Abstract

We demonstrate quasi-supercontinuum (quasi-SC) generation around the 1.3μm wavelength region using ultrahigh-speed, wavelength-tunable, femtosecond soliton pulses based on an ultrashort-pulse laser system operating at a wavelength of 1.0μm. The wavelength tuning range was from 1.0 to 1.9μm, and the scanning speed was up to 1.3MHz. A Gaussian-like quasi-SC with a bandwidth of 220nm was generated at 1220nm. The generated quasi-SC was used in an optical-coherence tomography system. High axial resolutions of 5.1μm in air and 3.7μm in tissue were obtained. A maximum sensitivity of 100dB was achieved, and ultrahigh-resolution images of a hamster cheek pouch were observed.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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H. Lim, J. Buckley, A. Chong, and F. Wise, Electron. Lett. 40, 1 (2004).
[CrossRef]

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N. Nishizawa, R. Okamura, and T. Goto, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 38, 4768 (1999).
[CrossRef]

N. Nishizawa and T. Goto, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 325 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1994 (1)

J. M. Schmitt, A. Knuttel, M. Yadlowsky, and M. A. Eckhaus, Phys. Med. Biol. 39, 1705 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1991 (1)

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flote, K. Gregory, K. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, Science 254, 1178 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Aguirre, A. D.

Birks, T. A.

Bouma, B. E.

B. E. Bouma and G. J. Tearney, Handbook of Optical Coherence Tomography (Marcel Dekker, 2002).

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[CrossRef]

Bunting, U.

Chang, W.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flote, K. Gregory, K. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, Science 254, 1178 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chong, A.

H. Lim, J. Buckley, A. Chong, and F. Wise, Electron. Lett. 40, 1 (2004).
[CrossRef]

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W. Drexler and J. G. Fujimoto, Optical Coherence Tomography, Technology and Applications (Springer, 2008).

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J. M. Schmitt, A. Knuttel, M. Yadlowsky, and M. A. Eckhaus, Phys. Med. Biol. 39, 1705 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Flote, T.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flote, K. Gregory, K. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, Science 254, 1178 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Fujimoto, J. G.

S. Bourquin, A. D. Aguirre, I. Hartl, P. Hsiung, T. H. Ko, J. G. Fujimoto, T. A. Birks, W. J. Wadsworth, U. Bunting, and D. Kopf, Opt. Express 11, 3290 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flote, K. Gregory, K. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, Science 254, 1178 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

W. Drexler and J. G. Fujimoto, Optical Coherence Tomography, Technology and Applications (Springer, 2008).

Goto, T.

N. Nishizawa and T. Goto, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 325 (1999).
[CrossRef]

N. Nishizawa, R. Okamura, and T. Goto, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 38, 4768 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Gregory, K.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flote, K. Gregory, K. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, Science 254, 1178 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hartl, I.

Hee, M. R.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flote, K. Gregory, K. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, Science 254, 1178 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hsiung, P.

Huang, D.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flote, K. Gregory, K. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, Science 254, 1178 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Itoh, K.

Knuttel, A.

J. M. Schmitt, A. Knuttel, M. Yadlowsky, and M. A. Eckhaus, Phys. Med. Biol. 39, 1705 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ko, T. H.

Kopf, D.

Lim, H.

H. Lim, J. Buckley, A. Chong, and F. Wise, Electron. Lett. 40, 1 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Lin, C. P.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flote, K. Gregory, K. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, Science 254, 1178 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Nishizawa, N.

N. Nishizawa, K. Takahashi, Y. Ozeki, and K. Itoh, Opt. Express 18, 11700 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. Sumimura, T. Ohta, and N. Nishizawa, Opt. Lett. 33, 2892 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Takayanagi, T. Sugiura, M. Yoshida, and N. Nishizawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2284 (2006).
[CrossRef]

N. Nishizawa, R. Okamura, and T. Goto, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 38, 4768 (1999).
[CrossRef]

N. Nishizawa and T. Goto, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 325 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Ohta, T.

Okamura, R.

N. Nishizawa, R. Okamura, and T. Goto, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 38, 4768 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Ozeki, Y.

Puliafito, K.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flote, K. Gregory, K. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, Science 254, 1178 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Schmitt, J. M.

J. M. Schmitt, A. Knuttel, M. Yadlowsky, and M. A. Eckhaus, Phys. Med. Biol. 39, 1705 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Schuman, J. S.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flote, K. Gregory, K. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, Science 254, 1178 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Stinson, W. G.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flote, K. Gregory, K. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, Science 254, 1178 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sugiura, T.

J. Takayanagi, T. Sugiura, M. Yoshida, and N. Nishizawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2284 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Sumimura, K.

Swanson, E. A.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flote, K. Gregory, K. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, Science 254, 1178 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Takahashi, K.

Takayanagi, J.

J. Takayanagi, T. Sugiura, M. Yoshida, and N. Nishizawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2284 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Tearney, G. J.

B. E. Bouma and G. J. Tearney, Handbook of Optical Coherence Tomography (Marcel Dekker, 2002).

Wadsworth, W. J.

Wise, F.

H. Lim, J. Buckley, A. Chong, and F. Wise, Electron. Lett. 40, 1 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Yadlowsky, M.

J. M. Schmitt, A. Knuttel, M. Yadlowsky, and M. A. Eckhaus, Phys. Med. Biol. 39, 1705 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Yoshida, M.

J. Takayanagi, T. Sugiura, M. Yoshida, and N. Nishizawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2284 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Zheltikov, A. M.

A. M. Zheltikov, Phys. Rev. E 75, 037603 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (1)

H. Lim, J. Buckley, A. Chong, and F. Wise, Electron. Lett. 40, 1 (2004).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (2)

J. Takayanagi, T. Sugiura, M. Yoshida, and N. Nishizawa, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2284 (2006).
[CrossRef]

N. Nishizawa and T. Goto, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 11, 325 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. (1)

N. Nishizawa, R. Okamura, and T. Goto, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 38, 4768 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (1)

Phys. Med. Biol. (1)

J. M. Schmitt, A. Knuttel, M. Yadlowsky, and M. A. Eckhaus, Phys. Med. Biol. 39, 1705 (1994).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Phys. Rev. E (1)

A. M. Zheltikov, Phys. Rev. E 75, 037603 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Science (1)

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flote, K. Gregory, K. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, Science 254, 1178 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (2)

B. E. Bouma and G. J. Tearney, Handbook of Optical Coherence Tomography (Marcel Dekker, 2002).

W. Drexler and J. G. Fujimoto, Optical Coherence Tomography, Technology and Applications (Springer, 2008).

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of ultrahigh-speed, wideband wavelength-tunable (WT), ultrashort-pulse laser source that generates a quasi-SC.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Spectra with corresponding output power of wavelength-tunable pulse laser. The soliton pulse shifts to the longer wavelength side at 1000 1900 nm , and the anti-Stokes pulse shifts to the shorter wavelength side at 700 540 nm .

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Gaussian-like quasi-SC spectrum generated by scanning the wavelength of a soliton at 1.3 MHz . The center wavelength and the bandwidth were 1220 and 220 nm , respectively. The inset shows the modulation signal in AOM. (b) rf noise spectrum of the output from the quasi-SC (QSC) and the mode-locked laser oscillator (OSC).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Point-spread function of interference signal on linear scale. The axial resolution was 5.1 μm in air. (b) Logarithmically demodulated signal on log scale. The maximum sensitivity was 100 dB .

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

UHR-OCT images of (a) an onion and (b) a formalin-fixed hamster cheek pouch.

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