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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 20 — Sep. 28, 2009
  • pp: 17874–17887

Classical low-coherence interferometry based on broadband parametric fluorescence and amplification

Julien Le Gouët, Dheera Venkatraman, Franco N. C. Wong, and Jeffrey H. Shapiro  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 20, pp. 17874-17887 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.017874


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Abstract

We demonstrate that single-mode broadband amplified spontaneous parametric downconversion, combined with optical parametric amplification, can be used as a classical source of phase-sensitive cross-correlated beams. We first study the single spatial mode emission and the spectral brightness properties of the parametric fluorescence, produced in periodically poled MgO-doped lithium niobate. Using the same single-pass bulk-crystal configuration for a pulsed optical parametric amplifier, we achieve a gain of ~20 dB at an average pump power of 2W, and explain the pulse narrowing observed at the output of both parametric fluorescence and amplification in the regime of high gain. Combining these two nonlinear processes, we measured optical coherence tomography signals with standard InGaAs photodiodes, thus realizing the first classical interferometer based on amplified parametric fluorescence. The results suggest their utility for demonstrating phase-conjugate optical coherence tomography.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.5040) Nonlinear optics : Phase conjugation

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 24, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 14, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 16, 2009
Published: September 22, 2009

Virtual Issues
Vol. 4, Iss. 11 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Julien Le Gouët, Dheera Venkatraman, Franco N. C. Wong, and Jeffrey H. Shapiro, "Classical low-coherence interferometry based on broadband parametric fluorescence and amplification," Opt. Express 17, 17874-17887 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-20-17874


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