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Recent advances in MEMS-VCSELs for high performance structural and functional SS-OCT imaging
Author(s): V. Jayaraman; D. D. John; C. Burgner; M. E. Robertson; B. Potsaid; J. Y. Jiang; T. H. Tsai; W. Choi; C. D. Lu; P. J. S. Heim; J. G. Fujimoto; A. E. Cable
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Paper Abstract

Since the first demonstration of swept source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) imaging using widely tunable micro-electromechanical systems vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (MEMS-VCSELs) in 2011, VCSEL-based SSOCT has advanced in both device and system performance. These advances include extension of MEMS-VCSEL center wavelength to both 1060nm and 1300nm, improved tuning range and tuning speed, new SS-OCT imaging modes, and demonstration of the first electrically pumped devices. Optically pumped devices have demonstrated continuous singlemode tuning range of 150nm at 1300nm and 122nm at 1060nm, representing a fractional tuning range of 11.5%, which is nearly a factor of 3 greater than the best reported MEMS-VCSEL tuning ranges prior to 2011. These tuning ranges have also been achieved with wavelength modulation rates of >500kHz, enabling >1 MHz axial scan rates. In addition, recent electrically pumped devices have exhibited 48.5nm continuous tuning range around 1060nm with 890kHz axial scan rate, representing a factor of two increase in tuning over previously reported electrically pumped MEMS-VCSELs in this wavelength range. New imaging modes enabled by optically pumped devices at 1060nm and 1300nm include full eye length imaging, pulsatile Doppler blood flow imaging, high-speed endoscopic imaging, and hand-held wide-field retinal imaging.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2014
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8934, Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedicine XVIII, 893402 (4 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2041718
Show Author Affiliations
V. Jayaraman, Praevium Research, Inc. (United States)
D. D. John, Praevium Research, Inc. (United States)
C. Burgner, Praevium Research, Inc. (United States)
M. E. Robertson, Praevium Research, Inc. (United States)
B. Potsaid, Thorlabs, Inc. (United States)
J. Y. Jiang, Thorlabs, Inc. (United States)
T. H. Tsai, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
W. Choi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
C. D. Lu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
P. J. S. Heim, Thorlabs, Inc. (United States)
J. G. Fujimoto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
A. E. Cable, Thorlabs, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8934:
Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedicine XVIII
Joseph A. Izatt; James G. Fujimoto; Valery V. Tuchin, Editor(s)

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