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Sample records for coherent laser vision

  1. Coherent laser vision system

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    Sebastion, R.L.

    1995-10-01

    The Coherent Laser Vision System (CLVS) is being developed to provide precision real-time 3D world views to support site characterization and robotic operations and during facilities Decontamination and Decommissioning. Autonomous or semiautonomous robotic operations requires an accurate, up-to-date 3D world view. Existing technologies for real-time 3D imaging, such as AM laser radar, have limited accuracy at significant ranges and have variability in range estimates caused by lighting or surface shading. Recent advances in fiber optic component technology and digital processing components have enabled the development of a new 3D vision system based upon a fiber optic FMCW coherent laser radar. The approach includes a compact scanner with no-moving parts capable of randomly addressing all pixels. The system maintains the immunity to lighting and surface shading conditions which is characteristic to coherent laser radar. The random pixel addressability allows concentration of scanning and processing on the active areas of a scene, as is done by the human eye-brain system.

  2. COHERENT LASER VISION SYSTEM (CLVS) OPTION PHASE

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    Robert Clark

    1999-11-18

    The purpose of this research project was to develop a prototype fiber-optic based Coherent Laser Vision System (CLVS) suitable for DOE's EM Robotic program. The system provides three-dimensional (3D) vision for monitoring situations in which it is necessary to update the dimensional spatial data on the order of once per second. The system has total immunity to ambient lighting conditions.

  3. Fiber optic coherent laser radar 3d vision system

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    Sebastian, R.L.; Clark, R.B.; Simonson, D.L.

    1994-12-31

    Recent advances in fiber optic component technology and digital processing components have enabled the development of a new 3D vision system based upon a fiber optic FMCW coherent laser radar. The approach includes a compact scanner with no moving parts capable of randomly addressing all pixels. The system maintains the immunity to lighting and surface shading conditions which is characteristic of coherent laser radar. The random pixel addressability allows concentration of scanning and processing on the active areas of a scene, as is done by the human eye-brain system.

  4. Fiber optic coherent laser radar 3D vision system

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    Clark, R.B.; Gallman, P.G.; Slotwinski, A.R.; Wagner, K.; Weaver, S.; Xu, Jieping

    1996-12-31

    This CLVS will provide a substantial advance in high speed computer vision performance to support robotic Environmental Management (EM) operations. This 3D system employs a compact fiber optic based scanner and operator at a 128 x 128 pixel frame at one frame per second with a range resolution of 1 mm over its 1.5 meter working range. Using acousto-optic deflectors, the scanner is completely randomly addressable. This can provide live 3D monitoring for situations where it is necessary to update once per second. This can be used for decontamination and decommissioning operations in which robotic systems are altering the scene such as in waste removal, surface scarafacing, or equipment disassembly and removal. The fiber- optic coherent laser radar based system is immune to variations in lighting, color, or surface shading, which have plagued the reliability of existing 3D vision systems, while providing substantially superior range resolution.

  5. Base program interim phase test procedure - Coherent Laser Vision System (CLVS). Final report, September 27, 1994--January 30, 1997

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    1997-05-01

    The purpose of the CLVS research project is to develop a prototype fiber-optic based Coherent Laser Vision System suitable for DOE`s EM Robotics program. The system provides three-dimensional (3D) vision for monitoring situations in which it is necessary to update geometrics on the order of once per second. The CLVS project plan required implementation in two phases of the contract, a Base Contract and a continuance option. This is the Test Procedure and test/demonstration results presenting a proof-of-concept for a system providing three-dimensional (3D) vision with the performance capability required to update geometrics on the order of once per second.

  6. Optical coherence tomography-based corneal power measurement and intraocular lens power calculation following laser vision correction (an American Ophthalmological Society thesis).

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    Huang, David; Tang, Maolong; Wang, Li; Zhang, Xinbo; Armour, Rebecca L; Gattey, Devin M; Lombardi, Lorinna H; Koch, Douglas D

    2013-09-01

    To use optical coherence tomography (OCT) to measure corneal power and improve the selection of intraocular lens (IOL) power in cataract surgeries after laser vision correction. Patients with previous myopic laser vision corrections were enrolled in this prospective study from two eye centers. Corneal thickness and power were measured by Fourier-domain OCT. Axial length, anterior chamber depth, and automated keratometry were measured by a partial coherence interferometer. An OCT-based IOL formula was developed. The mean absolute error of the OCT-based formula in predicting postoperative refraction was compared to two regression-based IOL formulae for eyes with previous laser vision correction. Forty-six eyes of 46 patients all had uncomplicated cataract surgery with monofocal IOL implantation. The mean arithmetic prediction error of postoperative refraction was 0.05 ± 0.65 diopter (D) for the OCT formula, 0.14 ± 0.83 D for the Haigis-L formula, and 0.24 ± 0.82 D for the no-history Shammas-PL formula. The mean absolute error was 0.50 D for OCT compared to a mean absolute error of 0.67 D for Haigis-L and 0.67 D for Shammas-PL. The adjusted mean absolute error (average prediction error removed) was 0.49 D for OCT, 0.65 D for Haigis-L (P=.031), and 0.62 D for Shammas-PL (P=.044). For OCT, 61% of the eyes were within 0.5 D of prediction error, whereas 46% were within 0.5 D for both Haigis-L and Shammas-PL (P=.034). The predictive accuracy of OCT-based IOL power calculation was better than Haigis-L and Shammas-PL formulas in eyes after laser vision correction.

  7. Intraocular lens power calculation after previous myopic laser vision correction based on corneal power measured by Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography

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    Tang, Maolong; Wang, Li; Koch, Douglas D.; Li, Yan; Huang, David

    2012-01-01

    PURPOSE To use Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) to measure corneal power and calculate intraocular lens (IOL) power in cataract surgeries after laser vision correction. SETTING Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California, and Cullen Eye Institute, Houston, Texas, USA. DESIGN Prospective comparative case series. METHODS Patients with previous myopic laser vision correction who had monofocal IOL implantation were enrolled. A Fourier-domain OCT system was used to measure corneal power and pachymetry. Axial length and anterior chamber depth were measured with partial coherence biometry. An OCT-based IOL formula was developed, and the mean absolution error (MAE) of postoperative refraction was compared with that for the Haigis-L formula. At Doheny, corneal power was also measured using the clinical history method, the contact lens overrefraction method, and slit-scanning tomography total optical power. RESULTS Sixteen eyes of 16 patients were enrolled at the 2 sites. Previous laser vision correction ranged from −9.81 to −0.88 diopter (D). The MAE was 0.50 D for OCT-based IOL calculation and 0.76 D for the Haigis-L formula (P = .14). In the 6 eyes enrolled at Doheny, the MAE of OCT-based IOL calculation was 0.60 D. In comparison, the contact lens overrefraction (MAE = 1.46 D, P < .05) and clinical history (MAE = 1.78 D, P < .05) methods were worse. Slit-scanning tomography gave an MAE of 1.28 D (P > .05). CONCLUSION The predictive accuracy of OCT-based IOL power calculation was equal to or better than current standards in post-laser vision correction eyes. PMID:22440433

  8. Lasers and Coherent Light Sources

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    Svelto, Orazio; Longhi, Stefano; Della Valle, Giuseppe; Huber, Günter; Kück, Stefan; Pollnau, Markus; Hillmer, Hartmut; Kusserow, Thomas; Engelbrecht, Rainer; Rohlfing (deceased), Frank; Kaiser, Jeffrey; Malz, Ralf; Marowsky, Gerd; Mann, Klaus; Simon, Peter; Rhodes, Charles K.; Duarte, Frank J.; Borsutzky, Annette; L'Huillier, Johannes A.; Sigrist, Markus W.; Wächter, Helen; Saldin, Evgeny; Schneidmiller, Evgeny; Yurkov, Mikhail; Sauerbrey, Roland; Hein, Joachim; Gianella, Michele; Helmcke, Jürgen; Midorikawa, Katsumi; Riehle, Fritz; Steinberg, Steffen; Brand, Hans

    This chapter describes lasers and other sources of coherent light that operate in a wide wavelength range. First, the general principles for the generation of coherent continuous-wave and pulsed radiation are treated including the interaction of radiation with matter, the properties of optical resonators and their modes as well as such processes as Q-switching and mode-locking. The general introduction is followed by sections on numerous types of lasers, the emphasis being on today's most important sources of coherent light, in particular on solid-state lasers and several types of gas lasers. An important part of the chapter is devoted to the generation of coherent radiation coherent radiation by nonlinear processes with optical parametric oscillators, difference- and sum-frequency generation, and high-order harmonics. Radiation in the extended ultraviolet (EUV) and x-ray ranges can be generated by free electron lasers (FEL) and advanced x-ray sources. Ultrahigh light intensities up to 1021 W/cm2 open the door to studies of relativistic laser-matter interaction and laser particle acceleration. The chapter closes with a section on laser stabilization.

  9. Lasers and Coherent Light Sources

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    Svelto, Orazio; Longhi, Stefano; Valle, Giuseppe; Kück, Stefan; Huber, Günter; Pollnau, Markus; Hillmer, Hartmut; Hansmann, Stefan; Engelbrecht, Rainer; Brand, Hans; Kaiser, Jeffrey; Peterson, Alan; Malz, Ralf; Steinberg, Steffen; Marowsky, Gerd; Brinkmann, Uwe; Lo, Dennis; Borsutzky, Annette; Wächter, Helen; Sigrist, Markus; Saldin, Evgeny; Schneidmiller, Evgeny; Yurkov, Mikhail; Midorikawa, Katsumi; Hein, Joachim; Sauerbrey, Roland; Helmcke, Jürgen

    This chapter describes lasers and other sources of coherent light that operate in a wide wavelength range. First, the general principles for the generation of coherent continuous-wave and pulsed radiation are treated including the interaction of radiation with matter, the properties of optical resonators and their modes as well as such processes as Q-switching and mode-locking. The general introduction is followed by sections on numerous types of lasers, the emphasis being on today's most important sources of coherent light, in particular on solid-state lasers and several types of gas lasers. An important part of the chapter is devoted to the generation of coherent radiation by nonlinear processes with optical parametric oscillators, difference- and sum-frequency generation, and high-order harmonics. Radiation in the extended ultraviolet (EUV) and X-ray ranges can be generated by free electron lasers (FEL) and advanced X-ray sources. Ultrahigh light intensities up to 1021 W/cm2 open the door to studies of relativistic laser-matter interaction and laser particle acceleration. The chapter closes with a section on laser stabilization.

  10. Progress in coherent laser radar

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    Vaughan, J. M.

    1986-01-01

    Considerable progress with coherent laser radar has been made over the last few years, most notably perhaps in the available range of high performance devices and components and the confidence with which systems may now be taken into the field for prolonged periods of operation. Some of this increasing maturity was evident at the 3rd Topical Meeting on Coherent Laser Radar: Technology and Applications. Topics included in discussions were: mesoscale wind fields, nocturnal valley drainage and clear air down bursts; airborne Doppler lidar studies and comparison of ground and airborne wind measurement; wind measurement over the sea for comparison with satellite borne microwave sensors; transport of wake vortices at airfield; coherent DIAL methods; a newly assembled Nd-YAG coherent lidar system; backscatter profiles in the atmosphere and wavelength dependence over the 9 to 11 micrometer region; beam propagation; rock and soil classification with an airborne 4-laser system; technology of a global wind profiling system; target calibration; ranging and imaging with coherent pulsed and CW system; signal fluctuations and speckle. Some of these activities are briefly reviewed.

  11. Coherence properties of short cavity swept lasers

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    Johnson, Bart; Atia, Walid; Kuznetsov, Mark; Goldberg, Brian D.; Whitney, Peter; Flanders, Dale C.

    2017-01-01

    It has been shown theoretically and experimentally that short cavity swept lasers are passively mode locked. We develop a mathematical model of these lasers and the light field solutions are used to predict the coherence length and coherence revival behavior. The calculations compare favorably with data from a 990–1100 nm laser swept at 100 kHz suitable for optical coherence tomography applications. PMID:28271002

  12. Partially coherent radiation from lasers, undulators, and laser produced plasmas

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    Iskander, Nasif; Wang, Nadine

    The coherence properties of several existing and proposed sources of soft X-rays are compared with emphasis on the LLNL Se laser. Average and peak values of spectral brightness and coherent power are calculated and plotted. Coherent power is plotted in units of watts for coherence lengths of 1 micron and 10 microns (two useful lengths of experiments) as well as 200 microns (to illustrate the natural long coherence length of the LLNL Se laser).

  13. Coherence delay augmented laser beam homogenizer

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    Rasmussen, P.; Bernhardt, A.

    1993-06-29

    The geometrical restrictions on a laser beam homogenizer are relaxed by ug a coherence delay line to separate a coherent input beam into several components each having a path length difference equal to a multiple of the coherence length with respect to the other components. The components recombine incoherently at the output of the homogenizer, and the resultant beam has a more uniform spatial intensity suitable for microlithography and laser pantogography. Also disclosed is a variable aperture homogenizer, and a liquid filled homogenizer.

  14. Coherence delay augmented laser beam homogenizer

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    Rasmussen, Paul; Bernhardt, Anthony

    1993-01-01

    The geometrical restrictions on a laser beam homogenizer are relaxed by ug a coherence delay line to separate a coherent input beam into several components each having a path length difference equal to a multiple of the coherence length with respect to the other components. The components recombine incoherently at the output of the homogenizer, and the resultant beam has a more uniform spatial intensity suitable for microlithography and laser pantogography. Also disclosed is a variable aperture homogenizer, and a liquid filled homogenizer.

  15. High power coherent polarization locked laser diode.

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    Purnawirman; Phua, P B

    2011-03-14

    We have coherently combined a broad area laser diode array to obtain high power single-lobed output by using coherent polarization locking. The single-lobed coherent beam is achieved by spatially combining four diode emitters using walk-off crystals and waveplates while their phases are passively locked via polarization discrimination. While our previous work focused on coherent polarization locking of diode in Gaussian beams, we demonstrate in this paper, the feasibility of the same polarization discrimination for locking multimode beams from broad area diode lasers. The resonator is designed to mitigate the loss from smile effect by using retro-reflection feedback in the cavity. In a 980 nm diode array, we produced 7.2 W coherent output with M2 of 1.5x11.5. The brightness of the diode is improved by more than an order of magnitude.

  16. Laser Imaging Systems For Computer Vision

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    Vlad, Ionel V.; Ionescu-Pallas, Nicholas; Popa, Dragos; Apostol, Ileana; Vlad, Adriana; Capatina, V.

    1989-05-01

    The computer vision is becoming an essential feature of the high level artificial intelligence. Laser imaging systems act as special kind of image preprocessors/converters enlarging the access of the computer "intelligence" to the inspection, analysis and decision in new "world" : nanometric, three-dimensionals(3D), ultrafast, hostile for humans etc. Considering that the heart of the problem is the matching of the optical methods and the compu-ter software , some of the most promising interferometric,projection and diffraction systems are reviewed with discussions of our present results and of their potential in the precise 3D computer vision.

  17. Spatial coherence of random laser emission

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    Redding, B.; Choma, M. A.; Cao, H.

    2011-09-01

    Lasing action in disordered media has been studied extensively in recent years and many of its properties are well understood. However, few studies have considered the spatial coherence in these systems, despite initial observations indicating that random lasers exhibit much lower spatial coherence than conventional lasers. We performed a systematic, experimental investigation of the spatial coherence of random laser emission as a function of the scattering mean free path and the excitation volume. Lasing was achieved under optical excitation and spatial coherence was characterized by imaging the emission spot onto a Young's double slit and collecting the interference fringes in the far field. We observed dramatic differences in the spatial coherence within our parameter space. Specifically, we found that samples with a shorter mean free path relative to the excitation volume exhibited reduced spatial coherence. We provide a qualitative explanation of our experimental observations in terms of the number of excited modes and their spatial orientation. This work provides a means to realize intense, spatially incoherent laser emission for applications in which speckle or spatial cross talk limits performance.

  18. Stretchable Random Lasers with Tunable Coherent Loops.

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    Sun, Tzu-Min; Wang, Cih-Su; Liao, Chi-Shiun; Lin, Shih-Yao; Perumal, Packiyaraj; Chiang, Chia-Wei; Chen, Yang-Fang

    2015-12-22

    Stretchability represents a key feature for the emerging world of realistic applications in areas, including wearable gadgets, health monitors, and robotic skins. Many optical and electronic technologies that can respond to large strain deformations have been developed. Laser plays a very important role in our daily life since it was discovered, which is highly desirable for the development of stretchable devices. Herein, stretchable random lasers with tunable coherent loops are designed, fabricated, and demonstrated. To illustrate our working principle, the stretchable random laser is made possible by transferring unique ZnO nanobrushes on top of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomer substrate. Apart from the traditional gain material of ZnO nanorods, ZnO nanobrushes were used as optical gain materials so they can serve as scattering centers and provide the Fabry-Perot cavity to enhance laser action. The stretchable PDMS substrate gives the degree of freedom to mechanically tune the coherent loops of the random laser action by changing the density of ZnO nanobrushes. It is found that the number of laser modes increases with increasing external strain applied on the PDMS substrate due to the enhanced possibility for the formation of coherent loops. The device can be stretched by up to 30% strain and subjected to more than 100 cycles without loss in laser action. The result shows a major advance for the further development of man-made smart stretchable devices.

  19. Coherent laser radar: Current European systems

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    Vaughan, J. Michael

    1985-01-01

    Coherent laser radar systems at 10 micrometers have been studied in Europe for well over a decade. In the past few years, the level of activity has increased rapidly and work is now in progress on systems and components at a large number of research institutions and industrial firms. Some of the organizations have had specific involvement with wind and aerosol measuring lidars, while others are largely concerned with components. Some of the particular European strong points are reviewed in device physics and technology. In addition to wind measurement systems, much work has been done on other applications of coherent laser radar including ranging, imaging, and coherent DIAL studies. Some of these other applications are also outlined.

  20. Local vibrational coherences drive the primary photochemistry of vision.

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    Johnson, Philip J M; Halpin, Alexei; Morizumi, Takefumi; Prokhorenko, Valentyn I; Ernst, Oliver P; Miller, R J Dwayne

    2015-12-01

    The role of vibrational coherence-concerted vibrational motion on the excited-state potential energy surface-in the isomerization of retinal in the protein rhodopsin remains elusive, despite considerable experimental and theoretical efforts. We revisited this problem with resonant ultrafast heterodyne-detected transient-grating spectroscopy. The enhanced sensitivity that this technique provides allows us to probe directly the primary photochemical reaction of vision with sufficient temporal and spectral resolution to resolve all the relevant nuclear dynamics of the retinal chromophore during isomerization. We observed coherent photoproduct formation on a sub-50 fs timescale, and recovered a host of vibrational modes of the retinal chromophore that modulate the transient-grating signal during the isomerization reaction. Through Fourier filtering and subsequent time-domain analysis of the transient vibrational dynamics, the excited-state nuclear motions that drive the isomerization reaction were identified, and comprise stretching, torsional and out-of-plane wagging motions about the local C11=C12 isomerization coordinate.

  1. Long range coherence in free electron lasers

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    Colson, W. B.

    1984-01-01

    The simple free electron laser (FEL) design uses a static, periodic, transverse magnetic field to undulate relativistic electrons traveling along its axis. This allows coupling to a co-propagating optical wave and results in bunching to produce coherent radiation. The advantages of the FEL are continuous tunability, operation at wavelengths ranging from centimeters to angstroms, and high efficiency resulting from the fact that the interaction region only contains light, relativistic electrons, and a magnetic field. Theoretical concepts and operational principles are discussed.

  2. Solid-state coherent laser radar wind shear measuring systems

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    Huffaker, R. Milton

    1992-01-01

    Coherent Technologies, Inc. (CTI) was established in 1984 to engage in the development of coherent laser radar systems and subsystems with applications in atmospheric remote sensing, and in target tracking, ranging and imaging. CTI focuses its capabilities in three major areas: (1) theoretical performance and design of coherent laser radar system; (2) development of coherent laser radar systems for government agencies such as DoD and NASA; and (3) development of coherent laser radar systems for commercial markets. The topics addressed are: (1) 1.06 micron solid-state coherent laser radar system; (2) wind measurement using 1.06 micron system; and flashlamp-pumped 2.09 micron solid-state coherent laser radar system.

  3. Coherence delay augmented laser beam homogenizer

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    Rasmussen, P.; Bernhardt, A.

    1991-12-31

    It is an object of the present invention to provide an apparatus that can reduce the apparent coherence length of a laser beam so the beam can be used with an inexpensive homogenizer to produce an output beam with a uniform spatial intensity across its entire cross section. It is a further object of the invention to provide an improved homogenizer with a variable aperture size that is simple and easily made. It is still an additional object of the invention to provide an improved liquid filled homogenizer utilizing total internal reflection for improved efficiency. These, and other objects of the invention are realized by using a ``coherence delay line,`` according to the present invention, in series between a laser and a homogenizer. The coherence delay line is an optical ``line`` that comprises two mirrors, one partially reflecting, and one totally reflecting, arranged so that light incident from the laser first strikes the partially reflecting mirror. A portion of the beam passes through, and a portion is reflected back to the totally reflecting mirror.

  4. Local vibrational coherences drive the primary photochemistry of vision

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    Johnson, Philip J. M.; Halpin, Alexei; Morizumi, Takefumi; Prokhorenko, Valentyn I.; Ernst, Oliver P.; Miller, R. J. Dwayne

    2015-12-01

    The role of vibrational coherence—concerted vibrational motion on the excited-state potential energy surface—in the isomerization of retinal in the protein rhodopsin remains elusive, despite considerable experimental and theoretical efforts. We revisited this problem with resonant ultrafast heterodyne-detected transient-grating spectroscopy. The enhanced sensitivity that this technique provides allows us to probe directly the primary photochemical reaction of vision with sufficient temporal and spectral resolution to resolve all the relevant nuclear dynamics of the retinal chromophore during isomerization. We observed coherent photoproduct formation on a sub-50 fs timescale, and recovered a host of vibrational modes of the retinal chromophore that modulate the transient-grating signal during the isomerization reaction. Through Fourier filtering and subsequent time-domain analysis of the transient vibrational dynamics, the excited-state nuclear motions that drive the isomerization reaction were identified, and comprise stretching, torsional and out-of-plane wagging motions about the local C11=C12 isomerization coordinate.

  5. Analysis of coherent dynamical processes through computer vision

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    Hack, M. J. Philipp

    2016-11-01

    Visualizations of turbulent boundary layers show an abundance of characteristic arc-shaped structures whose apparent similarity suggests a common origin in a coherent dynamical process. While the structures have been likened to the hairpin vortices observed in the late stages of transitional flow, a consistent description of the underlying mechanism has remained elusive. Detailed studies are complicated by the chaotic nature of turbulence which modulates each manifestation of the process and which renders the isolation of individual structures a challenging task. The present study applies methods from the field of computer vision to capture the time evolution of turbulent flow features and explore the associated physical mechanisms. The algorithm uses morphological operations to condense the structure of the turbulent flow field into a graph described by nodes and links. The low-dimensional geometric information is stored in a database and allows the identification and analysis of equivalent dynamical processes across multiple scales. The framework is not limited to turbulent boundary layers and can also be applied to different types of flows as well as problems from other fields of science.

  6. Coherent characteristics of solid-state lasers with corner cubes.

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    Cheng, Yong; Liu, Xu; Liu, Yang; Tan, Chaoyong; Chen, Xia; Zhu, Mengzhen; Mi, Chaowei; Sun, Bin

    2014-05-20

    A corner cube (CC) as a peculiar coherent combination element is first, to the best of our knowledge, theoretically and experimentally proved by the authors. When a CC is used as a total-reflecting mirror in the solid-state laser resonator it can improve the laser far-field energy focalization. Furthermore, the differences between the coherent characteristics of the lasers with a corner cube resonator (CCR) and those with a Fabry-Perot resonator have been investigated, respectively. Theoretical calculation and numerical simulation have proved that the symmetric output beams of the CCR laser are coherent and the adjacent output beams are partially coherent. Based on these special coherent characteristics, a new laser coherent combining configuration, in which a CC was utilized as a total-reflecting mirror, was proposed and experimentally investigated. In our experiments, the measured far-field intensity profiles of coherent combing laser arrays are in good agreement with the numerical simulation. These novel coherent characteristics of a CC may be important for applications in solid-state lasers and laser coherent combining systems, and coherent combination may be one of the development trends and future research directions for CCR lasers.

  7. Coherent laser radar atmospheric turbulence sensor

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    Gatt, Philip; Frehlich, Rod G.; Hannon, Stephen M.

    1998-09-01

    A single-ended, range-resolved, refractive turbulence sensor concept was investigated for ground-based and airborne platforms. This technology is of interest to the Air Force's Airborne Laser (ABL) program, because it will enable the determination of optimal engagement paths for the weapons laser. In this paper we describe the performance of a range- resolved refractive turbulence profiler which is based upon a coherent laser radar array receiver technology. We present Monte-Carlo simulation performance predictions for several sensor configurations, including a one micron ABL sensor and an eye-safe two micron ground-based sensor. In addition to its refractive turbulence sensing function, this innovative sensor will be capable of measuring wind velocity and characterizing wind turbulence.

  8. Tenth Biennial Coherent Laser Radar Technology and Applications Conference

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    Kavaya, Michael J. (Compiler)

    1999-01-01

    The tenth conference on coherent laser radar technology and applications is the latest in a series beginning in 1980 which provides a forum for exchange of information on recent events current status, and future directions of coherent laser radar (or lidar or lader) technology and applications. This conference emphasizes the latest advancement in the coherent laser radar field, including theory, modeling, components, systems, instrumentation, measurements, calibration, data processing techniques, operational uses, and comparisons with other remote sensing technologies.

  9. Tenth Biennial Coherent Laser Radar Technology and Applications Conference

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    Kavaya, Michael J. (Compiler)

    1999-01-01

    The tenth conference on coherent laser radar technology and applications is the latest in a series beginning in 1980 which provides a forum for exchange of information on recent events current status, and future directions of coherent laser radar (or lidar or lader) technology and applications. This conference emphasizes the latest advancement in the coherent laser radar field, including theory, modeling, components, systems, instrumentation, measurements, calibration, data processing techniques, operational uses, and comparisons with other remote sensing technologies.

  10. Solid-state lasers for coherent communication and remote sensing

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    Byer, Robert L.

    1990-01-01

    Laser development, high efficiency, high power second harmonic generation, operation of optical parametric oscillators for wavelength diversity and tunability, and studies in coherent communications are reviewed.

  11. Low Coherence Interferometry in Selective Laser Melting

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    Neef, A.; Seyda, V.; Herzog, D.; Emmelmann, C.; Schönleber, M.; Kogel-Hollacher, M.

    Selective Laser Melting (SLM) is an additive layer manufacturing technology that offers several advantages compared to conven- tional methods of production such as an increased freedom of design and a toolless production suited for variable lot sizes. Despite these attractive aspects today's state of the art SLM machines lack a holistic process monitoring system that detects and records typical defects during production. A novel sensor concept based on the low coherence interferometry (LCI) was integrated into an SLM production setup. The sensor is mounted coaxially to the processing laser beam and is capable of sampling distances along the optical axis. Measurements during and between the processing of powder layers can reveal crucial topology information which is closely related to the final part quality. The overall potential of the sensor in terms of quality assurance and process control is being discussed. Furthermore fundamental experiments were performed to derive the performance of the system.

  12. Nonlinear Dynamics of Arrays of Coherent Laser Beams

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2012-09-23

    AFRL-AFOSR-UK-TR-2012-0058 Nonlinear dynamics of arrays of coherent laser beams Professor Sergei K. Turitsyn Aston...Report 3. DATES COVERED (From – To) 20 June 2010 – 19 June 2012 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Nonlinear dynamics of arrays of coherent laser beams 5a...have been verified using numerical simulations. 15. SUBJECT TERMS EOARD, Laser Beams, Lasers 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF

  13. Tunable, Highly Stable Lasers for Coherent Lidar

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    Henderson, Sammy W.; Hale, Charley P.; EEpagnier, David M.

    2006-01-01

    Practical space-based coherent laser radar systems envisioned for global winds measurement must be very efficient and must contend with unique problems associated with the large platform velocities that the instruments experience in orbit. To compensate for these large platform-induced Doppler shifts in space-based applications, agile-frequency offset-locking of two single-frequency Doppler reference lasers was thoroughly investigated. Such techniques involve actively locking a frequency-agile master oscillator (MO) source to a comparatively static local oscillator (LO) laser, and effectively producing an offset between MO (the lidar slave oscillator seed source, typically) and heterodyne signal receiver LO that lowers the bandwidth of the receiver data-collection system and permits use of very high-quantum-efficiency, reasonably- low-bandwidth heterodyne photoreceiver detectors and circuits. Recent work on MO/LO offset locking has focused on increasing the offset locking range, improving the graded-InGaAs photoreceiver performance, and advancing the maturity of the offset locking electronics. A figure provides a schematic diagram of the offset-locking system.

  14. Cascaded injection resonator for coherent beam combining of laser arrays

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    Kireev, Vassili [Sunnyvale, CA; Liu, Yun; Protopopescu, Vladimir [Knoxville, TN; Braiman, Yehuda [Oak Ridge, TN

    2008-10-21

    The invention provides a cascaded injection resonator for coherent beam combining of laser arrays. The resonator comprises a plurality of laser emitters arranged along at least one plane and a beam sampler for reflecting at least a portion of each laser beam that impinges on the beam sampler, the portion of each laser beam from one of the laser emitters being reflected back to another one of the laser emitters to cause a beam to be generated from the other one of the laser emitters to the beam reflector. The beam sampler also transmits a portion of each laser beam to produce a laser output beam such that a plurality of laser output beams of the same frequency are produced. An injection laser beam is directed to a first laser emitter to begin a process of generating and reflecting a laser beam from one laser emitter to another laser emitter in the plurality. A method of practicing the invention is also disclosed.

  15. Coherent receiving efficiency in satellite-ground coherent laser communication system based on analysis of polarization

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    Hao, Shiqi; Zhang, Dai; Zhao, Qingsong; Wang, Lei; Zhao, Qi

    2017-06-01

    Aimed at analyzing the coherent receiving efficiency of a satellite-ground coherent laser communication system, polarization state of the received light is analyzed. We choose the circularly polarized, partially coherent laser as transmitted light source. The analysis process includes 3 parts. Firstly, an theoretical model to analyze received light's polarization state is constructed based on Gaussian-Schell model (GSM) and cross spectral density function matrix. Then, analytic formulas to calculate coherent receiving efficiency are derived in which both initial ellipticity modification and deflection angle between polarization axes of the received light and the intrinsic light are considered. At last, numerical simulations are operated based on our study. The research findings investigate variations of polarization state and obtain analytic formulas to calculate the coherent receiving efficiency. Our study has theoretical guiding significances in construction and optimization of satellite-ground coherent laser communication system.

  16. Coherent laser radar at 2 microns using solid-state lasers

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    Henderson, Sammy W.; Suni, Paul J. M.; Hale, Charley P.; Hannon, Stephen M.; Magee, James R.; Bruns, Dale L.; Yuen, Eric H.

    1993-01-01

    Coherent laser radar systems using 2-micron Tm- and Tm, Ho-doped solid-state lasers are useful for the remote range-resolved measurement of atmospheric winds, aerosol backscatter, and DIAL measurements of atmospheric water vapor and CO2 concentrations. Recent measurements made with a 2-micron coherent laser radar system, advances in the laser technology, and atmospheric propagation effects on 2-micron coherent lidar performance are described.

  17. Diffusion filter eliminates fringe effects of coherent laser light source

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    Olsasky, M. J.

    1970-01-01

    Diffusion filter comprised of small particles in colloidal suspension reduces the coherence of a laser beam used as a photographic light source. Interference patterns which obscure details in photographic film are eliminated, the intensity and collimation are moderately affected.

  18. Spatial coherence of low-cost 532nm green lasers

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    Astadjov, Dimo N.; Prakash, Om

    2013-03-01

    We report for first time, to our best knowledge, experimental measurement of the degree of spatial coherence of a λ532 nm laser source (of a DPSS type - frequency doubled Nd:YVO4 laser) by reversal shear interferometers developed in our laboratories not so long. The degree of a full-sized non-apertured laser beam turned out to be quite high viz. up to 0.6 which is comparable with the degree of spatial coherence of λ510 nm copper lasers we had measured repeatedly for last decade.

  19. Nonlinear optics with coherent free electron lasers

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    Bencivenga, F.; Capotondi, F.; Mincigrucci, R.; Cucini, R.; Manfredda, M.; Pedersoli, E.; Principi, E.; Simoncig, A.; Masciovecchio, C.

    2016-12-01

    We interpreted the recent construction of free electron laser (FELs) facilities worldwide as an unprecedented opportunity to bring concepts and methods from the scientific community working with optical lasers into the domain of x-ray science. This motivated our efforts towards the realization of FEL-based wave-mixing applications. In this article we present new extreme ultraviolet transient grating (X-TG) data from vitreous SiO2, collected using two crossed FEL pulses (photon frequency 38 eV) to generate the X-TG and a phase matched optical probing pulse (photon frequency 3.1 eV). This experiment extends our previous investigation, which was carried out on a nominally identical sample using a different FEL photon frequency (45 eV) to excite the X-TG. The present data are featured by a peak intensity of the X-TG signal substantially larger than that previously reported and by slower modulations of the X-TG signal at positive delays. These differences could be ascribed to the different FEL photon energy used in the two experiments or to differences in the sample properties. A systematic X-TG study on the same sample as a function of the FEL wavelength is needed to draw a consistent conclusion. We also discuss how the advances in the performance of the FELs, in terms of generation of fully coherent photon pulses and multi-color FEL emission, may push the development of original experimental strategies to study matter at the femtosecond-nanometer time-length scales, with the unique option of element and chemical state specificity. This would allow the development of advanced experimental tools based on wave-mixing processes, which may have a tremendous impact in the study of a large array of phenomena, ranging from nano-dynamics in complex materials to charge and energy transfer processes.

  20. Night vision goggles, laser eye protection, and cockpit displays

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    Martinsen, Gary; Havig, Paul; Dykes, James; Kuyk, Thomas; McLin, Leon

    2007-04-01

    The increasing use of lasers on the modern battlefield may necessitate the wear of laser eye protection devices (LEPDs) by warfighters. Unfortunately, LEPDs that protect against visible laser wavelengths often reduce overall light transmittance and a wearer's vision can be degraded, especially in low light conditions. Wearing night vision goggles (NVGs) provides laser eye protection behind the goggles, but NVGs do not block lasers that might enter the eye around the NVGs. Therefore, LEPDs will be worn under NVGs. People wearing NVGs look below the NVGs to read displays and for other near vision tasks. This effort involved determining the effects of wearing variable density filters on vision in low light conditions, with and without the presence of a simulated head-down display (HDD). Each subject's visual acuity was measured under moonlight illumination levels while wearing neutral density filters and LEPDs. Similar measurements of the subjects' visual detection thresholds, both on and off-axis, were made. Finally, the effects of wearing variable density filters on visual acuity on the HDD were determined. Wearing variable density filters in low-light conditions reduces visual acuity and detection. The presence of the HDD reduced acuity slightly through variable density filters but. the HDD had no effect on on-axis detection and actually improved off-axis detection. The reasons for this final finding are unclear.

  1. Millimeter-Scale Spatial Coherence from a Plasmon Laser.

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    Hoang, Thang B; Akselrod, Gleb M; Yang, Ankun; Odom, Teri W; Mikkelsen, Maiken H

    2017-10-04

    Coherent light sources have been demonstrated based on a wide range of nanostructures, however, little effort has been devoted to probing their underlying coherence properties. Here, we report long-range spatial coherence of lattice plasmon lasers constructed from a periodic array of gold nanoparticles and a liquid gain medium at room temperature. By combining spatial and temporal interferometry, we demonstrate millimeter-scale (∼1 mm) spatial coherence and picosecond (∼2 ps) temporal coherence. The long-range spatial coherence occurs even without the presence of strong coupling with the lattice plasmon mode extending over macroscopic distances in the lasing regime. This plasmonic lasing system thus provides a platform for understanding the emergence of long-range coherence from collections of nanoscale resonators and points toward novel types of distributed lasing sources.

  2. Laser-Driven Coherent Betatron Oscillation in a Laser-Wakefield Cavity: Formation of Sinusoid Beam Shapes and Coherent Trajectories

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    Nemeth, Karoly; Li Yuelin; Shang Hairong; Harkay, Katherine C.; Shen Baifei; Crowell, Robert; Cary, John R.

    2009-01-22

    High amplitude coherent electron-trajectories have been seen in 3D particle-in-cell simulations of the colliding pulse injection scheme of laser-wakefield accelerators in the bubble regime, and explained as a consequence of laser-driven coherent betatron oscillation in our recent paper [K. Nemeth et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 095002 (2008)]. In the present paper we provide more details on the shape of the trajectories, their relationship to the phase velocity of the laser and indicate the dependence of the phenomenon on the accuracy of the numerical representation and choice of laser/plasma parameters.

  3. The 3D laser radar vision processor system

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    Sebok, T. M.

    1990-01-01

    Loral Defense Systems (LDS) developed a 3D Laser Radar Vision Processor system capable of detecting, classifying, and identifying small mobile targets as well as larger fixed targets using three dimensional laser radar imagery for use with a robotic type system. This processor system is designed to interface with the NASA Johnson Space Center in-house Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Retriever robot program and provide to it needed information so it can fetch and grasp targets in a space-type scenario.

  4. A laser-based vision system for weld quality inspection.

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    Huang, Wei; Kovacevic, Radovan

    2011-01-01

    Welding is a very complex process in which the final weld quality can be affected by many process parameters. In order to inspect the weld quality and detect the presence of various weld defects, different methods and systems are studied and developed. In this paper, a laser-based vision system is developed for non-destructive weld quality inspection. The vision sensor is designed based on the principle of laser triangulation. By processing the images acquired from the vision sensor, the geometrical features of the weld can be obtained. Through the visual analysis of the acquired 3D profiles of the weld, the presences as well as the positions and sizes of the weld defects can be accurately identified and therefore, the non-destructive weld quality inspection can be achieved.

  5. A Laser-Based Vision System for Weld Quality Inspection

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    Huang, Wei; Kovacevic, Radovan

    2011-01-01

    Welding is a very complex process in which the final weld quality can be affected by many process parameters. In order to inspect the weld quality and detect the presence of various weld defects, different methods and systems are studied and developed. In this paper, a laser-based vision system is developed for non-destructive weld quality inspection. The vision sensor is designed based on the principle of laser triangulation. By processing the images acquired from the vision sensor, the geometrical features of the weld can be obtained. Through the visual analysis of the acquired 3D profiles of the weld, the presences as well as the positions and sizes of the weld defects can be accurately identified and therefore, the non-destructive weld quality inspection can be achieved. PMID:22344308

  6. The LaserVision Standard: ODC Begins the Teaching Trail.

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    Magel, Mark

    1986-01-01

    Presents a historical perspective of videodisc technology and technical examination of Optical Disc Corporation's (ODC) LaserVision system, an audio/video communication system which stores composite signals on videodisc. Also discussed are premastering, mastering, and replication steps in videodisc production; videodisc player design and…

  7. Phased laser array with tailored spectral and coherence properties

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    Messerly, Michael J; Dawson, Jay W; Beach, Raymond J

    2014-05-20

    Architectures for coherently combining an array of fiber-based lasers are provided. By matching their lengths to within a few integer multiples of a wavelength, the spatial and temporal properties of a single large laser are replicated, while extending the average or peak pulsed power limit.

  8. Phased laser array with tailored spectral and coherence properties

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    Messerly, Michael J; Dawson, Jay W; Beach, Raymond J

    2011-03-29

    Architectures for coherently combining an array of fiber-based lasers are provided. By matching their lengths to within a few integer multiples of a wavelength, the spatial and temporal properties of a single large laser are replicated, while extending the average or peak pulsed power limit.

  9. LASER BEAMS Application of partially coherent modes for studying generation of a Gaussian partially coherent laser beam

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    Suvorov, A. A.

    2010-10-01

    The problem of steady-state generation of a Gaussian partially coherent beam in a stable-cavity laser is considered within the framework of the method of expansion of the radiation coherence function in partially coherent modes. We discuss the conditions whose fulfilment makes it possible to neglect the intermode beatings of the radiation field and the effect of the gain dispersion on the steady-state generation of multimode partially coherent radiation. Based on the simplified model, we solve the self-consistent problem of generation of a Gaussian partially coherent beam for the given laser pump conditions and the resonator parameters. The dependence of the beam characteristics (power, radius, etc.) on the active medium properties and the resonator parameters is obtained.

  10. Stereo vision based hand-held laser scanning system design

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    Xiong, Hanwei; Xu, Jun; Wang, Jinming

    2011-11-01

    Although 3D scanning system is used more and more broadly in many fields, such computer animate, computer aided design, digital museums, and so on, a convenient scanning device is expansive for most people to afford. In another hand, imaging devices are becoming cheaper, a stereo vision system with two video cameras cost little. In this paper, a hand held laser scanning system is design based on stereo vision principle. The two video cameras are fixed tighter, and are all calibrated in advance. The scanned object attached with some coded markers is in front of the stereo system, and can be changed its position and direction freely upon the need of scanning. When scanning, the operator swept a line laser source, and projected it on the object. At the same time, the stereo vision system captured the projected lines, and reconstructed their 3D shapes. The code markers are used to translate the coordinate system between scanned points under different view. Two methods are used to get more accurate results. One is to use NURBS curves to interpolate the sections of the laser lines to obtain accurate central points, and a thin plate spline is used to approximate the central points, and so, an exact laser central line is got, which guards an accurate correspondence between tow cameras. Another way is to incorporate the constraint of laser swept plane on the reconstructed 3D curves by a PCA (Principle Component Analysis) algorithm, and more accurate results are obtained. Some examples are given to verify the system.

  11. Characterization of a high coherence, Brillouin microcavity laser on silicon.

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    Li, Jiang; Lee, Hansuek; Chen, Tong; Vahala, Kerry J

    2012-08-27

    Recently, a high efficiency, narrow-linewidth, chip-based stimulated Brillouin laser (SBL) was demonstrated using an ultra-high-Q, silica-on-silicon resonator. In this work, this novel laser is more fully characterized. The Schawlow Townes linewidth formula for Brillouin laser operation is derived and compared to linewidth data, and the fitting is used to measure the mechanical thermal quanta contribution to the Brillouin laser linewidth. A study of laser mode pulling by the Brillouin optical gain spectrum is also presented, and high-order, cascaded operation of the SBL is demonstrated. Potential application of these devices to microwave sources and phase-coherent communication is discussed.

  12. Performance evaluation of adaptive optics for atmospheric coherent laser communications.

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    Liu, Chao; Chen, Shanqiu; Li, XinYang; Xian, Hao

    2014-06-30

    With extremely high sensitivity, the coherent laser communications has a large potential to be used in the long-range and high data-rate free space communication links. However, for the atmospheric turbulent links, the most significant factor that limits the performance of the coherent laser communications is the effect of atmospheric turbulence. In this paper, we try to integrate the adaptive optics (AO) to the coherent laser communications and analyze the performances. It is shown that, when the atmospheric turbulence condition D/r0 is not larger than 1, can the coherent laser communication system works well without the correction of an AO system. When it is in the gentle turbulent condition (around D/r0 = 2), only the tip and tilt correction can improve the mixing efficiency and the bit-error rate (BER) significantly. In the moderate (around D/r0 = 10) or relatively strong (around D/r0 = 17) turbulent condition, the AO system has to correct about 9 or 35 turbulent modes or more respectively to achieve a favorable performance. In conclusion, we have demonstrated that the AO technique has great potential to improve the performances of the atmospheric coherent laser communications.

  13. [Damage to the vision organ by non-medical lasers].

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    Verigo, E N; Kuznetsova, I A; Ivanov, A N

    2003-01-01

    The offered study is dedicated to an acute ophthalmology issue, i.e. damage to the vision body by irradiation of non-medical lasers used in every-day life, industry and army. A total of 6 patients with damages to the central eye section were analyzed. The results of ultrasound fluorography as well as of electrophysiological examinations are described and conservative therapy schemes are presented. According to a preliminary conclusion, the outcome of the clinical condition can be accompanied by a low and eccentric vision.

  14. Optical injection enables coherence resonance in quantum-dot lasers

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    Ziemann, D.; Aust, R.; Lingnau, B.; Schöll, E.; Lüdge, K.

    2013-07-01

    We demonstrate that optically injected semiconductor quantum-dot lasers operated in the frequency-locked regime exhibit the counterintuitive effect of coherence resonance, i.e., the regularity of noise-induced spiking is a non-monotonic function of the spontaneous emission noise, and it is optimally correlated at a non-zero value of the noise intensity. We uncover the mechanism of coherence resonance from a microscopically based model of the quantum-dot laser structure, and show that it is related to excitability under optical injection and to a saddle-node infinite period (SNIPER) bifurcation occurring for small injection strength at the border of the frequency locking regime. By a model reduction we argue that the phenomenon of coherence resonance is generic for a wide class of optically injected lasers.

  15. Optical laser systems at the Linac Coherent Light Source

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    Minitti, Michael P.; Robinson, Joseph S.; Coffee, Ryan N.; ...

    2015-04-22

    Ultrafast optical lasers play an essential role in exploiting the unique capabilities of recently commissioned X-ray free-electron laser facilities such as the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). Pump–probe experimental techniques reveal ultrafast dynamics in atomic and molecular processes and reveal new insights in chemistry, biology, material science and high-energy-density physics. This manuscript describes the laser systems and experimental methods that enable cutting-edge optical laser/X-ray pump–probe experiments to be performed at LCLS.

  16. Optical laser systems at the Linac Coherent Light Source

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    Minitti, Michael P.; Robinson, Joseph S.; Coffee, Ryan N.; Edstrom, Steve; Gilevich, Sasha; Glownia, James M.; Granados, Eduardo; Hering, Philippe; Hoffmann, Matthias C.; Miahnahri, Alan; Milathianaki, Despina; Polzin, Wayne; Ratner, Daniel; Tavella, Franz; Vetter, Sharon; Welch, Marc; White, William E.; Fry, Alan R.

    2015-01-01

    Ultrafast optical lasers play an essential role in exploiting the unique capabilities of recently commissioned X-ray free-electron laser facilities such as the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). Pump–probe experimental techniques reveal ultrafast dynamics in atomic and molecular processes and reveal new insights in chemistry, biology, material science and high-energy-density physics. This manuscript describes the laser systems and experimental methods that enable cutting-edge optical laser/X-ray pump–probe experiments to be performed at LCLS. PMID:25931064

  17. Optical laser systems at the Linac Coherent Light Source.

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    Minitti, Michael P; Robinson, Joseph S; Coffee, Ryan N; Edstrom, Steve; Gilevich, Sasha; Glownia, James M; Granados, Eduardo; Hering, Philippe; Hoffmann, Matthias C; Miahnahri, Alan; Milathianaki, Despina; Polzin, Wayne; Ratner, Daniel; Tavella, Franz; Vetter, Sharon; Welch, Marc; White, William E; Fry, Alan R

    2015-05-01

    Ultrafast optical lasers play an essential role in exploiting the unique capabilities of recently commissioned X-ray free-electron laser facilities such as the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). Pump-probe experimental techniques reveal ultrafast dynamics in atomic and molecular processes and reveal new insights in chemistry, biology, material science and high-energy-density physics. This manuscript describes the laser systems and experimental methods that enable cutting-edge optical laser/X-ray pump-probe experiments to be performed at LCLS.

  18. Coherent laser radar at 3.6 microm.

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    Hanson, Frank; Lasher, Mark

    2002-12-20

    Coherent laser radar systems in the mid-IR wavelength region can have advantages in low-altitude environment because they are less sensitive to scattering, turbulence, and humidity, which can affect shorter- or longer-wavelength system. We describe a coherent laser radar at 3.6 microm based on a single-frequency optical parametric oscillator and demonstrate the system over short ranges outdoors. The system was used to make micro-Doppler measurements from idling trucks that were processed to give surface vibration spectra.

  19. Coherent Doppler Laser Radar: Technology Development and Applications

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    Kavaya, Michael J.; Arnold, James E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center has been investigating, developing, and applying coherent Doppler laser radar technology for over 30 years. These efforts have included the first wind measurement in 1967, the first airborne flights in 1972, the first airborne wind field mapping in 1981, and the first measurement of hurricane eyewall winds in 1998. A parallel effort at MSFC since 1982 has been the study, modeling and technology development for a space-based global wind measurement system. These endeavors to date have resulted in compact, robust, eyesafe lidars at 2 micron wavelength based on solid-state laser technology; in a factor of 6 volume reduction in near diffraction limited, space-qualifiable telescopes; in sophisticated airborne scanners with full platform motion subtraction; in local oscillator lasers capable of rapid tuning of 25 GHz for removal of relative laser radar to target velocities over a 25 km/s range; in performance prediction theory and simulations that have been validated experimentally; and in extensive field campaign experience. We have also begun efforts to dramatically improve the fundamental photon efficiency of the laser radar, to demonstrate advanced lower mass laser radar telescopes and scanners; to develop laser and laser radar system alignment maintenance technologies; and to greatly improve the electrical efficiency, cooling technique, and robustness of the pulsed laser. This coherent Doppler laser radar technology is suitable for high resolution, high accuracy wind mapping; for aerosol and cloud measurement; for Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) measurements of atmospheric and trace gases; for hard target range and velocity measurement; and for hard target vibration spectra measurement. It is also suitable for a number of aircraft operations applications such as clear air turbulence (CAT) detection; dangerous wind shear (microburst) detection; airspeed, angle of attack, and sideslip measurement; and fuel savings through

  20. Coherent Doppler Laser Radar: Technology Development and Applications

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    Kavaya, Michael J.; Arnold, James E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center has been investigating, developing, and applying coherent Doppler laser radar technology for over 30 years. These efforts have included the first wind measurement in 1967, the first airborne flights in 1972, the first airborne wind field mapping in 1981, and the first measurement of hurricane eyewall winds in 1998. A parallel effort at MSFC since 1982 has been the study, modeling and technology development for a space-based global wind measurement system. These endeavors to date have resulted in compact, robust, eyesafe lidars at 2 micron wavelength based on solid-state laser technology; in a factor of 6 volume reduction in near diffraction limited, space-qualifiable telescopes; in sophisticated airborne scanners with full platform motion subtraction; in local oscillator lasers capable of rapid tuning of 25 GHz for removal of relative laser radar to target velocities over a 25 km/s range; in performance prediction theory and simulations that have been validated experimentally; and in extensive field campaign experience. We have also begun efforts to dramatically improve the fundamental photon efficiency of the laser radar, to demonstrate advanced lower mass laser radar telescopes and scanners; to develop laser and laser radar system alignment maintenance technologies; and to greatly improve the electrical efficiency, cooling technique, and robustness of the pulsed laser. This coherent Doppler laser radar technology is suitable for high resolution, high accuracy wind mapping; for aerosol and cloud measurement; for Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) measurements of atmospheric and trace gases; for hard target range and velocity measurement; and for hard target vibration spectra measurement. It is also suitable for a number of aircraft operations applications such as clear air turbulence (CAT) detection; dangerous wind shear (microburst) detection; airspeed, angle of attack, and sideslip measurement; and fuel savings through

  1. Coherent acceleration by laser pulse echelons in periodic plasma structures

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    Pukhov, A.; Kostyukov, I.; Tückmantel, T.; Luu-Thanh, Ph.; Mourou, G.

    2014-05-01

    We consider a possibilty to use an echelon of mutually coherent laser pulses generated by the emerging CAN (Coherent Amplification Network) technology for direct particle acceleration in periodic plasma structures. We discuss resonant and free streaming configurations. The resonant plasma structures can trap energy of longer laser pulses but are limited to moderate laser intensities of about 1014 W/cm2 and are very sensitive to the structure quality. The free streaming configurations can survive laser intensities above 1018 W/cm2 for several tens of femtoseconds so that sustained accelerating rates well above TeV/m are feasible. In our full electromagnetic relativistic particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations we show a test electron bunch gaining up to 200 GeV over a distance of 10.2 cm only.

  2. Atom lasers, coherent states, and coherence. I. Physically realizable ensembles of pure states

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    Wiseman, H. M.; Vaccaro, John A.

    2002-04-01

    A laser, be it an optical laser or an atom laser, is an open quantum system that produces a coherent beam of bosons (photons or atoms, respectively). Far above threshold, the stationary state ρss of the laser mode is a mixture of coherent-field states with random phase, or, equivalently, a Poissonian mixture of number states. This paper answers the question: can descriptions such as these, of ρss as a stationary ensemble of pure states, be physically realized? Here physical realization is as defined previously by us [H. M. Wiseman and J. A. Vaccaro, Phys. Lett. A 250, 241 (1998)]: an ensemble of pure states for a particular system can be physically realized if, without changing the dynamics of the system, an experimenter can (in principle) know at any time that the system is in one of the pure-state members of the ensemble. Such knowledge can be obtained by monitoring the baths to which the system is coupled, provided that coupling is describable by a Markovian master equation. Using a family of master equations for the (atom) laser, we solve for the physically realizable (PR) ensembles. We find that for any finite self-energy χ of the bosons in the laser mode, the coherent-state ensemble is not PR; the closest one can come to it is an ensemble of squeezed states. This is particularly relevant for atom lasers, where the self-energy arising from elastic collisions is expected to be large. By contrast, the number-state ensemble is always PR. As the self-energy χ increases, the states in the PR ensemble closest to the coherent-state ensemble become increasingly squeezed. Nevertheless, there are values of χ for which states with well-defined coherent amplitudes are PR, even though the atom laser is not coherent (in the sense of having a Bose-degenerate output). We discuss the physical significance of this anomaly in terms of conditional coherence (and hence conditional Bose degeneracy).

  3. Laser fields in dynamically ionized plasma structures for coherent acceleration

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    Luu-Thanh, Ph.; Tückmantel, T.; Pukhov, A.; Kostyukov, I.

    2015-10-01

    With the emergence of the CAN (Coherent Amplification Network) laser technology, a new scheme for direct particle acceleration in periodic plasma structures has been proposed. By using our full electromagnetic relativistic particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation code equipped with ionisation module, we simulate the laser fields dynamics in the periodic structures of different materials. We study how the dynamic ionization influences the field structure.

  4. 2-Micron Laser Transmitter for Coherent CO2 DIAL Measurement

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    Singh, Upendra N.; Bai, Yingxin; Yu, Jirong

    2009-01-01

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) has been recognized as one of the most important greenhouse gases. It is essential for the study of global warming to accurately measure the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere and continuously record its variation. A high repetition rate, highly efficient, Q-switched 2-micron laser system as the transmitter of a coherent differential absorption lidar for CO2 measurement has been developed in NASA Langley Research Center. This laser system is capable of making a vertical profiling of CO2 from ground and column measurement of CO2 from air and space-borne platform. The transmitter is a master-slave laser system. The master laser operates in a single frequency, either on-line or off-line of a selected CO2 absorption line. The slave laser is a Q-switched ring-cavity Ho:YLF laser which is pumped by a Tm:fiber laser. The repetition rate can be adjusted from a few hundred Hz to 10 kHz. The injection seeding success rate is from 99.4% to 99.95%. For 1 kHz operation, the output pulse energy is 5.5mJ with the pulse length of 50 ns. The optical-to-optical efficiency is 39% when the pump power is 14.5W. A Ho:YLF laser operating in the range of 2.05 micrometers can be tuned over several characteristic lines of CO2 absorption. Experimentally, a diode pumped Ho:Tm:YLF laser has been successfully used as the transmitter of coherent differential absorption lidar for the measurement of CO2 with a repetition rate of 5 Hz and pulse energy of 75 mJ. For coherent detection, high repetition rate is required for speckle averaging to obtain highly precise measurements. However, a diode pumped Ho:Tm:YLF laser can not operate in high repetition rate due to the large heat loading and up-conversion. A Tm:fiber laser pumped Ho:YLF laser with low heat loading can operate in high repetition rate. A theoretical model has been established to simulate the performance of Tm:fiber laser pumped Ho:YLF lasers. For continuous wave (CW) operation, high pump intensity with small beam

  5. 2-Micron Laser Transmitter for Coherent CO2 DIAL Measurement

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    Singh, Upendra N.; Bai, Yingxin; Yu, Jirong

    2009-01-01

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) has been recognized as one of the most important greenhouse gases. It is essential for the study of global warming to accurately measure the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere and continuously record its variation. A high repetition rate, highly efficient, Q-switched 2-micron laser system as the transmitter of a coherent differential absorption lidar for CO2 measurement has been developed in NASA Langley Research Center. This laser system is capable of making a vertical profiling of CO2 from ground and column measurement of CO2 from air and space-borne platform. The transmitter is a master-slave laser system. The master laser operates in a single frequency, either on-line or off-line of a selected CO2 absorption line. The slave laser is a Q-switched ring-cavity Ho:YLF laser which is pumped by a Tm:fiber laser. The repetition rate can be adjusted from a few hundred Hz to 10 kHz. The injection seeding success rate is from 99.4% to 99.95%. For 1 kHz operation, the output pulse energy is 5.5mJ with the pulse length of 50 ns. The optical-to-optical efficiency is 39% when the pump power is 14.5W. A Ho:YLF laser operating in the range of 2.05 micrometers can be tuned over several characteristic lines of CO2 absorption. Experimentally, a diode pumped Ho:Tm:YLF laser has been successfully used as the transmitter of coherent differential absorption lidar for the measurement of CO2 with a repetition rate of 5 Hz and pulse energy of 75 mJ. For coherent detection, high repetition rate is required for speckle averaging to obtain highly precise measurements. However, a diode pumped Ho:Tm:YLF laser can not operate in high repetition rate due to the large heat loading and up-conversion. A Tm:fiber laser pumped Ho:YLF laser with low heat loading can operate in high repetition rate. A theoretical model has been established to simulate the performance of Tm:fiber laser pumped Ho:YLF lasers. For continuous wave (CW) operation, high pump intensity with small beam

  6. Statistical properties of partially coherent cw fiber lasers.

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    Churkin, Dmitriy V; Smirnov, Sergey V; Podivilov, Evgenii V

    2010-10-01

    We perform a detailed quantitative numerical analysis of a partially coherent quasi-cw fiber laser on the example of a high-Q normal dispersion cavity Raman fiber laser. The key role of precise spectral performances of fiber Bragg gratings forming the laser cavity is clarified. It is shown that cross-phase modulation between the pump and Stokes waves does not affect the generation. Amplitudes of different longitudinal modes strongly fluctuate, obeying the Gaussian distribution. As the intensity statistics is noticeably nonexponential, longitudinal modes should be correlated.

  7. Coherent inter-satellite and satellite-ground laser links

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    Gregory, Mark; Heine, Frank; Kämpfner, Hartmut; Lange, Robert; Lutzer, Michael; Meyer, Rolf

    2011-03-01

    Since February 2008 coherent laser communication links are operational in-orbit. Transmitting data at a rate of 5.625 Gbps they verify the capability of laser communication exemplarily in LEO-LEO and Ground-LEO constellations. The LEO-LEO links run with a bit error rate of 10-11. Acquisition typically is closed within seconds. On the basis of these results laser communication terminals are adapted to LEO-GEO links with a still scalable user data rate of 1.8 Gbps. The terminals will be applied in the European data relay system.

  8. Quasi mode-locking of coherent feedback random fiber laser

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    Ma, R.; Zhang, W. L.; Zeng, X. P.; Yang, Z. J.; Rao, Y. J.; Yao, B. C.; Yu, C. B.; Wu, Y.; Yu, S. F.

    2016-01-01

    Mode-locking is a milestone in the history of lasers that allows the generation of short light pulses and stabilization of lasers. This phenomenon is known to occur only in standard ordered lasers for long time and until recently it is found that it also occurs in disordered random lasers formed by nanoscale particles. Here, we report the realization of a so-called quasi mode-locking of coherent feedback random fiber laser which consists of a partially disordered linear cavity formed between a point reflector and a random distributed fiber Bragg grating array with an inserted graphene saturable absorber. We show that multi-groups of regular light pulses/sub-pulses with different repetition frequencies are generated within the quasi mode-locking regime through the so-called collective resonances phenomenon in such a random fiber laser. This work may provide a platform to study mode locking as well as pulse dynamic regulation of random lasing emission of coherent feedback disordered structures and pave the way to the development of novel multi-frequency pulse fiber lasers with potentially wide frequency tuning range. PMID:28004785

  9. Quasi mode-locking of coherent feedback random fiber laser

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    Ma, R.; Zhang, W. L.; Zeng, X. P.; Yang, Z. J.; Rao, Y. J.; Yao, B. C.; Yu, C. B.; Wu, Y.; Yu, S. F.

    2016-12-01

    Mode-locking is a milestone in the history of lasers that allows the generation of short light pulses and stabilization of lasers. This phenomenon is known to occur only in standard ordered lasers for long time and until recently it is found that it also occurs in disordered random lasers formed by nanoscale particles. Here, we report the realization of a so-called quasi mode-locking of coherent feedback random fiber laser which consists of a partially disordered linear cavity formed between a point reflector and a random distributed fiber Bragg grating array with an inserted graphene saturable absorber. We show that multi-groups of regular light pulses/sub-pulses with different repetition frequencies are generated within the quasi mode-locking regime through the so-called collective resonances phenomenon in such a random fiber laser. This work may provide a platform to study mode locking as well as pulse dynamic regulation of random lasing emission of coherent feedback disordered structures and pave the way to the development of novel multi-frequency pulse fiber lasers with potentially wide frequency tuning range.

  10. Solid-state lasers for coherent communication and remote sensing

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    Byer, Robert L.

    1992-01-01

    Semiconductor-diode laser-pumped solid-state lasers have properties that are superior to other lasers for the applications of coherent communication and remote sensing. These properties include efficiency, reliability, stability, and capability to be scaled to higher powers. We have demonstrated that an optical phase-locked loop can be used to lock the frequency of two diode-pumped 1.06 micron Nd:YAG lasers to levels required for coherent communication. Monolithic nonplanar ring oscillators constructed from solid pieces of the laser material provide better than 10 kHz frequency stability over 0.1 sec intervals. We have used active feedback stabilization of the cavity length of these lasers to demonstrate 0.3 Hz frequency stabilization relative to a reference cavity. We have performed experiments and analysis to show that optical parametric oscillators (OPO's) reproduce the frequency stability of the pump laser in outputs that can be tuned to arbitrary wavelengths. Another measurement performed in this program has demonstrated the sub-shot-noise character of correlations of the fluctuations in the twin output of OPO's. Measurements of nonlinear optical coefficients by phase-matched second harmonic generation are helping to resolve inconsistency in these important parameters.

  11. The coherent combination of fibre lasers - Towards realistic applications

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    Tudor, Peter; Corner, Laura; Walczak, Roman

    2017-03-01

    To drive a laser-plasma wakefield, high peak-power laser pulses are required. For useful accelerator applications, it is also necessary to have driving lasers with high efficiency, repetition rates, and average power. The coherent combination of Ytterbium-doped fibre laser amplifiers is a promising potential solution, and previous work has demonstrated the successful combination of near-identical ultrafast fibre lasers. We report here the combination of significantly mismatched Ytterbium-doped photonic crystal fibre amplifiers with a combined efficiency of 96%, while the locked power output remained stable for 6 hours. The combined output of the system had a total gain of 12 dB, with no detrimental effect on the compressed pulse width observed.

