Fiber optics for 3 and 10 micron medical lasers

James A. Harrington, Yuji Matsuura

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Newly developed glass waveguides with losses as low as 0.1 dB/m are successfully being used to deliver up to 80 W of CO2 of Er:YAG laser power for a variety of surgical applications. The waveguide was fabricated by taking polymer-coated, thin-wall silica glass tubing and depositing on the inside a metallic layer followed by a thin dielectric coating to enhance the reflectivity of the metal film. The structure of the waveguide is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-154
Number of pages2
JournalConference Proceedings - Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Annual Meeting-LEOS
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1995 8th Annual Meeting of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society. Part 1 (of 2) - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: 1995 Oct 301995 Nov 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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