Laser power delivery in infrared fiber optics (Invited Paper)

James Harrington

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It is desirable in many surgical and industrial applications of infrared (IR) lasers to employ a flexible fiber optic delivery system to conveniently distribute energy to remote locations. While many different IR fibers have been developed only a few are suitable for the delivery of laser power. The best fiber candidates for the high power CO2 laser are the hollow metallic and hollow sapphire fibers, and at Er:YAG laser wavelengths the fluoride glass and solid-core sapphire fibers offer the greatest promise. Hollow metallic waveguides have been used to deliver up to 2,600 W of cw CO2 laser power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherPubl by Int Soc for Optical Engineering
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)081940795X
StatePublished - Dec 1 1992
EventOptical Fibers in Medicine VII - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Duration: Jan 21 1992Jan 22 1992

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherOptical Fibers in Medicine VII
CityLos Angeles, CA, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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