1. Angular scan optical coherence tomography imaging and metrology of spherical gradient refractive index preforms

    Angular scan optical coherence tomography imaging and metrology of spherical gradient refractive index preforms

    The fabrication of high-performance spherical gradient refractive index (S-GRIN) optics requires nondestructive metrology techniques to inspect the samples. We have developed an angular-scan, swept-source-based, Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography system centered at 1318 nm with 5 mm imaging depth capable of 180̊ polar scan and 360̊ azimuthal scan to investigate polymeric S-GRIN preforms. We demonstrate a method that enables simultaneous mapping of the group optical thickness, physical thickness, the radially-averaged group refractive index, and the transmitted wavefront of the S-GRIN preforms. The angular scan OCT imaging and metrology enables direct visualization, molding uniformity characterization, and optical property evaluations of the preforms ...

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