Discrete Fourier Domain Mode Locked Laser for Simultaneous Dual Modal Swept Source OCT

Dongmei Huang, Feng Li*, Hongjie Chen, Yujia Li, Zihao Cheng, Alex Wai

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In this paper, we propose and demonstrate a discrete Fourier domain mode locked (FDML) laser, which fully utilizes the high flexibility of temporal modulation. The FDML laser runs at the third harmonic frequency of the fiber cavity, which supports six independent swept signals in each cavity round trip. By manipulating the six swept signals, we demonstrate the ability to simultaneously generate multiple combinations of comb lines from a single FDML laser. The free spectral range (FSR) of each set of comb lines is 300 GHz but the six combs could be combined into combs with smaller FSRs. The discrete harmonic FDML laser enables a simultaneous dual modal swept source OCT with a fast imaging mode and a long imaging range mode obtained with the same set of data acquired. Such a swept source could also find applications in swept source LiDAR to realize interleaved line scanning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1873-1878
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number7
Early online date22 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

User-Defined Keywords

  • Dual modal OCT
  • Fourier domain mode locked laser
  • optical coherence tomography


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