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Evaluation of crystalline and chemically durable glass fibers for Erbium-YAG laser delivery systems
Author(s): Glenn N. Merberg; Mahmoud R. Shahriari; James A. Harrington; George H. Sigel Jr.
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Paper Abstract

A power delivery system capable of delivering high energy densities of infrared radiation at 2.94 tm is required for the application of the Erbium-YAG laser in the medical industry. Conventional silica fibers have high intrinsic absorption coefficients in this spectral region, making them unsuitable for this application. Several alternative fibers were evaluated as candidates for delivering laser radiation at this wavelength, including single crystal fibers of sapphire and silicon, polycrystalline fibers of KRS-13, and glass fibers of fluorozirconate and fluoroaluminate compositions. For each of these, damage thresholds, fiber attenuation coefficients and maximum deliverable energies were determined. Commercially available fluorozirconate fibers proved to be the most promising candidates for this application, with a loss of under 40 dB/km and a damage threshold of over 1000 J/ cm2.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1228, Infrared Fiber Optics II, (1 May 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18640
Show Author Affiliations
Glenn N. Merberg, Rutgers Univ. (United States)
Mahmoud R. Shahriari, Rutgers Univ. (United States)
James A. Harrington, Rutgers Univ. (United States)
George H. Sigel Jr., Rutgers Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1228:
Infrared Fiber Optics II
James A. Harrington; Abraham Katzir, Editor(s)

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