Abstract

We report on the effect of chromatic dispersion on coherence length and noise of Fourier Domain Mode Locked (FDML) lasers. An FDML laser with a sweep range of 100nm around 1550nm has been investigated. Cavity configurations with and without dispersion compensation have been analyzed using different widths of the intra-cavity optical band-pass filter. The measurements are compared to non-FDML wavelength swept laser sources. Based on these observations, a simple model is developed providing a connection between timing, photon cavity lifetime and characteristic time constant of the filter. In an optimized configuration, an instantaneous laser linewidth of 20pm is observed, corresponding to a 10× narrowing compared to the intra-cavity optical band-pass filter. A relative intensity noise of -133dBc/Hz or 0.2% at 100MHz detection bandwidth during sweep operation is observed. For optimum operation, the filter drive frequency has to be set within 2ppm or 120mHz at 51kHz.

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Y. Mao, C. Flueraru, S. Sherif, and S. Chang, "High performance wavelength-swept laser with mode-locking technique for optical coherence tomography," Opt. Commun. 282, 88-92 (2009).
[CrossRef]

2008 (10)

V. J. Srinivasan, D. C. Adler, Y. L. Chen, I. Gorczynska, R. Huber, J. S. Duker, J. S. Schuman, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Ultrahigh-Speed Optical Coherence Tomography for Three-Dimensional and En Face Imaging of the Retina and Optic Nerve Head," Invest. Ophthalmol. Visual Sci. 49, 5103-5110 (2008).
[CrossRef]

P. M. Andrews, Y. Chen, M. L. Onozato, S. W. Huang, D. C. Adler, R. A. Huber, J. Jiang, S. E. Barry, A. E. Cable, and J. G. Fujimoto, "High-resolution optical coherence tomography imaging of the living kidney," Laboratory Investigation 88, 441-449 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Y. Jeon, J. Zhang, Q. Wang, and Z. Chen, "High-speed and wide bandwidth Fourier domain mode-locked wavelength swept laser with multiple SOAs," Opt. Express 16, 2547-2554 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Y. Jeon, J. Zhang, and Z. P. Chen, "Characterization of Fourier domain mode-locked wavelength swept laser for optical coherence tomography imaging," Opt. Express 16, 3727-3737 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

C. M. Eigenwillig, B. R. Biedermann, G. Palte, and R. Huber, "K-space linear Fourier domain mode locked laser and applications for optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 16, 8916-8937 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Y. Liu, A. Mariampillai, B. A. Standish, N. R. Munce, X. J. Gu, and I. A. Vitkin, "High power wavelength linearly swept mode locked fiber laser for OCT imaging," Opt. Express 16, 14095-14105 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[PubMed]

B. Biedermann, W. Wieser, C. Eigenwillig, G. Palte, D. Adler, V. Srinivasan, J. Fujimoto, and R. Huber, "Real time en face Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography with direct hardware frequency demodulation," Opt. Lett. 33, 2556-2558 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Klein, W. Wieser, B. R. Biedermann, C. M. Eigenwillig, G. Palte, and R. Huber, "Raman-pumped Fourier-domain mode-locked laser: analysis of operation and application for optical coherence tomography," Opt. Lett. 33, 2815-2817 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2007 (11)

D. C. Adler, Y. Chen, R. Huber, J. Schmitt, J. Connolly, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Three-dimensional endomicroscopy using optical coherence tomography," Nat. Photonics 1, 709-716 (2007).
[CrossRef]

L. A. Kranendonk, R. Huber, J. G. Fujimoto, and S. T. Sanders, "Wavelength-agile H2O absorption spectrometer for thermometry of general combustion gases," Proc. Combust. Inst. 31, 783-790 (2007).
[CrossRef]

V. J. Srinivasan, R. Huber, I. Gorczynska, J. G. Fujimoto, J. Y. Jiang, P. Reisen, and A. E. Cable, "High-speed, high-resolution optical coherence tomography retinal imaging with a frequency-swept laser at 850 nm," Opt. Lett. 32, 361-363 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. C. Adler, R. Huber, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography at up to 370,000 lines per second using buffered Fourier domain mode-locked lasers," Opt. Lett. 32, 626-628 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Y. Yasuno, Y. J. Hong, S. Makita, M. Yamanari, M. Akiba, M. Miura, and T. Yatagai, "In vivo high-contrast imaging of deep posterior eye by 1-mu m swept source optical coherence tomography and scattering optical coherence angiography," Opt. Express 15, 6121-6139 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. W. Huang, A. D. Aguirre, R. A. Huber, D. C. Adler, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Swept source optical coherence microscopy using a Fourier domain mode-locked laser," Opt. Express 15, 6210-6217 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. W. Jenkins, D. C. Adler, M. Gargesha, R. Huber, F. Rothenberg, J. Belding, M. Watanabe, D. L. Wilson, J. G. Fujimoto, and A. M. Rollins, "Ultrahigh-speed optical coherence tomography imaging and visualization of the embryonic avian heart using a buffered Fourier Domain Mode Locked laser," Opt. Express 15, 6251-6267 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Huber, D. C. Adler, V. J. Srinivasan, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Fourier domain mode locking at 1050 nm for ultra-high-speed optical coherence tomography of the human retina at 236,000 axial scans per second," Opt. Lett. 32, 2049-2051 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Nezam, B. J. Vakoc, A. E. Desjardins, G. J. Tearney, and B. E. Bouma, "Increased ranging depth in optical frequency domain imaging by frequency encoding," Opt. Lett. 32, 2768-2770 (2007).
[CrossRef]

