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Title: Enhanced spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) using in situ ultrasonic virtual tunable optical waveguides

A conventional optical lens can enhance lateral resolution in optical coherence tomography (OCT) by focusing the input light onto the sample. However, the typical Gaussian beam profile of such a lens will impose a tradeoff between the depth of focus (DOF) and the lateral resolution. The lateral resolution is often compromised to achieve amm-scale DOF. We have experimentally shown that using a cascade system of an ultrasonic virtual tunable optical waveguide (UVTOW) and a short focal-length lens can provide a large DOF without severely compromising the lateral resolution compared to an external lens with the same effective focal length. In addition, leveraging the reconfigurability of UVTOW, we show that the focal length of the cascade system can be tuned without the need for mechanical translation of the optical lens. We compare the performance of the cascade system with a conventional optical lens to demonstrate enhanced DOF without compromising the lateral resolution as well as reconfigurability of UVTOW for OCT imaging.

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Optical Society of America
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Optics Express
1094-4087; OPEXFF
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Article No. 34256
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National Science Foundation
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