Pulsed HF laser radiation transmission through fluorocarbon-polymer-coated silver hollow glass waveguides
Flexible fluorocarbon polymer-coated silver hollow glass waveguides, devised for the delivery of 3.0 micrometers radiation, were evaluated sing a plasma cathode HF laser emitting at 2.78 micrometers , in a 180 ns duration, at a 1 Hz repetition rate. A multimode beam of 10 mrad divergence at FWHM, was focused into the 700 micrometers diameter, 986 mm long waveguide and was transmitted through it under straight and various bent conditions. The straight transmission loss was found to be 0.9 dB/m, while the bent transmission losses varied from 2.0 dB/m (90 degree(s) bent -35 cm bending radius) to 2.4 dB/m (180 degree(s) bent -10 cm bending radius), for the range of measurements attempted. Transmission as a function of the laser energy input was also measured. Losses increased from 1.5 dB/m at 3 mJoules to 7.0 dB/m at 20 mJoules laser input. These attenuation characteristics at the wavelength of 2.78 micrometers make these waveguides very promising for pulsed radiation and tissue interactions in in vitro and in vivo trials.
Biomedical Systems and Technologies II
- Pub Date:
- December 1997