A superluminescent Ti:Al2O3 crystal is demonstrated as a light source for ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT). Single spatial mode, fiber coupled output powers of ~40 μW can be generated with 138 nm bandwidth using a 5 W frequency doubled, diode pumped laser, pumping a thin Ti:Al2O3 crystal. Ultrahigh resolution OCT imaging is demonstrated with 2.2 μm axial resolution in air, or 1.7 μm in tissue, with >86 dB sensitivity. This light source provides a simple and robust alternative to femtosecond lasers for ultrahigh resolution OCT imaging.
- IOMS-APD: Active Photonic Devices
- Medical and biological imaging
- Medical optics instrumentation
- Optical Coherence Tomography
Kowalevicz, A. M., Ko, T., Hartl, I., Fujimoto, J. G., Pollnau, M., & Salathé, R. P. (2002). Ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography using a superluminescent light source. Optics express, 10(7), 349-353. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.10.000349