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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 22 — Oct. 27, 2008
  • pp: 18118–18130

Photon-counting optical coherence-domain reflectometry using superconducting singlephoton detectors

Nishant Mohan, Olga Minaeva, Gregory N. Gol’tsman, Magued B. Nasr, Bahaa E. A. Saleh, Alexander V. Sergienko, and Malvin C. Teich  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 22, pp. 18118-18130 (2008)

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We consider the use of single-photon counting detectors in coherence-domain imaging. Detectors operated in this mode exhibit reduced noise, which leads to increased sensitivity for weak light sources and weakly reflecting samples. In particular, we experimentally demonstrate the possibility of using superconducting single-photon detectors (SSPDs) for optical coherence-domain reflectometry (OCDR). These detectors are sensitive over the full spectral range that is useful for carrying out such imaging in biological samples. With counting rates as high as 100 MHz, SSPDs also offer a high rate of data acquisition if the light flux is sufficient.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.5260) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon counting
(040.5160) Detectors : Photodetectors
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: July 15, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 17, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 17, 2008
Published: October 22, 2008

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Vol. 3, Iss. 12 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Nishant Mohan, Olga Minaeva, Gregory N. Gol’tsman, Magued B. Nasr, Bahaa E. Saleh, Alexander V. Sergienko, and Malvin C. Teich, "Photon-counting optical coherence-domain reflectometry using superconducting single-photon detectors," Opt. Express 16, 18118-18130 (2008)

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