Abstract

We present a polarization Linnik interference microscope with a nematic liquid-crystal (NLC) phase shifter for full-field optical coherence tomography of high-quality images. The rotating half-wave plate in conventional achromatic phase shifters was replaced by three liquid-crystal (LC) half-wave plates for implementing three-step phase-shifting interferometry. Thus, the NLC device generates phase shifts quickly and has no vibrations. In addition, the phase shift can be set to an arbitrary value between 0 and 2π by altering the azimuth angles of the LC cells. A tomographic image is retrieved from three sequential phase-shifted interferograms by using a three-step algorithm. The experimental results confirm the feasibility of the proposed technology.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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