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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 24 — Aug. 20, 2002
  • pp: 5191–5194

Microscopic time-resolved two-dimensional imaging with a femtosecond amplifying optical Kerr gate

Takeshi Yasui, Kaoru Minoshima, Emmanuel Abraham, and Hirokazu Matsumoto  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 24, pp. 5191-5194 (2002)

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We demonstrate microscopic time-resolved two-dimensional (2D) imaging that is based on a femtosecond amplifying optical Kerr gate (fs-amp OKG). The contribution of the optical nonlinear effects to the transverse imaging performance and the limit of the transverse resolving power are investigated. The optical Kerr effect in the excited state with amplification, used in the fs-amp OKG, does not deteriorate the quality of the time-resolved image at transverse resolutions up to at least 5.5 µm. We obtain a femtosecond-time-resolved 2D image of a microscopic object with a transverse resolution of 1.7 µm.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(170.0180) Medical optics and biotechnology : Microscopy
(170.6920) Medical optics and biotechnology : Time-resolved imaging
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

Original Manuscript: January 22, 2002
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 2002
Published: August 20, 2002

Takeshi Yasui, Kaoru Minoshima, Emmanuel Abraham, and Hirokazu Matsumoto, "Microscopic time-resolved two-dimensional imaging with a femtosecond amplifying optical Kerr gate," Appl. Opt. 41, 5191-5194 (2002)

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