  12. Coherent and spontaneous emission in the quantum free electron laser

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    Robb, G. R. M.; Bonifacio, R.

    2012-07-15

    We present an analysis of quantum free electron laser (QFEL) dynamics including the effects of spontaneous emission. The effects of spontaneous emission are undesirable for coherent short-wave generation using FELs and have been shown in previous studies to limit the capabilities of classical self amplified spontaneous emission (SASE)-FELs at short wavelengths {approx}1 A due to growth of electron beam energy spread. As one of the attractive features of the QFEL is its potential as a relatively compact coherent x-ray source, it is important to understand the role of spontaneous emission, but to date there has not been a model which is capable of consistently describing the dynamics of both coherent FEL emission and incoherent spontaneous emission. In this paper, we present such a model, and use it to show that the limitations imposed by spontaneous emission on coherent FEL operation are significantly different in the quantum regime to those in the classical regime. An example set of parameters constituting a QFEL using electron and laser parameters which satisfy the condition for neglect of spontaneous emission during coherent QFEL emission is presented.

  13. Coherence loss of partially mode-locked fibre laser

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    Gao, Lei; Zhu, Tao; Wabnitz, Stefan; Liu, Min; Huang, Wei

    2016-04-01

    Stochastically driven nonlinear processes limit the number of amplified modes in a natural system due to competitive mode interaction, which is accompanied by loss of coherence when increasing the complexity of the system. Specifically, we find that modulation instability, which exhibits great fluctuations when it spontaneously grows from noise in conservative systems, may possess a high degree of coherence in dissipative laser system with gain. Nonlinear mode interactions can be competitive or cooperative: adjusting the intracavity polarization state controls the process of loss of coherence. Single-shot spectra reveal that, first, the fibre laser redistributes its energy from the center wavelength mode into sidebands through parametric instabilities. Subsequently, longitudinal modes are populated via cascaded four-wave-mixing. Parametric frequency conversion populates longitudinal modes with a random distribution of position, intensity and polarization, resulting in partially (rather than highly) coherent pulses. These dynamics unveil a new route towards complex pattern formation in nonlinear laser systems, and they may be also beneficial for the understanding of supercontinuum, Kerr-combs phenomena, and optical rogue waves.

  14. Coherence loss of partially mode-locked fibre laser.

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    Gao, Lei; Zhu, Tao; Wabnitz, Stefan; Liu, Min; Huang, Wei

    2016-04-29

    Stochastically driven nonlinear processes limit the number of amplified modes in a natural system due to competitive mode interaction, which is accompanied by loss of coherence when increasing the complexity of the system. Specifically, we find that modulation instability, which exhibits great fluctuations when it spontaneously grows from noise in conservative systems, may possess a high degree of coherence in dissipative laser system with gain. Nonlinear mode interactions can be competitive or cooperative: adjusting the intracavity polarization state controls the process of loss of coherence. Single-shot spectra reveal that, first, the fibre laser redistributes its energy from the center wavelength mode into sidebands through parametric instabilities. Subsequently, longitudinal modes are populated via cascaded four-wave-mixing. Parametric frequency conversion populates longitudinal modes with a random distribution of position, intensity and polarization, resulting in partially (rather than highly) coherent pulses. These dynamics unveil a new route towards complex pattern formation in nonlinear laser systems, and they may be also beneficial for the understanding of supercontinuum, Kerr-combs phenomena, and optical rogue waves.

  15. Coherence loss of partially mode-locked fibre laser

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    Gao, Lei; Zhu, Tao; Wabnitz, Stefan; Liu, Min; Huang, Wei

    2016-01-01

    Stochastically driven nonlinear processes limit the number of amplified modes in a natural system due to competitive mode interaction, which is accompanied by loss of coherence when increasing the complexity of the system. Specifically, we find that modulation instability, which exhibits great fluctuations when it spontaneously grows from noise in conservative systems, may possess a high degree of coherence in dissipative laser system with gain. Nonlinear mode interactions can be competitive or cooperative: adjusting the intracavity polarization state controls the process of loss of coherence. Single-shot spectra reveal that, first, the fibre laser redistributes its energy from the center wavelength mode into sidebands through parametric instabilities. Subsequently, longitudinal modes are populated via cascaded four-wave-mixing. Parametric frequency conversion populates longitudinal modes with a random distribution of position, intensity and polarization, resulting in partially (rather than highly) coherent pulses. These dynamics unveil a new route towards complex pattern formation in nonlinear laser systems, and they may be also beneficial for the understanding of supercontinuum, Kerr-combs phenomena, and optical rogue waves. PMID:27126325

  16. Coherent combs in ionization by intense and short laser pulses

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    Krajewska, K.; Kamiński, J. Z.

    2016-03-01

    Photoionization of positive ions by a train of intense, short laser pulses is investigated within the relativistic strong field approximation, using the velocity gauge. The formation of broad peak structures in the high-energy domain of photoelectrons is observed and interpreted. The emergence of coherent photoelectron energy combs within these structures is demonstrated, and it is interpreted as the consequence of the Fraunhofer-type interference/diffraction of probability amplitudes of ionization from individual pulses comprising the train. Extensions to the coherent angular combs are also studied, and effects related to the radiation pressure are presented.

  17. Coherent beam combining architectures for high power tapered laser arrays

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    Schimmel, G.; Janicot, S.; Hanna, M.; Decker, J.; Crump, P.; Erbert, G.; Witte, U.; Traub, M.; Georges, P.; Lucas-Leclin, G.

    2017-02-01

    Coherent beam combining (CBC) aims at increasing the spatial brightness of lasers. It consists in maintaining a constant phase relationship between different emitters, in order to combine them constructively in one single beam. We have investigated the CBC of an array of five individually-addressable high-power tapered laser diodes at λ = 976 nm, in two architectures: the first one utilizes the self-organization of the lasers in an interferometric extended-cavity, which ensures their mutual coherence; the second one relies on the injection of the emitters by a single-frequency laser diode. In both cases, the coherent combining of the phase-locked beams is ensured on the front side of the array by a transmission diffractive grating with 98% efficiency. The passive phase-locking of the laser bar is obtained up to 5 A (per emitter). An optimization algorithm is implemented to find the proper currents in the five ridge sections that ensured the maximum combined power on the front side. Under these conditions we achieve a maximum combined power of 7.5 W. In the active MOPA configuration, we can increase the currents in the tapered sections up to 6 A and get a combined power of 11.5 W, corresponding to a combining efficiency of 76%. It is limited by the beam quality of the tapered emitters and by fast phase fluctuations between emitters. Still, these results confirm the potential of CBC approaches with tapered lasers to provide a high-power and high-brightness beam, and compare with the current state-of-the-art with laser diodes.

  18. Novel intra-cavity self-organization coherent erbium-doped fiber laser

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    Jia, Xiu-Jie; Liu, Feng-Nian; Fu, Sheng-Gui; Zhang, Jian; Liu, Yan-Ge; Guo, Zhan-Cheng; Yuan, Shu-Zhong; Kai, Gui-Yun; Dong, Xiao-Yi

    2007-03-01

    A novel all-fiber self-organization coherent Erbium-doped fiber laser is proposed and demonstrated. The laser system is composed of two independent lasers. When each of the two branch lasers operates independently, the output power is 10. 41mW and 8.69 mW respectively. By adjusting a polarization controller (PC), the two lasers achieve coherent coupling, and the output power is 24.4 mW, which is more than two times that the single laser yields. Furthermore, we bring forward and discuss the factor estimating the effect of coherent combination—coherent coupling factor. The value of growth factor to evaluate the effect of coherent combining is 1.27. The coherent fiber laser has the advantages of simple structure, high efficiency and single frequency, which conduce to coherent coupling easily.

  19. LASER BEAMS: Laser heterodyning of Gaussian beams with partial spatial coherence

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    Kozin, G. I.; Kuznetsov, A. P.; Lebedinskii, M. O.

    2005-05-01

    The characteristics of Gaussian beams with partial spatial coherence are considered theoretically. The conditions for efficient recording of laser radiation reflected from scattering surfaces upon laser heterodyning and intracavity radiation reception are analysed. Recommendations on the use of projecting telescopic systems are given. Theoretical conclusions are confirmed experimentally.

  20. Active coherent beam combining of diode lasers.

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    Redmond, Shawn M; Creedon, Kevin J; Kansky, Jan E; Augst, Steven J; Missaggia, Leo J; Connors, Michael K; Huang, Robin K; Chann, Bien; Fan, Tso Yee; Turner, George W; Sanchez-Rubio, Antonio

    2011-03-15

    We have demonstrated active coherent beam combination (CBC) of up to 218 semiconductor amplifiers with 38.5 W cw output using up to eleven one-dimensional 21-element individually addressable diode amplifier arrays operating at 960 nm. The amplifier array elements are slab-coupled-optical-waveguide semiconductor amplifiers (SCOWAs) set up in a master-oscillator-power-amplifier configuration. Diffractive optical elements divide the master-oscillator beam to seed multiple arrays of SCOWAs. A SCOWA was phase actuated by adjusting the drive current to each element and controlled using a stochastic-parallel-gradient-descent (SPGD) algorithm for the active CBC. The SPGD is a hill-climbing algorithm that maximizes on-axis intensity in the far field, providing phase locking without needing a reference beam.

  1. Coherent and incoherent structural dynamics in laser-excited antimony

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    Waldecker, Lutz; Vasileiadis, Thomas; Bertoni, Roman; Ernstorfer, Ralph; Zier, Tobias; Valencia, Felipe H.; Garcia, Martin E.; Zijlstra, Eeuwe S.

    2017-02-01

    We investigate the excitation of phonons in photoexcited antimony and demonstrate that the entire electron-lattice interactions, in particular coherent and incoherent electron-phonon coupling, can be probed simultaneously. Using femtosecond electron diffraction (FED) with high temporal resolution, we observe the coherent excitation of the fully symmetric A1 g optical phonon mode via the shift of the minimum of the atomic potential energy surface. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations on laser excited potential energy surfaces are performed to quantify the change in lattice potential and the associated real-space amplitude of the coherent atomic oscillations. Good agreement is obtained between the parameter-free calculations and the experiment. In addition, our experimental configuration allows observing the energy transfer from electrons to phonons via incoherent electron-lattice scattering events. The electron-phonon coupling is determined as a function of electronic temperature from our DFT calculations and the data by applying different models for the energy transfer.

  2. Optimizing the Laser-Pulse Configuration for Coherent Raman Spectroscopy

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    Pestov, Dmitry; Murawski, Robert K.; Ariunbold, Gombojav O.; Wang, Xi; Zhi, Miaochan; Sokolov, Alexei V.; Sautenkov, Vladimir A.; Rostovtsev, Yuri V.; Dogariu, Arthur; Huang, Yu; Scully, Marlan O.

    2007-04-01

    We introduce a hybrid technique that combines the robustness of frequency-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) with the advantages of time-resolved CARS spectroscopy. Instantaneous coherent broadband excitation of several characteristic molecular vibrations and the subsequent probing of these vibrations by an optimally shaped time-delayed narrowband laser pulse help to suppress the nonresonant background and to retrieve the species-specific signal. We used this technique for coherent Raman spectroscopy of sodium dipicolinate powder, which is similar to calcium dipicolinate (a marker molecule for bacterial endospores, such as Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus anthracis), and we demonstrated a rapid and highly specific detection scheme that works even in the presence of multiple scattering.

  3. Optimizing the laser-pulse configuration for coherent Raman spectroscopy.

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    Pestov, Dmitry; Murawski, Robert K; Ariunbold, Gombojav O; Wang, Xi; Zhi, Miaochan; Sokolov, Alexei V; Sautenkov, Vladimir A; Rostovtsev, Yuri V; Dogariu, Arthur; Huang, Yu; Scully, Marlan O

    2007-04-13

    We introduce a hybrid technique that combines the robustness of frequency-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) with the advantages of time-resolved CARS spectroscopy. Instantaneous coherent broadband excitation of several characteristic molecular vibrations and the subsequent probing of these vibrations by an optimally shaped time-delayed narrowband laser pulse help to suppress the nonresonant background and to retrieve the species-specific signal. We used this technique for coherent Raman spectroscopy of sodium dipicolinate powder, which is similar to calcium dipicolinate (a marker molecule for bacterial endospores, such as Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus anthracis), and we demonstrated a rapid and highly specific detection scheme that works even in the presence of multiple scattering.

  4. Ultrafast laser based coherent control methods for explosives detection

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    Moore, David Steven

    2010-12-06

    The detection of explosives is a notoriously difficult problem, especially at stand-off, due to their (generally) low vapor pressure, environmental and matrix interferences, and packaging. We are exploring Optimal Dynamic Detection of Explosives (ODD-Ex), which exploits the best capabilities of recent advances in laser technology and recent discoveries in optimal shaping of laser pulses for control of molecular processes to significantly enhance the standoff detection of explosives. The core of the ODD-Ex technique is the introduction of optimally shaped laser pulses to simultaneously enhance sensitivity to explosives signatures while dramatically improving specificity, particularly against matrix materials and background interferences. These goals are being addressed by operating in an optimal non-linear fashion, typically with a single shaped laser pulse inherently containing within it coherently locked control and probe subpulses. Recent results will be presented.

  5. Plasma lasers (a strong source of coherent radiation in astrophysics)

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    Papadopoulos, K.

    1981-01-01

    The generation of electromagnetic radiation from the free energy available in electron streams is discussed. The fundamental principles involved in a particular class of coherent plasma radiation sources, i.e., plasma lasers, are reviewed, focusing on three wave coupling, nonlinear parametric instabilities, and negative energy waves. The simplest case of plasma lasers, that of an unmagnetized plasma containing a finite level of density fluctuations and electrons streaming with respect to the ions, is dealt with. A much more complicated application of plasma lasers to the case of auroral kilometric radiation is then examined. The concept of free electron lasers, including the role of relativistic scattering, is elucidated. Important problems involving the escape of the excited radiation from its generation region, effects due to plasma shielding and nonlinear limits, are brought out.

  6. Ultrahigh-Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography Using Femtosecond Lasers

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    Fujimoto, J. G.; Aguirre, A. D.; Chen, Y.; Herz, P. R.; Hsiung, P.-L.; Ko, T. H.; Nishizawa, N.; Kärtner, F. X.

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an emerging optical imaging modality for biomedical research and clinical medicine. OCT can perform high resolution, cross-sectional tomographic imaging in materials and biological systems by measuring the echo time delay and magnitude of backreflected or backscattered light [1]. In medical applications, OCT has the advantage that imaging can be performed in situ and in real time, without the need to remove and process specimens as in conventional excisional biopsy and histopathology. OCT can achieve axial image resolutions of 1 to 15 μm; one to two orders of magnitude higher than standard ultrasound imaging. The image resolution in OCT is determined by the coherence length of the light source and is inversely proportional to its bandwidth. Femtosecond lasers can generate extremely broad bandwidths and have enabled major advances in ultrahigh-resolution OCT imaging. This chapter provides an overview of OCT technology and ultrahigh-resolution OCT imaging using femtosecond lasers.

  7. Coherent Laser Spectroscopy and Doppler Lidar Sensing in the Atmosphere

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    Vaughan, J. M.

    The principles of coherent laser spectroscopy are briefly reviewed in which a signal beam is heterodyned with an optical local oscillator beam. The frequency and single mode selectivity this provides is shown to be very advantageous. This is illustrated by recent work on the properties of different classes of light field, including the fractal character of Gaussian-Lorentzian light, and by several aspects of laser physics. In equivalent practical applications to remote sensing in the atmosphere, coherent Doppler lidar provides a powerful technique. This is illustrated by measurements of wind fields and aircraft wake vortices. Airborne equipments have been used for measurements of true airspeed, wind shear warning and atmospheric backscatter levels. Future space-borne lidars could potentially measure the global wind field - of great benefit for numerical weather forecasting and climate studies.

  8. Probing beyond the laser coherence time in optical clock comparisons

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    Hume, David B.; Leibrandt, David R.

    2016-03-01

    We develop differential measurement protocols that circumvent the laser noise limit in the stability of optical clock comparisons by synchronous probing of two clocks using phase-locked local oscillators. This allows for probe times longer than the laser coherence time, avoids the Dick effect, and supports Heisenberg-limited measurement precision. We present protocols for such frequency comparisons and develop numerical simulations of the protocols with realistic noise sources. These methods provide a route to reduce frequency ratio measurement durations by more than an order of magnitude.

  9. Plasmon Lasers: Coherent Light Source at Molecular Scales

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    2012-01-01

    rates due to cavity damping. From [20]. where, pnth γ1β γgβΓ, with solutions of the form, γs 1 2 p pnth 1 2 p pnth 1 4p ...ers, Company Profiles, Industry Trends, Market study by http://www.freedoniagroup.com (2011), date of last visit: 18 February 2012. www.lpr...Photonics Rev., 1–21 (2012) /DOI 10.1002/lpor.201100040 LASER&PHOTONICS REVIEWS Abstract Plasmon lasers are a new class of coherent optical frequency

  10. Precision metrology of NSTX surfaces using coherent laser radar ranging

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    H.W. Kugel; D. Loesser; A. L. Roquemore; M. M. Menon; R. E. Barry

    2000-07-13

    A frequency modulated Coherent Laser Radar ranging diagnostic is being used on the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) for precision metrology. The distance (range) between the 1.5 {micro}m laser source and the target is measured by the shift in frequency of the linearly modulated beam reflected off the target. The range can be measured to a precision of < 100{micro}m at distances of up to 22 meters. A description is given of the geometry and procedure for measuring NSTX interior and exterior surfaces during open vessel conditions, and the results of measurements are elaborated.

  11. Simple laser vision sensor calibration for surface profiling applications

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    Abu-Nabah, Bassam A.; ElSoussi, Adnane O.; Al Alami, Abed ElRahman K.

    2016-09-01

    Due to the relatively large structures in the Oil and Gas industry, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been implementing custom-designed laser vision sensor (LVS) surface profiling systems as part of quality control in their manufacturing processes. The rough manufacturing environment and the continuous movement and misalignment of these custom-designed tools adversely affect the accuracy of laser-based vision surface profiling applications. Accordingly, Oil and Gas businesses have been raising the demand from the OEMs to implement practical and robust LVS calibration techniques prior to running any visual inspections. This effort introduces an LVS calibration technique representing a simplified version of two known calibration techniques, which are commonly implemented to obtain a calibrated LVS system for surface profiling applications. Both calibration techniques are implemented virtually and experimentally to scan simulated and three-dimensional (3D) printed features of known profiles, respectively. Scanned data is transformed from the camera frame to points in the world coordinate system and compared with the input profiles to validate the introduced calibration technique capability against the more complex approach and preliminarily assess the measurement technique for weld profiling applications. Moreover, the sensitivity to stand-off distances is analyzed to illustrate the practicality of the presented technique.

  12. Laser cutting of irregular shape object based on stereo vision laser galvanometric scanning system

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    Qi, Li; Zhang, Yixin; Wang, Shun; Tang, Zhiqiang; Yang, Huan; Zhang, Xuping

    2015-05-01

    Irregular shape objects with different 3-dimensional (3D) appearances are difficult to be shaped into customized uniform pattern by current laser machining approaches. A laser galvanometric scanning system (LGS) could be a potential candidate since it can easily achieve path-adjustable laser shaping. However, without knowing the actual 3D topography of the object, the processing result may still suffer from 3D shape distortion. It is desirable to have a versatile auxiliary tool that is capable of generating 3D-adjusted laser processing path by measuring the 3D geometry of those irregular shape objects. This paper proposed the stereo vision laser galvanometric scanning system (SLGS), which takes the advantages of both the stereo vision solution and conventional LGS system. The 3D geometry of the object obtained by the stereo cameras is used to guide the scanning galvanometers for 3D-shape-adjusted laser processing. In order to achieve precise visual-servoed laser fabrication, these two independent components are integrated through a system calibration method using plastic thin film target. The flexibility of SLGS has been experimentally demonstrated by cutting duck feathers for badminton shuttle manufacture.

  13. Coherent harmonic generation in storage ring free electron lasers

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    Longhi, Emily C.

    This dissertation presents work on the production of coherent harmonic radiation from the optical klystron (OK-4) installed on the electron storage ring which is part of the Duke University Free Electron Laser (FEL) Laboratory. It has long been known theoretically that free electron lasers (FELs) can produce coherent light at various harmonics of the fundamental lasing wavelength. This presents interesting opportunities for using the Duke OK-4 FEL as a tunable coherent vacuum ultraviolet and soft x-ray light source. In this disseration, we present the first experimental results of self-seeded coherent harmonic generation in a storage ring FEL. We describe the specialized tools needed for coherent harmonic production and observation, and present data showing the various harmonics and wavelengths achieved. We also present the results of detailed studies into two different experi mental harmonic generation methods, as well as the dependence of harmonic generation on various storage ring and optical klystron parameters. A similar project, at Elettra, Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy, which has an active collaboration with Duke FEL Lab members, has produced similar results, a selection of which we also present. The basic principle of an FEL is that under certain conditions, a beam of relativistic electrons can produce coherent radiation. In the case of the OK-4 FEL, electrons spend part of their orbit in an optical klystron where they interact with ra diation trapped in the optical cavity at the same time that they are passing through a set of magnets which perturb their orbit sinusoidally. The net result of these interactions is that energy is transferred from the electrons into the radiation field. Without harmonics, the OK-4 FEL can lase at fundamental wavelengths between 193.7 and 2,100nm using a variety of mirrors. With a single set of mirrors in the optical klystron, it is possible to have tunability of the lasing wavelength up to 20%. Coherent harmonic generation

  14. Coherence in ultrafast laser-induced periodic surface structures

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    Zhang, Hao; Colombier, Jean-Philippe; Li, Chen; Faure, Nicolas; Cheng, Guanghua; Stoian, Razvan

    2015-11-01

    Ultrafast laser irradiation can trigger anisotropically structured nanoscaled gratinglike arrangements of matter, the laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSSs). We demonstrate here that the formation of LIPSS is intrinsically related to the coherence of the laser field. Employing several test materials that allow large optical excursions, we observe the effect of randomizing spatial phase in generating finite domains of ripples. Using three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain methods, we evaluate energy deposition patterns below a material's rough surface and show that modulated pattern, i.e., a spatially ordered electromagnetic solution, results from the coherent superposition of waves. By separating the field scattered from a surface rough topography from the total field, the inhomogeneous energy absorption problem is reduced to a simple interference equation. We further distinguish the contribution of the scattered near field and scattered far field on various types of inhomogeneous energy absorption features. It is found that the inhomogeneous energy absorption which could trigger the low-spatial-frequency LIPSSs (LSFLs) and high-spatial-frequency LIPSSs (HSFLs) of periodicity Λ >λ /Re(n ˜) are due to coherent superposition between the scattered far field (propagation) and the refracted field, while HSFLs of Λ <λ /Re(n ˜) are triggered by coherent superposition between the scattered near field (evanescent) and the refracted field. This is a general scenario that involves a topography-induced scattering phenomenon and stationary evanescent fields, being applied to two model case materials that exhibit large optical excursions upon excitation (W, Si) and nonplasmonic to plasmonic transitions. We indicate the occurrence of a general light interference phenomenon that does not necessarily involve wavelike surface plasmonic excitation. Finally, we discuss the role of interference field and scattered field on the enhancement of LIPSSs by

  15. Coherent emission from integrated Talbot-cavity quantum cascade lasers.

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    Meng, Bo; Qiang, Bo; Rodriguez, Etienne; Hu, Xiao Nan; Liang, Guozhen; Wang, Qi Jie

    2017-02-20

    We report experimental realization of phase-locked quantum cascade laser (QCL) array using a monolithically integrated Talbot cavity. An array with six laser elements at a wavelength of ~4.8 μm shows a maximum peak power of ~4 W which is more than 5 times higher than that of a single ridge laser element and a slope efficiency of 1 W/A at room temperature. Operation of in-phase coherent supermode has been achieved over the whole dynamic range of the Talbot-cavity QCL. The structure was analysed using a straightforward theoretical model, showing quantitatively good agreement with the experimental results. The reduced thermal resistance makes the structure an attractive approach to achieve high beam quality continuous wave QCLs.

  16. Coherent communication link using diode-pumped lasers

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    Kane, Thomas J.; Wallace, Richard W.

    1989-01-01

    Work toward developing a diffraction limited, single frequency, modulated transmitter suitable for coherent optical communication or direct detection communication is discussed. Diode pumped, monolithic Nd:YAG nonplanar ring oscillators were used as the carrier beam. An external modulation technique which can handle high optical powers, has moderate modulation voltage, and which can reach modulation rates of 1 GHz was invented. Semiconductor laser pumped solid-state lasers which have high output power (0.5 Watt) and which oscillate at a single frequency, in a diffraction limited beam, at the wavelength of 1.06 microns were built. A technique for phase modulating the laser output by 180 degrees with a 40-volt peak to peak driving voltage is demonstrated. This technique can be adapted for amplitude modulation of 100 percent with the same voltage. This technique makes use of a resonant bulk modulator, so it does not have the power handling limitations of guided wave modulators.

  17. Coherent laser radar at 1.06 micron using Nd:YAG lasers

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    Kane, Thomas J.; Kozlovsky, W. J.; Byer, Robert L.; Byvik, Charles E.

    1987-01-01

    A coherent laser radar system operating at the 1.06 micron Nd:YAG laser wavelength has been built and operated. A laser-diode-pumped monolithic ring laser served as the master oscillator. A single flash-lamp-pumped zigzag slab amplified the oscillator output to a power of 2.3 kW. Single-mode optical fiber was used to collect and mix the return signal with the local-oscillator output. Signals from clouds at a range of 2.7 km and from atmospheric aerosols at a range of 600 m were detected.

  18. Influence of laser coherence on reference-matched laser Doppler velocimetry.

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    Beuth, Thorsten; Fox, Maik; Stork, Wilhelm

    2016-03-10

    The probe length is investigated under the influence of the coherence length of Gaussian and Lorentzian spectra for the case that the focal point and the point of highest interference are matched in a strongly focused laser Doppler velocimetry setup (LDV). Isosurfaces of a -3  dB drop of the intensity maximum are estimated and suggested as an alternative, comprehensible way to define probe volumes. In the end, the equations are applied for an exemplary lidar setup to show the reduction of requirements for the coherence length of the laser source in comparison to unmatched cases.

  19. Study on welded seam recognition using circular laser vision sensor

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    Xu, Peiquan; Tang, Xinhua; Na, Ri; Yao, Shun

    2007-06-01

    A novel visual robotic arc welding system based on circular laser vision sensor is developed. After image de-noising, image segmentation, and image thinning, the relation of depth value of workpiece and off-axis angle 'gamma', three-dimensional (3D) calculation, and seam tracking experiments are carried out. Finally, the error for seam tracking system is analyzed. The results show that 1) 3D information can be obtained using the proposed visual robotic arc welding system and the real-time seam tracking is realized; 2) the seam tracking error is small enough for gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process, and this system can be used for seam location and seam tracking or seam finder.

  20. End-to-end laser radar range code for coherent cw lasers

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    Yoder, M. John; Seliverstov, Dima

    1996-06-01

    A user friendly modular computer code is described for CW coherent laser radar which includes all relevant physical effects needed to evaluate the probability of detection versus time after launch for ballistic missiles or other targets of interest. The beginning point of the code is the conventional laser radar range equation. Atmospheric attenuation is determined from an integral FASCODE calculation, and the laser radar range equation is solved for a curved-earth geometry including free air turbulence induced beam spreading. Several different atmospheric turbulence models are selectable. Target cross-sections can be input into the code as a function of aspect angle Coherence time and transverse coherence length limits are included in the code. Beam jitter effects are also calculated. The carrier-to-noise ratio is calculated including all of these (complicated) variables and degradations. The code then calculates the probability of detection of the target as a function of time using incoherent integration of coherent sub-pulses. The governing equations and practical results are presented for detection and tracking of long range theater ballistic missiles from airborne surveillance platforms. The use of CW lasers requires increased measurement times compared to pulsed lasers and results in an averaging of the target fading statistics.

  1. Combined Endoscopic Optical Coherence Tomography and Laser Induced Fluorescence

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    Barton, Jennifer K.; Tumlinson, Alexandre R.; Utzinger, Urs

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) are promising modalities for tissue characterization in human patients and animal models. OCT detects coherently backscattered light, whereas LIF detects fluorescence emission of endogenous biochemicals, such as reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH), flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), collagen, and fluorescent proteins, or exogenous substances such as cyanine dyes. Given the complementary mechanisms of contrast for OCT and LIF, the combination of the two modalities could potentially provide more sensitive and specific detection of disease than either modality alone. Sample probes for both OCT and LIF can be implemented using small diameter optical fibers, suggesting a particular synergy for endoscopic applications. In this chapter, the mechanisms of contrast and diagnostic capability for both OCT and LIF are briefly examined. Evidence of complementary capability is described. Example published combined OCT-LIF systems are reviewed, one successful commercial instrument is discussed, and example applications are provided.

  2. Detecting Topological Defect Dark Matter Using Coherent Laser Ranging System

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    Yang, Wanpeng; Leng, Jianxiao; Zhang, Shuangyou; Zhao, Jianye

    2016-07-01

    In the last few decades, optical frequency combs with high intensity, broad optical bandwidth, and directly traceable discrete wavelengths have triggered rapid developments in distance metrology. However, optical frequency combs to date have been limited to determine the absolute distance to an object (such as satellite missions). We propose a scheme for the detection of topological defect dark matter using a coherent laser ranging system composed of dual-combs and an optical clock via nongravitational signatures. The dark matter field, which comprises a defect, may interact with standard model particles, including quarks and photons, resulting in the alteration of their masses. Thus, a topological defect may function as a dielectric material with a distinctive frequency-depend index of refraction, which would cause the time delay of a periodic extraterrestrial or terrestrial light. When a topological defect passes through the Earth, the optical path of long-distance vacuum path is altered, this change in optical path can be detected through the coherent laser ranging system. Compared to continuous wavelength(cw) laser interferometry methods, dual-comb interferometry in our scheme excludes systematic misjudgement by measuring the absolute optical path length.

  3. Detecting Topological Defect Dark Matter Using Coherent Laser Ranging System.

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    Yang, Wanpeng; Leng, Jianxiao; Zhang, Shuangyou; Zhao, Jianye

    2016-07-08

    In the last few decades, optical frequency combs with high intensity, broad optical bandwidth, and directly traceable discrete wavelengths have triggered rapid developments in distance metrology. However, optical frequency combs to date have been limited to determine the absolute distance to an object (such as satellite missions). We propose a scheme for the detection of topological defect dark matter using a coherent laser ranging system composed of dual-combs and an optical clock via nongravitational signatures. The dark matter field, which comprises a defect, may interact with standard model particles, including quarks and photons, resulting in the alteration of their masses. Thus, a topological defect may function as a dielectric material with a distinctive frequency-depend index of refraction, which would cause the time delay of a periodic extraterrestrial or terrestrial light. When a topological defect passes through the Earth, the optical path of long-distance vacuum path is altered, this change in optical path can be detected through the coherent laser ranging system. Compared to continuous wavelength(cw) laser interferometry methods, dual-comb interferometry in our scheme excludes systematic misjudgement by measuring the absolute optical path length.

  4. Detecting Topological Defect Dark Matter Using Coherent Laser Ranging System

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    Yang, Wanpeng; Leng, Jianxiao; Zhang, Shuangyou; Zhao, Jianye

    2016-01-01

    In the last few decades, optical frequency combs with high intensity, broad optical bandwidth, and directly traceable discrete wavelengths have triggered rapid developments in distance metrology. However, optical frequency combs to date have been limited to determine the absolute distance to an object (such as satellite missions). We propose a scheme for the detection of topological defect dark matter using a coherent laser ranging system composed of dual-combs and an optical clock via nongravitational signatures. The dark matter field, which comprises a defect, may interact with standard model particles, including quarks and photons, resulting in the alteration of their masses. Thus, a topological defect may function as a dielectric material with a distinctive frequency-depend index of refraction, which would cause the time delay of a periodic extraterrestrial or terrestrial light. When a topological defect passes through the Earth, the optical path of long-distance vacuum path is altered, this change in optical path can be detected through the coherent laser ranging system. Compared to continuous wavelength(cw) laser interferometry methods, dual-comb interferometry in our scheme excludes systematic misjudgement by measuring the absolute optical path length. PMID:27389642

  5. Potential for coherent Doppler wind velocity lidar using neodymium lasers

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    Kane, T. J.; Byer, R. L.; Zhou, B.

    1984-01-01

    Existing techniques for the frequency stabilization of Nd:YAG lasers operating at 1.06 micron, and the high-gain amplification of radiation at that wavelength, make possible the construction of a coherent Doppler wind velocity lidar using Nd:YAG. Velocity accuracy and range resolution are better at 1.06 micron than at 10.6 microns at the same level of the SNR. Backscatter from the atmosphere at 1.06 micron is greater than that at 10.6 microns by about 2 orders of magnitude, but the quantum-limited noise is higher by 100 also. Near-field attenuation and turbulent effects are more severe at 1.06 micron. In some configurations and environments, the 1.06-micron wavelength may be the better choice, and there may be technological advantages favoring the use of solid-state lasers in satellite systems.

  6. Silicon micro-ring tunable laser for coherent optical communication.

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    Li, Shiyu; Zhang, Di; Zhao, Jianyi; Yang, Qi; Xiao, Xi; Hu, Shenglei; Wang, Lei; Li, Miaofeng; Tang, Xuesheng; Qiu, Ying; Luo, Ming; Yu, Shaohua

    2016-03-21

    A compact external cavity tunable laser based on a silicon hybrid micro-ring resonator is demonstrated. A theoretical model is also employed for design and analysis of the wavelength tuning performance of the device. In this model, the gain section of the device is simulated by a conventional multimode rate equation model, whereas all rest passive sections are modeled by the frequency domain method. Experimental results have shown that the output power of this device can reach 29 mW, with a linewidth less than 150 kHz. The tuning range is more than 17 nm in C-band with 60 dB side-mode-suppression-ratio (SMSR). This device shows a comparable performance with the commercial narrow linewidth laser as the source in coherent transmission systems.

  7. Integrated scanning laser ophthalmoscopy and optical coherence tomography for quantitative multimodal imaging of retinal degeneration and autofluorescence

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    Issaei, Ali; Szczygiel, Lukasz; Hossein-Javaheri, Nima; Young, Mei; Molday, L. L.; Molday, R. S.; Sarunic, M. V.

    2011-03-01

    Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy (SLO) and Coherence Tomography (OCT) are complimentary retinal imaging modalities. Integration of SLO and OCT allows for both fluorescent detection and depth- resolved structural imaging of the retinal cell layers to be performed in-vivo. System customization is required to image rodents used in medical research by vision scientists. We are investigating multimodal SLO/OCT imaging of a rodent model of Stargardt's Macular Dystrophy which is characterized by retinal degeneration and accumulation of toxic autofluorescent lipofuscin deposits. Our new findings demonstrate the ability to track fundus autofluorescence and retinal degeneration concurrently.

  8. Spectral analysis, digital integration, and measurement of low backscatter in coherent laser radar

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    Vaughan, J. M.; Callan, R. D.; Bowdle, D. A.; Rothermel, J.

    1989-01-01

    A method of surface acoustic wave (SAW) spectral analysis and digital integration that has been used previously in coherent CW laser work with CO2 lasers at 10.6 microns is described. Expressions are derived for the signal to noise ratio in the measured voltage spectrum with an approximation for the general case and rigorous treatment for the low signal case. The atmospheric backscatter data accumulated by the airborne LATAS (laser true airspeed) coherent laser radar system are analyzed.

  9. Optical coherence tomography angiography of retinal vascular occlusions produced by imaging-guided laser photocoagulation

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    Soetikno, Brian T.; Shu, Xiao; Liu, Qi; Liu, Wenzhong; Chen, Siyu; Beckmann, Lisa; Fawzi, Amani A.; Zhang, Hao F.

    2017-01-01

    Retinal vascular occlusive diseases represent a major form of vision loss worldwide. Rodent models of these diseases have traditionally relied upon a slit-lamp biomicroscope to help visualize the fundus and subsequently aid delivery of high-power laser shots to a target vessel. Here we describe a multimodal imaging system that can produce, image, and monitor retinal vascular occlusions in rodents. The system combines a spectral-domain optical coherence tomography system for cross-sectional structural imaging and three-dimensional angiography, and a fluorescence scanning laser ophthalmoscope for Rose Bengal monitoring and high-power laser delivery to a target vessel. This multimodal system facilitates the precise production of occlusions in the branched retinal veins, central retinal vein, and branched retinal arteries. Additionally, changes in the retinal morphology and retinal vasculature can be longitudinally documented. With our device, retinal vascular occlusions can be easily and consistently created, which paves the way for futures studies on their pathophysiology and therapeutic targets. PMID:28856036

  10. Development of Coherent Laser Radar for Space Situational Awareness Applications

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    Prasad, N.; DiMarcantonio, A.

    2013-09-01

    NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) is working on an innovative and high performance mobile coherent laser radar (ladar) system known as ExoSPEAR for space situational awareness applications in LEO and beyond. Based on continuously agile pulse doublet technology, the 100 W, nanosecond class, near-IR laser based coherent ladar is being developed for short dwell time measurements of resident space objects (RSOs). ExoSPEAR system is designed to provide rapid and precision tracking of RSOs over very long ranges. The goal is to demonstrate mm-class range resolution, mm/s class velocity resolution and microrad angular resolution with significantly reduced error-covariance in track accuracy. Precise orbit determination would help in advancing functionality of early warning systems for tracking uncooperative targets for planetary protection applications. Furthermore, improvements in resolution of micromotion measurements would enhance our understanding of astrodymanical properties of resident space objects. In this paper, salient features of the evolution and current experimental status of ExoSPEAR ladar architecture will be discussed. Performance simulations illustrating the dependence of range and velocity precision in LEO orbits on ladar power aperture product will be presented. Estimated limits on detectable optical cross sections of RSOs in LEO orbits will be analyzed.

  11. Speckle phase noise in coherent laser ranging: fundamental precision limitations.

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    Baumann, Esther; Deschênes, Jean-Daniel; Giorgetta, Fabrizio R; Swann, William C; Coddington, Ian; Newbury, Nathan R

    2014-08-15

    Frequency-modulated continuous-wave laser detection and ranging (FMCW LADAR) measures the range to a surface through coherent detection of the backscattered light from a frequency-swept laser source. The ultimate limit to the range precision of FMCW LADAR, or any coherent LADAR, to a diffusely scattering surface will be determined by the unavoidable speckle phase noise. Here, we demonstrate the two main manifestations of this limit. First, frequency-dependent speckle phase noise leads to a non-Gaussian range distribution having outliers that approach the system range resolution, regardless of the signal-to-noise ratio. These outliers are reduced only through improved range resolution (i.e., higher optical bandwidths). Second, if the range is measured during a continuous lateral scan across a surface, the spatial pattern of speckle phase is converted to frequency noise, which leads to additional excess range uncertainty. We explore these two effects and show that laboratory results agree with analytical expressions and numerical simulations. We also show that at 1 THz optical bandwidth, range precisions below 10 μm are achievable regardless of these effects.

  12. Coherent Laser Instrument Would Measure Range and Velocity

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    Chang, Daniel; Cardell, Greg; San Martin, Alejandro; Spiers, Gary

    2005-01-01

    A proposed instrument would project a narrow laser beam that would be frequency-modulated with a pseudorandom noise (PN) code for simultaneous measurement of range and velocity along the beam. The instrument performs these functions in a low mass, power, and volume package using a novel combination of established techniques. Originally intended as a low resource- footprint guidance sensor for descent and landing of small spacecraft onto Mars or small bodies (e.g., asteroids), the basic instrument concept also lends itself well to a similar application guiding aircraft (especially, small unmanned aircraft), and to such other applications as ranging of topographical features and measuring velocities of airborne light-scattering particles as wind indicators. Several key features of the instrument s design contribute to its favorable performance and resource-consumption characteristics. A laser beam is intrinsically much narrower (for the same exit aperture telescope or antenna) than a radar beam, eliminating the need to correct for the effect of sloping terrain over the beam width, as is the case with radar. Furthermore, the use of continuous-wave (CW), erbium-doped fiber lasers with excellent spectral purity (narrow line width) permits greater velocity resolution, while reducing the laser s power requirement compared to a more typical pulsed solid-state laser. The use of CW also takes proper advantage of the increased sensitivity of coherent detection, necessary in the first place for direct measurement of velocity using the Doppler effect. However, measuring range with a CW beam requires modulation to "tag" portions of it for time-of-flight determination; typically, the modulation consists of a PN code. A novel element of the instrument s design is the use of frequency modulation (FM) to accomplish both the PN-modulation and the Doppler-bias frequency shift necessary for signed velocity measurements. This permits the use of a single low-power waveguide electrooptic

  13. Observation of narrow linewidth spikes in the coherent Brillouin random fiber laser.

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    Pang, Meng; Bao, Xiaoyi; Chen, Liang

    2013-06-01

    We observed narrow-linewidth lasing spikes in a coherent Brillouin random fiber laser, which uses a continuous-wave fiber laser as the pump source. In this random laser configuration, stimulated Brillouin scattering in a section of conventional single-mode fiber acts as the gain mechanism, while Rayleigh scattering in another section of the nonuniform fiber provides randomly distributed feedback. Above the lasing threshold, coherent random lasing spikes, with a linewidth of ~10 Hz, are measured at the top of the Brillouin gain spectrum. It results from high quality coherent resonance of the Brillouin Stokes light in this open laser cavity.

  14. Laser writing of coherent colour centres in diamond

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    Chen, Yu-Chen; Salter, Patrick S.; Knauer, Sebastian; Weng, Laiyi; Frangeskou, Angelo C.; Stephen, Colin J.; Ishmael, Shazeaa N.; Dolan, Philip R.; Johnson, Sam; Green, Ben L.; Morley, Gavin W.; Newton, Mark E.; Rarity, John G.; Booth, Martin J.; Smith, Jason M.

    2016-12-01

    Optically active point defects in crystals have gained widespread attention as photonic systems that could be applied in quantum information technologies. However, challenges remain in the placing of individual defects at desired locations, an essential element of device fabrication. Here we report the controlled generation of single negatively charged nitrogen-vacancy (NV‑) centres in diamond using laser writing. Aberration correction in the writing optics allows precise positioning of the vacancies within the diamond crystal, and subsequent annealing produces single NV‑ centres with a probability of success of up to 45 ± 15%, located within about 200 nm of the desired position in the transverse plane. Selected NV‑ centres display stable, coherent optical transitions at cryogenic temperatures, a prerequisite for the creation of distributed quantum networks of solid-state qubits. The results illustrate the potential of laser writing as a new tool for defect engineering in quantum technologies, and extend laser processing to the single-defect domain.

  15. Laser writing of coherent colour centres in diamond

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    Chen, Yu-Chen; Salter, Patrick S.; Knauer, Sebastian; Weng, Laiyi; Frangeskou, Angelo C.; Stephen, Colin J.; Ishmael, Shazeaa N.; Dolan, Philip R.; Johnson, Sam; Green, Ben L.; Morley, Gavin W.; Newton, Mark E.; Rarity, John G.; Booth, Martin J.; Smith, Jason M.

    2017-02-01

    Optically active point defects in crystals have gained widespread attention as photonic systems that could be applied in quantum information technologies. However, challenges remain in the placing of individual defects at desired locations, an essential element of device fabrication. Here we report the controlled generation of single negatively charged nitrogen-vacancy (NV-) centres in diamond using laser writing. Aberration correction in the writing optics allows precise positioning of the vacancies within the diamond crystal, and subsequent annealing produces single NV- centres with a probability of success of up to 45 ± 15%, located within about 200 nm of the desired position in the transverse plane. Selected NV- centres display stable, coherent optical transitions at cryogenic temperatures, a prerequisite for the creation of distributed quantum networks of solid-state qubits. The results illustrate the potential of laser writing as a new tool for defect engineering in quantum technologies, and extend laser processing to the single-defect domain.

  16. Compressive sensing optical coherence tomography using randomly accessible lasers

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    Harfouche, Mark; Satyan, Naresh; Vasilyev, Arseny; Yariv, Amnon

    2014-05-01

    We propose and demonstrate a novel a compressive sensing swept source optical coherence tomography (SSOCT) system that enables high speed images to be taken while maintaining the high resolution offered from a large bandwidth sweep. Conventional SSOCT systems sweep the optical frequency of a laser ω(t) to determine the depth of the reflectors at a given lateral location. A scatterer located at delay τ appears as a sinusoid cos (ω(t)τ ) at the photodetector. The finite optical chirp rate and the speed of analog to digital and digital to analog converters limit the acquisition rate of an axial scan. The proposed acquisition modality enables much faster image acquisition rates by interrogating the beat signal at randomly selected optical frequencies while preserving resolution and depth of field. The system utilizes a randomly accessible laser, a modulated grating Y-branch laser, to sample the interference pattern from a scene at randomly selected optical frequencies over an optical bandwidth of 5 THz , corresponding to a resolution of 30 μm in air. The depth profile is then reconstructed using an l1 minimization algorithm with a LASSO constraint. Signal-dependent noise sources, shot noise and phase noise, are analyzed and taken into consideration during the recovery. Redundant dictionaries are used to improve the reconstruction of the depth profile. A compression by a factor of 10 for sparse targets up to a depth of 15 mm in noisy environments is shown.

  17. Coherence switching of a vertical-cavity semiconductor-laser for multimode biomedical imaging (Conference Presentation)

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    Cao, Hui; Knitter, Sebastian; Liu, Changgeng; Redding, Brandon; Khokha, Mustafa Kezar; Choma, Michael Andrew

    2017-02-01

    Speckle formation is a limiting factor when using coherent sources for imaging and sensing, but can provide useful information about the motion of an object. Illumination sources with tunable spatial coherence are therefore desirable as they can offer both speckled and speckle-free images. Efficient methods of coherence switching have been achieved with a solid-state degenerate laser, and here we demonstrate a semiconductor-based degenerate laser system that can be switched between a large number of mutually incoherent spatial modes and few-mode operation. Our system is designed around a semiconductor gain element, and overcomes barriers presented by previous low spatial coherence lasers. The gain medium is an electrically-pumped vertical external cavity surface emitting laser (VECSEL) with a large active area. The use of a degenerate external cavity enables either distributing the laser emission over a large ( 1000) number of mutually incoherent spatial modes or concentrating emission to few modes by using a pinhole in the Fourier plane of the self-imaging cavity. To demonstrate the unique potential of spatial coherence switching for multimodal biomedical imaging, we use both low and high spatial coherence light generated by our VECSEL-based degenerate laser for imaging embryo heart function in Xenopus, an important animal model of heart disease. The low-coherence illumination is used for high-speed (100 frames per second) speckle-free imaging of dynamic heart structure, while the high-coherence emission is used for laser speckle contrast imaging of the blood flow.

  18. Transverse Coherence Limited Coherent Diffraction Imaging using a Molybdenum Soft X-ray Laser Pumped at Moderate Pump Energies.

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    Zürch, M; Jung, R; Späth, C; Tümmler, J; Guggenmos, A; Attwood, D; Kleineberg, U; Stiel, H; Spielmann, C

    2017-07-13

    Coherent diffraction imaging (CDI) in the extreme ultraviolet has become an important tool for nanoscale investigations. Laser-driven high harmonic generation (HHG) sources allow for lab scale applications such as cancer cell classification and phase-resolved surface studies. HHG sources exhibit excellent coherence but limited photon flux due poor conversion efficiency. In contrast, table-top soft X-ray lasers (SXRL) feature excellent temporal coherence and extraordinary high flux at limited transverse coherence. Here, the performance of a SXRL pumped at moderate pump energies is evaluated for CDI and compared to a HHG source. For CDI, a lower bound for the required mutual coherence factor of |μ 12| ≥ 0.75 is found by comparing a reconstruction with fixed support to a conventional characterization using double slits. A comparison of the captured diffraction signals suggests that SXRLs have the potential for imaging micron scale objects with sub-20 nm resolution in orders of magnitude shorter integration time compared to a conventional HHG source. Here, the low transverse coherence diameter limits the resolution to approximately 180 nm. The extraordinary high photon flux per laser shot, scalability towards higher repetition rate and capability of seeding with a high harmonic source opens a route for higher performance nanoscale imaging systems based on SXRLs.

  19. Lasers for coherent optical satellite links with large dynamics.

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    Chiodo, Nicola; Djerroud, Khelifa; Acef, Ouali; Clairon, André; Wolf, Peter

    2013-10-20

    We present the experimental realization of a laser system for ground-to-satellite optical Doppler ranging at the atmospheric turbulence limit. Such a system needs to display good frequency stability (a few parts in 10-14) while allowing large and well-controlled frequency sweeps of ±12  GHz at rates exceeding 100  MHz/s. Furthermore it needs to be sufficiently compact and robust for transportation to different astronomical observation sites, where it is to be interfaced with satellite ranging telescopes. We demonstrate that our system fulfills those requirements and should therefore allow operation of ground to low Earth orbit satellite coherent optical links limited only by atmospheric turbulence.

  20. Coherent laser excitation of Ba-137 and Ba-138

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    Lam, Kai-Shue

    1992-01-01

    Computations are carried out for the 1S(6s2)-1P(6s,6p) coherent laser excitation of Ba-137 and Ba-138 in a magnetic field. Results are presented for both the steady-state and time-dependent excited-state populations of the Zeeman-split magnetic sublevels. The quantum-statistical Liouville-equation approach (for the reduced density matrix) is compared to the rate-equations approach. Significant differences are found between these, due to the interference between strongly overlapping lines (especially for Ba-137). The time-evolution profiles indicate that the Ba-137 transient time is much longer than that of Ba-138.

  1. Coherent laser excitation of Ba-137 and Ba-138

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    Lam, Kai-Shue

    1992-01-01

    Computations are carried out for the 1S(6s2)-1P(6s,6p) coherent laser excitation of Ba-137 and Ba-138 in a magnetic field. Results are presented for both the steady-state and time-dependent excited-state populations of the Zeeman-split magnetic sublevels. The quantum-statistical Liouville-equation approach (for the reduced density matrix) is compared to the rate-equations approach. Significant differences are found between these, due to the interference between strongly overlapping lines (especially for Ba-137). The time-evolution profiles indicate that the Ba-137 transient time is much longer than that of Ba-138.

  2. SBS Suppression and Coherent Combination of Fiber MOPAs via Chirped Diode Lasers

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    2014-05-01

    SBS Suppression and Coherent Combination of Fiber MOPAs via Chirped Diode Lasers Final Report by Jeffrey O. White ARL-TR-6945 May 2014...6945 May 2014 SBS Suppression and Coherent Combination of Fiber MOPAs via Chirped Diode Lasers Final Report Jeffrey O. White Sensors... Lasers Final Report 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 11-SA-0405 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 622120 6. AUTHOR(S) Jeffrey O. White 5d. PROJECT

  3. Coherent EUV lithography with table-top laser

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    Urbanski, Lukasz

    This dissertation describes alternative techniques of optical lithography in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The pursuit of the Moore's law forces the semiconductor industry to transfer to shorter wavelengths of illumination in projection lithography. The EUV light is perhaps the most viable candidate for the next generation integrated circuits printing. However, the EUV lithography encounters many challenges associated with the very nature of the light it is using. Many novel techniques and materials are being applied at the same time in the lithography process. As such the process itself is far from being reliable. Thus the solutions are being sought among the alternative methods of printing in the nano-scale that would aid to temporarily overpass the resolution gap. This thesis contains a description of several alternative techniques of nanofabrication with the EUV light. For each method the analytical description is provided that is further corroborated with numerical model simulations. Furthermore every technique presented here is verified experimentally. The proposed techniques are discussed in terms of their applicability as a self consistent nanofabrication process. The illumination source for all the techniques presented is the capillary discharge laser (CDL) that was engineered at Colorado State University; it is characterized in the chapter 2 of this dissertation. The CDL is an unbeatable table-top source of high average power illumination with the degree of coherence that is sufficient for coherent nano-scale printing. A separate chapter is dedicated to the description of the fabrication protocol of a diffractive optical element (the mask) used in the EUV nanopatterning techniques. This particular chapter is intended to serve as a potential reference manual for the EUV masks fabrication. The coherent EUV nanofabrication techniques described in the chapters 4-6 are: the holographic projection lithography, generalized

  4. Three-dimensional microscope vision system based on micro laser line scanning and adaptive genetic algorithms

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    Apolinar, J.; Rodríguez, Muñoz

    2017-02-01

    A microscope vision system to retrieve small metallic surface via micro laser line scanning and genetic algorithms is presented. In this technique, a 36 μm laser line is projected on the metallic surface through a laser diode head, which is placed to a small distance away from the target. The micro laser line is captured by a CCD camera, which is attached to the microscope. The surface topography is computed by triangulation by means of the line position and microscope vision parameters. The calibration of the microscope vision system is carried out by an adaptive genetic algorithm based on the line position. In this algorithm, an objective function is constructed from the microscope geometry to determine the microscope vision parameters. Also, the genetic algorithm provides the search space to calculate the microscope vision parameters with high accuracy in fast form. This procedure avoids errors produced by the missing of references and physical measurements, which are employed by the traditional microscope vision systems. The contribution of the proposed system is corroborated by an evaluation via accuracy and speed of the traditional microscope vision systems, which retrieve micro-scale surface topography.

  5. Eye-safe coherent laser radar system at 2.1 microns using Tm,Ho:YAG lasers

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    Henderson, Sammy W.; Hale, Charley P.; Magee, James R.; Kavaya, Michael J.; Huffaker, A. V.

    1991-01-01

    An eye-safe pulsed coherent laser radar has been developed by using single-frequency Tm,Ho:YAG lasers and heterodyne detection. Returns from a mountainside located 145 km from the laser radar system and the measurement of wind velocity to ranges exceeding 20 km have been demonstrated with transmitted pulse energies of 22 mJ.

  6. Effect of laser radiation wavelength and reepithelization process on optical quality of eye cornea after laser correction of vision

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    Kitai, M S; Semchishen, A V; Semchishen, V A

    2015-10-31

    The optical quality of the eye cornea surface after performing the laser vision correction essentially depends on the characteristic roughness scale (CRS) of the ablated surface, which is mainly determined by the absorption coefficient of the cornea at the laser wavelength. Thus, in the case of using an excimer ArF laser (λ = 193 nm) the absorption coefficient is equal to 39000 cm{sup -1}, the darkening by the dissociation products takes place, and the depth of the roughness relief can be as large as 0.23 mm. Under irradiation with the Er : YAG laser (λ = 2940 nm) the clearing is observed due to the rupture of hydrogen bonds in water, and the relief depth exceeds 1 μm. It is shown that the process of reepithelization that occurs after performing the laser vision correction leads to the improvement of the optical quality of the cornea surface. (interaction of laser radiation with matter)

  7. Study on phase-locked coherence of evanescent wave coupling in solid-state laser

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    Chen, Yong; Liu, Xu; Zhu, Mengzhen; Lu, Changyong; Lu, Yimin; Tan, Caoyong; Wei, Shangfang

    2016-01-01

    The mechanism and characteristics of evanescent-wave coupling in solid-state laser is analyzed theoretically and experimentally. The results shown that self-organized phase locking between laser modes can be realized by evanescentwave coupling in solid-state laser. Based on "mutual injection and evanescent wave" characteristics of corner-cube prism, the paper reveals that far-field output of corner-cube laser is the inner reason and mechanism of coherent combining distribution by theory of evanescent wave and its coherence is better than plane parallel resonator. And "mutually coupled phase locking of six lasers based cube-corner resonator" scheme is proposed on this basis.

  8. Mutual injection phase locking coherent combination of solid-state lasers based on corner cube.

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    Cheng, Yong; Liu, Xu; Wan, Qiang; Zhu, Mengzhen; Mi, Chaowei; Tan, Chaoyong; Wei, Shangfang; Chen, Xia

    2013-12-01

    Coherent beam combination is an effective way to develop high-power lasers with high beam quality and high brightness. Coherent combination of six solid-state lasers based on the technique of mutual injection phase locking by using the natural coherent combination property of corner cube is first investigated. The coherent combination with 15.3 J of output energy, 1.7 mrad of divergent angle is obtained, and the combining efficiency is as high as 95.6% at 10 Hz and 85 A. The far-field profile is flattened protuberance.

  9. Optical coherence tomography-guided laser microsurgery for blood coagulation with continuous-wave laser diode.

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    Chang, Feng-Yu; Tsai, Meng-Tsan; Wang, Zu-Yi; Chi, Chun-Kai; Lee, Cheng-Kuang; Yang, Chih-Hsun; Chan, Ming-Che; Lee, Ya-Ju

    2015-11-16

    Blood coagulation is the clotting and subsequent dissolution of the clot following repair to the damaged tissue. However, inducing blood coagulation is difficult for some patients with homeostasis dysfunction or during surgery. In this study, we proposed a method to develop an integrated system that combines optical coherence tomography (OCT) and laser microsurgery for blood coagulation. Also, an algorithm for positioning of the treatment location from OCT images was developed. With OCT scanning, 2D/3D OCT images and angiography of tissue can be obtained simultaneously, enabling to noninvasively reconstruct the morphological and microvascular structures for real-time monitoring of changes in biological tissues during laser microsurgery. Instead of high-cost pulsed lasers, continuous-wave laser diodes (CW-LDs) with the central wavelengths of 450 nm and 532 nm are used for blood coagulation, corresponding to higher absorption coefficients of oxyhemoglobin and deoxyhemoglobin. Experimental results showed that the location of laser exposure can be accurately controlled with the proposed approach of imaging-based feedback positioning. Moreover, blood coagulation can be efficiently induced by CW-LDs and the coagulation process can be monitored in real-time with OCT. This technology enables to potentially provide accurate positioning for laser microsurgery and control the laser exposure to avoid extra damage by real-time OCT imaging.

  10. Optical coherence tomography-guided laser microsurgery for blood coagulation with continuous-wave laser diode

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    Chang, Feng-Yu; Tsai, Meng-Tsan; Wang, Zu-Yi; Chi, Chun-Kai; Lee, Cheng-Kuang; Yang, Chih-Hsun; Chan, Ming-Che; Lee, Ya-Ju

    2015-11-01

    Blood coagulation is the clotting and subsequent dissolution of the clot following repair to the damaged tissue. However, inducing blood coagulation is difficult for some patients with homeostasis dysfunction or during surgery. In this study, we proposed a method to develop an integrated system that combines optical coherence tomography (OCT) and laser microsurgery for blood coagulation. Also, an algorithm for positioning of the treatment location from OCT images was developed. With OCT scanning, 2D/3D OCT images and angiography of tissue can be obtained simultaneously, enabling to noninvasively reconstruct the morphological and microvascular structures for real-time monitoring of changes in biological tissues during laser microsurgery. Instead of high-cost pulsed lasers, continuous-wave laser diodes (CW-LDs) with the central wavelengths of 450 nm and 532 nm are used for blood coagulation, corresponding to higher absorption coefficients of oxyhemoglobin and deoxyhemoglobin. Experimental results showed that the location of laser exposure can be accurately controlled with the proposed approach of imaging-based feedback positioning. Moreover, blood coagulation can be efficiently induced by CW-LDs and the coagulation process can be monitored in real-time with OCT. This technology enables to potentially provide accurate positioning for laser microsurgery and control the laser exposure to avoid extra damage by real-time OCT imaging.

  11. Optical coherence tomography-guided laser microsurgery for blood coagulation with continuous-wave laser diode

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    Chang, Feng-Yu; Tsai, Meng-Tsan; Wang, Zu-Yi; Chi, Chun-Kai; Lee, Cheng-Kuang; Yang, Chih-Hsun; Chan, Ming-Che; Lee, Ya-Ju

    2015-01-01

    Blood coagulation is the clotting and subsequent dissolution of the clot following repair to the damaged tissue. However, inducing blood coagulation is difficult for some patients with homeostasis dysfunction or during surgery. In this study, we proposed a method to develop an integrated system that combines optical coherence tomography (OCT) and laser microsurgery for blood coagulation. Also, an algorithm for positioning of the treatment location from OCT images was developed. With OCT scanning, 2D/3D OCT images and angiography of tissue can be obtained simultaneously, enabling to noninvasively reconstruct the morphological and microvascular structures for real-time monitoring of changes in biological tissues during laser microsurgery. Instead of high-cost pulsed lasers, continuous-wave laser diodes (CW-LDs) with the central wavelengths of 450 nm and 532 nm are used for blood coagulation, corresponding to higher absorption coefficients of oxyhemoglobin and deoxyhemoglobin. Experimental results showed that the location of laser exposure can be accurately controlled with the proposed approach of imaging-based feedback positioning. Moreover, blood coagulation can be efficiently induced by CW-LDs and the coagulation process can be monitored in real-time with OCT. This technology enables to potentially provide accurate positioning for laser microsurgery and control the laser exposure to avoid extra damage by real-time OCT imaging. PMID:26568136

  12. LASER BEAMS AND RESONATORS: On formation of a partially coherent beam in a stable-resonator laser

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    Suvorov, A. A.

    2010-05-01

    A new method involving the expansion of the field coherence function in partially coherent modes — the eigensolutions of the problem for the second-order coherence function in a stable resonator — is proposed for the theoretical description of the process of multimode laser beam formation. The method for solving the problem for arbitrary partially coherent modes is formulated and the expressions for these modes are derived in the general form. The characteristics of the fundamental partially coherent mode, which coincides with the coherence function of a Gaussian partially coherent beam, are analysed in detail. The partially coherent modes are shown to possess two spatial scales — the effective radius and the coherence radius, which makes them a convenient tool for solving the problem of generation of a partially coherent beam. It is found that the unambiguous relation between the characteristics of partially coherent modes and the stable-resonator parameters is achieved by involving into consideration not only the process of the beam formation by the resonator mirrors but also the process of interaction of radiation with the active laser medium.

  13. High accuracy laser based machine vision for calibration of linear encoders and dial instruments

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    Iordache, Iuliana; Schiopu, Paul; Apostol, Dan; Damian, Victor

    2010-11-01

    A laser interferometer, a vision system, and 1-D precision translation stage are used to develop a high precision measuring station with a working range of 12 mm. The object inspected by the laser-and-vision system is moved using a linear translation stage (LUMINOS INDUSTRIES I1000 - 1-Axis Stage) so that the camera can take images of the feature points of the object at two (or more) different positions. Meanwhile, the displacement of the table is measured using a laser interferometer. Putting these two feature points successively in focus the distance between them can be evaluated and adding the displacement measured by the laser interferometer, the real distance between these two feature points is obtained. The developed 1-D laser-and-vision measuring system is used to measure the geometric size (pitch) of grating type linear encoders or industrial line scales. Software counts automatically the number of lines and the laser interferometer produces the corresponding length. For dial instruments the vision machine observes the coincidence of the moving needle with divisions representing (sub) units of length. The displacements measured by laser interferometer are compared with dial indicator and the measuring errors are observed.

  14. Human color vision deficits induced by accidental laser exposure and potential for long-term recovery

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    Zwick, Harry; Lund, Brian J.; Brown, Jeremiah, Jr.; Stuck, Bruce E.; Loveday, J.

