Orthogonal dispersive spectral-domain optical coherence tomography.

Optics express

PubMedID: 24787889

Bao W, Ding Z, Li P, Chen Z, Shen Y, Wang C. Orthogonal dispersive spectral-domain optical coherence tomography. Opt Express. 2014;22(8):10081-10090.
Ultrahigh depth range spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SDOCT) can be realized based on the orthogonal dispersive spectrometer consisted by a high spectral resolution virtually-imaged phased array (VIPA) and a low spectral resolution grating. However, two critical issues result in the challenge of obtaining desirable one-dimensional (1-D) spectra from the recorded two-dimensional (2-D) orthogonal spectra for high-quality OD-SDOCT imaging. One is the wavenumber mapping errors and the other is the periodic intensity modulations. The paper proposes a method for desirable reconstruction of 1-D spectra from the recorded 2-D orthogonal spectra. A sample etalon with identical parameters to the dispersive VIPA is used to determine the free spectrum range (FSR) of the VIPA, and spectral phases from two reflecting mirrors are further applied for broadband wavenumber calibration. The cascading of column spectra are performed from interval of four lines of column spectra, and four records of cascaded 1-D spectra are obtained and then averaged to alleviate the periodic intensity modulations. Broadband 1-D spectra are thus reconstructed with an ultrahigh spectral resolution. To demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed method, three typical samples are imaged by the OD-SDOCT system.