Mid-infrared Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography with a pyroelectric linear array

Opt Express. 2018 Dec 10;26(25):33428-33439. doi: 10.1364/OE.26.033428.


Optical technology in the mid-infrared wavelength range is currently a rapidly developing field initiated by the availability of novel high-power and spatially coherent sources. Non-destructive testing techniques based on these sources are very promising for industrial and medical applications. However, there are still many engineering problems due to the technical challenges and high prices of the optical elements suitable for the mid-infrared region. In this paper, we report the development and performances of the first mid-infrared Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography based on a supercontinuum source and low-cost pyroelectric detector. The system is designed to operate in the spectral region around 4 μm. Experimental results are demonstrated for detections of embedded microstructures in ceramic materials and subsurface oil paint layers.