Self-starting, self-regulating Fourier domain mode locked fiber laser for OCT imaging

Kartikeya Murari, Jessica Mavadia, Jiefeng Xi, Xingde Li

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Abstract

We present a Fourier domain mode locking (FDML) fiber laser with a feedback loop allowing automatic startup without a priori knowledge of the fundamental drive frequency. The feedback can also regulate the drive frequency making the source robust against environmental variations. A control system samples the energy of the light traversing the FDML cavity and uses a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) to drive the tunable fiber Fabry-Perot filter in order to maximize that energy. We demonstrate a prototype self-starting, self-regulating FDML operating at 40 kHz with a full width tuning range of 140 nm around 1305 nm and a power output of ~40 mW. The laser starts up with no operator intervention in less than 5 seconds and exhibits improved spectral stability over a conventional FDML source. In OCT applications the source achieved over 120 dB detection sensitivity and an ~8.9-μm axial resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2005-2011
Number of pages7
JournalBiomedical Optics Express
Volume2
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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