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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 45, Iss. 26 — Sep. 10, 2006
  • pp: 6736–6740

Fabrication of a polymer-coated silver hollow optical fiber with high performance

Yi-Wei Shi, Kentaro Ito, Lin Ma, Takanori Yoshida, Yuji Matsuura, and Mitsunobu Miyagi  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 26, pp. 6736-6740 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.45.006736


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Abstract

The techniques for fabricating a hollow optical fiber with an inner silver layer and a cyclic olefin polymer (COP) layer have been improved to reduce the surface roughness of these two layers. The loss spectrum was thereby drastically reduced over a wide wavelength range, from visible to near infrared. Optimization of the COP layer thickness resulted in low loss simultaneously at several key laser wavelengths. Infrared hollow fiber with low loss was developed for Er:YAG and Nd:YAG lasers. It can also deliver green and red pilot beams with low loss. Use of this fiber in therapeutic and pilot lasers should prove useful for research and development in laser medicine.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.7300) Lasers and laser optics : Visible lasers
(170.3890) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics instrumentation
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(310.1860) Thin films : Deposition and fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: July 27, 2005
Revised Manuscript: April 25, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 28, 2006

Virtual Issues
Vol. 1, Iss. 10 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Yi-Wei Shi, Kentaro Ito, Lin Ma, Takanori Yoshida, Yuji Matsuura, and Mitsunobu Miyagi, "Fabrication of a polymer-coated silver hollow optical fiber with high performance," Appl. Opt. 45, 6736-6740 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-45-26-6736

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