APL – OP01

The APL-OP01 OCT phantom is a device to qualitatively and quantitatively characterize the performance of an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) system, including spatially varying resolution, sensitivity, distortion and scan linearity. The phantom contains four geometrical patterns inscribed within a substrate to form localized refractive index changes.

The 4 test patterns are from left to right:

  • Point Spread Function
  • Sensitivity
  • Lateral resolution
  • Distortion

Each of the 4 patterns has different features but they all contain 8 layers. In each pattern, the first layer is located 100µm below the surface of the substrate and the separation between each subsequent layer is 75µm. So the bottom layer is 625µm from the top surface of the substrate.

OCT pahntom patterns

Optical Coherence Tomography ( OCT )

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive optical imaging modality that provides real-time, 3D images with micron-level resolution and millimeters of imaging depth. OCT images consist of structural information from a sample based on light backscattered from different layers of material within the sample. The non-invasive nature of OCT makes it well suited for imaging samples such as biological tissue e.g. retinal scanning but its is also used to produce high resolution 3D images of materials.

Technical Specification
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  • Four different patterns in one small slide gives comprehensive assessment of your OCT instrumentation
  • Patterns laser etched in silica for excellent stability so you can check for long term drift
  • Easy to transport or ship to different sites for use as transfer standard for machine to machine repeatability testing
  • Stable, repeatable characterisation for benchmarking so you can compare different instruments in a well controlled and comprehensive way
  • Instrument training aid - include reliable, measurable features in technician training programmes
  • Transfer standard for multi-instrument trials - ensure good agreement across multiple sites
  • R&D - useful way to validate design improvements against existing products and competitors
  • QA testing - stable and repeatable pattern for long term consistency of build
  • Product assessment - when you buy a new instrument be sure you make the best decision by conducting a detailed analysis


    10 grams (300 grams in storage box)

    Dimensions of mount

    40 x 40 x 3 mm

    Mount material

    Aluminium alloy (anodised)

    Dimensions of substrate

    25 x 30 x 2 mm

    Substrate material


    Refractive index of substrate


    Dimensional Tolerance

    +/- 2 µm within recommended area

    Lateral width of lines

    < 2 µm

Part number Description
APL – OP01 OCT phantom consisting of 4 test patterns Point Spread Function, Sensitivity, Lateral resolution and Distortion. Supplied in wooden storage box.