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Efficient and compact high-power mid-IR (~3 um) lasers for surgical applications
Author(s): Jason Tafoya; Jeff W. Pierce; Ravinder K. Jain; Brian Jet-Fei Wong
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Paper Abstract

3 μm Er:ZBLAN fiber lasers have many advantages for surgical applications compared to other lasers. Some key advantages include variable pulse width (CW to ~100 μs), high repetition rate (>1 kHz) and relatively high and easily adjustable average power (0 to >10 watts) in a compact air-cooled package. In addition, the simplicity of the laser increases reliability and decreases cost. In this paper, we describe some preliminary experiments with the use of such an Er:ZBLAN surgical fiber laser for the ablation of porcine otic capsule bone tissue; in particular, we describe ablation characteristics as a function of pulse energy and pulse duration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 2004
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5312, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems XIV, (13 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.561720
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Jason Tafoya, Sterling Photonics (United States)
Jeff W. Pierce, Sterling Photonics (United States)
Ravinder K. Jain, CHTM/Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Brian Jet-Fei Wong, Beckman Laser Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5312:
Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems XIV
Brian Jet-Fei Wong; Nikiforos Kollias; Kenton W. Gregory; Henry Hirschberg; Reza S. Malek; Abraham Katzir; David S. Robinson; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; Eugene A. Trowers; Werner T.W. de Riese; Lawrence S. Bass; Lloyd P. Tate; Steen J. Madsen; Keith D. Paulsen; Karen M. McNally-Heintzelman, Editor(s)

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