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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2003
  • pp: 707–709

Compact, broad-bandwidth fiber laser for sub-2-μm axial resolution optical coherence tomography in the 1300-nm wavelength region

K. Bizheva, B. Považay, B. Hermann, H. Sattmann, W. Drexler, M. Mei, R. Holzwarth, T. Hoelzenbein, V. Wacheck, and H. Pehamberger  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 9, pp. 707-709 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.28.000707


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Abstract

A novel, compact, user friendly fiber laser with a broad emission bandwidth (MenloSystems, λ<sub>c</sub>=1375nm, Δλ=470nm, <i>P</i><sub>out</sub>=4mW) was used to achieve unprecedented sub-2-μm axial resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT) in nontransparent biological tissue in the 1300-nm wavelength region. Fresh human skin and arterial biopsies were imaged <i>ex vivo</i> with ~1.4-μm axial and ~3-μm lateral resolution and 95-dB sensitivity, demonstrating the great potential for clinical OCT applications of this stable, low-cost, and turn-on-key fiber laser.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(170.1650) Medical optics and biotechnology : Coherence imaging
(170.1870) Medical optics and biotechnology : Dermatology
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography

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K. Bizheva, B. Považay, B. Hermann, H. Sattmann, W. Drexler, M. Mei, R. Holzwarth, T. Hoelzenbein, V. Wacheck, and H. Pehamberger, "Compact, broad-bandwidth fiber laser for sub-2-μm axial resolution optical coherence tomography in the 1300-nm wavelength region," Opt. Lett. 28, 707-709 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-9-707


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