Mueller matrix retinal imager with optimized polarization conditions

K. M. Twietmeyer, R. A. Chipman, A. E. Elsner, Y. Zhao, D. VanNasdale

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A new Mueller matrix Polarimeter was used to image the retinas of normal subjects. Light from a linearly polarized 780 nm laser was passed through a system of variable retarders and scanned across the retina. Light returned from the eye passed through a second system of retarders and a polarizing beamsplitter to two confocal detection channels. Optimization of the Polarimetric data reduction matrix was via a condition number metric. The accuracy and repeatability of polarization parameter measurements were within ± 5%. The magnitudes and orientations of retardance and diattenuation, plus depolarization, were measured over 15° of retina for 15 normal eyes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21339-21354
Number of pages16
JournalOptics Express
Issue number26
StatePublished - Dec 22 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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