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)