    2003-06-01

    Purpose: To evaluate long term deficits in human color discrimination induced by accidental laser macular damage and assess potential for recovery of color vision deficits. Methods: Nine laser accident cases (Q-switched Neodymium) presenting initially with confined or vitreous macular hemorrhage were evaluated with the Farnsworth-Munsell 100 Hue test within 2 days to 3 months post exposure. Both total as well as partial errors in the blue/yellow (B/Y) and red/green (R/G) regions were assessed. Independent assessment of axis orientation and complexity were obtained via a Fourier series expansion of error scores. Comparisons of both total and partial B/Y and R/G errors were made with age matched normal subjects, idiopathic and juvenile onset macular holes. Confocal Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy and Optical Coherence Tomography characterized the presence of retinal traction, intraretinal scar, macular thickness and macular hole formation. Results: Comparison of exposed and non-exposed age matched individuals were significant (P<.001) for both total and partial errors. In four cases where macular injury ranged from mild scar to macular hole, color discrimination errors achieved normal levels in 1 to 12 months post exposure. A mild tritan axis, dominant B/Y ("blue/yellow") errors, and retinal traction were observed in a macular hole case. At 12 months post exposure, traction about the hole disappeared, and total and partial errors were normal. Where damage involved a greater degree of scarring, retinal traction and multiple injury sites, long term recovery of total and partial error recovery was retarded with complex axis makeup. Single exposures in the paramacula produced tritan axes, while multiple exposures within and external to the macula increased total and partial R/G ("red/green") error scores. Total errors increased when paramacular hole enlargement induced macular traction. Such hole formation produced significant increases in total errors, complex axis

  15. On-chip coherent combining of angled-grating diode lasers toward bar-scale single-mode lasers.

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    Zhao, Yunsong; Zhu, Lin

    2012-03-12

    Single mode operation of broad-area diode lasers, which is the key to obtain high power, high brightness sources, is difficult due to highly nonlinear materials and strong coupling between gain and index. Conventional broad-area lasers usually operate with multiple modes and have poor beam quality. Laser bars usually consist of incoherently combined broad-area single emitters placed side by side. In this article, we have demonstrated a novel integrated laser architecture in which Bragg diffraction is used to realize simultaneous modal control and coherent combining of broad-area diode lasers. Our experimental results show that two 100 μm wide, 1.3mm long InP broad-area lasers provide near-diffraction-limited output beam and are coherently combined at the same time without any external optical components. Furthermore, our design can be expanded to a coherently combined broad-area laser array that turns a laser bar into a coherent single mode laser with diffraction-limited beam quality.

  16. Ultrafast coherent X-ray diffractive imaging with the FLASH Free-Electron Laser

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    Chapman, H. N.; Bajt, S.; Barty, A.; Benner, W. H.; Bogan, M. J.; Boutet, S.; Cavalleri, A.; Düsterer, S.; Frank, M.; Hajdu, J.; Hau-Riege, S. P.; Iwan, B.; Marchesini, S.; Sokolowski-Tinten, K.; Siebert, M. M.; Treusch, R.; Woods, B. W.

    High-resolution ultrafast coherent diffractive imaging has been carried out at the FLASH FEL. Reconstructed images show no effect of sample destruction. Time resolved imaging was achieved by time-delay holography and with a synchronized optical laser.

  17. A vision-based system for fast and accurate laser scanning in robot-assisted phonomicrosurgery.

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    Dagnino, Giulio; Mattos, Leonardo S; Caldwell, Darwin G

    2015-02-01

    Surgical quality in phonomicrosurgery can be improved by open-loop laser control (e.g., high-speed scanning capabilities) with a robust and accurate closed-loop visual servoing systems. A new vision-based system for laser scanning control during robot-assisted phonomicrosurgery was developed and tested. Laser scanning was accomplished with a dual control strategy, which adds a vision-based trajectory correction phase to a fast open-loop laser controller. The system is designed to eliminate open-loop aiming errors caused by system calibration limitations and by the unpredictable topology of real targets. Evaluation of the new system was performed using CO(2) laser cutting trials on artificial targets and ex-vivo tissue. This system produced accuracy values corresponding to pixel resolution even when smoke created by the laser-target interaction clutters the camera view. In realistic test scenarios, trajectory following RMS errors were reduced by almost 80 % with respect to open-loop system performances, reaching mean error values around 30 μ m and maximum observed errors in the order of 60 μ m. A new vision-based laser microsurgical control system was shown to be effective and promising with significant positive potential impact on the safety and quality of laser microsurgeries.

  18. Experimental demonstration of passive coherent combining of fiber lasers by phase contrast filtering.

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    Jeux, François; Desfarges-Berthelemot, Agnès; Kermène, Vincent; Barthelemy, Alain

    2012-12-17

    We report experiments on a new laser architecture involving phase contrast filtering to coherently combine an array of fiber lasers. We demonstrate that the new technique yields a more stable phase-locking than standard methods using only amplitude filtering. A spectral analysis of the output beams shows that the new scheme generates more resonant frequencies common to the coupled lasers. This property can enhance the combining efficiency when the number of lasers to be coupled is large.

  19. Observation of coherent effects using a mode-locked rubidium laser

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    Zhang, Aihua; Sautenkov, Vladimir A.; Rostovtsev, Yuri V.; Welch, George R.

    2017-02-01

    We study a diode-pumped alkaline rubidium laser operating at the D 1-line transition. The mode-locked regime of laser operation using an active technique inside the laser cavity has been demonstrated. We have also experimentally shown that the mode-locked laser radiation can be used to observe coherent effects: the electromagnetically induced transparency and the nonlinear Faraday rotation in Rb vapor.

  20. Handheld simultaneous scanning laser ophthalmoscopy and optical coherence tomography system

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    LaRocca, Francesco; Nankivil, Derek; Farsiu, Sina; Izatt, Joseph A.

    2013-01-01

    Scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) are widely used retinal imaging modalities that can assist in the diagnosis of retinal pathologies. The combination of SLO and OCT provides a more comprehensive imaging system and a method to register OCT images to produce motion corrected retinal volumes. While high quality, bench-top SLO-OCT systems have been discussed in the literature and are available commercially, there are currently no handheld designs. We describe the first design and fabrication of a handheld SLO/spectral domain OCT probe. SLO and OCT images were acquired simultaneously with a combined power under the ANSI limit. High signal-to-noise ratio SLO and OCT images were acquired simultaneously from a normal subject with visible motion artifacts. Fully automated motion estimation methods were performed in post-processing to correct for the inter- and intra-frame motion in SLO images and their concurrently acquired OCT volumes. The resulting set of reconstructed SLO images and the OCT volume were without visible motion artifacts. At a reduced field of view, the SLO resolved parafoveal cones without adaptive optics at a retinal eccentricity of 11° in subjects with good ocular optics. This system may be especially useful for imaging young children and subjects with less stable fixation. PMID:24298396

  1. Control of laser wavelength tuning and its application in coherent optical time domain reflectometer

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    Lu, Lidong; Sun, Xiaoyan; Li, Binglin

    2017-02-01

    A laser diode temperature control scheme is adopted to achieve the laser wavelength tuning of a narrow linewidth laser, which sends commands by serial communication to change the laser diode temperature. The laser diode temperature is presented by the temperature sensitive resistance. And then the laser wavelength tuning method is also used in a coherent optical time domain reflectometer (C-OTDR) to reduce the coherent Rayleigh noise (CRN) caused by the coherence of the narrow linewidth laser. As the serial communication for the laser wavelength tuning is time-consuming which costs at least 10ms to finish the wavelength tuning once, the measurement time and efficiency of the C-OTDR should be considered. And then the relationship between the times for the laser wavelength changing and the CRN fluctuation is experimentally studied to balance the measurement time consumption and the measurement results, which illustrates that the laser wavelength needs not be changed in each measurement period of the C-OTDR and it can also obtain the ideal result to change the laser wavelength every 500 measurement periods. In traditional C-OTDR, by serial communication, the laser wavelength is changed in each measurement period and the total measurement periods are 218, so by the new scheme it can save about 2600 seconds to achieve an ideal measurement, which is of high efficiency.

  2. Optimization criterion for initial coherence degree of lasers in free-space optical links through atmospheric turbulence.

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    Chen, Chunyi; Yang, Huamin; Feng, Xin; Wang, Hui

    2009-02-15

    Partially coherent beams can be used to reduce the turbulence-induced scintillation; however, the partial coherence induces the decrease of the mean received irradiance. An optimization criterion for the initial coherence degree of lasers is proposed. This criterion maximizes the received irradiance that occurs with the highest probability. A method for adaptive initial coherence was given to use the criterion in practical applications.

  3. Quantum coherence in semiconductor nanostructures for improved lasers and detectors.

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    Chow, Weng Wah Dr.; Lyo, Sungkwun Kenneth; Cederberg, Jeffrey George; Modine, Normand Arthur; Biefeld, Robert Malcolm

    2006-02-01

    The potential for implementing quantum coherence in semiconductor self-assembled quantum dots has been investigated theoretically and experimentally. Theoretical modeling suggests that coherent dynamics should be possible in self-assembled quantum dots. Our experimental efforts have optimized InGaAs and InAs self-assembled quantum dots on GaAs for demonstrating coherent phenomena. Optical investigations have indicated the appropriate geometries for observing quantum coherence and the type of experiments for observing quantum coherence have been outlined. The optical investigation targeted electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in order to demonstrate an all optical delay line.

  4. Phase-locked laser system for use in atomic coherence experiments.

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    Marino, Alberto M; Stroud, C R

    2008-01-01

    We describe a phase-coherent laser system designed for use in experiments involving coherently prepared atomic media. We implement a simple technique based on a sample-and-hold circuit together with a reset of the integrating electronics that makes it possible to scan continuously the relative frequency between the lasers of over tens of gigahertz while keeping them phase locked. The system consists of three external-cavity diode lasers operating around 795 nm. A low-power laser serves as a frequency reference for two high-power lasers which are phased locked with an optical phase-locked loop. We measured the residual phase noise of the system to be less than 0.04 rad(2). In order to show the application of the system towards atomic coherence experiments, we used it to implement electromagnetically induced transparency in a rubidium vapor cell and obtained a reduction in the absorption coefficient of 92%.

  5. Transverse spatial coherence of a transient nickellike silver soft-x-ray laser pumped by a single picosecond laser pulse.

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    Lucianetti, A; Janulewicz, K A; Kroemer, R; Priebe, G; Tümmler, J; Sandner, W; Nickles, P V; Redkorechev, V I

    2004-04-15

    The degree of spatial coherence in the direction perpendicular to the target surface is reported for a transient nickellike silver x-ray laser at 13.9 nm. An x-ray laser plasma column was produced by irradiating a slab silver target with a single shaped picosecond laser pulse with energy less than 3 J. Young's double-slit method was applied to measure the fringe visibility as a function of the slit separation for different target lengths. The diameter of the equivalent incoherent source and the coherence radius of the output radiation were determined as well.

  6. Cyclic shearing interferometer for collimating short coherence-length laser beams.

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    Henning, T D; Carlsten, J L

    1992-03-20

    Until now there has not been an accurate method for measuring the radius of curvature, R, of a short coherence-length light source, such as a short-pulse or broadband laser. We show that the easily aligned cyclic shearing interferometer (CSI) solves this problem. The CSI produces a stable fringe pattern from which R can be determined and can be used on beams with short coherence times down to 300 fs because the two beams in the interferometer follow nearly the same path. Comparison with data from a broadband XeCl laser (30-ps coherence time) confirms that the CSI performs as theory predicts.

  7. Coherence and shot-to-shot spectral fluctuations in noise-like ultrafast fiber lasers.

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    Runge, Antoine F J; Aguergaray, Claude; Broderick, Neil G R; Erkintalo, Miro

    2013-11-01

    We report on experimental studies of coherence and fluctuations in noise-like pulse trains generated by ultrafast fiber oscillators. By measuring the degree of first-order coherence using a Young's-type interference experiment, we prove the lack of phase coherence across the seemingly regular array of pulses. We further quantify the pulse-to-pulse fluctuations by recording the single-shot spectra of the megahertz pulse train, and experimentally demonstrate the existence of spectral fluctuations that remain unresolved in conventional time-averaged ensemble measurements. Phase incoherence and spectral fluctuations are contrasted with quantified coherence and spectral stability when the laser is soliton mode-locked.

  8. Effect of phase fluctuations on entanglement generation in a correlated emission laser with injected coherence

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    Qamar, Sajid; Qamar, Shahid; Suhail Zubairy, M.

    2010-03-01

    This proposal investigates the influence of the phase fluctuations on the time evolution of entanglement generation in a three-level correlated emission laser (CEL) with injected coherence. The atoms are injected in the cavity with an initial partial coherent superposition of the upper and lower levels. The corresponding phase φ is considered to be randomly distributed around some fixed phase φ0. The fluctuations in phase φ modifies the coherence between the two corresponding atomic levels. Therefore, we observe strong influence of phase fluctuations on the entanglement generation using the injected coherence CEL system.

  9. Towards a FAST CARS anthrax detector: coherence preparation using simultaneous femtosecond laser pulses

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    Beadie, G.; Sariyanni, Z. E.; Rostovtsev, Y. V.; Opatrny, T.; Reintjes, J.; Scully, M. O.

    2005-01-01

    Maximizing the molecular response to coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS) requires optimizing the preparation of a vibrational quantum coherence. We simulate the amount of laser-induced coherence prepared in a three-level system modeled after dipicolinic acid (DPA), a marker molecule for bacterial spores. The level spacings and decoherence times were chosen to agree with experimental data observed from DPA. Nearly-maximal vibrational coherences can be induced for 150 fs optical pulses, despite the very fast dephasing rates of the electronic transitions. It is also shown that pulse propagation effects play an important role in the development of coherence throughout an extended sample, due to nonlinear index effects of the molecule at the laser frequencies.

  10. Single laser beam of spatial coherence from an array of GaAs lasers - Free-running mode

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    Philipp-Rutz, E. M.

    1975-01-01

    Spatially coherent radiation from a monolithic array of three GaAs lasers in a free-running mode is reported. The lasers, with their mirror faces antireflection coated, are operated in an external optical cavity built of spherical lenses and plane mirrors. The spatially coherent-beam formation makes use of the Fourier-transformation property of the internal lenses. Transverse mode control is accomplished by a spatial filter. The optical cavity is similar to that used for the phase-controlled mode of spatially coherent-beam formation; only the spatial filters are different. In the far field (when restored by an external lens), the intensities of the lasers in the array are concentrated in a single laser beam of spatial coherence, without any grating lobes. The far-field distribution of the laser array in the free-running mode differs significantly from the interference pattern of the phase-controlled mode. The modulation characteristics of the optical waveforms of the two modes are also quite different because modulation is related to the interaction of the spatial filter with the longitudinal modes of the laser array within the optical cavity. The modulation of the optical waveform of the free-running mode is nonperiodic, confirming that the fluctuations of the optical fields of the lasers are random.

  11. OCT imaging with temporal dispersion induced intense and short coherence laser source

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    Manna, Suman K.; le Gall, Stephen; Li, Guoqiang

    2016-10-01

    Lower coherence length and higher intensity are two indispensable requirements on the light source for high resolution and large penetration depth OCT imaging. While tremendous interest is being paid on engineering various laser sources to enlarge their bandwidth and hence lowering the coherence length, here we demonstrate another approach by employing strong temporal dispersion onto the existing laser source. Cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) cells with suitable dispersive slope at the edge of 1-D organic photonic band gap have been designed to provide maximum reduction in coherence volume while maintaining the intensity higher than 50%. As an example, the coherence length of a multimode He-Ne laser is reduced by more than 730 times.

  12. Coherent detection of position errors in inter-satellite laser communications

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    Xu, Nan; Liu, Liren; Liu, De'an; Sun, Jianfeng; Luan, Zhu

    2007-09-01

    Due to the improved receiver sensitivity and wavelength selectivity, coherent detection became an attractive alternative to direct detection in inter-satellite laser communications. A novel method to coherent detection of position errors information is proposed. Coherent communication system generally consists of receive telescope, local oscillator, optical hybrid, photoelectric detector and optical phase lock loop (OPLL). Based on the system composing, this method adds CCD and computer as position error detector. CCD captures interference pattern while detection of transmission data from the transmitter laser. After processed and analyzed by computer, target position information is obtained from characteristic parameter of the interference pattern. The position errors as the control signal of PAT subsystem drive the receiver telescope to keep tracking to the target. Theoretical deviation and analysis is presented. The application extends to coherent laser rang finder, in which object distance and position information can be obtained simultaneously.

  13. Extended coherence length Fourier domain mode locked lasers at 1310 nm.

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    Adler, Desmond C; Wieser, Wolfgang; Trepanier, Francois; Schmitt, Joseph M; Huber, Robert A

    2011-10-10

    Fourier domain mode locked (FDML) lasers are excellent tunable laser sources for frequency domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) systems due to their combination of high sweep rates, large tuning ranges, and high output powers. However, conventional FDML lasers provide coherence lengths of only 4-10 mm, limiting their use in demanding applications such as intravascular OCT where coherence lengths of >20 mm are required for optimal imaging of large blood vessels. Furthermore, like most swept lasers, conventional FDML lasers produce only one useable sweep direction per tunable filter drive cycle, halving the effective sweep rate of the laser compared to the filter drive frequency. Here, we demonstrate a new class of FDML laser incorporating broadband dispersion compensation near 1310 nm. Elimination of chromatic dispersion in the FDML cavity results in the generation of forward (short to long wavelength) and backward (long to short wavelength) sweeps with substantially identical properties and coherence lengths of >21 mm. This advance enables long-range, high-speed FD-OCT imaging without the need for optical buffering stages, significantly reducing laser cost and complexity.

  14. DEVELOPMENT OF NEW MID-INFRARED ULTRAFAST LASER SOURCES FOR COMPACT COHERENT X-RAY SOURCES

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    Sterling Backus

    2012-05-14

    In this project, we proposed to develop laser based mid-infrared lasers as a potentially robust and reliable source of ultrafast pulses in the mid-infrared region of the spectrum, and to apply this light source to generating bright, coherent, femtosecond-to-attosecond x-ray beams.

  15. Development of high coherence high power 193nm laser

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    Tanaka, Satoshi; Arakawa, Masaki; Fuchimukai, Atsushi; Sasaki, Yoichi; Onose, Takashi; Kamba, Yasuhiro; Igarashi, Hironori; Qu, Chen; Tamiya, Mitsuru; Oizumi, Hiroaki; Ito, Shinji; Kakizaki, Koji; Xuan, Hongwen; Zhao, Zhigang; Kobayashi, Yohei; Mizoguchi, Hakaru

    2016-03-01

    We have been developing a hybrid 193 nm ArF laser system that consists of a solid state seeding laser and an ArF excimer laser amplifier for power-boosting. The solid state laser consists of an Yb-fiber-solid hybrid laser system and an Er-fiber laser system as fundamentals, and one LBO and three CLBO crystals for frequency conversion. In an ArF power amplifier, the seed laser passes through the ArF gain media three times, and an average power of 110 W is obtained. As a demonstration of the potential applications of the laser, an interference exposure test is performed.

  16. Macular Cone Abnormalities in Retinitis Pigmentosa with Preserved Central Vision Using Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy

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    Makiyama, Yukiko; Ooto, Sotaro; Hangai, Masanori; Takayama, Kohei; Uji, Akihito; Oishi, Akio; Ogino, Ken; Nakagawa, Satoko; Yoshimura, Nagahisa

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To assess macular photoreceptor abnormalities in eyes with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) with preserved central vision using adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AO-SLO). Methods Fourteen eyes of 14 patients with RP (best-corrected visual acuity 20/20 or better) and 12 eyes of 12 volunteers underwent a full ophthalmologic examination, fundus autofluorescence, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), and imaging with a prototype AO-SLO system. Cone density and spatial organization of the cone mosaic were assessed using AO-SLO images. Results In 3 eyes with RP and preserved central vision, cones formed a mostly regular mosaic pattern with small patchy dark areas, and in 10 eyes, the cone mosaic patterns were less regular, and large dark regions with missing cones were apparent. Only one eye with RP demonstrated a normal, regular cone mosaic pattern. In eyes with RP, cone density was significantly lower at 0.5 mm and 1.0 mm from the center of the fovea compared to normal eyes (P<0.001 and 0.021, respectively). At 0.5 mm and 1.0 mm from the center of the fovea, a decreased number of cones had 6 neighbors in eyes with RP (P = 0.002 for both). Greater decrease in cone density was related to disruption of the photoreceptor inner segment (IS) ellipsoid band on SD-OCT images (P = 0.044); however, dark regions were seen on AO-SLO even in areas of continuous IS ellipsoid on SD-OCT. Decreased cone density correlated thinner outer nuclear layer (P = 0.029) and thinner inner segment and outer segment thickness (P = 0.011) on SD-OCT. Conclusions Cone density is decreased and the regularity of the cone mosaic spatial arrangement is disrupted in eyes with RP, even when visual acuity and foveal sensitivity are good. AO-SLO imaging is a sensitive quantitative tool for detecting photoreceptor abnormalities in eyes with RP. PMID:24260224

  17. Studies of Ultrafast Femtosecond-Laser-Generated Strain Fields with Coherent X-rays

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    Dufresne, Eric M.; Adams, Bernhard; Landahl, Eric C.; Khounsary, Ali M.; Reis, David; Fritz, David M.; Lee, SooHeyong

    2007-01-19

    In its 324 bunch-mode of operation, the Advanced Photon Source (APS) has opened new avenues of femtosecond-laser science and techniques. In this new mode, if one uses the tightly focused low-pulse energy (nJ), high repetition rate fs-laser Ti:sapphire oscillator (88 MHz) on beamline 7ID, every laser pulse and X-ray bunch can be overlapped and delayed with respect to each other, resulting in a high-repetition rate pump-probe experiment that uses all the APS X-ray bunches. This paper describes an example of how coherent X-ray experiments may be used to study laser-generated strain fields in semiconductors. With an oscillator beam focused to 6 {mu}m onto GaAs, we have observed coherent X-ray diffraction patterns with a high-resolution camera. We have developed two techniques to observe the strain field, a topographic technique and a coherent diffraction technique. The topographic technique is quite useful to achieve a coarse spatial overlap of the the laser and X-ray beams. The coherent X-ray technique allows one to push the alignment to a few microns. This paper focuses solely on the latter technique. This experiment may help to develop techniques that will be used at the future free electron laser sources, where coherent and pump-probe experiments can be done simultaneously.

  18. Low spatial coherence electrically pumped semiconductor laser for speckle-free full-field imaging.

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    Redding, Brandon; Cerjan, Alexander; Huang, Xue; Lee, Minjoo Larry; Stone, A Douglas; Choma, Michael A; Cao, Hui

    2015-02-03

    The spatial coherence of laser sources has limited their application to parallel imaging and projection due to coherent artifacts, such as speckle. In contrast, traditional incoherent light sources, such as thermal sources or light emitting diodes (LEDs), provide relatively low power per independent spatial mode. Here, we present a chip-scale, electrically pumped semiconductor laser based on a novel design, demonstrating high power per mode with much lower spatial coherence than conventional laser sources. The laser resonator was fabricated with a chaotic, D-shaped cavity optimized to achieve highly multimode lasing. Lasing occurs simultaneously and independently in ∼1,000 modes, and hence the total emission exhibits very low spatial coherence. Speckle-free full-field imaging is demonstrated using the chaotic cavity laser as the illumination source. The power per mode of the sample illumination is several orders of magnitude higher than that of a LED or thermal light source. Such a compact, low-cost source, which combines the low spatial coherence of a LED with the high spectral radiance of a laser, could enable a wide range of high-speed, full-field imaging and projection applications.

  19. Low spatial coherence electrically pumped semiconductor laser for speckle-free full-field imaging

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    Redding, Brandon; Cerjan, Alexander; Huang, Xue; Lee, Minjoo Larry; Stone, A. Douglas; Choma, Michael A.; Cao, Hui

    2015-01-01

    The spatial coherence of laser sources has limited their application to parallel imaging and projection due to coherent artifacts, such as speckle. In contrast, traditional incoherent light sources, such as thermal sources or light emitting diodes (LEDs), provide relatively low power per independent spatial mode. Here, we present a chip-scale, electrically pumped semiconductor laser based on a novel design, demonstrating high power per mode with much lower spatial coherence than conventional laser sources. The laser resonator was fabricated with a chaotic, D-shaped cavity optimized to achieve highly multimode lasing. Lasing occurs simultaneously and independently in ∼1,000 modes, and hence the total emission exhibits very low spatial coherence. Speckle-free full-field imaging is demonstrated using the chaotic cavity laser as the illumination source. The power per mode of the sample illumination is several orders of magnitude higher than that of a LED or thermal light source. Such a compact, low-cost source, which combines the low spatial coherence of a LED with the high spectral radiance of a laser, could enable a wide range of high-speed, full-field imaging and projection applications. PMID:25605946

  20. On-line estimation of laser-drilled hole depth using a machine vision method.

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    Ho, Chao-Ching; He, Jun-Jia; Liao, Te-Ying

    2012-01-01

    The paper presents a novel method for monitoring and estimating the depth of a laser-drilled hole using machine vision. Through on-line image acquisition and analysis in laser machining processes, we could simultaneously obtain correlations between the machining processes and analyzed images. Based on the machine vision method, the depths of laser-machined holes could be estimated in real time. Therefore, a low cost on-line inspection system is developed to increase productivity. All of the processing work was performed in air under standard atmospheric conditions and gas assist was used. A correlation between the cumulative size of the laser-induced plasma region and the depth of the hole is presented. The result indicates that the estimated depths of the laser-drilled holes were a linear function of the cumulative plasma size, with a high degree of confidence. This research provides a novel machine vision-based method for estimating the depths of laser-drilled holes in real time.

  1. On-Line Estimation of Laser-Drilled Hole Depth Using a Machine Vision Method

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    Ho, Chao-Ching; He, Jun-Jia; Liao, Te-Ying

    2012-01-01

    The paper presents a novel method for monitoring and estimating the depth of a laser-drilled hole using machine vision. Through on-line image acquisition and analysis in laser machining processes, we could simultaneously obtain correlations between the machining processes and analyzed images. Based on the machine vision method, the depths of laser-machined holes could be estimated in real time. Therefore, a low cost on-line inspection system is developed to increase productivity. All of the processing work was performed in air under standard atmospheric conditions and gas assist was used. A correlation between the cumulative size of the laser-induced plasma region and the depth of the hole is presented. The result indicates that the estimated depths of the laser-drilled holes were a linear function of the cumulative plasma size, with a high degree of confidence. This research provides a novel machine vision-based method for estimating the depths of laser-drilled holes in real time. PMID:23112593

  2. Comparison of the coherence properties of superradiance and laser emission in semiconductor structures

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    Vasil'ev, Petr P; Penty, R V; White, I H

    2012-12-31

    The coherence properties of a transient electron - hole state developing during superradiance emission in semiconductor laser structures have been studied experimentally using a Michelson interferometer and Young's classic double-slit configuration. The results demonstrate that, in the lasers studied, the first-order correlation function, which quantifies spatial coherence, approaches unity for superradiant emission and is 0.2 - 0.5 for laser emission. The supercoherence is due to long-range ordering upon the superradiant phase transition. (special issue devoted to the 90th anniversary of n.g. basov)

  3. Coherent addition of high power laser diode array with a V-shape external Talbot cavity

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    Liu, Bo; Liu, Yun; Braiman, Yehuda

    2008-12-03

    Here, we designed a V-shape external Talbot cavity for a broad-area laser diode array and achieved coherent laser beam addition without using a spatial filter. The V-shape external Talbot cavity provides good mode-discrimination and high-power running capability. Coherent laser beam addition of up to 9-W output power at a narrow spectral linewidth (~0.1 nm) is demonstrated. A multi-lobe far-field profile generated by a low filling-factor phase-locked array is confirmed by our numerical simulation.

  4. Influence of semiconductor-laser phase noise on coherent optical communication systems

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    Tamburrini, M.; Spano, P.; Piazzolla, S.

    1983-03-01

    Several authors have recently investigated phase noise in semiconductor lasers and the related problems that arise when such lasers are employed in coherent optical communication systems. We report accurate measurements of high-frequency phase noise in single-mode injection lasers that show the presence of a peak in the phase-noise spectrum at the same frequency as that of the amplitude-noise peak. This peculiar phenomenon must be taken into account when one studies the characteristics of coherent optical communication systems.

  5. Strategies for eye positioning after laser-related loss of central vision

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    Bertera, J. H.

    1997-05-01

    Loss of foveal vision from exposure to laser light or retinal disease can seriously impair visual functions like reading and visual search. Central scotomas produce large losses in visually guided performance because central vision has the best visual resolution, compared to more peripheral retina, and is also important in the normal reflexive patten of eye movement. Relatively small central field scotomas can produce significant impairments in visual search if tasks require a high degree of foveal vision such as seeing fine detail or discriminating similar contours or letters. Subjects faced with the task of adapting to the loss of ventral vision sometimes position their eyes in ways which are either asymmetrical, not optimum, or seem to generate abnormal eye movements, even after extensive practice. Discussion includes oculomotor drift, error fixations, hyper-eccentric fixations and remedial eye positioning strategies.

  6. Development of fiber lasers and devices for coherent Raman scattering microscopy

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    Lamb, Erin Stranford

    As ultrafast laser technology has found expanding application in machining, spectroscopy, microscopy, surgery, and numerous other areas, the desire for inexpensive and robust laser sources has grown. Until recently, nonlinear effects in fiber systems due to the tight confinement of the light in the core have limited their performance. However, with advances in managing nonlinearity through pulse propagation physics and the use of large core fibers, the performance of fiber lasers can compete with that of their solid-state counterparts. As specific applications, such as coherent Raman scattering microscopy, emerge that stand to benefit from fiber technology, new performance challenges in areas such as laser noise are anticipated. This thesis studies nonlinear pulse propagation in fiber lasers and fiber parametric devices. Applications of dissipative solitons and self-similar pulse propagation to low-repetition rate oscillators that have the potential to simplify short-pulse amplification schemes will be examined. The rest of this thesis focuses on topics relevant to fiber laser development for coherent Raman scattering microscopy sources. Coherent pulse division and recombination inside the laser cavity will be introduced as an energy-scaling mechanism and demonstrated for a fiber soliton laser. The relative intensity noise properties of mode-locked fiber lasers, with a particular emphasis on normal dispersion lasers, will be explored in simulation and experiment. A fiber optical parametric oscillator will be studied in detail for low noise frequency conversion of picosecond pulses, and its utility for coherent Raman imaging will be demonstrated. Spectral compression of femtosecond pulses is used to generate picosecond pulses to pump this device, and this technique provides a route to future noise reduction in the system. Furthermore, this device forms a multimodal source capable of providing the picosecond pulses for coherent Raman scattering microscopy and the

  7. Multichip Vertical-External-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers: A Coherent Power Scaling Scheme (Postprint)

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    2006-12-01

    emitting laser ( VECSEL ), in which the waste heat generated in the active region is distributed on multi- VECSEL chips such that the pump level at the...thermal rollover is significantly increased. The advantages of this laser are discussed, and the development and demonstration of a two-chip VECSEL ...published November 22, 2006 We propose an efficient coherent power scaling scheme, the multichip vertical-external-cavity surface- emitting laser ( VECSEL ), in

  8. Disordered microstructure polymer optical fiber for stabilized coherent random fiber laser.

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    Hu, Zhijia; Miao, Bo; Wang, Tongxin; Fu, Qiang; Zhang, Douguo; Ming, Hai; Zhang, Qijin

    2013-11-15

    We have demonstrated the realization of a random polymer fiber laser (RPFL) based on laser dye Pyrromethene 597-doped one-dimensional disordered polymer optical fiber (POF). The stabilized coherent laser action for the disordered POF has been obtained by the weak optical multiple scattering of the polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes nanoparticles in the core of the POF in situ formed during polymerization, which was enhanced by the waveguide confinement effect. Meanwhile, the threshold of our RPFL system is almost one order of magnitude lower than that of the liquid core random fiber laser reported previously, which promotes the development of random lasers.

  9. Coherence Measurements of a Transient 14.7 nm X-ray Laser

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    Remond, C; Dunn, J; Delmotte, F; Nilsen, J; Hubert, S; Ravet, M; Shlyaptsev, V; Zeitoun, P; Hunter, J; Vanbostal, L; Jacquemot, S; Smith, R; Fajardo, M; Lewis, C; Marmoret, R

    2003-11-25

    We present the longitudinal coherence measurement of the transient inversion collisional x-ray laser for the first time. The Ni-like Pd x-ray laser at 14.68 nm is generated by the LLNL COMET laser facility and is operating in the gain-saturated regime. Interference fringes are produced using a Michelson interferometer setup in which a thin multilayer-coated membrane is used as a beam splitter. The longitudinal coherence length for the picosecond duration 4d{sup 1}S{sub 0} {yields} 4p{sup 1}P{sub 1} lasing transition is determined to be {approx}400 {micro}m (1/e HW) by adjusting the length of one interferometer arm and measuring the resultant variation in fringe visibility. This is four times improved coherence than previous measurements on quasi-steady state schemes largely as a result of the narrower line profile in the lower temperature plasma. The inferred gain-narrowed linewidth of {approx}0.29 pm is also substantially narrower than previous measurements on quasi-steady state x-ray laser schemes. This study shows that the coherence of the x-ray laser beam can be improved by changing the laser pumping conditions. The x-ray laser is operating at 4 - 5 times the transform-limited pulse.

  10. Study of defog technology based on scattering model with laser imaging night vision assistant driving system

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    Liu, Hongjun; Zhou, Yan; Wang, Xin-wei

    2009-07-01

    In the night vision assistant driving systems with near IR active imaging, the contrast and resolution of images or videos captured by cameras are drastically altered by back scattering in bad weather such as fog and mist etc, which brings a hidden danger in the night driving. In order to remove weather effects from images and make vision information captured by vision systems more valuable, it is imperative to make a study of the defog algorithm in laser night vision images. Direct towards laser active imaging assistant driving system, Monocular Camera Machine Vision and ABA Model are combined to restore the blurred images of driving environment in night fog day. In order to obtain the scene depth information, the camera was calibrated firstly; then, the scene depth map by linear imaging model and the Technical Standard of Highway Engineering was constructed. The brightness of each pixel at the receiver is composed of scene point attenuation irradiance, back scattering irradiance and airlight illumination scattering intensity in ABA model simply. By removing back scattering and airlight illumination scattering by particles to restore the image degraded in foggy day.

  11. Long-range measurement of Rayleigh scatter signature beyond laser coherence length based on coherent optical frequency domain reflectometry.

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    Ohno, Shingo; Iida, Daisuke; Toge, Kunihiro; Manabe, Tetsuya

    2016-08-22

    Long-range C-OFDR measurement of fiber Rayleigh scatter signature is described. The Rayleigh scatter signature, which is an interference pattern of backscatters from the random refractive indices in fibers, is known to be applicable to fiber identification and temperature or strain sensing by measuring its repeatability and its spectral shift. However, these applications have not been realized at ranges beyond the laser coherence length since laser phase noise degrades its repeatability. This paper proposes and demonstrates a method for analyzing the optical power spectrum of local Rayleigh backscatter to overcome the limitation imposed by laser phase noise. The measurable range and spatial performance are also investigated experimentally with respect to the remaining phase noise and noise reduction by signal averaging with the proposed method. The feasibility of Rayleigh scatter signature measurement for long-range applications is confirmed.

  12. Laser-Pumped Coherent X-Ray FEL

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    2008-11-14

    laser field replaces the magnetic wiggler field of a conventional FEL. Depending on the intensity and quality of both the electron beam and pump laser...and Line Width 16 IV. Comparison of Theory with Simulations 17 a) Wiggler based X-Ray FEL 17 b) Laser Pumped X-Ray FEL 18 V. Conclusions 19...FEL) an intense laser field replaces the magnetic wiggler field of a conventional FEL. Depending on the intensity and quality of both the electron

  13. Laser-Camera Vision Sensing for Spacecraft Mobile Robot Navigation

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    Maluf, David A.; Khalil, Ahmad S.; Dorais, Gregory A.; Gawdiak, Yuri

    2002-01-01

    The advent of spacecraft mobile robots-free-flyng sensor platforms and communications devices intended to accompany astronauts or remotely operate on space missions both inside and outside of a spacecraft-has demanded the development of a simple and effective navigation schema. One such system under exploration involves the use of a laser-camera arrangement to predict relative positioning of the mobile robot. By projecting laser beams from the robot, a 3D reference frame can be introduced. Thus, as the robot shifts in position, the position reference frame produced by the laser images is correspondingly altered. Using normalization and camera registration techniques presented in this paper, the relative translation and rotation of the robot in 3D are determined from these reference frame transformations.

  14. High Power Laser Diode Arrays for 2-Micron Solid State Coherent Lidars Applications

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    Amzajerdian, Farzin; Meadows, Byron; Kavaya, Michael J.; Singh, Upendra; Sudesh, Vikas; Baker, Nathaniel

    2003-01-01

    Laser diode arrays are critical components of any diode-pumped solid state laser systems, constraining their performance and reliability. Laser diode arrays (LDAs) are used as the pump source for energizing the solid state lasing media to generate an intense coherent laser beam with a high spatial and spectral quality. The solid state laser design and the characteristics of its lasing materials define the operating wavelength, pulse duration, and power of the laser diodes. The pump requirements for high pulse energy 2-micron solid state lasers are substantially different from those of more widely used 1-micron lasers and in many aspects more challenging [1]. Furthermore, the reliability and lifetime demanded by many coherent lidar applications, such as global wind profiling from space and long-range clear air turbulence detection from aircraft, are beyond the capability of currently available LDAs. In addition to the need for more reliable LDAs with longer lifetime, further improvement in the operational parameters of high power quasi-cw LDAs, such as electrical efficiency, brightness, and duty cycle, are also necessary for developing cost-effective 2-micron coherent lidar systems for applications that impose stringent size, heat dissipation, and power constraints. Global wind sounding from space is one of such applications, which is the main driver for this work as part of NASA s Laser Risk Reduction Program. This paper discusses the current state of the 792 nm LDA technology and the technology areas being pursued toward improving their performance. The design and development of a unique characterization facility for addressing the specific issues associated with the LDAs for pumping 2-micron coherent lidar transmitters and identifying areas of technological improvement will be described. Finally, the results of measurements to date on various standard laser diode packages, as well as custom-designed packages with potentially longer lifetime, will be reported.

  15. The effect of polarization in passive coherent beam combining of fiber lasers

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    Chiang, Hung-Sheng; Leger, James R.; Huszar, Emese; Nilsson, Johan; Sahu, Jayanta

    2014-03-01

    A Yb-doped, dual-core, double-clad, polarization-maintaining fiber is used to demonstrate passive coherent beam combining. A homemade Dammann grating is employed as a passive beam-combining optical element. Self-phasing is observed in this laser system, where we attribute the self-phasing behavior to the Kramers-Kronig effect. We experimentally demonstrate the importance of polarization on coherent beam combining efficiency as well as on Kramers-Kronig induced self-phasing.

  16. Overlapping single photons on coherent states with two independent laser sources: a proposal

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    Calvo, Maria L.; Alvarez-Estrada, Ramon F.

    2016-10-01

    Some very interesting pure non-Gaussian states in quantum optics have already been produced experimentally (with one pulsed laser): the single-photon-added coherent states, among others. Important interference phenomena by superposing beams from two independent masers or lasers have been investigated earlier experimentally and theoretically. By pursuing on both subjects altogether, we propose a possible new experiment to generate single-photon-added coherent states, by employing two independent laser sources, both in continuous regime and having approximately equal frequencies and coherence times tc: we expect that such generations could occur during times of the order of tc/3 (possibly, a bit shorter). This expectation follows from a fully quantized multimode analysis of the temporal mode structure, which extends previous studies of parametric down conversion and balanced homodyne detection

  17. Characterization of coherence-or-power selectable operation of an external-cavity semiconductor diode laser.

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    Hyodo, Masaharu; Watanabe, Masayoshi; Kawakami, Akira; Saito, Shingo; Adachi, Masaaki

    2016-12-20

    The properties of the coherence-or-power selectable operation of an external-cavity semiconductor diode laser through the control of intracavity polarization states have been characterized in detail. In our technique, a diffraction grating and a reflector functioned as a polarization-dependent output coupler, such that the portion of light fed back to the gain medium was readily controlled by rotating the intracavity polarization axis, which resulted in the selectable operation of either a high degree of coherence or a high power for the laser output. We could continuously sweep the correlation widths over a range of approximately one order of magnitude, as well as four-fold output powers by simply rotating the intracavity half-wave plate. We also demonstrated experiments on optical phase locking, using two independent coherence-or-power selectable lasers.

  18. Stochastic method for determining the coherence length of a TEA CO2 laser

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    Codnia, J.; Gómez, N. D.; Azcárate, M. L.

    2013-12-01

    In this work the results of the measurement of the coherence length of a TEA CO2 laser developed in DEILAP are presented. A Michelson interferometer of about 5 m of optical path length difference was built for this purpose. A motorized translation optical mount was placed in one arm in order to enable the variation of the optical path length in many wavelengths. The length of the other arm was varied manually in steps of several tens of centimeters. Spatial filtering forced the laser to oscillate in a single transverse mode, TEM00. An innovative stochastic technique for data analysis allowed determining the amount of longitudinal modes, the amplitude and the individual average coherence length of each mode as well as the global coherence length of the laser. This technique was later compared with a method based on the analysis of the Fourier transform of the time series obtained at the interferometer input.

  19. Solid-state lasers for coherent communication and remote sensing

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    Byer, Robert L.

    1991-01-01

    Work in the stabilization of monolithic Nd:YAG lasers and the application of these lasers to nonlinear optical frequency conversion is discussed. The intrinsic stability of semiconductor diode laser pumped solid state lasers has facilitated a number of demonstration in external resonant cavity harmonic generation and stable optical parametric oscillation. Relative laser frequency stabilization of 0.3 Hz was achieved, and absolute stability of a few hundred hertz is anticipated. The challenge is now to reproduce this frequency stability in the output of tunable nonlinear optical devices. Theoretical and experimental work toward this goal are continuing.

  20. Monocular Vision Localization Using a Gimbaled Laser Range Sensor

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    2010-03-01

    unsuccessful. The laser range sensor was mounted to a Pandora pan and tilt gimbal [27]. This gimbal uses standard hobby-style analog servos (HS-81 and HS...URL: http://us.fluke.com/, July. 2008. 27. “DPC AV, pandora pan and tilt kit.” URL: http://www.dpcav.com/, June, 2008. 28. High Precision Tri-Axis

  1. Remote wind sensing with a CW diode laser lidar beyond the coherence regime.

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    Hu, Qi; Rodrigo, Peter John; Pedersen, Christian

    2014-08-15

    We experimentally demonstrate for the first time (to our knowledge) a coherent CW lidar system capable of wind speed measurement at a probing distance beyond the coherence regime of the light source. A side-by-side wind measurement was conducted on the field using two lidar systems with identical optical designs but different laser linewidths. While one system was operating within the coherence regime, the other was measuring at least 2.4 times the coherence range. The probing distance of both lidars is 85 m and the radial wind speed correlation was measured to be r2=0.965 between the two lidars at a sampling rate of 2 Hz. Based on our experimental results, we describe a practical guideline for designing a wind lidar operating beyond the coherence regime.

  2. Passive cavity laser and tilted wave laser for Bessel-like beam coherently coupled bars and stacks

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    Ledentsov, N. N.; Shchukin, V. A.; Maximov, M. V.; Gordeev, N. Y.; Kaluzhniy, N. A.; Mintairov, S. A.; Payusov, A. S.; Shernyakov, Yu. M.; Vashanova, K. A.; Kulagina, M. M.; Schmidt, N. Y.

    2015-03-01

    Ultralarge output apertures of semiconductor gain chips facilitate novel applications that require efficient feedback of the reflected laser light. Thick (10-30 μm) and ultrabroad (>1000 μm) waveguides are suitable for coherent coupling through both near-field of the neighboring stripes in a laser bar and by applying external cavities. As a result direct laser diodes may become suitable as high-power high-brightness coherent light sources. Passive cavity laser is based on the idea of placing the active media outside of the main waveguide, for example in the cladding layers attached to the waveguide, or, as in the case of the Tilted Wave Laser (TWL) in a thin waveguide coupled to the neighboring thick waveguide wherein most of the field intensity is localized in the broad waveguide. Multimode or a single vertical mode lasing is possible depending on the coupling efficiency. We demonstrate that 1060 nm GaAs/GaAlAs-based Tilted Wave Lasers (TWL) show wall-plug efficiency up to ~55% with the power concentrated in the two symmetric vertical beams having a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 2 degrees each. Bars with pitch sizes in the range of 25-400 μm are studied and coherent operation of the bars is manifested with the lateral far field lobes as narrow as 0.1° FWHM. As the near field of such lasers in the vertical direction represents a strongly modulated highly periodic pattern of intensity maxima such lasers or laser arrays generate Bessel-type beams. These beams are focusable similar to the case of Gaussian beams. However, opposite to the Gaussian beams, such beams are self-healing and quasi non-divergent. Previously Bessel beams were generated using Gaussian beams in combination with an axicon lens or a Fresnel biprism. A new approach does not involve such complexity and a novel generation of laser diodes evolves.

  3. Differential carrier phase recovery for QPSK optical coherent systems with integrated tunable lasers.

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    Fatadin, Irshaad; Ives, David; Savory, Seb J

    2013-04-22

    The performance of a differential carrier phase recovery algorithm is investigated for the quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK) modulation format with an integrated tunable laser. The phase noise of the widely-tunable laser measured using a digital coherent receiver is shown to exhibit significant drift compared to a standard distributed feedback (DFB) laser due to enhanced low frequency noise component. The simulated performance of the differential algorithm is compared to the Viterbi-Viterbi phase estimation at different baud rates using the measured phase noise for the integrated tunable laser.

  4. The application of cost-effective lasers in coherent UDWDM-OFDM-PON aided by effective phase noise suppression methods.

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    Liu, Yue; Yang, Chuanchuan; Yang, Feng; Li, Hongbin

    2014-03-24

    Digital coherent passive optical network (PON), especially the coherent orthogonal frequency division multiplexing PON (OFDM-PON), is a strong candidate for the 2nd-stage-next-generation PON (NG-PON2). As is known, OFDM is very sensitive to the laser phase noise which severely limits the application of the cost-effective distributed feedback (DFB) lasers and more energy-efficient vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSEL) in the coherent OFDM-PON. The current long-reach coherent OFDM-PON experiments always choose the expensive external cavity laser (ECL) as the optical source for its narrow linewidth (usually<100 KHz). To solve this problem, we introduce the orthogonal basis expansion based (OBE) phase noise suppression method to the coherent OFDM-PON and study the possibility of the application of the DFB lasers and VCSEL in coherent OFDM-PON. A typical long-reach coherent ultra dense wavelength division multiplexing (UDWDM) OFDM-PON has been set up. The numerical results prove that the OBE method can stand severe phase noise of the lasers in this architecture and the DFB lasers as well as VCSEL can be used in coherent OFDM-PON. In this paper, we have also analyzed the performance of the RF-pilot-aided (RFP) phase noise suppression method in coherent OFDM-PON.

  5. Modal study of refractive effects on x-ray laser coherence

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    Amendt, P.; London, R.A. ); Strauss, M. . Nuclear Research Center-Negev)

    1991-04-05

    The role of smoothly varying transverse gain and refraction profiles on x-ray laser intensity and coherence is analyzed by modally expanding the electric field within the paraxial approximation. Comparison with a square transverse profile reveals that smooth-edged profiles lead to: (1) a greatly reduced number of guided modes, (2) the continued cancellation of local intensity from a loosely guided mode by resonant free modes, (3) and the absence of extraneous (or anomalous) free mode resonances. These generic spectral properties should enable a considerable simplification in analyzing and optimizing the coherence properties of laboratory soft x-ray lasers. 6 refs., 3 figs.

  6. Electronic control of coherence in a two-dimensional array of photonic crystal surface emitting lasers.

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    Taylor, R J E; Childs, D T D; Ivanov, P; Stevens, B J; Babazadeh, N; Crombie, A J; Ternent, G; Thoms, S; Zhou, H; Hogg, R A

    2015-08-20

    We demonstrate a semiconductor PCSEL array that uniquely combines an in-plane waveguide structure with nano-scale patterned PCSEL elements. This novel geometry allows two-dimensional electronically controllable coherent coupling of remote vertically emitting lasers. Mutual coherence of the PCSEL elements is verified through the demonstration of a two-dimensional Young's Slits experiment. In addition to allowing the all-electronic control of the interference pattern, this type of device offers new routes to power and brightness scaling in semiconductor lasers, and opportunities for all-electronic beam steering.

  7. Electronic control of coherence in a two-dimensional array of photonic crystal surface emitting lasers

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    Taylor, R. J. E.; Childs, D. T. D.; Ivanov, P.; Stevens, B. J.; Babazadeh, N.; Crombie, A. J.; Ternent, G.; Thoms, S.; Zhou, H.; Hogg, R. A.

    2015-08-01

    We demonstrate a semiconductor PCSEL array that uniquely combines an in-plane waveguide structure with nano-scale patterned PCSEL elements. This novel geometry allows two-dimensional electronically controllable coherent coupling of remote vertically emitting lasers. Mutual coherence of the PCSEL elements is verified through the demonstration of a two-dimensional Young’s Slits experiment. In addition to allowing the all-electronic control of the interference pattern, this type of device offers new routes to power and brightness scaling in semiconductor lasers, and opportunities for all-electronic beam steering.

  8. Electronic control of coherence in a two-dimensional array of photonic crystal surface emitting lasers

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    Taylor, R. J. E.; Childs, D. T. D.; Ivanov, P.; Stevens, B. J.; Babazadeh, N.; Crombie, A. J.; Ternent, G.; Thoms, S.; Zhou, H.; Hogg, R. A.

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a semiconductor PCSEL array that uniquely combines an in-plane waveguide structure with nano-scale patterned PCSEL elements. This novel geometry allows two-dimensional electronically controllable coherent coupling of remote vertically emitting lasers. Mutual coherence of the PCSEL elements is verified through the demonstration of a two-dimensional Young’s Slits experiment. In addition to allowing the all-electronic control of the interference pattern, this type of device offers new routes to power and brightness scaling in semiconductor lasers, and opportunities for all-electronic beam steering. PMID:26289621

  9. Precise measurement of ultra-narrow laser linewidths using the strong coherent envelope.

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    Huang, Shihong; Zhu, Tao; Liu, Min; Huang, Wei

    2017-02-09

    Laser linewidth narrowing down to kHz or even Hz is an important topic in areas like clock synchronization technology, laser radars, quantum optics, and high-precision detection. Conventional decoherence measurement methods like delayed self-heterodyne/homodyne interferometry cannot measure such narrow linewidths accurately. This is because a broadening of the Gaussian spectrum, which hides the laser's intrinsic Lorentzian linewidth, cannot be avoided. Here, we introduce a new method using the strong coherent envelope to characterize the laser's intrinsic linewidth through self-coherent detection. This method can eliminate the effect of the broadened Gaussian spectrum induced by the 1/f frequency noise. We analyze, in detail, the relationship between intrinsic laser linewidth, contrast difference with the second peak and the second trough (CDSPST) of the strong coherent envelope, and the length of the delaying fiber. The correct length for the delaying fiber can be chosen by combining the estimated laser linewidth (Δfest) with a specific CDSPST (ΔS) to obtain the accurate laser linewidth (Δf). Our results indicate that this method can be used as an accurate detection tool for measurements of narrow or super-narrow linewidths.

  10. Precision Timing and Measurement for Inference with Laser and Vision

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    2010-01-01

    Cj ) for j = 1 . . N , where Cj = (CRj , CGj , CBj ) is an RGB colour vector and N = h × w. Suppose we have a set of laser range measurements, r, with...estimated range is written as R̂j = (Xj, Yj, r̂j, Cj ) and called 71 Figure 5.3: A rectified image with laser measurements superimposed. Note the...Range r̂j is chosen to maximize the likelihood p(Pj,Ri) ∝ e − (Xj−Xi) 2+(Yj−Yi)2 σ2 d − ‖ Cj −Ci‖ 2 σ2c (5.2) where σd is a variance for pixel distance and

  11. Cross modulation method of transformation of the spatial coherence of pulsed laser radiation in a nonlinear medium

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    Kitsak, M A; Kitsak, A I

    2008-04-30

    The cross modulation method of transformation of the spatial coherence of low-power pulsed laser radiation in a nonlinear medium is proposed. The method is realised experimentally in a multimode optical fibre. The estimates of the degree of spatial coherence of radiation subjected to the phase cross modulation demonstrated the high efficiency of this radiation decorrelation mechanism. (control of laser radiation parameters)

  12. Generating intense fully coherent soft x-ray radiation based on a laser-plasma accelerator.

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    Feng, Chao; Xiang, Dao; Deng, Haixiao; Huang, Dazhang; Wang, Dong; Zhao, Zhentang

    2015-06-01

    Laser-plasma based accelerator has the potential to dramatically reduce the size and cost of future x-ray light sources to the university-laboratory scale. However, the large energy spread of the laser-plasma accelerated electron beam may hinder the way for short wavelength free-electron laser generation. In this paper, we propose a novel method for directly imprinting strong coherent micro-bunching on the electron beam with large intrinsic energy spread by using a wavefront-tilted conventional optical laser beam and a weak dipole magnet. Theoretical analysis and numerical simulations demonstrate that this technique can be used for the generation of fully coherent femtosecond soft x-ray radiation at gigawatts level with a very short undulator.

  13. High-power operation of coherently coupled tapered laser diodes in an external cavity

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    Schimmel, G.; Doyen, I.; Janicot, S.; Hanna, M.; Georges, P.; Lucas-Leclin, G.; Decker, J.; Crump, P.; Erbert, G.; Kaunga-Nyirenda, S.; Moss, D.; Bull, S.; Larkins, E. C.; Witte, U.; Traub, M.

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate a rear-side phase-locking architecture with two high-brightness diode lasers. This technique is based on the passive phase-locking of emitters in an external cavity on their rear facet, and their coherent combination on the front facet. Two high-brightness high-power tapered laser diodes are coherently combined using a Michelson-based cavity. The combining efficiency is above 80% and results in an output power of 6.7 W in a nearly diffraction-limited beam. The rear-side architecture is then used with a laser bar of 5 tapered emitters using an interferometric extended cavity, based on a diffractive optical element. We describe the experimental evaluation of the diffractive optical element, and the phase-locked operation of the laser bar.

  14. Temporal coherence and spectral linewidth of an injection-seeded transient collisional soft x-ray laser.

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    Meng, L M; Alessi, D; Guilbaud, O; Wang, Y; Berrill, M; Luther, B M; Domingue, S R; Martz, D H; Joyeux, D; De Rossi, S; Rocca, J J; Klisnick, A

    2011-06-20

    The temporal coherence of an injection-seeded transient 18.9 nm molybdenum soft x-ray laser was measured using a wavefront division interferometer and compared to model simulations. The seeded laser is found to have a coherence time similar to that of the unseeded amplifier, ~1 ps, but a significantly larger degree of temporal coherence. The measured coherence time for the unseeded amplifier is only a small fraction of the pulsewidth, while in the case of the seeded laser it approaches full temporal coherence. The measurements confirm that the bandwidth of the solid target amplifiers is significantly wider than that of soft x-ray lasers that use gaseous targets, an advantage for the development of sub-picosecond soft x-ray lasers.

  15. Angle extended linear MEMS scanning system for 3D laser vision sensor

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    Pang, Yajun; Zhang, Yinxin; Yang, Huaidong; Zhu, Pan; Gai, Ye; Zhao, Jian; Huang, Zhanhua

    2016-09-01

    Scanning system is often considered as the most important part for 3D laser vision sensor. In this paper, we propose a method for the optical system design of angle extended linear MEMS scanning system, which has features of huge scanning degree, small beam divergence angle and small spot size for 3D laser vision sensor. The principle of design and theoretical formulas are derived strictly. With the help of software ZEMAX, a linear scanning optical system based on MEMS has been designed. Results show that the designed system can extend scanning angle from ±8° to ±26.5° with a divergence angle small than 3.5 mr, and the spot size is reduced for 4.545 times.

  16. Using a laser range finder mounted on a MicroVision robot to estimate environmental parameters

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    Fehr, Duc; Papanikolopoulos, Nikos

    2009-05-01

    In this article we will present a new robot (MicroVision) that has been designed at the University of Minnesota (UMN), Center for Distributed Robotics. Its design reminds of the designs of previous robots built at the UMN such as the COTS Scouts or the eROSIs. It is composed of a body with two wheels and a tail just like the two aforementioned robots. However, the MicroVision has more powerful processing and sensing capabilities and we utilized these to compute areas in the surrounding environment by using a convex hull approach. We are trying to estimate the projected area of an object onto the ground. This is done by the computation of convex hulls that are based on the data received from the MicroVision's laser range finder. Although localization of the robot is an important feature in being able to compute these convex hulls, localization and mapping techniques are only used as a tool and are not an end in this work. The main idea of this work is to demonstrate the ability of the laser carrying MicroVision robot to move around an object in order to get a scan from each side. From these scans, the convex hull of the shape is deduced and its projected area onto the ground is estimated.

  17. Multichip vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting lasers: a coherent power scaling scheme.

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    Fan, Li; Fallahi, Mahmoud; Hader, Jörg; Zakharian, Aramais R; Moloney, Jerome V; Murray, James T; Bedford, Robert; Stolz, Wolfgang; Koch, Stephan W

    2006-12-15

    We propose an efficient coherent power scaling scheme, the multichip vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL), in which the waste heat generated in the active region is distributed on multi-VECSEL chips such that the pump level at the thermal rollover is significantly increased. The advantages of this laser are discussed, and the development and demonstration of a two-chip VECSEL operating around 970 nm with over 19 W of output power is presented.

  18. Coherent addition of high power laser diode array with a V-shape external Talbot cavity.

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    Liu, B; Liu, Y; Braiman, Y

    2008-12-08

    We designed a V-shape external Talbot cavity for a broad-area laser diode array and demonstrated coherent laser beam combining at high power with narrow spectral linewidth. The V-shape external Talbot cavity provides good mode-discrimination and does not require a spatial filter. A multi-lobe far-field profile generated by a low filling-factor phase-locked array is confirmed by our numerical simulation.

  19. Single laser source for multimodal coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy.

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    Pegoraro, Adrian F; Slepkov, Aaron D; Ridsdale, Andrew; Pezacki, John Paul; Stolow, Albert

    2010-09-01

    Short laser pulse technology has significantly contributed to biomedical research, especially via nonlinear optical microscopy. Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy is a label-free, chemical-selective method that is growing in importance as improved methods and light sources develop. Here we discuss different approaches to laser source development for CARS microscopy and highlight the advantages of a multimodal CARS microscope, illustrated by selected applications in biomedical research.

  20. Adaptive pulsed laser line extraction for terrain reconstruction using a dynamic vision sensor

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    Brandli, Christian; Mantel, Thomas A.; Hutter, Marco; Höpflinger, Markus A.; Berner, Raphael; Siegwart, Roland; Delbruck, Tobi

    2014-01-01

    Mobile robots need to know the terrain in which they are moving for path planning and obstacle avoidance. This paper proposes the combination of a bio-inspired, redundancy-suppressing dynamic vision sensor (DVS) with a pulsed line laser to allow fast terrain reconstruction. A stable laser stripe extraction is achieved by exploiting the sensor's ability to capture the temporal dynamics in a scene. An adaptive temporal filter for the sensor output allows a reliable reconstruction of 3D terrain surfaces. Laser stripe extractions up to pulsing frequencies of 500 Hz were achieved using a line laser of 3 mW at a distance of 45 cm using an event-based algorithm that exploits the sparseness of the sensor output. As a proof of concept, unstructured rapid prototype terrain samples have been successfully reconstructed with an accuracy of 2 mm. PMID:24478619

  1. Adaptive pulsed laser line extraction for terrain reconstruction using a dynamic vision sensor.

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    Brandli, Christian; Mantel, Thomas A; Hutter, Marco; Höpflinger, Markus A; Berner, Raphael; Siegwart, Roland; Delbruck, Tobi

    2013-01-01

    Mobile robots need to know the terrain in which they are moving for path planning and obstacle avoidance. This paper proposes the combination of a bio-inspired, redundancy-suppressing dynamic vision sensor (DVS) with a pulsed line laser to allow fast terrain reconstruction. A stable laser stripe extraction is achieved by exploiting the sensor's ability to capture the temporal dynamics in a scene. An adaptive temporal filter for the sensor output allows a reliable reconstruction of 3D terrain surfaces. Laser stripe extractions up to pulsing frequencies of 500 Hz were achieved using a line laser of 3 mW at a distance of 45 cm using an event-based algorithm that exploits the sparseness of the sensor output. As a proof of concept, unstructured rapid prototype terrain samples have been successfully reconstructed with an accuracy of 2 mm.

  2. Progress toward a monolithically integrated coherent diode laser array

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    Evans, G. A.; Garmire, E. M.; Stoll, H. M.; Osmer, J. A.; Soady, W. E.; Lee, A. B.; Ziegler, M. P.

    1981-02-01

    Progress toward the design and fabrication of a GaAlAs semiconductor laser array capable of high average power levels (0.1 to 1.0 watt) and low (approx 1 millirad) beam divergence is reported. A large optical cavity (LOC) configuration is grown by liquid phase epitaxy. The LOC structure is characterized by photoluminescence scans, ion microprobe mass analysis (IMMA), and optical waveguiding measurements. Fabry-Perot, active-passive, and DBR lasers are fabricated using chemical and ion beam etching. Gratings formed using holographic and ion beam etching techniques provide third order feedback for the DBR lasers, and are also used as distributed beam deflectors (DBDs) and output couplers. Comparisons of the results of experiments performed on DBR lasers, DBDs, and coupled lasers are made with theoretical models. Details of the material growth, material characterization, device fabrication, experiments, and theoretical models are presented in this report.

  3. Spatial coherence measurements of the EUV emission from laser-plasma source based on xenon/helium gas puff target

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    Wachulak, P.; Sarzyński, A.; Bartnik, A.; Fok, T.; Węgrzynski, Ł.; Kostecki, J.; Fiedorowicz, H.

    2017-08-01

    In this paper, we present the first measurements of the partial spatial coherence of the EUV emission from xenon plasma in laser-plasma source, based on a double stream gas puff target. The Young double slit approach was employed to measure complex coherence factor of the EUV Xe emission at 13.5-nm wavelength in two orthogonal directions. The radius of coherence of 60 μm was estimated at the distance of 2.1 m from the source. The number of coherently emitted photons was sufficient to demonstrate coherent imaging. Using partially coherent radiation from such source Gabor EUV holography was successfully demonstrated.

  4. Multi-point laser coherent detection system and its application on vibration measurement

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    Fu, Y.; Yang, C.; Xu, Y. J.; Liu, H.; Yan, K.; Guo, M.

    2015-05-01

    Laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV) is a well-known interferometric technique to measure the motions, vibrations and mode shapes of machine components and structures. The drawback of commercial LDV is that it can only offer a pointwise measurement. In order to build up a vibrometric image, a scanning device is normally adopted to scan the laser point in two spatial axes. These scanning laser Doppler vibrometers (SLDV) assume that the measurement conditions remain invariant while multiple and identical, sequential measurements are performed. This assumption makes SLDVs impractical to do measurement on transient events. In this paper, we introduce a new multiple-point laser coherent detection system based on spatial-encoding technology and fiber configuration. A simultaneous vibration measurement on multiple points is realized using a single photodetector. A prototype16-point laser coherent detection system is built and it is applied to measure the vibration of various objects, such as body of a car or a motorcycle when engine is on and under shock tests. The results show the prospect of multi-point laser coherent detection system in the area of nondestructive test and precise dynamic measurement.

