We demonstrate a single-mode and fast wavelength swept light source by employing superstructure-grating distributed Bragg reflector (SSG-DBR) lasers for use in optical frequency-domain reflectometry optical coherence tomography. A noteworthy feature is that our laser employs a thermal drift compensator (TDC). By utilizing the TDC, we achieved a fast wavelength sweep without any unexpected mode hopping. We newly designed and fabricated SSG-DBR lasers covering the following four wavelength bands: 1496-1529, 1529-1564, 1564-1601, and 1601-1639 nm. We achieved a stable operation for the whole wavelength range. A wide wavelength tuning of 143 nm was achieved within 1.4 ms. A single-mode, wide, and fast wavelength sweep was demonstrated.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering