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    1. Optical Coherence Tomography for Fingerprint Presentation Attack Detection (Book Chapter)

      Optical Coherence Tomography for Fingerprint Presentation Attack Detection (Book Chapter)

      New research in fingerprint biometrics uses optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology to acquire fingerprints from where they originate below the surface of the skin. The penetrative nature of this technology means that rich information is available regarding the structure of the skin. This access, in turn, enables new techniques in detecting spoofing attacks, and therefore also introduces mitigation steps against current presentation attack methods. These techniques include the ability to detect fake fingers; fake layers applied above the skin; differentiate between fakes and surface skin conditions; and liveness detection based on, among others, the analysis of eccrine glands and capillary ...

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    2. Optical coherence tomography—A review of the opportunities and challenges for postharvest quality evaluation

      Optical coherence tomography—A review of the opportunities and challenges for postharvest quality evaluation

      Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an established non-destructive and contactless photonic technique which has now been shown to be suitable for monitoring the near-surface internal structure of tissues in stored fruit and vegetables. Such real-time cross-sectional imaging allows for better visualisation and understanding of the temporal changes in internal structure. However, despite these advantages, problems persist around the trade-off between imaging resolution and penetration depth, image analysis and data processing, and the applicability of in situ studies outside of the laboratory setting. This review summarises previous postharvest OCT research and assesses resulting mechanistic outcomes, and future potential.

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      Mentions: K. U. Leuven
    3. Mid-infrared Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography with a pyroelectric linear array

      Mid-infrared Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography with a pyroelectric linear array

      Optical technology in the mid-infrared wavelength range is currently a rapidly developing field initiated by the availability of novel high-power and spatially coherent sources. Non-destructive testing techniques based on these sources are very promising for industrial and medical applications. However, there are still many engineering problems due to the technical challenges and high prices of the optical elements suitable for the mid-infrared region. In this paper, we report the development and performances of the first mid-infrared Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography based on a supercontinuum source and low-cost pyroelectric detector. The system is designed to operate in the spectral region around ...

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    4. Non-Contact Measurement of Small-Module Gears Using Optical Coherence Tomography

      Non-Contact Measurement of Small-Module Gears Using Optical Coherence Tomography

      Due to the small size and harsh transmission conditions of small-module gears, it is very difficult to measure gear characteristics with a modulus smaller than 1 mm. We proposed an optical coherence tomography (OCT) method for measuring small-module gears. Testing of a 30-tooth copper gear with a small modulus of 0.5 mm was carried out for the measurement of its modulus, tooth parameter, tooth number, pressure angle, modification coefficient, and tooth thickness by using OCT. In addition, the influencing factors on the measurement were discussed. The whole teeth profile of a 0.2 mm modulus gear was imaged by ...

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    5. Non-destructive identification of weld-boundary and porosity formation during laser transmission welding by using optical coherence tomography

      Non-destructive identification of weld-boundary and porosity formation during laser transmission welding by using optical coherence tomography

      Laser transmission welding offers significant benefits over conventional welding techniques enabling single-stage rapid plastic joining. The quality of laser transmission welded products are commonly assessed by measuring the weld penetration depth, hardened weld boundary, and inspecting the formation of porosity. However, existing methods of verification are inevitably accompanied by destruction of the specimen. Thus, non-destructive quality assessment methods for laser transmission welding have gained attention recently. Here, we demonstrated an extended industrial application of 860 nm wavelength based spectral domain optical coherence tomography for the non-destructive inspection of the aforementioned quality parameters of laser transmission welded industrial plastic materials, i ...

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    6. A marine biofilm flow cell for in situ screening marine fouling control coatings using optical coherence tomography

      A marine biofilm flow cell for in situ screening marine fouling control coatings using optical coherence tomography

      A novel fouling marine flow cell was designed and fitted with a clear plastic lid to allow real-time imaging of biofilms using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Marine biofilms were grown under controlled shear flow on coupons coated with 6 different biocidal antifouling coatings (SPC1, SPC2, SPC3, SPC4, CDP1 and CDP2, AkzoNobel) and one inert coating which contained no biocidal actives (NB-D) for 8 weeks. One set of coupons coated with NB was statically immersed in sea water during the same time period (NB-S). Biofilm removal was assessed by increasing the flow velocity while OCT simultaneously measured the biofilm cross-sectional area ...

