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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 14 — Jul. 7, 2008
  • pp: 10572–10579

Compact Er:Yb:glass-laser-based supercontinuum source for high-resolution optical coherence tomography

M. C. Stumpf, S. C. Zeller, A. Schlatter, T. Okuno, T. Südmeyer, and U. Keller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 14, pp. 10572-10579 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.010572


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Abstract

We present a low coherence light source by direct supercontinuum generation from a diode-pumped, passively modelocked Er:Yb:glass-laser, which generates 198 fs transform-limited pulses with an average power of 100 mW at a repetition rate of 75 MHz. The pulse train is launched into a dispersion optimized highly nonlinear fiber for spectral broadening. The optical bandwidth spans from 1150 nm to 2400 nm, which is more than one octave. The potential for ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT) is demonstrated by coherence measurements supporting an axial resolution of 3.5 µm in air.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.7140) Fiber optics and optical communications : Ultrafast processes in fibers
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

History
Original Manuscript: April 8, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 27, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 28, 2008
Published: July 1, 2008

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Vol. 3, Iss. 8 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
M. C. Stumpf, S. C. Zeller, A. Schlatter, T. Okuno, T. Südmeyer, and U. Keller, "Compact Er:Yb:glass-laser-based supercontinuum source for high-resolution optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 16, 10572-10579 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-14-10572


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