Dichroism is a material property that causes anisotropic light-matter interactions for different optical polarizations. Dichroism relates to molecular types and material morphology and thus can be used to distinguish different dichroic tissues. In this paper, we present single-shot dichroism photoacoustic microscopy that can image tissue structure, linear dichroism, and polarization angle with a single raster scanning. We develop a fiber-based laser system to split one laser pulse into three with different polarization angles, sub-microseconds time delay, and identical pulse energy. A dual-fiber optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy system is developed to acquire three A-lines per scanning step. In such a way, dichroism imaging can achieve the same speed as single-wavelength photoacoustic microscopy. Moreover, the three polarized pulses originate from one laser pulse, which decreases pulse energy fluctuations and reduces dichroism measurement noise by ∼35 %. The new dichroism photoacoustic imaging technique can be used to image endogenous or exogenous polarization-dependent absorption contrasts, such as dichroic tumor or molecule-labeled tissue.
- Linear dichroism
- Photoacoustic microscopy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging