Compact fiber-delivered Cr:forsterite laser for nonlinear light microscopy

Ming-Che Chan, Tzu Ming Liu, Shih Peng Tai, Chi Kuang Sun*

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Abstract

We demonstrate a compact and self-starting fiber-delivered femtosecond Cr:forsterite laser for nonlinear light microscopy. A semiconductor saturable absorber mirror provides the self-starting mechanism and maintains long-term stability in the laser cavity. Four double-chirped mirrors are employed to reduce the size of the cavity and to compensate for group velocity dispersion. Delivered by a large-mode-area photonic crystal fiber, the generated laser pulses can be compressed down to be with a nearly transform-limited pulse width with 2.2-nJ fiber-output pulse energy. Based on this fiberdelivered Cr:forsterite laser source, a compact and reliable twophoton fluorescence microscopy system can thus be realized.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054006
JournalJournal of Biomedical Optics
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2005

Keywords

  • Double-chirped mirrors
  • Large-modearea photonic crystal fibers
  • Mode-locked Cr:forsterite lasers
  • Nonlinear light microscopy

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