Coherence-restored pulse interferometry (CRPI) is a recently developed method for optical detection of ultrasound that achieves shot-noise-limited sensitivity and high dynamic range. In principle, the wideband source employed in CRPI may enable the interrogation of multiple detectors by using wavelength multiplexing. However, the noise-reduction scheme in CRPI has not been shown to be compatible with wideband operation. In this work, we introduce a new scheme for CRPI that relies on a free-space Fabry-Pérot filter for noise reduction and a pulse stretcher for reducing nonlinear effects. Using our scheme, we demonstrate that shot-noise-limited detection may be achieved for a spectral band of 80 nm and powers of up to 5 mW.

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