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Broadband continuously tunable all-fiber laser based on OPG for CARS imaging

Abstract: A broadband continuously tunable SESAM all-fiber laser based on optical parametric generation (OPG) for Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) imaging applications is presented in this article. This laser structure is built on all-polarization maintaining fibers yielding high environmental stability. The OPG is based on PM photonic crystal fiber as parametric gain pumped by a wavelength-tunable (1025 nm to 1055 nm) and repetition rate-tunable (3 MHz to 500 KHz) Yb-doped pulsed fiber laser. The all-fiber structure features free polarization adjustment in slow-axis tunable operation with a wavelength range from 770 to 940 nm for signal radiation and 1225 to 1510 nm for idler radiation. The pump and signal pulses (CARS-Stokes and CARS-pump respectively) are intrinsically overlapped, both spatially and temporarily, due to the four-wave mixing (FWM) generation and emitted from a single fiber end. The CARS-Stokes and CARS-pump pulse duration vary between 25 to 32 ps and 21 to 24 ps respectively in the whole band, ensuring a good overlap of the generated signals, and both exhibit a Gaussian profile with high spatial beam quality. The frequency conversion allows to obtain a frequency difference between the generated signals from 1100 to 3300 cm-1. The reported low-cost laser source is ideal for bio-imaging applications, especially in CARS imaging, due to its compactness, simplicity, robustness and ease of handling. A patent has been filed based on this technology.

 Autoría: Aporta I., Quintela M.A., Lopez Higuera J.M.,

 Fuente: Journal of Lightwave Technology, 2021, 39(8), 2489-2496

 Editorial: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.

 Fecha de publicación: 15/04/2021

 Nº de páginas: 7

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2021.3053421

 ISSN: 0733-8724,1558-2213

 Proyecto español: TEC2016-76021-C2-2-R

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1109/JLT.2021.3053421