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    7. Gravity-Driven Flows in Two-Fluid Drops

      Gravity-Driven Flows in Two-Fluid Drops

      The direction in which fluid circulates in binary drops doesn't change when the drops are tilted, implicating gravity—not surface tension—as the driver of flow in these systems. rops of spilled coffee dry and leave behind ring-shaped patterns. The shape and uniformity of these patterns are determined by fluid flows that drive particle deposition within the drops. Now, Fouzia Ouali of Nottingham Trent University in the UK and colleagues have shown that in the case of drops composed of two fluids, gravity, not surface tension, as researchers previously thought, dominates convective flows. The team says that this result ...

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    8. Density-Driven Flows in Evaporating Binary Liquid Droplets

      Density-Driven Flows in Evaporating Binary Liquid Droplets

      In the evaporation of microlitre liquid droplets, the accepted view is that surface tension dominates and the effect of gravity is negligible. We report, through the first use of rotating optical coherence tomography, that a change in the flow pattern and speed occurs when evaporating binary liquid droplets are tilted, conclusively showing that gravitational effects dominate the flow. We use gas chromatography to show that these flows are solutal in nature, and we establish a flow phase diagram demonstrating the conditions under which different flow mechanisms occur.

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    9. Biophotonic approach for the characterization of initial bitter-rot progression on apple specimens using optical coherence tomography assessments

      Biophotonic approach for the characterization of initial bitter-rot progression on apple specimens using optical coherence tomography assessments

      The tremendous advances achieved in the biophotonics technologies have intensified the necessity for non-invasive modalities that can characterize diverse biological materials with increased sensitivity and resolution. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is one of the techniques that has been applied for biological applications in medicine and agriculture to identify structural properties. Herein, we report the successful incorporation of OCT for the identification of morphological changes that occur as a result of the bitter rot disease, through continuous detection of structural changes. Detailed inner morphological structural changes occurring in fruit specimens were precisely analyzed as a function of the disease incubation period ...

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    10. Investigation of Puccinia triticina contagion on wheat leaves using swept source optical coherence tomography

      Investigation of Puccinia triticina contagion on wheat leaves using swept source optical coherence tomography

      We present an investigation on applicability of swept-source optical coherence tomography (SSOCT) to examine the internal structures of plant leaves. This study helps to identify the growth and spread of the leaf rust disease in leaves of wheat plants, caused by Puccinia triticina . The epidermal cell layer and parenchyma cell layer of the acquired OCT images are correlated with the histological images to show distinctive leaf morphological boundaries. In the OCT images, the thickness of the parenchyma cell layer in healthy and infected samples are compared and analyzed. Accurate morphological and quantitative information are obtained with our developed system for ...

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      Mentions: Raju Poddar
    11. Visualization of Ink Fluidity in Inkjet Imaging Process Using Method of Optical Coherence Tomography

      Visualization of Ink Fluidity in Inkjet Imaging Process Using Method of Optical Coherence Tomography

      In order to enhance the performance of the inkjet printer, it is important to be able to appropriately control the ink fluidity in the imaging process. For examples, it is useful to know how the ink fluidity changes when inside the inkjet head or when adhering to the media. As a method that can be used for this judgment, it was attempted to use method of optical coherence tomography was attempted. It is clarified that the fluidity distribution and its time change inside the ink can be visualized by optical measurement and signal analysis. It will bring way to know ...

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    12. Determination of mechanical properties of biofilms by modeling the deformation measured using optical coherence tomography

      Determination of mechanical properties of biofilms by modeling the deformation measured using optical coherence tomography

      The advantage of using non-invasive imaging such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) to asses material properties from deformed biofilm geometries can be compromised by the assumptions made on fluid forces acting on the biofilm. This study developed a method for the determination of elastic properties of biofilms by modelling the biofilm deformation recorded by OCT imaging with poroelastic fluid-structure interaction computations. Two-dimensional biofilm geometries were extracted from OCT scans of non-deformed and deformed structures as a result of hydrodynamic loading. The biofilm geometries were implemented in a model coupling fluid dynamics with elastic solid mechanics and Darcy flow in the ...

