13 July 2004 Efficient and compact high-power mid-IR (~3 μm) lasers for surgical applications
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3 μm Er:ZBLAN fiber lasers have many advantages for surgical applications compared to other lasers. Some key advantages include variable pulse width (CW to ~100 μs), high repetition rate (>1 kHz) and relatively high and easily adjustable average power (0 to >10 watts) in a compact air-cooled package. In addition, the simplicity of the laser increases reliability and decreases cost. In this paper, we describe some preliminary experiments with the use of such an Er:ZBLAN surgical fiber laser for the ablation of porcine otic capsule bone tissue; in particular, we describe ablation characteristics as a function of pulse energy and pulse duration.
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Jason Tafoya, Jason Tafoya, Jeff W. Pierce, Jeff W. Pierce, Ravinder K. Jain, Ravinder K. Jain, Brian Jet-Fei Wong, Brian Jet-Fei Wong, } "Efficient and compact high-power mid-IR (~3 μm) lasers for surgical applications", Proc. SPIE 5312, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems XIV, (13 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.561720; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.561720


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