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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 17 — Aug. 25, 2014
  • pp: 20138–20143

Noise characterization of broadband fiber Cherenkov radiation as a visible-wavelength source for optical coherence tomography and two-photon fluorescence microscopy

Haohua Tu, Youbo Zhao, Yuan Liu, Yuan-Zhi Liu, and Stephen Boppart  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 17, pp. 20138-20143 (2014)

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Optical sources in the visible region immediately adjacent to the near-infrared biological optical window are preferred in imaging techniques such as spectroscopic optical coherence tomography of endogenous absorptive molecules and two-photon fluorescence microscopy of intrinsic fluorophores. However, existing sources based on fiber supercontinuum generation are known to have high relative intensity noise and low spectral coherence, which may degrade imaging performance. Here we compare the optical noise and pulse compressibility of three high-power fiber Cherenkov radiation sources developed recently, and evaluate their potential to replace the existing supercontinuum sources in these imaging techniques.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(180.1655) Microscopy : Coherence tomography
(180.4315) Microscopy : Nonlinear microscopy
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics

Original Manuscript: June 30, 2014
Revised Manuscript: August 2, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: August 3, 2014
Published: August 12, 2014

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Haohua Tu, Youbo Zhao, Yuan Liu, Yuan-Zhi Liu, and Stephen Boppart, "Noise characterization of broadband fiber Cherenkov radiation as a visible-wavelength source for optical coherence tomography and two-photon fluorescence microscopy," Opt. Express 22, 20138-20143 (2014)

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