Abstract

We extend the work of the first two papers in this series [Appl. Opt. 50, 4998–5011 (2011)APOPAI0003-6935, Appl. Opt. 50, 5012–5022 (2011)APOPAI0003-6935] to design compound prisms for linear-in-wavenumber dispersion, especially for application in spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT). These dispersive prism designs are believed to be the first to meet the requirements of high resolution OCT systems in direct-view geometry, where they can be used to shrink system size, to improve light throughput, to reduce stray light, and to reduce errors resulting from interpolating between wavelength- and wavenumber-sampled domains. We show prism designs that can be used for thermal sources or for wideband superluminescent diodes centered around wavelengths 850, 900, 1300, and 1375nm.

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