We developed picosecond optical-pulse sources suitable for multiphoton microscopy based on mode-locked semiconductor lasers. Using external-cavity geometry, stable hybrid mode locking was achieved at a repetition rate of 500 MHz. Semiconductor optical amplifiers driven by synchronized electric pulses reached subharmonic optical-pulse repetition rates of 1-100 MHz. Two-stage Yb-doped fiber amplifiers produced optical pulses of 2 ps duration, with a peak power of a few kilowatts at a repetition rate of 10 MHz. These were employed successfully for nonlinear-optic bio-imaging using two-photon fluorescence, second-harmonic generation, and sum-frequency generation of synchronized two-color pulses.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics