Depolarization roperties of the normal human fovea

Wai Sze T. Lam, Russell A. Chipmana, Karen M. Twietmeyera, Yanming Zhouc, Kurt R. Denninghoff, A. E. Elsnerc, S. A. Burnsc

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Depolarization data is provided for several normal retinas. Mueller matrix images of normal human fovea were acquired with a custom imaging Mueller matrix retinal polarimeter (the GDx-MM) over a 9° field at 780nm and have been analyzed for depolarization index and the variation of degree of polarization with incident polarization state. The degree of polarization (DoP) was often above 50% and varied in complex ways as a function of the incident polarization states. The depolarization properties around the macula loosely correlated with the retardance image. High spatial frequency depolarizing structures were evident throughout the fovea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number716829
JournalProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
StatePublished - 2009
EventOptical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedicine XIII - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 26 2009Jan 28 2009


  • Degree of polarization
  • Depolarization
  • DoP map
  • Mueller matrix
  • Retina

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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