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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 1 — Jan. 4, 2010
  • pp: 134–140

Reflectometry, ablation and fluid retrieval with an optical fiber

A. Sudirman, G. Björk, and W. Margulis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 1, pp. 134-140 (2010)

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A technique combining low-coherence reflectometry, laser ablation and microfluidics in a single microstructured fiber is developed. Experimental results demonstrate the possibility to ablate thin aluminum foil samples with fiber-guided Nd:YAG laser light, to collect liquid in the holes of the fiber and to simultaneously monitor the positioning of fiber for ablation and the fluid collection process with low-coherence reflectometry. Potential applications of the technique include minimally invasive retrieval of liquid samples with low contamination risk.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: October 19, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 18, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 18, 2009
Published: December 22, 2009

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A. Sudirman, G. Björk, and W. Margulis, "Reflectometry, ablation and fluid retrieval with an optical fiber," Opt. Express 18, 134-140 (2010)

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