L. A. Kranendonk, X. An, A. W. Caswell, R. E. Herold, S. T. Sanders, R. Huber, J. G. Fujimoto, Y. Okura, and Y. Urata, "High speed engine gas thermometry by Fourier-domain mode-locked laser absorption spectroscopy," Opt. Express 15, 15115-15128 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. C. Adler, J. Stenger, I. Gorczynska, H. Lie, T. Hensick, R. Spronk, S. Wolohojian, N. Khandekar, J. Y. Jiang, S. Barry, A. E. Cable, R. Huber, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Comparison of three-dimensional optical coherence tomography and high resolution photography for art conservation studies," Opt. Express 15, 15972-15986 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2006 (5)

2005 (3)

2003 (3)

1991 (1)

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flotte, K. Gregory, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Optical Coherence Tomography," Science 254, 1178-1181 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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D. C. Adler, S. W. Huang, R. Huber, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Photothermal detection of gold nanoparticles using phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 16, 4376-4393 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. M. Andrews, Y. Chen, M. L. Onozato, S. W. Huang, D. C. Adler, R. A. Huber, J. Jiang, S. E. Barry, A. E. Cable, and J. G. Fujimoto, "High-resolution optical coherence tomography imaging of the living kidney," Laboratory Investigation 88, 441-449 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. J. Srinivasan, D. C. Adler, Y. L. Chen, I. Gorczynska, R. Huber, J. S. Duker, J. S. Schuman, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Ultrahigh-Speed Optical Coherence Tomography for Three-Dimensional and En Face Imaging of the Retina and Optic Nerve Head," Invest. Ophthalmol. Visual Sci. 49, 5103-5110 (2008).
[CrossRef]

R. Huber, D. C. Adler, V. J. Srinivasan, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Fourier domain mode locking at 1050 nm for ultra-high-speed optical coherence tomography of the human retina at 236,000 axial scans per second," Opt. Lett. 32, 2049-2051 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. C. Adler, Y. Chen, R. Huber, J. Schmitt, J. Connolly, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Three-dimensional endomicroscopy using optical coherence tomography," Nat. Photonics 1, 709-716 (2007).
[CrossRef]

S. W. Huang, A. D. Aguirre, R. A. Huber, D. C. Adler, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Swept source optical coherence microscopy using a Fourier domain mode-locked laser," Opt. Express 15, 6210-6217 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. W. Jenkins, D. C. Adler, M. Gargesha, R. Huber, F. Rothenberg, J. Belding, M. Watanabe, D. L. Wilson, J. G. Fujimoto, and A. M. Rollins, "Ultrahigh-speed optical coherence tomography imaging and visualization of the embryonic avian heart using a buffered Fourier Domain Mode Locked laser," Opt. Express 15, 6251-6267 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. C. Adler, J. Stenger, I. Gorczynska, H. Lie, T. Hensick, R. Spronk, S. Wolohojian, N. Khandekar, J. Y. Jiang, S. Barry, A. E. Cable, R. Huber, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Comparison of three-dimensional optical coherence tomography and high resolution photography for art conservation studies," Opt. Express 15, 15972-15986 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. C. Adler, R. Huber, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography at up to 370,000 lines per second using buffered Fourier domain mode-locked lasers," Opt. Lett. 32, 626-628 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Huber, D. C. Adler, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Buffered Fourier domain mode locking: unidirectional swept laser sources for optical coherence tomography imaging at 370,000 lines/s," Opt. Lett. 31, 2975-2977 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Aguirre, A. D.

Akiba, M.

An, X.

Andrews, P. M.

P. M. Andrews, Y. Chen, M. L. Onozato, S. W. Huang, D. C. Adler, R. A. Huber, J. Jiang, S. E. Barry, A. E. Cable, and J. G. Fujimoto, "High-resolution optical coherence tomography imaging of the living kidney," Laboratory Investigation 88, 441-449 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Armstrong, J. J.

