A chromatic confocal probe with a mode-locked femtosecond laser source

Xiuguo Chen, Taku Nakamura, Yuki Shimizu, Chong Chen, Yuanliu Chen, Hiraku Matsukuma, Wei Gao

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The high spatial coherence and high stability of a mode-locked femtosecond laser source make it ideal for chromatic confocal imaging. Nevertheless, the high non-smoothness of spectrum of the mode-locked laser source often restricts its application in chromatic confocal probes for a wide range of depth measurement. To eliminate the spectral non-smoothness of the mode-locked laser source, we propose a new chromatic confocal setup in such a way that the reflected laser beam is divided into two sub-beams which are then made to pass through two optical paths with different confocal settings where two identical fiber detectors are placed at the focal position and a defocus position, respectively, for acquiring two confocal signals. An axial response is then obtained from the intensity ratio of the two confocal signals for depth measurement. With the proposed confocal setup, we can expand the working spectral range of a mode-locked laser source to its whole spectrum. Theoretical and experimental investigation have revealed that the developed chromatic confocal probe with the specific mode-locked laser source employed in experiments has a measurement sensitivity of about −4 nm/μm, a depth measurement range of about 40 μm, and a depth resolution of better than 30 nm, respectively.

ジャーナルOptics and Laser Technology
出版ステータスPublished - 2018 7月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 電子材料、光学材料、および磁性材料
  • 原子分子物理学および光学
  • 電子工学および電気工学


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