Abstract

Germanium-coated metal (silver, gold, and copper) hollow waveguides for CO2 laser energy delivery have been fabricated by electron-beam evaporation and plating techniques in which an acid-soluble glass mandrel with small surface roughness was used. The transmission characteristics of Ge-coated metal hollow waveguides were studied. Ge-coated Ag hollow waveguides showed smaller loss, 0.2 dBm, for CO2 laser light than Ge-coated Au and Cu waveguides. The transmission characteristics of Ge-coated Ag hollow waveguides were measured in relation to a core diameter and a bending radius.

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