The use of asbestos, a substance widely recognized as toxic, is banned in many countries, and the demolition of asbestos-containing buildings has increased in recent years in Japan. Conventional methods of removing asbestos-containing materials pose a risk of lung cancer and other diseases because they scatter asbestos in the air. Here, we demonstrate that a laser beam can be used to detoxify asbestos and suppress its scattering. The scattering of amorphous materials with the same composition as asbestos was observed in dust of asbestos-containing materials.
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Sohan Kawamura, Souichi Oka, Kazuhiro Takaya, Takashi Sakamoto, Masahiro Ueno, Masayuki Tsuda, "Detoxification and scattering suppression of asbestos-containing material using a laser beam," Proc. SPIE 11994, High-Power Laser Materials Processing: Applications, Diagnostics, and Systems XI, 119940H (4 March 2022); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2609071