Low-Coherence Shearing Interferometry With Constant Off-Axis Angle

Rongli Guo*, Itay Barnea, Natan T. Shaked

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We present a wide-field interferometric imaging module for biomedical and metrological measurements, employing shearing interferometry with constant off-axis angle (SICA) that can work, for the first time, with a low-coherence light source. In the SICA module, the shearing distance between the interfering beams can be fully controlled without a direct relation with the off-axis angle. In contrast to our previous SICA module, here we use a low-coherence illumination source, providing quantitative phase profiles with significantly lower spatial coherent noise. Although a low-coherence source is used, we obtain off-axis interference on the entire camera sensor, where the optical path difference between the two beams is compensated by using a glass window positioned in the confocal plane. This highly stable, common-path, low-coherence, single-shot interferometric module can be used as an add-on unit to a conventional bright-field microscope illuminated by a low-coherence source. We demonstrate the advantages of using the module by quantitative phase imaging of a polymer bead, fluctuations in a human white blood cell, and dynamics of human sperm cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article number611679
JournalFrontiers in Physics
StatePublished - 18 Feb 2021


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Horizon 2020 Framework Programme678316


    • digital holography
    • low-coherence interferometry
    • microscopic imaging
    • quantitative phase imaging
    • shearing interferometry


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