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Published June 27, 2002 | Published
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Quantification of polarization in biological tissue by optical coherence tomography


A multiple-channel polarization-sensitive system based on optical coherence tomography was built to measure the Mueller matrix of scattering biological tissue. The Jones matrix of a sample can be determined with a single scan and subsequently converted into an equivalent non-depolarizing Mueller matrix. As a result, the system can be used to measure the Mueller matrix of soft tissue. Birefringence, axis orientation, and diattenuation can be extracted.

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© 2002 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). 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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