8 March 2016 Megahertz FDML laser with up to 143nm sweep range for ultrahigh resolution OCT at 1050nm
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Abstract
We present a new design of a Fourier Domain Mode Locked laser (FDML laser), which provides a new record in sweep range at ~1μm center wavelength: At the fundamental sweep rate of 2x417 kHz we reach 143nm bandwidth and 120nm with 4x buffering at 1.67MHz sweep rate. The latter configuration of our system is characterized: The FWHM of the point spread function (PSF) of a mirror is 5.6μm (in tissue). Human in vivo retinal imaging is performed with the MHz laser showing more details in vascular structures. Here we could measure an axial resolution of 6.0μm by determining the FWHM of specular reflex in the image. Additionally, challenges related to such a high sweep bandwidth such as water absorption are investigated.
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Jan Philip Kolb, Jan Philip Kolb, Thomas Klein, Thomas Klein, Matthias Eibl, Matthias Eibl, Tom Pfeiffer, Tom Pfeiffer, Wolfgang Wieser, Wolfgang Wieser, Robert Huber, Robert Huber, "Megahertz FDML laser with up to 143nm sweep range for ultrahigh resolution OCT at 1050nm", Proc. SPIE 9697, Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Domain Optical Methods in Biomedicine XX, 969703 (8 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2214758; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2214758
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