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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2006
  • pp: 1328–1330

Tunable light source for coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microspectroscopy based on the soliton self-frequency shift

Esben Ravn Andresen, Victoria Birkedal, Jan Thøgersen, and Søren Rud Keiding  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 9, pp. 1328-1330 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.001328


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Abstract

We present a photonic crystal fiber (PCF)-based light source for generating tunable excitation pulses (pump and Stokes) that are applicable to coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microspectroscopy. The laser employed is an unamplified Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser oscillator. The CARS pump pulse is generated by spectral compression of a laser pulse in a PCF. The Stokes pulse is generated by redshifting a laser pulse in a PCF through the soliton self-frequency shift. This setup allows for probing up to 4000 cm 1 with a spectral resolution of approximately 25 cm 1 . We characterize the stability and robustness of CARS microspectroscopy employing this light source.

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OCIS Codes
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(180.5810) Microscopy : Scanning microscopy
(300.6230) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering

ToC Category:
Spectroscopy

History
Original Manuscript: November 4, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: January 12, 2006

Virtual Issues
Vol. 1, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Esben Ravn Andresen, Victoria Birkedal, Jan Thøgersen, and Søren Rud Keiding, "Tunable light source for coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microspectroscopy based on the soliton self-frequency shift," Opt. Lett. 31, 1328-1330 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-9-1328


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