J. J. Armstrong, M. S. Leigh, D. D. Sampson, J. H. Walsh, D. R. Hillman, and P. R. Eastwood, "Quantitative upper airway imaging with anatomic optical coherence tomography," American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 173, 226-233 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Barry, S.

Barry, S. E.

P. M. Andrews, Y. Chen, M. L. Onozato, S. W. Huang, D. C. Adler, R. A. Huber, J. Jiang, S. E. Barry, A. E. Cable, and J. G. Fujimoto, "High-resolution optical coherence tomography imaging of the living kidney," Laboratory Investigation 88, 441-449 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Belding, J.

Biedermann, B.

Biedermann, B. R.

Bilenca, A.

Boudoux, C.

Bouma, B. E.

Cable, A. E.

Caswell, A. W.

Chan, K. P.

Chang, S.

Y. Mao, C. Flueraru, S. Sherif, and S. Chang, "High performance wavelength-swept laser with mode-locking technique for optical coherence tomography," Opt. Commun. 282, 88-92 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Chang, W.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flotte, K. Gregory, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Optical Coherence Tomography," Science 254, 1178-1181 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chen, Y.

P. M. Andrews, Y. Chen, M. L. Onozato, S. W. Huang, D. C. Adler, R. A. Huber, J. Jiang, S. E. Barry, A. E. Cable, and J. G. Fujimoto, "High-resolution optical coherence tomography imaging of the living kidney," Laboratory Investigation 88, 441-449 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. C. Adler, Y. Chen, R. Huber, J. Schmitt, J. Connolly, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Three-dimensional endomicroscopy using optical coherence tomography," Nat. Photonics 1, 709-716 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Chen, Y. L.

V. J. Srinivasan, D. C. Adler, Y. L. Chen, I. Gorczynska, R. Huber, J. S. Duker, J. S. Schuman, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Ultrahigh-Speed Optical Coherence Tomography for Three-Dimensional and En Face Imaging of the Retina and Optic Nerve Head," Invest. Ophthalmol. Visual Sci. 49, 5103-5110 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Chen, Z.

Chen, Z. P.

Choma, M. A.

Chong, C.

Connolly, J.

D. C. Adler, Y. Chen, R. Huber, J. Schmitt, J. Connolly, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Three-dimensional endomicroscopy using optical coherence tomography," Nat. Photonics 1, 709-716 (2007).
[CrossRef]

de Boer, J. F.

Desjardins, A. E.

Duker, J. S.

V. J. Srinivasan, D. C. Adler, Y. L. Chen, I. Gorczynska, R. Huber, J. S. Duker, J. S. Schuman, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Ultrahigh-Speed Optical Coherence Tomography for Three-Dimensional and En Face Imaging of the Retina and Optic Nerve Head," Invest. Ophthalmol. Visual Sci. 49, 5103-5110 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Eastwood, P. R.

J. J. Armstrong, M. S. Leigh, D. D. Sampson, J. H. Walsh, D. R. Hillman, and P. R. Eastwood, "Quantitative upper airway imaging with anatomic optical coherence tomography," American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 173, 226-233 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Eigenwillig, C.

Eigenwillig, C. M.

Flotte, T.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flotte, K. Gregory, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Optical Coherence Tomography," Science 254, 1178-1181 (1991).
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Y. Mao, C. Flueraru, S. Sherif, and S. Chang, "High performance wavelength-swept laser with mode-locking technique for optical coherence tomography," Opt. Commun. 282, 88-92 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Fujimoto, J.

Fujimoto, J. G.

D. C. Adler, S. W. Huang, R. Huber, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Photothermal detection of gold nanoparticles using phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 16, 4376-4393 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. J. Srinivasan, D. C. Adler, Y. L. Chen, I. Gorczynska, R. Huber, J. S. Duker, J. S. Schuman, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Ultrahigh-Speed Optical Coherence Tomography for Three-Dimensional and En Face Imaging of the Retina and Optic Nerve Head," Invest. Ophthalmol. Visual Sci. 49, 5103-5110 (2008).
[CrossRef]

