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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2976–2978

Dual-core ytterbium fiber amplifier for high-power 1060 nm swept source multichannel optical coherence tomography imaging

Mark K. Harduar, Adrian Mariampillai, Barry Vuong, Xijia Gu, Beau A. Standish, and Victor X. D. Yang  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 15, pp. 2976-2978 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.002976


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Abstract

A novel (to our knowledge) dual-core ytterbium ( Yb 3 + ) doped fiber, as an optically pumped amplifier, boosts the output power from a 1060 nm swept source laser beyond 250 mW , while providing a wavelength tuning range of 93 nm , for optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging. The design of the dual-core Yb-doped fiber amplifier and its multiple wavelength optical pumping scheme to optimize output bandwidth are discussed. Use of the dual-core fiber amplifier showed no appreciable degradation to the coherence length of the seed laser. The signal intensity improvement of this amplifier is demonstrated on a multichannel in vivo OCT imaging system at 1060 nm .

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.4190) Imaging systems : Multiple imaging
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 18, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 20, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 22, 2011
Published: August 1, 2011

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Citation
Mark K. Harduar, Adrian Mariampillai, Barry Vuong, Xijia Gu, Beau A. Standish, and Victor X. D. Yang, "Dual-core ytterbium fiber amplifier for high-power 1060 nm swept source multichannel optical coherence tomography imaging," Opt. Lett. 36, 2976-2978 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-15-2976


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