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  1. Topographic steep central islands following excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy

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    Krueger, Ronald R.; McDonnell, Peter J.

    1994-06-01

    The purpose of this study is to demonstrate that topographic irregularities in the form of central islands of higher refractive power can be seen following excimer laser refractive surgery. We reviewed the computerized corneal topographic maps of 35 patients undergoing excimer laser PRK for compound myopic astigmatism or anisometropia from 8/91 to 8/93 at the USC/Doheny Eye Institute. The topographic maps were generated by the Computed Anatomy Corneal Modeling System, and central islands were defined as topographic areas of steepening of at least 3 diopters and 3 mm in diameter. A grading system was developed based on the presence of central islands during the postoperative period. Visually significant topographic steep central islands may be seen in over 50% of patients at 1 month following excimer laser PRK, and persist at 3 months in up to 24% of patients without nitrogen gas blowing. Loss of best corrected visual acuity or ghosting is associated with island formation, and may prolong visual rehabilitation after excimer laser PRK.

  2. Preliminary results of VISX excimer laser myopic photorefractive keratectomy at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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    Maguen, Ezra I.; Berlin, Michael S.; Hofbauer, John; Macy, Jonathan I.; Nesburn, Anthony B.; Papaioannou, Thanassis; Salz, James J.

    1992-08-01

    Sixty-two eyes underwent excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for the correction of myopia at Cedars-Sinai-Medical-Center. The first group of 12 patients are presented with follow up data of ten months postoperatively. The second group of 50 patients are presented with follow up data of three months postoperatively. An in-depth comparison of pre and postoperative refractive data is presented. Comparisons between pre and postoperative corrected and uncorrected Snellen visual acuities are provided in order to asses the functional visual result of the procedure.

  3. Epithelial healing and clinical outcomes in excimer laser photorefractive surgery following three epithelial removal techniques: mechanical, alcohol, and excimer laser.

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    Lee, Hyung Keun; Lee, Kyung Sub; Kim, Jin Kook; Kim, Hyeon Chang; Seo, Kyung Ryul; Kim, Eung Kweon

    2005-01-01

    To evaluate epithelial healing, postoperative pain, and visual and refractive outcomes after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) using three epithelial removal techniques. Prospective, nonrandomized, comparative trial. Department of Ophthalmology, Yonsei University College of Medicine and Balgensesang Ophthalmology Clinic, Seoul, Korea. For the PRK procedure, the corneal epithelium was removed in one of three ways: mechanically (conventional PRK [PRK]) in 88 eyes of 44 patients; using excimer laser (transepithelial PRK [tPRK]) in 106 eyes of 53 patients; or using 20% diluted alcohol, laser-assisted subepithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) in 106 eyes of 53 patients. Epithelial healing, postoperative pain, uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA), and remaining refractive error. The mean postoperative pain scores were 4.84 +/- 1.45 for PRK, 4.71 +/- 1.62 for tPRK, and 4.63 +/- 1.52 for LASEK (P = .125). The mean epithelial healing rates were 12.3 +/- 4.6 for PRK, 15.2 +/- 4.9 for tPRK, and 18.1 +/- 5.2 mm2/day for LASEK (P refractive outcomes. Using the same nomogram, tPRK resulted in a slight overcorrection, and LASEK resulted in a slight undercorrection.

  4. Results of excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy for the correction of myopia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: 1993

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    Maguen, Ezra I.; Salz, James J.; Nesburn, Anthony B.; Warren, Cathy; Macy, Jonathan I.; Papaioannou, Thanassis; Hofbauer, John; Berlin, Michael S.

    1994-06-01

    This report summarizes the authors' 3-year experience with excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) on 240 eyes of 161 patients. With constant laser emission parameters, nitrogen (N2) flow across the cornea was used on 79 eyes while 161 eyes had no N2 flow. 74 eyes were operated on without fixation with a suction ring. Postoperative pain management included patching and oral analgesics in 77 eyes and the use of topical Diclofenac or Ketorolac, and a therapeutic soft contact lens in 163 eyes. Follow up ranged from 1 month (206 eyes) to 36 months (10 eyes).

  5. Update on excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: two-year experience

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    Maguen, Ezra I.; Salz, James J.; Warren, Cathy; Papaioannou, Thanassis; Nesburn, Anthony B.; Macy, Jonathan I.; Hofbauer, John; Grundfest, Warren S.

    1993-06-01

    Our two year experience with excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy for the correction of myopia on 160 eyes of 128 patients is described. All eyes were treated with a VISX Twenty- Twenty excimer laser, with the following parameters: radiant exposure 160 mJ/cm2, frequency 5 Hz, ablation zone diameter 5.0 to 5.5 mm, and stromal ablation rate 0.18 to 0.33 (mu) /pulse. A suction fixation ring was used in all cases either with nitrogen flow (79 eyes) or without nitrogen flow (81 eyes) across the cornea. Follow-up ranged from one month (152 eyes) to 24 months (12 eyes). The results are stable between 3 and 24 months with less than 0.25 D change in the mean postoperative spherical equivalents. In eyes with a follow-up of 6 to 24 months, 77% to 100% were 20/40 or better uncorrected, and 84% to 92% were corrected to within +/- 1 D of emmetropia. Further follow-up is needed to assess the long term safety and efficacy of the procedure.

  6. excimer laser

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    2014-01-07

    Jan 7, 2014 ... Excimer laser; krypton chloride; UV pre-ionization; gas circulation. PACS No 42.55.Lt. 1. ... active discharge volume is by spark UV radiation created adjacent to both sides of the. Figure 4. Output ... HV electrode, all along its length and spatially modulated to ensure uniform irradiation of the gas volume.

  7. Clinical observation on photorefractive keratectomy with epithelial removal by excimer laser

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    Dong-Mei Wang

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To investigate the clinical outcomes after photorefractive keratectomy(PRKwith epithelial removal by phototherapeutic keratectomy(PTKfor 1a. METHODS:A prospective analysis for 16 consecutive patients(30 eyeswith myopia and myopic astigmatism from July 2012 to July 2014 in our hospital underwent transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy(T-PRK, PRK with epithelial removal by PTK. Uncorrected distant visual acuity(UCVA, haze formation and remaining manifest refractive spherical equivalent(MRSEwere recorded before and at 1,3,6 and 12mo after operations. RESULTS:There were no significant differences(P>0.05in patients had an postoperative UCVA≥0.5 at 1, 3, 6 and 12mo compared with preoperative best corrected visual acuity(BCVA, and the same as the patients had an UCVA≥1.0(P>0.006. There were significant differences in haze values between different postoperative times(F=16.751, P=0.000. The haze value at 1mo was 0.71±0.25, which was gradually reduced with the time, and no more than 2 grades. Postoperative MRSE at 1mo was 0.9±0.87D, compared with 0.5±0.65D at 3mo, the difference was statistically significant(t=2.017, P=0.048. While the difference was not statistically significant(F=2.389, P=0.098among MRSE at 3, 6(0.5±0.45Dand 12mo(0.25±0.4D.CONCLUSION:The study obtained good clinical visual acuity. It shows slightly hyperopic shift and corneal haze at 1mo postoperatively. Large sample and grouped clinical research should be taken for the long-term stability of refraction and visual quality.

  8. Excimer Laser Technology

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    Basting, Dirk

    2005-01-01

    This comprehensive survey on Excimer Lasers investigates the current range of the technology, applications and devices of this commonly used laser source, as well as the future of new technologies, such as F2 laser technology. Additional chapters on optics, devices and laser systems complete this compact handbook. A must read for laser technology students, process application researchers, engineers or anyone interested in excimer laser technology. An effective and understandable introduction to the current and future status of excimer laser technology.

  9. Excimer Laser Etching

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    Boatner, Lynn A [ORNL; Longmire, Hu Foster [ORNL; Rouleau, Christopher M [ORNL; Gray, Allison S [ORNL

    2008-04-01

    Excimer laser radiation at a wavelength of = 248 nm represents a new etching method for the preparation of metallographic specimens. The method is shown to be particularly effective for enhancing the contrast between different phases in a multiphase metallographic specimen.

  10. Excimer lasers for refractive surgery

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    Vartapetov, Serge K.

    2003-10-01

    Over the last decade excimer lasers have been broadly used for technological and medical processes. One of the most widespread applications of excimer laser is the clinical use for refractive surgery. Refractive surgery with excimer lasers is the prevalent method for the eye acuity correction. Operation at 193 nanometers, the excimer laser is able to precisely sculpt the corneal surface to correct refractive errors. Both the increase in the accuracy of sculpturing and the predictability of procedures are the key elements of the excimer laser designed for refractive surgery. The novel excimer laser for refractive surgery is offered for small aberration treatment. The excimer laser with both a full aperture Gaussian beam and fly spot system is described. The comparison of different systems of laser correction is reviewed.

  11. O impacto da cirurgia de ceratectomia fotorrefrativa (PRK e ceratomileuse assistida por excimer laser in situ (LASIK na qualidade visual e de vida em pacientes com ametropias The impact of photorefractive excimer laser keratectomy (PRK and laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK on visual quality and life in patients with ametropias

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    Ricardo Belfort

    2008-02-01

    significantemente para melhor em relação ao préoperatório, com redução substancial do estresse psicológico.PURPOSE: To evaluate the quality of life, vision and stress before and after refractive surgery. METHODS: This is a longitudinal, observational study, where 100 patients were evaluated; 54 espectacles wearers, 21 contact lens users before surgery and 25 controls wearers spectacles or contact lenses, who did not want to undergo refractive surgery during one year despite refractive error. The applied questionnaires were Self Reporting Questionnaires SRQ-20 of quality of life and vision and National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire NEI VFQ-25 for the assessment of mental health. The intervention group answered the questionnaires before surgery, three, six and twelve months after follow-up and the control group answered the questionnaires at six and twelve months after the baseline. The questionnaires of the intervention group were applied by an independent person. RESULTS: In the intervention group (54 spectacle wearers, 39 were treated by photorefractive excimer laserkeratectomy (PRK and 15 by laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK, of the 21 contact lens users: 12 received photorefractive excimer laser keratectomy and nine were treated by laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK. The control group remained stable during the study. After three months of follow-up the intervention group showed improvement in quality of life, vision and reduction of stress. After one year of follow-up the assessments of quality of life and mental health were similar to the control group. After three months there was a significant reduction of psychiatric symptomatology in the intervention group. CONCLUSION: Patients operated for correction of ametropia showed a significant improvement in quality of life and mental health assessments.

  12. Excimer laser drilling of polymers

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    Chen, Yihong; Zheng, HongYu; Wong, Terence K. S.; Tam, Siu Chung

    1997-08-01

    Laser micro-drilling technology plays a more and more important role in industry, especially in the fabrication of multi-layer electronic packages. In such applications, non- metals are often used as insulators, in which via holes are formed to provide vertical interconnections for densely packed 3D wiring networks. Mechanical punch tools have been the primary means to form holes in ceramic sheets and in polymer boards since the 1970's. As the cost of fabricating punch heads increases drastically and the demand for quick turn around part build becomes more routine, flexible via forming technologies, such as laser drilling, have become more prevalent. In laser drilling, CO2, Nd:YAG, and excimer lasers are often used. Their drilling capabilities, drilling mechanisms, and hole qualities are different because of the different laser beam characteristics such as wavelength and beam energy distribution. In this paper, the mechanisms of laser drilling are briefly reviewed. The results of the experiments on excimer laser drilling of two types of polymer: polyimide and polyethylene terephthalate, are reported. It is found that the etch rate increases with increase of fluence, an the wall angle of drilled holes is dependent on the fluence. The material removal by a laser pulse is highly controllable. There exists an optimal fluence range to obtain clean and smooth edges of quality holes for a given material at a given laser wavelength.

