Linear-in-wavenumber actively-mode-locked wavelength-swept laser

Opt Lett. 2020 Oct 1;45(19):5327-5330. doi: 10.1364/OL.397715.


We report on an akinetic actively-mode-locked wavelength-swept laser (ASL) with a sweep that is highly linear in wavenumber. By tailoring the drive waveform of the intracavity modulator, the wavenumber sweep was further linearized to enable high fidelity frequency-domain interferometric ranging without resampling of the acquired data. Used for catheter-based optical coherence tomography, the ASL showed comparable imaging performance to a state-of-the-art polygon-based wavelength-swept source at a matching sweep rate of 103.6 kHz, a duty cycle of 95%, and a bandwidth of 100 nm, centered at 1330 nm.