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High quality coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy imaging with an ultra-compact four-wave mixing based fiber laser sources

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A prerequisite for a real world transition of CARS microscopy is a compact, reliable and cost effective laser source. Fiber lasers offer all of these features but, up to recently, lacked a simple scheme to generate the narrow band energy difference tunable photon pairs required for CARS microscopy. The recent development of four-wave mixing (FMW) based laser sources overcame this limitation providing close to optimal parameters in a fiber based format. With this approach we show the first all-fiber CARS laser which can be used as a plug and play add-on to existing laser based imaging setups.

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