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Combined Neodymium–Ytterbium-Doped ASE Fiber-Optic Source for Optical Coherence Tomography Applications

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8 Author(s)
Trifanov, I. ; Multiwave Photonics S.A., Moreira da Maia, Portugal ; Caldas, P. ; Neagu, L. ; Romero, R.
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Optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging at the 1060-nm region proved to be a successful alternative in ophthalmology not only for resolving intraretinal layers, but also for enabling sufficient penetration to monitor the subretinal vasculature in the choroid when compared to most commonly used OCT imaging systems at the 800-nm region. To encourage further clinical research at this particular wavelength, we have developed a compact fiber-optic source based on amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) centered at 1060 nm with 70-nm spectral bandwidth at full-width at half-maximum and output power 20 mW. Our approach is based on a combination of slightly shifted ASE emission spectra from a combination of Neodymium- and Ytterbium-doped fibers. Spectral shaping and power optimization have been achieved using in-fiber filtering schemes. We have tested the performance of the source in an OCT system optimized for this wavelength.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 1 )