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23 March 2005 Hard plastic clad silica fibers for near UV applications
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Many medical applications have been developed using light sources not only in the visible and near infra-red (NIR) regions, but also in the near ultraviolet (near UV) region of the spectrum. Hard Plastic Clad Silica (HPCS) have found much use in medical applications in general, but generally HPCS fibers are not recommended below 400 nm. Here we will describe HPCS fibers with excellent mechanical reliability and with optical losses of only 1.5 dB/m at 275 nm and less than about 0.2 dB/m at 350 nm. How this combination of properties can benefit diagnostic and surgical applications in the near UV will also be discussed.
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Bolesh J. Skutnik, Brian Foley, and Kelly Moran "Hard plastic clad silica fibers for near UV applications", Proc. SPIE 5691, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Applications V, (23 March 2005);

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