P. M. Andrews, Y. Chen, M. L. Onozato, S. W. Huang, D. C. Adler, R. A. Huber, J. Jiang, S. E. Barry, A. E. Cable, and J. G. Fujimoto, "High-resolution optical coherence tomography imaging of the living kidney," Laboratory Investigation 88, 441-449 (2008).
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D. C. Adler, J. Stenger, I. Gorczynska, H. Lie, T. Hensick, R. Spronk, S. Wolohojian, N. Khandekar, J. Y. Jiang, S. Barry, A. E. Cable, R. Huber, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Comparison of three-dimensional optical coherence tomography and high resolution photography for art conservation studies," Opt. Express 15, 15972-15986 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. A. Kranendonk, X. An, A. W. Caswell, R. E. Herold, S. T. Sanders, R. Huber, J. G. Fujimoto, Y. Okura, and Y. Urata, "High speed engine gas thermometry by Fourier-domain mode-locked laser absorption spectroscopy," Opt. Express 15, 15115-15128 (2007).
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R. Huber, D. C. Adler, V. J. Srinivasan, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Fourier domain mode locking at 1050 nm for ultra-high-speed optical coherence tomography of the human retina at 236,000 axial scans per second," Opt. Lett. 32, 2049-2051 (2007).
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D. C. Adler, Y. Chen, R. Huber, J. Schmitt, J. Connolly, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Three-dimensional endomicroscopy using optical coherence tomography," Nat. Photonics 1, 709-716 (2007).
[CrossRef]

S. W. Huang, A. D. Aguirre, R. A. Huber, D. C. Adler, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Swept source optical coherence microscopy using a Fourier domain mode-locked laser," Opt. Express 15, 6210-6217 (2007).
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L. A. Kranendonk, R. Huber, J. G. Fujimoto, and S. T. Sanders, "Wavelength-agile H2O absorption spectrometer for thermometry of general combustion gases," Proc. Combust. Inst. 31, 783-790 (2007).
[CrossRef]

M. W. Jenkins, D. C. Adler, M. Gargesha, R. Huber, F. Rothenberg, J. Belding, M. Watanabe, D. L. Wilson, J. G. Fujimoto, and A. M. Rollins, "Ultrahigh-speed optical coherence tomography imaging and visualization of the embryonic avian heart using a buffered Fourier Domain Mode Locked laser," Opt. Express 15, 6251-6267 (2007).
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D. C. Adler, R. Huber, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography at up to 370,000 lines per second using buffered Fourier domain mode-locked lasers," Opt. Lett. 32, 626-628 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

V. J. Srinivasan, R. Huber, I. Gorczynska, J. G. Fujimoto, J. Y. Jiang, P. Reisen, and A. E. Cable, "High-speed, high-resolution optical coherence tomography retinal imaging with a frequency-swept laser at 850 nm," Opt. Lett. 32, 361-363 (2007).
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R. Huber, D. C. Adler, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Buffered Fourier domain mode locking: unidirectional swept laser sources for optical coherence tomography imaging at 370,000 lines/s," Opt. Lett. 31, 2975-2977 (2006).
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R. Huber, M. Wojtkowski, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Fourier Domain Mode Locking (FDML): A new laser operating regime and applications for optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 14, 3225-3237 (2006).
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R. Huber, M. Wojtkowski, K. Taira, J. G. Fujimoto, and K. Hsu, "Amplified, frequency swept lasers for frequency domain reflectometry and OCT imaging: design and scaling principles," Opt. Express 13, 3513-3528 (2005).
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R. Huber, M. Wojtkowski, J. G. Fujimoto, J. Y. Jiang, and A. E. Cable, "Three-dimensional and C-mode OCT imaging with a compact, frequency swept laser source at 1300 nm," Opt. Express 13, 10523-10538 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flotte, K. Gregory, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Optical Coherence Tomography," Science 254, 1178-1181 (1991).
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Gargesha, M.

Gorczynska, I.

Gregory, K.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flotte, K. Gregory, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Optical Coherence Tomography," Science 254, 1178-1181 (1991).
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Hee, M. R.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flotte, K. Gregory, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Optical Coherence Tomography," Science 254, 1178-1181 (1991).
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Hensick, T.

Herold, R. E.

Hillman, D. R.

J. J. Armstrong, M. S. Leigh, D. D. Sampson, J. H. Walsh, D. R. Hillman, and P. R. Eastwood, "Quantitative upper airway imaging with anatomic optical coherence tomography," American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 173, 226-233 (2006).
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Hong, Y. J.

Hsu, K.

J. Zhang, Q. Wang, B. Rao, Z. P. Chen, and K. Hsu, "Swept laser source at 1 mu m for Fourier domain optical coherence tomography," Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 3 (2006).

R. Huber, M. Wojtkowski, K. Taira, J. G. Fujimoto, and K. Hsu, "Amplified, frequency swept lasers for frequency domain reflectometry and OCT imaging: design and scaling principles," Opt. Express 13, 3513-3528 (2005).
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Huang, D.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flotte, K. Gregory, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Optical Coherence Tomography," Science 254, 1178-1181 (1991).
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Huang, S. W.

Huber, R.

