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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2008
  • pp: 34–36

Single-body lensed photonic crystal fibers as side-viewing probes for optical imaging systems

Hae Young Choi, Seon Young Ryu, Jihoon Na, Byeong Ha Lee, Ik-Bu Sohn, Young-Chul Noh, and Jongmin Lee  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp. 34-36 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.000034


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Abstract

We report the fabrication and performance of a lensed photonic crystal fiber (PCF) designed as a compact but effective side-viewing optical imaging probe. The lensed-PCF probe was implemented in a single body without using any other fibers or additional optics. The beam expansion region and a focusing ball lens, necessary for a focuser, were simultaneously formed along a small piece of PCF by applying arc discharges. The side-viewing ability was provided by polishing the ball lens with a femtosecond laser to form a total internal reflection surface. The working distance and the transverse resolution of the fabricated single-body lensed-PCF were experimentally measured to be 570 and 6.8 μ m , respectively. With the proposed lensed-PCF probe, optical coherence tomography images of an in vitro biological sample were successfully obtained.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(170.4500) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical coherence tomography
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: July 6, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 4, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 9, 2007
Published: December 18, 2007

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Vol. 3, Iss. 2 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Hae Young Choi, Seon Young Ryu, Jihoon Na, Byeong Ha Lee, Ik-Bu Sohn, Young-Chul Noh, and Jongmin Lee, "Single-body lensed photonic crystal fibers as side-viewing probes for optical imaging systems," Opt. Lett. 33, 34-36 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-1-34


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