Currently, lasers are widely used for surgery, medical diagnostics and oncology research. Unfortunately, most of the used laser sources have a significant drawback - the lack of operating wavelength tuning possibility, which imposes significant limitations on the investigation of biological tissues spectral properties and searching for the optimal mode of their treatment. Comparison between different promising mid-IR sources was made. We report on development of mid-infrared (mid-IR) tunable lasers based on the Cr2+:CdSe single-crystals. These lasers operate in CW mode with the maximum output power of up to 2 W and possible tuning range from 2.2 to 3.6 μm.
Fiber Bragg grating (FBG) strain sensors are powerful tools for structural health monitoring applications. However, FBG sensor fabrication and packaging processes can lead to a non-linear behavior, that affects the accuracy of the strain measurements. Here we present a novel nondestructive calibration technique for FBG strain sensors that use a mechanical nanomotion transducer. A customized calibration setup was designed based on dovetail-type slideways that were mechanized using a stepping motor. The performance of the FBG strain sensor was investigated through analysis of experimental data, and the calibration curves for the FBG strain sensor are presented.