Optical coherence tomography (OCT), as an interferometric method, has been studied as a distance ranger. As a
technology capable of producing high-resolution, depth-resolved images of biological tissue, OCT had been widely used for the application of ophthalmology and has been commercialized in the market today. Enlightened by the emerging research interest in biomedical domain, the applications of OCT in industrial inspection were rejuvenated by a few groups to explore its potential for characterizing new materials, imaging or inspecting industrial parts as a service solution. Benefiting from novel photonics components and devices, the industrial application of the older concepts in OCT can be re-visited with respect to the unique performance and availability. Commercial OCT developers such as Michelson Diagnostics (MDL; Orpington, U.K.) and Thorlabs (Newton, NJ) are actively exploring the application of OCT to industrial applications and they have outlined meaningful path toward the metrology application in emerging industry. In this chapter, we will introduce the fundamental concepts of OCT and discuss its current and potential industrial applications.
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Guiju Song and Kevin Harding
OCT for industrial applications
", Proc. SPIE 8563, Optical Metrology and Inspection for Industrial Applications II, 85630N (November 20, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.2000462; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2000462