  5. Mode-locked fiber laser with cascaded generation of coherent Raman dissipative solitons

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    Kharenko, Denis S.; Bednyakova, Anastasia E.; Podivilov, Evgenii V.; Fedoruk, Mikhail P.; Apolonskiy, Alexander A.; Babin, Sergey A.

    2016-03-01

    We experimentally demonstrate a cascaded generation of a conventional dissipative soliton (DS) at 1020 nm and Raman dissipative solitons (RDS) of the first (1065 nm) and second (1115 nm) orders inside a common fiber laser cavity. The generated high-energy pulses are shown to be linearly-chirped and compressible to 200-300 fs durations for all wavelengths. Moreover, the pulses are mutually coherent that has been confirmed by efficient coherent combining exhibiting ~75 fs and <40 fs interference fringes within the combined pulse envelope of a DS with the first-order RDS and the second-order RDS respectively. The numerical simulation was performed with sinusoidal (soft) and step-like (hard) spectral filters and took into account the discreetness of the laser elements. Shown that even higher degree of coherence and shorter pulses could be achieved with hard spectral filtering. This approach opens the door towards cascaded generation of multiple coherent dissipative solitons in a broad spectral range (so-called dissipative soliton comb). The demonstrated source of coherent dissipative solitons can improve numerous areas such as frequency comb generation, pulse synthesis, biomedical imaging and the generation of coherent mid-infrared supercontinuum.

  6. Beyond the random phase approximation: Stimulated Brillouin backscatter for finite laser coherence times

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    Korotkevich, Alexander O.; Lushnikov, Pavel M.; Rose, Harvey A.

    2015-01-15

    We developed a linear theory of backward stimulated Brillouin scatter (BSBS) of a spatially and temporally random laser beam relevant for laser fusion. Our analysis reveals a new collective regime of BSBS (CBSBS). Its intensity threshold is controlled by diffraction, once cT{sub c} exceeds a laser speckle length, with T{sub c} the laser coherence time. The BSBS spatial gain rate is approximately the sum of that due to CBSBS, and a part which is independent of diffraction and varies linearly with T{sub c}. The CBSBS spatial gain rate may be reduced significantly by the temporal bandwidth of KrF-based laser systems compared to the bandwidth currently available to temporally smoothed glass-based laser systems.

  7. Coherent Computing with Injection-Locked Laser Network

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    Utsunomiya, S.; Wen, K.; Takata, K.; Tamate, S.; Yamamoto, Yoshihisa

    Combinatorial optimization problems are ubiquitous in our modern life. The classic examples include the protein folding in biology and medicine, the frequency assignment in wireless communications, traffic control and routing in air and on surface, microprocessor circuit design, computer vision and graph cut in machine learning, and social network control. They often belong to NP, NP-complete and NP-hard classes, for which modern digital computers and future quantum computers cannot find solutions efficiently, i.e. in polynomial time [1].

  8. Progress Toward a Monolithically Integrated Coherent Diode Laser Array.

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    1981-02-20

    design included (1) the developmenL of a laser array concept, (2) an analysis of laser injection locking, (3) a thermal analysis of the suggested array...21 100 P Fig. 2-12. Surface of Sample H13 withi Surface Roughness Shown 2-22 ,,h, * f o r g o o ’ r 100 Lm FL’ 2-4. Surface of Sample LDL-102. Only...interest (this may be accomplished, for example, by thermally varying the laser cavity length La in such a way that 60 = 0). Certain line-center DBR

  9. 2-Micron Diode-Pumped Pulsed Laser Transmitter for SPARCLE: A Coherent Wind Lidar Shuttle Mission

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    Singh, Upendra N.; Yu, Jirong; Petros, Mulugeta; Barnes, Norman P.; Phillips, Mark W.

    1998-01-01

    To enable a tropospheric vector wind velocity profiling from space with a pulsed Doppler lidar, a diode-pumped, room temperature Ho:Tm:YLF coherent pulsed transmitter has been developed at NASA Langley Research Center. This pulsed laser transmitter will be a part of coherent wind lidar shuttle mission SPARCLE. The acronym stands for SPAce Readiness Coherent Lidar Experiment and is primarily a technology demonstration mission and is expected to fly in 2001 as NASA's New Millennium Program (NMP) second Earth Orbiter (EO-2) mission. The laser transmitter for SPARCLE is a Ho:Tm:YLF power oscillator operating at eye-safe wavelength of 2.05 microns. The Q-switched output energy is 125 mJ at six Hz, and it has a near-transform limited beam with a pulse width of 170 ns. The high power and high beam quality of this laser makes it well suited as a coherent wind lidar transmitter on a space platform. When the output of this power oscillator is amplified by using four diode-pumped Ho:Tm:YLF amplifiers, an output energy of 600 mJ at 10 Hz is achieved. This is the highest energy ever produced at 10 Hz, and is at least an order of magnitude greater than previously achieved for a 2-micron diode-pumped laser at room temperature.

  10. 2-Micron Diode-Pumped Pulsed Laser Transmitter for SPARCLE: A Coherent Wind Lidar Shuttle Mission

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    Singh, Upendra N.; Yu, Jirong; Petros, Mulugeta; Barnes, Norman P.; Phillips, Mark W.

    1998-01-01

    To enable a tropospheric vector wind velocity profiling from space with a pulsed Doppler lidar, a diode-pumped, room temperature Ho:Tm:YLF coherent pulsed transmitter has been developed at NASA Langley Research Center. This pulsed laser transmitter will be a part of coherent wind lidar shuttle mission SPARCLE. The acronym stands for SPAce Readiness Coherent Lidar Experiment and is primarily a technology demonstration mission and is expected to fly in 2001 as NASA's New Millennium Program (NMP) second Earth Orbiter (EO-2) mission. The laser transmitter for SPARCLE is a Ho:Tm:YLF power oscillator operating at eye-safe wavelength of 2.05 microns. The Q-switched output energy is 125 mJ at six Hz, and it has a near-transform limited beam with a pulse width of 170 ns. The high power and high beam quality of this laser makes it well suited as a coherent wind lidar transmitter on a space platform. When the output of this power oscillator is amplified by using four diode-pumped Ho:Tm:YLF amplifiers, an output energy of 600 mJ at 10 Hz is achieved. This is the highest energy ever produced at 10 Hz, and is at least an order of magnitude greater than previously achieved for a 2-micron diode-pumped laser at room temperature.

  11. Coherent combining in an Yb-doped double-core fiber laser.

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    Boullet, Johan; Sabourdy, David; Desfarges-Berthelemot, Agnès; Kermène, Vincent; Pagnoux, Dominique; Roy, Philippe; Dussardier, Bernard; Blanc, Wilfried

    2005-08-01

    Coherent combining is demonstrated in a clad-pumped Yb-doped double-core fiber laser. A slope efficiency of more than 70% is achieved with 96% of the total output power in the fundamental mode of one of the two cores. This high combining efficiency is obtained when both cores are coupled via a biconical fused taper in a Michelson interferometer configuration.

  12. Automated co-alignment of coherent fiber laser arrays via active phase-locking.

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    Goodno, Gregory D; Weiss, S Benjamin

    2012-07-02

    We demonstrate a novel closed-loop approach for high-precision co-alignment of laser beams in an actively phase-locked, coherently combined fiber laser array. The approach ensures interferometric precision by optically transducing beam-to-beam pointing errors into phase errors on a single detector, which are subsequently nulled by duplication of closed-loop phasing controls. Using this approach, beams from five coherent fiber tips were simultaneously phase-locked and position-locked with sub-micron accuracy. Spatial filtering of the sensed light is shown to extend the control range over multiple beam diameters by recovering spatial coherence despite the lack of far-field beam overlap.

  13. Ex-CARS: exotic configuration for coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microspectroscopy utilizing two laser sources

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    Yakovlev, Vladislav V.; Petrov, Georgi I.; Noojin, Gary D.; Harbert, Corey; Denton, Michael; Thomas, Robert

    2011-01-01

    We propose and experimentally demonstrate a new coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering setting, which relies on a coherent excitation of Raman vibration using a broadband ultrashort laser pulse and signal read-out using a conventional continuous wave laser radiation. Such an exotic arrangement does not require any synchronization of two laser sources and can be used for direct comparison of amplitudes of nonlinear and spontaneous Raman signals. Ex-CARS in time- (top panel) and frequency- (bottom panel) domain. PMID:20635427

  14. High-coherent-power, two-dimensional grating surface-emitting (GSE) semiconductor lasers

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    Li, Shuang

    High-power semiconductor lasers, with coherent radiation, are attractive sources for many applications. However, achieving stable, coherent radiation to watt-range power from monolithic semiconductor lasers has been a challenge. This work covers the study and development of high power coherent semiconductor lasers employing novel-types of both surface-emitting and edge-emitting structures. Surface-emitting (SE) semiconductor lasers are preferred over edge-emitting lasers due to their inherent reliability, scalability, and packaging advantages. Horizontal-cavity, grating SE semiconductor lasers are promising candidates for high-power coherent sources. Here we present the design and analysis of a two-dimensional (2D) horizontal-cavity GSE laser (so called ROW-SEDFB laser), for which 2nd-order, distributed feedback/distributed Bragg reflector (DFB/DBR) gratings with central pi phaseshift are preferentially placed in the element regions of a resonant-optical-waveguide (ROW) structure. We find that beside their usual functions (feedback and outcoupling), the gratings act as an effective array-mode selector. The in-phase mode is strongly favored to lase around its resonance due both to better field overlap with the active-grating (i.e., DFB) and to lower interelement loss than the other array modes. For 20-element arrays with 700/600mum-long DFB/DBR gratings, and of 100mum-wide lateral dimension, high intermodal discrimination is obtained. The primary mechanisms behind this discrimination are found to be: absorption losses for the interelement field to the metal contact and to a semiconductor/metal grating layer, and the longitudinal guided-field overlap with the DFB region. The discrimination can be further enhanced by introducing free-carrier absorption in the interelement regions. The device has relatively uniform guided-field profiles in both lateral and longitudinal directions and a strong built-in index profile in the lateral direction. These features make the ROW

  15. Coherence Properties of Individual Femtosecond Pulses of an X-ray Free-Electron Laser

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    Vartanyants, I.A.; Singer, A.; Mancuso, A.P.; Yefanov, O.M.; Sakdinawat, A.; Liu, Y.; Bang, E.; Williams, G.J.; Cadenazzi, G.; Abbey, B.; Sinn, H.; Attwood, D.; Nugent, K.A.; Weckert, E.; Wang, T.; Zhu, D.; Wu, B.; Graves, C.; Scherz, A.; Turner, J.J.; Schlotter, W.F.; /SLAC /LERMA, Ivry /Zurich, ETH /LBL, Berkeley /ANL, APS /Argonne /SLAC /LLNL, Livermore /Latrobe U. /SLAC /SLAC /European XFEL, Hamburg /SLAC /Hamburg U.

    2012-06-06

    Measurements of the spatial and temporal coherence of single, femtosecond x-ray pulses generated by the first hard x-ray free-electron laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source, are presented. Single-shot measurements were performed at 780 eV x-ray photon energy using apertures containing double pinholes in 'diffract-and-destroy' mode. We determined a coherence length of 17 {micro}m in the vertical direction, which is approximately the size of the focused Linac Coherent Light Source beam in the same direction. The analysis of the diffraction patterns produced by the pinholes with the largest separation yields an estimate of the temporal coherence time of 0.55 fs. We find that the total degree of transverse coherence is 56% and that the x-ray pulses are adequately described by two transverse coherent modes in each direction. This leads us to the conclusion that 78% of the total power is contained in the dominant mode.

  16. Automatic laser welding and milling with in situ inline coherent imaging.

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    Webster, P J L; Wright, L G; Ji, Y; Galbraith, C M; Kinross, A W; Van Vlack, C; Fraser, J M

    2014-11-01

    Although new affordable high-power laser technologies enable many processing applications in science and industry, depth control remains a serious technical challenge. In this Letter we show that inline coherent imaging (ICI), with line rates up to 312 kHz and microsecond-duration capture times, is capable of directly measuring laser penetration depth, in a process as violent as kW-class keyhole welding. We exploit ICI's high speed, high dynamic range, and robustness to interference from other optical sources to achieve automatic, adaptive control of laser welding, as well as ablation, achieving 3D micron-scale sculpting in vastly different heterogeneous biological materials.

  17. FM characteristics and compact modules for coherent semiconductor lasers coupled to an external cavity

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    Shin, C.H.; Teshima, M.; Ohtsu, M. ); Imai, T.; Yoshida, J.; Nishide, K. )

    1990-03-01

    FM responses of a semiconductor laser optically coupled off-axis to a confocal Fabry--Perot cavity were measured. It is reported that this cavity acted as a frequency discriminator and as a phase comparator for slow and fast frequency fluctuations, respectively. The crossover between them was determined by a half linewidth of the cavity. Based on these investigations, we made two kinds of coherent semiconductor laser modules. External FP cavities were made by using an optical fiber and a hemispherical micro-lens, respectively. Linewidths of these lasers were less than 25 kHz.

  18. Directly modulated and fully tunable hybrid silicon lasers for future generation of coherent colorless ONU.

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    de Valicourt, G; Le Liepvre, A; Vacondio, F; Simonneau, C; Lamponi, M; Jany, C; Accard, A; Lelarge, F; Make, D; Poingt, F; Duan, G H; Fedeli, J-M; Messaoudene, S; Bordel, D; Lorcy, L; Antona, J-C; Bigo, S

    2012-12-10

    We propose and demonstrate asymmetric 10 Gbit/s upstream--100 Gbit/s downstream per wavelength colorless WDM/TDM PON using a novel hybrid-silicon chip integrating two tunable lasers. The first laser is directly modulated in burst mode for upstream transmission over up to 25 km of standard single mode fiber and error free transmission over 4 channels across the C-band is demonstrated. The second tunable laser is successfully used as local oscillator in a coherent receiver across the C-band simultaneously operating with the presence of 80 downstream co-channels.

  19. Dual laser diode array emission coherently summed in an external cavity

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    Hemmati, Hamid; Abshire, James B.

    1987-01-01

    The output power from two ten-element laser diodes arrays has been efficiently summed in an external cavity to obtain a coherent, continuous wave beam. In this technique, laser emission from each front surface antireflection coated diode array is stimulated by injection of emission from a second such array. This method was also applied to single-element diode lasers. The output beam characteristics such as spectral distribution, far-field and near-field beam patterns, and overall efficiency have been measured.

  20. Ultra-high sensitive and high resolution optical coherence tomography using a laser induced electromagnetic dipole

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    Kuroda, Hiroto; Baba, Motoyoshi; Suzuki, Masayuki; Yoneya, Shin

    2013-09-01

    Utilizing an optical coherence tomography measurement, we have developed a technique that actively uses a dielectric response due to an induced dipole moment caused by a mode-locked pulsed laser light source. Irradiated laser light in the material induces a photo-induced electric dipole resulting in a refractive index change for its strong electric field. Using this technique, we obtained a highly sensitive fundus retina tomogram of a human eye in vivo with a resolution of 1.3 μm by single scanning for 20 ms using 8 fs mode-locked pulse laser light with a 350 nm spread spectrum.

  1. Generation of phase - matched coherent point source in plasma media by propagated X-ray laser seeded beam

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    Pikuz, T.; Faenov, A.; Magnitskiy, S.; Nagorskiy, N.; Tanaka, M.; Ishino, M.; Nishikino, M.; Kando, M.; Kato, Y.; Kawachi, T.

    2016-03-01

    There is a significant interest in developing the coherent table-top X-ray lasers. Advent of plasma-based transient collisional excitation x-ray laser and particular, injection of coherent seeded beam, especially high-order harmonics, has tremendously improved the spatial coherence of such lasers, what allowed them to be the same widely used as synchrotron sources. Here we report experimental founding of unknown interference structure in a spatial profile of the output beam of the two-stage plasma X-ray laser. That allowed us experimental and theoretical discovering a new phenomenon consisted in a generation of phase-matched coherent point source in a laser plasma media by propagated X-ray laser seeded beam. This phenomenon could extend the applications of such x-ray lasers. For explanation of the observed phenomenon a new method of solving the standard system of Maxwell-Bloch equations has been developed. It was found that the interference pattern in the output laser beam was formed due to an emergence of phase-matched coherent virtual point source in the XRL amplifier and could be treated as the first observation of mirage phenomenon, analogous to the optical mirage, but in X-rays. The obtained results bring new comprehension into the physical nature of amplification of X-ray radiation in laser-induced plasma amplifiers and opening new opportunities for X-ray interferometry, holography and other applications, which requiring multiple rigidly phased sources of coherent radiation.

  2. Precise measurement of ultra-narrow laser linewidths using the strong coherent envelope

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    Huang, Shihong; Zhu, Tao; Liu, Min; Huang, Wei

    2017-02-01

    Laser linewidth narrowing down to kHz or even Hz is an important topic in areas like clock synchronization technology, laser radars, quantum optics, and high-precision detection. Conventional decoherence measurement methods like delayed self-heterodyne/homodyne interferometry cannot measure such narrow linewidths accurately. This is because a broadening of the Gaussian spectrum, which hides the laser’s intrinsic Lorentzian linewidth, cannot be avoided. Here, we introduce a new method using the strong coherent envelope to characterize the laser’s intrinsic linewidth through self-coherent detection. This method can eliminate the effect of the broadened Gaussian spectrum induced by the 1/f frequency noise. We analyze, in detail, the relationship between intrinsic laser linewidth, contrast difference with the second peak and the second trough (CDSPST) of the strong coherent envelope, and the length of the delaying fiber. The correct length for the delaying fiber can be chosen by combining the estimated laser linewidth (Δfest) with a specific CDSPST (ΔS) to obtain the accurate laser linewidth (Δf). Our results indicate that this method can be used as an accurate detection tool for measurements of narrow or super-narrow linewidths.

  3. Precise measurement of ultra-narrow laser linewidths using the strong coherent envelope

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    Huang, Shihong; Zhu, Tao; Liu, Min; Huang, Wei

    2017-01-01

    Laser linewidth narrowing down to kHz or even Hz is an important topic in areas like clock synchronization technology, laser radars, quantum optics, and high-precision detection. Conventional decoherence measurement methods like delayed self-heterodyne/homodyne interferometry cannot measure such narrow linewidths accurately. This is because a broadening of the Gaussian spectrum, which hides the laser’s intrinsic Lorentzian linewidth, cannot be avoided. Here, we introduce a new method using the strong coherent envelope to characterize the laser’s intrinsic linewidth through self-coherent detection. This method can eliminate the effect of the broadened Gaussian spectrum induced by the 1/f frequency noise. We analyze, in detail, the relationship between intrinsic laser linewidth, contrast difference with the second peak and the second trough (CDSPST) of the strong coherent envelope, and the length of the delaying fiber. The correct length for the delaying fiber can be chosen by combining the estimated laser linewidth (Δfest) with a specific CDSPST (ΔS) to obtain the accurate laser linewidth (Δf). Our results indicate that this method can be used as an accurate detection tool for measurements of narrow or super-narrow linewidths. PMID:28181506

  4. [Laser and vision measurement research on parameters of miniature quartz plate-sensitive glass part].

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    Wang, Xin; Zhang, Xiao-Dong

    2014-06-01

    High-precision, rapid and non-contact geometry parameter measurements of plate glass parts has become a main problem in the field of testing-related production and processing and also an important applied direction for laser spectroscopy. Accurately detect the geometric parameters of plate glass parts can not only improve the processing technology and the precision of assembly, but also bring about sub-file management according to the parameters. This paper presents a novel multi-parameter measurement method based on the laser and vision image processing technology, which can be used to measure parameters of miniature quartz plate-sensitive glass part accurately. The testing system consisting of self-adaption coaxial visual detection unit and laser vision thickness inspection unit was designed. A constant power drive control system was set up to ensure the laser diode (LD) can provide a stable light source for the testing system. A modified sub-pixel edge position algorithm of conic features was proposed to implement the sub-pixel image processing, and the parameters can be extracted. According to the data detected from curve edge points and a new-defined error function, which was minimized, the parameters of miniature quartz plate-sensitive glass part can be calculated. The experiments show that the average deviation of the measurement results is less than 2 υm, and the method has good stability and high accuracy measurement, which can meet the precision requirement of parameter measurement for miniature plate glass part.

  5. Coherent detection of metal-metal terahertz quantum cascade lasers with improved emission characteristics

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    Brewer, Anthony; Beere, Harvey E.; Ritchie, David A.; Freeman, Joshua R. Cavalié, Pierrick; Maysonnave, Jean; Tignon, Jérôme; Dhillon, Sukhdeep S.

    2014-02-24

    Coherent detection of emission from quantum cascade lasers with metal-metal waveguides is demonstrated through free-space coupling of a THz pulse to the sub-wavelength waveguide. We implement a simple, monolithic planar horn antenna design on the metal-metal waveguide that reduces the impedance mis-match to the waveguide. The resulting devices show up to 10 times more directed output power than conventional metal-metal waveguides. This enhanced coupling to free-space allows a more efficient injection of broad-band THz pulses into the waveguide. Through this, we are able to seed the laser emission and coherently detect the laser emission by electro-optic sampling.

  6. Laser Seeding of the Storage-Ring Microbunching Instability for High-Power Coherent Terahertz Radiation

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    Byrd, J. M.; Hao, Z.; Martin, M. C.; Robin, D. S.; Sannibale, F.; Schoenlein, R. W.; Zholents, A. A.; Zolotorev, M. S.

    2006-08-18

    We report the first observation of laser seeding of the storage-ring microbunching instability. Above a threshold bunch current, the interaction of the beam and its radiation results in a coherent instability, observed as a series of stochastic bursts of coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR) at terahertz frequencies initiated by fluctuations in the beam density. We have observed that this effect can be seeded by imprinting an initial density modulation on the beam by means of laser ''slicing.'' In such a situation, most of the bursts of CSR become synchronous with the pulses of the modulating laser and their average intensity scales exponentially with the current per bunch. We present detailed experimental observations of the seeding effect and a model of the phenomenon. This seeding mechanism also creates potential applications as a high-power source of CSR at terahertz frequencies.

  7. Laser seeding of the storage-ring microbunching instability for high-power coherent terahertz radiation.

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    Byrd, J M; Hao, Z; Martin, M C; Robin, D S; Sannibale, F; Schoenlein, R W; Zholents, A A; Zolotorev, M S

    2006-08-18

    We report the first observation of laser seeding of the storage-ring microbunching instability. Above a threshold bunch current, the interaction of the beam and its radiation results in a coherent instability, observed as a series of stochastic bursts of coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR) at terahertz frequencies initiated by fluctuations in the beam density. We have observed that this effect can be seeded by imprinting an initial density modulation on the beam by means of laser "slicing." In such a situation, most of the bursts of CSR become synchronous with the pulses of the modulating laser and their average intensity scales exponentially with the current per bunch. We present detailed experimental observations of the seeding effect and a model of the phenomenon. This seeding mechanism also creates potential applications as a high-power source of CSR at terahertz frequencies.

  8. Active and passive sensing of collective atomic coherence in a superradiant laser

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    Bohnet, Justin G.; Chen, Zilong; Weiner, Joshua M.; Cox, Kevin C.; Thompson, James K.

    2013-07-01

    We study the nondemolition mapping of collective quantum coherence onto a cavity light field in a superradiant, cold-atom 87Rb Raman laser. We show theoretically that the fundamental precision of the mapping is near the standard quantum limit on phase estimation for a coherent spin state, Δϕ=1/N, where N is the number of atoms. The associated characteristic measurement time scale τW∝1/N is collectively enhanced. The nondemolition nature of the measurement is characterized by only 0.5 photon recoils deposited per atom due to optical repumping in a time τW. We experimentally realize conditional Ramsey spectroscopy in our superradiant Raman laser, compare the results to the predicted precision, and study the mapping in the presence of decoherence, far from the steady-state conditions previously considered. Finally, we demonstrate a hybrid mode of operation in which the laser is repeatedly toggled between active and passive sensing.

  9. Radiation from laser accelerated electron bunches: Coherent terahertz and femtosecond X-rays

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    Leemans, W.P.; Esarey, E.; van Tilborg, J.; Michel, P.A.; Schroeder, C.B.; Toth, Cs.; Geddes, C.G.R.; Shadwick, B.A.

    2004-10-01

    Electron beam based radiation sources provide electromagnetic radiation for countless applications. The properties of the radiation are primarily determined by the properties of the electron beam. Compact laser driven accelerators are being developed that can provide ultra-short electron bunches (femtosecond duration) with relativistic energies reaching towards a GeV. The electron bunches are produced when an intense laser interacts with a dense plasma and excites a large amplitude plasma density modulation (wakefield) that can trap background electrons and accelerate them to high energies. The short pulse nature of the accelerated bunches and high particle energy offer the possibility of generating radiation from one compact source that ranges from coherent terahertz to gamma rays. The intrinsic synchronization to a laser pulse and unique character of the radiation offers a wide range of possibilities for scientific applications. Two particular radiation source regimes are discussed: Coherent terahertz emission and x-ray emission based on betatron oscillations and Thomson scattering.

  10. Coherent blue emission generated by Rb two-photon excitation using diode and femtosecond lasers

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    Lopez, Jesus P.; Moreno, Marco P.; de Miranda, Marcio H. G.; Vianna, Sandra S.

    2017-04-01

    The coherent blue light generated in rubidium vapor due to the combined action of an ultrashort pulse train and a continuous wave diode laser is investigated. Each step of the two-photon transition 5S-5P{}3/2-5D is excited by one of the lasers, and the induced coherence between the 5S and 6P{}3/2 states is responsible for generating the blue beam. Measurements of the excitation spectrum reveal the frequency comb structure and allow us to identify the resonant modes responsible for inducing the nonlinear process. Further, each resonant mode excites a different group of atoms, making the process selective in atomic velocity. The signal dependency on the atomic density is characterized by a sharp growth and a rapid saturation. We also show that for high intensity of the diode laser, the Stark shift at resonance causes the signal suppression observed at low atomic density.

  11. Effect of partial temporal coherence of XUV pulses in IR-laser-assisted photoionization

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    Kazansky, A. K.; Sazhina, I. P.; Kabachnik, N. M.

    2012-09-01

    The effect of partial temporal coherence of free-electron laser (FEL) pulses in IR-laser-assisted short-pulse photoionization of atoms is theoretically analyzed. In a typical two-color photoionization experiment, when an atom is ionized by extreme ultraviolet photons in the presence of a strong IR laser field, several sidebands are produced in the electron spectrum at both sides of the photoline. The stochastic nature of the FEL radiation leads to a broadening of the sidebands. When the coherence time is short, shorter than the inverse frequency of the IR field, the sidebands cannot be observed. However, in angle-resolved experiments a certain structure in the spectrum can be seen as a remnant of the sideband gross structure.

  12. Coherent polarization locking of Q-switched Ho:YAG laser

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    Chua, C. F.; Tan, L. H.; Phua, P. B.

    2013-03-01

    We had demonstrated the use of Coherent Polarization Locking (CPL) to mitigate the intra-cavity optical damage in a Q-switched Ho:YAG laser. By splitting the available pump power into two individual Ho:YAG laser rods, we had passively coherent combined two orthogonal polarized lasers with output pulse energy of 9.13mJ, pulse width of 14ns, operating at 800Hz pulse repetition rate. In contrast, when all the pump power was pumped on a single Ho:YAG laser rod built with the same cavity configuration, severe optical damage was observed. It was occurred at the surface coating of the laser rod when operating at < 2kHz pulse repetition rate, thus limiting the output pulse energy to < 5mJ. We also demonstrated, first to our knowledge, that by performing Q-switching only in one of the laser arms, it resulted in pulse operation for the entire CPL laser cavity.

  13. Coherent-state description of free-electron lasers

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    Lee, Ching Tsung

    1990-12-01

    It is generally accepted that the overall performance of free-electron lasers (FEL) can be understood without quantum mechanics. However, there are features of FEL such as photon statistics which can only be described quantum-mechanically. Although the majority of quantum-mechanical studies of FEL are devoted to one-particle models, there are also many studies on many-body effects of FEL. Unfortunately, the mathematical derivations of these studies are so complicated that it is not easy to follow the developments with a clearer picture in mind. The origin of the problem is the quantum recoils of the electrons. So we try to gain a clearer picture of the many-body effects by making the recoilless approximation. A simple model of FEL consists of a beam of relativistic electrons propagating through a spatially periodic magnetostatic wiggler field. The resulting laser output is propagating along the same direction as that of the electron beam. Quantum-mechanical analysis of FEL are usually based on the Bambini-Renieri frame which moves in the same direction as the propagating laser beam with a relativistic speed so that: (1) the wiggler field appears almost as a plane-wave radiation, (2) the frequency of the wiggler field coincides with that of the laser, and (3) the electron motion is nonrelativistic. Although in reality the laser beam can only derive its energy at the expense of the kinetic energy of the electrons, it appears in the Bambini-Renieri frame as if the photons of the laser were scattered from the fictitious photons of the wiggler field by the electrons.

  14. Fast and intuitive programming of adaptive laser cutting of lace enabled by machine vision

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    Vaamonde, Iago; Souto-López, Álvaro; García-Díaz, Antón

    2015-07-01

    A machine vision system has been developed, validated, and integrated in a commercial laser robot cell. It permits an offline graphical programming of laser cutting of lace. The user interface allows loading CAD designs and aligning them with images of lace pieces. Different thread widths are discriminated to generate proper cutting program templates. During online operation, the system aligns CAD models of pieces and lace images, pre-checks quality of lace cuts and adapts laser parameters to thread widths. For pieces detected with the required quality, the program template is adjusted by transforming the coordinates of every trajectory point. A low-cost lace feeding system was also developed for demonstration of full process automation.

  15. Coherent summation of spatially distorted laser Doppler signals by using a two-dimensional heterodyne detector array

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    Chan, Kin P.; Killinger, Dennis K.

    1992-01-01

    Phase-sensitive coherent summation of individual heterodyne detector array signals was demonstrated for the enhanced detection of spatially distorted laser Doppler returns. With the use of a 2 x 2 heterodyne detector array, the phase and amplitude of a time-varying speckle pattern was detected, and the signal-to-noise ratio of the Doppler shift estimate was shown to be improved by a factor of 2, depending on the extent of spatial coherence loss. These results are shown to agree with a first-order analysis and indicate the advantage of coherent summation for both short-range laser Doppler velocimetry and long-range atmospheric coherent lidar.

  16. Effect of spatial coherence on laser beam self-focusing from orbit to the ground in the atmosphere.

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    Deng, Hanling; Ji, Xiaoling; Li, Xiaoqing; Zhang, Hao; Wang, Xianqu; Zhang, Yuqiu

    2016-06-27

    The effect of spatial coherence on laser beam self-focusing in the atmosphere to assist delivering powerful laser beams from orbit to the ground is studied. It is found that a fully coherent beam is more strongly compressed on the ground than a partially (spatial) coherent beam (PCB), even so, for a PCB the compressed spot size on the ground may be reduced below the diffraction limit due to self-focusing effect, and a PCB has higher threshold critical power than a fully coherent beam. Furthermore, an effective design rule for maximal compression without beam splitting of the transported PCB from orbit to the ground is presented.

  17. Phasing surface emitting diode laser outputs into a coherent laser beam

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    Holzrichter, John F.

    2006-10-10

    A system for generating a powerful laser beam includes a first laser element and at least one additional laser element having a rear laser mirror, an output mirror that is 100% reflective at normal incidence and <5% reflective at an input beam angle, and laser material between the rear laser mirror and the output mirror. The system includes an injector, a reference laser beam source, an amplifier and phase conjugater, and a combiner.

  18. In vivo monitoring laser tissue interaction using high resolution Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography

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    Jo, Hang Chan; Shin, Dong Jun; Ahn, Jin-Chul; Chung, Phil-Sang; Kim, DaeYu

    2017-02-01

    Laser-induced therapies include laser ablation to remove or cut target tissue by irradiating high-power focused laser beam. These laser treatments are widely used tools for minimally invasive surgery and retinal surgical procedures in clinical settings. In this study, we demonstrate laser tissue interaction images of various sample tissues using high resolution Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (Fd-OCT). We use a Q-switch diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 nanosecond laser (532nm central wavelength) with a 4W maximum output power at a 20 kHz repetition rate to ablate in vitro and in vivo samples including chicken breast and mouse ear tissues. The Fd-OCT system acquires time-series Bscan images at the same location during the tissue ablation experiments with 532nm laser irradiation. The real-time series of OCT cross-sectional (B-scan) images compare structural changes of 532nm laser ablation using same and different laser output powers. Laser tissue ablation is demonstrated by the width and the depth of the tissue ablation from the B-scan images.

  19. LISP: a laser imaging simulation package for developing and testing laser vision systems

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    Wu, Kung C.

    1993-01-01

    The difficulties commonly encountered in developing laser imaging technologies are: (1) high cost of the laser system, and (2) time and cost involved in modeling and maneuvering a physical environment for the desired scenes. In contrast to the real imaging systems, computer generated laser images provide researchers with fast, accurate, cost-effective data for testing and developing algorithms. The laser imaging simulation package (LISP) described in this paper provides an interactive solid modeler that allows users to construct the artificial environment by various solid modelling techniques. Two fast ray tracing algorithms were developed and discussed in this paper for generating the near realistic laser data of any desired scene. These computer generated laser data facilitates the researchers in developing laser imaging algorithms. Thus, LISP not only provides an ideal testbed for developing and testing algorithms, but also an opportunity to explore the limitation of laser imaging applications.

  20. Laser process monitoring and automatic control at kHz rates through inline coherent imaging

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    Fraser, James M.

    2012-07-01

    Laser processing can achieve high transverse precision but control of the axial penetration depth in percussion drilling and keyhole welding has proved problematic. Processing can be highly stochastic (due to plasma, gas and melt flow dynamics). Normal imaging techniques can provide only minimal depth information and may be blinded by intense backscatter, black body and plasma emission. Inline coherent imaging (ICI) provides in situ, micron-scale depth measurements of laser machining processes at >300 kHz without any requirement for sample transparency or specialized geometry. The imaging beam is delivered coaxially with the laser processing beam facilitating integration into most laser processing platforms. With the ability to image deep (multi-mm) into high aspect features at high acquisition rates, ICI is a promising tool for both process development and online control of laser manufacturing systems.

  1. Imaging laser irradiated enamel surfaces with polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography

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    Hsu, Dennis J.; Darling, Cynthia L.; Fried, Daniel

    2008-02-01

    Several studies have shown that lasers can be used to modify the surface morphology and chemical composition of tooth enamel to render it less soluble. Other studies have shown that Polarization Sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography (PS-OCT) can be used to non-destructively measure the efficacy of fluoride in inhibiting the development of artificial caries lesions. The purpose of this study was to determine if PS-OCT can be used to measure inhibition of enamel demineralization after CO II laser irradiation. Polarized light microscopy and microradiography were used to measure lesion severity on histological thin sections for comparison. PS-OCT was able to measure a significant reduction in the integrated reflectivity due to inhibition by the laser even though the laser modification of the enamel surface caused a slight increase in reflectivity. This study shows that the PS-OCT is well-suited for in vivo measurements of caries inhibition after laser treatments.

  2. Coherence effects in the ultra-intense laser-induced ultrafast response of complex atoms

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    Li, Yongqiang; Yuan, Jianmin

    2016-05-01

    Both coherent pumping and energy relaxation play important roles in understanding physical processes of ultra-intense coherent light-matter interactions. Here, using a large-scale quantum master equation approach, we describe dynamical processes of practical open quantum systems driven by both coherent and stochastic interactions. As examples, two typical cases of light-matter interactions are studied. First, we investigate coherent dynamics of inner-shell electrons of a neon gas irradiated by a high intensity X-ray laser along with vast number of decaying channels. In these single-photon dominated processes, we find that, due to coherence-induced Rabi oscillations and power broadening effects, the photon absorptions of a neon gas can be suppressed resulting in differences in ionization processes and final ion-stage distributions. Second, we take helium as an example of multi-photon and multichannel interference dominated electron dynamics, by investigating the transient absorption of an isolated atto-second pulse in the presence of a femto-second infrared laser pulse.

  3. Optical modeling of the Q-switch lasers with a coherent gain model

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    Lawrence, George N.; Yu, Anthony; Schwarz, Jens

    2011-10-01

    Q-switch lasers are traditionally modeled using the rate equation approximation[1]. This model is effective in relating the energy of the population inversion to the energy in the optical pulse. It is especially effective when augmented by the Frantz-Nodvik theory that effectively builds in conservation of energy. However, the rate equation approximation theory cannot independently describe the formation of longitudinal modes and, because it does not correctly consider the finite response time of the medium, its accuracy in predicting the very fast rise time of Q-switch pulses is suspect. A more powerful based on the laser gain in terms of radiating, resonant dipoles-the coherent gain model-is needed. This paper reports progress to incorporate the more advanced coherent gain into a 3D, time resolved numerical model that can predict both sub-nanosecond effects, the growth of longitudinal modes in the Q-switched laser, and other coherent effects. Work remains to be done to explore the capabilities of this model to its full range of possibilities. Sandia National Laboratories has been interested in short pulse modeling and provided support for the development of the coherent gain model which is now being applied to the NASA Q-switch program to address fast rise times and the formation of longitudinal modes[2]-[6].

  4. Improved semi-conductor laser device, operating, at room temperature, with an array of three lasers in the spatially coherent, free running mode

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    Rutz, E. M.

    1975-01-01

    The peak pulse power was increased by operating an array of three homostructure Ga As lasers in the laser device. A spatial filter in the laser device selects the spatially coherent, free running, mode. The optical peak power is 5 watts, which is three times the peak power of a single laser in the array. The far-field distribution of the three laser array is a single Gaussian beam of spatial coherence without sidelobes or grating lobes. The length of the optical pulses of spatial coherence was increased to 200 ns by improved heat transfer from the p-n junctions of the lasers to the metal housing of the pulse transformer, and by doubling the core area and increasing the turns of the primary windings of the pulse transformer. The mechanical stability of the laser device was improved and the transition from mechanical alignment to electro-mechanical alignment control, was facilitated.

  5. Preliminary demonstration of power beaming with non-coherent laser diode arrays

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    Kare, J T; Militsky, F; Weisberg, A

    1999-02-26

    A preliminary demonstration of free-space electric power transmission has been conducted using non-coherent laser diode arrays as the transmitter and standard silicon photovoltaic cell arrays as the receiver. The transmitter assembly used a high-power-density array of infrared laser diode bars, water cooled via integrated microchannel heat sinks and focused by cylindrical microlenses. The diode array composite beam was refocused by a parabolic mirror over a 10 meter path, and received on a {approximately}15 x 25 cm panel of thinned single crystal high efficiency silicon solar cells. The maximum cell output obtained was several watts, and the cell output was used to drive a small motor. Due to operating constraints and unexpected effects, particularly the high nonuniformity of the output beam, both the distance and total received power in this demonstration were modest. However, the existing transmitter is capable of supplying several hundred watts of light output, with a projected received electric power in excess of 200 watts. The source radiance is approximately 5 x 10{sup 9} W/m{sup 2}-steradian. With the existing 20 cm aperture, useful power transmission over ranges to {approximately}100 meters should be achievable with a DC to DC efficiency of greater than 10%. Non-coherent sources of this type are readily scalable to powers of tens of kilowatts, and with larger apertures can be used directly for power transmission up to several kilometers. Future non-coherent diode laser sources may be suitable for power transmission over hundreds of kilometers. Also, the experience gained with non-coherent arrays will be directly applicable to power beaming systems using coherent diode arrays or other array-type laser sources.

  6. Preliminary demonstration of power beaming with non-coherent laser diode arrays

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    Kare, Jordin T.; Mitlitsky, Fred; Weisberg, Andrew

    1999-01-01

    A preliminary demonstration of free-space electric power transmission has been conducted using non-coherent laser diode arrays as the transmitter and standard silicon photovoltaic cell arrays as the receiver. The transmitter assembly used a high-power-density array of infrared laser diode bars, water cooled via integrated microchannel heat sinks and focused by cylindrical microlenses. The diode array composite beam was refocused by a parabolic mirror over a 10 meter path, and received on a ~15×25 cm panel of thin film high efficiency silicon solar cells. The maximum cell output obtained was several watts, and the cell output was used to drive a small motor. Due to operating constraints and unexpected effects, particularly the high nonuniformity of the output beam, both the distance and total received power in this demonstration were modest. However, the existing transmitter is capable of supplying several hundred watts of light output, with a projected received electric power in excess of 200 watts. The source radiance is approximately 5×109 W/m2-steradian. With the existing 20 cm aperture, useful power transmission over ranges to ~100 meters should be achievable with a DC to DC efficiency of greater than 10%. Non-coherent sources of this type are readily scalable to powers of tens of kilowatts, and with larger apertures can be used directly for power transmission up to several kilometers. Future non-coherent diode laser sources may be suitable for power transmission over hundreds of kilometers. Also, the experience gained with non-coherent arrays will be directly applicable to power beaming systems using coherent diode arrays or other array-type laser sources.

  7. Origin of coherent phonons in Bi2Te3 excited by ultrafast laser pulses

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    Wang, Yaguo; Guo, Liang; Xu, Xianfan; Pierce, Jonathan; Venkatasubramanian, Rama

    2013-08-01

    Femtosecond laser pulses are used to excite coherent optical phonons in single crystal Bi2Te3 thin films. Oscillations from low- and high-frequency A1g phonon modes are observed. A perturbation model based on molecular dynamics reveals various possibilities of phonon generation due to complex interactions among different phonon modes. In order to elucidate the process of phonon generation, measurements on thin films with thicknesses below the optical absorption depth are carried out, showing that a gradient force is necessary to excite the observed A1g phonon modes, which provides a refined picture of displacive excitation of coherent phonon.

  8. Coherent frequency combs produced by self frequency modulation in quantum cascade lasers

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    Khurgin, J. B.; Dikmelik, Y.; Hugi, A.; Faist, J.

    2014-02-24

    One salient characteristic of Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) is its very short τ ∼ 1 ps gain recovery time that so far thwarted the attempts to achieve self-mode locking of the device into a train of single pulses. We show theoretically that four wave mixing, combined with the short gain recovery time causes QCL to operate in the self-frequency-modulated regime characterized by a constant power in time domain and stable coherent comb in the frequency domain. Coherent frequency comb may enable many potential applications of QCL's in sensing and measurement.

  9. Method and apparatus for reducing coherence of high-power laser beams

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    Moncur, Norman K.; Mayer, Frederick J.

    1978-01-01

    Method and apparatus for reducing the coherence and for smoothing the power density profile of a collimated high-power laser beam in which the beam is focused at a point on the surface of a target fabricated of material having a low atomic number. The initial portion of the focused beam heats the material to form a hot reflective plasma at the material surface. The remaining, major portion of the focused beam is reflected by the plasma and recollected to form a collimated beam having reduced beam coherence.

  10. Swept source optical coherence microscopy using a Fourier domain mode-locked laser

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    Huang, Shu-Wei; Aguirre, Aaron D.; Huber, Robert A.; Adler, Desmond C.; Fujimoto, James G.

    2007-05-01

    Swept source optical coherence microscopy (OCM) enables cellular resolution en face imaging as well as integration with optical coherence tomography (OCT) cross sectional imaging. A buffered Fourier domain mode-locked (FDML) laser light source provides high speed, three dimensional imaging. Image resolutions of 1.6 µm × 8 µm (transverse × axial) with a 220 µm × 220 µm field of view and sensitivity higher than 98 dB are achieved. Three dimensional cellular imaging is demonstrated in vivo in the Xenopus laevis tadpole and ex vivo in the rat kidney and human colon.

  11. Coherent and spectral beam combining of fiber lasers using volume Bragg gratings

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    Jain, Apurva; Drachenberg, Derrek; Andrusyak, Oleksiy; Venus, George; Smirnov, Vadim; Glebov, Leonid

    2010-04-01

    Five-channel spectral beam combining (SBC) using volume Bragg gratings (VBGs) in photo-thermo-refractive (PTR) glass with 0.5 nm spectral separation between channels and combined power >750 W has been recently reported. We report on improvements in this technique with the use of thermal control of VBGs that allows precise high-power alignment required for dense SBC with 0.25 nm spectral separation of channels. Experimental results of passive coherent beam combining (CBC) of fiber lasers using multiplexed VBGs are presented and analyzed. Methods for achieving 100 kW class systems using novel hybrid architectures that combine both coherent and spectral beam combining are discussed.

  12. Coherent-pulse 2D crystallography using a free-electron laser x-ray source.

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    Mancuso, A P; Schropp, A; Reime, B; Stadler, L-M; Singer, A; Gulden, J; Streit-Nierobisch, S; Gutt, C; Grübel, G; Feldhaus, J; Staier, F; Barth, R; Rosenhahn, A; Grunze, M; Nisius, T; Wilhein, T; Stickler, D; Stillrich, H; Frömter, R; Oepen, H-P; Martins, M; Pfau, B; Günther, C M; Könnecke, R; Eisebitt, S; Faatz, B; Guerassimova, N; Honkavaara, K; Kocharyan, V; Treusch, R; Saldin, E; Schreiber, S; Schneidmiller, E A; Yurkov, M V; Weckert, E; Vartanyants, I A

    2009-01-23

    Coherent diffractive imaging for the reconstruction of a two-dimensional (2D) finite crystal structure with a single pulse train of free-electron laser radiation at 7.97 nm wavelength is demonstrated. This measurement shows an advance on traditional coherent imaging techniques by applying it to a periodic structure. It is also significant that this approach paves the way for the imaging of the class of specimens which readily form 2D, but not three-dimensional crystals. We show that the structure is reconstructed to the detected resolution, given an adequate signal-to-noise ratio.

  13. High power monolithically integrated diode laser, preamplifier, and coherent beam expander

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    O'Brien, S.; Mehuys, D.; Welch, D. F.; Parke, R.; Scifres, D.

    1992-11-01

    An integrated coherent beam expander utilizing a transverse leaky mode waveguide has been integrated with a single mode distributed Bragg reflector laser and a preamplifier producing powers in excess of 70 mW CW in a single spectral and spatial mode across an aperture over 100 microns wide. The far-field pattern in the direction parallel to the plane of the p-n junction, consists of one main lobe 0.45 deg wide, indicating that the beam is coherent over the full emitting aperture. The expanded beam is suitable as an injection source for an integrated broad area amplifier.

  14. Competition between coherent emission and broadband spontaneous emission in the quantum free electron laser

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    Robb, G. R. M.; Bonifacio, R.

    2013-03-15

    We extend previous analyses of spontaneous emission in a quantum free electron laser (QFEL) and competition between spontaneous and coherent QFEL emission to include a broad distribution of photon frequencies and momenta appropriate for spontaneous undulator radiation. We show that although the predictions of monochromatic and broadband models predict different electron momentum distributions for the quantum regime due to spontaneous emission alone after many photon emissions, the inclusion of broadband spontaneous emission has a negligible effect on the competition between spontaneous and coherent emission in the QFEL. Numerical results from both models are well described by the same condition for the threshold/critical value of spontaneous emission rate.

  15. Single-frequency mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator source for coherent laser radar.

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    Hanson, F; Poirier, P; Arbore, M A

    2001-11-15

    We report on the design and characterization of a highly coherent mid-IR source at 3.57mum based on a single-frequency optical parametric oscillator. Detailed frequency and amplitude noise spectra have been measured. The rms intensity noise from 1.2 to 1000 Hz was 0.03%, and a rms frequency drift of 8 kHz in 1 ms was observed. We have also demonstrated the utility of this source for coherent laser radar applications by measuring micro-Doppler spectra from vibrating targets.

  16. Spatio-temporal coherence of free-electron laser radiation in the extreme ultraviolet determined by a Michelson interferometer

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    Hilbert, V.; Rödel, C.; Brenner, G.; Döppner, T.; Düsterer, S.; Dziarzhytski, S.; Fletcher, L.; Förster, E.; Glenzer, S. H.; Harmand, M.; Hartley, N. J.; Kazak, L.; Komar, D.; Laarmann, T.; Lee, H. J.; Ma, T.; Nakatsutsumi, M.; Przystawik, A.; Redlin, H.; Skruszewicz, S.; Sperling, P.; Tiggesbäumker, J.; Toleikis, S.; Zastrau, U.

    2014-09-01

    A key feature of extreme ultraviolet (XUV) radiation from free-electron lasers (FELs) is its spatial and temporal coherence. We measured the spatio-temporal coherence properties of monochromatized FEL pulses at 13.5 nm using a Michelson interferometer. A temporal coherence time of (59±8) fs has been determined, which is in good agreement with the spectral bandwidth given by the monochromator. Moreover, the spatial coherence in vertical direction amounts to about 15% of the beam diameter and about 12% in horizontal direction. The feasibility of measuring spatio-temporal coherence properties of XUV FEL radiation using interferometric techniques advances machine operation and experimental studies significantly.

  17. Spatio-temporal coherence of free-electron laser radiation in the extreme ultraviolet determined by a Michelson interferometer

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    Hilbert, V.; Rödel, C.; Zastrau, U.; Brenner, G.; Düsterer, S.; Dziarzhytski, S.; Harmand, M.; Przystawik, A.; Redlin, H.; Toleikis, S.; Döppner, T.; Ma, T.; Fletcher, L.; Förster, E.; Glenzer, S. H.; Lee, H. J.; Hartley, N. J.; Kazak, L.; Komar, D.; Skruszewicz, S.; and others

    2014-09-08

    A key feature of extreme ultraviolet (XUV) radiation from free-electron lasers (FELs) is its spatial and temporal coherence. We measured the spatio-temporal coherence properties of monochromatized FEL pulses at 13.5 nm using a Michelson interferometer. A temporal coherence time of (59±8) fs has been determined, which is in good agreement with the spectral bandwidth given by the monochromator. Moreover, the spatial coherence in vertical direction amounts to about 15% of the beam diameter and about 12% in horizontal direction. The feasibility of measuring spatio-temporal coherence properties of XUV FEL radiation using interferometric techniques advances machine operation and experimental studies significantly.

  18. High-speed modelocked semiconductor lasers and applications in coherent photonic systems

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    Lee, Wangkuen

    1.55-mum high-speed modelocked semiconductor lasers are theoretically and experimentally studied for various coherent photonic system applications. The modelocked semiconductor lasers (MSLs) are designed with high-speed (>5 GHz) external cavity configurations utilizing monolithic two-section curved semiconductor optical amplifiers. By exploiting the saturable absorber section of the monolithic device, passive or hybrid mode-locking techniques are used to generate short optical pulses with broadband optical frequency combs. Laser frequency stability is improved by applying the Pound-Drever-Hall (PDH) frequency stabilization technique to the MSLs. The improved laser performance after the frequency stabilization (a frequency drifting of less than 350 MHz), is extensively studied with respect to the laser linewidth (˜ 3 MHz), the relative intensity noise (RIN) (< -150 dB/Hz), as well as the modal RIN (˜ 3 dB reduction). MSL to MSL, and tunable laser to MSL synchronization is demonstrated by using a dual-mode injection technique and a modulation sideband injection technique, respectively. Dynamic locking behavior and locking bandwidth are experimentally and theoretically studied. Stable laser synchronization between two MSLs is demonstrated with an injection seed power on the order of a few microwatt. Several coherent heterodyne detections based on the synchronized MSL systems are demonstrated for applications in microwave photonic links and ultra-dense wavelength division multiplexing (UD-WDM) system. In addition, efficient coherent homodyne balanced receivers based on synchronized MSLs are developed and demonstrated for a spectrally phase-encoded optical CDMA (SPE-OCDMA) system.

  19. Human Detection from a Mobile Robot Using Fusion of Laser and Vision Information

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    Fotiadis, Efstathios P.; Garzón, Mario; Barrientos, Antonio

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a human detection system that can be employed on board a mobile platform for use in autonomous surveillance of large outdoor infrastructures. The prediction is based on the fusion of two detection modules, one for the laser and another for the vision data. In the laser module, a novel feature set that better encapsulates variations due to noise, distance and human pose is proposed. This enhances the generalization of the system, while at the same time, increasing the outdoor performance in comparison with current methods. The vision module uses the combination of the histogram of oriented gradients descriptor and the linear support vector machine classifier. Current approaches use a fixed-size projection to define regions of interest on the image data using the range information from the laser range finder. When applied to small size unmanned ground vehicles, these techniques suffer from misalignment, due to platform vibrations and terrain irregularities. This is effectively addressed in this work by using a novel adaptive projection technique, which is based on a probabilistic formulation of the classifier performance. Finally, a probability calibration step is introduced in order to optimally fuse the information from both modules. Experiments in real world environments demonstrate the robustness of the proposed method. PMID:24008280

  20. Human detection from a mobile robot using fusion of laser and vision information.

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    Fotiadis, Efstathios P; Garzón, Mario; Barrientos, Antonio

    2013-09-04

    This paper presents a human detection system that can be employed on board a mobile platform for use in autonomous surveillance of large outdoor infrastructures. The prediction is based on the fusion of two detection modules, one for the laser and another for the vision data. In the laser module, a novel feature set that better encapsulates variations due to noise, distance and human pose is proposed. This enhances the generalization of the system, while at the same time, increasing the outdoor performance in comparison with current methods. The vision module uses the combination of the histogram of oriented gradients descriptor and the linear support vector machine classifier. Current approaches use a fixed-size projection to define regions of interest on the image data using the range information from the laser range finder. When applied to small size unmanned ground vehicles, these techniques suffer from misalignment, due to platform vibrations and terrain irregularities. This is effectively addressed in this work by using a novel adaptive projection technique, which is based on a probabilistic formulation of the classifier performance. Finally, a probability calibration step is introduced in order to optimally fuse the information from both modules. Experiments in real world environments demonstrate the robustness of the proposed method.

  1. Simultaneous intrinsic and extrinsic parameter identification of a hand-mounted laser-vision sensor.

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    Lee, Jong Kwang; Kim, Kiho; Lee, Yongseok; Jeong, Taikyeong

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a simultaneous intrinsic and extrinsic parameter identification of a hand-mounted laser-vision sensor (HMLVS). A laser-vision sensor (LVS), consisting of a camera and a laser stripe projector, is used as a sensor component of the robotic measurement system, and it measures the range data with respect to the robot base frame using the robot forward kinematics and the optical triangulation principle. For the optimal estimation of the model parameters, we applied two optimization techniques: a nonlinear least square optimizer and a particle swarm optimizer. Best-fit parameters, including both the intrinsic and extrinsic parameters of the HMLVS, are simultaneously obtained based on the least-squares criterion. From the simulation and experimental results, it is shown that the parameter identification problem considered was characterized by a highly multimodal landscape; thus, the global optimization technique such as a particle swarm optimization can be a promising tool to identify the model parameters for a HMLVS, while the nonlinear least square optimizer often failed to find an optimal solution even when the initial candidate solutions were selected close to the true optimum. The proposed optimization method does not require good initial guesses of the system parameters to converge at a very stable solution and it could be applied to a kinematically dissimilar robot system without loss of generality.

  2. Simultaneous Intrinsic and Extrinsic Parameter Identification of a Hand-Mounted Laser-Vision Sensor

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    Lee, Jong Kwang; Kim, Kiho; Lee, Yongseok; Jeong, Taikyeong

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a simultaneous intrinsic and extrinsic parameter identification of a hand-mounted laser-vision sensor (HMLVS). A laser-vision sensor (LVS), consisting of a camera and a laser stripe projector, is used as a sensor component of the robotic measurement system, and it measures the range data with respect to the robot base frame using the robot forward kinematics and the optical triangulation principle. For the optimal estimation of the model parameters, we applied two optimization techniques: a nonlinear least square optimizer and a particle swarm optimizer. Best-fit parameters, including both the intrinsic and extrinsic parameters of the HMLVS, are simultaneously obtained based on the least-squares criterion. From the simulation and experimental results, it is shown that the parameter identification problem considered was characterized by a highly multimodal landscape; thus, the global optimization technique such as a particle swarm optimization can be a promising tool to identify the model parameters for a HMLVS, while the nonlinear least square optimizer often failed to find an optimal solution even when the initial candidate solutions were selected close to the true optimum. The proposed optimization method does not require good initial guesses of the system parameters to converge at a very stable solution and it could be applied to a kinematically dissimilar robot system without loss of generality. PMID:22164104

  3. Picosecond Control of Quantum Dot Laser Emission by Coherent Phonons

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    Czerniuk, T.; Wigger, D.; Akimov, A. V.; Schneider, C.; Kamp, M.; Höfling, S.; Yakovlev, D. R.; Kuhn, T.; Reiter, D. E.; Bayer, M.

    2017-03-01

    A picosecond acoustic pulse can be used to control the lasing emission from semiconductor nanostructures by shifting their electronic transitions. When the active medium, here an ensemble of (In,Ga)As quantum dots, is shifted into or out of resonance with the cavity mode, a large enhancement or suppression of the lasing emission can dynamically be achieved. Most interesting, even in the case when gain medium and cavity mode are in resonance, we observe an enhancement of the lasing due to shaking by coherent phonons. In order to understand the interactions of the nonlinearly coupled photon-exciton-phonon subsystems, we develop a semiclassical model and find an excellent agreement between theory and experiment.

  4. Generation of coherent wavefronts and images inside laser resonators

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    Vampouille, M.; Colombeau, B.; Kermene, V.; Martin, P.; Froehly, C.

    1993-07-01

    We describe a new type of laser mode filtering using two complementary spatial filters located against the plane mirrors of a confocal lens resonator. With Nd/YAG as amplifying medium, we report the synthesis of two particular waves: a sinusoidally modulated wavefront, and a uniphase beam with a flat spatial profile and minimal divergence. The temporal evolution of the beam under construction is also recorded. The process is a new type of wavefront reconstruction, like holography, but without reference. Nous décrivons un nouveau type de filtrage des modes d'un laser basé sur l'utilisation de deux filtres spatiaux complémentaires situés contre les miroirs plans d'un résonateur confocal à lentille. Nous rapportons la synthèse de deux ondes particulières dans un laser à YAG/Nd : une surface d'onde modulée sinusoïdalement et un faisceau uniphase, de profil spatial plat et de divergence minimale. L'évolution temporelle du faisceau pendant la phase de construction est aussi rapportée. Ce procédé est un nouveau type de reconstruction de front d'onde au même titre que l'holographie, mais sans référence.

  5. Semiconductor laser's on-line coherence calibration and testing of frequency stability

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    Zakharov, Yu. N.; Popov, A. Yu.; Tyurin, A. V.

    2008-05-01

    One of the main constituent parts of optical coherent measuring apparatus is laser as source with stable performance of frequency, radiation intensity, and light beam uniformity. At present time semiconductor lasers are rather attractive devices in view of there low prices, small size, serviceability. Progress in its quality leads to including them not only in lightheads, but as lighting unit in measuring apparatus. In order to guarantee accuracy of measuring instruments, all parts of them must have stable performance, and in this respect semiconductor laser demand stabilization more that one characteristic quantity at once. And frequency stability on the one hand is overwhelmingly important for constancy of optical measuring instruments, on the other hand our investigations show that its regulatory control is very arduous task. Both holographic methods and phase modulated speckle interferometry clearly recognize smooth frequency shift and frequency jumping depending on pumping current and temperature. And for repeatability it's required to return both of them. So it is necessary laser frequency testing during working. For interferometric comparison circuit it is frequency variation that exerts influence on fringes pattern generation, so just this parameter should be traced in the course of measuring. Specially prepared test object, introduced in holographic scheme, allows to uncover frequency variation, if they had have place, and to reproduce coherence function of laser source. Complicated coherence function of semiconductor lasers can destroy interference pattern or foul the interpretation of it. So this coherence calibration is also very useful for results validity. Phase modulated speckle interferometry method allows to build phase correlation portraits, analogical to interferograms, hence multiwavelength contour generation masks the picture of intrinsic object information too. Both real wavelength change and nonresolution area, when coherence length is less

  6. MULTIMODAL IMAGING OF ACUTE EXUDATIVE POLYMORPHOUS VITELLIFORM MACULOPATHY WITH OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY ANGIOGRAPHY AND ADAPTIVE OPTICS SCANNING LASER OPHTHALMOSCOPY.

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    Skondra, Dimitra; Nesper, Peter L; Fawzi, Amani A

    2017-05-16

    To report a case of acute exudative polymorphous vitelliform maculopathy including the findings of optical coherence tomography angiography and adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy. Findings on clinical examination, color fundus photography, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography, infrared reflectance, autofluorescence, optical coherence tomography angiography, and adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy. A 54-year-old white man with no significant medical history and history of smoking presented with bilateral multiple serous and vitelliform detachments consistent with acute exudative polymorphous vitelliform maculopathy. Extensive infectious, inflammatory, and malignancy workup was negative. Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography showed thickened, hyperreflective ellipsoid zone, subretinal fluid, and focal as well as diffuse subretinal hyperreflective material corresponding to the vitelliform lesions. Optical coherence tomography angiography showed normal retinal and choroidal vasculature, whereas adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy showed circular focal "target" lesions at the level of the photoreceptors in the area of foveal detachment. Multimodal imaging is valuable in evaluating patients with acute exudative polymorphous vitelliform maculopathy.

  7. Coherent combining efficiency improvement based on a focused conformal projection fiber laser array

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    Zhi, Dong; Ma, Yanxing; Wang, Xiaolin; Zhou, Pu; Si, Lei

    2016-11-01

    A focused conformal projection system (FCPS) has lots of advantages over parallel projection system, especially in near-field coherent beam combining situation. A home-made FCPS based on fiber laser array with adaptive fiber optics collimator is setup and its performances are investigated. First, the coherent beam combining based on the system is successfully achieved with simultaneous end-cap/tilt control and phase-locking control. Then performances of collimated conformal projection system (CCPS) are examined experimentally and consistent with the theoretical results with efficiencies above 80%. At last, we test the feasibility of FCPS in improving coherent combining efficiency. Results show that comparing with CCPS, the CBC efficiency of FCPS improves about 43.5%, from 59.0% to 84.7%, with perfect fitness to the ideal situation.

  8. Digital equalization of time-delay array receivers on coherent laser communications.

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    Belmonte, Aniceto

    2017-01-15

    Field conjugation arrays use adaptive combining techniques on multi-aperture receivers to improve the performance of coherent laser communication links by mitigating the consequences of atmospheric turbulence on the down-converted coherent power. However, this motivates the use of complex receivers as optical signals collected by different apertures need to be adaptively processed, co-phased, and scaled before they are combined. Here, we show that multiple apertures, coupled with optical delay lines, combine retarded versions of a signal at a single coherent receiver, which uses digital equalization to obtain diversity gain against atmospheric fading. We found in our analysis that, instead of field conjugation arrays, digital equalization of time-delay multi-aperture receivers is a simpler and more versatile approach to accomplish reduction of atmospheric fading.

  9. MAPM: A coherent dual CO2 laser DIAL system

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    Grant, W. B.; Bogan, J. R.

    1986-01-01

    The Mobile Atmospheric Pollutant Mapping System (MAPM) is a dual CO2 laser DIAL system with heterodyne detection that is being developed for large distance range resolved measurement of organic solvent vapors and aerosol clouds. The components have been chosen to allow measurements to be made to distances of 6 to 7 km in a period of 20 to 30 s. The major components of the system are listed. MAPM is being integrated into a system and will be tested with several organic solvent gases and vapors in a remotely positioned sample chamber and with a free release of ethylene. Experimental results and system performance are discussed.

