Single-shot linear dichroism optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy

Yingying Zhou, Jiangbo Chen, Chao Liu, Chengbo Liu, Puxiang Lai (Corresponding Author), Lidai Wang

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100148
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


  • Linear dichroism
  • Photoacoustic microscopy
  • Polarization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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