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Hollow curved Al2O3 waveguides for CO2 laser surgery
Author(s): Christopher C. Gregory; James A. Harrington; Robert I. Altkorn; Rudy H. Haidle; Tomasz K. Helenowski M.D.
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Paper Abstract

Alumina waveguides are bent to specific shapes by high temperature creep. Sapphire waveguides are mechanically bent, and both are plated with metal to form curved small diameter delivery systems for surgical CO2 laser radiation. The optical properties of these bent waveguides are presented as well as potential surgical uses including percutaneous laser discectomy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1991
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1420, Optical Fibers in Medicine VI, (1 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43878
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher C. Gregory, Rutgers Univ. (United States)
James A. Harrington, Rutgers Univ. (United States)
Robert I. Altkorn, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Rudy H. Haidle, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Tomasz K. Helenowski M.D., Chicago Institute of NeuroSurgery & NeuroResearch (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1420:
Optical Fibers in Medicine VI
Abraham Katzir, Editor(s)

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