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Role Of Beat Noise In Limiting The Sensitivity Of Optical Coherence Tomography, Richard C. Haskell, David Liao, Adam E. Pivonka, Tera L. Bell, Brendan R. Haberle, Barbara M. Hoeling, Daniel C. Petersen Jun 2006

Role Of Beat Noise In Limiting The Sensitivity Of Optical Coherence Tomography, Richard C. Haskell, David Liao, Adam E. Pivonka, Tera L. Bell, Brendan R. Haberle, Barbara M. Hoeling, Daniel C. Petersen

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The sensitivity and dynamic range of optical coherence tomography (OCT) are calculated for instruments utilizing two common interferometer configurations and detection schemes. Previous researchers recognized that the performance of dual-balanced OCT instruments is severely limited by beat noise, which is generated by incoherent light backscattered from the sample. However, beat noise has been ignored in previous calculations of Michelson OCT performance. Our measurements of instrument noise confirm the presence of beat noise even in a simple Michelson interferometer configuration with a single photodetector. Including this noise, we calculate the dynamic range as a function of OCT light source power, and ...