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Towards mid-infrared fiber-optic devices and systems for sensing, mapping and imaging
Author(s): D. Jayasuriya; B. Wilson; D. Furniss; Z. Tang; E. Barney; T. M. Benson; A. B. Seddon
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Paper Abstract

Novel chalcogenide glass-based fiber opens up the mid-infrared (MIR) range for real-time monitoring and control in medical diagnostics and chemical processing. Fibers with long wavelength cut-off are of interest here. Sulfide, selenide and telluride based chalcogenide glass are candidates, but there are differences in their glass forming region, thermal stability and in the short and long wavelength cut-off positions. In general sulfide and selenide glasses have greater glass stability, but shorter long-wavelength cut-off edge, compared to telluride glasses; selenide-telluride glasses are a good compromise. Low optical loss selenide-telluride based long wavelength fibers could play a substantial role in improving medical diagnostic systems, chemical sensing, and processing, and in security and agriculture. For biological tissue, the molecular finger print lies between ~3-15 μm wavelengths in the MIR region. Using MIR spectral mapping, information about diseased tissue may be obtained with improved accuracy and in vivo using bright broadband MIR super-continuum generation (SCG) fiber sources and low optical loss fiber for routing. The Ge-As-Se-Te chalcogenide glass system is a potential candidate for both MIR SCG and passive-routing fiber, with good thermal stability, wide intrinsic transparency from ~1.5 to 20 μm and low phonon energy. This paper investigates Ge-As-Se-Te glass system pairs for developing high numerical aperture (NA) small-core, step-index optical fiber for MIR SCG and low NA passive step-index optical fiber for an in vivo fiber probe. Control of fiber geometry of small-core optical fiber and methods of producing the glass material are also included in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2016
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9702, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications XVI, 970203 (7 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2209511
Show Author Affiliations
D. Jayasuriya, The Univ. of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
B. Wilson, The Univ. of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
D. Furniss, The Univ. of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
Z. Tang, The Univ. of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
E. Barney, The Univ. of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
T. M. Benson, The Univ. of Nottingham (United Kingdom)
A. B. Seddon, The Univ. of Nottingham (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9702:
Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications XVI
Israel Gannot, Editor(s)

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