  10. The Dissipation in Laser and in Coherent State

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    Tan, Weihan; Xu, Wencang

    1996-01-01

    The general process in lasers is defined in the photon number representation d rho(sub n)/dt = mu(sub 0)(u - mu(sub 1) u(exp 2) + mu(sub 2) u(exp 2) + mu(sub 3) u(exp 3)...)rho(sub n), where u is the matrix change operation u rho(sub n) = rho(sub n - 1) - rho(sub n), and mu(sub 1), mu(sub 2),...are the coefficients. In the same way as previous papers, we deduced the generating function G(sub 0)(z,t).

  11. Decoupling gain and feedback in coherent random lasers: experiments and simulations.

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    Consoli, Antonio; López, Cefe

    2015-11-18

    We propose and demonstrate a coherent random laser in which the randomly distributed scattering centres are placed outside the active region. This architecture is implemented by enclosing a dye solution between two agglomerations of randomly positioned titanium dioxide nanoparticles. The same spectral signature, consisting of sharp spikes with random spectral positions, is detected emerging from both ensembles of titanium dioxide nanoparticles. We interpret this newly observed behaviour as due to the optical feedback given by back-scattered light from the scattering agglomerations, which also act as output couplers. A simple model is presented to simulate the observed behaviour, considering the amplitude and phase round trip conditions that must be satisfied to sustain lasing action. Numerical simulations reproduce the experimental reports, validating our simple model. The presented results suggest a new theoretical and experimental approach for studying the complex behavior of coherent random lasers and stimulate the realization of new devices based on the proposed architecture, with different active and scattering materials.

  12. Manipulating coherence resonance in a quantum dot semiconductor laser via electrical pumping.

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    Otto, Christian; Lingnau, Benjamin; Schöll, Eckehard; Lüdge, Kathy

    2014-06-02

    Excitability and coherence resonance are studied in a semiconductor quantum dot laser under short optical self-feedback. For low pump levels, these are observed close to a homoclinic bifurcation, which is in correspondence with earlier observations in quantum well lasers. However, for high pump levels, we find excitability close to a boundary crisis of a chaotic attractor. We demonstrate that in contrast to the homoclinic bifurcation the crisis and thus the excitable regime is highly sensitive to the pump current. The excitability threshold increases with the pump current, which permits to adjust the sensitivity of the excitable unit to noise as well as to shift the optimal noise strength, at which maximum coherence is observed. The shift adds up to more than one order of magnitude, which strongly facilitates experimental realizations.

  13. Heterodyne efficiency for a coherent laser radar with diffuse or aerosol targets

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    Frehlich, R. G.

    1993-01-01

    The performance of a Coherent Laser Radar is determined by the statistics of the coherent Doppler signal. The heterodyne efficiency is an excellent indication of performance because it is an absolute measure of beam alignment and is independent of the transmitter power, the target backscatter coefficient, the atmospheric attenuation, and the detector quantum efficiency and gain. The theoretical calculation of heterodyne efficiency for an optimal monostatic lidar with a circular aperture and Gaussian transmit laser is presented including beam misalignment in the far-field and near-field regimes. The statistical behavior of estimates of the heterodyne efficiency using a calibration hard target are considered. For space based applications, a biased estimate of heterodyne efficiency is proposed that removes the variability due to the random surface return but retains the sensitivity to misalignment. Physical insight is provided by simulation of the fields on the detector surface. The required detector calibration is also discussed.

  14. Decoupling gain and feedback in coherent random lasers: experiments and simulations

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    Consoli, Antonio; López, Cefe

    2015-11-01

    We propose and demonstrate a coherent random laser in which the randomly distributed scattering centres are placed outside the active region. This architecture is implemented by enclosing a dye solution between two agglomerations of randomly positioned titanium dioxide nanoparticles. The same spectral signature, consisting of sharp spikes with random spectral positions, is detected emerging from both ensembles of titanium dioxide nanoparticles. We interpret this newly observed behaviour as due to the optical feedback given by back-scattered light from the scattering agglomerations, which also act as output couplers. A simple model is presented to simulate the observed behaviour, considering the amplitude and phase round trip conditions that must be satisfied to sustain lasing action. Numerical simulations reproduce the experimental reports, validating our simple model. The presented results suggest a new theoretical and experimental approach for studying the complex behavior of coherent random lasers and stimulate the realization of new devices based on the proposed architecture, with different active and scattering materials.

  15. Speckle-metric-optimization-based adaptive optics for laser beam projection and coherent beam combining.

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    Vorontsov, Mikhail; Weyrauch, Thomas; Lachinova, Svetlana; Gatz, Micah; Carhart, Gary

    2012-07-15

    Maximization of a projected laser beam's power density at a remotely located extended object (speckle target) can be achieved by using an adaptive optics (AO) technique based on sensing and optimization of the target-return speckle field's statistical characteristics, referred to here as speckle metrics (SM). SM AO was demonstrated in a target-in-the-loop coherent beam combining experiment using a bistatic laser beam projection system composed of a coherent fiber-array transmitter and a power-in-the-bucket receiver. SM sensing utilized a 50 MHz rate dithering of the projected beam that provided a stair-mode approximation of the outgoing combined beam's wavefront tip and tilt with subaperture piston phases. Fiber-integrated phase shifters were used for both the dithering and SM optimization with stochastic parallel gradient descent control.

  16. High-photon-number path entanglement in the interference of spontaneously down-converted photon pairs with coherent laser light

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    Hofmann, Holger F.; Ono, Takafumi

    2007-09-15

    We show that the quantum interference between down-converted photon pairs and photons from coherent laser light can produce a maximally path entangled N-photon output component with a fidelity greater than 90% for arbitrarily high photon numbers. A simple beam splitter operation can thus transform the two-photon coherence of down-converted light into an almost optimal N-photon coherence.

  17. High Repetition Rate Pulsed 2-Micron Laser Transmitter for Coherent CO2 DIAL Measurement

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    Singh, Uprendra N.; Bai, Yingxin; Yu, Jirong; Petros, Mulugeta; Petzar, Paul J.; Trieu, Bo C.; Lee, Hyung

    2009-01-01

    A high repetition rate, highly efficient, Q-switched 2-micron laser system as the transmitter of a coherent differential absorption lidar for CO2 measurement has been developed at NASA Langley Research Center. Such a laser transmitter is a master-slave laser system. The master laser operates in a single frequency, either on-line or off-line of a selected CO2 absorption line. The slave laser is a Q-switched ring-cavity Ho:YLF laser which is pumped by a Tm:fiber laser. The repetition rate can be adjusted from a few hundred Hz to 10 kHz. The injection seeding success rate is from 99.4% to 99.95%. For 1 kHz operation, the output pulse energy is 5.5mJ with the pulse length of approximately 50 ns. The optical-to-optical efficiency is 39% when the pump power is 14.5W. The measured standard deviation of the laser frequency jitter is about 3 MHz.

  18. Laser heated high density fluids probed by coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy

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    Baer, Bruce J.; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2005-01-01

    We describe experiments integrating coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS), laser-heating and diamond-anvil cell (DAC) technologies for probing molecular vibrations of transparent molecular fluids at the pressure-temperature conditions of energetic detonation and interiors of giant planets. In these experiments, we use a microfabricated metal toroid and a cw Nd:YLF laser to conductively heat a surrounding transparent sample in a DAC. The laser is operated at a TEM01* mode to match the shape of the toroid and thus produces a uniform heating area. The CARS probe utilizes two pulsed lasers with similar cavity lengths: a commercial narrow-band mode-locked Q-switched Nd:YAG laser and a homebuilt broadband dye laser. A strong CARS signal is then produced from the sample in the central region of laser-heated metal toroid where the two laser pulses spatially and temporally coincide. In this article, we demonstrate that this technique is capable of producing high quality vibrational spectra from nitrogen fluid above 2000 K and 13 GPa, where the application of spontaneous Raman spectroscopy is limited because of intense thermal radiation.

  19. Laser Heated High Density Fluids Probed by Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy

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    Baer, B J; Yoo, C

    2004-05-19

    We describe an integrated experimental method of Coherent Antistoke Raman Spectroscopy (CARS), laser-heating and diamond-anvil cell (DAC) technologies probing molecular vibrations of transparent molecular fluids at the pressure-temperature conditions of energetic detonation and Giant planetary interiors. In this method, we use a microfabricated metal toroid to conductively heat a surrounding transparent sample in a DAC, using a CW Nd:YLF laser. The laser is operated at a TEM{sub 01*} mode to match the shape of the toroid and thus produces a uniform heating area. The CARS probe utilizes two pulsed lasers with similar cavity lengths: a commercial narrow-band mode-locked Q-switched Nd:YAG laser and a home-built broadband dye laser. A strong CARS signal is then produced from the sample in the central region of laser-heated metal toroid where the two laser pulses spatially and temporally coincide. In this paper, we will demonstrate that this technique is capable of producing high quality vibrational spectra from nitrogen fluid above 2000 K and 13 GPa, where the application of spontaneous Raman spectroscopy is limited because of intense thermal radiation.

  20. Proof of the Feasibility of Coherent and Incoherent Schemes for Pumping a Gamma-Ray Laser

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    1987-10-01

    half-life and is readily detected by observing the 150.6 keV and 245.4 keV gammas radiated in the cascade from the isomer. Experimentally this is anr...The University of Texas at Dallas , - Center for Quantum Electronics The Gamma -Ray Laser Project Quarterly Report July-September 1987 00 I~ -W-IN. -G...FEASIBILITY OF COHERENT AND INCOHERENT SCHEMES FOR PUMPING A GAMMA -RAY LASER Principal Investigator: Carl B. Collins The University of Texas at Dallas

  1. Electric field detection of coherent synchrotron radiation in a storage ring generated using laser bunch slicing

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    Katayama, I.; Shimosato, H.; Bito, M.; Furusawa, K.; Adachi, M.; Zen, H.; Kimura, S.; Katoh, M.; Shimada, M.; Yamamoto, N.; Hosaka, M.; Ashida, M.

    2012-03-12

    The electric field of coherent synchrotron radiation (CSR) generated by laser bunch slicing in a storage ring has been detected by an electro-optic sampling method. The gate pulses for sampling are sent through a large-mode-area photonic-crystal fiber. The observed electric field profile of the CSR is in good agreement with the spectrum of the CSR observed using Fourier transform far-infrared spectrometry, indicating good phase stability in the CSR. The longitudinal density profiles of electrons modulated by laser pulses were evaluated from the electric field profile.

  2. Optical coherent tomography with electrically tunable semiconductor laser using FMCW techniques

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    Haberland, Udo; Blazek, Vladimir; Schmitt, Hans J.

    1996-12-01

    Imaging of highly scattering objects in scattering media can play an important part in assessing melanoma in human skin. The technique to be presented is based on frequency modulated continuous waves using a coherent tunable semiconductor laser irradiating a Michelson interferometer. The electrically tunable laser is characterized and the procedure to linearize the instantaneous frequency with time is described. The temporal point spread function of dilute milk is measured. Finally the performance of our imaging system is demonstrated on 2D-images of solid scattering phantoms and of an eye of a pig.

  3. Invited Article: Progress in coherent lithography using table-top extreme ultraviolet lasers.

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    Li, W; Urbanski, L; Marconi, M C

    2015-12-01

    Compact (table top) lasers emitting at wavelengths below 50 nm had expanded the spectrum of applications in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV). Among them, the high-flux, highly coherent laser sources enabled lithographic approaches with distinctive characteristics. In this review, we will describe the implementation of a compact EUV lithography system capable of printing features with sub-50 nm resolution using Talbot imaging. This compact system is capable of producing consistent defect-free samples in a reliable and effective manner. Examples of different patterns and structures fabricated with this method will be presented.

  4. Dual-comb coherent Raman spectroscopy with lasers of 1-GHz pulse repetition frequency.

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    Mohler, Kathrin J; Bohn, Bernhard J; Yan, Ming; Mélen, Gwénaëlle; Hänsch, Theodor W; Picqué, Nathalie

    2017-01-15

    We extend the technique of multiplex coherent Raman spectroscopy with two femtosecond mode-locked lasers to oscillators of a pulse repetition frequency of 1 GHz. We demonstrate a spectra of liquids, which span 1100  cm-1 of Raman shifts. At a resolution of 6  cm-1, their measurement time may be as short as 5 μs for a refresh rate of 2 kHz. The waiting period between acquisitions is improved 10-fold compared to previous experiments with two lasers of 100-MHz repetition frequencies.

  5. Phase noise reduction by using dual-frequency laser in coherent detection

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    Zheng, Zheng; Changming, Zhao; Haiyang, Zhang; Suhui, Yang; Dehua, Zhang; Hongzhi, Yang; Jiawei, Liu

    2016-06-01

    Dual-frequency laser radar (DFLR) uses laser with two coherent frequency components as transmitting wave. The method is based on the use of an optically-carried radio frequency (RF) signal, which is the frequency difference between the two components. Due to the two optical waves are generally subject to the same first order phase noise, the synthesis wave is predicted to have a stronger resistance to atmospheric turbulence than the single-frequency wave. To the best of our knowledge, the model proposed in this paper is the first model that detailedly illustrates that the dual-frequency laser has an advantage over the single frequency laser in atmospheric turbulence resistance. Experiments are carried out to compare the performances of single and dual frequency lidars under atmospheric turbulence. The experimental results show that, with the increase of atmospheric turbulence intensity, the signal to noise ratio (SNR) of beat signal decreases and its central frequency stability (CFS) becomes worse in conventional single frequency coherent laser radar (SFCLR). While for the DFLR, the SNR and CFS are almost unaffected by atmospheric turbulence, which are in good agreement with the theoretical model.

  6. Characterization of the coherence properties of a multilongitudinal-mode erbium-doped fiber ring laser using a Michelson interferometer

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    Roy, Vincent; Piche, Michel; Babin, Francois; Schinn, Gregory W.

    2000-12-01

    The coherence properties of a widely tunable, multilongitudinal-mode erbium-doped fiber ring laser are investigated by means of an extremely long-arm scanning Michelson interferometer. A return of the coherence is observed at each integer multiple ofthe cavity length with a slowly decaying envelope over several kilometres.

  7. Laser metrology for coherent multi-telescope arrays

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    Shao, M.; Massie, N.A.

    1990-01-01

    In multi-telescope arrays that comprise multiple telescopes, a beam-combining module, and flat mirrors for directing light beams from the multiple telescopes to the beam combining module, a laser metrology system is used for monitoring various pathlengths along a beam path where deviations are likely. Some pathlengths are defined simply by a pair of retroreflectors or reflectors at both ends. Lengths between pairs of retroreflectors are measured and monitored by laser interferometers. One critical pathlength deviation is related to the displacement of the flat mirror. A reference frame is set up relative to the beam-combining module to form and define the coordinate system within which the positions of the flat mirrors are measured and monitored. In the preferred embodiment, a pair of retroreflectors along the optical axis of the beam-combining module defines a reference frame. A triangle is formed by the reference frame as the base and another retroreflector at the flat mirror as the vertex. The triangle is used to monitor the position of the flat mirror. A beam's pathlength is dynamically corrected in response to the monitored deviations.

  8. Coherent sources for mid-infrared laser spectroscopy

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    Honzátko, Pavel; Baravets, Yauhen; Mondal, Shyamal; Peterka, Pavel; Todorov, Filip

    2016-12-01

    Mid-infrared laser absorption spectroscopy (LAS) is useful for molecular trace gas concentration measurements in gas mixtures. While the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry is still the gold standard in gas analysis, LAS offers several advantages. It takes tens of minutes for a gas mixture to be separated in the capillary column precluding gas chromatography from real-time control of industrial processes, while LAS can measure the concentration of gas species in seconds. LAS can be used in a wide range of applications such as gas quality screening for regulation, metering and custody transfer,1 purging gas pipes to avoid explosions,1 monitoring combustion processes,2 detection and quantification of gas leaks,3 by-products monitoring to provide feedback for the real-time control of processes in petrochemical industry,4 real-time control of inductively coupled plasma etch reactors,5, 6 and medical diagnostics by means of time-resolved volatile organic compound (VOC) analysis in exhaled breath.7 Apart from the concentration, it also permits us to determine the temperature, pressure, velocity and mass flux of the gas under observation. The selectivity and sensitivity of LAS is linked to a very high spectral resolution given by the linewidth of single-frequency lasers. Measurements are performed at reduced pressure where the collisional and Doppler broadenings are balanced. The sensitivity can be increased to ppb and sometimes to ppt ranges by increasing the interaction length in multi-pass gas cells or resonators and also by adopting modulation techniques.8

  9. Laser metrology for coherent multi-telescope arrays

    DOEpatents

    Shao, M.; Massie, N.A.

    1993-05-04

    In multi-telescope arrays that comprise multiple telescopes, a beam-combining module, and flat mirrors for directing light beams from the multiple telescopes to the beam combining module, a laser metrology system is used for monitoring various pathlengths along a beam path where deviations are likely. Some pathlengths are defined simply by a pair of retroreflectors or reflectors at both ends. Lengths between pairs of retroreflectors are measured and monitored by laser interferometers. One critical pathlength deviation is related to the displacement of the flat mirror. A reference frame is set up relative to the beam-combining module to form and define the coordinate system within which the positions of the flat mirrors are measured and monitored. In the preferred embodiment, a pair of retroreflectors along the optical axis of the beam-combining module defines a reference frame. A triangle is formed by the reference frame as the base and another retroreflector at the flat mirror as the vertex. The triangle is used to monitor the position of the flat mirror. A beam's pathlength is dynamically corrected in response to the monitored deviations.

  10. Laser metrology for coherent multi-telescope arrays

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    Shao, Michael; Massie, Norbert A.

    1993-01-01

    In multi-telescope arrays that comprise multiple telescopes, a beam-combining module, and flat mirrors for directing light beams from the multiple telescopes to the beam combining module, a laser metrology system is used for monitoring various pathlengths along a beam path where deviations are likely. Some pathlengths are defined simply by a pair of retroreflectors or reflectors at both ends. Lengths between pairs of retroreflectors are measured and monitored by laser interferometers. One critical pathlength deviation is related to the displacement of the flat mirror. A reference frame is set up relative to the beam-combining module to form and define the coordinate system within which the positions of the flat mirrors are measured and monitored. In the preferred embodiment, a pair of retroreflectors along the optical axis of the beam-combining module defines a reference frame. A triangle is formed by the reference frame as the base and another retroreflector at the flat mirror as the vertex. The triangle is used to monitor the position of the flat mirror. A beam's pathlength is dynamically corrected in response to the monitored deviations.

  11. Long Coherence Length 193 nm Laser for High-Resolution Nano-Fabrication

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    2008-06-27

    ns pulses, considering Kerr self phase modulation and perhaps Kramers- Kronig self phase modulation as well? What conversion efficiency to 193.4 nm is...Kramers- Kronig phase related to Actinix 31 6/27/2008 Long Coherence Length 193-nm Laser for High-Resolution Nano-Fabrication DARPA Phase I STTR Final...by. Usually the n 2 contribution is the larger of the two, and better characterized. I do not include a Kramers- Kronig contribution in the

  12. Phase-cycling coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering using shaped femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Li, Baolei; Warren, Warren S; Fischer, Martin C

    2010-12-06

    We demonstrate a homodyne coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) technique based on femtosecond laser pulse shaping. This technique utilizes fast phase cycling to extract nonlinear Raman signatures with a self-generated reference signal acting as a local oscillator. The local oscillator is generated at the focus and is intrinsically stable relative to the Raman signal even in highly scattering samples. We can therefore retrieve phase information from the Raman signal and can suppress the ubiquitous non-resonant background.

  13. Coherent chirped pulse laser network with Mickelson phase conjugator.

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    Okulov, A Yu

    2014-04-10

    The mechanisms of nonlinear phase-locking of a large fiber amplifier array are analyzed. The preference is given to the most suitable configuration for a coherent coupling of thousands of fundamental spatial mode fiber beams into a single smooth beam ready for chirped pulse compression. It is shown that a Michelson phase-conjugating configuration with double passage through an array of fiber amplifiers has the definite advantage compared to a one-way fiber array coupled in a Mach-Zehnder configuration. Regardless of the amount of synchronized fiber amplifiers, the Michelson phase-conjugating interferometer is expected to do a perfect compensation of the phase-piston errors and collimation of backwardly amplified fiber beams on an entrance/output beam splitter. In both configurations, the nonlinear transformation of the stretched pulse envelope, due to gain saturation, is capable of randomizing the position of chirp inside an envelope; thus it may reduce the visibility of the interference pattern at an output beam splitter. Certain advantages are inherent to the sech-form temporal envelope because of the exponential precursor and self-similar propagation in gain medium. The Gaussian envelope is significantly compressed in a deep gain saturation regime, and the frequency chirp position inside pulse envelope is more deformed.

  14. INTERACTION OF LASER RADIATION WITH MATTER. LASER PLASMA: Control of laser machining of polycrystalline diamond plates by the method of low-coherence optical interferometry

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    Kononenko, Vitalii V.; Konov, Vitalii I.; Pimenov, S. M.; Volkov, P. V.; Goryunov, A. V.; Ivanov, V. V.; Novikov, M. A.; Markelov, V. A.; Tertyshnik, A. D.; Ustavshchikov, S. S.

    2005-07-01

    The possibility of applying low-coherence fibre optics interferometry for local contactless measurement of the optical thickness of polycrystalline diamond plates during high-power laser-pulse processing of their rough surface is demonstrated. A unique automated experimental system is developed to control the thickness of samples during ablation of their surface by a scanning 248-nm KrF excimer laser beam. It is shown that this technique is suitable for on-line control of laser polishing and for preparing plane-parallel plates.

  15. The Use of Computer Vision Algorithms for Automatic Orientation of Terrestrial Laser Scanning Data

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    Markiewicz, Jakub Stefan

    2016-06-01

    The paper presents analysis of the orientation of terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) data. In the proposed data processing methodology, point clouds are considered as panoramic images enriched by the depth map. Computer vision (CV) algorithms are used for orientation, which are applied for testing the correctness of the detection of tie points and time of computations, and for assessing difficulties in their implementation. The BRISK, FASRT, MSER, SIFT, SURF, ASIFT and CenSurE algorithms are used to search for key-points. The source data are point clouds acquired using a Z+F 5006h terrestrial laser scanner on the ruins of Iłża Castle, Poland. Algorithms allowing combination of the photogrammetric and CV approaches are also presented.

  16. Frequency stabilization, tuning, and spatial mode control of terahertz quantum cascade lasers for coherent transceiver applications

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    Danylov, Andriy

    THz quantum cascade lasers (TQCLs) first demonstrated in 2002 are a promising source of THz coherent radiation for use as both transmitters and local oscillators in coherent heterodyne detection systems. However, present TQCLs have deficiencies which include lack of frequency tunability, as well as inadequate spatial and temporal coherence. In this thesis we have addressed these issues to demonstrate an improved 2.408 TQCL which operated as a transmitter in a coherent heterodyne detection imaging system. The 2.408 THz QCL used in this thesis was grown and fabricated by the Photonics Center (University of Massachusetts Lowell). First, we showed that a short hollow Pyrex tube can act as a dielectric waveguide and transform the multimode, highly diverging TQCL beam into the lowest order dielectric waveguide hybrid mode, EH11, which then couples efficiently to the free-space Gaussian mode, TEMo0. This simple approach should enable TQCLs to be employed in applications where a spatially coherent beam is required. Next, the tunability problem was addressed. A compact, tunable, narrowband terahertz source was demonstrated by mixing a single longitudinal mode, 2.408 THz, free running quantum cascade laser with a 2-20 GHz microwave sweeper in a corner-cube-mounted Schottky diode (SD). The sideband spectra were characterized with a Fourier transform spectrometer, and the radiation was tuned through several D2O rotational transitions to estimate the longer term (t ≥ several seconds) bandwidth of the source. A spectral resolution of 2 MHz in the CW mode was observed. The temporal coherence of the TQCL was improved by assembling a simple analog locking circuit, which stabilizes the beat signal between the TQCL and a 2.40976 THz CO2 optically pumped molecular laser (OPL) line to 4 kHz full width at half maximum (FWHM). This is approximately a tenth of the observed long-term (t ˜ sec) linewidth of the OPL showing that the feedback loop corrects for much of the mechanical and

  17. Propagation of coherently combined truncated laser beam arrays with beam distortions in non-Kolmogorov turbulence.

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    Tao, Rumao; Si, Lei; Ma, Yanxing; Zhou, Pu; Liu, Zejin

    2012-08-10

    The propagation properties of coherently combined truncated laser beam arrays with beam distortions through non-Kolmogorov turbulence are studied in detail both analytically and numerically. The analytical expressions for the average intensity and the beam width of coherently combined truncated laser beam arrays with beam distortions propagating through turbulence are derived based on the combination of statistical optics methods and the extended Huygens-Fresnel principle. The effect of beam distortions, such as amplitude modulation and phase fluctuation, is studied by numerical examples. The numerical results reveal that phase fluctuations have significant influence on the spreading of coherently combined truncated laser beam arrays in non-Kolmogorov turbulence, and the effects of the phase fluctuations can be negligible as long as the phase fluctuations are controlled under a certain level, i.e., a>0.05 for the situation considered in the paper. Furthermore, large phase fluctuations can convert the beam distribution rapidly to a Gaussian form, vary the spreading, weaken the optimum truncation effects, and suppress the dependence of spreading on the parameters of the non-Kolmogorov turbulence.

  18. CONTROL OF LASER RADIATION PARAMETERS: Cross modulation method of transformation of the spatial coherence of pulsed laser radiation in a nonlinear medium

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    Kitsak, M. A.; Kitsak, A. I.

    2008-04-01

    The cross modulation method of transformation of the spatial coherence of low-power pulsed laser radiation in a nonlinear medium is proposed. The method is realised experimentally in a multimode optical fibre. The estimates of the degree of spatial coherence of radiation subjected to the phase cross modulation demonstrated the high efficiency of this radiation decorrelation mechanism.

  19. Coherent Beam Combining of High-Power Broad-Area Laser Diode Array in CW and Pulsed Modes

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    Liu, Bo; Liu, Yun; Braiman, Yehuda

    2010-01-01

    We present experimental results on coherent beam combining from large arrays of high power broad-area semiconductor lasers. Our laser array consists of 47 high-power anti-reflection coated broad-area semiconductor lasers and each laser emitter is capable of emitting 1.8 W when uncoated with a maximum array output power of 80W. The total available power from the AR coated array is approximately 40W. By using an external V-shape cavity design, we experimentally demonstrated a coherently combined beam at the output power of {approx}13 W with the 0.07 nm FWHM spectrum linewidth that is limited by the sensitivity of the optical spectrum analyzer. We also discuss coherent beam combining of high power broad area laser diode array in current driver pulse mode operation.

  20. Extrinsic parameter calibration of stereo vision sensors using spot laser projector.

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    Liu, Zhen; Yin, Yang; Liu, Shaopeng; Chen, Xu

    2016-09-01

    The on-site calibration of stereo vision sensors plays an important role in the measurement field. Image coordinate extraction of feature points of existing targets is difficult under complex light conditions in outdoor environments, such as strong light and backlight. This paper proposes an on-site calibration method for stereo vision sensors based on a spot laser projector for solving the above-mentioned problem. The proposed method is used to mediate the laser spots on the parallel planes for the purpose of calibrating the coordinate transformation matrix between two cameras. The optimal solution of a coordinate transformation matrix is then solved by nonlinear optimization. Simulation experiments and physical experiments are conducted to validate the performance of the proposed method. Under the condition that the field of view is approximately 400  mm×300  mm, the proposed method can reach a calibration accuracy of 0.02 mm. This accuracy value is comparable to that of the method using a planar target.

  1. Coherent combining of four slab laser amplifiers with high beam quality

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    Yan, Hong; Ye, Yidong; Tian, Fei; Li, Guohui; Pan, Xundong; Zhang, Wei; Gao, Qingsong; Zhou, Tangjian; Liao, Yuan; Chen, Li; Lu, Fei; Luo, Jia

    2014-10-01

    We report a coherent combining of four slab laser amplifiers with high beam quality. The long strip laser beam is reshaped into a square beam using adjustable beam expander which removes the enormous astigmatism aberration. A filling ratio of 90% is achieved by two-dimensional splicing. A compact optical system with high sampling frequency is designed to detect the pointing direction of lasers. Fast steering mirror (FSM) driven by piezoelectric ceramics is applied in laser stabilizing. Thanks to the closed loop pointing control, the root mean square error of the optical axis is significantly reduced to be less than 2 microradians. The piston phases of the lasers are locked by an active phase control system based on Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) using stochastic parallel gradient descent (SPGD) algorithm. When the total output power of four lasers is 400W, the in-phase peak intensity of the far field spot is increased by a factor of 3.8, reaching 95% of the ideal case. The beam quality of the combined beam is improved by CBC from 1.52x diffraction limit (DL) to 1.26x DL. When the output power is increased to 805W, the phase locking and pointing control still work stably. The results suggest that CBC of solid-state lasers with higher energy could be achieved by using the techniques presented here.

  2. Vision of nuclear physics with photo-nuclear reactions by laser-driven γ beams

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    Habs, D.; Tajima, T.; Schreiber, J.; Barty, C. P. J.; Fujiwara, M.; Thirolf, P. G.

    2009-11-01

    A laser-accelerated dense electron sheet with an energy E=tilde{γ} mc^2 can be used as a relativistic mirror to coherently reflect a second laser with photon energy ħω, thus generating by the Doppler boost [A. Einstein, Annalen der Physik 17, 891 (1905); D. Habs et al., Appl. Phys. B 93, 349 (2008)] brilliant high-energy photon beams with hbarω^'=4tilde{γ}^2hbarω and short duration for many new nuclear physics experiments. While the shortest-lived atomic levels are in the atto-second range, nuclear levels can have lifetimes down to zeptoseconds. We discuss how the modulation of electron energies in phase-locked laser fields used for as-measurements [E. Goulielmakis et al., Science 317, 769 (2007)] can be carried over to the new direct measurement of fs-zs nuclear lifetimes by modulating the energies of accompanying conversion electrons or emitted protons. In the field of nuclear spectroscopy we discuss the new perspective as a function of increasing photon energy. In nuclear systems a much higher sensitivity is predicted to the time variation of fundamental constants compared to atomic systems [V. Flambaum, arXiv:nucl-th/0801.1994v1 (2008)]. For energies up to 50 keV Mössbauer-like recoilless absorption allows to produce nuclear bosonic ensembles with many delocalized coherent polaritons [G.V. Smirnov et al., Phys. Rev. A 71, 023804 (2005)] for the first time. Using the ( γ, n) reaction to produce cold, polarized neutrons with a focusing ellipsoidal device [P. Böni, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A 586, 1 (2008); Ch. Schanzer et al., Nucl. Instrum. Meth. 529, 63 (2004)], brilliant cold polarized micro-neutron beams become available. The compact and relatively cheap laser-generated γ beams may serve for extended studies at university-based facilities.

  3. Spatial coherence properties of a compact and ultrafast laser-produced plasma keV x-ray source

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    Boschetto, D.; Mourou, G.; Rousse, A.; Mordovanakis, A.; Hou, Bixue; Nees, J.; Kumah, D.; Clarke, R.

    2007-01-01

    The authors use Fresnel diffraction from knife-edges to demonstrate the spatial coherence of a tabletop ultrafast x-ray source produced by laser-plasma interaction. Spatial coherence is achieved in the far field by producing micrometer-scale x-ray spot dimensions. The results show an x-ray source size of 6 {mu}m that leads to a transversal coherence length of 20 {mu}m at a distance of 60 cm from the source. Moreover, they show that the source size is limited by the spatial spread of the absorbed laser energy.

  4. Strong reduction of the degree of spatial coherence of a laser beam propagating through a preformed plasma.

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    Michel, P; Labaune, C; Bandulet, H C; Lewis, K; Depierreux, S; Hulin, S; Bonnaud, G; Tikhonchuk, V T; Weber, S; Riazuelo, G; Baldis, H A; Michard, A

    2004-04-30

    A strong reduction of the spatial coherence of a laser beam after its propagation through a plasma has been measured using a Fresnel biprism interferometer. The laser beam was diffraction limited; the coherence width was reduced from 40 mm in vacuum down to a few mm with the plasma. Numerical results based on a paraxial model exhibit a coherence degree close to the experimental one; they also prove the importance of taking into account the nonlocal transport effects in numerical simulations for such plasma conditions.

  5. Spatial coherence properties of a compact and ultrafast laser-produced plasma keV x-ray source

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    Boschetto, D.; Mourou, G.; Rousse, A.; Mordovanakis, A.; Hou, Bixue; Nees, J.; Kumah, D.; Clarke, R.

    2007-01-01

    The authors use Fresnel diffraction from knife-edges to demonstrate the spatial coherence of a tabletop ultrafast x-ray source produced by laser-plasma interaction. Spatial coherence is achieved in the far field by producing micrometer-scale x-ray spot dimensions. The results show an x-ray source size of 6μm that leads to a transversal coherence length of 20μm at a distance of 60cm from the source. Moreover, they show that the source size is limited by the spatial spread of the absorbed laser energy.

  6. Quantitative monitoring of laser-treated engineered skin using optical coherence tomography.

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    Ahn, Yujin; Lee, Chan-Young; Baek, Songyee; Kim, Taeho; Kim, Pilun; Lee, Sunghoon; Min, Daejin; Lee, Haekwang; Kim, Jeehyun; Jung, Woonggyu

    2016-03-01

    Nowadays, laser therapy is a common method for treating various dermatological troubles such as acne and wrinkles because of its efficient and immediate skin enhancement. Although laser treatment has become a routine procedure in medical and cosmetic fields, the prevention of side-effects, such as hyperpigmentation, redness and burning, still remains a critical issue that needs to be addressed. In order to reduce the side-effects while attaining efficient therapeutic outcomes, it is essential to understand the light-skin interaction through evaluation of physiological changes before and after laser therapy. In this study, we introduce a quantitative tissue monitoring method based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) for the evaluation of tissue regeneration after laser irradiation. To create a skin injury model, we applied a fractional CO2 laser on a customized engineered skin model, which is analogous to human skin in terms of its basic biological function and morphology. The irradiated region in the skin was then imaged by a high-speed OCT system, and its morphologic changes were analyzed by automatic segmentation software. Volumetric OCT images in the laser treated area clearly visualized the wound healing progress at different time points and provided comprehensive information which cannot be acquired through conventional monitoring methods. The results showed that the laser wound in engineered skins was mostly recovered from within 1~2 days with a fast recovery time in the vertical direction. However, the entire recovery period varied widely depending on laser doses and skin type. Our results also indicated that OCT-guided laser therapy would be a very promising protocol for optimizing laser treatment for skin therapy.

  7. Real-time characterization of spectral coherence of ultrafast laser based on optical time-stretch

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    Xu, Yiqing; Wei, Xiaoming; Ren, Zhibo; Wong, Kenneth K. Y.; Tsia, Kevin

    2016-03-01

    Nonlinearly generated broadband ultrafast laser have been increasingly utilized in many applications. However, traditional techniques of characterizing these sources lack the ability to observe the instantaneous features and transitory behaviours of both amplitude and phase. With the advent of the optical time stretch techniques, the instantaneous shotto- shot spectral intensity can be directly measured continuously at an unprecedentedly high speed. Meanwhile, the information of the real-time phase variation, which is carried by the frequency-time mapped spectral signal has yet been fully explored. We present a technique of experimentally measuring the spectral coherence dynamics of broadband pulsed sources. Our method relies on a delayed Young's type interferometer combined with optical time-stretch. We perform the proof-of-principle demonstrations of spectral coherence dynamics measurement on two sources: a supercontinuum source and a fiber ring buffered cavity source, both with a repetition rate of MHz. By employing the optical time stretch with a dispersive fiber, we directly map the spectral interference fringes of the delayed neighbouring pulses and obtain a sufficiently large ensemble of spectral interferograms with a real-time oscilloscope (80Gb/s sampling rate). This enables us to directly quantify the spectral coherence dynamics of the ultrafast sources with a temporal resolution down to microseconds. Having the ensemble of single-shot interferograms, we also further calculate the cross spectral coherence correlation matrices of these ultrafast sources. We anticipate that our technique provides a general approach for experimentally evaluating the spectral coherence dynamics of ultrafast laser generated by the nonlinear processes e.g. modulation instability, supercontinuum generation, and Kerr resonator.

  8. Resolving Vibrational from Electronic Coherences in Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy: The Role of the Laser Spectrum

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    de A. Camargo, Franco V.; Grimmelsmann, Lena; Anderson, Harry L.; Meech, Stephen R.; Heisler, Ismael A.

    2017-01-01

    The observation of coherent quantum effects in photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes prompted the question whether quantum coherence could be exploited to improve the efficiency in new energy materials. The detailed characterization of coherent effects relies on sensitive methods such as two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy (2D-ES). However, the interpretation of the results produced by 2D-ES is challenging due to the many possible couplings present in complex molecular structures. In this work, we demonstrate how the laser spectral profile can induce electronic coherencelike signals in monomeric chromophores, potentially leading to data misinterpretation. We argue that the laser spectrum acts as a filter for certain coherence pathways and thus propose a general method to differentiate vibrational from electronic coherences.

  9. Temporal Evolution of Self-Modulated Laser Wakefields Measured by Coherent Thomson Scattering

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    Ting, A.; Krushelnick, K.; Moore, C.I.; Burris, H.R.; Esarey, E.; Krall, J.; Sprangle, P. |

    1996-12-01

    Coherent Thomson scattering of a picosecond probe laser was used to measure the time evolution of plasma wakefields produced by a high intensity laser pulse (7{times}10{sup 18} W/cm{sup 2}) in an underdense plasma ({ital n}{sub {ital e}}{approx_equal}10{sup 19} cm{sup {minus}3}) in the self-modulated laser wakefield accelerator configuration. Large amplitude plasma wakefields which lasted less than 5ps were observed to decay into ion acoustic waves. The time scales associated with these measurements were consistent with the effects of the modulational instability and the enhancement of scattered signal from plasma channel formation. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  10. Second user workshop on high-power lasers at the Linac Coherent Light Source

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    Heimann, Phil; Glenzer, Siegfried

    2015-05-28

    The second international workshop on the physics enabled by the unique combination of high-power lasers with the world-class Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) free-electron X-ray laser beam was held in Stanford, CA, on October 7–8, 2014. The workshop was co-organized by UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratories. More than 120 scientists, including 40 students and postdoctoral scientists who are working in high-intensity laser-matter interactions, fusion research, and dynamic high-pressure science came together from North America, Europe, and Asia. The focus of the second workshop was on scientific highlights and the lessons learned from 16 newmore » experiments that were performed on the Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC) instrument since the first workshop was held one year ago.« less

  11. Spectral locking in an extended area two-dimensional coherent grating surface emitting laser array

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    DeFreez, R.K.; Ximen, H.; Bossert, D.J.; Hunt, J.M.; Wilson, G.A.; Elliott, R.A.; Orloff, J. ); Evans, G.A.; Carlson, N.W.; Lurie, M. )

    1990-01-01

    The spectral properties of a monolithic pair of two-dimensional coherent grating surface emitting laser arrays optically coupled by means of total-internal-reflection (TIR) corner turning mirrors have been studied. Each of the pair consists of six groups of ten laterally {ital Y}-coupled, index-guided ridge lasers interspersed with second-order DBR grating sections in the longitudinal direction to provide feedback and surface emitting output coupling. The turning mirrors were formed by focused-ion-beam micromachining channels in the wafer angled at 45{degrees} to the laser waveguide. Locking of the emission spectra of the pair of GSE arrays and shifting of the spectrum of one of the pair by varying the drive current to one gain section in the other is demonstrated.

  12. Finger joint imaging by laser transillumination computed tomography based on coherent detection imaging method

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    Tanosaki, Shinji; Sasaki, Yoshiaki; Takagi, Michiaki; Ishikawa, Akira; Suzuki, Jota; Emori, Ryota; Inage, Hiroki; Yuasa, Tetsuya; Taniguchi, Hiroshi; Devaraj, Balasigamani; Akatsuka, Takao

    2003-07-01

    In this research, we investigate the imaging properties of tansillumination laser CT system based on the coherent detection imaging (CDI) method, for early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, from the viewpoints of morphological and quantitative imaging. First, to investigate the morphological imaging ability, the index finger PIP joint of a healthy volunteer was imaged with the laser CT, X-ray CT, and MRI. By comparison of these images, we present that the laser CT delineates the bone region with high spatial resolution of sub-millimeters. Next, to investigate the quantitative imaging, three kinds of the physical phantoms simulating bone, made from polyurethane including different concentrations of CaCO3, were imaged. We present that quantitative measurement is possible by demonstrating a satisfactory linear relationship between the averaged pixel value of the reconstructed images and the actual concentrations. These results demonstrate the feasibility of early diagnosis for rheumatoid arthritis.

  13. Middle infrared active coherent laser spectrometer for standoff detection of chemicals.

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    Macleod, Neil A; Rose, Rebecca; Weidmann, Damien

    2013-10-01

    Using a quantum cascade laser emitting at 7.85 μm, a middle infrared active coherent laser spectrometer has been developed for the standoff detection of vapor phase chemicals. The first prototype has been tested using diffuse target backscattering at ranges up to ~30 m. Exploiting the continuous frequency tuning of the laser source, spectra of water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, and hydrogen peroxide were recorded. A forward model of the instrument was used to perform spectral unmixing and retrieve line-of-sight integrated concentrations and their one-sigma uncertainties. Performance was found to be limited by speckle noise originating from topographic targets. For absorbers with large absorption cross sections such as nitrous oxide (>10(-19) cm(2)·molecule(-1)), normalized detection sensitivities range between 14 and 0.3 ppm·m·Hz(-1/2), depending on the efficiency of the speckle reduction scheme implemented.

  14. Compact MEMS external cavity tunable laser with ultra-narrow linewidth for coherent detection.

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    Zhang, Di; Zhao, Jianyi; Yang, Qi; Liu, Wen; Fu, Yanfeng; Li, Chao; Luo, Ming; Hu, Shenglei; Hu, Qianggao; Wang, Lei

    2012-08-27

    A compact and ultra-narrow linewidth tunable laser with an external cavity based on a simple single-axis-MEMS mirror is presented in this paper. We discuss the simulation of this tunable laser using a two-step hybrid analysis method to obtain an optimal design of the device. A wide wavelength tuning range about 40 nm in C-band with a narrow linewidth of less than 50 kHz and wavelength accuracy of ± 1 GHz over the entire tuning range can be achieved experimentally. We also conduct several experiments under different conditions to test the tunable laser. This device shows an excellent performance in both single-carrier polarization-multiplexed quadrature phase-shift keying (PM-QPSK) and multi-carrier orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) coherent systems.

  15. Coherent beam combination of fiber lasers with a strongly confined waveguide: numerical model.

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    Tao, Rumao; Si, Lei; Ma, Yanxing; Zhou, Pu; Liu, Zejin

    2012-08-20

    Self-imaging properties of fiber lasers in a strongly confined waveguide (SCW) and their application in coherent beam combination (CBC) are studied theoretically. Analytical formulas are derived for the positions, amplitudes, and phases of the N images at the end of an SCW, which is important for quantitative analysis of waveguide CBC. The formulas are verified with experimental results and numerical simulation of a finite difference beam propagation method (BPM). The error of our analytical formulas is less than 6%, which can be reduced to less than 1.5% with Goos-Hahnchen penetration depth considered. Based on the theoretical model and BPM, we studied the combination of two laser beams based on an SCW. The effects of the waveguide refractive index and Gaussian beam waist are studied. We also simulated the CBC of nine and 16 fiber lasers, and a single beam without side lobes was achieved.

  16. Second user workshop on high-power lasers at the Linac Coherent Light Source

    SciTech Connect

    Heimann, Phil; Glenzer, Siegfried

    2015-05-28

    The second international workshop on the physics enabled by the unique combination of high-power lasers with the world-class Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) free-electron X-ray laser beam was held in Stanford, CA, on October 7–8, 2014. The workshop was co-organized by UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratories. More than 120 scientists, including 40 students and postdoctoral scientists who are working in high-intensity laser-matter interactions, fusion research, and dynamic high-pressure science came together from North America, Europe, and Asia. The focus of the second workshop was on scientific highlights and the lessons learned from 16 new experiments that were performed on the Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC) instrument since the first workshop was held one year ago.

  17. Integrated InAs/InP quantum-dot coherence comb lasers (Conference Presentation)

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    Lu, Zhenguo; Liu, Jiaren; Poole, Philip J.; Song, Chun-Ying; Webber, John; Mao, Linda; Chang, Shoude; Ding, Heping; Barrios, Pedro J.; Poitras, Daniel; Janz, Siegfried

    2017-02-01

    Current communication networks needs to keep up with the exponential growth of today's internet traffic, and telecommunications industry is looking for radically new integrated photonics components for new generation optical networks. We at National Research Council (NRC) Canada have successfully developed nanostructure InAs/InP quantum dot (QD) coherence comb lasers (CCLs) around 1.55 μm. Unlike uniform semiconductor layers in most telecommunication lasers, in these QD CCLs light is emitted and amplified by millions of semiconductor QDs less than 60 nm in diameter. Each QD acts like an isolated light source acting independently of its neighbours, and each QD emits light at its own unique wavelength. The end result is a QD CCL is more stable and has ultra-low timing jitter. But most importantly, a single QD CCL can simultaneously produce 50 or more separate laser beams at distinct wavelengths over the telecommunications C-band. Utilizing those unique properties we have put considerable effort well to design, grow and fabricate InAs/InP QD gain materials. After our integrated packaging and using electrical feedback-loop control systems, we have successfully demonstrated ultra-low intensity and phase noise, frequency-stabilized integrated QD CCLs with the repetition rates from 10 GHz to 100 GHz and the total output power up to 60 mW at room temperature. We have investigated their relative intensity noises, phase noises, RF beating signals and other performance of both filtered individual channel and the whole CCLs. Those highly phase-coherence comb lasers are the promising candidates for flexible bandwidth terabit coherent optical networks and signal processing applications.

  18. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) in laser tissue bonding of incisions in the cornea

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    Porat, Yishai; Gabay, Ilan; Varssano, David; Barequet, Irina; Neudorfer, Meira; Rosner, Mordechai; Katzir, Abraham

    2015-03-01

    Temperature controlled laser bonding of the cornea is analyzed in this paper using optical coherence tomography imaging, histological section evaluations and tensile strength measurements. The heat generated to obtain the bonding causes changes to the tissue structure, which appear as a bowl shaped lesion around the heated spot. Optical coherence tomography is established as an appropriate modality for the assessment of these lesions, using the other methods for validation. A quantitative analysis of the lesions attributes is produced, using a dedicated image processing algorithm. By means of this method we observed that the depth of the lesion is the most effective measure in estimating the extent of the tissue reaction to heat. A comparison of the measured lesion depth, produced by different heating profiles, is presented. This comparison shows a linear dependence on both the temperature and the exposure time, within the boundaries of the experiment. The bond strength was evaluated for several set temperatures (with 20 seconds heating time in each case) displaying an optimal value at 70°C. Yet if an incision was successfully bonded, it held a higher burst pressure for a higher temperature value. These findings demonstrate the plausibility of an integrated laser tissue bonding apparatus with an optical coherence tomography probe, which will provide, for the first time, a real time feedback of the tissue structural change, and indicate the bonding progress and end point.

  19. Design of 2*6 optical hybrid in inter-satellite coherent laser communications

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    Xu, Nan; Liu, Liren; Liu, De'an; Wan, Lingyu; Zhou, Yu

    2008-08-01

    Compared with direct detection, homodyne binary phase shift keying receivers can achieve the best sensitivity theoretically, and became the trend of the research and application in inter-satellite coherent laser communications. In coherent optical communication systems an optical hybrid is an essential component of the receiver. It demodulates the incoming signal by mixing it with the local oscillator. We present a design of a 2*6 optical hybrid. 4 output ports of the hybrid give the narrow mixed beams of the incoming signal and the local oscillator shifted by 90°for communication, and the others give the wide mixed beams with a shifted degree of 180°for position errors detection. CCD captures the interference pattern from the wide beams, and then the pattern is processed and analyzed by the computer. Target position information is obtained from characteristic parameter of the interference pattern. The position errors as the control signals of PAT (pointing, acquisition and tracking) subsystem drive the receiver telescope to keep tracking to the target. The application extends to coherent laser rang finder.

  20. Cascaded multi-dithering technique using PZT modulators for high control bandwidth in coherent laser beam combining

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    Ahn, Hee Kyung; Kong, Hong Jin

    2017-09-01

    A cascaded multi-dithering (CMD) technique using piezoelectric ceramic transducer (PZT) tubes as phase modulators is proposed as a tool for obtaining high control bandwidth in coherent laser beam combination. To prove its validity, eight coherent fiber beam elements were combined using the CMD technique with PZT tubes. As a result, residual phase error was recorded to be λ/54 at 100 Hz control bandwidth, which is comparable to that of a four laser beam combination in the previous experiment. To our knowledge, this is the first case to date of combining eight laser beam elements using PZT tubes as phase modulators and achieving such good results.

  1. High-coherence electron and ion bunches from laser-cooled atoms.

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    Sparkes, Ben M; Thompson, Daniel J; McCulloch, Andrew J; Murphy, Dene; Speirs, Rory W; Torrance, Joshua S J; Scholten, Robert E

    2014-08-01

    Cold atom electron and ion sources produce electron bunches and ion beams by photoionization of laser-cooled atoms. They offer high coherence and the potential for high brightness, with applications including ultra-fast electron-diffractive imaging of dynamic processes at the nanoscale. The effective brightness of electron sources has been limited by nonlinear divergence caused by repulsive interactions between the electrons, known as the Coulomb explosion. It has been shown that electron bunches with ellipsoidal shape and uniform density distribution have linear internal Coulomb fields, such that the Coulomb explosion can be reversed using conventional optics. Our source can create bunches shaped in three dimensions and hence in principle achieve the transverse spatial coherence and brightness needed for picosecond-diffractive imaging with nanometer resolution. Here we present results showing how the shaping capability can be used to measure the spatial coherence properties of the cold electron source. We also investigate space-charge effects with ions and generate electron bunches with durations of a few hundred picoseconds. Future development of the cold atom electron and ion source will increase the bunch charge and charge density, demonstrate reversal of Coulomb explosion, and ultimately, ultra-fast coherent electron-diffractive imaging.

  2. Laser Opto-Electronic Correlator for Robotic Vision Automated Pattern Recognition

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    Marzwell, Neville

    1995-01-01

    A compact laser opto-electronic correlator for pattern recognition has been designed, fabricated, and tested. Specifically it is a translation sensitivity adjustable compact optical correlator (TSACOC) utilizing convergent laser beams for the holographic filter. Its properties and performance, including the location of the correlation peak and the effects of lateral and longitudinal displacements for both filters and input images, are systematically analyzed based on the nonparaxial approximation for the reference beam. The theoretical analyses have been verified in experiments. In applying the TSACOC to important practical problems including fingerprint identification, we have found that the tolerance of the system to the input lateral displacement can be conveniently increased by changing a geometric factor of the system. The system can be compactly packaged using the miniature laser diode sources and can be used in space by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and ground commercial applications which include robotic vision, and industrial inspection of automated quality control operations. The personnel of Standard International will work closely with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to transfer the technology to the commercial market. Prototype systems will be fabricated to test the market and perfect the product. Large production will follow after successful results are achieved.

  3. Laser diode illuminator for night vision on-board a 155-mm artillery shell

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    Lutz, Y.; Christnacher, F.

    2003-09-01

    Having shown the feasibility of passive daytime observation on board of a 155mm gyrostabilized artillery shell, the French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL) has started working on projectile boarded night vision systems. Laser illumination was preferred over the use of passive IR imaging mainly for reasons of detector performance and cost. The active imaging system designed for artillery shells will have to undergo accelerations of the order of 15000 g. It will begin the observation of the target area about 1000 m before impact and transmit the images to the ground station before its destruction. A laser illuminator with a peak power of 1 kW before beam shaping and a pulse duration of 50 μs with a repetition rate of 25Hz has been developed for this application. It is based on a laser diode stack emitting at 800nm. A special atten-tion has been given to the beam shaping operation. The beam divergence closely matches the field of view of the imaging optic and has a constant and homogeneous intensity profile over the target. Other fundamental criteria have also been taken into account, such as a compact size, simplicity and low cost, without losing the efficiency of the collimator. A prototype of the active imaging system with a field of view of 10° has been built, tested and validated on the ground. Integration of the illuminator into a 155 mm shell has begun.

  4. Changes in vision related quality of life in patients with diabetic macular edema: ranibizumab or laser treatment?

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    Turkoglu, Elif Betul; Celık, Erkan; Aksoy, Nilgun; Bursalı, Ozlem; Ucak, Turgay; Alagoz, Gursoy

    2015-01-01

    To compare the changes in vision related quality of life (VR-QoL) in patients with diabetic macular edema (DME) undergoing intravitreal ranibizumab (IVR) injection or focal/grid laser. In this prospective study, 70 patients with clinically significant macular edema (CSME) were randomized to undergo IVR injection (n=35) and focal/grid laser (n=35). If necessary, the laser or ranibizumab injections were repeated. Distance and near visual acuities, central retinal thickness (CRT) and The 25-item Visual Function Questionnaire (VFQ-25) were used to measure the effectiveness of treatments and VR-QoL before and after 6 months following IVR or laser treatment. The demographic and clinical findings before the treatments were similar in both main groups. The improvements in distance and near visual acuities were higher in IVR group than the laser group (p<0.01). The reduction in CRT in IVR group was higher than that in laser treatment group (p<0.01). In both groups, the VFQ-25 composite score tended to improve from baseline to 6 months. And at 6th month, the changes in composite score were significantly higher in IVR group than in laser group (p<0.05). The improvements in overall composite scores were 6.3 points for the IVR group compared with 3.0 points in the laser group. Patients treated with IVR and laser had large improvements in composite scores, general vision, near and distance visual acuities in VFQ-25 at 6 months, in comparison with baseline scores, and also mental health subscale in IVR group. Our study revealed that IVR improved not only visual acuity or CRT, but also vision related quality of life more than laser treatment in DME. And these patient-reported outcomes may play an important role in the treatment choice in DME for clinicians. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Short-pulse Laser Induced Transient Structure Formation and Ablation Studied with Time-resolved Coherent XUV-scattering

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    Sokolowski-Tinten, Klaus; Shymanovich, Uladzimir; Barty, Anton; Chapman, Henry; Bajt, Sasa; Schulz, Joachim; Boutet, Sebastien; Bogan, Mike; Bostedt, Christoph; Marchesini, Stefano; Hau-Riege, Stefan; Frank, Matthias; Stojanovic, Nikola; Duesterer, Stefan; Redlin, Harald; Treusch, Rolf; Bonse, Joern; Rosandi, Yudi; Urbassek, Herbert M.; Tobey, Ra'anan

    2010-10-08

    The structural dynamics of short-pulse laser irradiated surfaces and nano-structures has been studied with nm spatial and ultrafast temporal resolution by means of single-shot coherent XUV-scattering techniques. The experiments allowed us to time-resolve the formation of laser-induced periodic surface structures, and to follow the expansion and disintegration of nano-objects during laser ablation.

  6. Monitoring coherent electron wave packet excitation dynamics by two-color attosecond laser pulses

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    Yuan, Kai-Jun; Bandrauk, André D.

    2016-11-01

    We propose a method to monitor coherent electron wave packet (CEWP) excitation dynamics with two-color attosecond laser pulses. Simulations are performed on aligned H2+ by numerically solving the three-dimensional time-dependent Schrödinger equation with combinations of a resonant linearly polarized λl= 100/70 nm pump pulse and a circularly polarized λc=5 nm attosecond probe pulse. It is found that time dependent diffraction patterns in molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions (MFPADs) produced by the circular probe pulse exhibit sensitivity to the molecular alignments and time-dependent geometry of the CEWPs during and after the coherent excitation between the ground and excited states induced by the linear pump pulse. The time dependent MFPADs are described by an ultrafast diffraction model for the ionization of the bound CEWPs.

  7. Importance of coherence in models of mid-infrared quantum cascade laser gain spectra

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    Cui, Yuzhang I.; Harter, Michael P.; Dikmelik, Yamac; Hoffman, Anthony J.

    2017-09-01

    We present a three-level model based on a density matrix to examine the influence of coherence and dephasing on the gain spectrum of mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers. The model is used to examine a quantum cascade active region with multiple optical transitions. We show how coherence can explain the origin of additional peaks in the gain spectrum. We also analyze the spectra calculated using the three-level model with a rate equation formalism to demonstrate the importance of considering interface roughness and limitations of the rate equation formalism. Specifically, we present how interface roughness influences the broadening and oscillator strength that are recovered using a rate equation analysis. The results of this work are important when considering the design of active regions with multiple optical transitions and could lead to devices with improved performance.

  8. Dual-frequency laser Doppler velocimeter for speckle noise reduction and coherence enhancement.

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    Cheng, Chih-Hao; Lee, Chia-Wei; Lin, Tzu-Wei; Lin, Fan-Yi

    2012-08-27

    We study the characteristics of a dual-frequency laser Doppler velocimeter (DF-LDV) based on an optically injected semiconductor laser. The laser operated in a period-one (P1) dynamical state with two optical frequencies separated by 11.25 GHz is used as the dual-frequency light source. With a microwave beat signal carried by the light, the DF-LDV possesses both the advantages of good directionality, high intensity, and high spatial resolution from the light and low speckle noise and good coherence from the microwave, respectively. By phase-locking the two frequency components with a microwave signal, the coherence of the dual-frequency light source can be further improved and the detection range can be much extended. In this paper, velocity resolutions of the DF-LDV with different amounts of speckle noise and at different detection ranges are experimentally measured and analyzed. Compared with the conventional single-frequency LDV (SF-LDV), the velocity resolution of the DF-LDV is improved by 8 × 10(3) times from 2.5 m/s to 0.31 mm/s for a target with a longitudinal velocity vz = 4 cm/s, a transverse velocity vt = 5 m/s, and at a detection range of 108 m.

  9. A method for monitoring enamel erosion using laser irradiated surfaces and optical coherence tomography.

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    Chan, Kenneth H; Tom, Henry; Darling, Cynthia L; Fried, Daniel

    2014-11-01

    Since optical coherence tomography (OCT) is well suited for measuring small dimensional changes on tooth surfaces, OCT has great potential for monitoring tooth erosion. Previous studies have shown that enamel areas ablated by a carbon dioxide laser manifested lower rates of erosion compared to the non-ablated areas. The purpose of this study was to develop a model to monitor erosion in vitro that could potentially be used in vivo. Thirteen bovine enamel blocks were used in this in vitro study. Each 10 mm × 2 mm block was partitioned into five regions, the central region was unprotected, the adjacent windows were irradiated by a CO2 laser operating at 9.3 µm with a fluence of 2.4 J/cm(2) , and the outermost windows were coated with acid resistant varnish. The samples were exposed to a pH cycling regimen that caused both erosion and subsurface demineralization for 2, 4 and 6 days. The surfaces were scanned using a time-domain polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) system and the degree of surface loss (erosion) and the integrated reflectivity with lesion depth was calculated for each window. There was a large and significant reduction in the depth of surface loss (erosion) and the severity of demineralization in the areas irradiated by the laser. Irradiation of the enamel surface with a pulsed carbon dioxide laser at sub-ablative intensities results in significant inhibition of erosion and demineralization under the acid challenge employed in this study. In addition, these results suggest that it may be feasible to modify regions of the enamel surface using the laser to serve as reference marks to monitor the rate of erosion in vivo. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. A Method for Monitoring Enamel Erosion Using Laser Irradiated Surfaces and Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Chan, Kenneth H.; Tom, Henry; Darling, Cynthia L.; Fried, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Since optical coherence tomography (OCT) is well suited for measuring small dimensional changes on tooth surfaces, OCT has great potential for monitoring tooth erosion. Previous studies have shown that enamel areas ablated by a carbon dioxide laser manifested lower rates of erosion compared to the non-ablated areas. The purpose of this study was to develop a model to monitor erosion in vitro that could potentially be used in vivo. Methods Thirteen bovine enamel blocks were used in this in vitro study. Each 10 mm × 2 mm block was partitioned into five regions, the central region was unprotected, the adjacent windows were irradiated by a CO2 laser operating at 9.3 μm with a fluence of 2.4J/cm2, and the outermost windows were coated with acid resistant varnish. The samples were exposed to a pH cycling regimen that caused both erosion and subsurface demineralization for 2, 4 and 6 days. The surfaces were scanned using a time-domain polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) system and the degree of surface loss (erosion) and the integrated reflectivity with lesion depth was calculated for each window. Results There was a large and significant reduction in the depth of surface loss (erosion) and the severity of demineralization in the areas irradiated by the laser. Conclusion Irradiation of the enamel surface with a pulsed carbon dioxide laser at sub-ablative intensities results in significant inhibition of erosion and demineralization under the acid challenge employed in this study. In addition, these results suggest that it may be feasible to modify regions of the enamel surface using the laser to serve as reference marks to monitor the rate of erosion in vivo. PMID:25147133

  11. An efficient quantum jump method for coherent energy transfer dynamics in photosynthetic systems under the influence of laser fields

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    Ai, Qing; Fan, Yuan-Jia; Jin, Bih-Yaw; Cheng, Yuan-Chung

    2014-05-01

    We present a non-Markovian quantum jump (NMQJ) approach for simulating coherent energy transfer dynamics in molecular systems in the presence of laser fields. By combining a coherent modified Redfield theory (CMRT) and a NMQJ method, this new approach inherits the broad-range validity from the CMRT and highly efficient propagation from the NMQJ. To implement NMQJ propagation of CMRT, we show that the CMRT master equation can be cast into a generalized Lindblad form. Moreover, we extend the NMQJ approach to treat time-dependent Hamiltonian, enabling the description of excitonic systems under coherent laser fields. As a benchmark of the validity of this new method, we show that the CMRT-NMQJ method accurately describes the energy transfer dynamics in a prototypical photosynthetic complex. Finally, we apply this new approach to simulate the quantum dynamics of a dimer system coherently excited to coupled single-excitation states under the influence of laser fields, which allows us to investigate the interplay between the photoexcitation process and ultrafast energy transfer dynamics in the system. We demonstrate that laser-field parameters significantly affect coherence dynamics of photoexcitations in excitonic systems, which indicates that the photoexcitation process must be explicitly considered in order to properly describe photon-induced dynamics in photosynthetic systems. This work should provide a valuable tool for efficient simulations of coherent control of energy flow in photosynthetic systems and artificial optoelectronic materials.

  12. Multimode dynamics in quantum cascade lasers: From coherent instability to mode locking

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    Wang, Christine Yi-Ting

    Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) are unipolar semiconductor lasers based on intersubband transitions in quantum wells. Since their invention in 1994, these lasers have undergone tremendous improvement, and have become the most prominent coherent light source in the mid-infrared and terahertz spectral ranges. However, the understanding of multimode regimes in QCLs is still in its infancy, and there has not been much effort toward generating ultrafast pulses from QCLs. The recent development of low loss, high power QCLs enables the study of those previously under-investigated aspects. This thesis can be divided into two main parts. In the first part, we study the multimode regimes in QCLs. We find that QCLs, because of their extremely fast gain recovery time, differ from diode lasers in multimode operation. While a saturable absorber can often lead to self mode-locking in lasers with long gain recovery compared to the cavity round-trip time, in QCLs it lowers the threshold of a coherent multimode instability, which is driven by the same fundamental mechanism of Rabi oscillations as the elusive Risken-Nummedal-Graham-Haken (RNGH) instability predicted 40 years ago. The main experimental signature of RNGH instability is a splitting corresponding to twice the Rabi frequency in optical spectrum. In QCLs this coherent instability is enhanced due to the large Rabi frequency compared to the relaxation rates. We have also shown that spatial hole burning, which is not so readily observable in diode lasers, also plays an important role in QCLs. Both experimental data and simulations based on Maxwell-Bloch equations are presented. In the second part of this thesis, we demonstrate active mode-locking in QCLs. The stable mode-locked pulse train was generated by actively modulating the pumping current of a small section on a QCL. Stable mode locking was confirmed by second-order interferometric autocorrelation measurements, and a FWHM of 3 ps and about 0.5 pJ per pulse were deduced

  13. Dual use of image based tracking techniques: Laser eye surgery and low vision prosthesis

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    Juday, Richard D.

