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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2010
  • pp: 2919–2921

>400 kHz repetition rate wavelength-swept laser and application to high-speed optical frequency domain imaging

Wang-Yuhl Oh, Benjamin J. Vakoc, Milen Shishkov, Guillermo J. Tearney, and Brett E. Bouma  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 17, pp. 2919-2921 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.002919


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Abstract

We demonstrate a high-speed wavelength-swept laser with a tuning range of 104 nm ( 1228 1332 nm ) and a repetition rate of 403 kHz . The design of the laser utilizes a high-finesse polygon-based wavelength-scanning filter and a short-length unidirectional ring resonator. Optical frequency domain imaging of the human skin in vivo is presented using this laser, and the system shows sensitivity of higher than 98 dB with single-side ranging depth of 1.7 mm over 4 dB sensitivity roll-off.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2440) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Filters
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 16, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 29, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 29, 2010
Published: August 25, 2010

Virtual Issues
Vol. 5, Iss. 13 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Wang-Yuhl Oh, Benjamin J. Vakoc, Milen Shishkov, Guillermo J. Tearney, and Brett E. Bouma, ">400 kHz repetition rate wavelength-swept laser and application to high-speed optical frequency domain imaging," Opt. Lett. 35, 2919-2921 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-17-2919


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