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.
|Number of pages||1|
|State||Published - 1997|
|Event||Proceedings of the 1997 Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO/Pacific Rim - Chiba, Jpn|
Duration: 14 Jul 1997 → 18 Jul 1997
|Conference||Proceedings of the 1997 Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO/Pacific Rim|
|Period||14/07/97 → 18/07/97|