V. J. Srinivasan, D. C. Adler, Y. L. Chen, I. Gorczynska, R. Huber, J. S. Duker, J. S. Schuman, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Ultrahigh-Speed Optical Coherence Tomography for Three-Dimensional and En Face Imaging of the Retina and Optic Nerve Head," Invest. Ophthalmol. Visual Sci. 49, 5103-5110 (2008).
[CrossRef]

D. C. Adler, S. W. Huang, R. Huber, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Photothermal detection of gold nanoparticles using phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 16, 4376-4393 (2008).
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T. Klein, W. Wieser, B. R. Biedermann, C. M. Eigenwillig, G. Palte, and R. Huber, "Raman-pumped Fourier-domain mode-locked laser: analysis of operation and application for optical coherence tomography," Opt. Lett. 33, 2815-2817 (2008).
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V. J. Srinivasan, R. Huber, I. Gorczynska, J. G. Fujimoto, J. Y. Jiang, P. Reisen, and A. E. Cable, "High-speed, high-resolution optical coherence tomography retinal imaging with a frequency-swept laser at 850 nm," Opt. Lett. 32, 361-363 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. C. Adler, R. Huber, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography at up to 370,000 lines per second using buffered Fourier domain mode-locked lasers," Opt. Lett. 32, 626-628 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. A. Kranendonk, X. An, A. W. Caswell, R. E. Herold, S. T. Sanders, R. Huber, J. G. Fujimoto, Y. Okura, and Y. Urata, "High speed engine gas thermometry by Fourier-domain mode-locked laser absorption spectroscopy," Opt. Express 15, 15115-15128 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Huber, D. C. Adler, V. J. Srinivasan, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Fourier domain mode locking at 1050 nm for ultra-high-speed optical coherence tomography of the human retina at 236,000 axial scans per second," Opt. Lett. 32, 2049-2051 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. C. Adler, J. Stenger, I. Gorczynska, H. Lie, T. Hensick, R. Spronk, S. Wolohojian, N. Khandekar, J. Y. Jiang, S. Barry, A. E. Cable, R. Huber, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Comparison of three-dimensional optical coherence tomography and high resolution photography for art conservation studies," Opt. Express 15, 15972-15986 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. A. Kranendonk, R. Huber, J. G. Fujimoto, and S. T. Sanders, "Wavelength-agile H2O absorption spectrometer for thermometry of general combustion gases," Proc. Combust. Inst. 31, 783-790 (2007).
[CrossRef]

D. C. Adler, Y. Chen, R. Huber, J. Schmitt, J. Connolly, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Three-dimensional endomicroscopy using optical coherence tomography," Nat. Photonics 1, 709-716 (2007).
[CrossRef]

M. W. Jenkins, D. C. Adler, M. Gargesha, R. Huber, F. Rothenberg, J. Belding, M. Watanabe, D. L. Wilson, J. G. Fujimoto, and A. M. Rollins, "Ultrahigh-speed optical coherence tomography imaging and visualization of the embryonic avian heart using a buffered Fourier Domain Mode Locked laser," Opt. Express 15, 6251-6267 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Huber, M. Wojtkowski, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Fourier Domain Mode Locking (FDML): A new laser operating regime and applications for optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 14, 3225-3237 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Huber, D. C. Adler, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Buffered Fourier domain mode locking: unidirectional swept laser sources for optical coherence tomography imaging at 370,000 lines/s," Opt. Lett. 31, 2975-2977 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Huber, M. Wojtkowski, K. Taira, J. G. Fujimoto, and K. Hsu, "Amplified, frequency swept lasers for frequency domain reflectometry and OCT imaging: design and scaling principles," Opt. Express 13, 3513-3528 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Huber, M. Wojtkowski, J. G. Fujimoto, J. Y. Jiang, and A. E. Cable, "Three-dimensional and C-mode OCT imaging with a compact, frequency swept laser source at 1300 nm," Opt. Express 13, 10523-10538 (2005).
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Huber, R. A.

P. M. Andrews, Y. Chen, M. L. Onozato, S. W. Huang, D. C. Adler, R. A. Huber, J. Jiang, S. E. Barry, A. E. Cable, and J. G. Fujimoto, "High-resolution optical coherence tomography imaging of the living kidney," Laboratory Investigation 88, 441-449 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. W. Huang, A. D. Aguirre, R. A. Huber, D. C. Adler, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Swept source optical coherence microscopy using a Fourier domain mode-locked laser," Opt. Express 15, 6210-6217 (2007).
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Itoh, M.

Izatt, J. A.

Jenkins, M. W.

Jeon, M. Y.

Jeong, M. Y.

Jiang, J.

