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27 August 2009 Biomedical imaging and detection with broadband spatially coherent supercontinuum laser
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In this paper, the application of a broadband spatially coherent IR supercontinuum source to the biomedical imaging and detection is presented. New IR material is proposed to generate Mid-IR supercontinuum above 4um, which was previously difficult due to inherent material absorption. Broad Mid-IR supercontinuum is numerically shown to be possible with one single wavelength pump in appropriate fiber structure. Mid-IR broadband sources are very useful in IR Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and spectroscopy in biomedical materials, due to the rich absorption structures the Mid-IR region. Broadband Mid-IR source is better than single wavelength tunable source, such as Quantum Cascaded Lasers (QCL), for faster analysis speed, since slow scan is not required.
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Chia-En Yang, Jimmy Yao, Yun-Ching Chang, Stuart Yin, and Claire Luo "Biomedical imaging and detection with broadband spatially coherent supercontinuum laser", Proc. SPIE 7420, Photonic Fiber and Crystal Devices: Advances in Materials and Innovations in Device Applications III, 74200T (27 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.824215;

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