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15 May 1997 Free-electron-laser (FEL)-induced desorption of ions from tooth dentine
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Proceedings Volume 2973, Lasers in Dentistry III; (1997)
Event: BiOS '97, Part of Photonics West, 1997, San Jose, CA, United States
Free electron laser (FEL) with the wide wavelength tunability has been developed and used for various applications. The FEL gives high efficiency for the photo- induced ablation when the laser is tuned to an absorption maximum of the target. This study investigates the FEL induced desorption of ions from tooth dentine to find new possibility for laser dentistry. The FEL was tuned to 9.4 (Mu) m, which is an absorption maximum of phosphoric acid ion known as major component of dentine. The FEL pulse length was several ps. The output average power was varied from 5 to 20mW by filters. A time-of-flight mass spectroscopy systems were developed for the purpose of analyzing the desorbed ions of varying masses. After the 9.4 micrometers FEL irradiation, the dentine surface was ablated, and visible light emission was observed. As a result, positive ions which correspond to Na+ and many phosphoric acid ions were measured. The positive ions, however were not observed when the FEL was not tuned to the absorption peak of the target. Therefore, this wavelength dependence points to resonant multiphoton vibrational excitation of molecules by the 9.4 micrometers FEL irradiation.
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Seiji Ogino, Kunio Awazu, and Takio Tomimasu "Free-electron-laser (FEL)-induced desorption of ions from tooth dentine", Proc. SPIE 2973, Lasers in Dentistry III, (15 May 1997);

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