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Opt Lett. 2005 Jun 1;30(11):1351-3.

Stroboscopic ultrahigh-resolution full-field optical coherence tomography.

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  • 1Laboratoire d'Optique Physique, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Unité Propre de Recherche A0005, 10 Rue Vauquelin, 75005 Paris, France.


We present a new technique that produces en face tomographic images with a 10-micros acquisition time per image. The setup consists of an interference microscope with stroboscopic illumination provided by a xenon arc flash lamp (10-micros flashes at 15 Hz). The tomographic images are obtained from two phase-opposed interferometric images recorded simultaneously by two synchronized CCD cameras. Transverse resolution better than 1.0 microm is achieved by use of high-numerical-aperture microscope objectives. The short coherence length of the source yields an axial resolution of 0.9 microm. 3 x 3 pixel binning leads to a detection sensitivity of 71 dB. Our system is suitable for various applications, particularly in biology for in vivo cellular-level imaging.

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