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High-NA HPCS optical fibers for medical diagnosis and treatment
Author(s): Bolesh J. Skutnik
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Paper Abstract

Hard Plastic Clad Silica (HPCS) optical fibers with pure silica cores have been developed which are robust and have NA(Numerical Aperture)>0.50. Improved clad only HPCS fibers have been produced for both new 'standard' and 'high' NA versions. Based on new cladding formulations, the 'standard' NA fiber has an NA of 0.41, while the new ultrahigh NA fiber has an NA of 0.54. Mechanical strength and preliminary fatigue data are presented along with spectral characterization data. For the first time significant results were obtained for clad only high NA fibers, The fibers are useful for diagnostic and surgical applications. Short to medium length time to failure results, indicate that the static fatigue parameters of the new high numerical aperture (NA) optical fibers are at least as good as those for former standard NA (0.37) HPCS fibers, which is an advance from previous results on the older formulation high NA fibers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7559, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications X, 75590M (24 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.842713
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Bolesh J. Skutnik, CeramOptec Industries, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7559:
Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications X
Israel Gannot, Editor(s)

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