  13. Corneal wound healing after excimer laser keratectomy.

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    Kaji, Yuichi; Yamashita, Hidetoshi; Oshika, Tetsuro

    2003-03-01

    Excimer laser keratectomy is widely used to correct refractive errors. Several complications of excimer laser keratectomy are reported including corneal infection, regression, corneal haze formation, glare and halo. Most of the complications are closely related to the corneal stromal wound healing process. In order to perform the excimer laser keratectomy with minimum complications, we should understand the mechanism of the corneal stroma wound healing process. In addition, such knowledge will help us to regulate the corneal stromal wound healing process in the future. In the present article, we discuss the molecular mechanism of the corneal stromal wound healing process after excimer laser keratectomy and its regulation by anti-inflammatory agents.

  14. (308 nm) excimer laser

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    The UV lasers with high quantum energy photons directly break the atomic and molecular bonds within material. The photons in this spectral range are also capable of inducing photo- chemical reactions. Most solid materials have high absorption in the UV. The short pulses result in reducing interaction time between laser ...

  15. Excimer laser etching of polyimide

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    Brannon, J. H.; Lankard, J. R.; Baise, A. I.; Burns, F.; Kaufman, J.

    1985-09-01

    It is reported that thin films of polyimide are efficiently etched in air at pulsed excimer laser wavelengths of 248, 308, and 351 nm. Etch rate versus incident fluence data are found to obey a Beer-Lambert etching relation. Sharp laser fluence thresholds for significant etching are found to correlate with the wavelength-dependent absorption coefficient. The absorbed energy density required to initiate significant etching is found, within experimental error, to be independent of the wavelengths examined. It is felt that this information demonstrates the predominantly thermal nature of the laser etching mechanism. Additionally, infrared spectroscopy and coupled gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy were used to identify several gases evolved during pulsed laser etching of polyimide in both air and vacuum.

  16. Applications of the Excimer Laser: A Review.

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    Beggs, Sarah; Short, Jack; Rengifo-Pardo, Monica; Ehrlich, Alison

    2015-11-01

    The 308-nm excimer laser has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of psoriasis and vitiligo. Its ability to treat localized areas has led to many studies determining its potential in the treatment of focal diseases with inflammation or hypopigmentation. To review the different applications of the 308-nm excimer laser for treating dermatologic conditions. An extensive literature review was conducted by searching PubMed, MEDLINE, and ClinicalKey to find articles pertaining to dermatologic conditions treated with the 308-nm excimer laser. Articles published that contributed to new applications of the excimer laser were included, as well as initial studies utilizing the excimer laser. The outcomes and results were compiled for different dermatologic conditions treated with the excimer laser. The 308-nm excimer laser has a wide range of uses for focal inflammatory and hypopigmented conditions. Treatment is generally well tolerated, with few adverse reactions. Larger studies and studies evaluating the long-term effects of the 308-nm excimer laser are needed.

  17. Mitomicina C e "Excimer laser" Mitomycin C and Excimer Laser

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    Anelise Dutra Wallau

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available A mitomicina C é um antimetabólito que atua em nível celular bloqueando a replicação de DNA e RNA e inibindo a síntese protéica. Utilizada em diversas áreas da oftalmologia, recentemente vem sendo empregada como moduladora da resposta cicatricial corneana em cirurgias ópticas/refrativas por "excimer laser". A aplicação única de mitomicina C associada à cirurgia fotoablativa de superfície corneana tem se mostrado opção segura e eficiente para fins terapêuticos em olhos com opacidade corneana pré-existente e/ou profiláticos em olhos com alto risco de desenvolvimento de opacificação corneana pós-operatória. O uso da droga em cirurgia fotoablativa deve ser cauteloso até que seguimento de longo prazo avalie sua inocuidade tardia. O presente texto faz revisão dos principais estudos sobre modulação da resposta cicatricial corneana com uso de mitomicina C em cirurgias ópticas/refrativas de superfície.Mitomycin C is an antimetabolite agent that blocks DNA and RNA replication and protein synthesis. It has been used in several ophthalmologic areas, and recently as a modulator of corneal wound healing in excimer laser surgeries. A single application of mitomycin C during surface corneal photoablative surgery seems a safe and efficient therapeutic option for eyes with corneal opacity and/or as prophylaxis in eyes with high risk for corneal opacity development. The use of this drug in photoablative surgery should be cautious until long-term safety results have been reported. The present text presents a review about corneal wound healing with the use of mitomycin C.

  18. Evaluation and diffusion of excimer laser treatment of myopia in the United States and in the Netherlands

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    Vondeling, H.; Rosendal, H.; Banta, D.

    1995-01-01

    Excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is an experimental treatment to correct myopia (short-sightedness) that is diffusing into use without convincing evidence of safety and efficacy. It has been claimed that PRK may render conventional methods of correcting myopia, such as wearing glasses

  19. 308-nm excimer laser in endodontics

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    Liesenhoff, Tim

    1992-06-01

    Root canal preparation was performed on 20 extracted human teeth. After opening the coronal pulp, the root canals were prepared by 308 nm excimer laser only. All root canals were investigated under SEM after separation in the axial direction. By sagittal separation of the mandibles of freshly slaughtered cows, it was possible to get access to the tissues and irradiate under optical control. Under irradiation of excimer laser light, tissue starts to fluoresce. It was possible to demonstrate that each tissue (dentin, enamel, bone, pulpal, and connective tissue) has a characteristic spectral pattern. The SEM analyses showed that it is well possible to prepare root canals safely. All organic soft tissue has been removed by excimer laser irradiation. There was no case of via falsa. The simultaneous spectroscopic identification of the irradiated tissue provides a safe protection from overinstrumentation. First clinical trials on 20 patients suffering of chronical apical parodontitis have been carried out successfully.

  20. Scattered UV irradiation during VISX excimer laser keratorefractive surgery.

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    Hope, R J; Weber, E D; Bower, K S; Pasternak, J P; Sliney, D H

    2008-04-01

    To evaluate the potential occupational health hazards associated with scattered ultraviolet (UV) radiation during photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) using the VISX Star S3 excimer laser. The Laser Vision Center, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Intraoperative radiometric measurements were made with the Ophir Power/Energy Meter (LaserStar Model PD-10 with silicon detector) during PRK treatments as well as during required calibration procedures at a distance of 20.3 cm from the left cornea. These measurements were evaluated using a worst-case scenario for exposure, and then compared with the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygeinists (ACGIH) Threshold Value Limits (TVL) to perform a risk/hazard analysis. During the PRK procedures, the highest measured value was 248.4 nJ/pulse. During the calibration procedures, the highest measured UV scattered radiation level was 149.6 nJ/pulse. The maximum treatment time was 52 seconds. Using a worst-case scenario in which all treatments used the maximum power and time, the total energy per eye treated was 0.132 mJ/cm2 and the total UV radiation at close range (80 cm from the treated eye) was 0.0085 mJ/cm2. With a workload of 20 patients, the total occupational exposure at 80 cm to actinic UV radiation in an 8-hour period would be 0.425 mJ/cm2. The scattered actinic UV laser radiation from the VISX Star S3 excimer laser did not exceed occupational exposure limits during a busy 8-hour workday, provided that operating room personnel were at least 80 cm from the treated eye. While the use of protective eyewear is always prudent, this study demonstrates that the trace amounts of scattered laser emissions produced by this laser do not pose a serious health risk even without the use of protective eyewear.

  1. Investigation of excimer laser ablation of iron

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    Jordan, R.; Lunney, J. G.

    1998-05-01

    The excimer ablation of iron at 248 nm has been investigated by measuring the ablation depth and average ion energy as a function of laser fluence. Measurements have also been made of the laser transmission through the ablated vapour above the target. The absolute spectral intensity of the emission from the ablation plasma has been measured in both the vacuum ultraviolet and the visible. All results were compared with a simple numerical model describing the main physical processes involved in laser ablation of metal targets.

  2. Excimer laser irradiation of metal surfaces

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    Kinsman, Grant

    In this work a new method of enhancing CO2 laser processing by modifying the radiative properties of a metal surface is studied. In this procedure, an excimer laser (XeCl) or KrF) exposes the metal surface to overlapping pulses of high intensity, 10(exp 8) - 10(exp 9) W cm(exp -2), and short pulse duration, 30 nsec FWHM (Full Width Half Maximum), to promote structural and chemical change. The major processing effect at these intensities is the production of a surface plasma which can lead to the formation of a laser supported detonation wave (LSD wave). This shock wave can interact with the thin molten layer on the metal surface influencing to a varying degree surface oxidation and roughness features. The possibility of the expulsion, oxidation and redeposition of molten droplets, leading to the formation of micron thick oxide layers, is related to bulk metal properties and the incident laser intensity. A correlation is found between the expulsion of molten droplets and a Reynolds number, showing the interaction is turbulent. The permanent effects of these interactions on metal surfaces are observed through scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transient calorimetric measurements and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Observed surface textures are related to the scanning procedures used to irradiate the metal surface. Fundamental radiative properties of a metal surface, the total hemispherical emissivity, the near-normal spectral absorptivity, and others are examined in this study as they are affected by excimer laser radiation. It is determined that for heavily exposed Al surface, alpha' (10.6 microns) can be increased to values close to unity. Data relating to material removal rates and chemical surface modification for excimer laser radiation is also discussed. The resultant reduction in the near-normal reflectivity solves the fundamental problem of coupling laser radiation into highly reflective and conductive metals such as copper and aluminum. The

  3. Subpicosecond, high-brightness excimer laser systems

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    Taylor, A.J.; Gosnell, T.R.; Roberts, J.P.; Lester, C.S.; Gibson, R.B.; Harper, S.E.; Tallman, C.R.

    1988-01-01

    Subpicosecond, high-brightness excimer laser systems are being used to explore the interaction of intense coherent ultraviolet radiation with matter. Applications of current systems include generation of picosecond x-ray pulses, investigation of possible x-ray laser pumping schemes, studies of multiphoton phenomena in atomic species, and time-resolved photochemistry. These systems, based on the amplification of subpicosecond pulses in small aperture (/approximately/1 cm/sup 2/) XeCl or KrF amplifiers, deliver focal spot intensities of /approximately/10/sup 17/ W/cm/sup 2/. Scaling to higher intensities, however, will require an additional large aperture amplifier which preserves near-diffraction-limited beam quality and subpicosecond pulse duration. We describe here both a small aperture KrF system which routinely provides intensities >10/sup 17/ W/cm/sup 2/ to several experiments, and a large aperture XeCl system designed to deliver /approximately/1 J subpicosecond pulses and yield intensities on target in excess of 10/sup 19/W/cm/sup 2/. We also discuss the effects of two-photon absorption on large-aperture, high-brightness excimer lasers. 4 refs., 2 figs.