P. M. Andrews, Y. Chen, M. L. Onozato, S. W. Huang, D. C. Adler, R. A. Huber, J. Jiang, S. E. Barry, A. E. Cable, and J. G. Fujimoto, "High-resolution optical coherence tomography imaging of the living kidney," Laboratory Investigation 88, 441-449 (2008).
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Jung, E. J.

Jung, W.

Khandekar, N.

Kim, C. S.

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Kranendonk, L. A.

L. A. Kranendonk, R. Huber, J. G. Fujimoto, and S. T. Sanders, "Wavelength-agile H2O absorption spectrometer for thermometry of general combustion gases," Proc. Combust. Inst. 31, 783-790 (2007).
[CrossRef]

L. A. Kranendonk, X. An, A. W. Caswell, R. E. Herold, S. T. Sanders, R. Huber, J. G. Fujimoto, Y. Okura, and Y. Urata, "High speed engine gas thermometry by Fourier-domain mode-locked laser absorption spectroscopy," Opt. Express 15, 15115-15128 (2007).
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Leigh, M. S.

J. J. Armstrong, M. S. Leigh, D. D. Sampson, J. H. Walsh, D. R. Hillman, and P. R. Eastwood, "Quantitative upper airway imaging with anatomic optical coherence tomography," American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 173, 226-233 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Lie, H.

Lin, C. P.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flotte, K. Gregory, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Optical Coherence Tomography," Science 254, 1178-1181 (1991).
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Madjarova, V. D.

Makita, S.

Mao, Y.

Y. Mao, C. Flueraru, S. Sherif, and S. Chang, "High performance wavelength-swept laser with mode-locking technique for optical coherence tomography," Opt. Commun. 282, 88-92 (2009).
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Miura, M.

Morosawa, A.

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P. M. Andrews, Y. Chen, M. L. Onozato, S. W. Huang, D. C. Adler, R. A. Huber, J. Jiang, S. E. Barry, A. E. Cable, and J. G. Fujimoto, "High-resolution optical coherence tomography imaging of the living kidney," Laboratory Investigation 88, 441-449 (2008).
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Palte, G.

Puliafito, C. A.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flotte, K. Gregory, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Optical Coherence Tomography," Science 254, 1178-1181 (1991).
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Rao, B.

J. Zhang, Q. Wang, B. Rao, Z. P. Chen, and K. Hsu, "Swept laser source at 1 mu m for Fourier domain optical coherence tomography," Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 3 (2006).

Reisen, P.

Rollins, A. M.

Rothenberg, F.

Sakai, T.

Sampson, D. D.

J. J. Armstrong, M. S. Leigh, D. D. Sampson, J. H. Walsh, D. R. Hillman, and P. R. Eastwood, "Quantitative upper airway imaging with anatomic optical coherence tomography," American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 173, 226-233 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Sanders, S. T.

L. A. Kranendonk, R. Huber, J. G. Fujimoto, and S. T. Sanders, "Wavelength-agile H2O absorption spectrometer for thermometry of general combustion gases," Proc. Combust. Inst. 31, 783-790 (2007).
[CrossRef]

L. A. Kranendonk, X. An, A. W. Caswell, R. E. Herold, S. T. Sanders, R. Huber, J. G. Fujimoto, Y. Okura, and Y. Urata, "High speed engine gas thermometry by Fourier-domain mode-locked laser absorption spectroscopy," Opt. Express 15, 15115-15128 (2007).
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Sarunic, M. V.

Schmitt, J.

D. C. Adler, Y. Chen, R. Huber, J. Schmitt, J. Connolly, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Three-dimensional endomicroscopy using optical coherence tomography," Nat. Photonics 1, 709-716 (2007).
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V. J. Srinivasan, D. C. Adler, Y. L. Chen, I. Gorczynska, R. Huber, J. S. Duker, J. S. Schuman, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Ultrahigh-Speed Optical Coherence Tomography for Three-Dimensional and En Face Imaging of the Retina and Optic Nerve Head," Invest. Ophthalmol. Visual Sci. 49, 5103-5110 (2008).
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D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flotte, K. Gregory, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Optical Coherence Tomography," Science 254, 1178-1181 (1991).
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Y. Mao, C. Flueraru, S. Sherif, and S. Chang, "High performance wavelength-swept laser with mode-locking technique for optical coherence tomography," Opt. Commun. 282, 88-92 (2009).
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Spronk, R.

Srinivasan, V.

Srinivasan, V. J.

Standish, B. A.

Stenger, J.

Stinson, W. G.

