Abstract

We demonstrate phase-conjugate optical coherence tomography (PC-OCT) using a classical source of phase-sensitive cross-correlated beams to achieve measurement improvements shared by quantum OCT (Q-OCT): a factor-of-2 enhancement in axial resolution and even-order dispersion cancellation. Compared with coincidence counting used in Q-OCT, PC-OCT employs standard photodetection that results in much faster data acquisitions. This work belongs to a new class of classical techniques inspired by quantum methods that have advantages once thought to be exclusively quantum mechanical.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

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Nat. Phys. (1)

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[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (4)

Phys. Rev. A (3)

B. I. Erkmen and J. H. Shapiro, Phys. Rev. A 74, 041601(R) (2006).
[CrossRef]

J. D. Franson, Phys. Rev. A 45, 3126 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. F. Abouraddy, M. B. Nasr, B. E. A. Saleh, A. V. Sergienko, and M. C. Teich, Phys. Rev. A 65, 053817 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (3)

M. B. Nasr, B. E. A. Saleh, A. V. Sergienko, and M. C. Teich, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 083601 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. M. Steinberg, P. G. Kwiat, and R. Y. Chiao, Phys. Rev. Lett. 68, 2421 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

PC-OCT experimental setup. PBS, polarizing beam splitter; BS, 50:50 fiber beam splitter.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

PC-OCT interference envelopes measured at three positions of the target mirror with a relative separation of 450 μ m . Envelope widths (FWHM) are 890 μ m , in excellent agreement with the dispersion cancellation model.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Signature of PC-OCT measurement of a household mirror, made of a 1.74 - mm -thick piece of glass with a thin aluminum coating on its back.

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L OCT 2 = 4 L 0 2 + ( c Δ λ F ) 2 ( D S z S 1 D S z S 2 + D R z R ) 2 ,

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