  4. Electrodeless excimer laser; Laser a eccimeri senza elettrodi

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    Lisi, N. [ENEA, Divisione Nuovi Materiali, Centro Ricerche Casaccia, Rome (Italy)

    2001-07-01

    In this paper it is proposed how to build an excimer laser based on an electrodeless discharge (or Dielectric Barrier Discharge). Such laser could operate with a low energy per pulse (<100 mJ) and a high repetition rate (<100 kHz). The most relevant advantage an electrodeless DBD laser is the much longer gas mixture lifetime. This feature could allow the operation of a sealed laser emitting higher average power with respect to commercially available excimer lasers. Such discharge scheme could be advantageous in order to excite the F{sub 2} excimer molecule, whose emission wavelength in the VUV range (157 nm) at high reprate is particularly interesting in the micro-lithography field. [Italian] In questo documento viene proposto come costruire un laser a eccimeri basato su una scarica priva di elettrodi, o Dielectric Barrier Discharge. Tale laser puo' funzionare con una bassa energia per impulso (<100 mJ) ad alta frequenza di ripetizione (<100 kHz). Il vantaggio fondamentale di un laser a DBD e quindi privo di elettrodi e' la vita media della miscela gassosa molto piu' alta che potrebbe permettere alla camera laser di operare sigillata ad una potenza media superiore a quella dei laser a eccimeri attuali. Tale schema di pompaggio potrebbe essere particolarmente vantaggioso per eccitare la molecola eccimero F{sub 2} la cui lunghezza di emissione nel VUV (157 nm) ad elevata frequenza di ripetizione presenta un notevole interesse nel campo della produzione di microcircuiti.

  5. Excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy for keratoconus nodules.

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    Elsahn, Ahmed F; Rapuano, Christopher J; Antunes, Victor A; Abdalla, Yasmine F; Cohen, Elisabeth J

    2009-02-01

    To report the outcomes of contact lens-intolerant patients with keratoconus (KCN) with subepithelial nodules treated with excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK). The charts of all contact lens-intolerant patients with KCN who underwent excimer laser PTK for subepithelial nodules were identified using a computer database and were retrospectively reviewed. Preoperative and postoperative visual acuity and method of correction, surgical treatment, epithelial healing, complications, and KCN nodule recurrence were all analyzed. Fifteen eyes of 15 patients with a minimum follow-up of 3 months were reviewed. Mean follow-up time was 23.1 months (SD +/- 42.5 months, range 3-143 months). In 9 eyes, the epithelial defect healed by postoperative day 3 and all eyes healed by postoperative day 6. There was no infection or corneal melting in any of the eyes. After PTK, 11 patients were refit successfully with rigid gas-permeable contact lenses and 4 wore glasses. Three patients had a recurrence of the KCN nodule at 3, 8, and 23 months postoperatively. One of them had a repeat PTK 23 months after the initial surgery, improving to 20/40 with contact lenses at 55 months postoperatively. Another patient decided to have a penetrating keratoplasty, and the third patient is considering repeat PTK or penetrating keratoplasty. PTK effectively removed KCN nodules without recurrences in most patients and can be a successful modality to improve contact lens tolerance and delay or avoid more invasive surgery.

  6. [Retinal detachment after Excimer laser (myopic LASIK or PRK). A retrospective multicentric study: 15 cases].

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    Feki, J; Trigui, A; Chaabouni, M; Ben Salah, S; Bouacida, B; Chechia, N; Zayani, A; Nouira, F; Daghfous, F; Ayed, S; Kamoun, M

    2005-05-01

    Refractive surgery by LASIK or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) generaly aims at a myopic population that has a high probability of developing rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RD). The authors report a multicenter study with 15 cases of RD appearing after refractive surgery by Excimer laser and discuss the role played by the techniques used. Five centers fitted with nine Excimer laser devices took part in this study. Of 22,700 eyes undergoing refractive myopic surgery during the period 1994-2002, 15 eyes developed rhegmatogenous RD. The average age of the patients with RD was 37 years. The average myopia was 13.5 D. RD occurred a mean of 20 months after refractive laser. Fifteen eyes of 13 patients developed a rhegmatogenous RD, two of which were bilateral. Eight of these cases had LASIK surgery and six had photorefractive keratectomy; one of the latter patients was retreated with LASIK because of substantial regression after PRK. RD was total or subtotal in five eyes, partial superior with a temporal tear in six eyes, and nasal in three eyes. One case with inferior RD, two cases with giant retinal tear and one case with posterior tear were also repaired. Fourteen eyes were suitable for operation. The retina was reattached in 12 cases. Mean postoperative visual acuity was 7/10. The occurrence of rhegmatogenous RD in the myopic population is estimated at 2.2%. It is estimated at 0.1% in the emmetropic population. The Excimer laser, through its thermic effects, shock wave, traumatism undergone by the suction ring at the time of LASIK surgery, could increase this risk in myopic patients. A review of the literature cast doubt on the cause and effect hypothesis. Personal and multicenter studies (including ours) show that the frequency rate of rhegmatogenous RD after Excimer laser is equivalent and even lower than that estimated with an emmetropic population. The low percentage of RD after Excimer surgery found in the literature as well as in our study (surgery, the

  7. Excimer Lasers With Capacitively Excited Tubular Discharges

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    Eichler, Hans J.; Herweg, Helmut; de la Rosa, Jose

    1989-04-01

    The excitation of excimer lasers in tubular discharges results in simple and compact devices needing no preionization. Optical output energies are in the millijoule range. We investigated XeF, KrF and ArF lasers for various operating conditions. The lasers consist of capillary glass tubes with two internal electrodes at the ends and an aluminium-foil wrapped around the tube as capacitive electrode. A maximum output energy of 0.3 mJ has been achieved for the XeF laser. The good quality of the discharge is indicated by the observation of spontaneous mode locking. The detailed study of the discharge for different polarities of the electrodes has shown that efficient operation with a high gas lifetime can be obtained by a purely capacitively excited discharge. A gas lifetime of about 10,000 pulses for 3 litres gas mixture has been observed. Using a two stage Marx generator to generate 100 kV excitation voltage a maximum output energy of 0.7 mJ was obtained for a gas mixture of Kr, F2 and He with an efficiency of 0.17%. The KrF laser operates also without the buffer gas. Laser action in ArF has been achieved with 15 μJ pulse energy and 10 ns duration.

  8. Laser-induced corneal cross-linking upon photorefractive ablation with riboflavin.

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    Kornilovskiy, Igor M; Kasimov, Elmar M; Sultanova, Ayten I; Burtsev, Alexander A

    2016-01-01

    To estimate the biomechanical effect of the laser-induced cross-linking resulting from photorefractive ablation of the cornea with riboflavin. Excimer laser ablation studies were performed ex vivo (32 eyes of 16 rabbits) by phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) and in vivo (24 eyes of 12 rabbits) by transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (TransPRK), with and without riboflavin saturation of the stroma. Then, we performed corneal optical coherence tomography on 36 eyes of 18 patients with varying degrees of myopia at different times after the TransPRK was performed with riboflavin saturation of the stroma. Biomechanical testing of corneal samples saturated with riboflavin revealed cross-linking effect accompanied by the increase in tensile strength and maximum strength. PTK showed increase in tensile strength from 5.1±1.4 to 7.2±1.6 MPa (P=0.001), while Trans-PRK showed increase in tensile strength from 8.8±0.9 to 12.8±1.3 MPa (P=0.0004). Maximum strength increased from 8.7±2.5 to 12.0±2.8 N (P=0.005) in PTK and from 12.8±1.6 to 18.3±1.2 N (P=0.0004) in TransPRK. Clinical optical coherence tomography studies of the biomicroscopic transparent cornea at different times after TransPRK showed increased density in the surface layers of the stroma and membrane-like structure beneath the epithelium. Photorefractive ablation of the preliminary corneal stroma saturation with riboflavin causes the effect of laser-induced cross-linking, which is attended with an increase in corneal tensile strength, maximum strength, increased density in the surface layers of the stroma, and formation of a membrane-like structure beneath the epithelium after TransPRK.

  9. [Glycosaminoglycans in subepithelial opacity after excimer laser keratectomy].

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    Nakayasu, K; Gotoh, T; Ishikawa, T; Kanai, A

    1996-05-01

    We evaluated histochemically the characteristics of glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans in the corneal subepithelial opacity after excimer laser keratectomy on rabbit corneas. We also performed the same evaluations on the cornea after mechanical keratectomy. Twenty days after the operations, the area immediately subjacent to the epithelium showed strong staining with toluidine blue, alcian blue, and colloidal iron. However, after treatment with chondroitinase ABC or chondroitinase AC, alcian blue staining in this area decreased dramatically. Antilarge proteoglycan antibody also reacted strongly in this area. Histochemical and immunohistochemical examination of the cornea where mechanical keratectomy was done showed basically similar findings with the cornea of excimer laser keratectomy. These results suggest that large-molecula proteoglycans with chondroitine sulfate side chains become localized in the subepithelial area after two different kinds of keratectomies. We presume from histochemical and immunohistochemical observations that the subepithelial opacity observed after excimer laser keratectomy is not a special reaction to excimer laser but simply a corneal scar formed after stromal resection.

  10. Validade da topografia de córnea na cirurgia refrativa com excimer laser Validity of corneal topography in refractive surgery with excimer laser

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    Orlando da Silva Filho

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar os resultados refracionais e a segurança do procedimento cirúrgico PRK (ceratectomia fotorrefrativa com base na topografia de córnea no pré-operatório. MÉTODOS: Participantes - 44 sujeitos que tinham realizado cirurgia refrativa, com o procedimento ceratectomia fotorrefrativa, os quais apresentaram topografias irregulares pré-operatórias. O grupo controle consistiu de 44 sujeitos com topografia regular pré-operatória. Os 88 olhos foram submetidos a ceratectomia fotorrefrativa utilizando-se o "Summit Apex plus Excimer Laser". As topografias irregulares e regulares foram obtidas pelo "Corneal Analysis System"(EyeSys, sendo consideradas como topografias irregulares os seguintes achados: ápice deslocado acima de 1,5 D (AD, asfericidade maior que 0,25 D/mm (AS, obliquidade maior que 15 graus (OB, assimetria inferior-superior igual ou maior que 1,5 D (IS, curvatura maior que 47 D (CU e combinação de 2 critérios (CB. Principal efeito medido: perda de uma ou mais linhas que foram definidas com segurança para o prognóstico. RESULTADOS: Todos os pacientes foram acompanhados por 6 meses. Verificou-se perda significativa de acuidade visual corrigida em pacientes submetidos ao procedimento PRK-AD (pPURPOSE: To evaluate the refractive results and safety of PRK (photorefractive keratectomy based on the preoperative corneal topography. METHODS: 44 operated eyes, using the photorefractive keratectomy process, and which presented preoperative topographical abnormalities. The control group consisted of 44 eyes with preoperative normal corneal topography. Eighty-eight eyes were submitted to the photorefractive keratectomy process using the Summit Apex plus Excimer Laser. Corneal topographies were accessed by the EyeSys Analysis system; the topographic abnormalities which were considered are the following: apex displacement above 1.5D (AD, asphericity above 0.25D/mm (AS, obliquity above 15 degrees (OB, inferior-superior asymmetry

  11. Ignition by excimer laser photolysis of ozone

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    Lucas, D.; Dunn-Rankin, D.; Hom, K.; Brown, N. J.

