Superluminescent Diode Light Sources for OCT

  • V. R. Shidlovski
Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)

Contrary to laser diodes, the way of superluminescent diodes (SLDs) to their wide use in practice was much longer. There was always a certain scientific interest to “superluminescent” light output from laser diode structures slightly below threshold that might be considerably enhanced by “damping” of laser resonator (for example, by tilting of mesa structures) [1–3]. However, there was no considerable practical interest to such lightsources until it was proved that SLDs are the real “lightsources of choice” for fiber-optic gyroscopes [4]. Successful use of first SLDs in gyros in early 1980s, as well as some overestimated market demand for gyros, has considerably intensified SLD design efforts. This resulted in development of “first SLD generation” with gyro-rated power outputs, a few milliwatt in singlemode (or polarization maintain) fiber at 800–850nm and 1300–1550nm bands. Development of gyro-graded SLDs has also given some additional impetus to their usage as lightsources in other prospective sensing systems, such as Faraday-effect electric current sensors, distributed Bragg-grating sensor systems, and some others.


Output Power Coherence Function Optical Feedback Optical Gain Optical Path Difference 
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