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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 1996
  • pp: 1839–1841

Self-phase-modulated Kerr-lens mode-locked Cr:forsterite laser source for optical coherence tomography

B. E. Bouma, G. J. Tearney, I. P. Bilinsky, B. Golubovic, and J. G. Fujimoto  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 22, pp. 1839-1841 (1996)

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An all-solid-state Kerr-lens mode-locked Cr:forsterite laser operating at 1.28 μm is demonstrated as a shortcoherence-length, high-average-power source for optical coherence tomographic (OCT) imaging. We achieve ultrahigh resolution by spectrally broadening the laser pulses, using self-phase modulation in a dispersion-shifted single-mode fiber. OCT imaging with a resolution of 6 μm and a dynamic range of 115 dB is achieved.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: June 20, 1996
Published: November 15, 1996

B. E. Bouma, G. J. Tearney, I. P. Bilinsky, B. Golubovic, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Self-phase-modulated Kerr-lens mode-locked Cr:forsterite laser source for optical coherence tomography," Opt. Lett. 21, 1839-1841 (1996)

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