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Optica Publishing Group
  • Current Optics and Photonics
  • Vol. 7,
  • Issue 1,
  • pp. 73-82
  • (2023)

Partial Spectrum Detection and Super-Gaussian Window Function for Ultrahigh-resolution Spectral-domain Optical Coherence Tomography with a Linear-k Spectrometer

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In this study, we demonstrate ultrahigh-resolution spectral-domain optical coherence tomography with a 200-kHz line rate using a superluminescent diode with a −3-dB bandwidth of 100 nm at 849 nm. To increase the line rate, a subset of the total number of camera pixels is used. In addition, a partial-spectrum detection method is used to obtain OCT images within an imaging depth of 2.1 mm while maintaining ultrahigh axial resolution. The partially detected spectrum has a flat-topped intensity profile, and side lobes occur after fast Fourier transformation. Consequently, we propose and apply the super-Gaussian window function as a new window function, to reduce the side lobes and obtain a result that is close to that of the axial-resolution condition with no window function applied. Upon application of the super-Gaussian window function, the result is close to the ultrahigh axial resolution of 4.2 μm in air, corresponding to 3.1 μm in tissue (n = 1.35).

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