Observation of laser pulse propagation in optical fibers with a SPAD camera

  • Ryan E Warburton (Creator)



Recording processes and events that occur on sub-nanosecond timescales poses a difficult challenge. Conventional ultrafast imaging techniques often rely on long data collection times, which can be due to limited device sensitivity and/or the requirement of scanning the detection system to form an image. In this work, we use a single-photon avalanche detector array camera with pico-second timing accuracy to detect photons scattered by the cladding in optical bers. We use this method to lm supercontinuum generation and track a GHz pulse train in optical bers. We also show how the limited spatial resolution of the array can be improved with computational imaging. The single-photon sensitivity of the camera and the absence of scanning the detection system results in short total acquisition times, as low as a few seconds depending on light levels. Our results allow us to calculate the group index of di erent wavelength bands within the supercontinuum generation process. This technology can be applied to
a range of applications, e.g., the characterization of ultrafast processes, time-resolved uorescence imaging, three-dimensional depth imaging, and tracking hidden objects around a corner.
Date made available8 Feb 2017
PublisherHeriot-Watt University
Temporal coverage1 Apr 2015 - 1 Jul 2015

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