Tunable optical coherence tomography in the infrared range using visible photons

Tunable optical coherence tomography in the infrared range using visible photons
Title:
Tunable optical coherence tomography in the infrared range using visible photons
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Quantum Science and Technology
Publication Date:
03 April 2018
Citation:
Anna V Paterova et al 2018 Quantum Sci. Technol. 3 025008
Abstract:
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an appealing technique for bio-imaging, medicine, and material analysis. For many applications, OCT in mid- and far-infrared (IR) leads to significantly more accurate results. Reported mid-IR OCT systems require light sources and photodetectors which operate in mid-IR range. These devices are expensive and need cryogenic cooling. Here, we report a proof-of-concept demonstration of a wavelength tunable IR OCT technique with detection of only visible range photons. Our method is based on the nonlinear interference of frequency correlated photon pairs. The nonlinear crystal, introduced in the Michelson-type interferometer, generates photon pairs with one photon in the visible and another in the IR range. The intensity of detected visible photons depends on the phase and loss of IR photons, which interact with the sample under study. This enables us to characterize sample properties and perform imaging in the IR range by detecting visible photons. The technique possesses broad wavelength tunability and yields a fair axial and lateral resolution, which can be tailored to the specific application. The work contributes to the development of versatile 3D imaging and material characterization systems working in a broad range of IR wavelengths, which do not require the use of IR-range light sources and photodetectors.
License type:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Funding Info:
AP would like to acknowledge the support of the SINGA PhD fellowship. The work is partially supported by the 'Quantum technologies for engineering' (QTE) program of A*STAR.
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ISSN:
2058-9565
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