Optimized off-axis cylindrical mirror-focused line-scanning system for optical coherence tomography imaging applications

Mohammad Kamal, Sivakumar Narayanswamy, Muthukumaran Packirisamy
2012 Journal of Biomedical Optics  
The parameters of an off-axis cylindrical mirror-focused line-scanning system were studied to optimize the flatness of the 2 mm scan field. The scanning system parameters included the beam size, the distance between the scanning and the focusing mirror, the angle between the incident beam and the reflected beam, the optical scan angle, and the effective focal length of the cylindrical mirror. Because of the off-axis line-scanning system configuration, the scanning could be carried out either in
more » ... rried out either in the tangential (Y-scan) or in the sagittal (X-scan) plane. A 53 nm spectral bandwidth light source was used to evaluate the imaging performance of the scanning system. Since reflective optics is employed in this work for focusing, the scanning system could be used with a higher spectral bandwidth light source for optical coherence tomography applications. The effect of the angle between of the incident and reflected beams, the distance between the mirrors, the focal length of the cylindrical mirror and the scanning directions, on the flatness of the scan field were studied. It was proved that the sagittal scanning is least sensitive to variations in scanning system parameters and thus provides maximum flexibility in design.
doi:10.1117/1.jbo.17.5.056006 pmid:22612129 fatcat:ctv5aihs6vbrtmeeta25ybbnz4