Improved description of the signal formation in grating generated-optical coherence tomography

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Several optical instruments have been presented over recent years that use a tilted diffraction grating in the reference arm, describing its effect as introducing a continuous optical delay in the direction of the grating dispersion. Having examined these types of system carefully, we believe this description does not fully capture the manner by which the signal is formed in these instruments, and present here a simple model that clearly demonstrates the essential elements behind the way such systems operate. This analysis not only illustrates the reason for signals of the form seen being generated, but also shows how great care needs to be taken with systems such as these in the interpretation of the results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33999-34010
Number of pages12
JournalOptics Express
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2019


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