Proceedings PaperPower transmission for silica fiber laser delivery systems
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Since the first practical laser was developed in the 1960''s the medical community has pursued the application of lasers for medical surgery. Unlike industrial laser applications where the laser can be positioned directly in front of a desired work area medical systems have the need to remotely channel the laser to the operation site. Silica-core optical fibers have become a standard vehicle for this purpose because of their availability and low cost high laser damage threshold biocompatibility high strength and reliability. Much of the fiber technology available today is the result of extensive development associated with telecommunications.