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    13. Feature Of The Week 08/31/2018: Spectroscopic Characterization of Si/Mo Thin-film Stack at Extreme Ultraviolet Range

      Feature Of The Week 08/31/2018: Spectroscopic Characterization of Si/Mo Thin-film Stack at Extreme Ultraviolet Range

      Using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation for nanoscale imaging has recently seen much interest. As actinic patterned mask inspection tools are not available, chipmakers have to rely on wafer inspection to identify mask defects. To fulfill the requirements of mask inspection, EUV sources with high brightness, high stability (spatial and temporal), and cost effectiveness are needed. In a laser-produced-plasma (LPP) generated EUV system, a high-intensity laser beam is focused onto a tin target to form a hot plasma, which emits ultraviolet light. In this study, a fiber-laser excitation source was used to generate stable 13.5-nm EUV for spectroscopic optical coherence ...

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    14. Characterisation of textured surfaces under a laminar flow by Optical Coherence Tomography (Thesis)

      Characterisation of textured surfaces under a laminar flow by Optical Coherence Tomography (Thesis)

      Textured surfaces are present everywhere in nature and in our daily life, interacting constantly with a flow. In this report, we focus on how a textured surface with pillars responds to a laminar flow inside a confined channel. The study is mainly focused on the measurements of the bending of the pillars and of the velocity field, using optical coherence tomography. The potential of this technique, which is not very common in microfluidics, is explored here to characterise our system and its limits are discussed. The measurements of the bending and of the velocity field allow to get the value ...

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    15. Integrating optical coherence tomography with gravimetric and video analysis (OCT-Gravimetry-Video method) for studying the drying process of polystyrene latex system

      Integrating optical coherence tomography with gravimetric and video analysis (OCT-Gravimetry-Video method) for studying the drying process of polystyrene latex system

      Latex, an aqueous dispersion of sub-micron polymer particles, is widely used as polymer binder in waterborne coatings and adhesives. Drying of a latex is inhomogeneous, during which the spatial distribution of particles is non-uniform and changes with time, usually resulting in a compromise of the integrity of a dried film. To study drying inhomogeneity of latex, we developed a system integrating optical coherence tomography (OCT) with gravimetric and video analysis (OCT-Gravimetry-Video method) to non-destructively monitor the drying process of non-film-forming latexes consisting of hard polystyrene spheres over time. OCT structural and speckle images of the latex’s internal structure show ...

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    16. Effect of biofilm structural deformation on hydraulic resistance during ultrafiltration: A numerical and experimental study

      Effect of biofilm structural deformation on hydraulic resistance during ultrafiltration: A numerical and experimental study

      Biofilm formation in membrane systems negatively impacts the filtration system performances. This study evaluated how biofilm compression driven by permeate flow increases the hydraulic resistance and leads to reduction in permeate flux. We analysed the effect of biofilm compression on hydraulic resistance and permeate flux through computational models supported by experimental data. Biofilms with homogeneous surface structure were subjected to step-wise changes in flux and transmembrane pressure during compression and relaxation tests. Biofilm thickness under applied forces was measured non-invasively in-situ using optical coherence tomography (OCT). A numerical model of poroelasticity, which couples water flow through the biofilm with biofilm ...

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    17. Optical Coherence Tomography for NDE (Book Chapter)

      Optical Coherence Tomography for NDE (Book Chapter)

      Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a noninvasive, high-resolution, interferometric imaging modality using near-infrared light to acquire cross sections and three-dimensional images of the subsurface microstructure of samples. Because of the rapid enhancement of OCT with respect to acquisition speed and axial resolution over the past years, OCT is becoming more and more attractive for applications in nondestructive testing and evaluation. In this chapter, a brief introduction to the technique and the instrumentation is first given, followed by an overview of application of OCT in NDE reported so far.

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    18. Spectroscopic characterization of Si/Mo thin-film stack at extreme ultraviolet range

      Spectroscopic characterization of Si/Mo thin-film stack at extreme ultraviolet range

      A noninvasive method for characterizing Si/Mo thin-film stack thickness and its complex transfer function using common-path optical coherence tomography is proposed, analyzed, and experimentally demonstrated. A laser-produced plasma (LPP)-based extreme ultraviolet (EUV) source was excited by a four-stage nanosecond Yb:fiber laser amplifier with a pulse energy of 1.01 mJ. The tabletop LPP EUV source was compact and stable for generating the EUV interference fringes. The measured complex transfer function of the Si/Mo stack was verified near the pristine 13.5-nm wavelength range.

