Development and application of fibre lasers for medical applications

M. Pierce*, S. Jackson, P. Golding, B. Dickinson, M. Dickinson, T. King, P. Sloan

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Recent progress in fibre laser technology has provided lasers operating at mid-infrared wavelengths, at power levels and temporal regimes previously inaccessible to bulk crystal lasers. This paper reports on the development of new continuous wave fibre lasers; a Tm-silica fibre laser operating at 1.98 μm, an Er,Pr:ZBLAN fibre laser at 2.78 μm and a Yb:Er-silica fibre laser at 1.5 μm, and pulsed fibre laser sources; gain-switched and Q-switched Tm-silica systems, specifically targeting applications in medicine. The feast studies on the interaction of high-power, continuous wave mid-infrared fibre laser light and soft biological tissues are presented, demonstrating the ability of 2 and 3 μm fibre lasers to remove soft tissue cleanly, and with minimal collateral damage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-154
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Ablation
  • Continuous wave
  • Diode-pumping
  • Fibre laser
  • Gain-switched
  • Mid-infrared
  • Q-switched


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