    1986-10-01

    We have ignited mixtures of hydrogen, oxygen, and ozone in closed cells with 248 nm radiation from a KrF excimer laser. Ozone, the only significant absorber in this system, absorbs a single photon and produces oxygen atoms which initiate combustion. A discretized, time-dependent Beer's law model is used to demonstrate that the radical concentration immediately after photolysis is a function of laser power, ozone concentration, focal length, and separation between the lens and reaction cell. Spark schileren photographs are used to visualize the ignition events and identify the ignition sites. The effects of equivalence ratio, pressure, and the initial gas temperature on the minimum ozone concentration needed to produce ignition are presented, and only the initial temperature has a significant effect. Modelling studies of the ignition process aid in the interpretation of the experimental results, and show that the ignition we observe is not due solely to thermal effects, but is strongly dependent on the number and type of radicals present initially after photolysis. Ignition using other hydrocarbons as fuels was also demonstrated.

  12. The Excimer Laser: Its Impact on Science and Industry

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    Basting, Dirk

    2010-03-01

    After the laser was demonstrated in 1960, 15 years were required to develop a practical method for extending laser emission into the UV: the Excimer laser. This historical review will describe the challenges with the new medium and provide an insight into the technological achievements. In the transition from Science to Industry it will be shown how start-ups successfully commercialized laboratory prototypes. The pioneers in this rapidly expanding field will be identified and the influence of government-funded research as well as the role of venture capital will be discussed. In scientific applications, the fields of photochemistry and material research were particularly stimulated by the advent of a reliable UV light source. Numerous industrial applications and worldwide research in novel applications were fueled In the early and mid 80's by progress in excimer laser performance and technology. The discovery of ablative photocomposition of polymer materials by Srinivasan at IBM opened the door to a multitude of important excimer applications. Micromachining with extreme precision with an excimer laser enabled the success of the inkjet printer business. Biological materials such as the human cornea can also be ``machined'' at 193nm, as proposed in 1983 by Trokel and Srinivasan. This provided the foundation of a new medical technology and an industry relying on the excimer laser to perform refractive surgery to correct vision Today, by far the largest use of the excimer laser is in photolithography to manufacture semiconductor chips, an application discovered by Jain at IBM in the early 80's. Moore's law of shrinking the size of the structure to multiply the number of transistors on a chip could not have held true for so long without the deep UV excimer laser as a light source. The presentation will conclude with comments on the most recent applications and latest market trends.

  13. Laser-induced corneal cross-linking upon photorefractive ablation with riboflavin

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    Full Text Available Igor M Kornilovskiy,1 Elmar M Kasimov,2 Ayten I Sultanova,2 Alexander A Burtsev1 1Department of Eye Diseases, Federal State Budgetary Institution “National Pirogov Medical Surgical Centre”, Ministry of Health, Moscow, Russia; 2Department of Eye Diseases, Zarifa Aliyeva National Ophthalmology Center, Ministry of Health, Baku, Azerbaijan Aim: To estimate the biomechanical effect of the laser-induced cross-linking resulting from photorefractive ablation of the cornea with riboflavin.Methods: Excimer laser ablation studies were performed ex vivo (32 eyes of 16 rabbits by phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK and in vivo (24 eyes of 12 rabbits by transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (TransPRK, with and without riboflavin saturation of the stroma. Then, we performed corneal optical coherence tomography on 36 eyes of 18 patients with varying degrees of myopia at different times after the TransPRK was performed with riboflavin saturation of the stroma.Results: Biomechanical testing of corneal samples saturated with riboflavin revealed cross-linking effect accompanied by the increase in tensile strength and maximum strength. PTK showed increase in tensile strength from 5.1±1.4 to 7.2±1.6 MPa (P=0.001, while TransPRK showed increase in tensile strength from 8.8±0.9 to 12.8±1.3 MPa (P=0.0004. Maximum strength increased from 8.7±2.5 to 12.0±2.8 N (P=0.005 in PTK and from 12.8±1.6 to 18.3±1.2 N (P=0.0004 in TransPRK. Clinical optical coherence tomography studies of the biomicroscopic transparent cornea at different times after TransPRK showed increased density in the surface layers of the stroma and membrane-like structure beneath the epithelium.Conclusion: Photorefractive ablation of the preliminary corneal stroma saturation with riboflavin causes the effect of laser-induced cross-linking, which is attended with an increase in corneal tensile strength, maximum strength, increased density in the surface layers of the stroma, and formation of

  14. The effect of 193 nm excimer laser radiation on the human corneal endothelial cell density

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    Isager, P.; Hjortdal, J.Oe.; Ehlers, N. [Aarhus Univ. Hospital, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Aarhus (Denmark)

    1996-06-01

    The effect of 193 nm excimer laser radiation on human corneal endothelial cell density was examined. Fifty-five eyes from 35 patients underwent photorefractive keratectomy for myopia. Photomicrographs of the endothelium were taken a short time before the operation and on an average of 7 months postoperatively with a specular microscope. The average endothelial cell densities were preoperatively 3375 {+-} 266 cells/mm{sup 2} (means {+-} SD) and postoperatively 3348 {+-} 287 cells/mm{sup 2}, corresponding to a fall of 27 cells/mm{sup 2} (N = 55). This fall in endothelial cell density was not statistically significant. A significant correlation between the change in cell density and age of the patient was found, with older patients losing more cells (N = 35, 2p < 0.05). The magnification of the specular microscope was found to change with corneal thickness. The importance of correcting the endothelial cell densities for corneal thickness is discussed. (au) 14 refs.

  15. Comparative shock wave analysis during corneal ablation with an excimer laser, picosecond laser, and femtosecond laser

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    Krueger, Ronald R.; Juhasz, Tibor

    1995-05-01

    With the event of topographic steep central islands following excimer laser surgery and the potential damage to the corneal endothelium, shock waves are playing an increasingly important role in laser refractive surgery. With this in mind, we performed a comparative shock wave analysis in corneal tissue using an excimer laser, picosecond laser, and femtosecond laser. We used a Lambda Physik excimer laser at 308 nm wavelength, a Nd:YLF picosecond laser at 1053 nm wavelength and a synchronously pumped linear cavity femtosecond laser at 630 nm wavelength. The pulse widths of the corresponding lasers were 8 ns, 18 ps, 150 fs, respectively. The energy density of irradiation was 2.5 to 8 times the threshold level being 2 J/cm2 (excimer laser), 86 J/cm2 (picosecond laser) and 10.3 J/cm2 (femtosecond laser). Shock wave dynamics were analyzed using time-resolved photography on a nanosecond time scale using the picosecond laser in corneal tissue, water and air. Shock wave dynamics using the femtosecond laser were studied in water only while the excimer laser induced shock wave during corneal ablation was studied in air only. We found the dynamics of shock waves to be similar in water and corneal tissue indicating that water is a good model to investigate shock wave effects in the cornea. The magnitude of the shock wave velocity and pressure decays over time to that of a sound wave. The distance over which it decays is 3 mm in air with the excimer laser and 600 - 700 micrometers in air with the picosecond laser. In water, the picosecond laser shock wave decays over a distance of 150 micrometers compared to the femtosecond laser shock wave which decays over a distance of 30 micrometers . Overall the excimer laser shock wave propagates 5 times further than that of the picosecond laser and the picosecond laser shock wave propagates 5 times further than that of the femtosecond laser. In this preliminary comparison, the time and distance for shock wave decay appears to be directly

  16. Overview on the high power excimer laser technology

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    Liu, Jingru

    2013-05-01

    High power excimer laser has essential applications in the fields of high energy density physics, inertial fusion energy and industry owing to its advantages such as short wavelength, high gain, wide bandwidth, energy scalable and repetition operating ability. This overview is aimed at an introduction and evaluation of enormous endeavor of the international high power excimer laser community in the last 30 years. The main technologies of high power excimer laser are reviewed, which include the pumping source technology, angular multiplexing and pulse compressing, beam-smoothing and homogenous irradiation, high efficiency and repetitive operation et al. A high power XeCl laser system developed in NINT of China is described in detail.

  17. New Class of Excimer-Pumped Atomic Lasers (XPALS)

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    AFRL-AFOSR-VA-TR-2017-0019 New Class of Excimer-Pumped Atomic Lasers (XPALS) James Eden UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHAMPAIGN 506 S WRIGHT ST 364 HENRY...TITLE AND SUBTITLE New Class of Excimer-Pumped Atomic Lasers (XPALS) 5a. CONIKA\\.INUMBER FA9550-13- 1-0006 5b.GRANT NUMBER Sc. f’ftOGRAM ELEMENT...cxcitcd state-excited state reaction rates. We ore pleased to report that the main goal orthis program, the viability of nn atomic laser having a

  18. A new transepithelial phototherapeutic keratectomy mode using the NIDEK CXIII excimer laser.

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    Buzzonetti, Luca; Petrocelli, Gianni; Laborante, Antonio; Mazzilli, Emilio; Gaspari, Mario; Valente, Paola; Francia, Elisa

    2009-01-01

    To evaluate epithelial healing, postoperative pain, and best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA) after transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) performed with a new phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) mode using the NIDEK CXIII excimer laser. Fifteen eyes from 10 patients with myopia underwent transepithelial PRK using a multistage program to perform PTK followed by PRK. The PTK incorporated Flex Scan, which accounts for the loss of radial ablation efficiency on the peripheral cornea. The epithelium was removed with the excimer laser by monitoring the disappearance of blue fluorescence during the ablation. Epithelial healing was evaluated by taking slit-lamp photographs every 24 hours until complete reepithelialization. Postoperative pain was measured according to the Faces Pain Rating Scale. All outcomes are reported for 3 months postoperatively. Haze was graded by two ophthalmologists, each masked to the other's result. Mean reepithelialization took 3.50+/-0.85 days, mean pain score was 3.00+/-1.20, and BSCVA was 20/20 for 9 eyes, 20/30 for 3 eyes, and 20/40 for 3 eyes. All patients had haze below grade 2. The outcomes of the preliminary study show that the incorporation of the Flex Scan algorithm in the PTK mode is as safe and effective as conventional PTK algorithms. The primary advantage of this new PTK mode may be more consistent epithelial removal. Additional studies are needed to determine long-term outcomes.

  19. Pain after epithelial removal by ethanol-assisted mechanical versus transepithelial excimer laser debridement.

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    Kanitkar, K D; Camp, J; Humble, H; Shen, D J; Wang, M X

    2000-01-01

    To compare subjective pain responses between two techniques of epithelial removal prior to photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) treatment: ethanol-soaked pledget with mechanical debridement of the epithelium versus excimer laser transepithelial ablation. Nine patients underwent bilateral PRK. Each had the epithelium in one eye debrided by placing a pledget soaked in 20% ethanol on the cornea for 2 minutes followed by gentle scraping with a blade. The epithelium in the other eye was removed by transepithelial phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) treatment. For each eye, PRK was initiated immediately after removal of the epithelium. On postoperative day one, each patient was asked to rate the level of pain suffered over the last 24 hours on a scale of 0 (minimal) to 10 (maximal). Data were analyzed in a masked fashion. Postoperative day one average pain level in the ethanol-assisted mechanically debrided eyes was 3.0 +/- 2.5 and in the transepithelial PTK eyes was 6.8 +/- 1.8. The difference was statistically significant by Student's t-test (P < .01). All epithelial defects healed within 3 days with no clinically significant difference in healing time between the two techniques. In preparation for PRK, ethanol-assisted mechanical debridement of the epithelium caused significantly less postoperative pain than epithelial removal using the excimer laser.