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    19. Non-Destructive Classification of Diversely Stained Capsicum annuum Seed Specimens of Different Cultivars Using Near-Infrared Imaging Based Optical Intensity Detection

      Non-Destructive Classification of Diversely Stained Capsicum annuum Seed Specimens of Different Cultivars Using Near-Infrared Imaging Based Optical Intensity Detection

      The non-destructive classification of plant materials using optical inspection techniques has been gaining much recent attention in the field of agriculture research. Among them, a near-infrared (NIR) imaging method called optical coherence tomography (OCT) has become a well-known agricultural inspection tool since the last decade. Here we investigated the non-destructive identification capability of OCT to classify diversely stained (with various staining agents) Capsicum annuum seed specimens of different cultivars. A swept source (SS-OCT) system with a spectral band of 1310 nm was used to image unstained control C. annuum seeds along with diversely stained Capsicum seeds, belonging to different cultivar ...

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    20. Microscale light management and inherent optical properties of intact corals studied with optical coherence tomography

      Microscale light management and inherent optical properties of intact corals studied with optical coherence tomography

      Coral reefs are highly productive photosynthetic systems and coral optics studies suggest that such high efficiency is due to optimised light scattering by coral tissue and skeleton. Here, we characterise the inherent optical properties, i.e., the scattering coefficient, μ s , and the anisotropy of scattering, g , of 8 intact coral species using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Specifically, we describe light scattering by coral skeletons, coenoarc tissues, polyp tentacles and areas covered by fluorescent pigments (FP). Our results reveal that light scattering between coral species ranges from μ s = 3 mm -1 ( Stylophora pistillata ) to μ s = 25 mm -1 ( Echinopora lamelosa ). For ...

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    21. Depth-resolved measurement of the compression displacement fields on the front and rear surfaces of an epoxy sample

      Depth-resolved measurement of the compression displacement fields on the front and rear surfaces of an epoxy sample

      Compression is one of the typical parameters measured in material mechanics. In this research, the compression displacement fields on the front and rear surfaces of an epoxy sample are measured by using a tilt depth-resolved wavenumber-scanning Michelson interferometer. The light source is a distributed feedback laser diode, the wavenumber of which can be modulated to about 1.017 × 104 m–1 by the temperature without mode hopping. A random-sampling Fourier transform is designed to evaluate the phase differences before and after the applied loads. Experimental results show that the depth-resolved measurement of the compression displacement field is of high accuracy ...

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    22. Non-destructive and non-contact measurement of semiconductor optical waveguide using optical coherence tomography with a visible broadband light source

      Non-destructive and non-contact measurement of semiconductor optical waveguide using optical coherence tomography with a visible broadband light source

      We demonstrated non-destructive and non-contact measurement of semiconductor optical waveguide using optical coherence tomography with a visible broadband light source (vis-OCT). Vis-OCT can provide high axial and lateral resolutions of less than 1 µm, which were effective for measurement of optical waveguides with several-micrometer structure. We obtained cross-sectional images of ridge-type optical waveguides (RWGs) fabricated as test samples and measured the height and width of the RWGs. The height and width measured by vis-OCT were similar to these values measured by scanning electron microscopy. These results indicated that vis-OCT enables measurement of the height and width of optical waveguides without ...

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    23. Bacterial inactivation and in situ monitoring of biofilm development on graphene oxide membrane using optical coherence tomography

      Bacterial inactivation and in situ monitoring of biofilm development on graphene oxide membrane using optical coherence tomography

      In an attempt to advance GO-based environmental applications, herein we probed the anti-biofouling properties and mechanisms of graphene oxide (GO) surface coating. A flexible and mechanically stable GO membrane was fabricated using vacuum filtration technique and its ability to inactivate bacterial growth and subsequent biofilm formation was investigated. Our preliminary results authenticate that the GO membrane, owing to its unique physicochemical surface properties, exhibits superior antibacterial activity against planktonic cell proliferation. An optical coherence tomography (OCT)-based nondestructive in situ monitoring of bacterial biofilm evolution and behavior revealed that the GO surface initially inhibited biofilm growth for 24 h under ...

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