High energy supercontinuum sources using tapered photonic crystal fibers for multispectral photoacoustic microscopy

by Magalie Bondu, Christopher Brooks, Christian Jakobsen, Keith Oakes, Peter Morten Moselund, Lasse Leick, Ole Bang, and Adrian Podoleanu

Journal: Journal of Biomedical Optics 21(6), 061005 (2016)

Published: February 2, 2016


We demonstrate a record bandwidth high energy supercontinuum source suitable for multispectral photoacoustic microscopy. The source has more than 150 nJ∕10 nm bandwidth over a spectral range of 500 to 1600 nm. This performance is achieved using a carefully designed fiber taper with large-core input for improved power handling and small-core output that provides the desired spectral range of the supercontinuum source.