D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flotte, K. Gregory, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Optical Coherence Tomography," Science 254, 1178-1181 (1991).
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D. Huang, E. A. Swanson, C. P. Lin, J. S. Schuman, W. G. Stinson, W. Chang, M. R. Hee, T. Flotte, K. Gregory, C. A. Puliafito, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Optical Coherence Tomography," Science 254, 1178-1181 (1991).
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American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (1)

J. J. Armstrong, M. S. Leigh, D. D. Sampson, J. H. Walsh, D. R. Hillman, and P. R. Eastwood, "Quantitative upper airway imaging with anatomic optical coherence tomography," American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 173, 226-233 (2006).
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Invest. Ophthalmol. Visual Sci. (1)

V. J. Srinivasan, D. C. Adler, Y. L. Chen, I. Gorczynska, R. Huber, J. S. Duker, J. S. Schuman, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Ultrahigh-Speed Optical Coherence Tomography for Three-Dimensional and En Face Imaging of the Retina and Optic Nerve Head," Invest. Ophthalmol. Visual Sci. 49, 5103-5110 (2008).
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Laboratory Investigation (1)

P. M. Andrews, Y. Chen, M. L. Onozato, S. W. Huang, D. C. Adler, R. A. Huber, J. Jiang, S. E. Barry, A. E. Cable, and J. G. Fujimoto, "High-resolution optical coherence tomography imaging of the living kidney," Laboratory Investigation 88, 441-449 (2008).
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Nature Photonics (1)

D. C. Adler, Y. Chen, R. Huber, J. Schmitt, J. Connolly, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Three-dimensional endomicroscopy using optical coherence tomography," Nat. Photonics 1, 709-716 (2007).
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Opt. Commun. (1)

Y. Mao, C. Flueraru, S. Sherif, and S. Chang, "High performance wavelength-swept laser with mode-locking technique for optical coherence tomography," Opt. Commun. 282, 88-92 (2009).
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S. H. Yun, G. J. Tearney, J. F. de Boer, N. Iftimia, and B. E. Bouma, "High-speed optical frequency-domain imaging," Opt. Express 11, 2953-2963 (2003).
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R. Huber, M. Wojtkowski, K. Taira, J. G. Fujimoto, and K. Hsu, "Amplified, frequency swept lasers for frequency domain reflectometry and OCT imaging: design and scaling principles," Opt. Express 13, 3513-3528 (2005).
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R. Huber, M. Wojtkowski, J. G. Fujimoto, J. Y. Jiang, and A. E. Cable, "Three-dimensional and C-mode OCT imaging with a compact, frequency swept laser source at 1300 nm," Opt. Express 13, 10523-10538 (2005).
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R. Huber, M. Wojtkowski, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Fourier Domain Mode Locking (FDML): A new laser operating regime and applications for optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 14, 3225-3237 (2006).
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Y. Yasuno, Y. J. Hong, S. Makita, M. Yamanari, M. Akiba, M. Miura, and T. Yatagai, "In vivo high-contrast imaging of deep posterior eye by 1-mu m swept source optical coherence tomography and scattering optical coherence angiography," Opt. Express 15, 6121-6139 (2007).
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S. W. Huang, A. D. Aguirre, R. A. Huber, D. C. Adler, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Swept source optical coherence microscopy using a Fourier domain mode-locked laser," Opt. Express 15, 6210-6217 (2007).
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M. W. Jenkins, D. C. Adler, M. Gargesha, R. Huber, F. Rothenberg, J. Belding, M. Watanabe, D. L. Wilson, J. G. Fujimoto, and A. M. Rollins, "Ultrahigh-speed optical coherence tomography imaging and visualization of the embryonic avian heart using a buffered Fourier Domain Mode Locked laser," Opt. Express 15, 6251-6267 (2007).
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L. A. Kranendonk, X. An, A. W. Caswell, R. E. Herold, S. T. Sanders, R. Huber, J. G. Fujimoto, Y. Okura, and Y. Urata, "High speed engine gas thermometry by Fourier-domain mode-locked laser absorption spectroscopy," Opt. Express 15, 15115-15128 (2007).
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D. C. Adler, J. Stenger, I. Gorczynska, H. Lie, T. Hensick, R. Spronk, S. Wolohojian, N. Khandekar, J. Y. Jiang, S. Barry, A. E. Cable, R. Huber, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Comparison of three-dimensional optical coherence tomography and high resolution photography for art conservation studies," Opt. Express 15, 15972-15986 (2007).
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M. Y. Jeon, J. Zhang, Q. Wang, and Z. Chen, "High-speed and wide bandwidth Fourier domain mode-locked wavelength swept laser with multiple SOAs," Opt. Express 16, 2547-2554 (2008).
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M. Y. Jeon, J. Zhang, and Z. P. Chen, "Characterization of Fourier domain mode-locked wavelength swept laser for optical coherence tomography imaging," Opt. Express 16, 3727-3737 (2008).
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D. C. Adler, S. W. Huang, R. Huber, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Photothermal detection of gold nanoparticles using phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 16, 4376-4393 (2008).
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C. M. Eigenwillig, B. R. Biedermann, G. Palte, and R. Huber, "K-space linear Fourier domain mode locked laser and applications for optical coherence tomography," Opt. Express 16, 8916-8937 (2008).
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B. Biedermann, W. Wieser, C. Eigenwillig, G. Palte, D. Adler, V. Srinivasan, J. Fujimoto, and R. Huber, "Real time en face Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography with direct hardware frequency demodulation," Opt. Lett. 33, 2556-2558 (2008).
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R. Huber, D. C. Adler, and J. G. Fujimoto, "Buffered Fourier domain mode locking: unidirectional swept laser sources for optical coherence tomography imaging at 370,000 lines/s," Opt. Lett. 31, 2975-2977 (2006).
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V. J. Srinivasan, R. Huber, I. Gorczynska, J. G. Fujimoto, J. Y. Jiang, P. Reisen, and A. E. Cable, "High-speed, high-resolution optical coherence tomography retinal imaging with a frequency-swept laser at 850 nm," Opt. Lett. 32, 361-363 (2007).
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Figures (8)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic diagram of the FDML ring laser and the two detection schemes. The laser consists of a semiconductor optical amplifier with two built-in isolators, a 70/30 output coupler, a spool of 335m of DCF or SMF fiber, a spool of 3650m SMF fiber and a fiber FFP-TF as optical filter. The power detection is based on a 100MHz photo diode that is AD converted. The coherence length measurement is done with a Mach Zehnder interferometer, whose output is detected on a 1GHz photodiode and AD converted. The piezo voltage of the FFP as well as the delay of the interferometer are adjusted by a computer.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Measured relative roundtrip time difference and dispersion for the cavity: (a) Without dispersion compensation and (b) with dispersion compensation. (c) Calculated number of possible roundtrips in the cavity as a function of the relative roundtrip time difference.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Roll-off of PSFs for different setups with 100nm tuning range. a) dispersion compensated, FBW=0.28nm; b) uncompensated, FBW=0.28nm; c) dispersion compensated, FBW=0.02nm; d) uncompensated, FBW=0.02nm.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Decay constant of the roll-off plotted versus cavity detuning for varying FFP filter bandwidth and amount of dispersion at a tuning range of 100nm: (a) dispersion compensated, FBW=0.28nm (b) dispersion uncompensated, FBW=0.28nm (c) dispersion compensated, FBW=0.02nm (d) dispersion uncompensated, FBW=0.02nm.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Normalized RF power spectra of ASE from the SOA (a–b) and the swept FDML laser (c–e). The ASE emission shows a flat spectrum over almost the entire measurement bandwidth (a). A slight increased noise level is observed for frequencies <2kHz (b). The peak signals from laser emission obscure measurement of the noise level (c). The background is flat at least for a frequency range from 0.8MHz–100MHz.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Intra-sweep noise (sliding RIN) and inter-sweep noise (ortho RIN).