  20. Excimer laser interaction with dentin of the human tooth

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    Hammond, Ernest C., Jr.; Gilliam, Ruth L.; Baker, George R.

    1989-01-01

    The use an excimer laser produced many unusual conical structures within the dentin of the inner part of the human tooth. By varying the frequency of the laser one can disperse the energy and cause more bleeding in laser surgery, but not destroy the cells associated with the incision. Therefore, the healing process will virtually be without scarring. Whereas, using the infrared laser the blood loss would be less, but the healing process would tend to be longer because cells are being destroyed due to the cauterization effect of the laser. The question is, are these structures produced as an interaction with the laser or are they an intrinsic part of the structure. The effects of the laser interaction upon dentin was studied, and in using electron microscopy the interaction of the excimer laser upon the tooth dentin and other various biological tissue is more clearly understood.

  1. HSP47 expression in cornea after excimer laser photoablation.

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    Kasagi, Yasuo; Yamashita, Hidetoshi

    2002-01-01

    The expression of heat shock protein 47 (HSP47) was observed histologically to investigate the spatial and chronological effects of excimer laser photoablation. HSP47 expression after radial keratotomy (RK) was also investigated and compared with the effects after excimer laser photoablation. Twenty-eight male rabbits were used. The rabbits were divided with two groups and treated with either excimer laser photoablation or four radial incisions to simulate corneal refractive surgery. The chronological and spatial changes in the expression of HSP47 were observed immunohistochemically. In eyes that underwent excimer laser photoablation, HSP47 was detected in the basal layer of the epithelial cells and in the superficial stromal layer 3 days after surgery. After 5 and 7 days, HSP47 expression extended to the deep layer of the stroma and to the endothelial cells. After 14 days, HSP47 was detected only in the deep layer of the stroma and in the endothelial cells. After 28 days, HSP47 expression was reduced. In eyes that underwent RK, HSP47 was detected in the basal layer of the epithelial cells and in the stroma surrounding the wound 1 day after surgery. After 3 and 7 days, HSP47 expression did not expand further. After 28 days, HSP47 expression diminished. Excimer laser photoablation affects the whole layer of the cornea, and may be caused by the shock wave that occurs as a result of photoablation. In addition, interaction among the keratocytes may propagate the stress-induced response to the whole layer of the cornea. With RK, the wound is smaller and deeper. HSP47 expression occurs earlier, but is limited to the area surrounding the wound.

  2. Corrosion resistance improvement of metals by excimer laser surface treatment

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    Autric, Michel L.; Perrais, Jacqueline; Barreau, Gerard

    2000-02-01

    KrF excimer laser has been used for physical and chemical transformations of metallic materials and coated metal samples. Aluminum alloys, steels and chromium coated mild steel have been treated under excimer laser radiation in order to improve their mechanical properties and their corrosion and oxidation resistance. The laser surface treatment leads, after surface remelting process, to important changes in the topography, the microstructure, the phases and the chemical composition of the near-surface region resulting in different hardness, wear properties and corrosion/oxidation behavior. We focus this paper on aluminum alloys (2000 and 6000 type) and steels irradiated using a krypton fluoride laser (20 ns, 0.5 - 10 J/cm2, up to 200 Hz) in laboratory air. The analysis were carried out by means of scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, coupled and low incidence angle X-ray diffraction, microhardness tester and electrochemical test equipments.

  3. Excimer laser assisted chemical machining of SiC ceramic

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    Hibi, Yuko; Enomoto, Yuji; Kikuchi, Kaoru; Shikata, Nobuo; Ogiso, Hisato

    1995-02-01

    A highly effective method of machining ceramic has been newly developed using a krypton fluoride (KrF) excimer laser with a 248 nm wavelength. The laser was irradiated on SiC in water to form a soft hydrous oxide layer by photochemical reaction. The softened layer was then cut with a diamond tool to form a mirror surface finish. The optimum conditions were found for both high machining rate and better surface integrity of SiC.

  4. Development of EKC after Eximer Laser Photorefractive Surgery and Subsequent Recurrence of EKC-like Keratitis

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    Park, Sung Joon; Jang, Yoon Soo; Koh, Tae Hyuk; Kwon, Young A; Song, Sang Wroul

    2011-01-01

    This research focuses on four cases of patients having undergone eximer laser photorefractive surgery who were diagnosed with adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis during the postoperative period and who later developed epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC)-like keratitis. Two of the patients had undergone laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK), one had undergone laser in situ keratomileusis and one had photorefractive keratectomy. After the surgery adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis and recur...

  5. Impacts of excimer laser annealing on Ge epilayer on Si

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    Huang, Zhiwei; Mao, Yichen; Yi, Xiaohui; Lin, Guangyang; Li, Cheng; Chen, Songyan; Huang, Wei; Wang, Jianyuan

    2017-02-01

    The impacts of excimer laser annealing on the crystallinity of Ge epilayers on Si substrate grown by low- and high-temperature two-step approach in an ultra-high vacuum chemical vapor deposition system were investigated. The samples were treated by excimer laser annealing (ELA) at various laser power densities with the temperature above the melting point of Ge, while below that of Si, resulting in effective reduction of point defects and dislocations in the Ge layer with smooth surface. The full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of X-ray diffraction patterns of the low-temperature Ge epilayer decreases with the increase in laser power density, indicating the crystalline improvement and negligible effect of Ge-Si intermixing during ELA processes. The short laser pulse time and large cooling rate cause quick melting and recrystallization of Ge epilayer on Si in the non-thermal equilibrium process, rendering tensile strain in Ge epilayer as calculated quantitatively with thermal mismatch between Si and Ge. The FWHM of X-ray diffraction patterns is significantly reduced for the two-step grown samples after treated by a combination of ELA and conventional furnace thermal annealing, indicating that the crystalline of Ge epilayer is improved more effectively with pre- annealing by excimer laser.

  6. Lead extraction experience with high frequency excimer laser.

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    Tanawuttiwat, Tanyanan; Gallego, Daniel; Carrillo, Roger G

    2014-09-01

    A higher frequency Excimer laser sheath using an 80-Hz pulse repetitive rate was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in April 2012. We reported our initial clinical experience with a high-frequency Excimer laser sheath and compared it with lower-frequency laser sheaths which have been previously used. In this single center, retrospective cohort study, we evaluated patients who underwent lead extraction from December 2008 to May 2013. Those who underwent lead removal without using a laser sheath or with approaches other than subclavian were excluded. Primary endpoints included total laser time, number of pulses, and complications. Data on clinical characteristics, lead type, indications, and outcomes were prospectively collected and analyzed. A total of 427 patients were included in the study (72.6% male; age 67.9 ± 15.23 years). Lower frequency and higher frequency laser sheaths were used in 315 and 112 patients, respectively. A total of 821 leads were removed with 765 leads (93.2%) extracted using the Excimer laser sheath. Lead age was 5.71 ± 4.96 years. Complete extraction was seen in all patients. A higher-frequency laser sheath was associated with a lower laser time and a lower total number of laser pulses even after adjustments for the number of leads, type of leads, and lead age. In the higher frequency group, mortality rate was 0.9% and minor complication rate was 3.6%. When compared with the lower-frequency laser sheath, the higher-frequency laser sheath requires less laser times and more efficient amount of pulses for lead extraction with comparable success rate. Due to the rarity of major and minor complications, no statistical significance was found between the two groups. ©2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Triggering Excimer Lasers by Photoionization from Corona Discharges

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    Xiong, Zhongmin; Duffey, Thomas; Brown, Daniel; Kushner, Mark

    2009-10-01

    High repetition rate ArF (192 nm) excimer lasers are used for photolithography sources in microelectronics fabrication. In highly attaching gas mixtures, preionization is critical to obtaining stable, reproducible glow discharges. Photoionization from a separate corona discharge is one technique for preionization which triggers the subsequent electron avalanche between the main electrodes. Photoionization triggering of an ArF excimer laser sustained in multi-atmosphere Ne/Ar/F2/Xe gas mixtures has been investigated using a 2-dimensional plasma hydrodynamics model including radiation transport. Continuity equations for charged and neutral species, and Poisson's equation are solved coincident with the electron temperature with transport coefficients obtained from solutions of Boltzmann's equation. Photoionizing radiation is produced by a surface discharge which propagates along a corona-bar located adjacent to the discharge electrodes. The consequences of pulse power waveform, corona bar location, capacitance and gas mixture on uniformity, symmetry and gain of the avalanche discharge will be discussed.

  8. Subjective results of excimer laser correction of myopia. Review

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    Full Text Available In review presents data of various authors regarding the subjective results excimer laser correction of myopia by LASIK. It was revealed that a group of patients with a high degree of dissatisfaction amounts to 4.6% of the total in all studies. High subjective results are confirmed by the positive dynamics of the «quality of life» of the patient.

  9. Automatic alignment of double optical paths in excimer laser amplifier

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    Wang, Dahui; Zhao, Xueqing; Hua, Hengqi; Zhang, Yongsheng; Hu, Yun; Yi, Aiping; Zhao, Jun

    2013-05-01

    A kind of beam automatic alignment method used for double paths amplification in the electron pumped excimer laser system is demonstrated. In this way, the beams from the amplifiers can be transferred along the designated direction and accordingly irradiate on the target with high stabilization and accuracy. However, owing to nonexistence of natural alignment references in excimer laser amplifiers, two cross-hairs structure is used to align the beams. Here, one crosshair put into the input beam is regarded as the near-field reference while the other put into output beam is regarded as the far-field reference. The two cross-hairs are transmitted onto Charge Coupled Devices (CCD) by image-relaying structures separately. The errors between intersection points of two cross-talk images and centroid coordinates of actual beam are recorded automatically and sent to closed loop feedback control mechanism. Negative feedback keeps running until preset accuracy is reached. On the basis of above-mentioned design, the alignment optical path is built and the software is compiled, whereafter the experiment of double paths automatic alignment in electron pumped excimer laser amplifier is carried through. Meanwhile, the related influencing factors and the alignment precision are analyzed. Experimental results indicate that the alignment system can achieve the aiming direction of automatic aligning beams in short time. The analysis shows that the accuracy of alignment system is 0.63μrad and the beam maximum restoration error is 13.75μm. Furthermore, the bigger distance between the two cross-hairs, the higher precision of the system is. Therefore, the automatic alignment system has been used in angular multiplexing excimer Main Oscillation Power Amplification (MOPA) system and can satisfy the requirement of beam alignment precision on the whole.

