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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 2002
  • pp: 1251–1255

Optical properties of end-sealed hollow fibers

Shintaro Mohri, Takao Kasai, Yukio Abe, Yi-Wei Shi, Yuji Matsuura, and Mitsunobu Miyagi  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 7, pp. 1251-1255 (2002)

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We propose sealing techniques for medical hollow fibers to protect the inner surface of fibers from debris or water that scatters from targets. First, hollow fibers are sealed with a film of polymer that is easily formed by use of a dipping technique. The transmission loss of 20-µm-thick sealing film was 0.2 dB for Er:YAG laser light, and the maximum energy that is available for the film was 180 mJ. Second, a sealed glass cap was applied to the output end of hollow fiber. The silica-glass cap with a wall thickness of 400 µm shows a transmission loss of 0.5 dB and was not damaged by radiation of 400-mJ energy pulses.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2390) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics, infrared
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(170.3890) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics instrumentation

Original Manuscript: February 26, 2001
Revised Manuscript: September 21, 2001
Published: March 1, 2002

Shintaro Mohri, Takao Kasai, Yukio Abe, Yi-Wei Shi, Yuji Matsuura, and Mitsunobu Miyagi, "Optical properties of end-sealed hollow fibers," Appl. Opt. 41, 1251-1255 (2002)

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