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Multimode diode-pumped monomode fiber lasers
Author(s): Willy A.R. Luethy; Heinz P. Weber
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Paper Abstract

One of the most promising applications of the laser is its use as an optical knife for surgery, especially for microsurgery. Efficient cutting with a minimum of undesired damage can be achieved if the laser energy is absorbed within a very thin layer and if a pulse duration is chosen that prevents diffusion of the heat by thermal conduction. Absorption of the laser energy can occur either in specific absorbers such as blood or melanin or unspecifically in water. According to the absorption properties of water, a good laser for cutting should emit radiation with about 3 micrometer wavelength.

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Date Published: 8 January 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2629, Biomedical Optoelectronics in Clinical Chemistry and Biotechnology, (8 January 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.229519
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Willy A.R. Luethy, Univ. Bern (Switzerland)
Heinz P. Weber, Univ. Bern (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2629:
Biomedical Optoelectronics in Clinical Chemistry and Biotechnology
Stefan Andersson-Engels; Mario Corti; Ivan Kertesz; Norbert Kroo; Heinz P. Weber; Terence A. King; Riccardo Pratesi; Stefan Seeger, Editor(s)

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