Flexible plastic waveguides suitable for large interval of the infrared radiation spectrum

I. Gannot, J. Dror, A. Inberg, N. Croitoru, S. Schruender, J. Tschepe, G. Mueller

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Abstract

Flexible Plastic Waveguides (FPW) were first developed for Co laser radiation [1,2,3]. Further investigation of the factors whic influence the quality of the reflecting and refracting layers, have lead to the development of a method of smoothening of the substrate, and the layers. A mechanism of controling the dielectric layer thickness was also devised. Based on this knowledge we produced waveguides which can transmit several wavelengths of laser radiation. Measurements of the transmission characteristics of FPW coupled to Er-YAG (2.94μm), Ho-YAG (2.1μm), CO (5.5μm), CO., at 10.6μm and 9.6μm and TEA laser at 9.6μm, under various conditions (Power, bending) were made and showed good results. The use of the FPW in transmitting these types of laser radiation, may broaden the spectrum of uses of the waveguides in medical application, as: Hard tissues (bone, teeth) and in the eyes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-48
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume2131
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 28 1994
Externally publishedYes
EventBiomedical Fiber Optic Instrumentation 1994 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Jan 23 1994Jan 29 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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