5 June 1998 High-volume production of low-loss sapphire optical fibers by Saphikon EFG (edge-defined, film-fed growth) method
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Proceedings Volume 3262, Surgical-Assist Systems; (1998) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.309487
Event: BiOS '98 International Biomedical Optics Symposium, 1998, San Jose, CA, United States
Sapphire fibers grown using the Saphikon EFG technique have proven to be effective delivery systems for Erbium:YAG and Erbium:YSGG laser energy. A special emphasis has been given to the hard tissue dental application following the FDA approval of this procedure in May of 1997. A range of sensor applications also utilize these EFG sapphire fibers. Through the latter half of 1997, Saphikon has successfully transitioned the process from a research/pilot scale level to high volume production. Fiber losses as low as 0.2 dB/meter with an average of 1.5 dB/meter, which were first demonstrated on a research level in which tens of meters were produced, have now been sustained over thousands of meters in full scale production. Use of sapphire fibers in non-medical applications, erbium laser dentistry, and other medical procedures is discussed.
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Jeremiah J. Fitzgibbon, Jeremiah J. Fitzgibbon, Joseph M. Collins, Joseph M. Collins, } "High-volume production of low-loss sapphire optical fibers by Saphikon EFG (edge-defined, film-fed growth) method", Proc. SPIE 3262, Surgical-Assist Systems, (5 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.309487; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.309487

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