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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 2 — Jan. 16, 2012
  • pp: 835–844

Multiplex Raman induced Kerr effect microscopy

Brandon R. Bachler, Martin E. Fermann, and Jennifer P. Ogilvie  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 835-844 (2012)

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We report spectrally-resolved chemical imaging based on Raman induced Kerr effect spectroscopy (RIKES). When used with circularly-polarized pump excitation, multiplex RIKES offers the potential for spectrally-resolved imaging free of the nonresonant background that plagues coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering. RIKES does however have a highly sample-dependent birefringent background that limits its sensitivity and can introduce spectral distortions. We demonstrate that in low birefringence samples multiplex RIKES microscopy offers an enhanced signal-to-noise ratio compared to multiplex stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) when implemented in a high polarization-purity, low frequency chopping scheme.

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OCIS Codes
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy
(300.6300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, Fourier transforms
(300.6530) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, ultrafast
(300.6550) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, visible
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

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Original Manuscript: October 14, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 4, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 11, 2011
Published: January 3, 2012

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Brandon R. Bachler, Martin E. Fermann, and Jennifer P. Ogilvie, "Multiplex Raman induced Kerr effect microscopy," Opt. Express 20, 835-844 (2012)

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