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Modeling optically generated focused stress waves
Author(s): Anthony J. Makarewicz; Steven R. Visuri; Richard A. London; Douglas S. Miller
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Paper Abstract

Stress waves generated at the end of optical fibers through thermoelastic expansion have been used for several purposes, including the destruction of blood clots, the destruction of kidney and gallstones, and the induction of cell permeability changes for drug delivery. We have undertaken the modeling of stress wave propagation in an effort to optimize the stress wave effects in these therapies. In particular, we have studied techniques to focus the stress wave in order to increase the pressure magnitude for a given pulse energy and to alter the compressive/tensile pressure ratio. This study includes the effects of acoustic wavelength and focusing fiber tip shape.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 1999
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3601, Laser-Tissue Interaction X: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical, (14 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.350003
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Anthony J. Makarewicz, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Steven R. Visuri, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Richard A. London, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Douglas S. Miller, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3601:
Laser-Tissue Interaction X: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical
Steven L. Jacques; David H. Sliney; Gerhard J. Mueller; Gerhard J. Mueller; Andre Roggan; Andre Roggan; David H. Sliney, Editor(s)

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