  10. Penetrating Keratoplasty for Keratoconus – Excimer Versus Femtosecond Laser Trephination

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    Seitz, Berthold; Langenbucher, Achim; Hager, Tobias; Janunts, Edgar; El-Husseiny, Moatasem; Szentmáry, Nora

    2017-01-01

    Background: In case of keratoconus, rigid gas-permeable contact lenses as the correction method of first choice allow for a good visual acuity for quite some time. In a severe stage of the disease with major cone-shaped protrusion of the cornea, even specially designed keratoconus contact lenses are no more tolerated. In case of existing contraindications for intrastromal ring segments, corneal transplantation typically has a very good prognosis. Methods: In case of advanced keratoconus – especially after corneal hydrops due to rupture of Descemet’s membrane – penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) still is the surgical method of first choice. Noncontact excimer laser trephination seems to be especially beneficial for eyes with iatrogenic keratectasia after LASIK and those with repeat grafts in case of “keratoconus recurrences” due to small grafts with thin host cornea. For donor trephination from the epithelial side, an artificial chamber is used. Wound closure is achieved with a double running cross-stitch suture according to Hoffmann. Graft size is adapted individually depending on corneal size („as large as possible – as small as necessary“). Limbal centration will be preferred intraoperatively due to optical displacement of the pupil. During the last 10 years femtosecond laser trephination has been introduced from the USA as a potentially advantageous approach. Results: Prospective clinical studies have shown that the technique of non-contact excimer laser PKP improves donor and recipient centration, reduces “vertical tilt” and “horizontal torsion” of the graft in the recipient bed, thus resulting in significantly less “all-sutures-out” keratometric astigmatism (2.8 vs. 5.7 D), higher regularity of the topography (SRI 0.80 vs. 0.98) and better visual acuity (0.80 vs. 0.63) in contrast to the motor trephine. The stage of the disease does not influence functional outcome after excimer laser PKP. Refractive outcomes of femtosecond laser

  11. Levels of interleukin-6 in tears before and after excimer laser treatment.

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    Resan, Mirko; Stanojević, Ivan; Petković, Aleksandra; Pajić, Bojan; Vojvodić, Danilo

    2015-04-01

    Immune response and consequent inflammatory process which originate on ocular surface after a trauma are mediated by cytokines. Photoablation of corneal stroma performed by excimer laser causes surgically induced trauma. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is mostly known as a proinflammatory cytokine. However, it also has regenerative and anti-inflammatory effects. It is supposed that this cytokine is likely to play a significant role in the process of corneal wound healing response after photoablation of stroma carried out by laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) methods. The aim of this study was to determine and compare the levels of IL-6 in tears before and after treatment with LASIK and PRK methods. The study included 68 shortsighted eyes up to -3.0 diopter sphere, i.e. 198 samples of tears (per three samples taken from each of the eyes), divided into two groups according to the kind of excimer laser intervention performed: the group 1--eyes treated by LASIK method (n=31), and the group 2--eyes treated by the PRK method (n=37). The samples of tears were taken from each eye at the following time points: before excimer laser treatment (0 h, the control group), 1 h after the treatment (1 h) and 24 h after the treatment (24 h). The patients did not use anti-inflammatory therapy 24 h after the intervention. Tear samples were collected using microsurgical sponge. Level of IL-6 in tear fluid was determined by the flow cytometry method, applying a commercial test kit which allowed cytokine detection from a small sample volume. Results. The values of IL-6 were detectable in 16% of samples before LASIK treatment and in 30% of samples before PRK treatment. One h after the treatment IL-6 was detectable in 29% of samples for the LASIK group and 43% of samples for the PRK group, and 24 h after the treatment it was detectable in 19% of samples for the LASIK group and in 57% of samples for the PRK group. When we analyzed the dynamics of IL76 production

  12. Excimer laser cleaning of mud stained paper and parchment

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    Duarte, J. P.

    1998-04-01

    Full Text Available The main advantage of excimer lasers when processing materials, its the emission of a radiation with wavelength in the ultraviolet region. This characteristic allows an extremely accurate and very well defined shape of material removal as well as total absence of heat affected zone and alterations in the material structure. In excimer laser paper and parchment cleaning, the mud is removed by breaking the physicalchemical bonding between this last one and the material to be cleaned not affecting neither its structure nor the chromatic pigment existing in some samples.

    A principal vantagem dos lasers de excímeros, no processamento de materiais, é a emissão de um feixe luminoso com comprimento de onda compreendido na região do ultravioleta, permitindo urna remoçao do material com precisão muito elevada e excelente definição de bordos, ausência de zona térmicamente afectada e ausência de alterações da estrutura. Na limpeza dos papéis e pergaminhos a lama é removida por quebra das ligações fisico-químicas entre a lama e o papel não se afectando a estrutura deste, assim como não se afectaram os pigmentos cromáticos existentes em algumas amostras.

  13. Recent developments on microablation of glass materials using excimer lasers

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    Tseng, Ampere A.; Chen, Ying-Tung; Chao, Choung-Lii; Ma, Kung-Jeng; Chen, T. P.

    2007-10-01

    For many years, the development of effective laser machining techniques for making glass-based microcomponents and devices has been a critical factor in the birth of new photonic and biomedical microsystems. In this article, the characteristics and abilities of excimer lasers for micromachining of a wide range of glass materials are reviewed and studied. Following the introduction, the special features of excimer lasers are discussed. The typical micromachining system used for glass materials is presented. Then, the fundamental micromachining parameters and the associated morphologies of machined surfaces are evaluated. The approaches by controlling the ablation rate for making the curve surfaces are specifically formulated. Although a wide range of commercially available glasses is covered in this article, two types of the most widely used glasses, borosilicate glass and fused silica, are thoroughly examined to illustrate the complexity in micromachining the glass materials. The procedures to machine single, arrayed, curved microstructures are described. The utilizations of these procedures for making microneedles, optical waveguides, submicron grating, and microlenses are specifically demonstrated. Finally, recommendations for future efforts are presented.

  14. Vitreoretinal surgery with the 193-nm excimer laser

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    Palanker, Daniel V.; Hemo, Itzhak; Turovets, Igor; Zauberman, Hanan; Lewis, Aaron

    1994-06-01

    The 193-nm excimer laser is known for its ability to precisely ablate soft biological tissues in the air environment with sub- micron depth control and sub-micron damage zones in the surrounding. The lack of a convenient delivery system and strong absorption of this radiation by biological liquids prevented, until recently, microsurgical applications of this laser. We have constructed special tips that are capable of delivering enough energy for effective removal of soft tissues in a strongly absorbing liquid environment. These tips attach to an articulated arm-based delivery system. This instrument was applied to vitreoretinal membranes removal. The accepted technique for these membranes removal is mechanical peeling and cutting which is associated with strong traction of the retina and this occasionally results in retinal damage. It was demonstrated in this study that the 193-nm excimer laser is capable of safely and precisely cutting and ablating these membranes which enable their removal without exerting any tractional forces on the retina. The effective cutting regime of retina and vitreoretinal membranes occurred at energy fluence of about 250- to 350-mJ/cm2/pulse with a corresponding cutting depth of 50 to 150 micrometers /pulse. The results obtained in this study suggest that this technology could be applicable to a wide variety of intraocular procedures.

  15. Intrastromal photorefractive keratectomy with a new optically coupled laser probe.

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    Taboada, J; Poirier, R H; Yee, R W; Tio, F O

    1992-01-01

    Intrastromal photorefractive keratectomy is a new procedure in which compact linear or area regions of the corneal stroma can be vacuolized, yielding changes in corneal curvature. Diffraction-limited 1064-nanometer light pulses from a high rep rate Q-switched Nd-YAG laser were coupled through novel means into a probe with index-matched optical contact with the cornea. The resulting extremely reduced focal region initiated a plasma point that was free of shock front effects where tissue was reduced to liquid. This probe process was applied to the corneas of eye-bank eyes, and to living rabbit and primate eyes. The refractive effects were evaluated with slit-lamp microscopy, keratoscopy light and electron microscopy. Refractive effects similar to refractive keratotomy were observed immediately after treatment. Intrastromal highly localized vacuolized regions were observed at the depth of focus with variability of only 20 microns. The plasma point vacuoles were about 100 microns in diameter. Stromal material that occupied the vacuole space appeared completely reduced to liquid. The transition region between vacuole and normal tissue was less than 0.5 microns. The treatment vacuoles disappeared to the unaided eye 24 to 48 hours after treatment. Corneal refractive power can be achieved with intrastromal keratectomy.

  16. Laser drilling of metals with a XeCl excimer laser

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    Schoonderbeek, A.

    2005-01-01

    This thesis is about laser drilling with a unique excimer laser with a nearly diffraction-limited beam and relatively long optical pulse duration of 175 ns. The combination of high processing speed and high processing quality suitable for industrial applications can be obtained because the excellent

  17. EXCIMER-LASER ABLATION OF SOFT-TISSUE - A STUDY OF THE CONTENT OF RAPIDLY EXPANDING AND COLLAPSING BUBBLES

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    van Leeuwen, T. G.; Jansen, E. D.; Motamedi, M.; Welch, A. J.; Borst, C.

    1994-01-01

    Both holmium (lambda = 2.09 mum) and excimer (lambda = 308 nm) lasers are used for ablation of tissue. In a previous study, excimer laser ablation of aorta produced rapidly expanding and collapsing vapor bubbles. To investigate whether the excimer-induced bubble is caused by vaporization of (tissue)

  18. Low threshold buried-heterostructure quantum well lasers by excimer laser assisted disordering

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    Epler, J.E.; Thornton, R.L.; Mosby, W.J.; Paoli, T.L.

    1988-10-17

    Laser assisted disordering based upon a direct-write Ar/sup +/ laser beam has been established as a fabrication technique for high quality optoelectronic devices. In this letter, we report a new form of laser assisted disordering in which an excimer laser beam, photolithographically patterned, is used to define the incorporation of Si impurity into GaAs-AlGaAs heterostructure crystals. During a subsequent thermal anneal the diffusing Si induces layer disordering to a depth of approx.1 ..mu..m. The excimer laser assisted disordering process is characterized as a function of the energy density of the laser beam. Also, this technique is used to fabricate high quality buried-heterostructure lasers. With a reflective rear facet, the typical cw threshold current is 4 mA and the maximum power output is 27 mW. The devices exhibit single fundamental mode operation with subsidiary longitudinal side modes suppressed by 34 dB.

  19. Keratopathy and pachymetric changes after photorefractive keratectomy and vitrectomy with silicone oil injection

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    Buch, H; Vesti Nielsen, N

    2000-01-01

    We present a man who, after bilateral excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for high myopia in the right eye, had repeated retinal detachment surgery with lensectomy and injection of silicone oil. Visual acuity fluctuated in accordance with significant central corneal thickness diurnal...

  20. Combination treatment with excimer laser and narrowband UVB light in vitiligo patients.

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    Shin, Sungsik; Hann, Seung-Kyung; Oh, Sang Ho

    2016-01-01

    For the treatment of vitiligo, narrowband UVB (NBUVB) light is considered the most effective for nonsegmental vitiligo, while excimer laser treatment is commonly used for localized vitiligo. However, treatment areas may potentially be missed with excimer laser treatment. We aimed to evaluate the effect of combinational treatment with NBUVB light and excimer laser on vitiligo. All patients were first treated with NBUVB; excimer laser was then applied in conjunction with NBUVB phototherapy due to a slow response or no further improvement with continuous NBUVB treatment alone. To minimize adverse effects, a fixed dose of NBUVB was administered, and the dose of excimer laser was increased based on patient response. Among 80 patients, 54 patients showed responses after combination with excimer laser; however, 26 patients (32.5%) showed no remarkable change after combination therapy. Of the 26 patients who showed no further response, 12 patients (46.1%) presented with vitiligo on the acral areas, which are known to the least responsive sites. Our study suggests that combined treatment of NBUVB and excimer laser in vitiligo may enhance the treatment response without remarkable side effects, therefore might also increase the compliance of the patients to the treatment. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  1. Scattered ultraviolet emissions during refractive surgery using a high-frequency, wavefront-optimized excimer laser platform.

