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Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 8 — Aug. 10, 2007

Fourier domain mode locking at 1050 nm for ultra-high-speed optical coherence tomography of the human retina at 236,000 axial scans per second

R. Huber, D. C. Adler, V. J. Srinivasan, and J. G. Fujimoto  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 14, pp. 2049-2051 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.002049


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Abstract

A Fourier domain mode-locked (FDML) laser at 1050 nm for ultra-high-speed optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging of the human retina is demonstrated. Achievable performance, physical limitations, design rules, and scaling principles for FDML operation and component choice in this wavelength range are discussed. The fiber-based FDML laser operates at a sweep rate of 236 kHz over a 63 nm tuning range, with 7 mW average output power. Ultra-high-speed retinal imaging is demonstrated at 236,000 axial scans per second. This represents a speed improvement of 10 × over typical high-speed OCT systems, paving the way for densely sampled volumetric data sets and new imaging protocols.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(170.3880) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical and biological imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: March 21, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 1, 2007
Published: July 10, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 8 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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R. Huber, D. C. Adler, V. J. Srinivasan, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Fourier domain mode locking at 1050 nm for ultra-high-speed optical coherence tomography of the human retina at 236,000 axial scans per second," Opt. Lett. 32, 2049-2051 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-14-2049

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