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    1. A 45° saw-dicing process applied to a glass substrate for wafer-level optical splitter fabrication for optical coherence tomography

      A 45° saw-dicing process applied to a glass substrate for wafer-level optical splitter fabrication for optical coherence tomography

      This paper reports on the development of a technology for the wafer-level fabrication of an optical Michelson interferometer, which is an essential component in a micro opto-electromechanical system (MOEMS) for a miniaturized optical coherence tomography (OCT) system. The MOEMS consists on a titanium dioxide/silicon dioxide dielectric beam splitter and chromium/gold micro-mirrors. These optical components are deposited on 45° tilted surfaces to allow the horizontal/vertical separation of the incident beam in the final micro-integrated system. The fabrication process consists of 45° saw dicing of a glass substrate and the subsequent deposition of dielectric multilayers and metal layers. The ...

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    2. Loose powder detection and surface characterization in selective laser sintering via optical coherence tomography

      Loose powder detection and surface characterization in selective laser sintering via optical coherence tomography

      Defects produced during selective laser sintering (SLS) are difficult to non-destructively detect after build completion without the use of X-ray-based methods. Overcoming this issue by assessing integrity on a layer-by-layer basis has become an area of significant interest for users of SLS apparatus. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is used in this study to detect surface texture and sub-surface powder, which is un-melted/insufficiently sintered, is known to be a common cause of poor part integrity and would prevent the use of SLS where applications dictate assurance of defect-free parts. To demonstrate the capability of the instrument and associated data-processing algorithms ...

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    3. MIT’s 10-Material 3D Printer Heading to Production?

      MIT’s 10-Material 3D Printer Heading to Production?

      In 2015, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) reported news that the lab had developed a unique multimaterial 3D printer capable of combining 10 different materials and integrating complex components, such as sensors and circuits, during the printing process. Perhaps most exciting was the fact that the system required only $7,000 in parts to build. Now, a bit of news has come across the wire indicating that MIT CSAIL’s MultiFab 3D printer may be going into production. he MultiFab 3D printer fabricates objects by jetting up to 10 different photopolymers through piezoelectric inkjet printheads, which ...

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    4. Apparatus and method for capturing a vital vascular fingerprint

      Apparatus and method for capturing a vital vascular fingerprint

      A method using optical coherence tomography to capture the microvascular network of the superficial layer of the finger skin for the purpose of fingerprint authentication and liveness detection. At the dermal papilla region, the vascular pattern follows the same pattern of the fingerprint and this vascular pattern forms a live vascular fingerprint. This live vascular fingerprint provides for ultrahigh security and a unique way for fingerprint-based personal verification. Because the system is based on blood flow, which only exists in a living person, the technique is robust against spoof attaching. After performing non-contact in-vivo imaging of a human fingertip, a ...

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    5. Visual abilities in two raptors with different ecology

      Visual abilities in two raptors with different ecology

      Differences in visual capabilities are known to reflect differences in foraging behaviour even among closely related species. Among birds, the foraging of diurnal raptors is assumed to be guided mainly by vision but their foraging tactics include both scavenging upon immobile prey and the aerial pursuit of highly mobile prey. We studied how visual capabilities differ between two diurnal raptor species of similar size; Harris's Hawks Parabuteo unicinctus , which take mobile prey, and Black Kites Milvus migrans , which are primarily carrion eaters. We measured visual acuity, foveal characteristics and visual fields in both species. Visual acuity was determined using ...

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    6. Characterization of Automotive Paint by Optical Coherence Tomography

      Characterization of Automotive Paint by Optical Coherence Tomography

      Automotive paint is a common trace evidence that plays a significant role in many vehicle-related criminal cases. However, the conventional methods of obtaining tomographic images tend to damage the samples. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a novel method to obtain high-resolution, and cross-sectional images of the automotive paints in a non-destructive, and high-speed manner. In this study, OCT was applied to image and analyze the automotive paint, using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) as reference. Eight automotive paint samples of different brands were examined. The images of multi-layer structures provided by OCT system with 5 μm depth resolution were consistent with ...

