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Safe use of ultrashort lasers
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Paper Abstract

We review the progress made in determining the trends in retinal damage from laser pulse from one nanosecond to one hundred femtoseconds in the visible and near-infrared wavelength regimes. These trends have suggested a maximum permissible exposure limit for laser pulses in the retinal hazard regime between one nanosecond and one hundred femtoseconds. We discuss the likely mechanisms for retinal damage and the implications to using ultrashort laser systems safely. We will summarize the challenges in appropriately addressing safety when using ultrashort laser systems in advanced applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3616, Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast Lasers, (4 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.351838
Show Author Affiliations
Benjamin A. Rockwell, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Clarence P. Cain, The Analytical Sciences Corp. (United States)
William P. Roach, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences (United States)
Robert J. Thomas, The Analytical Sciences Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3616:
Commercial and Biomedical Applications of Ultrafast Lasers
Murray K. Reed; Joseph Neev, Editor(s)

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