Fiber-based polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography of a minimalistic system configuration
We present a very simple method of constructing a polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) system. An ordinary fiber-based swept-source OCT system was reconfigured for PS-OCT by adding a long section of polarization-maintaining fiber in the sample arm. Two polarization modes of a large group-delay difference formed spatially distinguished polarization channels. The depth-encoded information on the polarization states was retrieved by an amplitude-based analysis. We found that our method provides an economic scheme of PS-OCT. It demonstrates that an ordinary OCT system can be easily reconfigured for PS-OCT imaging if it has sufficient margins in the imaging range.