Optical coherence tomography of multilayer tissue based on the dynamical stochastic fringe processing

Erkki Alarousu*, Igor Gurov, Jukka Hast, Risto Myllyla, Alexey Zakharov

*Corresponding author for this work

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Interferometers with a low-coherent illumination allow non-contact measuring the rough surface relief or multilayer tissues by locating the visibility maxima of interference fringes. The problem is the light scattering by the surface to be evaluated; it is why the interference fringes are often distorted. Other problem consists in the need to process large amount of data obtained in optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems. We propose to use a stochastic fringe model and Kalman filtering method for noisy low-coherent fringe processing. A fringe signal value is predicted at the next discretization step using full information available before this step and the prediction error is used for dynamic correction of fringe envelope and phase. The advantages of Kalman filtering method consist in its noise-immunity, high-speed data processing and optimal evaluation of fringe parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-20
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Lasers, Applications, and Technologies 2002: Laser Applications in Medicine, Biology, and Environmental Science - Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: Jun 22 2002Jun 27 2002


  • Envelope maximum position
  • Fringe phase recovery
  • Low-coherence interferometry
  • Nonlinear Kalman filtering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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