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    7. Improved non-invasive Optical Coherence Tomography detection of different engineered nanoparticles in food-mimicking matrices

      Improved non-invasive Optical Coherence Tomography detection of different engineered nanoparticles in food-mimicking matrices

      Food industry and regulators require fast and reliable analytical methods for quality control. This especially counts for the detection of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in food products. Respective EU regulation is in force, but the development of appropriate methods is still underway. This paper updates the scope of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for ENM/food matrix analysis. A range of nanomaterials and composites – Au@SiO 2 , Ag, Ag@SiO 2 and SiO 2 – in a simplified food matrix was investigated. The earlier finding of linear dependencies between concentration in the dispersion and light responses could be reproduced. Being able to analyse ...

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    8. Analyzing the Evolution of Membrane Fouling via a Novel Method Based on 3D Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging

      Analyzing the Evolution of Membrane Fouling via a Novel Method Based on 3D Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging

      The development of novel tools for studying the fouling behavior during membrane processes is critical. This work explored optical coherence tomography (OCT) to quantitatively interpret the formation of a cake layer during a membrane process; the quantitative analysis was based on a novel image processing method that was able to precisely resolve the 3D structure of the cake layer on a micron scale. Fouling experiments were carried out with foulants having different physicochemical characteristics (silica nanoparticles and bentonite particles). The cake layers formed at a series of times were digitalized using the OCT-based characterization. The specific deposit (cake volume/membrane ...

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    9. Microrheology of complex fluids

      Microrheology of complex fluids

      The field of microrheology is concerned with how materials store and dissipate mechanical energy as a function of length scale. Recent developments in the theory and instrumentation of the microrheology of complex fluids are reviewed. Equal emphasis is given to the physical phenomena probed, advances in instrumentation, and specific experimental systems in which this field has already had an impact. The inversion of the compliance data, measurement of sample heterogeneity, high frequency viscoelasticity, effects of shear flow, single molecule experiments, surface viscoelasticity and time evolution studies are considered. The techniques highlighted include particle tracking microrheology, diffusing wave spectroscopy, laser tracking ...

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    10. Optical teardown of a Kindle Paperwhite display by OCT.

      Optical teardown of a Kindle Paperwhite display by OCT.

      An optical teardown, or reverse engineering, of an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite electrophoretic display was performed by Optical Coherence Tomography at 1060 nm. The display incorporates an optical diffuser, lightguide and scattering layers for white light illumination, capacitive touch sensing, and an electrophoretic display. All these layers can be imaged by OCT as well as the thin film transistor array on the back side for driving the pixels. Phase sensitive OCT is used to measure motion of the pigment particles as the display changes between black and white.

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    11. Automated spoof-detection for fingerprints using optical coherence tomography

      Automated spoof-detection for fingerprints using optical coherence tomography

      Fingerprint recognition systems are prevalent in high-security applications. As a result, the act of spoofing these systems with artificial fingerprints is of increasing concern. This research presents an automatic means for spoof-detection using optical coherence tomography (OCT). This technology is able to capture a 3D representation of the internal structure of the skin and is thus not limited to a 2D surface scan. The additional information afforded by this representation means that accurate spoof-detection can be achieved. Two features were extracted to detect the presence of (1) an additional thin layer on the surface of the skin and (2) a ...

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    12. Optical coherence elastography for human finger-pad skin deformation studies

      Optical coherence elastography for human finger-pad skin deformation studies

      An optical coherence tomography (OCT) system with an A-scan rate of 20 kHz was developed for measuring the biomechanical properties of human finger-pad skin. Such an OCT system operates at a center wavelength of 890 nm with a spectral bandwidth of 150 nm resulting in a very good axial resolution of 2.6 μm. The measured sensitivity and sensitivity roll-off of the system were ~93 dB and ~6 dB mm -1 , respectively. Elastographic B-scan images of the human finger-pad skin were constructed by using 1000 A-scans. Deformations of the human finger-pad before and after sliding, while pressed against a transparent ...

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    13. Response of simulated drinking water biofilm mechanical and structural properties to long-term disinfectant exposure

      Response of simulated drinking water biofilm mechanical and structural properties to long-term disinfectant exposure

      Mechanical and structural properties of biofilms influence the accumulation and release of pathogens in drinking water distribution systems (DWDS). Thus, understanding how long-term residual disinfectants exposure affects biofilm mechanical and structural properties is a necessary aspect for pathogen risk assessment and control. In this study, elastic modulus and structure of groundwater biofilms was monitored by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) during three months of exposure to monochloramine or free chlorine. After the first month of disinfectant exposure, the mean stiffness of monochloramine or free chlorine treated biofilms was 4 to 9 times higher than those before ...