    1994-01-01

    With a concentration on Fourier optics pattern recognition, we have developed several methods of tracking objects in dynamic imagery to automate certain space applications such as orbital rendezvous and spacecraft capture, or planetary landing. We are developing two of these techniques for Earth applications in real-time medical image processing. The first is warping of a video image, developed to evoke shift invariance to scale and rotation in correlation pattern recognition. The technology is being applied to compensation for certain field defects in low vision humans. The second is using the optical joint Fourier transform to track the translation of unmodeled scenes. Developed as an image fixation tool to assist in calculating shape from motion, it is being applied to tracking motions of the eyeball quickly enough to keep a laser photocoagulation spot fixed on the retina, thus avoiding collateral damage.

  14. Dual Use of Image Based Tracking Techniques: Laser Eye Surgery and Low Vision Prosthesis

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    Juday, Richard D.; Barton, R. Shane

    1994-01-01

    With a concentration on Fourier optics pattern recognition, we have developed several methods of tracking objects in dynamic imagery to automate certain space applications such as orbital rendezvous and spacecraft capture, or planetary landing. We are developing two of these techniques for Earth applications in real-time medical image processing. The first is warping of a video image, developed to evoke shift invariance to scale and rotation in correlation pattern recognition. The technology is being applied to compensation for certain field defects in low vision humans. The second is using the optical joint Fourier transform to track the translation of unmodeled scenes. Developed as an image fixation tool to assist in calculating shape from motion, it is being applied to tracking motions of the eyeball quickly enough to keep a laser photocoagulation spot fixed on the retina, thus avoiding collateral damage.

  15. Dual Use of Image Based Tracking Techniques: Laser Eye Surgery and Low Vision Prosthesis

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    Juday, Richard D.; Barton, R. Shane

    1994-01-01

    With a concentration on Fourier optics pattern recognition, we have developed several methods of tracking objects in dynamic imagery to automate certain space applications such as orbital rendezvous and spacecraft capture, or planetary landing. We are developing two of these techniques for Earth applications in real-time medical image processing. The first is warping of a video image, developed to evoke shift invariance to scale and rotation in correlation pattern recognition. The technology is being applied to compensation for certain field defects in low vision humans. The second is using the optical joint Fourier transform to track the translation of unmodeled scenes. Developed as an image fixation tool to assist in calculating shape from motion, it is being applied to tracking motions of the eyeball quickly enough to keep a laser photocoagulation spot fixed on the retina, thus avoiding collateral damage.

  16. Application of optical coherence tomography and high-frequency ultrasound imaging during noninvasive laser vasectomy

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    Cilip, Christopher M.; Allaf, Mohamad E.; Fried, Nathaniel M.

    2012-04-01

    A noninvasive approach to vasectomy may eliminate male fear of complications related to surgery and increase its acceptance. Noninvasive laser thermal occlusion of the canine vas deferens has recently been reported. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and high-frequency ultrasound (HFUS) are compared for monitoring laser thermal coagulation of the vas in an acute canine model. Bilateral noninvasive laser coagulation of the vas was performed in six dogs (n=12 vasa) using a Ytterbium fiber laser wavelength of 1075 nm, incident power of 9.0 W, pulse duration of 500 ms, pulse rate of 1 Hz, and 3-mm-diameter spot. Cryogen spray cooling was used to prevent skin burns during the procedure. An OCT system with endoscopic probe and a HFUS system with 20-MHz transducer were used to image the vas immediately before and after the procedure. Vasa were then excised and processed for gross and histologic analysis for comparison with OCT and HFUS images. OCT provided high-resolution, superficial imaging of the compressed vas within the vas ring clamp, while HFUS provided deeper imaging of the vas held manually in the scrotal fold. Both OCT and high HFUS are promising imaging modalities for real-time confirmation of vas occlusion during noninvasive laser vasectomy.

  17. Reliable optical pump architecture for highly coherent lasers used in space metrology applications

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    Erlig, Hernan; Qiu, Yueming; Poberezhskiy, Ilya; Meras, Patrick; Wu, James

    2010-07-01

    Laser-based metrology has been identified as an enabling technology in the deployment of large, spaceborne observatories, where nanometer-level knowledge of fiducial displacement drives overall system performance. In particular, Nd:YAG NPRO (non-planar ring oscillator) based lasers have received considerable attention in this application because of their inherent high coherence at wavelengths of interest (1064 and 1319nm). However, the use of NPRO based lasers in decade long space missions is limited by typical 800nm-band pump laser diode wearout and random failure rates. Therefore, reliably achieving multi-hundred milliwatt NPRO power over prolonged mission lifetimes requires innovative pump architectures. In this paper we present a pump architecture capable of supporting continuous NPRO operation over 5.5yrs at 300mW with reliability exceeding 99.7%. The proposed architecture relies on a low-loss, high port count, all-fiber optical coupler to combine the outputs of multiple single-mode pump laser diodes. This coupler is capable of meeting the exacting environmental requirements placed by a space mission, such as SIM Lite.

  18. Optical Coherence Tomography Guided Laser Cochleostomy: Towards the Accuracy on Tens of Micrometer Scale

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    Weller, Marcel; Wieser, Wolfgang; Huber, Robert; Raczkowsky, Jörg; Schipper, Jörg; Wörn, Heinz; Klenzner, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    Lasers have been proven to be precise tools for bone ablation. Applying no mechanical stress to the patient, they are potentially very suitable for microsurgery on fragile structures such as the inner ear. However, it remains challenging to control the laser-bone ablation without injuring embedded soft tissue. In this work, we demonstrate a closed-loop control of a short-pulsed CO2 laser to perform laser cochleostomy under the monitoring of an optical coherence tomography (OCT) system. A foresighted detection of the bone-endosteum-perilymph boundary several hundred micrometers before its exposure has been realized. Position and duration of the laser pulses are planned based on the residual bone thickness distribution. OCT itself is also used as a highly accurate tracking system for motion compensation between the target area and the optics. During ex vivo experimental evaluation on fresh porcine cochleae, the ablation process terminated automatically when the thickness of the residual tissue layer uniformly reached a predefined value. The shape of the resulting channel bottom converged to the natural curvature of the endosteal layer without injuring the critical structure. Preliminary measurements in OCT scans indicated that the mean absolute accuracy of the shape approximation was only around 20 μm. PMID:25295253

  19. Study on laser-assisted drug delivery with optical coherence tomography

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    Tsai, Wen-Guei; Tsai, Ting-Yen; Yang, Chih-Hsun; Tsai, Meng-Tsan

    2017-04-01

    The nail provides a functional protection to the fingertips and surrounding tissue from external injuries. Nail plate divided into three layers including dorsal, intermediate, and ventral layers. The dorsal layer consists of compact, hard keratins, limiting topical drug delivery through the nail. In this study, we investigate the application of fractional CO2 laser that produces arrays of microthermal ablation zones (MAZs) to facilitate drug delivery in the nails. Moreover, optical coherence tomography (OCT) is implemented for real-time monitoring of the laser-skin tissue interaction, sparing the patient from invasive surgical sampling procedure. Observations of drug diffusion through the induced MAZ array are achieved by evaluating the time-dependent OCT intensity variance. Subsequently, nails are treated with cream and liquid topical drugs to investigate the feasibility and diffusion efficacy of laser-assisted drug delivery. Our results show that fractional CO2 laser improves the efficacy of topical drug delivery in the nail plate, and that OCT could potentially be used for in vivo monitoring of the depth of laser penetration as well as real-time observations of drug delivery.

  20. Laser tissue coagulation and concurrent optical coherence tomography through a double-clad fiber coupler

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    Beaudette, Kathy; Baac, Hyoung Won; Madore, Wendy-Julie; Villiger, Martin; Godbout, Nicolas; Bouma, Brett E.; Boudoux, Caroline

    2015-01-01

    Double-clad fiber (DCF) is herein used in conjunction with a double-clad fiber coupler (DCFC) to enable simultaneous and co-registered optical coherence tomography (OCT) and laser tissue coagulation. The DCF allows a single channel fiber-optic probe to be shared: i.e. the core propagating the OCT signal while the inner cladding delivers the coagulation laser light. We herein present a novel DCFC designed and built to combine both signals within a DCF (>90% of single-mode transmission; >65% multimode coupling). Potential OCT imaging degradation mechanisms are also investigated and solutions to mitigate them are presented. The combined DCFC-based system was used to induce coagulation of an ex vivo swine esophagus allowing a real-time assessment of thermal dynamic processes. We therefore demonstrate a DCFC-based system combining OCT imaging with laser coagulation through a single fiber, thus enabling both modalities to be performed simultaneously and in a co-registered manner. Such a system enables endoscopic image-guided laser marking of superficial epithelial tissues or laser thermal therapy of epithelial lesions in pathologies such as Barrett’s esophagus. PMID:25909013

  1. Laser tissue coagulation and concurrent optical coherence tomography through a double-clad fiber coupler.

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    Beaudette, Kathy; Baac, Hyoung Won; Madore, Wendy-Julie; Villiger, Martin; Godbout, Nicolas; Bouma, Brett E; Boudoux, Caroline

    2015-04-01

    Double-clad fiber (DCF) is herein used in conjunction with a double-clad fiber coupler (DCFC) to enable simultaneous and co-registered optical coherence tomography (OCT) and laser tissue coagulation. The DCF allows a single channel fiber-optic probe to be shared: i.e. the core propagating the OCT signal while the inner cladding delivers the coagulation laser light. We herein present a novel DCFC designed and built to combine both signals within a DCF (>90% of single-mode transmission; >65% multimode coupling). Potential OCT imaging degradation mechanisms are also investigated and solutions to mitigate them are presented. The combined DCFC-based system was used to induce coagulation of an ex vivo swine esophagus allowing a real-time assessment of thermal dynamic processes. We therefore demonstrate a DCFC-based system combining OCT imaging with laser coagulation through a single fiber, thus enabling both modalities to be performed simultaneously and in a co-registered manner. Such a system enables endoscopic image-guided laser marking of superficial epithelial tissues or laser thermal therapy of epithelial lesions in pathologies such as Barrett's esophagus.

  2. Criterion of transverse coherence of self-amplified spontaneous emission in high gain free electron laser amplifiers

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    Xie, M.; Kim, K.J.

    1995-12-31

    In a high gain free electron laser amplifier based on Self-Amplified Spontaneous Emission (SASE) the spontaneous radiation generated by an electron beam near the undulator entrance is amplified many orders of magnitude along the undulator. The transverse coherence properties of the amplified radiation depends on both the amplification process and the coherence of the seed radiation (the undulator radiation generated in the first gain length or so). The evolution of the transverse coherence in the amplification process is studied based on the solution of the coupled Maxwell-Vlasov equations including higher order transverse modes. The coherence of the seed radiation is determined by the number of coherent modes in the phase space area of the undulator radiation. We discuss the criterion of transverse coherence and identify governing parameters over a broad range of parameters. In particular we re-examine the well known emittance criterion for the undulator radiation, which states that full transverse coherence is guaranteed if the rms emittance is smaller than the wavelength divided by 4{pi}. It is found that this criterion is modified for SASE because of the different optimization conditions required for the electron beam. Our analysis is a generalization of the previous study by Yu and Krinsky for the case of vanishing emittance with parallel electron beam. Understanding the transverse coherence of SASE is important for the X-ray free electron laser projects now under consideration at SLAC and DESY.

  3. Enabling coherent control of trapped ions with economical multi-laser frequency stabilization technology

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    Lybarger, Warren Emanuel, Jr.

    A phase-locked scanning stability transfer cavity (SSTC) for transferring the absolute frequency stability of an iodine referenced He-Ne (master) laser to three otherwise uncalibrated (slave) lasers (at 844, 1033, & 1092 nm) of a trapped-Sr+ quantum information processing (QIP) apparatus is described. When locked, the 422 nm frequency-doubled Doppler-cooling laser exhibits an error of <1 MHz RMS for several hours, and similar stability is achieved with the other slave lasers. When unlocked, each slave laser drifts by a large fraction (or more) of the corresponding transition linewidth in minutes, thus making reliable laser cooling, ion state readout, and execution of QIP algorithms practically infeasible. The SSTC makes coherent control of Sr+ possible by addressing this problem, and the QIP apparatus is now sufficiently stable for single user operation. New single-ion experimental capabilities include ground state cooling, high-fidelity Rabi flopping, Ramsey interferometry, and sympathetic cooling of 88Sr+( 86Sr+) with 86Sr+( 88Sr+). A 2.5 msec coherence time has been achieved with the optical quoit encoded in a |5 2S 1/2> ↔ |4 2D5/2> quadrupole transition, a precision measurement of the isotope shift of the qubit transition in 86Sr+ relative to 88Sr+ is reported, and a single-ion heating rate consistent with results throughout the trapped-ion community is reported. The SSTC is simple to implement, uses no custom optics, and it has a higher scanning rate than previously demonstrated SSTC's. Phase-locked SSTC's are shown to have an advantage over the more common displacement-locked SSTC in the low finesse regime, and they are an attractive alternative to passively stable but complex optical references and diode lasers designed to address the same problem. The SSTC is useful in spectroscopic applications with other ion species, atoms, and molecules, in general. An appendix is dedicated to describing in detail an advanced trapped-ion quantum processor concept

  4. Evidence for microbunching "sidebands" in a saturated free-electron laser using coherent optical transition radiation.

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    Lumpkin, A H; Dejus, R; Lewellen, J W; Berg, W; Biedron, S; Borland, M; Chae, Y C; Erdmann, M; Huang, Z; Kim, K-J; Li, Y; Milton, S V; Moog, E; Rule, D W; Sajaev, V; Yang, B X

    2002-06-10

    We report the first measurements of z-dependent coherent optical transition radiation (COTR) due to electron-beam microbunching at high gains ( >10(4)) including saturation of a self-amplified spontaneous emission free-electron laser (FEL). In these experiments the fundamental wavelength was near 530 nm, and the COTR spectra exhibit the transition from simple spectra to complex spectra ( 5% spectral width) after saturation. The COTR intensity growth and angular distribution data are reported as well as the evidence for transverse spectral dependencies and an "effective" core of the beam being involved in microbunching.

  5. Femtosecond laser micro-inscription of optical coherence tomography resolution test artifacts

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    Tomlins, Peter H; Smith, Graham N; Woolliams, Peter D; Rasakanthan, Janarthanan; Sugden, Kate

    2011-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems are becoming more commonly used in biomedical imaging and, to enable continued uptake, a reliable method of characterizing their performance and validating their operation is required. This paper outlines the use of femtosecond laser subsurface micro-inscription techniques to fabricate an OCT test artifact for validating the resolution performance of a commercial OCT system. The key advantage of this approach is that by utilizing the nonlinear absorption a three dimensional grid of highly localized point and line defects can be written in clear fused silica substrates. PMID:21559143

  6. Polarized multiplex coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering using a picosecond laser and a fiber supercontinuum

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    Michel, Sébastien; Courjaud, Antoine; Mottay, Eric; Finot, Christophe; Dudley, John; Rigneault, Hervé

    2011-02-01

    We perform multiplex coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) micro-spectroscopy with a picosecond pulsed laser and a broadband supercontinuum (SC) generated in photonic crystal fiber. CARS signal stability is achieved using an active fiber coupler that avoids thermal and mechanical drifts. We obtain multiplex CARS spectra for test liquids in the 600-2000 cm-1 spectral range. In addition we investigate the polarization dependence of the CARS spectra when rotating the pump beam linear polarization state relative to the linearly polarized broad stokes SC. From these polarization measurements we deduce the Raman depolarization ratio, the resonant versus nonresonant contribution, the Raman resonance frequency, and the linewidth.

  7. Beam shaping to improve the free-electron laser performance at the Linac Coherent Light Source

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    Ding, Y.; Bane, K. L. F.; Colocho, W.; ...

    2016-10-27

    A new operating mode has been developed for the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) in which we shape the longitudinal phase space of the electron beam. This mode of operation is realized using a horizontal collimator located in the middle of the first bunch compressor to truncate the head and tail of the beam. With this method, the electron beam longitudinal phase space and current profile are reshaped, and improvement in lasing performance can be realized. As a result, we present experimental studies at the LCLS of the beam shaping effects on the free-electron laser performance.

  8. Mutual Coherence of Two Coupled Multiline Continuous-Wave HF Lasers

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    1988-12-07

    trace of P2(6) single-line fringe pattern. 8 REFERENCES 1. G. E. Palma and W. J . Fader, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum . Eng. 440, 153 (1983). 2. M. B...REPORT SD-TR-88-105 Mutual Coherence of Two Coupled 00 Multiline Continuous-Wave HF Lasers cvD J . M. BERNARD, R. A. CHODZKO, and H. MIRELS...Spencer and W. E. Lamb, Jr., Phys. Rev. A 5, 893 (1972). 3. W. W. Chow, Opt. Lett. 10, 442 (1984). 4. H. Mirels, Appl. Opt. 25, 2130 (1986). 5. D. J

  9. In situ 24 kHz coherent imaging of morphology change in laser percussion drilling.

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    Webster, Paul J L; Yu, Joe X Z; Leung, Ben Y C; Anderson, Mitchell D; Yang, Victor X D; Fraser, James M

    2010-03-01

    We observe sample morphology changes in real time (24 kHz) during and between percussion drilling pulses by integrating a low-coherence microscope into a laser micromachining platform. Nonuniform cut speed and sidewall evolution in stainless steel are observed to strongly depend on assist gas. Interpulse morphology relaxation such as hole refill is directly imaged, showing dramatic differences in the material removal process dependent on pulse duration/peak power (micros/0.1 kW, ps/20 MW) and material (steel, lead zirconate titanate PZT). Blind hole depth precision is improved by over 1 order of magnitude using in situ feedback from the imaging system.

  10. Polarized multiplex coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering using a picosecond laser and a fiber supercontinuum.

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    Michel, Sébastien; Courjaud, Antoine; Mottay, Eric; Finot, Christophe; Dudley, John; Rigneault, Hervé

    2011-02-01

    We perform multiplex coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) micro-spectroscopy with a picosecond pulsed laser and a broadband supercontinuum (SC) generated in photonic crystal fiber. CARS signal stability is achieved using an active fiber coupler that avoids thermal and mechanical drifts. We obtain multiplex CARS spectra for test liquids in the 600-2000 cm(-1) spectral range. In addition we investigate the polarization dependence of the CARS spectra when rotating the pump beam linear polarization state relative to the linearly polarized broad stokes SC. From these polarization measurements we deduce the Raman depolarization ratio, the resonant versus nonresonant contribution, the Raman resonance frequency, and the linewidth.

  11. Detection of Biochemical Pathogens, Laser Stand-off Spectroscopy, Quantum Coherence, and Many Body Quantum Optics

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    2012-02-24

    selective reflection of the laser beam from rubidium atomic vapor at the D-2 line (wavelength lambda = 780 nm) at different atomic densities. We used a...o We studied the superfluorescence (SF) from a gas of rubidium atoms. The atoms of a dense vapor were excited to the 5D state from the 55 state by...coherent scattering of IR pulses from atomic rubidium vapor. Rubidium atoms were first excited by a lOOfs pulse from the 5S ground state to the 5D state

  12. Evaluating the coherence and time-domain profile of quantum cascade laser frequency combs

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    Burghoff, David; Yang, Yang; Hayton, Darren J.; Gao, Jian -Rong; Reno, John L.; Hu, Qing

    2015-01-01

    Recently, much attention has been focused on the generation of optical frequency combs from quantum cascade lasers. We discuss how fast detectors can be used to demonstrate the mutual coherence of such combs, and present an inequality that can be used to quantitatively evaluate their performance. We discuss several technical issues related to shifted wave interference Fourier Transform spectroscopy (SWIFTS), and show how such measurements can be used to elucidate the time-domain properties of such combs, showing that they can possess signatures of both frequency-modulation and amplitude-modulation.

  13. High coherent bi-chromatic laser with gigahertz splitting produced by the high diffraction orders of acousto-optic modulator used for coherent population trapping experiments.

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    Yun, Peter; Tan, Bozhong; Deng, Wei; Gu, Sihong

    2011-12-01

    To prepare the coherent population trapping (CPT) states with rubidium and cesium, the commonly used atoms in CPT studies, a coherent bi-chromatic light field with frequency difference of several GHz is a basic requirement. With a 200 MHz center frequency acousto-optic modulator (AOM), we have realized bi-chromatic laser fields with several GHz frequency splits through high diffraction orders. We have experimentally studied the coherence between two frequency components of a bi-chromatic laser beam, which is composed of ±6 orders with frequency split of 3 GHz diffracted from the same laser beam, and the measured residual phase noise is Δφ(2)<0.019 rad(2). The bi-chromatic laser fields were used to prepare CPT states with (85)Rb and (87)Rb atoms, and high contrast CPT signals were obtained. For CPT states preparation, our study result shows that it is a feasible approach to generate the bi-chromatic light field with larger frequency splits through high diffraction orders of AOM.

  14. Visible-Light Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography for Monitoring Laser-Induced Choroidal Neovascularization in Mice

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    Shah, Ronil S.; Soetikno, Brian T.; Yi, Ji; Liu, Wenzhong; Skondra, Dimitra; Zhang, Hao F.; Fawzi, Amani A.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose This study sought to determine the earliest time-point at which evidence of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) could be detected with visible-light optical coherence tomography angiography (vis-OCTA) in a mouse model of laser-induced CNV. Methods Visible light-OCTA was used to study laser-induced CNV at different time-points after laser injury to monitor CNV development and measure CNV lesion size. Measurements obtained from vis-OCTA angiograms were compared with histopathologic measurements from isolectin-stained choroidal flatmounts. Results Choroidal neovascularization area measurements between the vis-OCTA system and isolectin-stained choroidal flatmounts were significantly different in area for days 2 to 4 postlaser injury, and were not significantly different in area for days 5, 7, and 14. Choroidal neovascularization area measurements taken from the stained flatmounts were larger than their vis-OCTA counterparts for all time-points. Both modalities showed a similar trend of CNV size increasing from the day of laser injury until a peak of day 7 postlaser injury and subsequently decreasing by day 14. Conclusions The earliest vis-OCTA can detect the presence of aberrant vessels in a mouse laser-induced CNV model is 5 days after laser injury. Visible light-OCTA was able to visualize the maximum of the CNV network 7 days postlaser injury, in accordance with choroidal flatmount immunostaining. Visible light-OCTA is a reliable tool in both detecting the presence of CNV development, as well as accurately determining the size of the lesion in a mouse laser-induced CNV model. PMID:27409510

  15. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) guided smart laser knife for cancer surgery (Conference Presentation)

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    Katta, Nitesh; Mcelroy, Austin; Estrada, Arnold; Milner, Thomas E.

    2017-02-01

    Neurological cancer surgeries require specialized tools that enhance imaging for precise cutting and removal of tissue without damaging adjacent neurological structures. The novel combination of high-resolution fast optical coherence tomography (OCT) alongside short pulsed nanosecond thulium (Tm) lasers offers stark advantages utilizing the superior beam quality, high volumetric tissue removal rates of thulium lasers with minimal residual thermal footprint in the tissue and avoiding damage to delicate sub-surface structures (e.g., nerves and microvessels); which has not been showcased before. A bench-top system is constructed, using a 15W 1940nm nanosecond pulsed Tm fiber laser (500uJ pulse energy, 100ns pulse duration, 30kHz repetition rate) for removing tissue and a swept source laser (1310±70nm, 100kHz sweep rate) is utilized for OCT imaging, forming a combined Tm/OCT system - a smart laser knife. The OCT image-guidance informs the Tm laser for cutting/removal of targeted tissue structures. Tissue phantoms were constructed to demonstrate surgical incision with blood vessel avoidance on the surface where 2mm wide 600um deep cuts are executed around the vessel using OCT to guide the procedure. Cutting up to delicate subsurface blood vessels (2mm deep) is demonstrated while avoiding damage to their walls. A tissue removal rate of 5mm^3/sec is obtained from the bench-top system. We constructed a blow-off model to characterize Tm cut depths taking into account the absorption coefficients and beam delivery systems to compute Arrhenius damage integrals. The model is used to compare predicted tissue removal rate and residual thermal injury with experimental values in response to Tm laser-tissue modification.

  16. Wave optics simulation of spatially partially coherent beams: Applications to free space laser communications

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    Xiao, Xifeng

    One of the main drawbacks that prevent the extensive application of free space laser communications is the atmospheric turbulence through which the beam must propagate. For the past four decades, much attention has been devoted to finding different methods to overcome this difficulty. A partially coherent beam (PCB) has been recognized as an effective approach to improve the performance of an atmospheric link. It has been examined carefully with most analyses considering the Gaussian Schell-model (GSM) beam. However, practical PCBs may not follow GSM theory and are better examined through some numerical simulation approach such as a wave optics simulation. Consequently, an approach for modeling the spatially PCB in wave optics simulation is presented here. The approach involves the application of a sequence of random phase screens to an initial beam field and the summation of the intensity results after propagation. The relationship between the screen parameters and the spatial coherence function for the beam is developed and the approach is verified by comparing results with analytic formulations for a Gaussian Schell-model (GSM) beam. A variety of simulation studies were performed for this dissertation. The propagation through turbulence of a coherent beam and a particular version of a PCB, a pseudo-partially coherent beam (PPCB), is analyzed. The beam is created with a sequence of several Gaussian random phase screens for each atmospheric realization. The average intensity profiles, the scintillation index and aperture averaging factor for a horizontal propagation scenario are examined. Comparisons between these results and their corresponding analytic results for the well-known GSM beam are also made. Cumulative probability density functions for the received irradiance are initially investigated. Following the general simulation investigations, a performance metric is proposed as a general measure for optimizing the transverse coherence length of a partial

  17. Third user workshop on high-power lasers at the Linac Coherent Light Source

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    Bolme, Cynthia Anne; Glenzer, Sigfried; Fry, Alan

    2016-03-24

    On October 5–6, 2015, the third international user workshop focusing on high-power lasers at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) was held in Menlo Park, CA, USA [1 R. Falcone, S. Glenzer, and S. Hau-Riege, Synchrotron Radiation News 27(2), 56–58 (2014)., 2 P. Heimann and S. Glenzer, Synchrotron Radiation News 28(3), 54–56 (2015).]. Here, the workshop was co-organized by Los Alamos National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. More than 110 scientists attended from North America, Europe, and Asia to discuss high-energy-density (HED) science that is enabled by the unique combination of high-power lasers with the LCLS X-rays at themore » LCLS-Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC) endstation.« less

  18. Monitoring changes of optical attenuation coefficients of acupuncture points during laser acupuncture by optical coherence tomography

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    Huang, Yimei; Yang, Hongqin; Wang, Yuhua; Zheng, Liqin; Xie, Shusen

    2010-11-01

    The physical properties of acupuncture point were important to discover the mechanism of acupuncture meridian. In this paper, we used an optical coherence tomography to monitor in vivo the changes of optical attenuation coefficients of Hegu acupuncture point and non-acupuncture point during laser irradiation on Yangxi acupuncture point. The optical attenuation coefficients of Hegu acupuncture point and non-acupuncture point were obtained by fitting the raw data according to the Beer-Lambert's law. The experimental results showed that the optical attenuation coefficient of Hegu acupuncture point decreased during the laser acupuncture, in contrast to a barely changed result in that of non-acupuncture point. The significant change of optical attenuation coefficient of Hegu acupuncture point indicated that there was a correlation between Hegu and Yangxi acupuncture points to some extent.

  19. Laser-based space debris removal: design guidelines for coherent coupling power transmission

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    Kästel, Jürgen; Speiser, Jochen

    2016-10-01

    Space debris presents an increasing threat to the lifetime of commercial and military space assets. Laser-based space debris removal systems could potentially mitigate this threat by targeting debris objects in the cm-range. In order to reach this goal a minimum fluence of a few J/cm² on the debris object and a pulse repetition rate of several 10 Hz are necessary. These requirements can be met by coupling 1000-2000 independent 10 J laser sources coherently and employing a sending telescope with a diameter of 5 m. We analyze which parameters are critical to the effectiveness of the transmission system and deduce design guidelines. In particular the effects of non-optimum filling factors, secondary mirror size, emitter intensity distribution and phase jitter of the individual emitters are discussed and compared.

  20. Delivery of picosecond lasers in multimode fibers for coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering imaging.

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    Wang, Zhiyong; Yang, Yaliang; Luo, Pengfei; Gao, Liang; Wong, Kelvin K; Wong, Stephen T C

    2010-06-07

    We investigated the possibility of using standard commercial multimode fibers (MMF), Corning SMF28 fibers, to deliver picosecond excitation lasers for coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) imaging. We theoretically and/or experimentally analyzed issues associated with the fiber delivery, such as dispersion length, walk-off length, nonlinear length, average threshold power for self-phase modulations, and four-wave mixing (FWM). These analyses can also be applied to other types of fibers. We found that FWM signals are generated in MMF, but they can be filtered out using a long-pass filter for CARS imaging. Finally, we demonstrated that MMF can be used for delivery of picosecond excitation lasers in the CARS imaging system without any degradation of image quality.

  1. Early changes in optic coherence tomography in a child with laser pointer maculopathy.

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    Sánchez-Barahona, C; González-Martín-Moro, J; Zarallo-Gallardo, J; Lozano Escobar, I; Cobo-Soriano, R

    2017-01-01

    A 9-year-old boy referred due to visual loss in his right eye after playing with a laser pointer. In the first visit (12hours later) visual acuity (VA) was 0.15. A hypopigmented lesion was present in the fovea, and optic coherence tomography (OCT) showed vertical hyper-reflective bands. In the last visit (6 months later), VA had improved to 0.5, and OCT showed a well-defined area of outer retinal layer disruption. An inadequate use of laser pointers can induce severe and permanent visual loss. Copyright © 2016 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  2. Full-Field Optical Coherence Tomography Using Galvo Filter-Based Wavelength Swept Laser

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    Shirazi, Muhammad Faizan; Kim, Pilun; Jeon, Mansik; Kim, Jeehyun

    2016-01-01

    We report a wavelength swept laser-based full-field optical coherence tomography for measuring the surfaces and thicknesses of refractive and reflective samples. The system consists of a galvo filter–based wavelength swept laser and a simple Michelson interferometer. Combinations of the reflective and refractive samples are used to demonstrate the performance of the system. By synchronizing the camera with the source, the cross-sectional information of the samples can be seen after each sweep of the swept source. This system can be effective for the thickness measurement of optical thin films as well as for the depth investigation of samples in industrial applications. A resolution target with a glass cover slip and a step height standard target are imaged, showing the cross-sectional and topographical information of the samples. PMID:27869659

  3. Third user workshop on high-power lasers at the Linac Coherent Light Source

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    Bolme, Cynthia Anne; Glenzer, Sigfried; Fry, Alan

    2016-03-24

    On October 5–6, 2015, the third international user workshop focusing on high-power lasers at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) was held in Menlo Park, CA, USA [1 R. Falcone, S. Glenzer, and S. Hau-Riege, Synchrotron Radiation News 27(2), 56–58 (2014)., 2 P. Heimann and S. Glenzer, Synchrotron Radiation News 28(3), 54–56 (2015).]. Here, the workshop was co-organized by Los Alamos National Laboratory and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. More than 110 scientists attended from North America, Europe, and Asia to discuss high-energy-density (HED) science that is enabled by the unique combination of high-power lasers with the LCLS X-rays at the LCLS-Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC) endstation.

  4. Observation of fine structures in laser-driven electron beams using coherent transition radiation.

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    Glinec, Y; Faure, J; Norlin, A; Pukhov, A; Malka, V

    2007-05-11

    We have measured the coherent optical transition radiation emitted by an electron beam from laser-plasma interaction. The measurement of the spectrum of the radiation reveals fine structures of the electron beam in the range 400-1000 nm. These structures are reproduced using an electron distribution from a 3D particle-in-cell simulation and are attributed to microbunching of the electron bunch due to its interaction with the laser field. When the radiator is placed closer to the interaction point, spectral oscillations have also been recorded, signature of the interference of the radiation produced by two electron bunches delayed by 74 fs. The second electron bunch duration is shown to be ultrashort to match the intensity level of the radiation. Whereas transition radiation was used at longer wavelengths in order to estimate the electron bunch length, this study focuses on the ultrashort structures of the electron beam.

  5. Measurement and modeling of the effects of atmospheric turbulence on coherent laser propagation characteristics and FSO system performance

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    Zhou, Jian; Lu, Wei; Sun, Jianfeng; Liu, Liren

    2013-09-01

    We investigate the random phase fluctuations of coherent laser propagate through the turbulent atmosphere, and introduce a model of its impact on optical heterodyne reception free space coherent laser optical communication (FSO) system. A polarization based shearing interferometer is used to detect the distorted laser wave-front and reconstruct the wave-front after propagate through a 1Km near-ground atmospheric channel. Further, the heterodyne efficiency of the heterodyne reception system would be given under special consideration of the mismatch between the signal field and the local oscillator. By analyzing the heterodyne efficiency data and the real-time atmospheric coherence length data, a mathematical model of the effects of atmospheric turbulence on FSO system performance is given.

  6. Adaptive engineering of coherent soft-x-rays by temporal and spatial laser-pulse shaping

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    Pfeifer, Thomas

    2005-03-01

    We demonstrate qualitative amplitude shaping of the coherent soft x-ray spectrum produced in the process of high-harmonic generation. This is accomplished by applying adaptive femtosecond pulse shaping methods. We performed the basic operations of complete spectral control by 1) selective generation of extended parts of the high-harmonic spectra, 2) tunable single harmonic generation and 3) creation of spectral holes (suppression of harmonics) in the plateau region of the spectrum. Our ability to qualitatively ``engineer'' the coherent spectral properties by application of temporal and spatial laser-pulse-shaping methods has immediate consequences for the developing field of attosecond x-ray science. Control over the spectrum is directly related to the control over the attosecond pulse shape as we will show by comparing experiment with simulation. In addition, even more important is the prospect to extend the field of coherent control into the soft x-ray range. In the future, the proposed technique will allow us to directly manipulate electronic motion on its natural attosecond time scale.

  7. Enhancement of spin coherence using Q-factor engineering in semiconductor microdisc lasers.

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    Ghosh, S; Wang, W H; Mendoza, F M; Myers, R C; Li, X; Samarth, N; Gossard, A C; Awschalom, D D

    2006-04-01

    Semiconductor microcavities offer unique means of controlling light-matter interactions in confined geometries, resulting in a wide range of applications in optical communications and inspiring proposals for quantum information processing and computational schemes. Studies of spin dynamics in microcavities, a new and promising research field, have revealed effects such as polarization beats, stimulated spin scattering and giant Faraday rotation. Here, we study the electron spin dynamics in optically pumped GaAs microdisc lasers with quantum wells and interface-fluctuation quantum dots in the active region. In particular, we examine how the electron spin dynamics are modified by the stimulated emission in the discs, and observe an enhancement of the spin-coherence time when the optical excitation is in resonance with a high-quality (Q approximately 5,000) lasing mode. This resonant enhancement, contrary to expectations from the observed trend in the carrier-recombination time, is then manipulated by altering the cavity design and dimensions. In analogy with devices based on excitonic coherence, this ability to engineer coherent interactions between electron spins and photons may provide new pathways towards spin-dependent quantum optoelectronics.

  8. Intrastromal corneal reshaping using a high-intensity femtosecond laser: A novel method of vision correction

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    Han, Taehee

    A new technology to perform a minimally invasive cornea reshaping procedure has been developed. This can eliminate the incidence of the flap-related complications of the conventional eye refractive procedures by multiphoton processes using a very high-intensity (I ≥ 1013 W/cm 2), but low energy (Ep ˜ 100-200 microJ) femtosecond laser pulses. Due to much lower energy than that of the nanosecond laser pulses for the thermal photoablation, the multiphoton processes cause almost no collateral damage by heat and shock wave generation. In this method, a series of femtosecond laser pulses is used to create very narrow (< 30 microm) and sufficiently long (≥ 2.5 mm) micro-channels in the cornea. The micro-channels are oriented almost perpendicular to the eye's optical axis. Once the micro-channel reaches a desired length, another series of femtosecond pulses with higher intensity is efficiently delivered through the micro-channel to the endpoint where a certain amount of the stromal tissue is disintegrated by the multiphoton processes. The disintegrated fragments are ejected out of the cornea via the same micro-channel, allowing the corneal surface to collapse, and changing its refractive power. This new corneal reshaping method obviates any process of damaging the corneal surface layer, while retaining the advantages of the conventional refractive procedures such as Laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). In order to demonstrate the flapless cornea reshaping procedure, we have conducted ex-vivo experiments on fresh porcine eyes. The reshaped corneas were evaluated by using optical coherence tomography (OCT). The test results have shown that this flapless intrastromal procedure can reshape the cornea as intended with almost no surface damage. We have also performed a series of experiments to demonstrate the multiphoton processes in the corneal tissue by very high-intensity femtosecond laser pulses. Through the optical emission

  9. Analytical estimation of laser phase noise induced BER floor in coherent receiver with digital signal processing.

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    Vanin, Evgeny; Jacobsen, Gunnar

    2010-03-01

    The Bit-Error-Ratio (BER) floor caused by the laser phase noise in the optical fiber communication system with differential quadrature phase shift keying (DQPSK) and coherent detection followed by digital signal processing (DSP) is analytically evaluated. An in-phase and quadrature (I&Q) receiver with a carrier phase recovery using DSP is considered. The carrier phase recovery is based on a phase estimation of a finite sum (block) of the signal samples raised to the power of four and the phase unwrapping at transitions between blocks. It is demonstrated that errors generated at block transitions cause the dominating contribution to the system BER floor when the impact of the additive noise is negligibly small in comparison with the effect of the laser phase noise. Even the BER floor in the case when the phase unwrapping is omitted is analytically derived and applied to emphasize the crucial importance of this signal processing operation. The analytical results are verified by full Monte Carlo simulations. The BER for another type of DQPSK receiver operation, which is based on differential phase detection, is also obtained in the analytical form using the principle of conditional probability. The principle of conditional probability is justified in the case of differential phase detection due to statistical independency of the laser phase noise induced signal phase error and the additive noise contributions. Based on the achieved analytical results the laser linewidth tolerance is calculated for different system cases.

  10. Feasibility of ablative fractional laser-assisted drug delivery with optical coherence tomography

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    Yang, Chih-Hsun; Tsai, Meng-Tsan; Shen, Su-Chin; Ng, Chau Yee; Jung, Shih-Ming

    2014-01-01

    Fractional resurfacing creates hundreds of microscopic wounds in the skin without injuring surrounding tissue. This technique allows rapid wound healing owing to small injury regions, and has been proven as an effective method for repairing photodamaged skin. Recently, ablative fractional laser (AFL) treatment has been demonstrated to facilitate topical drug delivery into skin. However, induced fractional photothermolysis depends on several parameters, such as incident angle, exposure energy, and spot size of the fractional laser. In this study, we used fractional CO2 laser to induce microscopic ablation array on the nail for facilitating drug delivery through the nail. To ensure proper energy delivery without damaging tissue structures beneath the nail plate, optical coherence tomography (OCT) was implemented for quantitative evaluation of induced microscopic ablation zone (MAZ). Moreover, to further study the feasibility of drug delivery, normal saline was dripped on the exposure area of fingernail and the speckle variance in OCT signal was used to observe water diffusion through the ablative channels into the nail plate. In conclusion, this study establishes OCT as an effective tool for the investigation of fractional photothermolysis and water/drug delivery through microscopic ablation channels after nail fractional laser treatment. PMID:25426321

  11. Evaluation of Laser-Assisted Trans-Nail Drug Delivery with Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Tsai, Meng-Tsan; Tsai, Ting-Yen; Shen, Su-Chin; Ng, Chau Yee; Lee, Ya-Ju; Lee, Jiann-Der; Yang, Chih-Hsun

    2016-01-01

    The nail provides a functional protection to the fingertips and surrounding tissue from external injuries. The nail plate consists of three layers including dorsal, intermediate, and ventral layers. The dorsal layer consists of compact, hard keratins, limiting topical drug delivery through the nail. In this study, we investigate the application of fractional CO2 laser that produces arrays of microthermal ablation zones (MAZs) to facilitate drug delivery in the nails. We utilized optical coherence tomography (OCT) for real-time monitoring of the laser–skin tissue interaction, sparing the patient from an invasive surgical sampling procedure. The time-dependent OCT intensity variance was used to observe drug diffusion through an induced MAZ array. Subsequently, nails were treated with cream and liquid topical drugs to investigate the feasibility and diffusion efficacy of laser-assisted drug delivery. Our results show that fractional CO2 laser improves the effectiveness of topical drug delivery in the nail plate and that OCT could potentially be used for in vivo monitoring of the depth of laser penetration as well as real-time observations of drug delivery. PMID:27973451

  12. Coherent infrared radiation from the ALS generated via femtosecond laser modulation of the electron beam

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    Byrd, J.M.; Hao, Z.; Martin, M.C.; Robin, D.S.; Sannibale, F.; Schoenlein, R.W.; Venturini, M.; Zholents, A.A.; Zolotorev, M.S.

    2004-07-01

    Interaction of an electron beam with a femtosecond laser pulse co-propagating through a wiggler at the ALS produces large modulation of the electron energies within a short {approx}100 fs slice of the electron bunch. Propagating around the storage ring, this bunch develops a longitudinal density perturbation due to the dispersion of electron trajectories. The length of the perturbation evolves with a distance from the wiggler but is much shorter than the electron bunch length. This perturbation causes the electron bunch to emit short pulses of temporally and spatially coherent infrared light which are automatically synchronized to the modulating laser. The intensity and spectra of the infrared light were measured in two storage ring locations for a nominal ALS lattice and for an experimental lattice with the higher momentum compaction factor. The onset of instability stimulated by laser e-beam interaction had been discovered. The infrared signal is now routinely used as a sensitive monitor for a fine tuning of the laser beam alignment during data accumulation in the experiments with femtosecond x-ray pulses.

  13. Safety and Hazard Analysis for the Coherent/Acculite Laser Based Sandia Remote Sensing System (Trailer B70).

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    Augustoni, Arnold L.

    2005-09-01

    A laser safety and hazard analysis is presented, for the Coherent(r) driven Acculite(r) laser central to the Sandia Remote Sensing System (SRSS). The analysis is based on the 2000 version of the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) Standard Z136.1, for Safe Use of Lasers and the 2000 version of the ANSI Standard Z136.6, for Safe Use of Lasers Outdoors. The trailer (B70) based SRSS laser system is a mobile platform which is used to perform laser interaction experiments and tests at various national test sites. The trailer based SRSS laser system is generally operated on the United State Air Force Starfire Optical Range (SOR) at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB), New Mexico. The laser is used to perform laser interaction testing inside the laser trailer as well as outside the trailer at target sites located at various distances. In order to protect personnel who work inside the Nominal Hazard Zone (NHZ) from hazardous laser exposures, it was necessary to determine the Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) for each laser wavelength (wavelength bands) and calculate the appropriate minimum Optical Density (ODmin) necessary for the laser safety eyewear used by authorized personnel. Also, the Nominal Ocular Hazard Distance (NOHD) and The Extended Ocular Hazard Distance (EOHD) are calculated in order to protect unauthorized personnel who may have violated the boundaries of the control area and might enter into the laser's NHZ for testing outside the trailer. 4Page intentionally left blank

  14. Multi-photon excited coherent random laser emission in ZnO powders

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    Tolentino Dominguez, Christian; Gomes, Maria De A.; Macedo, Zélia S.; de Araújo, Cid B.; Gomes, Anderson S. L.

    2014-11-01

    We report the observation and analysis of anti-Stokes coherent random laser (RL) emission from zinc oxide (ZnO) powders excited by one-, two- or three-photon femtosecond laser radiation. The ZnO powders were produced via a novel proteic sol-gel, low-cost and environmentally friendly route using coconut water in the polymerization step of the metal precursor. One- and two-photon excitation at 354 nm and 710 nm, respectively, generated single-band emissions centred at about 387 nm. For three-photon excitation, the emission spectra showed a strong ultraviolet (UV) band (380-396 nm) attributed to direct three-photon absorption from the valence band to the conduction band. The presence of an intensity threshold and a bandwidth narrowing of the UV band from about 20 to 4 nm are clear evidence of RL action. The observation of multiple sub-nanometre narrow peaks in the emission spectra for excitation above the RL threshold is consistent with random lasing by coherent feedback.

  15. Coherent imaging of biological samples with femtosecond pulses at the free-electron laser FLASH

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    Mancuso, A. P.; Gorniak, Th; Staier, F.; Yefanov, O. M.; Barth, R.; Christophis, C.; Reime, B.; Gulden, J.; Singer, A.; Pettit, M. E.; Nisius, Th; Wilhein, Th; Gutt, C.; Grübel, G.; Guerassimova, N.; Treusch, R.; Feldhaus, J.; Eisebitt, S.; Weckert, E.; Grunze, M.; Rosenhahn, A.; Vartanyants, I. A.

    2010-03-01

    Coherent x-ray imaging represents a new window to imaging non-crystalline, biological specimens at unprecedented resolutions. The advent of free-electron lasers (FEL) allows extremely high flux densities to be delivered to a specimen resulting in stronger scattered signal from these samples to be measured. In the best case scenario, the diffraction pattern is measured before the sample is destroyed by these intense pulses, as the processes involved in radiation damage may be substantially slower than the pulse duration. In this case, the scattered signal can be interpreted and reconstructed to yield a faithful image of the sample at a resolution beyond the conventional radiation damage limit. We employ coherent x-ray diffraction imaging (CXDI) using the free-electron LASer in Hamburg (FLASH) in a non-destructive regime to compare images of a biological sample reconstructed using different, single, femtosecond pulses of FEL radiation. Furthermore, for the first time, we demonstrate CXDI, in-line holography and Fourier transform holography (FTH) of the same unicellular marine organism using an FEL and present diffraction data collected using the third harmonic of FLASH, reaching into the water window. We provide quantitative results for the resolution of the CXDI images as a function of pulse intensity, and compare this with the resolutions achieved with in-line holography and FTH.

  16. Multi-photon excited coherent random laser emission in ZnO powders.

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    Tolentino Dominguez, Christian; Gomes, Maria de A; Macedo, Zélia S; de Araújo, Cid B; Gomes, Anderson S L

    2015-01-07

    We report the observation and analysis of anti-Stokes coherent random laser (RL) emission from zinc oxide (ZnO) powders excited by one-, two- or three-photon femtosecond laser radiation. The ZnO powders were produced via a novel proteic sol-gel, low-cost and environmentally friendly route using coconut water in the polymerization step of the metal precursor. One- and two-photon excitation at 354 nm and 710 nm, respectively, generated single-band emissions centred at about 387 nm. For three-photon excitation, the emission spectra showed a strong ultraviolet (UV) band (380-396 nm) attributed to direct three-photon absorption from the valence band to the conduction band. The presence of an intensity threshold and a bandwidth narrowing of the UV band from about 20 to 4 nm are clear evidence of RL action. The observation of multiple sub-nanometre narrow peaks in the emission spectra for excitation above the RL threshold is consistent with random lasing by coherent feedback.

  17. Field performance of an all-semiconductor laser coherent Doppler lidar.

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    Rodrigo, Peter John; Pedersen, Christian

    2012-06-15

    We implement and test what, to our knowledge, is the first deployable coherent Doppler lidar (CDL) system based on a compact, inexpensive all-semiconductor laser (SL). To demonstrate the field performance of our SL-CDL remote sensor, we compare a 36 h time series of averaged radial wind speeds measured by our instrument at an 80 m distance to those simultaneously obtained from an industry-standard sonic anemometer (SA). An excellent degree of correlation (R2=0.994 and slope=0.996) is achieved from a linear regression analysis of the CDL versus SA wind speed data. The lidar system is capable of providing high data availability, ranging from 85% to 100% even under varying outdoor (temperature and humidity) conditions during the test period. We also show the use of our SL-CDL for monitoring the dependence of aerosol backscatter on relative humidity. This work points to the feasibility of a more general class of low-cost, portable remote sensors based on all-SL emitters for applications that require demanding laser stability and coherence.

  18. Decoupling gain and feedback in coherent random lasers: experiments and simulations

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    Consoli, Antonio; López, Cefe

    2015-01-01

    We propose and demonstrate a coherent random laser in which the randomly distributed scattering centres are placed outside the active region. This architecture is implemented by enclosing a dye solution between two agglomerations of randomly positioned titanium dioxide nanoparticles. The same spectral signature, consisting of sharp spikes with random spectral positions, is detected emerging from both ensembles of titanium dioxide nanoparticles. We interpret this newly observed behaviour as due to the optical feedback given by back-scattered light from the scattering agglomerations, which also act as output couplers. A simple model is presented to simulate the observed behaviour, considering the amplitude and phase round trip conditions that must be satisfied to sustain lasing action. Numerical simulations reproduce the experimental reports, validating our simple model. The presented results suggest a new theoretical and experimental approach for studying the complex behavior of coherent random lasers and stimulate the realization of new devices based on the proposed architecture, with different active and scattering materials. PMID:26577668

  19. High-speed Optical Coherence Tomography for Management after Laser in Situ Keratomileusis

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    Avila, Mariana; Li, Yan; Song, Jonathan C.; Huang, David

    2007-01-01

    PURPOSE: To report applications of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the management of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) related problems. SETTING: Doheny Eye Institute and Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA. METHODS: Five patients referred for LASIK-related problems were enrolled in a prospective observational study. Clinical examination, ultrasound (US) pachymetry, Placido ring slit-scanning corneal topography (Orbscan II, Bausch & Lomb), and high-speed corneal OCT were performed. RESULTS: In cases of regression and keratectasia, OCT provided thickness measurements of the cornea, flap, and posterior stromal bed. Locations of tissue loss and flap interface planes were identified in a case with a recut enhancement complication. The information was used to determine whether further laser ablation was safe, confirm keratectasia, and manage complications. Optical coherence tomography measurements of central corneal thickness agreed well with US pachymetry measurements (difference 6.4 mm G 11.7 [SD]) (P Z .026), while Orbscan significantly underestimated corneal thickness (-67.5 ± 72.5 μm) (P = .17). CONCLUSIONS: High-speed OCT provided noncontact imaging and measurement of LASIK anatomy. It was useful in monitoring LASIK results and evaluating complications. PMID:17081866

  20. On the performance of joint iterative detection and decoding in coherent optical channels with laser frequency fluctuations

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    Castrillón, Mario A.; Morero, Damián A.; Agazzi, Oscar E.; Hueda, Mario R.

    2015-08-01

    The joint iterative detection and decoding (JIDD) technique has been proposed by Barbieri et al. (2007) with the objective of compensating the time-varying phase noise and constant frequency offset experienced in satellite communication systems. The application of JIDD to optical coherent receivers in the presence of laser frequency fluctuations has not been reported in prior literature. Laser frequency fluctuations are caused by mechanical vibrations, power supply noise, and other mechanisms. They significantly degrade the performance of the carrier phase estimator in high-speed intradyne coherent optical receivers. This work investigates the performance of the JIDD algorithm in multi-gigabit optical coherent receivers. We present simulation results of bit error rate (BER) for non-differential polarization division multiplexing (PDM)-16QAM modulation in a 200 Gb/s coherent optical system that includes an LDPC code with 20% overhead and net coding gain of 11.3 dB at BER = 10-15. Our study shows that JIDD with a pilot rate ⩽ 5 % compensates for both laser phase noise and laser frequency fluctuation. Furthermore, since JIDD is used with non-differential modulation formats, we find that gains in excess of 1 dB can be achieved over existing solutions based on an explicit carrier phase estimator with differential modulation. The impact of the fiber nonlinearities in dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) systems is also investigated. Our results demonstrate that JIDD is an excellent candidate for application in next generation high-speed optical coherent receivers.

  1. En face optical coherence tomography investigation of apical microleakage after laser-assisted endodontic treatment.

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    Todea, Carmen; Balabuc, Cosmin; Sinescu, Cosmin; Filip, Laura; Kerezsi, Cristina; Calniceanu, Mircea; Negrutiu, Meda; Bradu, Adrian; Hughes, Michael; Podoleanu, Adrian Gh

    2010-09-01

    The aim of our study was to evaluate the potential of en face optical coherence tomography (OCT) for the detection of apical microleakage after 980 nm and 1,064 nm laser-assisted endodontic treatment. Ninety, human, single-rooted teeth with one straight root canal and closed apices were used. All roots were prepared biomechanically to the working length at an apical size 30 and 0.06 taper. The teeth were divided into three equal groups of 30 samples each, according to the treatment to be applied to the root canal. Group I received 980 nm diode laser (3 W, 0.01 s on time, 0.01 s off time, 5 s per procedure, four procedures); group II received neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser (1.5 W, 15 Hz, 5 s per procedure, four procedures). In group III the root canals were approached conventionally only. In all groups the root canal filling was performed with AH Plus endodontic sealer and gutta-percha points. An en face OCT prototype was used for the investigation of apical microleakage. According to one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and en face OCT, the number of defects in the laser groups was significantly lower (P < 0.005) than in the control group. No statistical differences were noted between the laser groups (P = 0.049). En face OCT imaging proved that laser-assisted endodontic treatment improved the prognosis of root canal filling and led to a reduction in apical microleakage.

  2. Qualification Testing of Laser Diode Pump Arrays for a Space-Based 2-micron Coherent Doppler Lidar

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    Amzajerdian, Farzin; Meadows, Byron L.; Baker, Nathaniel R.; Barnes, Bruce W.; Singh, Upendra N.; Kavaya, Michael J.

    2007-01-01

    The 2-micron thulium and holmium-based lasers being considered as the transmitter source for space-based coherent Doppler lidar require high power laser diode pump arrays operating in a long pulse regime of about 1 msec. Operating laser diode arrays over such long pulses drastically impact their useful lifetime due to the excessive localized heating and substantial pulse-to-pulse thermal cycling of their active regions. This paper describes the long pulse performance of laser diode arrays and their critical thermal characteristics. A viable approach is then offered that allows for determining the optimum operational parameters leading to the maximum attainable lifetime.

  3. Observation of mode instability and coherence collapse in a single-frequency polarization-maintaining fiber ring laser

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    Ma, Mingxiang; Hu, Zhengliang; Xu, Pan; Hu, Yongming

    2014-06-01

    Mode instability acts as a common feature in single-frequency fiber ring lasers. The mechanism of coherence collapse by mode instability is theoretically analyzed and demonstrated with an unbalanced fiber Michelson interferometer utilizing phase modulation, which is illuminated by a single-frequency erbium-doped fiber ring laser. Multiform mode instability phenomena accompanied with coherence collapse are observed and discussed in detail by tracing the dynamics of the interference fringe visibility. The results show that mode instability would introduce extra phase noises like a false alarm to interferometric fiber optic sensing systems.

  4. Effect of polarization controlling on coherent beam combining of two-fiber laser arrays of interferometric configuration.

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    Cao, Jianqiu; Lu, Qisheng; Chen, Sheng-Ping; Hou, Jing; Xu, Xiaojun

    2009-01-15

    The effect of polarization controlling on coherent beam combining of two-fiber laser arrays of interferometric configuration is researched. Three kinds of arrays, built on the basis of Michelson and Mach-Zehnder interferometers, are investigated experimentally. It is found that polarization controlling is not necessary for coherent beam combining of the Michelson interferometric array but necessary for that of Mach-Zehnder interferometric arrays. These results reveal the important role of polarization in the self-organization process of interferometric laser arrays.

  5. Mode coherence measurements across a 1.5 THz spectral bandwidth of a passively mode-locked quantum dash laser.

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    Watts, Regan; Rosales, Ricardo; Lelarge, Francois; Ramdane, Abderrahim; Barry, Liam

    2012-05-01

    The mode coherence of adjacent and non-adjacent spectral modes of a passively mode locked quantum dash (QDash) semiconductor laser are deduced through radio frequency beat-tone linewidth measurements. A wavelength conversion scheme that uses degenerate four wave mixing in a semiconductor optical amplifier is proposed which considerably extends the mode spacing beyond the limit imposed by conventional fast-photodetection and electrical spectrum analysis of around 100 GHz. Using this scheme, the mode coherence of the QDash laser was measured out to the thirty-first harmonic, or a mode separation of 1.5 THz.

  6. Analyzing the propagation behavior of coherence and polarization degrees of a phase-locked partially coherent radial flat-topped array laser beam in underwater turbulence.

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    Kashani, Fatemeh Dabbagh; Yousefi, Masoud

    2016-08-10

    In this research, based on an analytical expression for cross-spectral density (CSD) matrix elements, coherence and polarization properties of phase-locked partially coherent flat-topped (PCFT) radial array laser beams propagating through weak oceanic turbulence are analyzed. Spectral degrees of coherence and polarization are analytically calculated using CSD matrix elements. Also, the effective width of spatial degree of coherence (EWSDC) is calculated numerically. The simulation is done by considering the effects of source parameters (such as radius of the array setup's circle, effective width of the spectral degree of coherence, and wavelength) and turbulent ocean factors (such as the rate of dissipation of the turbulent kinetic energy per unit mass of fluid and relative strength of temperature and salinity fluctuations, Kolmogorov micro-scale, and rate of dissipation of the mean squared temperature) in detail. Results indicate that any change in the amount of turbulence factors that increase the turbulence power reduces the EWSDC significantly and causes the reduction in the degree of polarization, and occurs at shorter propagation distances but with smaller magnitudes. In addition, being valid for all conditions, the degradation rate of the EWSDC of Gaussian array beams are more in comparison with the PCFT ones. The simulation and calculation results are shown by graphs.

  7. Modification of the Coherence Properties of a Laser Beam Propagating through a Plasma and its Consequences for Stimulated Scattering Instabilities

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    Labaune, C; Baldis, H A; Bandulet, H; Depierreux, S; Fuchs, J; Michel, P; Pesme, D

    2002-11-19

    The control of coherence is a critical issue for the high-power lasers used in inertial confinement fusion (ICF). The level of coherence is an important parameter for the control of the light intensity distribution as well as the growth rate of parametric instabilities. Over the past few years, experimental and theoretical studies have evidenced the ability of an underdense plasma to reduce the spatial and temporal coherence of an intense laser beam propagating through it. As any process affecting laser propagation, plasma-induced incoherence appears fundamental for ICF for it can impact on wave-coupling conditions. We present results obtained with the six-beam LULI laser facility, in the nanosecond regime, showing direct evidences of the reduction of spatial and temporal coherence of an initially RPP-smoothed laser beam after propagation through a preformed plasma. Plasma induced incoherence (PII) proceeds from several mechanisms which include self-focusing and filament instabilities and non-linear coupling between self-focusing and forward stimulated Brillouin scattering (FSBS). Part of these experiments was dedicated to the understanding of the physical mechanisms involved in PII, as the break up of a single hot spot and the existence of ion acoustic waves having small wave vectors transverse to the interaction beam which are produced in the PII processes. The spatial and temporal characteristics of these waves give a unique access to the influence of PII on stimulated Brillouin and Raman scattering.

  8. Resonance laser-plasma excitation of coherent terahertz phonons in the bulk of fluorine-bearing crystals under high-intensity femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Potemkin, F V; Mareev, E I; Khodakovskii, N G; Mikheev, P M

    2013-08-31

    The dynamics of coherent phonons in fluorine-containing crystals was investigated by pump-probe technique in the plasma production regime. Several phonon modes, whose frequencies are overtones of the 0.38-THz fundamental frequency, were simultaneously observed in a lithium fluoride crystal. Phonons with frequencies of 1 and 0.1 THz were discovered in a calcium fluoride crystal and coherent phonons with frequencies of 1 THz and 67 GHz were observed in a barium fluoride crystal. Furthermore, in the latter case the amplitudes of phonon mode oscillations were found to significantly increase 15 ps after laser irradiation. (interaction of laser radiation with matter)

  9. Laser vision: lidar as a transformative tool to advance critical zone science

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    Harpold, A. A.; Marshall, J. A.; Lyon, S. W.; Barnhart, T. B.; Fisher, B.; Donovan, M.; Brubaker, K. M.; Crosby, C. J.; Glenn, N. F.; Glennie, C. L.; Kirchner, P. B.; Lam, N.; Mankoff, K. D.; McCreight, J. L.; Molotch, N. P.; Musselman, K. N.; Pelletier, J.; Russo, T.; Sangireddy, H.; Sjöberg, Y.; Swetnam, T.; West, N.

    2015-01-01

    Laser vision: lidar as a transformative tool to advance critical zone science. Observation and quantification of the Earth surface is undergoing a revolutionary change due to the increased spatial resolution and extent afforded by light detection and ranging (lidar) technology. As a consequence, lidar-derived information has led to fundamental discoveries within the individual disciplines of geomorphology, hydrology, and ecology. These disciplines form the cornerstones of Critical Zone (CZ) science, where researchers study how interactions among the geosphere, hydrosphere, and ecosphere shape and maintain the "zone of life", extending from the groundwater to the vegetation canopy. Lidar holds promise as a transdisciplinary CZ research tool by simultaneously allowing for quantification of topographic, vegetative, and hydrological data. Researchers are just beginning to utilize lidar datasets to answer synergistic questions in CZ science, such as how landforms and soils develop in space and time as a function of the local climate, biota, hydrologic properties, and lithology. This review's objective is to demonstrate the transformative potential of lidar by critically assessing both challenges and opportunities for transdisciplinary lidar applications. A review of 147 peer-reviewed studies utilizing lidar showed that 38 % of the studies were focused in geomorphology, 18 % in hydrology, 32 % in ecology, and the remaining 12 % have an interdisciplinary focus. We find that using lidar to its full potential will require numerous advances across CZ applications, including new and more powerful open-source processing tools, exploiting new lidar acquisition technologies, and improved integration with physically-based models and complementary in situ and remote-sensing observations. We provide a five-year vision to utilize and advocate for the expanded use of lidar datasets to benefit CZ science applications.

  10. Numerical analysis of 50 Gbaud homodyne coherent receivers relying on line-coding and injection locking in lasers

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    Xydas, Yannis; Ressopoulos, Constantinos; Bogris, Adonis

    2015-12-01

    We present a numerical analysis of 50 Gbaud coherent detection enabled by injection locked lasers and line coding. The coherent receiver was tested with respect to an ideal receiver for two higher order modulation formats (16-QAM, QPSK) and under diverse operating regimes relating to the slave laser linewidth properties, the injection level and the frequency detuning between the incoming signal and the slave laser. The impact of the slave laser properties and line coding techniques on the receiver performance is highlighted showing that the technique could be used as a practical solution in order to enable low-cost and short reach n × 100 Gb/s Ethernet communication systems with the potential of flexibility in terms of the data rate.

