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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2006
  • pp: 1373–1375

Hollow polycarbonate fiber for Er:YAG laser light delivery

Masayuki Nakazawa, Yi-wei Shi, Yuji Matsuura, Katsumasa Iwai, and Mitsunobu Miyagi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 10, pp. 1373-1375 (2006)

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We developed hollow fibers with polycarbonate (PC) capillaries for use as a supporting tube. The PC capillaries were prepared by using a glass-drawing technique. Hollow PC fibers are safer and more flexible than hollow glass fibers because no fragments are released when the fibers are broken in various applications. Inner coating layers of silver and cyclic olefin polymer (COP) enhanced the reflection rate at the Er:YAG laser light wavelength. Using these fibers, we attained low loss for Er:YAG laser light transmission. By adjusting the drawing temperature in the fabrication of the PC capillaries, we created a smooth inner surface and uniform PC capillaries. We also demonstrated low-loss properties for visible pilot beams.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(120.7000) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Transmission
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(170.3890) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics instrumentation
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: December 16, 2005
Revised Manuscript: February 22, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: February 23, 2006

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Masayuki Nakazawa, Yi-wei Shi, Yuji Matsuura, Katsumasa Iwai, and Mitsunobu Miyagi, "Hollow polycarbonate fiber for Er:YAG laser light delivery," Opt. Lett. 31, 1373-1375 (2006)

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