1. Articles in category: Tunable Sources

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    1. Surface emitting laser, laser array, light source device, information acquisition device, and optical coherence tomography apparatus

      Surface emitting laser, laser array, light source device, information acquisition device, and optical coherence tomography apparatus

      Provided is a surface emitting laser that is to be excited by an external light source and in which a light-emitting position is defined. A surface emitting laser includes a pair of reflecting mirrors (11, 15) and an active layer (13) that is arranged between the pair of reflecting mirrors (11, 15) and that is to be excited by light that is radiated from an external light source. A gap is formed between the active layer and one of the pair of reflecting mirrors (15), the oscillation wavelength of the surface emitting laser is changed, and a defining structure (20 ...

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    2. Spatio-temporally incremental fiber swept source

      Spatio-temporally incremental fiber swept source

      A spatio-temporally incremental fiber sweep source includes a laser light pulse generator for generating light pulses and a fiber array of individual optical fibers. The fiber array has an input end and an output end, with the fibers at the input end receiving the light pulses substantially simultaneously. The optical fibers at the output end are arranged in a raster scan pattern, e.g., a square pattern, wherein the optical delay in each fiber is greater than the previous one in the scan pattern direction. As a result light exits the array in a completely optical two dimensional raster scan ...

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    3. OCTLIGHT Closes Investment Round on Path to Commercialize OCT Swept Source

      OCTLIGHT Closes Investment Round on Path to Commercialize OCT Swept Source

      OCTLIGHT secures funding years ahead upon successful reaching key milestone OCTLIGHT ApS announces that it has closed an investment round following the successful completion of milestones towards commercializing OCT swept source modules. The funding, which was closed according to plan, will cover the activities of OCTLIGHT over the coming years, focused on development of OCT swept source modules for Ophthalmology as the primary market. Wavelength tuning range doubled to 52 nm showing path towards goal of 100 nm OCTLIGHT has achieved significant milestones towards bringing OCT swept source modules to market. The development of the core VCSEL technology continues, with ...

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    4. Apparatus and methods for one or more wavelength swept lasers and the detection of signals thereof

      Apparatus and methods for one or more wavelength swept lasers and the detection of signals thereof

      An optical instrument including at least a first and second wavelength swept vertical cavity laser (VCL) sources. The wavelength sweeping ranges spanned by the first and second VCL sources may differ with a region of spectral overlap. The first and second VCL sources may be operable under different modes of operation, wherein the modes of operation differ in at least one of: sweep repetition rate, sweep wavelength range, sweep center wavelength, and sweep trajectory. A VCL source may also exhibit sweep-to-sweep variation. Apparatus and methods are described for aligning sample signal data from the first VCL and sample signal data ...

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    5. Unfolding displacement measurement method for the aliasing interferometer signal of a wavelength-comb-swept laser

      Unfolding displacement measurement method for the aliasing interferometer signal of a wavelength-comb-swept laser

      We demonstrate an unfolding displacement measurement method to overcome the aliasing problem of wavelength-comb-swept laser (WCSL). Compared to the conventional wavelength-swept laser (WSL), the WCSL exhibits an extended coherence length, owing to the narrowing spectral linewidth of the etalon filter. However, the aliasing interference signal induces an unexpected back-bounced phenomenon during displacement measurement because of the discretely distributed comb-like periodic spectra of the etalon filter. By using the dual-reference interferometry method, the back-bounced displacement measurement can be successfully unfolded to extend the measurement range by two times. In addition, we demonstrate a longer-range surface profiling image over 18 mm within ...

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    6. Widely tunable short cavity laser

      Widely tunable short cavity laser

      A tunable source includes a short-cavity laser optimized for performance and reliability in SSOCT imaging systems, spectroscopic detection systems, and other types of detection and sensing systems. The short cavity laser has a large free spectral range cavity, fast tuning response and single transverse, longitudinal and polarization mode operation, and includes embodiments for fast and wide tuning, and optimized spectral shaping. Disclosed are both electrical and optical pumping in a MEMS-VCSEL geometry with mirror and gain regions optimized for wide tuning, high output power, and a variety of preferred wavelength ranges; and a semiconductor optical amplifier, combined with the short-cavity ...

