Diode laser based light sources for biomedical applications
Article first published online: 21 DEC 2012
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Laser & Photonics Reviews
Volume 7, Issue 5, pages 605–627, September 2013
How to Cite
Müller, A., Marschall, S., Jensen, O. B., Fricke, J., Wenzel, H., Sumpf, B. and Andersen, P. E. (2013), Diode laser based light sources for biomedical applications. Laser & Photon. Rev., 7: 605–627. doi: 10.1002/lpor.201200051
- Issue published online: 11 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 21 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 11 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Received: 2 JUL 2012
- Diode lasers;
- Swept sources;
- Nonlinear frequency conversion;
- Gain switching;
- Diffuse imaging and spectroscopy;
- Optical coherence tomography;
- Fluorescence diagnostics
Diode lasers are by far the most efficient lasers currently available. With the ever-continuing improvement in diode laser technology, this type of laser has become increasingly attractive for a wide range of biomedical applications. Compared to the characteristics of competing laser systems, diode lasers simultaneously offer tunability, high-power emission and compact size at fairly low cost. Therefore, diode lasers are increasingly preferred in important applications, such as photocoagulation, optical coherence tomography, diffuse optical imaging, fluorescence lifetime imaging, and terahertz imaging. This review provides an overview of the latest development of diode laser technology and systems and their use within selected biomedical applications.
670 nm external cavity diode laser for Raman spectroscopy built on a 13 × 4 mm2 microbench (Copyright FBH/Schurian.com).