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    Bower, Kraig S; Edwards, Jayson D; Ryan, Denise Sediq; Coe, Charles D; Hope, Robert J; Sliney, David H

    2010-08-01

    To evaluate occupational ultraviolet (UV) exposure during photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q 400 Hz excimer laser. Walter Reed Center for Refractive Surgery, Washington, DC, USA. Intraoperative UV measurements were performed during PRK with epithelial removal using an Amoils brush, PRK with epithelial removal using 20% ethanol, or femtosecond LASIK. A LaserStar power/energy meter with a silicone detector (model PD-10) was used for the measurements. The maximum pulse energy 25.4 cm from the corneal surface was recorded for each surgical procedure. Measurements were evaluated using a worst-case scenario for exposure of operating room personnel, and the results were compared with the occupational exposure limit set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. Measurements were taken during 15 cases of each procedure. The mean maximum exposure was 129.38 nJ/pulse +/- 79.48 (SD) during brush PRK, 69.72 +/- 68.80 nJ/pulse during ethanol PRK, and 29.17 +/- 13.82 nJ/pulse during LASIK. The mean maximum exposure per eye was 0.085 mJ/cm(2), 0.046 mJ/cm(2), and 0.01 mJ/cm(2), respectively. The worst-case cumulative exposure during a heavy workday of 20 patients (40 eyes) was calculated at 3.92 mJ/cm(2), 1.51 mJ/cm(2), and 0.79 mJ/cm(2) for brush PRK, ethanol PRK, and LASIK, respectively. Results indicate that the excimer laser platform used in the study may yield greater UV exposure than previous systems; however, the levels did not exceed occupational exposure limits. No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  2. Excimer laser ablation of polyimide: a 14-year IBM perspective

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    Brannon, James H.; Wassick, Thomas A.

    1997-05-01

    IBM introduced the first commercial high-end mainframe computer system incorporating laser ablation technology in 1991. This milestone was the culmination of nearly a decade of scientific, engineering, and manufacturing effort. Extensive research and development on 308 nm laser ablation of polyimide lead to the first IBM prototype ablation tool in 1987 for the production of via-holes in thin film packaging structures. This prototype, similar to step and repeat photolithography systems, evolved into full-scale manufacturing tools which utilize sophisticated beam shaping, beam homogenizing, and projection optics. But the maturity of this technology belies the fact that the scientific understanding of the laser ablation process is still far from complete. This paper briefly reviews the engineering and scientific accomplishments, both within and external to IBM, that lead to the commercial utilization of the laser ablation process. Current technical tissues are discussed, in addition to alternative IBM applications of polyimide ablation. The paper concludes by discussing the relative merits of excimer vs. solid-state lasers, and how each may impact future manufacturing technology.

  3. Study on the excimer laser annealed amorphous hydrogenated silicon carbon films deposited by PECVD

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    Ambrosone, G. [CNR-INFM CRS-Coherentia, Complesso Universitario MSA, Napoli (Italy); Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Universita di Napoli ' Federico II' , Complesso Universitario MSA, Napoli (Italy); Basa, D.K. [Utkal University, Bhubaneswar (India); Coscia, U. [Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Universita di Napoli ' Federico II' , Complesso Universitario MSA, Napoli (Italy); CNISM Unita' di Napoli, Complesso Universitario MSA, Napoli (Italy); Tresso, E.; Celasco, E. [Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica, Politecnico di Torino (Italy); Chiodoni, A. [Materials and Microsystems Laboratory, chi-LAB, Politecnico di Torino (Italy); Pinto, N.; Murri, R. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita' di Camerino (Italy)

    2010-04-15

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbon films of different carbon content were deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition at low substrate temperature (200 C) and were subjected to excimer laser annealing. X-ray diffraction spectra and field emission scanning electron microscopy images demonstrate that carbon content plays an important role in facilitating the crystallization process induced by the excimer laser treatment (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  4. Shadowgraphic imaging of metal drilling with a long pulse excimer laser

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    Schoonderbeek, A.; Biesheuvel, C.A.; Hofstra, R.M.; Boller, Klaus J.; Meijer, J.; Miyamoto, Isamu; Ostendorf, Andreas; Sugioka, Koji; Helvajian, Henry

    2003-01-01

    A shadowgraphic imaging technique is used for studying the interaction between the laser beam and the material during laser drilling. The used laser is a XeCl excimer laser with a nearly diffraction limited beam and 175 ns pulse length. We studied how and when the material is removed. Holes are

  5. Advanced excimer laser technologies enable green semiconductor manufacturing

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    Fukuda, Hitomi; Yoo, Youngsun; Minegishi, Yuji; Hisanaga, Naoto; Enami, Tatsuo

    2014-03-01

    "Green" has fast become an important and pervasive topic throughout many industries worldwide. Many companies, especially in the manufacturing industries, have taken steps to integrate green initiatives into their high-level corporate strategies. Governments have also been active in implementing various initiatives designed to increase corporate responsibility and accountability towards environmental issues. In the semiconductor manufacturing industry, there are growing concerns over future environmental impact as enormous fabs expand and new generation of equipments become larger and more powerful. To address these concerns, Gigaphoton has implemented various green initiatives for many years under the EcoPhoton™ program. The objective of this program is to drive innovations in technology and services that enable manufacturers to significantly reduce both the financial and environmental "green cost" of laser operations in high-volume manufacturing environment (HVM) - primarily focusing on electricity, gas and heat management costs. One example of such innovation is Gigaphoton's Injection-Lock system, which reduces electricity and gas utilization costs of the laser by up to 50%. Furthermore, to support the industry's transition from 300mm to the next generation 450mm wafers, technologies are being developed to create lasers that offer double the output power from 60W to 120W, but reducing electricity and gas consumption by another 50%. This means that the efficiency of lasers can be improve by up to 4 times in 450mm wafer production environments. Other future innovations include the introduction of totally Heliumfree Excimer lasers that utilize Nitrogen gas as its replacement for optical module purging. This paper discusses these and other innovations by Gigaphoton to enable green manufacturing.

  6. Microencapsulation of silicon cavities using a pulsed excimer laser

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    Sedky, Sherif M.

    2012-06-07

    This work presents a novel low thermal-budget technique for sealing micromachined cavities in silicon. Cavities are sealed without deposition, similar to the silicon surface-migration sealing process. In contrast to the 1100°C furnace anneal required for the migration process, the proposed technique uses short excimer laser pulses (24ns), focused onto an area of 23mm 2, to locally heat the top few microns of the substrate, while the bulk substrate remains near ambient temperature. The treatment can be applied to selected regions of the substrate, without the need for special surface treatments or a controlled environment. This work investigates the effect of varying the laser pulse energy from 400 mJ cm 2to 800 mJ cm 2, the pulse rate from 1Hz to 50Hz and the pulse count from 200 to 3000 pulses on sealing microfabricated cavities in silicon. An analytical model for the effect of holes on the surface temperature distribution is derived, which shows that much higher temperatures can be achieved by increasing the hole density. A mechanism for sealing the cavities is proposed, which indicates how complete sealing is feasible. © 2012 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  7. LASIK ablation centration: an objective digitized assessment and comparison between two generations of an excimer laser.

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    Kanellopoulos, Anastasios John; Asimellis, George

    2015-03-01

    To objectively define the effective centration of myopic femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK ablation pattern, evaluate the difference between achieved versus planned excimer laser ablation centration, and compare these results from two different generations of an excimer laser system. The study retrospectively evaluated 280 eyes subjected to myopic LASIK. Digital image analysis was performed on Scheimpflug sagittal curvature maps (difference of preoperative to postoperative). Centration was assessed via proprietary software digital analysis of the coordinate displacement between the achieved ablation geometric center and the planned ablation center, which was the corneal vertex. Results from two different excimer laser generations (Eye-Q 400 [140 eyes] and EX500 [140 eyes]; Alcon/WaveLight, Fort Worth, TX) were compared. Radial displacement was on average 360 ± 220 µm (range: 0 to 1,030 µm) in the Eye-Q 400 laser group and 120 ± 110 µm (range: 0 to 580 µm) in the EX500 laser group (P laser group and 4% in the EX500 laser group. Displacement of ablation pattern may depend on the laser platform used. The improvement in the efficiency of centration indicates that newer generation excimer lasers with faster eye tracking and active centration control appear to achieve a significantly more accurate centration of myopic ablation patterns. The authors propose this novel, objective technique for laser refractive surgeon evaluation may point out significant outcome measures not currently used in standard metrics of refractive laser efficiency. Copyright 2015, SLACK Incorporated.

  8. Development of EKC after eximer laser photorefractive surgery and subsequent recurrence of EKC-like keratitis.

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    Park, Sung Joon; Jang, Yoon Soo; Koh, Tae Hyuk; Kwon, Young A; Song, Sang Wroul

    2011-12-01

    This research focuses on four cases of patients having undergone eximer laser photorefractive surgery who were diagnosed with adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis during the postoperative period and who later developed epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC)-like keratitis. Two of the patients had undergone laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK), one had undergone laser in situ keratomileusis and one had photorefractive keratectomy. After the surgery adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis and recurrent late-developing EKC-like keratitis were observed in the patients. Recurrent late-developing EKC-like keratitis occurred in one of the patients, who had received LASEK as many as three times. The others had only one or two episodes.The corneal infiltrates of keratitis mainly occurred in the central cornea. Successful resolution of recurrent late-developing EKC-like keratitis was achieved through the use of topical steroids without sequelae and the final best-corrected visual acuity was as good as the base line. These keratitis infiltrates have been presumed to represent an immune response to the suspected adenoviral antigens deposited in corneal stroma during the primary adenoviral infection. Previous reports argued that patients with a history of adenoviral ketatoconjunctivitis were succeptible to adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis becoming reactivated; however, in our research, our patients had their first adenoviral infections after the eximer laser photorefractive surgery and reactivation was confirmed. We recommend that attention be paid to adenoviral infection after laser refractive operations, because these patients seem to have more frequent recurrences.

  9. Average power scaling of UV excimer lasers drives flat panel display and lidar applications

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    Herbst, Ludolf; Delmdahl, Ralph F.; Paetzel, Rainer

    2012-03-01

    Average power scaling of 308nm excimer lasers has followed an evolutionary path over the last two decades driven by diverse industrial UV laser microprocessing markets. Recently, a new dual-oscillator and beam management concept for high-average power upscaling of excimer lasers has been realized, for the first time enabling as much as 1.2kW of stabilized UV-laser average output power at a UV wavelength of 308nm. The new dual-oscillator concept enables low temperature polysilicon (LTPS) fabrication to be extended to generation six glass substrates. This is essential in terms of a more economic high-volume manufacturing of flat panel displays for the soaring smartphone and tablet PC markets. Similarly, the cost-effective production of flexible displays is driven by 308nm excimer laser power scaling. Flexible displays have enormous commercial potential and can largely use the same production equipment as is used for rigid display manufacturing. Moreover, higher average output power of 308nm excimer lasers aids reducing measurement time and improving the signal-to-noise ratio in the worldwide network of high altitude Raman lidar stations. The availability of kW-class 308nm excimer lasers has the potential to take LIDAR backscattering signal strength and achievable altitude to new levels.