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    7. High-resolution retinal swept source optical coherence tomography with an ultra-wideband Fourier-domain mode-locked laser at MHz A-scan rates

      High-resolution retinal swept source optical coherence tomography with an ultra-wideband Fourier-domain mode-locked laser at MHz A-scan rates

      We present a new 1060 nm Fourier domain mode locked laser (FDML laser) with a record 143 nm sweep bandwidth at 2∙ 417 kHz = 834 kHz and 120 nm at 1.67 MHz, respectively. We show that not only the bandwidth alone, but also the shape of the spectrum is critical for the resulting axial resolution, because of the specific wavelength-dependent absorption of the vitreous. The theoretical limit of our setup lies at 5.9 µm axial resolution. In vivo MHz-OCT imaging of human retina is performed and the image quality is compared to the previous results acquired with 70 ...

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    8. Direct experimental measurement of single-mode and mode-hopping dynamics in frequency swept lasers

      Direct experimental measurement of single-mode and mode-hopping dynamics in frequency swept lasers

      A time-resolved study is presented of the single-mode and mode-switching dynamics observed in swept source vertical cavity surfing emitting lasers and swept wavelength short external cavity lasers. A self-delayed interferometric technique is used to experimentally measure the phase and intensity of these frequency swept lasers, allowing direct examination of the modal dynamics. Visualisation of the instantaneous optical spectrum reveals mode-hop free single mode lasing in the case of the vertical cavity laser, with a tuning rate of 6.3 GHz/ns. More complex mode-switching behaviour occurs in the external cavity laser, with the mode-hopping dynamics found to be dominated by ...

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    9. Swept source OCT system and method with phase-locked detection

      Swept source OCT system and method with phase-locked detection

      A swept source OCT system and related method are disclosed. The system comprises a control device for operating a tunable light source in response to an electronic sweep control signal such that the tunable light source carries out wave length sweeps with a repetition rate f.sub.sweep, which depends on the frequency of the sweep control signal. The system further comprises a detection device for the time-resolved detection of an interference signal from a sample beam and a reference beam with the help of a detection cycle signal. The sweep control signal and the detection cycle signal are phase-locked ...

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    10. Widely tunable swept source

      Widely tunable swept source

      A high-speed, single-mode, high power, reliable and manufacturable wavelength-tunable light source operative to emit wavelength tunable radiation over a wavelength range contained in a wavelength span between about 950 nm and about 1150 nm, including a vertical cavity laser (VCL), the VCL having a gain region with at least one compressively strained quantum well containing Indium, Gallium, and Arsenic.

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    11. Eckhaus Instability in the Fourier-Domain Mode Locked Fiber Laser Cavity

      Eckhaus Instability in the Fourier-Domain Mode Locked Fiber Laser Cavity

      High frequency fluctuation in the optical signal generated in Fourier-Domain Mode Locked fiber laser (FDML-FL), which is the major problem and degrades the laser performance, is not yet fully analyzed or studied. The basic theory which is causing this high frequency fluctuation is required to clearly understand its dynamics and to control it for various applications. In this letter, by analyzing the signal and system dynamics of FDML-FL, we theoretically demonstrate that the high frequency fluctuation is induced by the intrinsic instability of frequency offset of the signal in cavity with nonlinear gain and spectral filter. Unlike the instabilities observed ...

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    12. Highly phase-stable 200 kHz swept-source optical coherence tomography based on KTN electro-optic deflector

      Highly phase-stable 200 kHz swept-source optical coherence tomography based on KTN electro-optic deflector

      The rapid advance in swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) technology has enabled exciting new applications in elastography, angiography, and vibrometry, where both high temporal resolution and phase stability are highly sought-after. In this paper, we present a 200 kHz SS-OCT system centered at 1321 nm by using an electro-optically tuned swept source. The proposed system’s performance was fully characterized, and it possesses superior phase stability (0.0012% scanning variability and <1 ns timing jitter) that is promising for many phase-sensitive imaging applications. Biological experiments were demonstrated within ex vivo human tracheobronchial ciliated epithelium where both the ciliary motion and ...

