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Laser power delivery in infrared fiber optics (Invited Paper)
Author(s): James A. Harrington
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Paper Abstract

It is desirable in many surgical and industrial applications of infrared (IR) lasers to employ a flexible fiber optic delivery system to conveniently distribute energy to remote locations. While many different IR fibers have been developed only a few are suitable for the delivery of laser power. The best fiber candidates for the high power CO2 laser are the hollow metallic and hollow sapphire fibers, and at Er:YAG laser wavelengths the fluoride glass and solid-core sapphire fibers offer the greatest promise. Hollow metallic waveguides have been used to deliver up to 2,600 W of cw CO2 laser power.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1992
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1649, Optical Fibers in Medicine VII, (1 August 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60218
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James A. Harrington, Rutgers Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1649:
Optical Fibers in Medicine VII
Abraham Katzir, Editor(s)

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