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    14. The Application of Full-Field Optical Coherence Tomography on Evaluating Film Coating of Pharmaceutical Pellets

      The Application of Full-Field Optical Coherence Tomography on Evaluating Film Coating of Pharmaceutical Pellets

      This paper focuses on the application of full-field optical coherence tomography (FF-OCT) imaging on quantifying coating thickness and characterizing coating structures of two layer pharmaceutical pellets. This FF-OCT system used aninexpensive infrared light-emitting diode (LED) as the opticalsource and a commercial high speed complementary metal-oxidesemiconductor (CMOS) camera as the detector. A total volume of700 × 50 × 200 μm3 (x-y-z) were imaged by using the FF-OCTdevice. A high spatial resolution of 4.0 × 5.0 μm2 (axial × lateral)was achieved. In the cross-sectional image the internal structuredetails can be clearly observed and in particular particle-likefeatures can be clearly ...

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    15. Fingerprint Matching with Optical Coherence Tomography

      Fingerprint Matching with Optical Coherence Tomography

      Fingerprint recognition is an important security technique with a steadily growing usage for the identification and verification of individuals. However, current fingerprint acquisition systems have certain disadvantages, which include the requirements of physical contact with the acquisition device, and the presence of undesirable artefacts, such as scars, on the surface of the fingerprint. This paper evaluates the accuracy of a complete framework for the capturing of undamaged, undistorted fingerprints from below the skins surface using optical coherence tomography hardware, the extraction and conversion of the subsurface data into a usable fingerprint and the matching of such fingerprints. The ability of ...

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    16. Study on internal to surface fingerprint correlation using optical coherence tomography and internal fingerprint extraction

      Study on internal to surface fingerprint correlation using optical coherence tomography and internal fingerprint extraction

      Surface fingerprint scanners are limited to a two-dimensional representation of the fingerprint topography, and thus, are vulnerable to fingerprint damage, distortion, and counterfeiting. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) scanners are able to image (in three dimensions) the internal structure of the fingertip skin. Techniques for obtaining the internal fingerprint from OCT scans have since been developed. This research presents an internal fingerprint extraction algorithm designed to extract high-quality internal fingerprints from touchless OCT fingertip scans. Furthermore, it serves as a correlation study between surface and internal fingerprints. Provided the scanned region contains sufficient fingerprint information, correlation to the surface topography is ...

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    17. BitFlow plays crucial role in new fingerprint imaging system design

      BitFlow plays crucial role in new fingerprint imaging system design

      - BitFlow, Inc. announced that it designed a key component of a new fingerprint imaging system that can look underneath the finger’s skin to identify an individual quickly and accurately. The fingerprint system was engineered by two scientists from The Langevin Institute in Paris. Egidijus Auksorius, postdoctoral researcher, and Claude Boccara, a professor who specializes in scientific instruments. The system captures “ internal fingerprints ” which share the same topographical features as external fingerprints, but are about half a millimeter below the skin’s surface. The machine can also capture image sweat pores, which provides additional means of identification. The fingerprint imaging ...

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    18. This innovative fingerprint scanner can discern fake fingerprints from real ones

      This innovative fingerprint scanner can discern fake fingerprints from real ones

      Beware evil villains and career crooks, the machine vision technology company BitFlow just developed a revolutionary fingerprint scanner capable of discerning fake fingerprints from real ones. Whereas typical fingerprint scanners are fairly simple to fool , BitFlow’s new tech scraps the traditional process of photo scanning in favor of a method which actually looks inside a person’s finger. Time to throw out all that Play-Doh you had reserved for shady fingerprint forgery. Developed in conjunction with scientists at the Langevin Institute in Paris, France, the innovative new scanner quickly and accurately captures, what the team calls, a person’s ...

