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Novel copper hollow waveguides for IR laser radiation
Author(s): Alexandra Inberg; Mark Oksman; Nathan I. Croitoru
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Paper Abstract

Hollow flexible copper waveguides were developed with two types of dielectric layers (Cu2O and ZnS). Measurements of transmission as a function of coupled power have shown that scattering appears in the Cu2O dielectric waveguides which give losses affecting the time of the outlet power which can be maintained constant. Beam profile measurements were performed using the perspex cubes and Spiricon beam profile methods. It was shown that the type of dielectric layer and wavelength of transmitted energy have an influence on the beam profile. The ZnS dielectric layer waveguides have a beam profile with larger average amplitude and less modes as compared to that of Cu2O dielectric layer. The smaller energy per mode of the Cu2O waveguides compared to that for ZnS makes the application of the perspex cubes method not applicable for beam profile measurements for the Er-YAG laser where the average transmitted energy is smaller than that of the CO2 laser, since the energy per mode is not enough to produce traces. It was shown, from the beam profile measurements made with perspex and Spiricon methods on ZnS dielectric waveguides, that when ER-YAG laser radiation is used, by increasing the energy per pulse, is obtained longer traces in perspex or larger energy per pulse than by increasing the time of irradiation. This can have practical applications for the operation of removing tissue with Er-YAG laser. A method of detection if the maximum average transmitted energy is coupled to the center of cross section of waveguide was developed based on beam profile measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 November 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2928, Biomedical Systems and Technologies, (26 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.259962
Show Author Affiliations
Alexandra Inberg, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Mark Oksman, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Nathan I. Croitoru, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2928:
Biomedical Systems and Technologies
Nathan I. Croitoru; Martin Frenz; Terence A. King; Riccardo Pratesi; Anna Maria Verga Scheggi; Stefan Seeger; Otto S. Wolfbeis, Editor(s)

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