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Development and application of fiber lasers for medical applications
Author(s): Mark C. Pierce; Stuart D. Jackson; Paul S. Golding; Ben Dickinson; Mark Russell Dickinson; Terence A. King; Philip Sloan
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Paper Abstract

Recent progress in fiber laser technology has provided lasers operating at mid-infrared wavelengths, at power levels and temporal regimes previously inaccessible to bulk crystal lasers. This paper reports on the development of new continuous wave fiber lasers; a Tm-silica fiber laser operating at 1.98 micrometers , an Er,Pr:ZBLAN fiber laser at 2.78 micrometers and a Yb:Er-silica fiber laser at 1.5 micrometers , and pulsed fiber laser sources; gain-switched and Q-switched Tm- silica systems, specifically targeting applications in medicine. The first studies on the interaction of high- power, continuous wave mid-infrared fiber laser light and soft biological tissues are presented, demonstrating the ability of 2 and 3 micrometers fiber lasers to remove soft tissue cleanly, and with minimum collateral damage.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4253, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Applications, (4 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.427916
Show Author Affiliations
Mark C. Pierce, Univ. of Manchester (United States)
Stuart D. Jackson, Australian Photonics CRC (Australia)
Paul S. Golding, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Ben Dickinson, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Mark Russell Dickinson, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Terence A. King, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Philip Sloan, Univ. Dental Hospital (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4253:
Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Applications
Israel Gannot, Editor(s)

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