Fig. 7.
Fig. 7.

Schematic of relevant features in the RF power spectrum for a 51kHz sweep rate laser and a 100MHz analog detection bandwidth. a) Schematic of RF spectrum of a FDML laser, total spectrum (black), noise background (blue), bandwidth relevant for swept source OCT (green filled area). b) Noise bandwidth measured with sliding-noise measurement (blue colored) and ortho-noise measurement (green). If ortho-RIN is measured with high analog bandwidth, the noise content of all frequencies is aliased into the band between DC and ½f. c) For an increasing number of samples taken into account, the sliding noise approaches the ortho-noise values.

Fig. 8.
Fig. 8.

RIN in FDML operation for different setups: a) dispersion compensated FBW=0.28nm FFP-TF (high to low wavelength sweep), b) uncompensated FBW=0.28nm FFP-TF (high to low wavelength sweep), c) uncompensated FBW=0.28nm FFP-TF (low to high wavelength sweep), d) dispersion compensated FBW=0.02nm FFP-TF (high to low wavelength sweep), e) uncompensated FBW=0.02nm FFP-TF (high to low wavelength sweep), f) uncompensated FBW=0.02nm FFP-TF (low to high wavelength sweep). The different frequency ranges result from slight different cavity lengths for the different setups.

Tables (1)

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Table 1. R-numbers for different FBWs for dispersion uncompensated (DNC) and dispersion compensated (DC) FDML lasers as well as for a standard swept laser. iFFT gives the R-number corresponding to the different widths of the FFP-TF calculated by inverse Fourier transformation of the FFP transmission spectrum.

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