Infrared transmitting optical fibers and their medical applications

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Abstract

Infrared (IR) laser radiation, such as that of the CO2 laser, is useful for cutting, heating, and welding. All of these methods and devices would be easily adapted for medical applications. In all of these, there is a need to transmit the IR radiation through suitable optical fibers. There are three families of IR transmitting fibers, namely: fibers made of IR glasses; fibers made of crystalline materials; and hollow waveguides. IR fibers made of crystalline silver halides in lengths of 0.7-1.0 mm are developed. These fibers are flexible, highly transparent in the middle IR, non-toxic, non-hygroscopic and biocompatible. They are used, in particular, for endoscopic laser surgery, therapy, diagnosis and imaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages242
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO/Pacific Rim - Chiba, Jpn
Duration: 14 Jul 199718 Jul 1997

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 1997 Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO/Pacific Rim
CityChiba, Jpn
Period14/07/9718/07/97

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