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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 5, Iss. 9 — Jul. 6, 2010

Random lasing in bone tissue

Qinghai Song, Shumin Xiao, Zhengbin Xu, Jingjing Liu, Xuanhao Sun, Vladimir Drachev, Vladimir M. Shalaev, Ozan Akkus, and Young L. Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 9, pp. 1425-1427 (2010)

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Owing to the low-loss and high refractive index variations derived from the basic building block of bone structure, we, for the first time to our knowledge, demonstrate coherent random lasing action originated from the bone structure infiltrated with laser dye, revealing that bone tissue is an ideal biological material for random lasing. Our numerical simulation shows that random lasers are extremely sensitive to subtle structural changes even at nanoscales and can potentially be an excellent tool for probing nanoscale structural alterations in real time as a novel spectroscopic modality.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2050) Lasers and laser optics : Dye lasers
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

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Original Manuscript: January 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 26, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 9, 2010
Published: April 28, 2010

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Vol. 5, Iss. 9 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Qinghai Song, Shumin Xiao, Zhengbin Xu, Jingjing Liu, Xuanhao Sun, Vladimir Drachev, Vladimir M. Shalaev, Ozan Akkus, and Young L. Kim, "Random lasing in bone tissue," Opt. Lett. 35, 1425-1427 (2010)

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