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|Title:||Asymmetric Multiple Quantum Well Light Sources for Optical Coherence Tomography|
|Keywords:||asymmetric multiple quantum wells (AMQWs), tunable lasers, optical, coherence, tomography|
|Abstract:||<p>Asymmetric multiple quantum wells (AMQWs) can provide broad and flat gain spectra. Broadly tunable diode lasers can be realized with AMQW active regions and without the need for antireflection coatings on cleaved facets.</p> <p> This thesis reports the application of AMQW broadly tunable lasers with uncoated facets for Fourier domain and synthesized optical coherence tomography (OCT). A depth resolution of 13 μm in air was obtained with a test bed OCT system that used diffractive optical elements, short external cavities, and AMQW InGaAsP/InP broadly tunable lasers as the light sources for the Fourier domain and the synthesized OCT measurements. The centre wavelengths of the broadly tunable sources were 1550 nm and the tunable ranges were ≤ 117 nm.</p> <p>The features of broad and flat gain spectra of AMQWs also make AMQWs ideal candidates for broad spectral width superluminescent diodes (SLDs). 1300 nm AMQW InGaAsP/InP SLDs were designed and fabricated for application to time domain OCT. For the design of the active region, it was found by simulation of gain and the comparison of two growths that the transition carrier density (TCD) has to be reasonably high to achieve high power SLDs. A transfer matrix method was used to solve for the modes of planar optical waveguides with arbitrary layers and the thicknesses of these layers were optimized with a Marquardt nonlinear fitting method. With the optimization of the optical waveguide and with AMQWs with high TCDs, the output power of SLDs could reach 2 mW with > 90 nm spectral width. It is shown by time domain OCT measurements that the depth resolution of the OCT measurements could reach 7.85 μmin air with double section SLDs.</p> <p>Two dimensional OCT images of a glass cover slip were built with the imageSC function in Matlab™. Image enhancement with blind/not-blind deconvolution was performed based on the measured point spread function (PSF) of the OCT setup. A Richardson-Lucy algorithm was used as the blind deconvolution method and a not-blind version of a Jansson-Van Cittert method was used.</p>|
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