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High-resolution optical coherence tomography using self-adaptive FFT and array detection

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We developed a optical coherence tomographic (OCT) system which utilized broadband continuum generation for high axial resolution and a high numeric-aperture (N.A.) objective for high lateral resolution (<5 μm). The optimal focusing point was dynamically compensated during axial scanning so that it can be kept at the same position as the point that has an equal optical path length as that in the reference arm. This gives us uniform focusing size (< 5 um) at diffrent depths. A new self-adaptive fast Fourier transform (FFT) algorithm was developed to digitally demodulate the interference fringes. The system employed a four-channel detector array for speckle reduction that significantly improved the image's signal-to-noise ratio.

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