Abstract

The authors have developed single-mode IR optical fibers, including some with photonic-crystal structure intended to increase the field diameter of the lightguide mode, for use in laser medicine in order to transmit radiation from CO2 and ZnSe:Fe lasers. To simplify the production process, a method is used of modeling the fiber structure and its modal content. A study has been made of how the sterilization and disinfection regimes affect the optical properties of the resulting fibers, in order to create interchangeable, easily spliced fiber-optic components for laser-medicine equipment at a wavelength of 10.6 μm.

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