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Nonlinear absorption studies of melanin
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Paper Abstract

Recent theoretical and experimental findings have produced wide ranges of absorption coefficients for melanin in the visible and near-infrared wavelength ranges. These values have been reported for a variety of laser pulse durations, from less than one nanosecond to CW exposures of several seconds. Here we present the findings of non-linear absorption studies in melanin-doped samples in an effort to reconcile bioeffects experiments and theory across a wide variety of irradiance levels. These studies are of particular interest to laser bioeffects in the retina, for which melanin plays a key role in the absorption of laser energy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4617, Laser Tissue Interaction XIII: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical, (27 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.472520
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David J. Stolarski, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Jacob Stolarski, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Robert J. Thomas, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Gary D. Noojin, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Kurt J. Schuster, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Benjamin A. Rockwell, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4617:
Laser Tissue Interaction XIII: Photochemical, Photothermal, and Photomechanical
Steven L. Jacques; Donald Dean Duncan; Sean J. Kirkpatrick; Andres Kriete; Donald Dean Duncan; Sean J. Kirkpatrick; Andres Kriete, Editor(s)

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