Instantaneous complex spectral domain OCT using 3 × 3 fiber couplers


Journal Article

We report that the complex conjugate ambiguity in spectral domain OCT approaches (including swept source OCT and Fourier-domain OCT) may be removed by the use of novel interferometer designs based on N×N couplers. An interferometer based on a 3 × 3 truly fused fiber coupler with equal splitting ratios provides simultaneous access to components of the complex interferometric signal separated by 120°. These phase components may be converted to quadrature components by use of a simple trigonometric operation, and then inverse Fourier transformed to obtain A-scans and images free of complex conjugate artifact. We demonstrate instantaneous complex spectral-domain OCT using a novel Fourier-domain OCT system employing photodiode arrays, and will also report on a similar system design for instantaneous complex swept-source OCT.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sarunic, MV; Choma, MA; Yang, C; Izatt, JA

Published Date

  • October 27, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5316 /

Start / End Page

  • 241 - 247

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0277-786X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1117/12.531422

Citation Source

  • Scopus