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High-power FDML laser for swept source-OCT at 1060 nm
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Paper Abstract

We present a novel frequency-swept light source working at 1060nm that utilizes a tapered amplifier as gain medium. These devices feature significantly higher saturation power than conventional semiconductor optical amplifiers and can thus improve the limited output power of swept sources in this wavelength range. We demonstrate that a tapered amplifier can be integrated into a fiber-based swept source and allows for high-speed FDML operation. The developed light source operates at a sweep rate of 116kHz with an effective average output power in excess of 30mW. With a total sweep range of 70 nm an axial resolution of 15 μm in air (~11μm in tissue) for OCT applications can be achieved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2010
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7715, Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care II, 77150B (17 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.854238
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Sebastian Marschall, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Thomas Klein, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Wolfgang Wieser, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Benjamin Biedermann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Kevin Hsu, Micron Optics, Inc. (United States)
Bernd Sumpf, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (Germany)
Karl-Heinz Hasler, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (Germany)
Götz Erbert, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (Germany)
Ole B. Jensen, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Christian Pedersen, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Robert Huber, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Peter E. Andersen, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7715:
Biophotonics: Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care II
Jürgen Popp; Wolfgang Drexler; Valery V. Tuchin; Dennis L. Matthews, Editor(s)

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