Abstract

We developed a point-fluorescent-source-based white-light interferometer for high-resolution reflectometry, range-gating imaging, and group-velocity-dispersion measurement. The laser-pumped point fluorescent source has 9 mW of power and a spatial coherence of 0.97, which allows it to be used like a laser beam. Owing to its 40-nm FWHM spectral width, the width of its temporal autocorrelation is only 19 fs, which corresponds to that of 14-fs Gaussian pulses.

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1992 (1)

1991 (4)

1987 (1)

1986 (1)

Alfano, R. R.

Boisrobert, C. Y.

Burckhardt, C. B.

R. J. Collier, C. B. Burckhardt, L. H. Lin, Optical Holography (Academic, New York, 1971), pp. 139–142.

Carr, S.

Chang, W.-S.

Chen, H.

Chen, Y.

Chiang, H.-P.

Collier, R. J.

R. J. Collier, C. B. Burckhardt, L. H. Lin, Optical Holography (Academic, New York, 1971), pp. 139–142.

Danielson, B. L.

Davies, D. E. N.

De Silvestri, S.

Dilworth, D.

Fujimoto, J. G.

E. A. Swanson, D. Huang, M. R. Hee, J. G. Fujimoto, C. P. Lin, C. A. Puliafito, Opt. Lett. 17, 151 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Huang, J. Wang, C. P. Lin, C. A. Puliafito, J. G. Fujimoto, Lasers Surg. Med. 11, 419 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Hee, M.

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Hee, M. R.

Hill, W.

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Horowitz, P.

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Huang, D.

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Ippen, E. P.

Izatt, J. A.

E. Swanson, M. Hee, D. Huang, J. A. Izatt, J. G. Fujimoto, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, C. A. Puliafito, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 394.

Leith, E.

Lin, C. P.

E. A. Swanson, D. Huang, M. R. Hee, J. G. Fujimoto, C. P. Lin, C. A. Puliafito, Opt. Lett. 17, 151 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

E. Swanson, M. Hee, D. Huang, J. A. Izatt, J. G. Fujimoto, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, C. A. Puliafito, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 394.

Lin, L. H.

R. J. Collier, C. B. Burckhardt, L. H. Lin, Optical Holography (Academic, New York, 1971), pp. 139–142.

Lopez, J.

Puliafito, C. A.

E. A. Swanson, D. Huang, M. R. Hee, J. G. Fujimoto, C. P. Lin, C. A. Puliafito, Opt. Lett. 17, 151 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Huang, J. Wang, C. P. Lin, C. A. Puliafito, J. G. Fujimoto, Lasers Surg. Med. 11, 419 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

E. Swanson, M. Hee, D. Huang, J. A. Izatt, J. G. Fujimoto, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, C. A. Puliafito, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 394.

Schuman, J. S.

E. Swanson, M. Hee, D. Huang, J. A. Izatt, J. G. Fujimoto, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, C. A. Puliafito, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 394.

Swanson, E.

E. Swanson, M. Hee, D. Huang, J. A. Izatt, J. G. Fujimoto, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, C. A. Puliafito, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 394.

Swanson, E. A.

Valdmanis, J.

Wang, J.

H.-P. Chiang, W.-S. Chang, J. Wang, Opt. Lett. 18, 546 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Huang, J. Wang, C. P. Lin, C. A. Puliafito, J. G. Fujimoto, Lasers Surg. Med. 11, 419 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Xing, Q.

Yoo, K. M.

Youngquist, R. C.

Appl. Opt. (1)

Lasers Surg. Med. (1)

D. Huang, J. Wang, C. P. Lin, C. A. Puliafito, J. G. Fujimoto, Lasers Surg. Med. 11, 419 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Opt. Lett. (6)

Other (4)

P. Horowitz, W. Hill, The Art of Electronics (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, 1990), p. 469.

We use the FWHM version of Eq. (1) for a spectrum that is not perfectly Gaussian.

R. J. Collier, C. B. Burckhardt, L. H. Lin, Optical Holography (Academic, New York, 1971), pp. 139–142.

E. Swanson, M. Hee, D. Huang, J. A. Izatt, J. G. Fujimoto, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, C. A. Puliafito, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), p. 394.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of the interferometer. GVD, group-velocity dispersion.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Circuit block diagram of the fringe-rectification scheme.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Points: fringe amplitude measured with the lock-in method. Solid curve: fringe amplitude calculated from the power spectrum using the Wiener–Khintchine theorem. Inset: ratio of peak interference amplitude to background fluctuation as a function of optical power attenuation in the signal arm, normalized to the detection bandwidth.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Fringe amplitude detected with the fringe-rectification scheme. Distortions in the wings including the small ringing on the right are caused by the low-pass filter that averages the rectified fringes.

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σ t = 1 σ ω { 1 + [ d 2 ϕ ( ω ) d ω 2 ] 2 σ ω 4 } 1 , 2 ,

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