  11. Three-coherent-output narrow-linewidth and tunable single frequency 1x2 multi-mode-interferometer laser diode.

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    Yang, Hua; Yang, Mingqi; Morrissey, Padraic E; Lu, Dan; Pan, Bi Wei; Zhao, Lingjuan; Corbett, Brian; Peters, Frank H

    2016-03-21

    A 1x2 multi-mode-interferometer (MMI) laser diode was successfully designed and fabricated, which demonstrated three coherent outputs of tunable single frequency emission with more than 30dB side mode suppression ratio (SMSR), a tuning range of 25nm in C and L band, as well as 750 kHz linewidth. This 1x2 MMI laser could be expanded to more advanced configurations such as 1xN or MxN (M≥1, N>2) MMI lasers to achieve a multiple coherent output source. In addition, these lasers do not require material regrowth and high resolution gratings which can significantly increase the yield and reduce the cost.

  12. A C IIH II frequency-stabilized erbium-doped fiber laser and its application to coherent communication

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    Yoshida, Masato; Kasai, Keisuke; Hongo, Jumpei; Nakazawa, Masataka

    2007-02-01

    We have described a frequency-stabilized, polarization-maintained erbium fiber ring laser. This laser has no frequency modulation at the output beam. A tunable single-mode laser has also been newly developed by simultaneously controlling a tunable FBG with a 1.5 GHz bandwidth and a PZT in the cavity. The frequency stability reached as high as 1.3 x 10 -11 for an integration time of 1 s and the linewidth was as narrow as 4 kHz. Using this coherent laser as a light source, we successfully transmitted a 20 Msymbol/s coherent quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) signal over 525 km and achieved error free transmission.

  13. Demonstration of a highly coherent 13.9 nm x-ray laser from a silver tape target

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    Nishikino, Masaharu; Ochi, Yoshihiro; Hasegawa, Noboru; Kawachi, Tetsuya; Yamatani, Hiroshi; Ohba, Toshiyuki; Kaihori, Takeshi; Nagashima, Keisuke

    2009-11-15

    A highly coherent 13.9 nm x-ray laser (XRL) is generated under an oscillator-amplifier configuration using a new tape target system and a driver laser system with a 0.1 Hz repetition rate. The output energy is comparable to the XRL generated with a silver-deposited slab target, and the pointing stability using the new tape target system is better than conventional slab targets.

  14. A high-resolution coherent transition radiation diagnostic for laser-produced electron transport studies (invited)

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    Storm, M.; Begishev, I. A.; Brown, R. J.; Mileham, C.; Myatt, J. F.; Nilson, P. M.; Sangster, T. C.; Stoeckl, C.; Theobald, W.; Zuegel, J. D.; Guo, C.; Meyerhofer, D. D.

    2008-10-15

    High-resolution images of the rear-surface optical emission from high-intensity (I{approx}10{sup 19} W/cm{sup 2}) laser illuminated metal foils have been recorded using coherent transition radiation (CTR). CTR is generated as relativistic electrons, generated in high-intensity laser-plasma interactions, exit the target's rear surface and move into vacuum. A transition radiation diagnostic (TRD) records time-integrated images in a 24 nm bandwidth window around {lambda}=529 nm. The optical transmission at {lambda}=1053 nm, the laser wavelength, is 15 orders of magnitude lower than the transmission at the wavelength of interest, {lambda}=527 nm. The detector is a scientific grade charge-coupled device (CCD) camera that operates with a signal-to-noise ratio of 10{sup 3} and has a dynamic range of 10{sup 4}. The TRD has demonstrated a spatial resolution of 1.4 {mu}m over a 1 mm field of view, limited only by the CCD pixel size.

  15. Towards in vivo laser coagulation and concurrent optical coherence tomography through double-clad fiber devices

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    Beaudette, Kathy; Lo, William; Villiger, Martin; Shishkov, Milen; Godbout, Nicolas; Bouma, Brett E.; Boudoux, Caroline

    2016-03-01

    There is a strong clinical need for an optical coherence tomography (OCT) system capable of delivering concurrent coagulation light enabling image-guided dynamic laser marking for targeted collection of biopsies, as opposed to a random sampling, to reduce false-negative findings. Here, we present a system based on double-clad fiber (DCF) capable of delivering pulsed laser light through the inner cladding while performing OCT through the core. A previously clinically validated commercial OCT system (NVisionVLE, Ninepoint Medical) was adapted to enable in vivo esophageal image-guided dynamic laser marking. An optimized DCF coupler was implemented into the system to couple both modalities into the DCF. A DCF-based rotary joint was used to couple light to the spinning DCF-based catheter for helical scanning. DCF-based OCT catheters, providing a beam waist diameter of 62μm at a working distance of 9.3mm, for use with a 17-mm diameter balloon sheath, were used for ex vivo imaging of a swine esophagus. Imaging results using the DCF-based clinical system show an image quality comparable with a conventional system with minimal crosstalk-induced artifacts. To further optimize DCF catheter optical design in order to achieve single-pulse marking, a Zemax model of the DCF output and its validation are presented.

  16. New coherent laser communication detection scheme based on channel-switching method.

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    Liu, Fuchuan; Sun, Jianfeng; Ma, Xiaoping; Hou, Peipei; Cai, Guangyu; Sun, Zhiwei; Lu, Zhiyong; Liu, Liren

    2015-04-01

    A new coherent laser communication detection scheme based on the channel-switching method is proposed. The detection front end of this scheme comprises a 90° optical hybrid and two balanced photodetectors which outputs the in-phase (I) channel and quadrature-phase (Q) channel signal current, respectively. With this method, the ultrahigh speed analog/digital transform of the signal of the I or Q channel is not required. The phase error between the signal and local lasers is obtained by simple analog circuit. Using the phase error signal, the signals of the I/Q channel are switched alternately. The principle of this detection scheme is presented. Moreover, the comparison of the sensitivity of this scheme with that of homodyne detection with an optical phase-locked loop is discussed. An experimental setup was constructed to verify the proposed detection scheme. The offline processing procedure and results are presented. This scheme could be realized through simple structure and has potential applications in cost-effective high-speed laser communication.

  17. Fast spectral coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy with high-speed tunable picosecond laser.

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    Cahyadi, Harsono; Iwatsuka, Junichi; Minamikawa, Takeo; Niioka, Hirohiko; Araki, Tsutomu; Hashimoto, Mamoru

    2013-09-01

    We develop a coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy system equipped with a tunable picosecond laser for high-speed wavelength scanning. An acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) is integrated in the laser cavity to enable wavelength scanning by varying the radio frequency waves applied to the AOTF crystal. An end mirror attached on a piezoelectric actuator and a pair of parallel plates driven by galvanometer motors are also introduced into the cavity to compensate for changes in the cavity length during wavelength scanning to allow synchronization with another picosecond laser. We demonstrate fast spectral imaging of 3T3-L1 adipocytes every 5  cm-1 in the Raman spectral region around 2850  cm-1 with an image acquisition time of 120 ms. We also demonstrate fast switching of Raman shifts between 2100 and 2850  cm-1, corresponding to CD2 symmetric stretching and CH2 symmetric stretching vibrations, respectively. The fast-switching CARS images reveal different locations of recrystallized deuterated and nondeuterated stearic acid.

  18. Broadband Fourier domain mode-locked laser for optical coherence tomography at 1060 nm

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    Marschall, Sebastian; Klein, Thomas; Wieser, Wolfgang; Torzicky, Teresa; Pircher, Michael; Biedermann, Benjamin R.; Pedersen, Christian; Hitzenberger, Christoph K.; Huber, Robert; Andersen, Peter E.

    2012-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the 1060nm range is interesting for in vivo imaging of the human posterior eye segment (retina, choroid, sclera) due to low absorption in water and deep penetration into the tissue. Rapidly tunable light sources, such as Fourier domain mode-locked (FDML) lasers, enable acquisition of densely sampled three-dimensional datasets covering a wide field of view. However, semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs)-the typical laser gain media for swept sources-for the 1060nm band could until recently only provide relatively low output power and bandwidth. We have implemented an FDML laser using a new SOA featuring broad gain bandwidth and high output power. The output spectrum coincides with the wavelength range of minimal water absorption, making the light source ideal for OCT imaging of the posterior eye segment. With a moderate SOA current (270 mA) we achieve up to 100nm total sweep range and 12 μm depth resolution in air. By modulating the current, we can optimize the output spectrum and thereby improve the resolution to 9 μm in air (~6.5 μm in tissue). The average output power is higher than 20mW. Both sweep directions show similar performance; hence, both can be used for OCT imaging. This enables an A-scan rate of 350 kHz without buffering the light source output.

  19. Dynamic-Stark-effect-induced coherent mixture of virtual paths in laser-dressed helium: energetic electron impact excitation

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    Agueny, Hicham; Makhoute, Abdelkader; Dubois, Alain

    2017-06-01

    We theoretically investigate quantum virtual path interference caused by the dynamic Stark effect in bound-bound electronic transitions. The effect is studied in an intermediate resonant region and in connection with the energetic electron impact excitation of a helium atom embedded in a weak low-frequency laser field. The process under investigation is dealt with via a Born-Floquet approach. Numerical calculations show a resonant feature in laser-assisted cross sections. The latter is found to be sensitive to the intensity of the laser field dressing. We show that this feature is a signature of quantum beats which result from the coherent mixture of different quantum virtual pathways, and that excitation may follow in order to end up with a common final channel. This mixture arises from the dynamic Stark effect, which produces a set of avoided crossings in laser-dressed states. The effect allows one to coherently control quantum virtual path interference by varying the intensity of the laser field dressing. Our findings suggest that the combination of an energetic electron and a weak laser field is a useful tool for the coherent control of nonadiabatic transitions in an intermediate resonant region.

  20. High-coherence semiconductor lasers based on integral high-Q resonators in hybrid Si/III-V platforms.

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    Santis, Christos Theodoros; Steger, Scott T; Vilenchik, Yaakov; Vasilyev, Arseny; Yariv, Amnon

    2014-02-25

    The semiconductor laser (SCL) is the principal light source powering the worldwide optical fiber network. The ever-increasing demand for data is causing the network to migrate to phase-coherent modulation formats, which place strict requirements on the temporal coherence of the light source that no longer can be met by current SCLs. This failure can be traced directly to the canonical laser design, in which photons are both generated and stored in the same, optically lossy, III-V material. This leads to an excessive and large amount of noisy spontaneous emission commingling with the laser mode, thereby degrading its coherence. High losses also decrease the amount of stored optical energy in the laser cavity, magnifying the effect of each individual spontaneous emission event on the phase of the laser field. Here, we propose a new design paradigm for the SCL. The keys to this paradigm are the deliberate removal of stored optical energy from the lossy III-V material by concentrating it in a passive, low-loss material and the incorporation of a very high-Q resonator as an integral (i.e., not externally coupled) part of the laser cavity. We demonstrate an SCL with a spectral linewidth of 18 kHz in the telecom band around 1.55 μm, achieved using a single-mode silicon resonator with Q of 10(6).

  1. High-coherence semiconductor lasers based on integral high-Q resonators in hybrid Si/III-V platforms

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    Santis, Christos Theodoros; Steger, Scott T.; Vilenchik, Yaakov; Vasilyev, Arseny; Yariv, Amnon

    2014-01-01

    The semiconductor laser (SCL) is the principal light source powering the worldwide optical fiber network. The ever-increasing demand for data is causing the network to migrate to phase-coherent modulation formats, which place strict requirements on the temporal coherence of the light source that no longer can be met by current SCLs. This failure can be traced directly to the canonical laser design, in which photons are both generated and stored in the same, optically lossy, III-V material. This leads to an excessive and large amount of noisy spontaneous emission commingling with the laser mode, thereby degrading its coherence. High losses also decrease the amount of stored optical energy in the laser cavity, magnifying the effect of each individual spontaneous emission event on the phase of the laser field. Here, we propose a new design paradigm for the SCL. The keys to this paradigm are the deliberate removal of stored optical energy from the lossy III-V material by concentrating it in a passive, low-loss material and the incorporation of a very high-Q resonator as an integral (i.e., not externally coupled) part of the laser cavity. We demonstrate an SCL with a spectral linewidth of 18 kHz in the telecom band around 1.55 μm, achieved using a single-mode silicon resonator with Q of 106. PMID:24516134

  2. Ultrashort-Pulse Lasers Treating the Crystalline Lens: Will They Cause Vision-Threatening Cataract? (An American Ophthalmological Society Thesis)

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    Krueger, Ronald R.; Uy, Harvey; McDonald, Jared; Edwards, Keith

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: To demonstrate that ultrashort-pulse laser treatment in the crystalline lens does not form a focal, progressive, or vision-threatening cataract. Methods: An Nd:vanadate picosecond laser (10 ps) with prototype delivery system was used. Primates: 11 rhesus monkey eyes were prospectively treated at the University of Wisconsin (energy 25–45 μJ/pulse and 2.0–11.3M pulses per lens). Analysis of lens clarity and fundus imaging was assessed postoperatively for up to 4½ years (5 eyes). Humans: 80 presbyopic patients were prospectively treated in one eye at the Asian Eye Institute in the Philippines (energy 10 μJ/pulse and 0.45–1.45M pulses per lens). Analysis of lens clarity, best-corrected visual acuity, and subjective symptoms was performed at 1 month, prior to elective lens extraction. Results: Bubbles were immediately seen, with resolution within the first 24 to 48 hours. Afterwards, the laser pattern could be seen with faint, noncoalescing, pinpoint micro-opacities in both primate and human eyes. In primates, long-term follow-up at 4½ years showed no focal or progressive cataract, except in 2 eyes with preexisting cataract. In humans, <25% of patients with central sparing (0.75 and 1.0 mm radius) lost 2 or more lines of best spectacle-corrected visual acuity at 1 month, and >70% reported acceptable or better distance vision and no or mild symptoms. Meanwhile, >70% without sparing (0 and 0.5 mm radius) lost 2 or more lines, and most reported poor or severe vision and symptoms. Conclusions: Focal, progressive, and vision-threatening cataracts can be avoided by lowering the laser energy, avoiding prior cataract, and sparing the center of the lens. PMID:23818739

  3. INTERACTION OF LASER RADIATION WITH MATTER. LASER PLASMA: Coherent phase control of excitation of atoms by bichromatic laser radiation in an electric field

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    Astapenko, Valerii A.

    2005-06-01

    A new method for coherent phase control of excitation of atoms in a discrete spectrum under the action of bichromatic laser radiation with the frequency ratio 1:2 is analysed. An important feature of this control method is the presence of a electrostatic field, which removes the parity selection rule for one of the control channels. It is shown that for the phase difference between the monochromatic radiation components, corresponding to the destructive interference between channels, there exists the electrostatic field strength at which the excited atomic transition is 'bleached'. It is proposed to use luminescence at the adjacent atomic transition for detecting the phase dependence of optical excitation.

  4. System simulation method for fiber-based homodyne multiple target interferometers using short coherence length laser sources

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    Fox, Maik; Beuth, Thorsten; Streck, Andreas; Stork, Wilhelm

    2015-09-01

    Homodyne laser interferometers for velocimetry are well-known optical systems used in many applications. While the detector power output signal of such a system, using a long coherence length laser and a single target, is easily modelled using the Doppler shift, scenarios with a short coherence length source, e.g. an unstabilized semiconductor laser, and multiple weak targets demand a more elaborated approach for simulation. Especially when using fiber components, the actual setup is an important factor for system performance as effects like return losses and multiple way propagation have to be taken into account. If the power received from the targets is in the same region as stray light created in the fiber setup, a complete system simulation becomes a necessity. In previous work, a phasor based signal simulation approach for interferometers based on short coherence length laser sources has been evaluated. To facilitate the use of the signal simulation, a fiber component ray tracer has since been developed that allows the creation of input files for the signal simulation environment. The software uses object oriented MATLAB code, simplifying the entry of different fiber setups and the extension of the ray tracer. Thus, a seamless way from a system description based on arbitrarily interconnected fiber components to a signal simulation for different target scenarios has been established. The ray tracer and signal simulation are being used for the evaluation of interferometer concepts incorporating delay lines to compensate for short coherence length.

  5. Mitigation of Laser Beam Scintillation in Free-Space Optical Communication Systems Through Coherence-Reducing Optical Materials

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    Renner, Christoffer J.

    2005-01-01

    Free-space optical communication systems (also known as lasercom systems) offer several performance advantages over traditional radio frequency communication systems. These advantages include increased data rates and reduced operating power and system weight. One serious limiting factor in a lasercom system is Optical turbulence in Earth's atmosphere. This turbulence breaks up the laser beam used to transmit the information into multiple segments that interfere with each other when the beam is focused onto the receiver. This interference pattern at the receiver changes with time causing fluctuations in the received optical intensity (scintillation). Scintillation leads to intermittent losses of the signal and an overall reduction in the lasercom system's performance. Since scintillation is a coherent effect, reducing the spatial and temporal coherence of the laser beam will reduce the scintillation. Transmitting a laser beam through certain materials is thought to reduce its coherence. Materials that were tested included: sapphire, BK7 glass, fused silica and others. The spatial and temporal coherence of the laser beam was determined by examining the interference patterns (fringes) it formed when interacting with various interferometers and etalons.

  6. A simulation environment for assisting system design of coherent laser doppler wind sensor for active wind turbine pitch control

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    Shinohara, Leilei; Pham Tran, Tuan Anh; Beuth, Thorsten; Umesh Babu, Harsha; Heussner, Nico; Bogatscher, Siegwart; Danilova, Svetlana; Stork, Wilhelm

    2013-05-01

    In order to assist a system design of laser coherent Doppler wind sensor for active pitch control of wind turbine systems (WTS), we developed a numerical simulation environment for modeling and simulation of the sensor system. In this paper we present this simulation concept. In previous works, we have shown the general idea and the possibility of using a low cost coherent laser Doppler wind sensing system for an active pitch control of WTS in order to achieve a reduced mechanical stress, increase the WTS lifetime and therefore reduce the electricity price from wind energy. Such a system is based on a 1.55μm Continuous-Wave (CW) laser plus an erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) with an output power of 1W. Within this system, an optical coherent detection method is chosen for the Doppler frequency measurement in megahertz range. A comparatively low cost short coherent length laser with a fiber delay line is used for achieving a multiple range measurement. In this paper, we show the current results on the improvement of our simulation by applying a Monte Carlo random generation method for positioning the random particles in atmosphere and extend the simulation to the entire beam penetrated space by introducing a cylindrical co-ordinate concept and meshing the entire volume into small elements in order to achieve a faster calculation and gain more realistic simulation result. In addition, by applying different atmospheric parameters, such as particle sizes and distributions, we can simulate different weather and wind situations.

  7. Coherence creation in an optically thick medium by matched propagation of a chirped-laser-pulse pair

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    Sandor, N.; Demeter, G.; Dzsotjan, D.; Djotyan, G. P.

    2014-03-01

    We consider the simultaneous propagation of a pair of Raman-resonant, frequency-modulated (chirped) laser pulses in an optically thick medium, modeled by an ensemble of Λ atoms. A self-organization ("matching") effect is shown for the chirped-pulse pair, which leads to a quasilossless propagation. Furthermore, we demonstrate that a well-defined coherent superposition of the atomic ground states and, correspondingly, a coherence are robustly created in the medium that can be controlled by amplitudes of the laser pulses. The proposed scheme can be applied to substantially increase the efficiency of the optical wave mixing processes, as well as in other nonlinear processes where the initial preparation of a spatially extended medium in a coherent superposition state is required.

  8. Optical coherence tomography, scanning laser polarimetry and confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy in retinal nerve fiber layer measurements of glaucoma patients.

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    Fanihagh, Farsad; Kremmer, Stephan; Anastassiou, Gerasimos; Schallenberg, Maurice

    2015-01-01

    To determine the correlations and strength of association between different imaging systems in analyzing the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) of glaucoma patients: optical coherence tomography (OCT), scanning laser polarimetry (SLP) and confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (CSLO). 114 eyes of patients with moderate open angle glaucoma underwent spectral domain OCT (Topcon SD-OCT 2000 and Zeiss Cirrus HD-OCT), SLP (GDx VCC and GDx Pro) and CSLO (Heidelberg Retina Tomograph, HRT 3). Correlation coefficients were calculated between the structural parameters yielded by these examinations. The quantitative relationship between the measured RNFL thickness globally and for the four regions (superior, inferior, nasal, temporal) were evaluated with different regression models for all used imaging systems. The strongest correlation of RNFL measurements was found between devices using the same technology like GDx VCC and GDx Pro as well as Topcon OCT and Cirrus OCT. In glaucoma patients, the strongest associations (R²) were found between RNFL measurements of the two optical coherence tomography devices Topcon OCT and Cirrus OCT (R² = 0.513) and between GDx VCC and GDx Pro (R² = 0.451). The results of the OCTs and GDX Pro also had a strong quantitative relationship (Topcon OCT R² = 0.339 and Cirrus OCT R² = 0.347). GDx VCC and the OCTs showed a mild to moderate association (Topcon OCT R² = 0.207 and Cirrus OCT R² = 0.258). The confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (HRT 3) had the lowest association to all other devices (Topcon OCT R² = 0.254, Cirrus OCT R² = 0.158, GDx Pro R² = 0.086 and GDx VCC R² = 0.1). The measurements of the RNFL in glaucoma patients reveal a high correlation of OCT and GDx devices because OCTs can measure all major retinal layers and SLP can detect nerve fibers allowing a comparison between the results of this devices. However, CSLO by means of HRT topography can only measure height values of the retinal surface but it cannot distinguish

  9. Doublet Pulse Coherent Laser Radar for Tracking of Resident Space Objects

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    Prasad, Narasimha S.; Rudd, Van; Shald, Scott; Sandford, Stephen; Dimarcantonio, Albert

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, the development of a long range ladar system known as ExoSPEAR at NASA Langley Research Center for tracking rapidly moving resident space objects is discussed. Based on 100 W, nanosecond class, near-IR laser, this ladar system with coherent detection technique is currently being investigated for short dwell time measurements of resident space objects (RSOs) in LEO and beyond for space surveillance applications. This unique ladar architecture is configured using a continuously agile doublet-pulse waveform scheme coupled to a closed-loop tracking and control loop approach to simultaneously achieve mm class range precision and mm/s velocity precision and hence obtain unprecedented track accuracies. Salient features of the design architecture followed by performance modeling and engagement simulations illustrating the dependence of range and velocity precision in LEO orbits on ladar parameters are presented. Estimated limits on detectable optical cross sections of RSOs in LEO orbits are discussed.

  10. Doppler cooling with coherent trains of laser pulses and a tunable velocity comb

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    Ilinova, Ekaterina; Ahmad, Mahmoud; Derevianko, Andrei

    2011-09-15

    We explore the possibility of decelerating and Doppler cooling an ensemble of two-level atoms by a coherent train of short, nonoverlapping laser pulses. We derive analytical expressions for mechanical force exerted by the train. In frequency space the force pattern reflects the underlying frequency comb structure. The pattern depends strongly on the ratio of the atomic lifetime to the repetition time between the pulses and pulse area. For example, in the limit of short lifetimes, the frequency-space peaks of the optical force wash out. We propose to tune the carrier-envelope offset frequency to follow the Doppler-shifted detuning as atoms decelerate; this leads to compression of atomic velocity distribution about comb teeth and results in a ''velocity comb''--a series of narrow equidistant peaks in the velocity space.

  11. Adaptive optics loop for en-face optical coherence tomography and laser scanning confocal microscopy

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    Tuohy, Simon; Bradu, Adrian; Harms, Fabrice; Chateau, Nicolas; Podoleanu, Adrian G.

    2008-09-01

    The capabilities of a novel deformable mirror and wave-front sensor combination to correct aberrations in microscopy are analyzed. The deformable mirror, (Mirao52-D, Imagine Eyes) is incorporated with a Shack-Hartmann sensor (HASO, Imagine Optic) within a complex imaging system able to produce simultaneous en-face Optical Coherence Tomography and Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy images as well as B-scan OCT images. A large angle imaging along one of the scanning directions is demonstrated using the AO loop to correct for the interface optics aberration. The image is split into three panels, and each panel is imaged using its own set of corrections. The three images are subsequently collaged into a final image and preliminary promising results are presented.

  12. Picosecond x-ray strain rosette reveals direct laser excitation of coherent transverse acoustic phonons

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    Lee, Sooheyong; Williams, G. Jackson; Campana, Maria I.; ...

    2016-01-11

    Using a strain-rosette, we demonstrate the existence of transverse strain using time-resolved x-ray diffraction from multiple Bragg reflections in laser-excited bulk gallium arsenide. We find that anisotropic strain is responsible for a considerable fraction of the total lattice motion at early times before thermal equilibrium is achieved. Our measurements are described by a new model where the Poisson ratio drives transverse motion, resulting in the creation of shear waves without the need for an indirect process such as mode conversion at an interface. Finally, using the same excitation geometry with the narrow-gap semiconductor indium antimonide, we detected coherent transverse acousticmore » oscillations at frequencies of several GHz.« less

  13. Prospects of coherent control in turbid media: Bounds on focusing broadband laser pulses

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    Shapiro, Evgeny A.; Drane, Thomas M.; Milner, Valery

    2011-11-15

    We study the prospects of controlling transmission of broadband and bichromatic laser pulses through turbid samples. The ability to focus transmitted broadband light is limited via both the scattering properties of the medium and the technical characteristics of the experimental setup. There are two time scales given by pulse stretching in the near- and far-field regions which define the maximum bandwidth of a pulse amenable to focusing. In the geometric-optics regime of wave propagation in the medium, a single setup can be optimal for focusing light at frequencies {omega} and n{omega} simultaneously, providing the basis for the 1+n coherent quantum control. Beyond the regime of geometric optics, we discuss a simple solution for the shaping, which provides the figure of merit for one's ability to simultaneously focus several transmission modes.

  14. Picosecond x-ray strain rosette reveals direct laser excitation of coherent transverse acoustic phonons

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    Lee, Sooheyong; Williams, G. Jackson; Campana, Maria I.; Walko, Donald A.; Landahl, Eric C.

    2016-01-11

    Using a strain-rosette, we demonstrate the existence of transverse strain using time-resolved x-ray diffraction from multiple Bragg reflections in laser-excited bulk gallium arsenide. We find that anisotropic strain is responsible for a considerable fraction of the total lattice motion at early times before thermal equilibrium is achieved. Our measurements are described by a new model where the Poisson ratio drives transverse motion, resulting in the creation of shear waves without the need for an indirect process such as mode conversion at an interface. Finally, using the same excitation geometry with the narrow-gap semiconductor indium antimonide, we detected coherent transverse acoustic oscillations at frequencies of several GHz.

  15. Degradation of picosecond temporal contrast of Ti:sapphire lasers with coherent pedestals.

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    Khodakovskiy, Nikita; Kalashnikov, Mikhail; Gontier, Emilien; Falcoz, Franck; Paul, Pierre-Mary

    2016-10-01

    Recompressed pulses from Ti:sapphire chirped-pulse lasers are accompanied by a slowly decaying post-pulse pedestal that is coherent with the main pulse. The pedestal typically consists of numerous pulses with temporal separation in the picosecond range. The source of this artifact lies in the Ti:sapphire active medium itself, both in the Kerr-lens mode-locked oscillator and in subsequent amplifiers. In the presence of substantial self-phase modulation, after recompression the post-pedestal generates a mirror-symmetric pre-pulse pedestal. This pedestal severely degrades the leading edge of the output pulse. This degradation is far more limiting than the original post-pedestal and severely lowers the achievable temporal contrast.

  16. Coherent destruction of tunneling in graphene irradiated by elliptically polarized lasers

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    Gagnon, Denis; Fillion-Gourdeau, François; Dumont, Joey; Lefebvre, Catherine; MacLean, Steve

    2017-01-01

    Photo-induced transition probabilities in graphene are studied theoretically from the viewpoint of Floquet theory. Conduction band populations are computed for a strongly, periodically driven graphene sheet under linear, circular, and elliptic polarization. Features of the momentum spectrum of excited quasi-particles can be directly related to the avoided crossing of the Floquet quasi-energy levels. In particular, the impact of the ellipticity and the strength of the laser excitation on the avoided crossing structure—and on the resulting transition probabilities—is studied. It is shown that the ellipticity provides an additional control parameter over the phenomenon of coherent destruction of tunneling in graphene, allowing one to selectively suppress multiphoton resonances.

  17. Determining helicity and topological structure of coherent vortex beam from laser speckle

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    R. V, Vinu; Singh, Rakesh Kumar

    2016-09-01

    We propose and experimentally demonstrate a technique to quantitatively determine the topological structure of the vortex beam coaxially launched into the random scattering media with another non-vortex beam of the orthogonal polarization component. The proposed technique applies the coherent superposition of the random electromagnetic fields and a priori knowledge of correlation of one of the random fields to determine the polarization correlation of the other. The polarization correlation of the random field is used to determine the topological charge and phase structure of the vortex beam from the laser speckle. The application of the proposed technique is demonstrated by determining the helicity and topological charge of the vortex beam for three different cases.

  18. Particle-in-Cell Simulations of THz Coherent Transition Radiation from Laser-Plasma Accelerators

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    Bruhwiler, D.; Messmer, P.; Cary, J. R.; Leemans, W. P.; Esarey, E.; Schroeder, C.; Geddes, C.; van Tilborg, J.; Shadwick, B.

    2004-11-01

    Laser wakefield accelerator (LWFA) concepts are characterized by ultra-high gradients and ultra-short (tens of fs) bunch lengths. Non-invasive bunch-length diagnostics, at or very near the plasma exit, are key to continuing the rapid advances in LWFA technology. These short bunches can radiate strongly at THz frequencies via coherent transition radiation (CTR) as they exit the plasma [1]. Careful measurements of the THz spectrum will provide the necessary bunch-length diagnostic [2], once the effects of various secondary complications have been quantified. Particle-in-cell simulations, using the VORPAL code [3] are being used to characterize CTR emitted from a self-modulated LWFA. The status of this on-going work will be presented. [1] Wim Leemans et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 074802-1 (2003). [2] C. Schroeder et al., Phys. Rev. E 69, 016501 (2004). [3] C. Nieter and J. Cary, J. Comp. Phys. 196, 488 (2004).

  19. A comparison study of optical coherence elastography and laser Michelson vibrometry

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    Li, Jiasong; Liu, Chih-Hao; Schill, Alexander; Singh, Manmohan; Kistenev, Yury V.; Larin, Kirill V.

    2016-03-01

    Quantitative elastography is a power technique to detect and analyze the changes in biomedical properties of tissues in normal and pathological states. In this study, two noncontact elastography techniques, laser Michelson vibrometry (LMV) and optical coherence elastography (OCE), were utilized to quantify the Young's modulus of tissue-mimicking agar phantoms of various concentrations. Low-amplitude (micrometer scale) elastic waves were induced by a focused air-pulse delivery system and imaged by the respective systems. The Young's modulus as assessed by both elastographic techniques was similar and was compared to the stiffness as measured by uniaxial mechanical testing. The results show that both techniques accurately quantified the elasticity. OCE can provide absolute elastic wave temporal profile, depth-resolved measurement and superior displacement sensitivity compared to LMV, but LMV is significantly cheaper (10X) and easier to implement than OCE.

  20. Detection on micro-Doppler effect based on 1550 nm laser coherent radar

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    Jun, Zhang; Yang, Sun; Zenghui, Cao; Tengfei, Sun; Tiantian, Zheng

    2014-01-01

    A laser coherent detection system of 1550 nm wavelength was presented, and experimental research on detecting micro-Doppler effect in a dynamic target was developed. In this paper, the return signal in the time domain is decomposed into a set of components in different wavelet-scales by multi-resolution analysis, and the components are associated with the vibrational motions in a target. The micro-Doppler signatures are extracted by applying the reconstruction (inverse wavelet transform). During the course of the final data processing frequency analysis and time-frequency analysis are applied to analyze the vibrational signals and estimate the motion parameters successfully. The experimental results indicate that the micro-Doppler information in a moving can be effectively detected, and tiny vibrational signatures also can be acquired effectively by wavelet multi-resolution analysis and time-frequency analysis.

  1. Picosecond x-ray strain rosette reveals direct laser excitation of coherent transverse acoustic phonons.

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    Lee, Sooheyong; Williams, G Jackson; Campana, Maria I; Walko, Donald A; Landahl, Eric C

    2016-01-11

    Using a strain-rosette, we demonstrate the existence of transverse strain using time-resolved x-ray diffraction from multiple Bragg reflections in laser-excited bulk gallium arsenide. We find that anisotropic strain is responsible for a considerable fraction of the total lattice motion at early times before thermal equilibrium is achieved. Our measurements are described by a new model where the Poisson ratio drives transverse motion, resulting in the creation of shear waves without the need for an indirect process such as mode conversion at an interface. Using the same excitation geometry with the narrow-gap semiconductor indium antimonide, we detected coherent transverse acoustic oscillations at frequencies of several GHz.

  2. Picosecond x-ray strain rosette reveals direct laser excitation of coherent transverse acoustic phonons

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    Lee, Sooheyong; Williams, G. Jackson; Campana, Maria I.; Walko, Donald A.; Landahl, Eric C.

    2016-01-01

    Using a strain-rosette, we demonstrate the existence of transverse strain using time-resolved x-ray diffraction from multiple Bragg reflections in laser-excited bulk gallium arsenide. We find that anisotropic strain is responsible for a considerable fraction of the total lattice motion at early times before thermal equilibrium is achieved. Our measurements are described by a new model where the Poisson ratio drives transverse motion, resulting in the creation of shear waves without the need for an indirect process such as mode conversion at an interface. Using the same excitation geometry with the narrow-gap semiconductor indium antimonide, we detected coherent transverse acoustic oscillations at frequencies of several GHz. PMID:26751616

  3. LADAR vision technology for automated rendezvous and capture

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    Frey, Randy W.

    1991-01-01

    LADAR Vision Technology at Autonomous Technologies Corporation consists of two sensor/processing technology elements: high performance long range multifunction coherent Doppler laser radar (LADAR) technology; and short range integrated CCD camera with direct detection laser ranging sensors. Algorithms and specific signal processing implementations have been simulated for both sensor/processing approaches to position and attitude tracking applicable to AR&C. Experimental data supporting certain sensor measurement accuracies have been generated.

  4. Coherent diffraction imaging analysis of shape-controlled nanoparticles with focused hard X-ray free-electron laser pulses.

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    Takahashi, Yukio; Suzuki, Akihiro; Zettsu, Nobuyuki; Oroguchi, Tomotaka; Takayama, Yuki; Sekiguchi, Yuki; Kobayashi, Amane; Yamamoto, Masaki; Nakasako, Masayoshi

    2013-01-01

    We report the first demonstration of the coherent diffraction imaging analysis of nanoparticles using focused hard X-ray free-electron laser pulses, allowing us to analyze the size distribution of particles as well as the electron density projection of individual particles. We measured 1000 single-shot coherent X-ray diffraction patterns of shape-controlled Ag nanocubes and Au/Ag nanoboxes and estimated the edge length from the speckle size of the coherent diffraction patterns. We then reconstructed the two-dimensional electron density projection with sub-10 nm resolution from selected coherent diffraction patterns. This method enables the simultaneous analysis of the size distribution of synthesized nanoparticles and the structures of particles at nanoscale resolution to address correlations between individual structures of components and the statistical properties in heterogeneous systems such as nanoparticles and cells.

  5. Development of high coherence, 200mW, 193nm solid-state laser at 6 kHz

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    Nakazato, T.; Tsuboi, M.; Onose, T.; Tanaka, Y.; Sarukura, N.; Ito, S.; Kakizaki, K.; Watanabe, S.

    2015-02-01

    The high coherent, high power 193-nm ArF lasers are useful for interference lithography and microprosessing applications. In order to achieve high coherence ArF lasers, we have been developing a high coherence 193 nm solid state laser for the seeding to a high power ArF laser. We used the sum frequency mixing of the fourth harmonic (FH) of a 904-nm Ti:sapphire laser with a Nd:YVO4 laser (1342 nm) to generate 193-nm light. The laser system consists of a single-mode Ti:sapphire oscillator seeded by a 904-nm external cavity laser diode, a Pockels cell, a 6-pass amplifier, a 4-pass amplifier, a 2-pass amplifier and a wavelength conversion stage. The required repetition rate of 6 kHz corresponding to the ArF laser, along with a low gain at 904 nm induces serious thermal lens effects; extremely short focal lengths of the order of cm and bi-foci in the vertical and horizontal directions. From the analysis of thermal lens depending on pump intensity, we successfully compensated the thermal lens by dividing a 527-nm pump power with 15, 25 and 28 W to 3-stage amplifiers with even passes, resulting in the output power above 10W with a nearly diffraction limited beam. This 904-nm output was converted to 3.8 W in the second harmonic by LBO, 0.5 W in FH by BBO sequentially. Finally the output power of 230 mW was obtained at 193 nm by mixing the FH with a 1342-nm light in CLBO.

  6. Vision sensing techniques in aeronautics and astronautics

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    Hall, E. L.

    1988-01-01

    The close relationship between sensing and other tasks in orbital space, and the integral role of vision sensing in practical aerospace applications, are illustrated. Typical space mission-vision tasks encompass the docking of space vehicles, the detection of unexpected objects, the diagnosis of spacecraft damage, and the inspection of critical spacecraft components. Attention is presently given to image functions, the 'windowing' of a view, the number of cameras required for inspection tasks, the choice of incoherent or coherent (laser) illumination, three-dimensional-to-two-dimensional model-matching, edge- and region-segmentation techniques, and motion analysis for tracking.

  7. BCH Codes for Coherent Star DQAM Systems with Laser Phase Noise

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    Leong, Miu Yoong; Larsen, Knud J.; Jacobsen, Gunnar; Zibar, Darko; Sergeyev, Sergey; Popov, Sergei

    2017-03-01

    Coherent optical systems have relatively high laser phase noise, which affects the performance of forward error correction (FEC) codes. In this paper, we propose a method for selecting Bose-Chaudhuri-Hocquenghem (BCH) codes for coherent systems with star-shaped constellations and M-ary differential quadrature amplitude modulation (DQAM). Our method supports constellations of any order M which is a power of 2, and includes differential M-ary phase shift keying as a special case. Our approach is straightforward, requiring only short pre-FEC simulations to parameterize a statistical model, based on which we select codes analytically. It is applicable to pre-FEC bit error rates (BERs) of around 10-3. We evaluate the accuracy of our approach using numerical simulations. For a target post-FEC BER of 10-5, codes selected with our method yield BERs within 2× target. Lastly, we extend our method to systems with interleaving, which enables us to use codes with lower overhead.

  8. Cost-effective coherent ONU transceiver based on single directly modulated laser.

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    Luo, Ming; Hu, Rong; Li, Wei; Yang, Qi; Yu, Shaohua

    2016-06-13

    A cost-effective structure is proposed for the optical network unit (ONU) transceivers in coherent ultra-dense wavelength division multiplexing passive optical network (UDWDM-PON), which is based on a single directly modulated laser (DML). This is the first time that a DML is used as both optical transmitter in upstream and local oscillator (LO) for coherent detection in downstream. The impact of extinction ratio (ER) of signal from DML is investigated and optimized by adapting the driving amplitude and bias of DML. Each UDWDM grid accommodates a pair of bi-directional signal, where heterodyne detection is used due to the Rayleigh backscattering (RB) from the bi-directional transmission. The impact of frequency offset (FO) between upstream and downstream signal is also investigated. Finally, 2.5-Gb/s bi-directional transmission of OOK signal over 60-km SSMF is experimentally demonstrated within the 12.5-GHz grid, achieving about -43 and -45.5 dBm receiver sensitivity in the downstream and upstream, respectively.

  9. Spatial structure and coherence properties of Brillouin scatter from CO2 laser-target interaction

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    Mitchel, G. R.; Grek, B.; Johnston, T. W.; Pépin, H.; Church, P.; Martin, F.

    1982-05-01

    The spatial structure and coherence properties of 10.6-μm light scattered from CO2 laser-target interactions in oblique incidence show many unexpected features. It is found that the Brillouin backscatter is neither a phase conjugate nor a ray retrace of the incident beam. Rather, it shows a preference for scattering directions other than those exactly antiparallel to the incident beam, apparently related to the angular distribution of the scattering source and also of the plasma corona that serves as the Brillouin amplifying medium. As well, the backscatter phasefront is strongly perturbed with respect to the incident phasefront. This is an indication of turbulence in the corona and/or memory of the structure in the source that is then amplified. Small-scale structures seen in the reimaged backscatter are due to phase perturbation and cannot be simply interpreted as geometric images of a (filamented) source. The phasefront of light that is scattered obliquely from the plasma is much more coherent.

  10. Modified heterodyne efficiency for coherent laser communication in the presence of polarization aberrations.

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    Yang, Yufei; Yan, Changxiang; Hu, Chunhui; Wu, Congjun

    2017-04-03

    Heterodyne efficiency is referred as a measure of the quality for the coherent laser communication. The heterodyne efficiency not only reflects the matching of phase and amplitude between the received signal and the local oscillator, but also reveals the polarization matching between the two beams. Different from the common heterodyne efficiency, a revised heterodyne efficiency is proposed by considering the polarization aberrations of optical system. Based on the Polar and Pauli-Zernike decomposition algorithms, the effects of polarization aberrations on the output polarization states are analyzed and shown graphically. The variations of the heterodyne efficiency are investigated by including the separate component of polarization aberrations in mixing of two perfectly matched Gaussian beams. Depending on the modified heterodyne efficiency, an off-axis optical system with a periscopic scanner is modeled and used to discuss the variations of the heterodyne efficiency. A further investigation for three different coatings is accomplished to verify the effects the varied polarization aberrations have on the heterodyne efficiency. The analysis indicates that the modified heterodyne efficiency not only can provide a comprehensive description of the coherent detection system, but also can be used to evaluate and minimize the polarization aberrations of optical system.

  11. Femtosecond laser excitation of coherent optical phonons in ferroelectric LuMnO3

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    Lou, Shi-Tao; Zimmermann, Frank M.; Bartynski, Robert A.; Hur, Namjung; Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2009-06-01

    We have used femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy to excite and probe coherent optical phonon vibrations in single crystals of hexagonal ferroelectric LuMnO3 . An optical phonon mode of A1 symmetry was coherently excited with 25 fs pump-laser pulses (λ≈800nm) . The phonon mode, involving Lu ion motion along the c axis, was identified as the soft mode driving the ferroelectric transition. The excitation mechanism was determined to be purely displacive in nature due to resonant excitation of a narrow intra-atomic dxy,x2-y2→d3z2-r2 transition in Mn. The lifetime of the Mndxy,x2-y2→d3z2-r2 excitation was measured to be 0.8 ps. A remarkable reversal of the sign of the oscillation amplitude ( π phase shift) of the reflectivity curve was observed upon comparing longitudinal-optical (LO) with transverse-optical (TO) mode geometries. The phase reversal is attributed to the macroscopic electric depolarization field accompanying infrared-active longitudinal phonon modes but absent in TO modes. In addition to the direct effect of the ion motion on the optical properties, which is the same in LO and TO modes, the longitudinal depolarization field of the LO mode gives rise to an additional modulation of the refractive index via the linear electro-optic effect which dominates the optical response.

  12. Laser-Millimeter Two-Photon Rabi Oscillations EN Route to Coherent Population Transfer

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    Grimes, David; Barnum, Timothy J.; Zhou, Yan; Colombo, Tony; Field, Robert W.

    2017-06-01

    Core-nonpenetrating Rydberg states of molecules are a relatively untapped resource in molecular physics. Due to the ℓ(ℓ+1)/r^2 centrifugal barrier, the Rydberg electron in high-ℓ states is essentially decoupled from the ion-core. This decoupling leads to the system becoming atom-like, with long lifetimes, an "almost good" ℓ quantum number, and "pure-electronic" transitions that follow ΔJ^+=0 and Δv^+=0 propensity rules. Access to these nonpenetrating states is generally blocked by the necessity that the multistep excitation scheme traverses a "zone of death" in which nonradiative decay mechanisms are prohibitively fast. Coherent population transfer methods, such as STImulated Raman Adiabatic Passage (STIRAP), allow population of core-nonpenetrating states without even transiently populating states in the "zone of death." We demonstrate coherent two-photon population transfer to Rydberg states of barium atoms using a pulsed dye laser and a chirped-pulse millimeter-wave spectrometer. Numerical calculations, using a density matrix formalism, reproduce our experimental results and provide insights into the fractional population transferred, optimal experimental conditions, and possibilities for future improvements, in particular extension to full STIRAP.

  13. Influence of truncation factor on coherent beam combining based on a triangular fiber laser array

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    Zhi, Dong; Ma, Yan-xing; Wang, Xiao-lin; Zhou, Pu; Si, Lei

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, we present an experimental comparison of coherent beam combining (CBC) effect with different truncation factors based on a triangle fiber laser array for the first time to our best knowledge. First, we fabricate a triangle fiber laser array based on adaptive fiber optics collimators with the fixed focusing length of 0.18m and clear aperture of 50mm. Two output fiber arrays (6/125 fiber array and 20/400 fiber array) with different numerical apertures (0.12 and 0.065, respectively) are used to generate different truncation factors. The direct measurement method is used to measure the intensity distribution of the two collimated beams with different sizes. Results show that the beam diameters are 14.5mm and 27.6mm for 20/400 output fiber and 6/125 output fiber, separately. This means that two fiber laser arrays with truncation factors of 0.29 and 0.55 are achieved. Then we numerically calculate the CBC efficiencies of two situations with different truncation factors. The analytical results show that the CBC efficiency improves from 0.144 with truncation factor of 0.29 to 0.413 with truncation factor of 0.55. At last, a CBC experiment platform is set up. Throughout the whole experiment, single frequency dithering algorithm and SPGD algorithm are separately used to perform the phase-locking control and the tilt control. Two CBC experiments of triangle fiber laser arrays are achieved successfully both with residual phase errors about λ/15. By analysis the experimental results, we get the CBC efficiencies are 0.099 (69% of 0.144) and 0.264 (64% of 0.413) for the two fiber arrays. The experimental results identify the importance of truncation factor on CBC efficiency and provide an important reference on the selection of fiber array parameters in order to achieve the largest energy proportion in the central lobe.

  14. Coherence limits and chirp control in long pulse free electron laser oscillator

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    Socol, Y.; Gover, A.; Eliran, A.; Volshonok, M.; Pinhasi, Y.; Kapilevich, B.; Yahalom, A.; Lurie, Y.; Kanter, M.; Einat, M.; Litvak, B.

    2005-08-01

    We report experimental studies of the spectral linewidth and chirp characteristics of the mm-wave rf radiation of the Israeli Electrostatic-Accelerator free electron laser (EA-FEL), along with theory and numerical simulations. The simulations, matching the experimental data, were carried out using a space-frequency-domain model. EA-FELs have the capacity to generate long pulses of tens microseconds and more, that in principle can be elongated indefinitely (cw operation). Since a cold beam FEL is by nature a “homogeneously broadened laser,” EA-FEL can operate, unlike other kinds of FELs, at a single longitudinal mode (single frequency). This allows the generation of very coherent radiation. The current status of the Israeli Tandem Electrostatic-Accelerator FEL, which is based on an electrostatic Van de Graaff accelerator, allows the generation of pulses of tens microseconds duration. It has been operated recently past saturation, and produced single-mode coherent radiation of record narrow inherent relative linewidth ˜Δf/f=10-6 at frequencies near 100 GHz. A frequency chirp was observed during the pulses of tens of microseconds (0.3-0.5MHz/ms). This is essentially a drifting “frequency-pulling effect,” associated with the accelerator voltage drop during the pulse. Additionally, damped relaxation of the FEL oscillator was experimentally measured at the beginning and the end of the lasing pulse, in good correspondence to our theory and numerical simulations. We propose using the chirped signal of the pulsed EA-FEL for single pulse sweep spectroscopy of very fine resolution. The characteristics of this application are analyzed based on the experimental data.

  15. Evaluation of Femtosecond Laser Intrastromal Incision Location Using Optical Coherence Tomography.

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    Wang, Li; Jiang, Lai; Hallahan, Katie; Al-Mohtaseb, Zaina N; Koch, Douglas D

    2017-08-01

    To use optical coherence tomography (OCT) to evaluate the femtosecond laser intrastromal incisions made during cataract surgery to reduce corneal astigmatism. Retrospective case series. Seventy-seven eyes of 77 patients. Paired intrastromal incisions were created using the Catalys femtosecond laser (Abbott Medical Optics, Inc., Santa Ana, CA). The planned intrastromal incision parameters were 20% uncut anterior, 20% uncut posterior, midpoint depth of 50%, and 90° side cut angle. Optical coherence tomography scans were obtained 3 weeks or more after surgery to assess these 4 parameters, and actual values were compared with intended values. Percentages of uncut anterior and posterior tissue, midpoint depth, and degrees of side cut angle. The mean values were 17.2±5.8% (range, 7.2%-36.9%) for uncut anterior, 32.5±8.8% (range, 6.0%-57.9%) for uncut posterior, and 42.3±6.6% (range, 25.5%-65.4%) for midpoint depth, which all were significantly different from the planned parameters (all P < 0.05). The mean side cut angle was 88.5°±5.6° (range, 71°-114°) and was significantly different from the planned side cut angle of 90° (P < 0.05). In 50 eyes that had paired intrastromal incisions scanned by the OCT, there was no correlation between the paired incisions for midpoint depth and side cut angle (correlation coefficient, r = -0.063 and -0.067, respectively; P > 0.05). The intrastromal incision midpoint depth was significantly more anterior than the planned depth of 50%. The locations of paired intrastromal incisions in each eye were not correlated. Further improvements are needed to ensure the precise location of the intrastromal incisions made with this device. Copyright © 2017 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Emerging enhanced imaging technologies of the esophagus: spectroscopy, confocal laser endomicroscopy, and optical coherence tomography.

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    Robles, Lourdes Y; Singh, Satish; Fisichella, Piero Marco

    2015-05-15

    Despite advances in diagnoses and therapy, esophageal adenocarcinoma remains a highly lethal neoplasm. Hence, a great interest has been placed in detecting early lesions and in the detection of Barrett esophagus (BE). Advanced imaging technologies of the esophagus have then been developed with the aim of improving biopsy sensitivity and detection of preplastic and neoplastic cells. The purpose of this article was to review emerging imaging technologies for esophageal pathology, spectroscopy, confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE), and optical coherence tomography (OCT). We conducted a PubMed search using the search string "esophagus or esophageal or oesophageal or oesophagus" and "Barrett or esophageal neoplasm" and "spectroscopy or optical spectroscopy" and "confocal laser endomicroscopy" and "confocal microscopy" and "optical coherence tomography." The first and senior author separately reviewed all articles. Our search identified: 19 in vivo studies with spectroscopy that accounted for 1021 patients and 4 ex vivo studies; 14 clinical CLE in vivo studies that accounted for 941 patients and 1 ex vivo study with 13 patients; and 17 clinical OCT in vivo studies that accounted for 773 patients and 2 ex vivo studies. Human studies using spectroscopy had a very high sensitivity and specificity for the detection of BE. CLE showed a high interobserver agreement in diagnosing esophageal pathology and an accuracy of predicting neoplasia. We also found several clinical studies that reported excellent diagnostic sensitivity and specificity for the detection of BE using OCT. Advanced imaging technology for the detection of esophageal lesions is a promising field that aims to improve the detection of early esophageal lesions. Although advancing imaging techniques improve diagnostic sensitivities and specificities, their integration into diagnostic protocols has yet to be perfected. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Coherent Electronic Wave Packet Motion in C60 Controlled by the Waveform and Polarization of Few-Cycle Laser Fields

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    Li, H.; Mignolet, B.; Wachter, G.; Skruszewicz, S.; Zherebtsov, S.; Süßmann, F.; Kessel, A.; Trushin, S. A.; Kling, Nora G.; Kübel, M.; Ahn, B.; Kim, D.; Ben-Itzhak, I.; Cocke, C. L.; Fennel, T.; Tiggesbäumker, J.; Meiwes-Broer, K.-H.; Lemell, C.; Burgdörfer, J.; Levine, R. D.; Remacle, F.; Kling, M. F.

    2015-03-01

    Strong laser fields can be used to trigger an ultrafast molecular response that involves electronic excitation and ionization dynamics. Here, we report on the experimental control of the spatial localization of the electronic excitation in the C60 fullerene exerted by an intense few-cycle (4 fs) pulse at 720 nm. The control is achieved by tailoring the carrier-envelope phase and the polarization of the laser pulse. We find that the maxima and minima of the photoemission-asymmetry parameter along the laser-polarization axis are synchronized with the localization of the coherent electronic wave packet at around the time of ionization.

  18. Coherent pulse and environmental characteristics of the intramolecular proton-transfer lasers based on 3-hydroxyflavone and fisetin

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    Parthenopoulos, Dimitri A.; Kasha, Michael

    1988-04-01

    Coherent stimulated emission and laser beams of good quality are reported for 3-hydroxyfiavone (3-HF) and a polyhydroxyfiavone, risetin, acting as intramolecular proton-transfer lasers. The laser beam quality of these materials is comparable to that observed for rhodamine-6G. Studies of amplified spontaneous emission of 3-hydroxyflavone in highly polar solvents are also reported. The very large changes in dipole moment upon electronic excitation of 3-HF expected according to ZINDO semiempirical molecular orbital calculations fail to give rise to spectral shifts in the high dielectric constant solvents. The results are interpreted as a masking spectral effect caused by specific hydrogen bonding by the solvent.

  19. Three-dimensional non-destructive optical evaluation of laser-processing performance using optical coherence tomography

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    Kim, Youngseop; Choi, Eun Seo; Kwak, Wooseop; Shin, Yongjin; Jung, Woonggyu; Ahn, Yeh-Chan; Chen, Zhongping

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a non-destructive diagnostic tool for evaluating laser-processing performance by imaging the features of a pit and a rim. A pit formed on a material at different laser-processing conditions is imaged using both a conventional scanning electron microscope (SEM) and OCT. Then using corresponding images, the geometrical characteristics of the pit are analyzed and compared. From the results, we could verify the feasibility and the potential of the application of OCT to the monitoring of the laser-processing performance. PMID:24932051

  20. Optical emission of a plasma from low-density targets irradiated with coherence-controllable laser radiation

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    Fronya, A. A.; Borisenko, N. G.; Puzyrev, V. N.; Sahakyan, A. T.; Starodub, A. N.; Yakushev, O. F.

    2017-03-01

    The results of experiments on the interaction of nanosecond laser radiation with low-density volume-structured targets of different density and thickness are reported. The targets were irradiated by laser radiation with controllable coherence. The primary objective was to investigate the effect of target parameters on the characteristics of radiation scattered by the plasma. The spectral characteristics of the radiation scattered by the plasma in the backward direction and in the direction of laser beam propagation were obtained. Also the radiation scattering patterns were recorded.

  1. Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering imaging with a laser source delivered by a photonic crystal fiber.

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    Wang, Haifeng; Huff, Terry B; Cheng, Ji-Xin

    2006-05-15

    We demonstrate laser-scanning coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) imaging with two excitation laser beams delivered by a large-mode-area photonic crystal fiber. The group-velocity dispersion and self-phase modulation effects are largely suppressed due to the large mode area of the fiber and the use of picosecond pulses. The fiber delivery preserves the signal level and image spatial resolution well. High-quality images of live spinal cord tissues are acquired using the fiber-delivered laser source. Our method provides a basic platform for developing a flexible and compact CARS imaging system.

  2. Laser linewidth and fiber nonlinearity tolerance study of C-16QAM compared to square 16QAM in coherent OFDM system

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    Xu, Fei; Qiao, Yaojun; Zhou, Ji; Guo, Mengqi; Tian, Huiping

    2017-03-01

    We introduced an effective modulation format circle 16 quadrature amplitude modulation (C-16QAM) to improve the laser linewidth induced phase noise and fiber nonlinear effects tolerance in coherent orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) system without other losses compared to square 16QAM. Although C-16QAM has improved the performance of single channel system with Viterbi-Viterbi carrier phase estimation, C-16QAM using in coherent OFDM system has not been performed and such configuration of system may solve many problems in the next generation access networks. Here we numerically studied two separate manifestations of phase noise generated by laser linewidth and fiber nonlinear effects. We take these two kinds of phase noise into consideration separately by investigating the influence of laser linewidth with fixed launch power into transmission fiber and the influence of fiber nonlinear effects with fixed laser linewidth. We find that the C-16QAM improves the laser linewidth induced phase noise significantly and improves fiber nonlinear effects tolerance to a certain degree compared to square 16QAM. This coherent C-16QAM OFDM system may have great prospects for the next generation access networks for these significantly improvements.

  3. Subjective Quality of Vision After Myopic LASIK: Prospective 1-Year Comparison of Two Wavefront-Guided Excimer Lasers.

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    Yu, Charles Q; Manche, Edward E

    2016-04-01

    To compare subjective quality of vision between two wavefront-guided lasers in the treatment of myopia up to 1 year postoperatively. In this prospective randomized study, 100 eyes of 50 patients were treated with wavefront-guided LASIK. One eye was treated with the WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q 400-Hz excimer laser (Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Hünenberg, Switzerland) and the other was treated with the VISX Star S4 IR CustomVue excimer laser (Abbott Medical Optics, Santa Ana, CA). Patients completed a questionnaire assessing quality of vision and visual symptoms preoperatively and at postoperative months 1, 3, 6, and 12. The Allegretto system demonstrated non-statistically significant superiority in several subjective parameters as early as 1 month after surgery. At 12 months, there was better clarity during the day (P = .001) in the Allegretto group. Subgroup analyses were performed on eyes with preoperative higher order aberrations of 0.3 µm or less and in patients with preoperative higher order aberrations greater than 0.3 µm. In subgroup analysis, there were no differences between the two systems in eyes with low higher order aberrations or high higher order aberrations. Patients did not express any preference for one system over the other when surveyed at 1 year postoperatively. One year after surgery, there were no differences in self-reported quality of vision outcomes with the exception of better clarity of vision during the day in the eyes treated with the Allegretto system. Patients did not express any preference for one treatment modality over the other. Copyright 2016, SLACK Incorporated.

  4. True color scanning laser ophthalmoscopy and optical coherence tomography handheld probe

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    LaRocca, Francesco; Nankivil, Derek; Farsiu, Sina; Izatt, Joseph A.

    2014-01-01

    Scanning laser ophthalmoscopes (SLOs) are able to achieve superior contrast and axial sectioning capability compared to fundus photography. However, SLOs typically use monochromatic illumination and are thus unable to extract color information of the retina. Previous color SLO imaging techniques utilized multiple lasers or narrow band sources for illumination, which allowed for multiple color but not “true color” imaging as done in fundus photography. We describe the first “true color” SLO, handheld color SLO, and combined color SLO integrated with a spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) system. To achieve accurate color imaging, the SLO was calibrated with a color test target and utilized an achromatizing lens when imaging the retina to correct for the eye’s longitudinal chromatic aberration. Color SLO and OCT images from volunteers were then acquired simultaneously with a combined power under the ANSI limit. Images from this system were then compared with those from commercially available SLOs featuring multiple narrow-band color imaging. PMID:25401032

  5. Human retinal imaging using visible-light optical coherence tomography guided by scanning laser ophthalmoscopy

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    Yi, Ji; Chen, Siyu; Shu, Xiao; Fawzi, Amani A.; Zhang, Hao F.

    2015-01-01

    We achieved human retinal imaging using visible-light optical coherence tomography (vis-OCT) guided by an integrated scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO). We adapted a spectral domain OCT configuration and used a supercontinuum laser as the illumating source. The center wavelength was 564 nm and the bandwidth was 115 nm, which provided a 0.97 µm axial resolution measured in air. We characterized the sensitivity to be 86 dB with 226 µW incidence power on the pupil. We also integrated an SLO that shared the same optical path of the vis-OCT sample arm for alignment purposes. We demonstrated the retinal imaging from both systems centered at the fovea and optic nerve head with 20° × 20° and 10° × 10° field of view. We observed similar anatomical structures in vis-OCT and NIR-OCT. The contrast appeared different from vis-OCT to NIR-OCT, including slightly weaker signal from intra-retinal layers, and increased visibility and contrast of anatomical layers in the outer retina. PMID:26504622

  6. Exploring Ramsey-coherent population trapping atomic clock realized with pulsed microwave modulated laser

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    Yang, Jing; Yun, Peter; Tian, Yuan; Tan, Bozhong; Gu, Sihong

    2014-03-07

    A scheme for a Ramsey-coherent population trapping (CPT) atomic clock that eliminates the acousto-optic modulator (AOM) is proposed and experimentally studied. Driven by a periodically microwave modulated current, the vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser emits a continuous beam that switches between monochromatic and multichromatic modes. Ramsey-CPT interference has been studied with this mode-switching beam. In eliminating the AOM, which is used to generate pulsed laser in conventional Ramsey-CPT atomic clock, the physics package of the proposed scheme is virtually the same as that of a conventional compact CPT atomic clock, although the resource budget for the electronics will slightly increase as a microwave switch should be added. By evaluating and comparing experimentally recorded signals from the two Ramsey-CPT schemes, the short-term frequency stability of the proposed scheme was found to be 46% better than the scheme with AOM. The experimental results suggest that the implementation of a compact Ramsey-CPT atomic clock promises better frequency stability.

  7. Laser-ablated silicon nanoparticles: optical properties and perspectives in optical coherence tomography

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    Kirillin, M. Yu; Sergeeva, E. A.; Agrba, P. D.; Krainov, A. D.; Ezhov, A. A.; Shuleiko, D. V.; Kashkarov, P. K.; Zabotnov, S. V.

    2015-07-01

    Due to their biocompatibility silicon nanoparticles have high potential in biomedical applications, especially in optical diagnostics. In this paper we analyze properties of the silicon nanoparticles formed via laser ablation in water and study the possibility of their application as contrasting agents in optical coherence tomography (OCT). The nanoparticles suspension was produced by picosecond laser irradiation of monocrystalline silicon wafers in water. According to transmission electron microcopy analysis the silicon nanoparticles in the obtained suspension vary in size from 2 to 200 nm while concentration of the particles is estimated as 1013cm-3. The optical properties of the suspension in the range from 400 to 1000 nm were studied by spectrophotometry measurements revealing a scattering coefficient of about 0.1 mm-1 and a scattering anisotropy factor in the range of 0.2-0.4. In OCT study a system with a central wavelength of 910 nm was employed. Potential of the silicon nanoparticles as a contrasting agent for OCT is studied in experiments with agarose gel phantoms. Topical application of the nanoparticles suspension allowed the obtaining of the contrast of structural features of phantom up to 14 dB in the OCT image.

  8. A linearly frequency-swept high-speed-rate multi-wavelength laser for optical coherence tomography

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    Wang, Qiyu; Wang, Zhaoying; Yuan, Quan; Ma, Rui; Du, Tao; Yang, Tianxin

    2017-02-01

    We proposed and demonstrated a linearly frequency-swept multi-wavelength laser source for optical coherence tomography (OCT) eliminating the need of wavenumber space resampling in the postprocessing progress. The source consists of a multi-wavelength fiber laser source (MFS) and an optical sweeping loop. In this novel laser source, an equally spaced multi-wavelength laser is swept simultaneously by a certain step each time in the frequency domain in the optical sweeping loop. The sweeping step is determined by radio frequency (RF) signal which can be precisely controlled. Thus the sweeping behavior strictly maintains a linear relationship between time and frequency. We experimentally achieved linear time-frequency sweeping at a sweeping rate of 400 kHz with our laser source.