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    19. Assessing the influence of biofilm surface roughness on mass transfer by combining optical coherence tomography and two-dimensional modeling

      Assessing the influence of biofilm surface roughness on mass transfer by combining optical coherence tomography and two-dimensional modeling

      Imaging and modeling are two major approaches in biofilm research to understand the physical and biochemical processes involved in biofilm development. However, they are often used separately. In this study we combined these two approaches to investigate substrate mass transfer and mass flux. Cross-sectional biofilm images were acquired by means of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for biofilms grown on carriers. A 2D biofilm model was developed incorporating OCT images as well as a simplified biofilm geometry serving as structural templates. The model incorporated fluid flow, substrate transfer and biochemical conversion of substrates and simulated the hydrodynamics surrounding the biofilm structure ...

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    20. Live Acquisition of Internal Fingerprint with Automated Detection of Subsurface Layers Using OCT

      Live Acquisition of Internal Fingerprint with Automated Detection of Subsurface Layers Using OCT

      Recently, optical coherence tomography (OCT) was introduced as a novel fingerprint scanning technique. This approach is resistant to fake fingerprint attacks, and is robust against poor fingertip conditions – i.e., wet or stained fingers. The method proceeds by scanning a fingertip in three dimensions and capturing a fingerprint from the subsurface layer. Although OCT has the potential to be widely used as a new standard in fingerprint scanning, it is hindered by its low scanning speed and the lack of computing power available for reproducing raw OCT data into images in real-time; for instance, this process can take minutes to ...

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    21. Efficient internal and surface fingerprint extraction and blending using optical coherence tomography

      Efficient internal and surface fingerprint extraction and blending using optical coherence tomography

      Optical coherence tomography provides a 3D representation of fingertip skin where surface and internal fingerprints are found. These fingerprints are topographically identical. However, the surface skin is prone to damage, distortion, and spoofing; and the internal fingerprint is difficult to access and extract. This research presents a novel scaling-resolution approach to fingerprint zone detection and extraction. Furthermore, a local-quality-based blending procedure is also proposed. The accuracy of the zone-detection algorithm is comparable to an earlier work, yielding a mean-squared error of 25.9 and structural similarity of 95.8% (compared to a ground-truth estimate). Blending the surface and internal fingerprints ...

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    22. Photonic Imaging with Optical Coherence Tomography for Quality Monitoring in the Poultry Industry: a Preliminary Study

      Photonic Imaging with Optical Coherence Tomography for Quality Monitoring in the Poultry Industry: a Preliminary Study

      A photonic imaging method that gives the possibility to measure egg quality was applied. Since the method is non-contact and non-destructive we believe that this photonic imaging method may be successfully integrated in the automated inspection systems in the poultry industry. The method involves scanning an invisible infrared light beam over the eggshell, allowing to detect possible cracks and reveal information about the structure of the eggshell. The high resolution, high quality measurements obtained through optical coherence tomography (OCT) make it feasible to be utilized as part of an automated inspection system. In this paper we present an OCT scan ...

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    23. Non-destructive cross-sectional imaging of tomato using ultra-high resolution optical coherence tomography

      Non-destructive cross-sectional imaging of tomato using ultra-high resolution optical coherence tomography

      Optical coherence tomography is an optical imaging technique that performs non-destructive cross-sectional imaging of micrometer-scale structures in samples. In this report, we demonstrated the visualization of inner structures in tomato fruits and leaves with ultra-high resolution optical coherence tomography (UHR-OCT) using fiber based laser source with ultra-broadband continuous spectrum around 1.7 μm wavelength. We confirmed that our UHR-OCT system allows us to perform cross-sectional imaging of tomato fruits and leaves at ∼ 2.8 μm axial resolution.

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    24. Characterising kiwifruit (Actinidia sp.) near skin cellular structures using optical coherence tomography

      Characterising kiwifruit (Actinidia sp.) near skin cellular structures using optical coherence tomography

      Pre-harvest growing conditions during the development of fruit have impacts on fruit quality at the time of harvest and during storage. These impacts may result in differences in the skin properties of the fruit and some sub-surface cellular structural changes, which have potential effects on postharvest fruit quality and storability. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-destructive imaging method that enables acquisition of three-dimensional (3D) images of sub-surface structures of semi-transparent and turbid objects. This technology is a potential tool to provide new information about the structural nature of horticulture products. This work used five commercial kiwifruit cultivars, ‘G3’, ‘G9 ...

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