DOI: 10.3390/photonics10080892 ISSN: 2304-6732

A Generic and Effective System Dispersion Compensation Method: Development and Validation in Visible-Light OCT

Jiarui Wang, Chao Xu, Shaodi Zhu, Defu Chen, Haixia Qiu, Alexander K. N. Lam, Christopher K. S. Leung, Wu Yuan
  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Instrumentation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

Compared with optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the near-infrared domain, the visible-light OCT (vis-OCT) system affords a higher axial resolution for discerning subtle pathological changes associated with early diseases. However, the significant material dispersion at the visible-light range leads to a severe problem for dispersion management in vis-OCT systems, which results in a compromised axial resolution. While dispersion compensators (such as prism pairs) are commonly used, a digital method is still highly desirable and has been widely used to compensate for the residual dispersion imbalance between the reference and sample arms in an OCT system. In this paper, we develop a generic approach to effectively compensate for the system dispersion, especially the higher-order dispersion in the vis-OCT system, by using a single arbitrary measurement of the mirror-reflection (SAMMR) method and its resulting phase information. Compared with the previous methods, including the method based on the Taylor series iterative fitting and differential method, the proposed method does not need to extract the dispersion coefficients or use the metric functions and affords a better performance for axial resolution and the signal-to-noise ratio in vis-OCT systems. Its effectiveness is further validated in an OCT system operating in the near-infrared domain.

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