  9. Raman-pumped Fourier-domain mode-locked laser: analysis of operation and application for optical coherence tomography.

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    Klein, Thomas; Wieser, Wolfgang; Biedermann, Benjamin R; Eigenwillig, Christoph M; Palte, Gesa; Huber, Robert

    2008-12-01

    We demonstrate a Raman-pumped Fourier-domain mode-locked (FDML) fiber laser and optical coherence tomography imaging with this source. The wavelength sweep range of only 30 nm centered around 1550 nm results in limited axial resolution, hence a nonbiological sample is imaged. An output power of 1.9 mW was achieved at a sweep rate of 66 kHz and a maximum ranging depth of ~2.5 cm. Roll-off characteristics are found to be similar to FDML lasers with semiconductor optical amplifiers as gain media. The application of Raman gain also enables unperturbed cavity ring-down experiments in FDML lasers for the first time, providing direct access to the photon lifetime in the laser cavity. Good agreement with nonswept cw operation is proof of the stationary operation of FDML lasers.

  10. Discretely swept optical coherence tomography system using super-structure grating distributed Bragg reflector lasers at 1561-1639nm

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    Choi, D.; Yoshimura, R.; Hiro-Oka, H.; Furukawa, H.; Goto, A.; Satoh, N.; Igarashi, A.; Nakanishi, M.; Shimizu, K.; Ohbayashi, K.

    2012-01-01

    We have developed swept source optical coherence tomography (OCT) system with an optical comb swept source system. The swept source system comprised of two super-structured grating distributed Bragg reflector lasers covering a wavelength range from 1561-1693 nm. A method to scan these lasers to obtain an interference signal without stitching noises, which are inherent in these lasers, and to connect two lasers without concatenation noise is explained. Method to reduce optical aliasing noises in this optical comb swept laser OCT is explained and demonstrated based on the characteristic of the optical aliasing noises in this particular OCT system. By reduction of those noises, a sensitivity of 124 dB was realized. The A-scan rate, resolution and depth range were 3.1 kHz, 16 μm (in air) and 12 mm, respectively. Deep imaging penetration into tissue is demonstrated for two selected samples.

  11. Coherence and resonance effects in the ultra-intense laser-induced ultrafast response of complex atoms

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    Li, Yongqiang; Gao, Cheng; Dong, Wenpu; Zeng, Jiaolong; Zhao, Zengxiu; Yuan, Jianmin

    2016-01-01

    Both coherent pumping and energy relaxation play important roles in understanding physical processes of ultra-intense coherent light-matter interactions. Here, using a large-scale quantum master equation approach, we describe dynamical processes of practical open quantum systems driven by both coherent and stochastic interactions. As examples, two typical cases of light-matter interactions are studied. First, we investigate coherent dynamics of inner-shell electrons of a neon gas irradiated by a high-intensity X-ray laser along with vast number of decaying channels. In these single-photon dominated processes, we find that, due to coherence-induced Rabi oscillations and power broadening effects, the photon absorptions of a neon gas can be suppressed resulting in differences in ionization processes and final ion-stage distributions. Second, we take helium as an example of multiphoton and multichannel interference dominated electron dynamics, by investigating the transient absorption of an isolated attosecond pulse in the presence of a femtosecond infrared laser pulse. PMID:26732822

  12. Nonlinear theory of a two-photon correlated-spontaneous-emission laser: A coherently pumped two-level--two-photon laser

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    Lu, N.; Zhao, F.; Bergou, J.

    1989-05-15

    We develop a nonlinear theory of a two-photon correlated-spontaneous-emission laser (CEL) by using an effective interaction Hamiltonian for a two-level system coupled by a two-photon transition. Assuming that the active atoms are prepared initially in a coherent superposition of two atomic levels involved in the two-photon transition, we derive a master equation for the field-density operator by using our quantum theory for coherently pumped lasers. The steady-state properties of the two-photon CEL are studied by converting the field master equation into a Fokker-Planck equation for the antinormal-ordering Q representation of the field-density operator. Because of the injected atomic coherence, the drift and diffusion coefficients become phase sensitive. This leads to laser phase locking and an extra two-photon CEL gain. The laser field can build up from a vacuum in the no-population-inversion region, in contrast to an ordinary two-photon laser for which triggering is needed. We find an approximate steady-state solution of the Q representation for the laser field, which consists of two identical peaks of elliptical type. We calculate the phase variance and, for any given mean photon number, obtain the minimum variance in the phase quadrature as a function of the initial atomic variables. Squeezing of the quantum noise in the phase quadrature is found and it exhibits the following features: (1) it is possible only when the laser intensity is smaller than a certain value; (2) it becomes most significant for small mean photon number, which is achievable in the no-population-inversion region; and (3) a maximum of 50% squeezing can be asymptotically approached in the small laser intensity limit.

  13. Combined tunable filters based swept laser source for optical coherence tomography

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    Chen, Minghui; Ding, Zhihua; Wang, Cheng; Huang, Yimei; Chen, Rong; Song, Chengli

    2013-03-01

    We demonstrate a novel ultra-broad tunable bandwidth and narrow instantaneous line-width swept laser source using combined tunable filters working at 1290 nm center wavelength for application in optical coherence tomography. The combined filters consist of a fiber Fabry-Perot tunable filter (FFP-TF) and a polygon mirror with scanning grating based filter. The FFP-TF has the narrow free spectral range (FSR) but ultra-high spectral resolution (narrow instantaneous bandwidth) driven at high frequency far from resonant frequency. The polygon filter in the Littrow configuration is composed of fiber collimator, polygon mirror driven by function generator, and diffractive grating with low groove. Polygon filter coarsely tunes with wide turning range and then FFP-TF finely tunes with narrow band-pass filtering. In contrast to traditional method using single tunable filter, the trade-off between bandwidth and instantaneous line-width is alleviated. The combined filters can realize ultra wide scan range and fairly narrow instantaneous bandwidth simultaneously. Two semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA) in the parallel manner are used as the gain medium. The wide bandwidth could be obtained by these parallel SOAs to be suitable for sufficient wide range of the polygon filter's FSR because each SOA generates its own spectrum independently. The proposed swept laser source provides an edge-to-edge scanning range of 180 nm covering 1220 to 1400 nm with instantaneous line-width of about 0.03 nm at sweeping rate of 23.3 kHz. The swept laser source with combined filters offers broadband tunable range with narrow instantaneous line-width, which especially benefits for high resolution and deep imaging depth optical frequency domain imaging.

  14. Multimodal ophthalmic imaging using swept source spectrally encoded scanning laser ophthalmoscopy and optical coherence tomography

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    Malone, Joseph D.; El-Haddad, Mohamed T.; Tye, Logan A.; Majeau, Lucas; Godbout, Nicolas; Rollins, Andrew M.; Boudoux, Caroline; Tao, Yuankai K.

    2016-03-01

    Scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) benefit clinical diagnostic imaging in ophthalmology by enabling in vivo noninvasive en face and volumetric visualization of retinal structures, respectively. Spectrally encoding methods enable confocal imaging through fiber optics and reduces system complexity. Previous applications in ophthalmic imaging include spectrally encoded confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SECSLO) and a combined SECSLO-OCT system for image guidance, tracking, and registration. However, spectrally encoded imaging suffers from speckle noise because each spectrally encoded channel is effectively monochromatic. Here, we demonstrate in vivo human retinal imaging using a swept source spectrally encoded scanning laser ophthalmoscope and OCT (SSSESLO- OCT) at 1060 nm. SS-SESLO-OCT uses a shared 100 kHz Axsun swept source, shared scanner and imaging optics, and are detected simultaneously on a shared, dual channel high-speed digitizer. SESLO illumination and detection was performed using the single mode core and multimode inner cladding of a double clad fiber coupler, respectively, to preserve lateral resolution while improving collection efficiency and reducing speckle contrast at the expense of confocality. Concurrent en face SESLO and cross-sectional OCT images were acquired with 1376 x 500 pixels at 200 frames-per-second. Our system design is compact and uses a shared light source, imaging optics, and digitizer, which reduces overall system complexity and ensures inherent co-registration between SESLO and OCT FOVs. En face SESLO images acquired concurrent with OCT cross-sections enables lateral motion tracking and three-dimensional volume registration with broad applications in multivolume OCT averaging, image mosaicking, and intraoperative instrument tracking.

  15. High Flux Spatially Coherent X-ray Generation from Laser Wakefield Accelerators

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    McGuffey, Chris

    2011-10-01

    Nonlinear plasma waves driven by existing ultra-intense short-pulse lasers can trap large numbers of electrons from the plasma (as many as 5 ×109) and accelerate them to ~ GeV energy over ~ 1 cm . The details of the trapping process and plasma wave structure dictate that the trapped electrons undergo transverse oscillatory motion on the microscopic scale of the plasma structure, resulting in short wavelength betatron radiation. These x-ray beams are presumed to retain the short-pulse characteristic of the laser, resulting in high peak flux, making the source a candidate for ultrafast temporally resolved imaging applications. Presented here are experimental studies of the scalings of fluence upon laser power, gas jet length, and electron beam parameters. The spectrum was directly measured by single hit spectroscopy to be broad and smooth with peak photon energy exceeding 10 keV . Additional measurements indicate that the beam source size can be as small as 1 μm and that the radiation exhibits spatial coherence. These two key characteristics allow advanced imaging capabilities including phase contrast imaging and tomography, as demonstrated by radiography studies of biological specimens. Collaborators: S. Kneip (Imperial College London), T. Matsuoka (Present affiliation: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science), W. Schumaker, V. Chvykov, F. Dollar, M. Vargas, G. Kalintchenko, V. Yanovsky, A. Maksimchuk, A. G. R. Thomas, and K. Krushelnick (University of Michigan). This work was supported by the NSF (award PHY-0114336), the NSF/DNDO (award F021166), and the NRC (award 38-09-953).

  16. Repeatability of laser in situ keratomileusis flap thickness measurement by Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography

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    Salaroli, Camila Haydée Rosas; Li, Yan; Zhang, Xinbo; Tang, Maolong; Ramos, José Luiz Branco; Allemann, Norma; Huang, David

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE To evaluate the repeatability of Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) measurements of the thickness of femtosecond laser–created laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) flaps. SETTING Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA. DESIGN Case series, evaluation of diagnostic technology. METHODS In this consecutive series, Fourier-domain OCT (RTVue) was used to measure flap thickness 1 week after LASIK. Flaps were created with a Pulsion 60 kHz femtosecond laser programmed for 110 μm flap thickness. Each eye was scanned 2 times with a radial pachymetry pattern and 1 time with a horizontal line scan. Flap thicknesses were measured at 6 positions across the corneal flap (ie, ±0.5 mm, ±1.5 mm, and ±2.5 mm from the center on the horizontal and vertical meridians). The within-grader flap thickness repeatability and between-grader reproducibility were calculated by pooled standard deviations (SDs). RESULTS Twenty-one eyes were measured. The mean flap thickness measurements were highly predictable at all positions. Thickness SDs varied from 5.3 to 9.5 μm and uniformity, from 121.7 to 126.5 μm. The within-grader repeatability was 3.3 to 6.4 μm based on the same image measured at different times and 4.7 to 7.4 μm for different images. The between-grader reproducibility was 4.0 to 9.0 μm. There was no statistically significant asymmetry between the nasal side versus the temporal side, the superior side versus the inferior side, or the pericentral area versus the central area of the corneal flap. CONCLUSIONS The femtosecond laser created LASIK flaps with uniform and predictable thicknesses. Fourier-domain OCT gave highly repeatable flap-thickness measurements. PMID:21420588

  17. Progression of erosive lesions after Nd:YAG laser and fluoride using optical coherence tomography.

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    de Moraes, Marcia Cristina Dias; Freitas, Anderson Zanardi; Aranha, Ana Cecilia Correa

    2017-01-01

    This study aimed to use optical coherence tomography (OCT) to assess the progression of erosive lesions after irradiation with Nd:YAG laser and application of topical fluoride. One-hundred and twenty dentin samples (4 × 4 × 2 mm) obtained from bovine incisors were used. Samples were protected with acid-resistant nail varnish, with exception of a central circular area 2 mm in diameter. All samples were submitted to erosive cycles with citric acid solution 0.05 M (citric acid monohydrate-C6H8O7·H2O); M = 210.14 g/mol) pH 2.3, at room temperature, for 20 min, 2×/day, throughout 20 days. After 10 days of acid challenges, lesions became visible, and each group received a different treatment (n = 15): control (without treatment), topical application of sodium fluoride 2 % for 4 min; Nd:YAG laser with different irradiation parameters (1, 0.7, and 0.5 W); and the association of fluoride with the laser parameters. OCT readouts were performed on day 01 (before the first acid challenge-OCT1), on day 05 (OCT2), day 10 (OCT3-after treatment), day 15 (OCT4), day 17 (OCT5), and day 20 (OCT6). The OCT images generated made it possible to measure the amount of tooth tissue loss over the 20 days of erosive cycle, before and after treatments, and to monitor early dentin demineralization progression. After statistical analysis, the fluoride group was observed to be the one that showed smaller loss of tissue over time. The OCT technique is promising for diagnosing and monitoring erosive lesion damage; however, further in vitro and in vivo research is needed to improve its use.

  18. Propagating of partially coherent laser beam in the near-resonant atomic gas

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    Kong, Delong; Wang, Zhaoying; Fang, Feiyun; Shi, Congquan; Lin, Qiang

    2017-09-01

    The characteristics of the light with various degrees of spatial coherence traveling in near-resonant atomic gas are investigated both experimentally and theoretically. The experimental results show that the coherence of partially coherent beams can get better after interaction with atoms under some certain conditions compared with that before interaction. The experimental results are explained theoretically by the method of spectroscopy absorption. Furthermore, partially coherent light has a better environmental adaptability than fully coherent light.

  19. Progress in coherent lithography using table-top extreme ultraviolet lasers

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    Li, Wei

    Nanotechnology has drawn a wide variety of attention as interesting phenomena occurs when the dimension of the structures is in the nanometer scale. The particular characteristics of nanoscale structures had enabled new applications in different fields in science and technology. Our capability to fabricate these nanostructures routinely for sure will impact the advancement of nanoscience. Apart from the high volume manufacturing in semiconductor industry, a small-scale but reliable nanofabrication tool can dramatically help the research in the field of nanotechnology. This dissertation describes alternative extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography techniques which combine table-top EUV laser and various cost-effective imaging strategies. For each technique, numerical simulations, system design, experiment result and its analysis will be presented. In chapter II, a brief review of the main characteristics of table-top EUV lasers will be addressed concentrating on its high power and large coherence radius that enable the lithography application described herein. The development of a Talbot EUV lithography system which is capable of printing 50nm half pitch nanopatterns will be illustrated in chapter III. A detailed discussion of its resolution limit will be presented followed by the development of X-Y-Z positioning stage, the fabrication protocol for diffractive EUV mask, and the pattern transfer using self- developed ion beam etching, and the dose control unit. In addition, this dissertation demonstrated the capability to fabricate functional periodic nanostructures using Talbot EUV lithography. After that, resolution enhancement techniques like multiple exposure, displacement Talbot EUV lithography, fractional Talbot EUV lithography, and Talbot lithography using 18.9nm amplified spontaneous emission laser will be demonstrated. Chapter IV will describe a hybrid EUV lithography which combines the Talbot imaging and interference lithography rendering a high resolution

  20. Wide temperature range 0 < T < 85 °C narrow linewidth discrete mode laser diodes for coherent communications applications.

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    O'Carroll, John; Phelan, Richard; Kelly, Brian; Byrne, Diarmuid; Barry, Liam P; O'Gorman, James

    2011-12-12

    Cost effective lasers meeting the linewidth requirements for coherent communication systems are a key element in reducing the overall cost of future coherent systems. We report on monolithic devices with linewidths as low as 138 kHz which operate in a narrow linewidth, single wavelength mode with high sidemode suppression ratio over a wide temperature tuning range of -10 °C < T < 110 °C. A linewidth variation of only 23 kHz was measured at a constant emitted power of 4 mW as the device temperature is varied in the range 0 °C < T < 85 °C. © 2011 Optical Society of America

  1. Focus characterization at an X-ray free-electron laser by coherent scattering and speckle analysis

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    Sikorski, Marcin; Song, Sanghoon; Schropp, Andreas; ...

    2015-04-14

    X-ray focus optimization and characterization based on coherent scattering and quantitative speckle size measurements was demonstrated at the Linac Coherent Light Source. Its performance as a single-pulse free-electron laser beam diagnostic was tested for two typical focusing configurations. The results derived from the speckle size/shape analysis show the effectiveness of this technique in finding the focus' location, size and shape. In addition, its single-pulse compatibility enables users to capture pulse-to-pulse fluctuations in focus properties compared with other techniques that require scanning and averaging.

  2. Coherent control of ultracold molecule dynamics in a magneto-optical trap by use of chirped femtosecond laser pulses.

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    Brown, Benjamin L; Dicks, Alexander J; Walmsley, Ian A

    2006-05-05

    We have studied the effects of chirped femtosecond laser pulses on the formation of ultracold molecules in a Rb magneto-optical trap. We have found that application of chirped femtosecond pulses suppressed the formation of (85)Rb and (87)Rb(2) a(3)sigma(+)(u) molecules in contrast to comparable nonchirped pulses, cw illumination, and background formation rates. Variation of the amount of chirp indicated that this suppression is coherent in nature, suggesting that coherent control is likely to be useful for manipulating the dynamics of ultracold quantum molecular gases.

  3. Focus characterization at an X-ray free-electron laser by coherent scattering and speckle analysis

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    Sikorski, Marcin; Song, Sanghoon; Schropp, Andreas; Seiboth, Frank; Feng, Yiping; Alonso-Mori, Roberto; Chollet, Matthieu; Lemke, Henrik T.; Sokaras, Dimosthenis; Weng, Tsu-Chien; Zhang, Wenkai; Robert, Aymeric; Zhu, Diling

    2015-01-01

    X-ray focus optimization and characterization based on coherent scattering and quantitative speckle size measurements was demonstrated at the Linac Coherent Light Source. Its performance as a single-pulse free-electron laser beam diagnostic was tested for two typical focusing configurations. The results derived from the speckle size/shape analysis show the effectiveness of this technique in finding the focus’ location, size and shape. In addition, its single-pulse compatibility enables users to capture pulse-to-pulse fluctuations in focus properties compared with other techniques that require scanning and averaging. PMID:25931074

  4. Solid state active/passive night vision imager using continuous-wave laser diodes and silicon focal plane arrays

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    Vollmerhausen, Richard H.

    2013-04-01

    Passive imaging offers covertness and low power, while active imaging provides longer range target acquisition without the need for natural or external illumination. This paper describes a focal plane array (FPA) concept that has the low noise needed for state-of-the-art passive imaging and the high-speed gating needed for active imaging. The FPA is used with highly efficient but low-peak-power laser diodes to create a night vision imager that has the size, weight, and power attributes suitable for man-portable applications. Video output is provided in both the active and passive modes. In addition, the active mode is Class 1 eye safe and is not visible to the naked eye or to night vision goggles.

  5. A compact and efficient hyper coherent light source of visible violet laser diode based on Pound-Drever-Hall technique

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    Sasaki, Wakao; Yashiro, Hideyuki; Miura, Yukio; Mizutani, Kouki; Nakajima, Jun

    2007-09-01

    In the present work, we have developed an efficient and well stablized hyper coherent diode laser light source as compact as even portable using commercially available visible 400 nm band laser diodes. The attained coherence of the present system can always be controlled at the best condition indifferent to changes in its settled environmental conditions by applying Pound-Drever-Hall technique in which the frequency of a 160mW type 405nm GaN violet laser diode is locked to a reference Fabry-Perot cavity by negative electrical feedback for the injection current of the laser diode based on FM sideband technique. In addition to this frequency stabilization system, we have also realized a stability evaluation system that can measure the Allan variance of the frequency fluctuations of our frequency stabilized laser source in real-time basis by using simple devices of a portable computer and a digital signal processing unit. As a result, we have accomplished a compact and efficient hyper coherent laser system which can always perform its optimum conditions even if the environmental conditions around the laser are to be dynamically changed when used in a field basis. The attained values of power spectral density (PSD) of FM noise calculated from the error signals of our system under controlled condition were better by about 1~2 orders than typical values of free-running conditions in the fourier frequency domain from 100Hz to 300kHz. The best achieved value of PSD was about 2.56×10 7 [Hz2/Hz] in the fourier frequency domain from 100Hz to 1kHz, while as for the Allan variance as another measure of frequency stability, the achieved value of the minimum square root of Allan variance was 3.46×10 -11 in a 400nm type violet laser diode at integration time of 10 ms, which has been well comparable to the hyper coherent condition for the laser diode light sources.

  6. Monitoring of Varying Joint Gap Width During Laser Beam Welding by a Dual Vision and Spectroscopic Sensing System

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    Nilsen, Morgan; Sikström, Fredrik; Christiansson, Anna-Karin; Ancona, Antonio

    A vision and spectroscopic system for estimation of the joint gap width in autogenous laser beam butt welding is presented. Variations in joint gap width can introduce imperfections in the butt joint seam, which in turn influence fatigue life and structural integrity. The aim of the monitoring approach explored here is to acquire sufficiently robust process data to be used to guide post inspection activities and/or to enable feedback control for a decreased process variability. The dual-sensing approach includes a calibrated CMOS camera and a miniature spectrometer integrated with a laser beam tool. The camera system includes LED illumination and matching optical filters and captures images of the area in front of the melt pool in order to estimate the joint gap width from the information in the image. The intensity of different spectral lines acquired by the spectrometer has been investigated and the correlation between the intensity of representative lines and the joint gap width has been studied. Welding experiments have been conducted using a 6 kW fiber laser. Results from both systems are promising, the camera system is able to give good estimations of the joint gap width, and good correlations between the signal from the spectrometer and the joint gap width have been found. However, developments of the camera setup and vision algorithm can further improve the joint gap estimations and more experimental work is needed in order to evaluate the robustness of the systems.

  7. Nuclear-Pumped Lasers. [efficient conversion of energy liberated in nuclear reactions to coherent radiation

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    1979-01-01

    The state of the art in nuclear pumped lasers is reviewed. Nuclear pumped laser modeling, nuclear volume and foil excitation of laser plasmas, proton beam simulations, nuclear flashlamp excitation, and reactor laser systems studies are covered.

  8. Effectiveness of an Eyelid Thermal Pulsation Procedure to Treat Recalcitrant Dry Eye Symptoms After Laser Vision Correction.

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    Schallhorn, Craig S; Schallhorn, Julie M; Hannan, Stephen; Schallhorn, Steven C

    2017-01-01

    To provide an initial retrospective evaluation of the effectiveness of a thermal pulsation system to treat intractable patient-reported dye eye symptoms following laser vision correction. A total of 109 eyes of 57 patients underwent thermal pulsation therapy (LipiFlow; TearScience, Morrisville, NC) for the treatment of dry eye symptoms following laser vision correction. A standardized dry eye questionnaire, the Standard Patient Evaluation of Eye Dryness (SPEED II), was administered to all patients before and after thermal pulsation therapy. The primary outcome was patient-reported dry eye symptoms as measured by this questionnaire. The mean patient age was 49 years (interquartile range [IQR]: 38 to 60), 70% were female, and the primary refractive procedure was LASIK (n = 91, 83%) or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) (n = 18, 17%). Patients underwent thermal pulsation therapy at a mean of 40.5 months (IQR: 27.6 to 55.0) after the primary procedure. The mean pre-therapy SPEED II questionnaire score was 17.5 (IQR: 14 to 21), with a reduced mean post-therapy score of 10.2 (IQR: 6 to 14; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 8.8 to 11.5, P < .001). Patients with PRK tended to report more improvement. At the follow-up clinical evaluation, objective improvements were noted in tear break-up time (+1.9 sec; 95% CI: 1.3 to 2.5), reduction in grade of meibomian gland dysfunction (-0.69; 95% CI: -0.54 to -0.84), and corneal staining (-0.74; 95% CI: -0.57 to -0.91). In this initial retrospective evaluation, a significant improvement in patient-reported dry eye symptoms was observed following thermal pulsation therapy. This treatment modality may have utility in the management of dry eye symptoms following laser vision correction, but further study is needed to define its role. [J Refract Surg. 2017;33(1):30-36.]. Copyright 2017, SLACK Incorporated.

  9. Coherent continuous-wave dual-frequency high-Q external-cavity semiconductor laser for GHz-THz applications.

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    Paquet, Romain; Blin, Stéphane; Myara, Mikhaël; Gratiet, Luc Le; Sellahi, Mohamed; Chomet, Baptiste; Beaudoin, Grégoire; Sagnes, Isabelle; Garnache, Arnaud

    2016-08-15

    We report a continuous-wave highly-coherent and tunable dual-frequency laser emitting at two frequencies separated by 30 GHz to 3 THz, based on compact III-V diode-pumped quantum-well surface-emitting semiconductor laser technology. The concept is based on the stable simultaneous operation of two Laguerre-Gauss transverse modes in a single-axis short cavity, using an integrated sub-wavelength-thick metallic mask. Simultaneous operation is demonstrated theoretically and experimentally by recording intensity noises and beat frequency, and time-resolved optical spectra. We demonstrated a >80  mW output power, diffraction-limited beam, narrow linewidth of <300  kHz, linear polarization state (>45  dB), and low intensity noise class-A dynamics of <0.3% rms, thus opening the path to a compact low-cost coherent GHz to THz source development.

  10. Highly efficient phase locking and extracavity coherent combination of two diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser beams

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    Ménard, S.; Vampouille, M.; Colombeau, B.; Froehly, C.

    1996-12-01

    Intracavity phase locking and extracavity combination of the two emitted beams generated by a Nd:YAG laser longitudinally pumped by two fiber-coupled diode lasers are investigated. Phase locking is performed by a diffractive component located inside a confocal Fabry-Perot resonator. The coherent addition of the two synchronized beams in a single TEM00 wave is made by a birefringent interferometer, with 96.8% energy yield. 610-mW output power was obtained in a single-lobed beam profile with 30.5% optical-to-optical conversion efficiency in the continuous-wave regime.

  11. Observation of Laser Induced Magnetization Dynamics in Co/Pd Multilayers with Coherent X-ray Scattering

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    Wu, Benny

    2012-04-05

    We report on time-resolved coherent x-ray scattering experiments of laser induced magnetization dynamics in Co/Pd multilayers with a high repetition rate optical pump x-ray probe setup. Starting from a multi-domain ground state, the magnetization is uniformly reduced after excitation by an intense 50 fs laser pulse. Using the normalized time correlation, we study the magnetization recovery on a picosecond timescale. The dynamic scattering intensity is separated into an elastic portion at length scales above 65 nm which retains memory of the initial domain magnetization, and a fluctuating portion at smaller length scales corresponding to domain boundary motion during recovery.

  12. Optimisation of wide-band parametric amplification stages of a femtosecond laser system with coherent combining of fields

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    Bagayev, S N; Trunov, V I; Pestryakov, E V; Leshchenko, V E; Frolov, S A; Vasiliev, V A

    2014-05-30

    For the first time the pulses with the energy of ∼150 mJ and the spectrum corresponding to the transform-limited duration of ∼20 fs amplified in three-stage parametric amplifiers have been coherently combined in a dual-channel femtosecond laser system. The efficiency of coherent combining of above 90% has been obtained at the residual relative time jitter of amplified pulses of 110 as. For the first time the modulation of spectrum was experimentally observed under the parametric amplification of a wideband femtosecond radiation in crystals placed in series. The model of parametric luminescence evolution was developed which allows one to calculate the whole range of the frequency-angular spectrum that, in addition to simulations of the contrast of amplified pulses, gives the possibility of optimising the amplifier efficiency. The results of experiments on measuring the contrast are presented and compared with the calculated data. Methods for enhancing the contrast in the created laser system are analysed. Possible schemes of multibeam pumping of the output cascade are considered for obtaining a petawatt power in the laser system based on cascades of a parametric amplifier in LBO crystals which is being developed at the Institute of Laser Physics of SB RAS. (lasers)

  13. Design and evaluation of a short coherence length laser-based Doppler wind Lidar system for wind energy applications

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    Shinohara, Leilei; Asche-Tauscher, Julian; Fox, Maik; Beuth, Thorsten; Stork, Wilhelm

    2014-05-01

    Nowadays larger horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWT) are setup in difficult to access locations adding an overhead to the production cost as well as the Operation & Maintenance (O&M) costs. In order to cover those overhead cost, Lidar assisted preview control of wind turbine blade pitch system is prosperous both on research and industry applications. However, there are not a lot of choices to remote sense the wind field inflow. Doppler wind Lidar systems have been proved to be advantageous on such applications. However due to the economical consideration, the state-of-the-art wind Lidar systems are only limited on research. Therefore, developing a cost efficient wind Lidar to support the pitch control of HAWT to reduce the material requirement, lower the O&M cost and decrease the cost of energy (COE) in the long term is our motivation. Our current main focusing of investigations has been laid on the optical design of emitting and receiving system, and the evaluation of the low cost laser system instead of using a high cost fiber laser as a transmitter. The short coherence length lasers brings a higher phase noise into the detection, normally it is not used for the coherent Lidars system. However, such a laser can achieve a higher output power with a low cost which is very important for the market. In order to bring such kind of laser into the application, different sending, receiving, and detection design is simulated and tested. Those testing results are presented in this paper.

  14. Elastic properties of soft tissue-mimicking phantoms assessed by combined use of laser ultrasonics and low coherence interferometry.

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    Li, Chunhui; Huang, Zhihong; Wang, Ruikang K

    2011-05-23

    Advances in the field of laser ultrasonics have opened up new possibilities in medical applications. This paper evaluates this technique as a method that would allow for rapid characterization of the elastic properties of soft biological tissue. In doing so, we propose a novel approach that utilizes a low coherence interferometer to detect the laser-induced surface acoustic waves (SAW) from the tissue-mimicking phantoms. A Nd:YAG focused laser line-source is applied to one- and two-layer tissue-mimicking agar-agar phantoms, and the generated SAW signals are detected by a time domain low coherence interferometry system. SAW phase velocity dispersion curves are calculated, from which the elasticity of the specimens is evaluated. We show that the experimental results agree well with those of the theoretical expectations. This study is the first report that a laser-generated SAW phase velocity dispersion technique is applied to soft materials. This technique may open a way for laser ultrasonics to detect the mechanical properties of soft tissues, such as skin.

  15. Diagnostic capability of scanning laser polarimetry with and without enhanced corneal compensation and optical coherence tomography.

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    Benítez-del-Castillo, Javier; Martinez, Antonio; Regi, Teresa

    2011-01-01

    To compare the abilities of the current commercially available versions of scanning laser polarimetry (SLP) and optical coherence tomography (OCT), SLP-variable corneal compensation (VCC), SLP-enhanced corneal compensation (ECC), and high-definition (HD) OCT, in discriminating between healthy eyes and those with early-to-moderate glaucomatous visual field loss. Healthy volunteers and patients with glaucoma who met the eligibility criteria were consecutively enrolled in this prospective, cross-sectional, observational study. Subjects underwent complete eye examination, automated perimetry, SLP-ECC, SLP-VCC, and HD-OCT. Scanning laser polarimetry parameters were recalculated in 90-degree segments (quadrants) in the calculation circle to be compared. Areas under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUROCs) were calculated for every parameter in order to compare the ability of each imaging modality to differentiate between normal and glaucomatous eyes. Fifty-five normal volunteers (mean age 59.1 years) and 33 patients with glaucoma (mean age 63.8 years) were enrolled. Average visual field mean deviation was -6.69 dB (95% confidence interval -8.07 to -5.31) in the glaucoma group. The largest AUROCs were associated with nerve fiber indicator (0.880 and 0.888) for the SLP-VCC and SLP-ECC, respectively, and with the average thickness in the HD-OCT (0.897). The best performing indices for the SLP-VCC, SLP-ECC, and HD OCT gave similar AUROCs, showing moderate diagnostic accuracy in patients with early to moderate glaucoma. Further studies are needed to evaluate the ability of these technologies to discriminate between normal and glaucomatous eyes.

  16. Vehicle type affects filling of fractional laser-ablated channels imaged by optical coherence tomography.

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    Olesen, Uffe Høgh; Mogensen, Mette; Haedersdal, Merete

    2017-04-01

    Ablative fractional laser (AFXL) is an emerging method that enhances topical drug delivery. Penetrating the skin in microscopic, vertical channels, termed microscopic treatment zones (MTZs), the fractional technique circumvents the skin barrier and allows increased uptake of topically applied drugs. This study aims to elucidate the impact of vehicle type on the filling of MTZs from application of liquid, gel, and cream vehicles. Ex vivo pig skin was exposed to 10,600 nm fractional CO2 laser at 5% density, 120 μm beam diameter, and fluences of 40 and 80 mJ/microbeam (mJ/mb). Six repetitions were performed for each of six interventions (2 fluences and 3 vehicle types, n = 36). MTZ dimensions and filling by vehicle type were evaluated by optical coherence tomography, using blue tissue dye as a contrast-enhancing agent. Outcome measure was degree of MTZ filling assessed as percentages of empty, partially filled, and completely filled MTZs (108-127 MTZs/intervention analyzed) and evaluated statistically using Kruskal-Wallis and Dunn's tests. MTZs reached mid-dermal levels of 225 μm (40 mJ/mb) and 375 μm (80 mJ/mb) penetration depths (p < 0.0001). Filling of MTZs depended on type of applied vehicle. At 80 mJ/mb, liquid (67% completely filled, p < 0.01) and gel (60%, p < 0.05) formulations filled MTZs significantly better than cream formulation (31%). At 40 mJ/mb, liquid and gel formulations filled 90% (p < 0.05) and 77% (p > 0.05) of MTZs completely versus 55% for cream formulation. Thus, filling was overall greater for more superficial MTZs. In conclusion, vehicle type affects filling of MTZs, which may be of importance for AFXL-assisted drug delivery.

  17. Modifying Driving Laser Wavelength to Generate Coherent, Ultrafast X-rays from Phase-Matched High-Order Harmonics

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    Chen, Ming-Chang

    Recently, ultrafast, coherent X-ray science and technology has received a lot of attentions, especially with respect to tabletop X-rays produced by high harmonic generation (HHG). The femtosecond-to-attosecond X-ray pulse enables the dynamics of chemical reactions, nano-materials and bio-molecular systems to be studied with unprecedented temporal and spatial resolution. However, the bright HHG light source is limited to < 150 eV spectral region due to phase-mismatch issue and the lack of the right driving laser wavelength. Development of phase-matching scheme and different-wavelength lasers for extending bright HHG to shorter wavelengths becomes a challenge. Over the past five years, we essentially solve the high-harmonic phase matching problem using longer driving wavelengths. Our experimental results have shown that full phase matching of HHG scales very strongly with wavelength of the driving laser, making it possible for the first time to obtain bright phase-matched emission to the 0.5 keV using a 2 mum laser and the keV using a 3.9 mum laser with a conversion efficiency >1000 times that previously reported. Their supercontinuum bandwidths are capable of generation extremely short pulses down to single digit attoseconds ( 10--18 sec). This timescale is remarkable in that it approaches a new regime where light transit times approach atomic dimensions. On the other hand, by using a shorter wavelength of driving laser (0.4 um), we also optimized the HHG flux ˜ 10 times brighter than before in the EUV spectral region between 45 and 60 eV. We found that the most substantial HHG enhancement arises when the right combination of the laser wavelengths, gas species and gas pressures. A high flux tabletop coherent X-ray beam line is feasible to implement, for applications in biological and materials imaging, or as a seeding source for a free-electron laser amplifier.

  18. An optimization solution of a laser plane in vision measurement with the distance object between global origin and calibration points

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    Xu, Guan; Hao, Zhaobing; Li, Xiaotao; Su, Jian; Liu, Huanping; Sun, Lina

    2015-01-01

    Equation construction of a laser plane demonstrates a remarkable importance for vision measurement systems based on the structured light. Here we create a simple 1D target with a cone at the bottom and a checkered pattern on the top to calibrate the equation of the laser plane in the view field of a camera. A group of 2D coordinates of the intersection points are extracted from the images with the 1D target at different positions. The objective function is constructed to optimize the coefficients of the laser plane by minimizing the difference between the distance from the feature point to the the origin point and the length of the 1D target. The projective lines of the optimized laser plane on the 3D calibration board overlap the real intersection lines in the experimental images. Finally, the comparison work about the influences of the non-Gaussian noise and point number is investigated experimentally. The experiments show that the method of the distance optimal object from the feature point to the origin point provides an accurate and robust calibration for the laser plane in structured light measurement. PMID:26149292

  19. Coherent 70. 9-nm radiation generated in neon by frequency tripling the fifth harmonic of a Nd:YAG laser

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    Byer, R.L.; Lago, A.; Wallenstein, R.; Chen, C.; Fan, Y.X.

    1988-03-01

    Coherent radiation is produced in the XUV region of 70.9 nm by frequency tripling the fifth harmonic of Nd:YAG laser radiation in neon. BaB2O.4 was used to generate the fifth harmonic at 212.8 nm with an output pulse energy of 20 mJ and a pulse width of 5 sec. Subsequent frequency tripling in neon gas generated 10 W of peak power at 70.9 nm.

  20. Image-guided feedback for ophthalmic microsurgery using multimodal intraoperative swept-source spectrally encoded scanning laser ophthalmoscopy and optical coherence tomography

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    Li, Jianwei D.; Malone, Joseph D.; El-Haddad, Mohamed T.; Arquitola, Amber M.; Joos, Karen M.; Patel, Shriji N.; Tao, Yuankai K.

    2017-02-01

    Surgical interventions for ocular diseases involve manipulations of semi-transparent structures in the eye, but limited visualization of these tissue layers remains a critical barrier to developing novel surgical techniques and improving clinical outcomes. We addressed limitations in image-guided ophthalmic microsurgery by using microscope-integrated multimodal intraoperative swept-source spectrally encoded scanning laser ophthalmoscopy and optical coherence tomography (iSS-SESLO-OCT). We previously demonstrated in vivo human ophthalmic imaging using SS-SESLO-OCT, which enabled simultaneous acquisition of en face SESLO images with every OCT cross-section. Here, we integrated our new 400 kHz iSS-SESLO-OCT, which used a buffered Axsun 1060 nm swept-source, with a surgical microscope and TrueVision stereoscopic viewing system to provide image-based feedback. In vivo human imaging performance was demonstrated on a healthy volunteer, and simulated surgical maneuvers were performed in ex vivo porcine eyes. Denselysampled static volumes and volumes subsampled at 10 volumes-per-second were used to visualize tissue deformations and surgical dynamics during corneal sweeps, compressions, and dissections, and retinal sweeps, compressions, and elevations. En face SESLO images enabled orientation and co-registration with the widefield surgical microscope view while OCT imaging enabled depth-resolved visualization of surgical instrument positions relative to anatomic structures-of-interest. TrueVision heads-up display allowed for side-by-side viewing of the surgical field with SESLO and OCT previews for real-time feedback, and we demonstrated novel integrated segmentation overlays for augmented-reality surgical guidance. Integration of these complementary imaging modalities may benefit surgical outcomes by enabling real-time intraoperative visualization of surgical plans, instrument positions, tissue deformations, and image-based surrogate biomarkers correlated with completion of

  1. The Gamma-Ray Laser Project: Proof of the Feasibility of Coherent and Incoherent Schemes for Pumping a Gamma-Ray Laser.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1987-01-01

    the Tuning and Stimulation f Nuclear Radiation, University of Texas at Dallas, Report *GRL- 01, Office of Naval Research , October 1986. 21. W. J...A177 449 THE GANN-RAY LASER PROJECT: PROOF OF THE FESIBLITY i OF COHERENT RO INC. (U) TEXAS UNIV AT DALLAS RICHARDSON CENTER FOR QUANTUM ELECTRONIC...8217. . ’ + ,+,-,.",.’ ’.," ’ -. 4.’ ." "’ 1..,+.,-•., , , ,,- UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS/ THE GAMMA-RAY LASER PROJECT October-December 1986 QureVyRp6

  2. Loose powder detection and surface characterization in selective laser sintering via optical coherence tomography

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    Guan, Guangying; Hirsch, Matthias; Syam, Wahyudin P.; Leach, Richard K.; Huang, Zhihong

    2016-01-01

    Defects produced during selective laser sintering (SLS) are difficult to non-destructively detect after build completion without the use of X-ray-based methods. Overcoming this issue by assessing integrity on a layer-by-layer basis has become an area of significant interest for users of SLS apparatus. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is used in this study to detect surface texture and sub-surface powder, which is un-melted/insufficiently sintered, is known to be a common cause of poor part integrity and would prevent the use of SLS where applications dictate assurance of defect-free parts. To demonstrate the capability of the instrument and associated data-processing algorithms, samples were built with graduated porosities which were embedded in fully dense regions in order to simulate defective regions. Simulated in situ measurements were then correlated with the process parameters used to generate variable density regions. Using this method, it is possible to detect loose powder and differentiate between densities of ±5% at a sub-surface depth of approximately 300 μm. In order to demonstrate the value of OCT as a surface-profiling technique, surface texture datasets are compared with focus variation microscopy. Comparable results are achieved after a spatial bandwidth- matching procedure. PMID:27493569

  3. Dual-band optical coherence tomography using a single supercontinuum laser source

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    Chen, Siyu; Shu, Xiao; Yi, Ji; Fawzi, Amani; Zhang, Hao F.

    2016-06-01

    We developed a simultaneous visible-light (Vis) and near-infrared (NIR) dual-band optical coherence tomography (OCT) system using a single supercontinuum laser source. The goal was to benchmark our newly developed Vis-OCT against the well-developed NIR-OCT. The Vis-OCT subsystem operated at 91 nm full-width-at-half-maximum (FWHM) bandwidth centered at 566 nm the NIR-OCT subsystem operated at 93 nm FWHM bandwidth centered at 841 nm. The axial resolutions were 1.8 and 4.4 μm in air for the Vis- and NIR-OCT subsystems, respectively. We compared the respective performances, including anatomical imaging, angiography, absolute retinal blood flow measurements, and spectroscopic analysis for retinal blood oxygen saturation (sO2), between the two subsystems in rodents in vivo. While demonstrating minor discrepancies related to operation wavelengths, both subsystems showed comparable performances in the first three tests. However, we were only able to retrieve sO2 using the Vis-OCT subsystem.

  4. Retinal degeneration in progressive supranuclear palsy measured by optical coherence tomography and scanning laser polarimetry.

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    Stemplewitz, Birthe; Kromer, Robert; Vettorazzi, Eik; Hidding, Ute; Frings, Andreas; Buhmann, Carsten

    2017-07-13

    This cross-sectional study compared the retinal morphology between patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and healthy controls. (The retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) around the optic disc and the retina in the macular area of 22 PSP patients and 151 controls were investigated by spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Additionally, the RNFL and the nerve fiber index (NFI) were measured by scanning laser polarimetry (SLP). Results of RNFL measurements with SD-OCT and SLP were compared to assess diagnostic discriminatory power. Applying OCT, PSP patients showed a smaller RNFL thickness in the inferior nasal and inferior temporal areas. The macular volume and the thickness of the majority of macular sectors were reduced compared to controls. SLP data showed a thinner RNFL thickness and an increase in the NFI in PSP patients. Sensitivity and specificity to discriminate PSP patients from controls were higher applying SLP than SD-OCT. Retinal changes did not correlate with disease duration or severity in any OCT or SLP measurement. PSP seems to be associated with reduced thickness and volume of the macula and reduction of the RNFL, independent of disease duration or severity. Retinal imaging with SD-OCT and SLP might become an additional tool in PSP diagnosis.

  5. Simultaneous dual-band spectral domain optical coherence tomography using a supercontinuum laser light source

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    Cimalla, Peter; Mehner, Mirko; Cuevas, Maximiliano; Walther, Julia; Koch, Edmund

    2009-07-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is performed in the spectral domain simultaneously at two different wavelength bands centered at 800 nm and 1250 nm. A novel commercial supercontinuum laser is applied as a single light source whose emission spectrum is shaped by optical and spatial filtering to obtain an adequate double peak spectrum. After spectral shaping, the wavelength bands 700 - 900 nm and 1100 - 1400 nm are used for OCT imaging. A fiber-coupled setup optimized for both spectral regions facilitates easy and flexible access to the measurement area. Each wavelength band is analyzed with an individual spectrometer at an A-scan rate of about 12 kHz which allows real-time sample examination. The free-space axial resolutions were measured to be less than 4.5 μm and 7 μm at 800 nm and 1250 nm, respectively. This technique combines the high resolution at 800 nm with the enhanced imaging depth at 1250 nm. Furthermore, spatially resolved spectroscopic sample features are extracted by comparing the backscattering properties at the two different wavelength bands, showing the ability of dual-band OCT to enhance image contrast.

  6. Quantum dynamics with fermion coupled coherent states: Theory and application to electron dynamics in laser fields

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    Kirrander, Adam; Shalashilin, Dmitrii V.

    2011-09-15

    We present an alternate version of the coupled-coherent-state method, specifically adapted for solving the time-dependent Schroedinger equation for multielectron dynamics in atoms and molecules. This theory takes explicit account of the exchange symmetry of fermion particles, and it uses fermion molecular dynamics to propagate trajectories. As a demonstration, calculations in the He atom are performed using the full Hamiltonian and accurate experimental parameters. Single- and double-ionization yields by 160-fs and 780-nm laser pulses are calculated as a function of field intensity in the range 10{sup 14}-10{sup 16} W/cm{sup 2}, and good agreement with experiments by Walker et al. is obtained. Since this method is trajectory based, mechanistic analysis of the dynamics is straightforward. We also calculate semiclassical momentum distributions for double ionization following 25-fs and 795-nm pulses at 1.5x10{sup 15} W/cm{sup 2}, in order to compare them with the detailed experiments by Rudenko et al. For this more challenging task, full convergence is not achieved. However, major effects such as the fingerlike structures in the momentum distribution are reproduced.

  7. Doublet Pulse Coherent Laser Radar for Orbital Debris Tracking of Resident Space Objects

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    Prasad, N.; Rudd, V.,; DiMarcantonio, A.; Sandford, S.

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, the development of a long range ladar system known as ExoSPEAR at NASA Langley Research Center for tracking rapidly moving resident space objects is discussed. Based on 100 W, nanosecond class, near-IR laser, this ladar system with coherent detection technique is currently being investigated for short dwell time measurements of resident space objects (RSOs) in LEO and beyond for space surveillance applications. This unique ladar architecture is configured using a continuously agile doublet-pulse waveform scheme coupled to a closed-loop tracking and control loop approach to simultaneously achieve mm class range precision and mm/s velocity precision and hence obtain unprecedented track accuracies. Salient features of the design architecture followed by performance simulations illustrating the dependence of range and velocity precision in LEO orbits on ladar power aperture product will be presented. Estimated limits on detectable optical cross sections of RSOs in LEO orbits will be analyzed. The suitability of this ladar for precision orbit determination will be discussed.

  8. Towards simultaneous Talbot bands based optical coherence tomography and scanning laser ophthalmoscopy imaging

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    Marques, Manuel J.; Bradu, Adrian; Podoleanu, Adrian Gh.

    2014-01-01

    We report a Talbot bands-based optical coherence tomography (OCT) system capable of producing longitudinal B-scan OCT images and en-face scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO) images of the human retina in-vivo. The OCT channel employs a broadband optical source and a spectrometer. A gap is created between the sample and reference beams while on their way towards the spectrometer’s dispersive element to create Talbot bands. The spatial separation of the two beams facilitates collection by an SLO channel of optical power originating exclusively from the retina, deprived from any contribution from the reference beam. Three different modes of operation are presented, constrained by the minimum integration time of the camera used in the spectrometer and by the galvo-scanners’ scanning rate: (i) a simultaneous acquisition mode over the two channels, useful for small size imaging, that conserves the pixel-to-pixel correspondence between them; (ii) a hybrid sequential mode, where the system switches itself between the two regimes and (iii) a sequential “on-demand” mode, where the system can be used in either OCT or SLO regimes for as long as required. The two sequential modes present varying degrees of trade-off between pixel-to-pixel correspondence and independent full control of parameters within each channel. Images of the optic nerve and fovea regions obtained in the simultaneous (i) and in the hybrid sequential mode (ii) are presented. PMID:24877006

  9. High-energy Coherent THz radiation From Laser Wakefield Accelerated Ultrashort Electron Bunches

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    van Tilborg, J.; Geddes, C. G. R.; Toth, C.; Esarey, E. H.; Schroeder, C. B.; Leemans, W. P.

    2003-10-01

    We report on the observation of coherent THz radiation from femtosecond laser-accelerated electron bunches [1]. These multi-nC bunches, concentrated in a length of a few plasma periods (several tens of microns) will experience a strongly reduced space charge force due to shielding by the background ions. The radiation, scaling quadratically with bunch charge, is a combination of diffraction and transition radiation by the electrons passing the plasma-vacuum boundary. If both a large collection angle as well as a large transverse plasma size are realized, theory predicts energies on the other of 0.1 mJ per THz pulse for current electron beam properties. A first improvement of the collection angle has increased the detected energy from 5 nJ to 80 nJ. Recent results on the characterization of this source (such as the spectrum) will be discussed and electron beam properties at the boundary will be addressed. (This work is performed under DOE-contract DE-AC-03-76SF0098) [1] W. P. Leemans et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., in press (2003)

  10. Loose powder detection and surface characterization in selective laser sintering via optical coherence tomography

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    Guan, Guangying; Hirsch, Matthias; Syam, Wahyudin P.; Leach, Richard K.; Huang, Zhihong; Clare, Adam T.

    2016-07-01

    Defects produced during selective laser sintering (SLS) are difficult to non-destructively detect after build completion without the use of X-ray-based methods. Overcoming this issue by assessing integrity on a layer-by-layer basis has become an area of significant interest for users of SLS apparatus. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is used in this study to detect surface texture and sub-surface powder, which is un-melted/insufficiently sintered, is known to be a common cause of poor part integrity and would prevent the use of SLS where applications dictate assurance of defect-free parts. To demonstrate the capability of the instrument and associated data-processing algorithms, samples were built with graduated porosities which were embedded in fully dense regions in order to simulate defective regions. Simulated in situ measurements were then correlated with the process parameters used to generate variable density regions. Using this method, it is possible to detect loose powder and differentiate between densities of ±5% at a sub-surface depth of approximately 300 μm. In order to demonstrate the value of OCT as a surface-profiling technique, surface texture datasets are compared with focus variation microscopy. Comparable results are achieved after a spatial bandwidth- matching procedure.

  11. Multispectral scanning laser ophthalmoscopy combined with optical coherence tomography for simultaneous in vivo mouse retinal imaging

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    Zhang, Pengfei; Zam, Azhar; Jian, Yifan; Wang, Xinlei; Burns, Marie E.; Sarunic, Marinko V.; Pugh, Edward N.; Zawadzki, Robert J.

    2015-03-01

    A compact, non-invasive multi-modal system has been developed for in vivo mouse retina imaging. It is configured for simultaneously detecting green and red fluorescent protein signals with scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO) back-scattered light from the SLO illumination beam, and depth information about different retinal layers by means of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). Simultaneous assessment of retinal characteristics with different modalities can provide a wealth of information about the structural and functional changes in the retinal neural tissue and chorio-retinal vasculature in vivo. Additionally, simultaneous acquisition of multiple channels facilitates analysis of the data of different modalities by automatic temporal and structural co-registration. As an example of the instrument's performance we imaged the retina of a mouse with constitutive expression of GFP in microglia cells (Cx3cr1GFP/+), and which also expressed the red fluorescent protein mCherry in Müller glial cells by means of adeno-associated virus delivery (AAV2) of an mCherry cDNA driven by the GFAP (glial fibrillary acid protein) promoter.

  12. Design optimization and transverse coherence analysis for an x-ray free electron laser driven by SLAC LINAC

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    Xie, M.

    1995-12-31

    I present a design study for an X-ray Free Electron Laser driven by the SLAC linac, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). The study assumes the LCLS is based on Self-Amplified Spontaneous Emission (SASE). Following a brief review of the fundamentals of SASE, I will provide without derivation a collection of formulas relating SASE performance to the system parameters. These formulas allow quick evaluation of FEL designs and provide powerful tools for optimization in multi-dimensional parameter space. Optimization is carried out for the LCLS over all independent system parameters modeled, subjected to a number of practical constraints. In addition to the optimizations concerning gain and power, another important consideration for a single pass FEL starting from noise is the transverse coherence property of the amplified radiation, especially at short wavelength. A widely used emittance criteria for FELs requires that the emittance is smaller than the radiation wavelength divided by 4{pi}. For the LCLS the criteria is violated by a factor of 5, at a normalized emittance of 1.5 mm-mrad, wavelength of 1.5 {angstrom}, and beam energy of 15 GeV. Thus it is important to check quantitatively the emittance effect on the transverse coherence. I will examine the emittance effect on transverse coherence by analyzing different transverse modes and show that full transverse coherence can be obtained even at the LCLS parameter regime.

  13. A high-intensity highly coherent soft X-ray femtosecond laser seeded by a high harmonic beam.

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    Zeitoun, Ph; Faivre, G; Sebban, S; Mocek, T; Hallou, A; Fajardo, M; Aubert, D; Balcou, Ph; Burgy, F; Douillet, D; Kazamias, S; De Lachèze-Murel, G; Lefrou, T; Le Pape, S; Mercère, P; Merdji, H; Morlens, A S; Rousseau, J P; Valentin, C

    2004-09-23

    Synchrotrons have for decades provided invaluable sources of soft X-rays, the application of which has led to significant progress in many areas of science and technology. But future applications of soft X-rays--in structural biology, for example--anticipate the need for pulses with much shorter duration (femtoseconds) and much higher energy (millijoules) than those delivered by synchrotrons. Soft X-ray free-electron lasers should fulfil these requirements but will be limited in number; the pressure on beamtime is therefore likely to be considerable. Laser-driven soft X-ray sources offer a comparatively inexpensive and widely available alternative, but have encountered practical bottlenecks in the quest for high intensities. Here we establish and characterize a soft X-ray laser chain that shows how these bottlenecks can in principle be overcome. By combining the high optical quality available from high-harmonic laser sources (as a seed beam) with a highly energetic soft X-ray laser plasma amplifier, we produce a tabletop soft X-ray femtosecond laser operating at 10 Hz and exhibiting full saturation, high energy, high coherence and full polarization. This technique should be readily applicable on all existing laser-driven soft X-ray facilities.

  14. a Comparison of Different Coherent Deep Ultraviolet Generations Using Second Harmonic Generation with Blue Laser Diode Excitation

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    Tangtrongbenchasil, C.; Nonaka, K.

    2008-11-01

    Nano-focus beam applications of short wavelength approximately 220 nm now play important roles in engineering and industrial sections. At present, light sources at approximately 220 nm are commercially available but large size, difficult to maintain, and expensive. Compact wavelength tunable and cost effective light sources at approximately 220 nm are required. Laser diode with sum-frequency generation methods are employed to generated the shorter wavelength approximately 220 nm. This paper presents comparison of second harmonic generation schemes using a nonlinear optic crystal and two types of laser diode, which are a 440 nm single mode blue laser diode and a 450 nm multimode Fabry-Perot blue laser diode, has potential to generate wide tunable coherent deep ultraviolet-c at approximately 220 nm. Using the blue laser diode with the sum-frequency technique, a high second harmonic power is hardly observed due to low conversion efficiency. The best performance of second harmonic generation using blue laser diode, nonlinear optic crystal, and an high-Q external cavity laser diode was observed as 1.1 μW second harmonic ultraviolet-c power at 224.45 nm ultraviolet-c wavelength and 5.75 nm ultraviolet wavelength tunability. In addition, the improvement of increasing second harmonic power approximately 220 nm and the limitation of wavelength tuning of short wavelength are also theoretically discussed in this paper.

  15. Tunnel vision for US X-ray free-electron laser

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    Banks, Michael

    2017-03-01

    Construction can begin on a major upgrade to the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the US after the tunnel that will house the facility was cleared of equipment.

  16. Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography Assessment After Laser Capsulotomy in Pseudophakic Eyes With Pseudoexfoliation.

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    Eliacik, Mustafa; Karaman Erdur, Sevil; Gulkilik, Gokhan; Ozsutcu, Mustafa; Aras, Cengiz; Bayramlar, Huseyin; Aslan, Cemile Anil

    2016-09-01

    To assess changes in anterior-chamber depth (ACD) and angle width after neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser capsulotomy pseudophakia in eyes with pseudoexfoliation (PEX). This prospective and interventional case series study included 25 pseudophakic eyes of 25 patients with PEX and 26 pseudophakic eyes of 26 patients without PEX scheduled for Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy in a single institution. Anterior-chamber depth and angle width were measured with anterior segment optical coherence tomography before and three days after Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy. Preoperative and postoperative measurements of ACD and angle width included the angle opening distance (AOD), measured as the perpendicular distance from the trabecular meshwork at 500 and 750 mm anterior to the scleral spur to the anterior iris surface (AOD500 and AOD750, respectively) and anterior-chamber angle (ACA) in the nasal and temporal quadrants. Main outcome measures were the changes in ACD and angle width parameters. The mean ACD, AOD500, AOD750, and ACA (nasal and temporal) measurements were 3.67±0.12 mm, 0.63±0.05 mm and 0.65±0.05 mm, 0.67±0.06 mm and 0.77±0.04 mm, 35.25±1.69° and 35.37±1.68° in eyes with PEX and 3.73±0.11 mm, 0.6±0.05 mm and 0.63±0.05 mm, 0.66±0.06 mm and 0.74±0.06 mm, 34.24±1.6° and 34.6±1.47° in control eyes, respectively (P>0.05 for all). After Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy, mean ACD, AOD500, AOD750, and ACA (nasal and temporal) measurements were 3.76±0.09 mm, 0.73±0.05 mm and 0.76±0.05 mm, 0.75±0.06 mm and 0.87±0.04 mm, 36.82±1.46° and 35.06±1.52° in eyes with PEX and 3.77±0.1 mm, 0.68±0.06 mm and 0.72±0.06 mm, 0.72±0.05 mm and 0.84±0.06 mm, 34.95±1.4° and 35.79±1.36° in control eyes, respectively (P=0.811, P=0.019, P=0.021, P=0.109, P=0.126, P=0.001, and P=0.01, respectively). The depth and width of the anterior chamber in eyes with PEX and in control eyes increased significantly after Nd:YAG laser capsulotomy. The change in the width of the

  17. Concept for image-guided vitreo-retinal fs-laser surgery: adaptive optics and optical coherence tomography for laser beam shaping and positioning

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    Matthias, Ben; Brockmann, Dorothee; Hansen, Anja; Horke, Konstanze; Knoop, Gesche; Gewohn, Timo; Zabic, Miroslav; Krüger, Alexander; Ripken, Tammo

    2015-03-01

    Fs-lasers are well established in ophthalmic surgery as high precision tools for corneal flap cutting during laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and increasingly utilized for cutting the crystalline lens, e.g. in assisting cataract surgery. For addressing eye structures beyond the cornea, an intraoperative depth resolved imaging is crucial to the safety and success of the surgical procedure due to interindividual anatomical disparities. Extending the field of application even deeper to the posterior eye segment, individual eye aberrations cannot be neglected anymore and surgery with fs-laser is impaired by focus degradation. Our demonstrated concept for image-guided vitreo-retinal fs-laser surgery combines adaptive optics (AO) for spatial beam shaping and optical coherence tomography (OCT) for focus positioning guidance. The laboratory setup comprises an adaptive optics assisted 800 nm fs-laser system and is extended by a Fourier domain optical coherence tomography system. Phantom structures are targeted, which mimic tractional epiretinal membranes in front of excised porcine retina within an eye model. AO and OCT are set up to share the same scanning and focusing optics. A Hartmann-Shack sensor is employed for aberration measurement and a deformable mirror for aberration correction. By means of adaptive optics the threshold energy for laser induced optical breakdown is lowered and cutting precision is increased. 3D OCT imaging of typical ocular tissue structures is achieved with sufficient resolution and the images can be used for orientation of the fs-laser beam. We present targeted dissection of the phantom structures and its evaluation regarding retinal damage.

  18. Coherent X-ray and laser spectroscopy measurements of diffusion in concentrated alpha-crystallin solutions

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    Karunaratne, V. N. C.

    The mammalian eye lens is composed of a concentrated solution of water soluble proteins called crystallins. Alpha-crystallin, the most abundant protein found in the lens, plays a crucial role in maintaining lens transparency and lens accommodation. However, alpha-crystallins along with other ocular proteins suffer from irreversible processes such as oxidation. One cause of oxidation is radiation-induced radical formation which alters the inter-molecular interactions, thereby degrading the normal function of ocular proteins. The main goal of this thesis is to quantify molecular scale dynamics of concentrated solutions of alpha-crystallins using coherent X-rays and visible laser light. I believe a detailed analysis of the dynamics pertaining to alpha-crystallin will provide the foundation to understand molecular scale mechanisms that lead to conditions like cataract and presbyopia. I explore the dynamics of concentrated alpha-crystallin solutions by measuring diffusive motion over a range of length scales using Dynamic light scattering (DLS) and X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy (XPCS). To a certain extent, the dynamical properties of crystallins obtained in this manner are consistent with established theories in colloidal physics. However, there are some deviations, which I will address in this thesis. In terms of X-ray data, I employed a new, efficient photon correlation technique to obtain the best possible signal, furthermore this technique is embedded in a stand-alone software program that has the ability to provide real time results, quickly and efficiently with the help of high performance computing resources available at Northern Illinois University (NIU). The technique has potential to be used by the coherent X-ray spectroscopy community in the future. In addition, by using X-ray scattering data, I probe potential modifications and or damage effects on alpha-crystallins due to radiation exposure. The damage analysis methodology described in this thesis

  19. Dependence of the phase-coherence time in CdS1-xSex on the laser pulse width

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    Schwab, H.; Klingshirn, C.

    1992-03-01

    We performed degenerate-four-wave-mixing (DFWM) experiments in CdS1-xSex mixed crystals with laser pulses of different duration. It was found that the measured phase-coherence times (T2) are critically dependent on the spectral width and by that on the temporal half-width (τlaser) of the exciting laser. In an experiment with 10-ps pulses we find values for T2 of up to 3 ns. Under the same conditions in the same sample, the maximum observed value for T2 is 100 ps for τlaser=1 ps. With even shorter pulses, the phase-coherence time drops below 80 fs, which is the temporal resolution of our experiment. In addition, the line shape of the dephasing curves as well as the density dependence of T2 are substantially changed. The reason for these findings is based on the structure of these crystals. The compositional disorder leads to the formation of localized states. Within the same spectral region, one also finds extended excitons. The interaction of carriers of both kinds is then responsible for the observed effects.

  20. Coherent control of the electron quantum paths for the generation of single ultrashort atto second laser pulse

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    Liu, I-Lin; Li, Peng-Cheng; Chu, Shih-I

    2011-09-15

    We report a mechanism and a realizable approach for the coherent control of the generation of an isolated and ultrashort atto second (as) laser pulse from atoms by optimizing the two-color laser fields with a proper time delay. Optimizing the laser pulse shape allows the control of the electron quantum paths and enables high-harmonic generation from the long- and short-trajectory electrons to be enhanced and split near the cutoff region. In addition, it delays the long-trajectory electron emission time and allows the production of extremely short atto second pulses in a relatively narrow time duration. As a case study, we show that an isolated 30 as pulse with a bandwidth of 127 eV can be generated directly from the contribution of long-trajectory electrons alone.