Dual-modulation, dual-wavelength, optical polarimetry system for glucose monitoring. Academic Article uri icon


  • A dual modulation optical polarimetry system utilizing both laser intensity and polarization modulation was designed, built, and tested. The system was designed to reduce complexity and enhance the speed in order to facilitate the reduction of motion-induced time-varying birefringence, which is one of the major limitations to the realization of polarimetry for glucose monitoring in the eye. The high-speed less complex technique was tested using in vitro phantom studies with and without motion artifact introduced. The glucose concentration ranged from 0 to 600mg/dl and the glucose measurements demonstrated a standard error of prediction to within 8.1mg/dl without motion and to within 13.9mg/dl with motion. Our feedback control systems took less than 10 ms to reach stabilization, which is adequately fast to eliminate the effect of time-varying birefringence. The results indicate that this new optical polarimetric approach has improved the speed and reduced the complexity, showing the potential for it to be used for noninvasive glucose measurements.

published proceedings

  • J Biomed Opt

author list (cited authors)

  • Yu, Z. F., Pirnstill, C. W., & Cot, G. L.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Yu, Zhen Fang||Pirnstill, Casey W||Coté, Gerard L

publication date

  • January 2016