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Published January 15, 2002 | Published
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Two-dimensional depth-resolved Mueller matrix of biological tissue measured with double-beam polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography


A double-beam polarization-sensitive system based on optical coherence tomography was built to measure the Mueller matrix of scattering biological tissue with high spatial resolution. The Jones matrix of a sample can be determined with a single scan and subsequently converted into an equivalent nondepolarizing Mueller matrix. As a result, the system can be used to measure the Mueller matrix of an unstable sample, such as soft tissue. The polarization parameters of a porcine tendon, including magnitude and orientation of birefringence and diattenuation, were extracted by decomposition of the measured Mueller matrix.

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© 2002 Optical Society of America. Received August 10, 2001. Thanks to G. Ku, Y. Xu, and D. Boas for helpful discussions. This project was sponsored in part by National Institutes of Health grants R21 RR15368 and R01 CA71980, by National Science Foundation grant BES-9734491, and by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board grant 000512-0123-1999.

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