30 January 2012 Chalcogenide glass fibreoptics for new mid-infrared medical endoscopy
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Chalcogenide glass fiberoptics could underpin new mid-infrared medical endoscopic systems for real-time molecular sensing, imaging and analysis of tissue and for fiber laser surgery at new mid-infrared wavelengths. Moreover, chalcogenide glass fiberoptic and waveguide devices and systems could provide the key to new mid-infrared communications for molecular sensing to inform decision-taking in other sectors as diverse as manufacturing, energy, the environment and security. The development and deployment of chalcogenide glasses for mid-infrared photonics over the next decade or so could mirror the complexity and versatility of silica fiber optics developed in the 20th Century for near-infrared photonics. These ideas are developed in this paper and the current status of chalcogenide glass photonics is briefly surveyed.
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Angela B. Seddon, Angela B. Seddon, } "Chalcogenide glass fibreoptics for new mid-infrared medical endoscopy", Proc. SPIE 8218, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications XII, 82180Y (30 January 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.920807; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.920807
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