15 February 2017 Pressure generation during neural stimulation with infrared radiation
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This study quantifies laser evoked pressure waves in small confined volumes such as a small dish or the cochlea. The pressure was measured with custom fabricated pressure probes in front of the optical fiber. For the pressure measurements during laser stimulation the probes were inserted into scala tympani or vestibuli. At 164 μJ/pulse, the intracochlear pressure was between 96 and 106 dB (re 20 μPa). The pressure was also measured in the ear canal with a sensitive microphone. It was on average 63 dB (re 20 μPa). At radiant energies large enough to evoke an auditory compound action potential, the outer ear canal equivalent pressure was 36-56 dB (re 20 μPa).
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N. Xia, X. Tan, Y. Xu, C.-P. Richter, "Pressure generation during neural stimulation with infrared radiation", Proc. SPIE 10062, Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells XXVIII, 100620B (15 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2253290; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2253290
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