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Spectral shaping for non-Gaussian source spectra in optical coherence tomography

  • Author(s): Tripathi, R
  • Nassif, N
  • Nelson, JS
  • Park, BH
  • de Boer, JF
  • et al.

We present a digital spectral shaping technique to reduce the sidelobes (ringing) of the axial point-spread function in optical coherence tomography for non-Gaussian-shaped source spectra. The spectra of two superluminescent diodes were combined to generate a spectrum with significant modulation. Images of onion cells demonstrate the improved image quality in a turbid biological sample. A quantitative analysis of the accompanying penalty in signal-to-noise ratio is given.

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