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Title: A study of the application of adaptive optics (AO) in optical coherence tomography (OCT) and confocal microscopy for the purpose of high resolution imaging
Author: Costa, Christopher
ISNI:       0000 0004 5918 2566
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2016
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A problem is presented when imaging the eye in that optical aberrations are introduced by tissues of the anterior eye such as the cornea and lens. Adaptive optics (AO) and scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO) have been combined to detect and compensate for these aberrations through the use of one or more correcting devices. Di erent corrector options exist, such as a liquid crystal lens or a deformable mirror (DM), such as that used in this thesis. This study seeks to use the ability of the DM to add focus/defocus aberrations to the closed loop AO system. This procedure could allow for dynamic focus control during generation of B-scan images using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), where typically this is only possible using slower time domain techniques. The confocal gate scanning is controlled using the focus altering aberrations created by changing the shape of the deformable mirror. Using the novel master-slave interferometry method, multiple live en-face images can be acquired simultaneously. In this thesis, application of this method to an AO system is presented whereby en-face images may be acquired at multiple depths simultaneously. As an extension to this research, an OCT despeckle method is demonstrated. Further to this work is the investigation of the role in AO for optimisation of optical systems without the requirement for direct aberration measurement. Towards this end, genetic algorithms (GA) may be employed to control the DM in an iterative process to improve the coupling of light into fibre.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QC355 Optics