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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2000
  • pp: 150–152

Flexible small-bore hollow fibers with an inner polymer coating

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

Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 3, pp. 150-152 (2000)

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Flexible hollow-glass fibers with small-bore diameters of 250 and 320 μm have been developed for Er:YAG laser delivery. The fibers consist of a glass capillary tube and an inner coating of silver and polymer thin films that are deposited by use of a simple liquid-phase technique. The 250-μm-bore fiber exhibits a straight loss of 0.8 dB/m and a bending loss of 1.2 dB when it is bent 180° at the output end, with a bending radius of 2 cm. The maximum energy delivered by the fibers is ∼100 mJ.

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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
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(170.1850) Medical optics and biotechnology : Dentistry

Yukio Abe, Yi-Wei Shi, Yuji Matsuura, and Mitsunobu Miyagi, "Flexible small-bore hollow fibers with an inner polymer coating," Opt. Lett. 25, 150-152 (2000)

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