linear polarization modes at each reflection point in a birefringent sample. The device is insensitive to the rotation of the sample in the plane perpendicular to ranging. Phase measurement accuracy is ±0.86°, but the reflectometer can distinguish local variations in birefringence as small as 0.05° with a distance resolution of 10.8 μm and a dynamic range of 90 dB. Birefringence-sensitive ranging in a wave plate, an electro-optic modulator, and a calf coronary artery is demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)903-908
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics

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Polarization-sensitive low-coherence reflectometer for birefringence characterization and ranging. / Hee, Michael R.; Huang, David; Swanson, Eric A.; Fujimoto, James G.

In: Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics, Vol. 9, No. 6, 1992, p. 903-908.

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