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Temperature Dependence of a Depth-Encoded System for Polarization-Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography using a PM Fiber

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posted on 2023-09-07, 16:00 authored by Philipp Tatar-Mathes, Rasmus Eilkær Hansen, Samuel Choi, Manuel J. Marques, Niels Møller Israelsen, Adrian Podoleanu
A polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) system is able to not only show the structure of samples through the analysis of backscattered light, but is also capable of determining their polarimetric properties. This is an extra functionality to OCT which allows the retardance and axis orientation of a bulk sample to be determined. Here, we describe the temperature instabilities of a depth-encoded, multiple input state PS-OCT system, where two waves corresponding to two orthogonal states in the interrogating beam are delayed using a 5-meter long polarization-maintaning (PM) fiber. It is shown that the temperature not only affects the delay between the two relatively delayed waves, but also the amount of mismatched dispersion in the interferometer, which ultimately affects the achievable axial resolution in the system. To this end, the technique of complex master/slave interferometry (CMSI) can be used as an option to mitigate this effect.

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