OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 5 — Feb. 27, 2012
  • pp: 4887–4892

IR microscopy utilizing intense supercontinuum light source

Sune Dupont, Christian Petersen, Jan Thøgersen, Christian Agger, Ole Bang, and Søren Rud Keiding  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 5, pp. 4887-4892 (2012)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (849 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



Combining the molecular specificity of the infrared spectral region with high resolution microscopy has been pursued by researchers for decades. Here we demonstrate infrared supercontinuum radiated from an optical fiber as a promising new light source for infrared microspectroscopy. The supercontinuum light source has a high brightness and spans the infrared region from 1400 nm to 4000 nm. This combination allows contact free high resolution hyper spectral infrared microscopy. The microscope is demonstrated by imaging an oil/water sample with 20 μm resolution.

© 2012 OSA

OCIS Codes
(110.2350) Imaging systems : Fiber optics imaging
(180.0180) Microscopy : Microscopy
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:

Original Manuscript: December 7, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 8, 2012
Published: February 13, 2012

Virtual Issues
Vol. 7, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Sune Dupont, Christian Petersen, Jan Thøgersen, Christian Agger, Ole Bang, and Søren Rud Keiding, "IR microscopy utilizing intense supercontinuum light source," Opt. Express 20, 4887-4892 (2012)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. H. Humecki, Practical Applications of Infrared Microspectroscopy (Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1995).
  2. J. T. Sage, Y. B. Zhang, J. McGeehan, R. B. G. Ravelli, M. Weik, and J. J. van Thor, “Infrared protein crystallography,” Biochim. Biophys. Acta1814, 760–777 (2011). [PubMed]
  3. J. E. Katon, A. J. Sommer, and P. L. Lang, “Infrared microspectroscopy,” Appl. Spectrosc. Rev.25, 173–211 (1990).
  4. J. A. Reffner, P. A. Martoglio, and G. P. Williams, “Fourier transform infrared microscopical analysis with synchrotron radiation: The microscope optics and system performance (invited),” Rev. Sci. Instrum.66, 1298–1302 (1995). [CrossRef]
  5. H. Imam, “Broad as a lamp, bright as a laser,” Nat. Photonics2, 26–28 (2008). [CrossRef]
  6. S. A. Diddams, D. J. Jones, J. Ye, J. L. Hall, J. K. Ranka, R. S. Windeler, R. Holzwarth, T. Udem, and T. W. Hänsch, “Direct link between microwave and optical frequencies with a 300 THz femtosecond laser comb,” Phys. Rev. Lett.84, 5102–5105 (2000). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  7. M. J. Thorpe, K. D. Moll, R. J. Jones, B. Safdi, and J. Ye, “Broadband cavity ringdown spectroscopy for sensitive and rapid molecular detection,” Science311, 1595–1599 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  8. H. N. Paulsen, K. M. Hillingsø, J. Thøgersen, S. R. Keiding, and J. J. Larsen, “Coherent anti-stokes raman scattering microscopy with a photonic crystal fiber based light source,” Opt. Lett.28, 1123–1125 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  9. R. Borlinghaus, Optical Fluorescence Microscopy - From the Spectral to the Nano Dimension (Springer Verlag, 2011).
  10. C. Xia, M. Kumar, O. P. Kulkarni, M. N. Islam, F. L. Terry, M. J. Freeman, M. Poulain, and G. Maze, “Mid-infrared supercontinuum generation to 4.5 μm in zblan fluoride fibers by nanosecond diode pumping,” Opt. Lett.31, 2553–2555 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  11. O. P. Kulkarni, V. V. Alexander, M. Kumar, M. J. Freeman, M. N. Islam, J. F. L. Terry, M. Neelakandan, and A. Chan, “Supercontinuum generation from ∼1.9 to 4.5 μm in ZBLAN fiber with high average power generation beyond 3.8 μm using a thulium-doped fiber amplifier,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B28, 2486–2498 (2011). [CrossRef]
  12. J. Mandon, E. Sorokin, I. Sorokina, G. Guelachvili, and N. Picque, “Supercontinua for high-resolution absorption multiplex infrared spectroscopy,” Opt. Lett.33, 285–287 (2008). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  13. J. M. Dudley, G. Genty, and S. Coen, “Supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fiber,” Rev. Mod. Phys.78, 1135–1184 (2006). [CrossRef]
  14. R. R. Alfano and S. L. Shapiro, “Emission in region 4000 to 7000 å via 4-photon coupling in glass,” Phys. Rev. Lett.24, 584–586 (1970). [CrossRef]
  15. W. J. Wadsworth, A. Ortigosa-Blanch, J. C. Knight, T. A. Birks, T. P. Martin Man, and P. S. J. Russell, “Supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fibers and optical fiber tapers: a novel light source,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B19, 2148–2155 (2002). [CrossRef]
  16. N. Savage, “Supercontinuum sources,” Nat. Photonics3, 114–115 (2009).
  17. E. N. Lewis, P. J. Treado, R. C. Reeder, G. M. Story, A. E. Dowrey, C. Marcott, and I. W. Levin, “Fourier transform spectroscopic imaging using an infrared focal-plane array detector,” Anal. Chem.67, 3377–3381 (1995). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  18. L. M. Miller and R. J. Smith, “Synchrotrons versus globars, point-detectors versus focal plane arrays: Selecting the best source and detector for specific infrared microspectroscopy and imaging applications,” Vib. Spectrosc.38, 237–240 (2005). [CrossRef]
  19. A. J. Sommer, L. G. Tisinger, C. Marcott, and G. M. Story, “Attenuated total internal reflection infrared mapping microspectroscopy using an imaging microscope,” Appl. Spectrosc.55, 252–256 (2001). [CrossRef]
  20. W. D. Duncan and G. P. Williams, “Infrared synchrotron radiation from electron storage rings,” Appl. Opt.22, 2914–2923 (1983). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  21. F. Gan, “Optical properties of fluoride glasses: a review,” J. Non-Cryst. Solids184, 9–20 (1995). [CrossRef]
  22. http://refractiveindex.info/ .
  23. K. L. Corwin, N. R. Newbury, J. M. Dudley, S. Coen, S. A. Diddams, K. Weber, and R. S. Windeler, “Fundamental noise limitations to supercontinuum generation in microstructure fiber,” Phys. Rev. Lett.90, 113904 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  24. T. M. Monro and H. Ebendorf-Heidepriem, “Progress in microstructured optical fibers,” Annu. Rev. Mater. Res.36, 467–495 (2006). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3
Fig. 4

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited