Low coherence interferometer for sensing retardance change during neural activity

Muhammad K. Al-Kaisi, David Landowne, Taner Akkin

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Abstract

A variety of optical measurements, including retardance/birefringence change, have revealed transient optical and structural changes associated with action potential propagation. Those changes can be understood better by developing new techniques and improving the current approaches. To detect transient retardance changes in a stimulated nerve, we propose a differential phase technique utilizing two orthogonal polarization channels of a polarization-maintaining fiber based interferometer. The superior sensitivity of the system (10.4 pm) is promising to achieve a non-contact optical measurement of action potential propagation in reflection mode, and to study the transient retardance changes during neural activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009
Pages6318-6320
Number of pages3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Event31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Sep 2 2009Sep 6 2009

Other

Other31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period9/2/099/6/09

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

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