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Opt Express. 2008 Dec 22;16(26):21339-54.

Mueller matrix retinal imager with optimized polarization conditions.

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  • 1University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences, 1630 E. University Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona 85721, USA.


A new Mueller matrix polarimeter was used to image the retinas of normal subjects. Light from a linearly polarized 780 nm laser was passed through a system of variable retarders and scanned across the retina. Light returned from the eye passed through a second system of retarders and a polarizing beamsplitter to two confocal detection channels. Optimization of the polarimetric data reduction matrix was via a condition number metric. The accuracy and repeatability of polarization parameter measurements were within +/- 5%. The magnitudes and orientations of retardance and diattenuation, plus depolarization, were measured over 15 degrees of retina for 15 normal eyes.

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