Polarization contrast optical diffraction tomography

Jos van Rooij*, Jeroen Kalkman

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We demonstrate large scale polarization contrast optical diffraction tomography (ODT). In cross-polarized sample arm detection configuration we determine, from the amplitude of the optical wavefield, a relative measure of the birefringence projection. In parallel-polarized sample arm detection configuration we image the conventional phase projection. For off-axis sample placement we observe for polarization contrast ODT, similar as for phase contrast ODT, a strongly reduced noise contribution. In the limit of small birefringence phase shift δ we demonstrate tomographic reconstruction of polarization contrast images into a full 3D image of an optically cleared zebrafish. The polarization contrast ODT reconstruction shows muscular zebrafish tissue, which cannot be visualized in conventional phase contrast ODT. Polarization contrast ODT images of the zebrafish show a much higher signal to noise ratio (SNR) than the corresponding phase contrast images, SNR=73 and SNR=15, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2109-2121
JournalBiomedical Optics Express
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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