We describe a technique for the quantitative characterization of endoscopic imaging fibers using an interference pattern as the standard object to be imaged. The visibility of the pattern at the other end of the fiber is then analyzed as wavelength and fringe period are varied. We demonstrate the use of the technique by comparing three fibers: two fabricated in-house from the same preform, designed to minimize inter-core coupling at visible wavelengths less than 650 nm, and a commercial imaging fiber. The techniques discussed are currently being used to optimize fibers for fluorescence bronchoscopy to be used in intensive care clinics.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics