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Experiments in transmission of free electron laser radiation by flexible waveguides
Author(s): Israel Gannot; Ronald W. Waynant; Jacob Dror; Alexandra Inberg; Nathan I. Croitoru
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Paper Abstract

The free electron laser (FEL) is a unique laser which is tunable over a wide segment of the spectrum. Its tunability can open a wide range of applications in medicine -- both surgical and diagnostic. A delivery device such as a waveguide or a fiber, flexible enough, which will be coupled to its outlet, will enable maneuvering the beam conveniently at the operating site. The greatest obstacle for such a fiber or waveguide is the high peak power of several MWatts that characterize the beam and the wide range of wavelengths. Flexible hollow waveguides made of either a fused silica or a Teflon tubing, internally coated with reflecting/refracting layers, were used in experiments at 3 FEL centers in the U.S. A segment of the mid IR spectrum (between 6 and 7 micrometers). Results of the beam shape (both temporal and spatial) and transmission measurements have proven the potential of this waveguide for transmission of FEL radiation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 April 1996
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2677, Biomedical Fiber Optics, (5 April 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.237553
Show Author Affiliations
Israel Gannot, Ctr. for Devices and Radiological Health/FDA (United States)
Ronald W. Waynant, Ctr. for Devices and Radiological Health/FDA (United States)
Jacob Dror, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Alexandra Inberg, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Nathan I. Croitoru, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2677:
Biomedical Fiber Optics
Abraham Katzir; James A. Harrington, Editor(s)

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