Abstract

A hollow-fiber bundle was designed and used to deliver high-peak-power pulses from a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. An 80 cm long bundle with a total diameter of 5.5mm was composed of 37 glass capillaries with bore diameters of 0.7mm. Beam-resizing optics with two lenses were used to couple the laser beam into the bundle. The measured coupling loss due to the limited aperture ratio of the bundle was 2.3dB, and the transmission loss at wavelengths of 1064 and 532nm was 0.3dB. When an inert gas flowed through the bores of the capillaries, the maximum output pulse energy was 200mJ, which was the limit of the laser used in the experiment. Hollow-fiber bundles withstand irradiation better than single hollow fibers and silica-glass optical fibers do. They are suitable for many dermatological applications because they can be used to irradiate a large area.

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2001 (1)

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Marowsky, G.

T. Schmidt-Uhlig, P. Karlitschek, G. Marowsky, and Y. Sano, "New simplified coupling scheme for the delivery of 20 MW Nd:YAG laser pulses by large core optical fibers," Appl. Phys. B 72, 183-186 (2001).

Matsuura, Y.

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Schertz, I.

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T. Schmidt-Uhlig, P. Karlitschek, G. Marowsky, and Y. Sano, "New simplified coupling scheme for the delivery of 20 MW Nd:YAG laser pulses by large core optical fibers," Appl. Phys. B 72, 183-186 (2001).

Shi, Y. W.

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Appl. Opt. (4)

Appl. Phys. B (1)

T. Schmidt-Uhlig, P. Karlitschek, G. Marowsky, and Y. Sano, "New simplified coupling scheme for the delivery of 20 MW Nd:YAG laser pulses by large core optical fibers," Appl. Phys. B 72, 183-186 (2001).

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

W. M. Trott and K. D. Meeks, "High-power Nd:glass laser transmission through optical fibers and its use in acceleration of thin foil targets," J. Appl. Phys. 67, 3297-3301 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Eng. (2)

D. P. Hand, D. Su, M. Naeem, and J. D. C. Jones, "Fiber optic high-quality Nd:YAG beam delivery for materials processing," Opt. Eng. 35, 502-506 (1996).
[CrossRef]

O. Yilmaz, Y. Matsuura, and M. Miyagi, "Bundled aluminum hollow-core fibers for delivery of ultraviolet laser beam," Opt. Eng. 44, 106501 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (2)

Other (2)

T. Ohshiro, The Role of the Laser in Dermatology: An Atlas (Wiley, 1997).

D. Goldberg, ed., Laser Dermatology (Springer, 2005), Chap. 3.
[CrossRef]

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Figures (9)

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(Color online) End face of a hollow-fiber bundle.

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(Color online) Experiment setup for measuring the optical properties of bundled hollow fibers.

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(Color online) Output beam profiles from straight and bent bundles ( λ = 532 nm ) .

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Measured bending losses of single and bundled hollow fibers ( λ = 532 nm ) .

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Measured loss as a function of input energy ( λ = 1064 nm ) .

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Schematic view of gas-flow attachment.

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Measured output energy as a function of input energy for fiber bundles with (•) and without (∘) gas flow.

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Aperture ratio as a function of wall thickness for bundled hollow fibers with circular and hexagonal cross sections.

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(Color online) End face of a fused hollow-fiber bundle.

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