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Tunable high-finesse fiber optic Fabry-Perot interferometer for photoacoustic tomography (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Bohua Chen; Yuwen Chen; Cheng Ma

Paper Abstract

Fiber optic Fabry-Perot interferometer is inherently suitable as the ultrasonic transducer for photoacoustic tomography due to its high sensitivity, broad bandwidth and small footprint. Interrogated by a narrow linewidth continuous wave laser, the sensor’s output power is modulated by the incident ultrasound. During the imaging process, the sensor’s sensitivity is maximized by locking the laser to a spectral point where the sensor’s reflectivity changes most rapidly with wavelength. Traditionally, one needs a fast tunable laser to scan the reflection spectrum of the sensor and subsequently lock the laser frequency to the proper spectral point using a feedback loop. The requirement of a wavelength-tunable, low-noise interrogation laser significantly raises system cost and inhibits parallel detection. In this paper, we present a fiber optic Fabry-Perot acoustic sensor whose reflection spectrum can be swiftly and robustly tuned using an economical visible diode laser. By controlling the power of the illumination laser, the temperature of the sensor cavity can be finely adjusted which leads to altered cavity length and shifted spectrum. With this technique, we are able to tune the spectrum by more than 10 nm with a precision less than 0.1 nm. The sensor was characterized to exhibit a flat frequency response up to 20 MHz and a noise-equivalent pressure below 200 Pa. This sensor can be batch-fabricated and its low cost and easy implementation make parallel detection feasible and affordable, potentially benefiting fast image acquisition. The performance of the sensor was demonstrated in multiple phantom and in vivo imaging experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2020
Proc. SPIE 11240, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2020, 112400Y (6 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2544528
Show Author Affiliations
Bohua Chen, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Yuwen Chen, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Cheng Ma, Tsinghua Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11240:
Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2020
Alexander A. Oraevsky; Lihong V. Wang, Editor(s)

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