Novel Components, Systems and Subsystems for Biomedical Imaging
In the last 20 years, Optical Coherence Technology (OCT) has emerged from the laboratory to become an increasingly important biomedical imaging modality, being widely adopted in ophthalmology for diagnosing problems with the retina. Next generation OCT systems with improved resolution, faster imaging, and increased depth penetration are emerging. These OCT systems require the development of commercially viable next generation components and subsystems. The aim of the project is to identify and develop commercially the components and subsystems required for these next generation OCT systems. The project will involve: - In-depth analysis of current research trends in OCT with the aim of identifying key components and sub-systems which are not available commercially and will be required for next generation OCT systems. - The development and characterization of wideband components and sub-assemblies (including interferometers, delay lines, spectrometers and balanced detectors) aimed at new developments such as ultra-high resolution OCT. - The development and characterization of wideband Polarisation Maintaining (PM) fibre-optic components and sub-assemblies for polarization sensitive OCT (PS-OCT) systems. - Development of high speed and high performance balanced detection systems to enable resolution/depth improvements in swept source OCT systems. - Electronics and software for control, measurement and image/data processing algorithms. The project will involve work in both optical and electronic design.