A compensation technique for reducing the effect of nonlinear optical frequency swept in an optical frequency-domain reflectometer (OFDR) is proposed. The instantaneous sweep optical frequency of an OFDR laser source is directly obtained by analysis of the interference signal from an auxiliary interferometer with a Hilbert transformation. Beating OFDR data from a main interferometer are regenerated with respect to the measured instantaneous optical frequency. We show that this technique dramatically improves the spatial resolution of a conventional OFDR and can be applied to an optical frequency-domain medical imaging system to eliminate the problem of a nonlinear frequency sweep effect.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 6, 2005
Revised Manuscript: July 26, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: July 29, 2005
Published: December 10, 2005
Vol. 1, Iss. 1 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics
Tae-Jung Ahn, Ji Yong Lee, and Dug Young Kim, "Suppression of nonlinear frequency sweep in an optical frequency-domain reflectometer by use of Hilbert transformation," Appl. Opt. 44, 7630-7634 (2005)