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    13. Downhole sensing via swept source lasers

      Downhole sensing via swept source lasers

      Systems and methods for performing downhole analysis within a well bore employ a swept source laser that can be sent downhole to generate high resolution images of the well bore. Various embodiments can also determine other physical properties of a below ground structure. The swept source lasers can create images using low-coherence interferometry or optical coherence tomography. Systems and methods may also be used to determine fluid flow rates towards the sensor at discrete points, such as individual perforations, by measuring the Doppler effect on the light back-scattered from the fluid. Fluid flow information could also be extracted by measuring ...

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    14. Broadband wavelength-swept light source system and apparatus employing the same

      Broadband wavelength-swept light source system and apparatus employing the same

      A light source system includes: a plurality of gain mediums configured to output a corresponding plurality of lights having different center wavelengths from each other; a first light source part configured to connect the plurality of gain mediums to each other in parallel and emit the plurality of lights; a wavelength-swept filter unit configured to sweep wavelengths of the plurality of lights output by the plurality of gain mediums and compensate for spectroscopic optical paths of the plurality of lights; a second light source part configured to connect the first light source part to the wavelength-swept filter unit in series ...

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    15. Tunable laser array system

      Tunable laser array system

      A system for swept source optical coherence tomography, the system including a light source emitting multiplexed wavelength-swept radiation over a total wavelength range, the light source including N wavelength-swept vertical cavity lasers (VCL) emitting N tunable VCL outputs having N wavelength trajectories, a combiner for combining the N tunable VCL optical outputs into a common optical path to create the multiplexed wavelength-swept radiation, a splitter for splitting the multiplexed wavelength-swept radiation to a sample and a reference path, an optical detector for detecting an interference signal created by an optical interference between a reflection from the sample and light traversing ...

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    16. 16  MHz wavelength-swept and wavelength-stepped laser architectures based on stretched-pulse active mode locking with a single continuously chirped fiber Bragg grating

      16  MHz wavelength-swept and wavelength-stepped laser architectures based on stretched-pulse active mode locking with a single continuously chirped fiber Bragg grating

      We demonstrate a novel high-speed and broadband laser architecture based on stretched pulse active mode locking that provides a wavelength-swept and wavelength-stepped output. The laser utilizes a single intracavity 8.3 meter chirped fiber Bragg grating to generate positive and negative dispersion, and can be operated with or without an intracavity fixed Fabry–Perot etalon to generate wavelength-swept and wavelength-stepped (frequency comb) outputs, respectively. Using a four-path delay line at the output, we achieved 16.3 MHz repetition rates and a 62 nm lasing bandwidth centered at 1550 nm. Single-sided double-pass coherence lengths of 1.25 mm for the wavelength-swept ...

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    17. System, apparatus and method for utilizing optical dispersion for fourier-domain optical coherence tomography

      System, apparatus and method for utilizing optical dispersion for fourier-domain optical coherence tomography

      An apparatus can be provided which can include a laser arrangement which can be configured to provide a laser radiation, and can include an optical cavity. The optical cavity can include a dispersive optical first arrangement which can be configured to receive and disperse at least one first electro-magnetic radiation so as to provide at least one second electro-magnetic radiation. Such cavity can also include an active optical modulator second arrangement which can be configured to receive and modulate the at least one second radiation so as to provide at least one third electro-magnetic radiation. The optical cavity can further ...

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    18. Extended bandwidth wavelength swept laser source for high resolution optical frequency domain imaging

      Extended bandwidth wavelength swept laser source for high resolution optical frequency domain imaging

      Improving the axial resolution by providing wider bandwidth wavelength swept lasers remains an important issue for optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI). Here, we demonstrate a wide tuning range, all-fiber wavelength swept laser at a center wavelength of 1250 nm by combining two ring cavities that share a single Fabry-Perot tunable filter. The two cavities contain semiconductor optical amplifiers with central wavelengths of 1190 nm and 1292 nm, respectively. To avoid disturbing interference effects in the overlapping spectral region, we modulated the amplifiers in order to obtain consecutive wavelength sweeps in the two spectral regions. The two sweeps were fused together ...

