We present an approach for polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) that solely requires a modification of the light source, a buffered swept source laser. For this purpose a single-mode fiber-based Fourier domain mode locked laser is extended by fourfold buffering with manual fiber polarization controllers to emit alternating sweep polarizations, while the polarization contrast calibration is realized by a high-speed polarimeter. As the introduced setup utilizes standard scanning and detection units, the proposed method is a promising way to enhance various swept source OCT systems by polarization sensitive imaging. Preliminary measurements of a human finger nail with different polarization contrasts demonstrate the feasibility of the concept.
©2017 Jonas Golde et al., published by De Gruyter
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