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8 April 1996 Monolithic flexible hollow silver waveguide for high-power industrial CO2 laser applications
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A high efficiency, monolithic, flexible, hollow waveguide called FiberlaseTM has been developed capable of delivering a wide range of wavelengths at very high power for surgical and industrial applications. Operational wavelengths of 3 microns through 10.6 microns have been demonstrated and core diameters of 400 microns and 1500 microns are now in production. Practical lengths of up to 3 meters with a 1000 micron core are being produced. Fiberlase is now replacing the articulated arm delivery systems of CO2 lasers. Unique to this waveguide is its monolithic substrate structure, avoiding multi-layers, simplifying the manufacturing process, maximizing the heat dissipating properties, and allowing very low manufacturing costs. The power handling, bend performance and beam characteristics for high power industrial CO2 laser applications will be discussed.
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Clifford E. Morrow and Gordon Gu "Monolithic flexible hollow silver waveguide for high-power industrial CO2 laser applications", Proc. SPIE 2703, Lasers as Tools for Manufacturing of Durable Goods and Microelectronics, (8 April 1996);

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