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    19. Phase-noise analysis of swept-source optical coherence tomography systems

      Phase-noise analysis of swept-source optical coherence tomography systems

      We propose a new model to characterize the phase noise in swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT). The new model explicitly incorporates scanning variability, timing jitter, and sample location in addition to intensity noise (shot noise). The model was analyzed and validated by using both Monte Carlo methods and experiments. We suggest that the proposed model can be used as a guideline for future SS-OCT experimental designs.

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    20. Analysis of polygonal scanning heads: from industrial to high-end applications in swept sources for OCT

      Analysis of polygonal scanning heads: from industrial to high-end applications in swept sources for OCT

      An analysis of polygonal mirror (PM) scanning heads has been performed, in order to provide a tool for their optimal design. The theory developed brings under the same umbrella applications that range from industrial dimensional measurements to high-end biomedical imaging, for example for broadband laser sources swept in frequency for Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomography (SS-OCT). The different characteristic parameters of the PM scanning heads were considered in order to achieve a rigorous analysis: number of PM facets, inner radius of the PM, eccentricity of the PM pivot with regard to the incident fixed laser beam, distance from this beam ...

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    21. Wavelength tunable laser device and optical coherence tomography apparatus

      Wavelength tunable laser device and optical coherence tomography apparatus

      A wavelength tunable laser device, including: a first reflector; a second reflector; an active layer formed between the first reflector and the second reflector; a quantum well structure layer that exhibits a quantum confined stark effect; and an electrode configured to apply a reverse bias voltage to the quantum well structure layer, wherein the active layer and the second reflector have a gap formed therebetween, the gap having a length to be changed to thereby sweep a resonance wavelength, and wherein the electrode is further configured to change application of the reverse bias voltage to be applied to the quantum ...

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    22. A linearly frequency-swept high-speed-rate multi-wavelength laser for optical coherence tomography

      A linearly frequency-swept high-speed-rate multi-wavelength laser for optical coherence tomography

      We proposed and demonstrated a linearly frequency-swept multi-wavelength laser source for optical coherence tomography (OCT) eliminating the need of wavenumber space resampling in the postprocessing progress. The source consists of a multi-wavelength fiber laser source (MFS) and an optical sweeping loop. In this novel laser source, an equally spaced multi-wavelength laser is swept simultaneously by a certain step each time in the frequency domain in the optical sweeping loop. The sweeping step is determined by radio frequency (RF) signal which can be precisely controlled. Thus the sweeping behavior strictly maintains a linear relationship between time and frequency. We experimentally achieved ...

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    23. Stable wavelength-swept light source designed for industrial applications using KTN beam-scanning technology

      Stable wavelength-swept light source designed for industrial applications using KTN beam-scanning technology

      Using light-beam scanning technology based on a potassium tantalate niobate (KTa 1-x Nb x O 3 , KTN) single crystal, we constructed a wavelength-swept light source for industrial applications. The KTN crystal is placed in an external cavity as an electro-optic deflector for wavelength scanning without any mechanical operation. Cavity arrangement and mechanism elements are specially designed for long-term stability and environmental robustness. In addition, we updated the handling of the KTN crystal. We used a pair of thermistors for accurate temperature monitoring, and weakly irradiated the crystal with a 405-nm light during operation to achieve drift suppression. We selected a ...

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    24. Analysis of FDML lasers with meter range coherence

      Analysis of FDML lasers with meter range coherence

      FDML lasers provide sweep rates in the MHz range at wide optical bandwidths, making them ideal sources for high speed OCT. Recently, at lower speed, ultralong-range swept-source OCT has been demonstrated using a tunable vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) and also using a Vernier-tunable laser. These sources provide relatively high sweep rates and meter range coherence lengths. In order to achieve similar coherence, we developed an extremely well dispersion compensated Fourier Domain Mode Locked (FDML) laser, running at 3.2 MHz sweep rate and 120 nm spectral bandwidth. We demonstrate that this laser offers meter range coherence and enables ...

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