  10. Time Evolution of the Excimer State of a Conjugated Polymer Laser

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    Full Text Available An excited dimer is an important complex formed in nano- or pico-second time scales in many photophysics and photochemistry applications. The spectral and temporal profile of the excimer state of a laser from a new conjugated polymer, namely, poly (9,9-dioctylfluorenyl-2,7-diyl (PFO, under several concentrations in benzene were investigated. These solutions were optically pumped by intense pulsed third-harmonic Nd:YAG laser (355-nm to obtain the amplified spontaneous emission (ASE spectra of a monomer and an excimer with bandwidths of 6 and 7 nm, respectively. The monomer and excimer ASEs were dependent on the PFO concentration, pump power, and temperature. Employing a sophisticated picosecond spectrometer, the time evolution of the excimer state of this polymer, which is over 400 ps, can be monitored.

  11. All-Solid-State Drivers for High Power Excimer Lasers Used in Projection Gas Immersion Laser Doping

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    Jacob, Jonah

    2001-01-01

    .... P-GILD uses a pulsed, 200-watt-class excimer laser as an illumination source to produce ultra-shallow, low-sheet resistance, box-like and retrograde impurity profiles in silicon without the use...

  12. A comparison of the characteristics of excimer and femtosecond laser ablation of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)

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    See, Tian Long, E-mail: tianlong.see@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, The Mill, The University of Manchester, M13 9PL Manchester (United Kingdom); Laser Processing Research Centre, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester, M13 9PL Manchester (United Kingdom); Liu, Zhu [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, The Mill, The University of Manchester, M13 9PL Manchester (United Kingdom); Li, Lin [Laser Processing Research Centre, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester, M13 9PL Manchester (United Kingdom); Zhong, Xiang Li [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, The Mill, The University of Manchester, M13 9PL Manchester (United Kingdom)

    2016-02-28

    Highlights: • Ablation threshold for excimer laser is lower compared to femtosecond laser. • Effective optical penetration depth for excimer laser is lower compared to femtosecond laser. • Two ablation characteristic regimes are observed for femtosecond laser ablation. • Reduction of C=C bond following excimer or fs laser ablation is observed. • Addition of oxygen- and nitrogen-rich functional groups is observed. - Abstract: This paper presents an investigation on the ablation characteristics of excimer laser (λ = 248 nm, τ = 15 ns) and femtosecond laser (λ = 800 nm, τ = 100 fs) on ABS polymer sheets. The laser–material interaction parameters (ablation threshold, optical penetration depth and incubation factor) and the changes in material chemical properties were evaluated and compared between the two lasers. The work shows that the ablation threshold and effective optical penetration depth values are dependent on the wavelength of laser beam (photon energy) and the pulse width. The ablation threshold value is lower for the excimer laser ablation of ABS (F{sub th} = 0.087 J/cm{sup 2}) than that for the femtosecond laser ablation of ABS (F{sub th} = 1.576 J/cm{sup 2}), demonstrating a more dominating role of laser wavelength than the pulse width in influencing the ablation threshold. The ablation depth versus the logarithmic scale of laser fluence shows two linear regions for the fs laser ablation, not previously known for polymers. The effective optical penetration depth value is lower for excimer laser ablation (α{sup −1} = 223 nm) than that for femtosecond laser ablation (α{sup −1} = 2917 nm). The ablation threshold decreases with increasing number of pulses (NOP) due to the chain scission process that shortens the polymeric chains, resulting in a weaker polymeric configuration and the dependency is governed by the incubation factor. Excimer laser treatment of ABS eliminates the C=C bond completely through the chain scission process whereas

  13. Laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy and photorefractive keratectomy for post-penetrating keratoplasty myopia and astigmatism in adults.

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    Huang, Paul Y C; Huang, Peter T; Astle, William F; Ingram, April D; Hèbert, Ania; Huang, John; Ruddell, Stacy

    2011-02-01

    To evaluate whether laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) achieve effective targeted correction and the extent of post-treatment corneal haze after corneal transplantation. Nonhospital surgical facility, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Evidence-based manuscript. This study evaluated visual acuity, refractive error correction, and potential complications after LASEK or PRK to eliminate refractive error differences after penetrating keratoplasty in adults. A Nidek EC-5000 or Technolas 217 excimer laser was used in all treatments. At last follow-up (mean 20.50 months post laser), the mean spherical equivalent (SE) decreased from -2.71 diopters (D) ± 4.17 (SD) to -0.54 ± 3.28 D in the LASEK group and from -4.87 ± 3.90 D to -1.82 ± 3.34 D in the PRK group. The mean preoperative uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA) was 1.63 ± 0.53 and 1.45 ± 0.64, respectively, and the mean postoperative UDVA, 0.83 ± 0.54 and 0.90 ± 0.55, respectively. The improvement in SE and UDVA was statistically significant in both groups (P < .01). The mean haze (0 to 3 scale) at the last follow-up was 0.46 ± 0.708 in the LASEK group and 0.58 ± 0.776 in the PRK group. The UDVA improved and refractive errors were effectively reduced after LASEK or PRK in eyes with previous PKP. There was no significant difference in the change in SE, UDVA, or corrected distance visual acuity between LASEK and PRK. Some patients had evidence of corneal haze, although the difference between the groups was not significant. Copyright © 2011 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. KrF excimer laser precision machining of hard and brittle ceramic biomaterials.

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    Huang, Yao-Xiong; Lu, Jian-Yi; Huang, Jin-Xia

    2014-06-01

    KrF excimer laser precision machining of porous hard-brittle ceramic biomaterials was studied to find a suitable way of machining the materials into various desired shapes and sizes without distorting their intrinsic structure and porosity. Calcium phosphate glass ceramics (CPGs) and hydroxyapatite (HA) were chosen for the study. It was found that KrF excimer laser can cut both CPGs and HA with high efficiency and precision. The ablation rates of CPGs and HA are respectively 0.081 µm/(pulse J cm(-2)) and 0.048 µm/(pulse  J cm(-2)), while their threshold fluences are individually 0.72 and 1.5 J cm(-2). The cutting quality (smoothness of the cut surface) is a function of laser repetition rate and cutting speed. The higher the repetition rate and lower the cutting speed, the better the cutting quality. A comparison between the cross sections of CPGs and HA cut using the excimer laser and using a conventional diamond cutting blade indicates that those cut by the excimer laser could retain their intrinsic porosity and geometry without distortion. In contrast, those cut by conventional machining had distorted geometry and most of their surface porosities were lost. Therefore, when cutting hard-brittle ceramic biomaterials to prepare scaffold and implant or when sectioning them for porosity evaluation, it is better to choose KrF excimer laser machining.

  15. High efficiency metal marking with CO2 laser and glass marking with excimer laser

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    Bastue, Jens; Olsen, Flemmming Ove

    1997-01-01

    with a thoroughly tested ray-tracing model is presented and compared with experimental results. Special emphasis is put on two different applications namely marking in metal with TEA-CO2 laser and marking in glass with excimer laser. The results are evaluated on the basis of the achievable energy enhancement......Today, mask based laser materials processing and especially marking is widely used. However, the energy efficiency in such processes is very low [1].This paper gives a review of the results, that may be obtained using the energy enhancing technique [1]. Results of simulations performed...

  16. Laser-induced corneal cross-linking upon photorefractive ablation with riboflavin

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    Kornilovskiy IM; Kasimov EM; Sultanova AI; Burtsev AA

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    Igor M Kornilovskiy,1 Elmar M Kasimov,2 Ayten I Sultanova,2 Alexander A Burtsev1 1Department of Eye Diseases, Federal State Budgetary Institution “National Pirogov Medical Surgical Centre”, Ministry of Health, Moscow, Russia; 2Department of Eye Diseases, Zarifa Aliyeva National Ophthalmology Center, Ministry of Health, Baku, Azerbaijan Aim: To estimate the biomechanical effect of the laser-induced cross-linking resulting from photorefractive ablation of the cornea with r...

  17. Performance characteristics of an excimer laser (XeCl) with single ...

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    Performance characteristics of an excimer laser (XeCl) with single-stage magnetic pulse compression suitable for material processing applications are presented here. The laser incorporates in-built compact gas circulation and gas cooling to ensure fresh gas mixture between the electrodes for repetitive operation.

  18. Performance characteristics of an excimer laser (XeCl) with single ...

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    2017-01-10

    Jan 10, 2017 ... Abstract. Performance characteristics of an excimer laser (XeCl) with single-stage magnetic pulse compres- sion suitable for material processing applications are presented here. The laser incorporates in-built compact gas circulation and gas cooling to ensure fresh gas mixture between the electrodes for ...

  19. Biomechanical and wound healing characteristics of corneas after excimer laser keratorefractive surgery: is there a difference between advanced surface ablation and sub-Bowman's keratomileusis?

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    Dawson, Daniel G; Grossniklaus, Hans E; McCarey, Bernard E; Edelhauser, Henry F

    2008-01-01

    To describe the biomechanical and wound healing characteristics of corneas after excimer laser keratorefractive surgery. Histologic, ultrastructural, and cohesive tensile strength evaluations were performed on 25 normal human corneal specimens, 206 uncomplicated LASIK specimens, 17 uncomplicated sub-Bowman's keratomileusis (SBK) specimens, 4 uncomplicated photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) specimens, 2 uncomplicated advanced surface ablation (ASA) specimens, 5 keratoconus specimens, 12 postoperative LASIK ectasia specimens, and 1 postoperative PRK ectasia specimen and compared to previously published studies. Histologic and ultrastructural studies of normal corneas showed significant differences in the direction of collagen fibrils and/or the degree of lamellar interweaving in Bowman's layer, the anterior third of the corneal stroma, the posterior two-thirds of the corneal stroma, and Descemet's membrane. Cohesive tensile strength testing directly supported these morphologic findings as the stronger, more rigid regions of the cornea were located anteriorly and peripherally. This suggests that PRK and ASA, and secondarily SBK, should be biomechanically safer than conventional LASIK with regard to risk for causing keratectasia after surgery. Because adult human corneal stromal wounds heal slowly and incompletely, all excimer laser keratorefractive surgical techniques still have some distinct disadvantages due to inadequate reparative wound healing. Despite reducing some of the risk for corneal haze compared to conventional PRK, ASA cases still can develop corneal haze or breakthrough haze from the hypercellular fibrotic stromal scarring. In contrast, similar to conventional LASIK, SBK still has the short- and long-term potential for interface wound complications from the hypocellular primitive stromal scar. Ophthalmic pathology and basic science research show that SBK and ASA are improvements in excimer laser keratorefractive surgery compared to conventional LASIK or

  20. Mesoscale Laser Processing using Excimer and Short-Pulse Ti: Sapphire Lasers

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    Shirk, M D; Rubenchik, A M; Gilmer, G H; Stuart, B C; Armstrong, J P; Oberhelman, S K; Baker, S L; Nikitin, A J; Mariella, R P

    2003-07-28

    Targets to study high-energy density physics and inertial confinement fusion processes have very specific and precise tolerances that are pushing the state-of-the-art in mesoscale microsculpting technology. A significant effort is required in order to advance the capabilities to make these targets with very challenging geometries. Ultrashort pulsed (USP) Ti:Sapphire lasers and excimer lasers are proving to be very effective tools in the fabrication of the very small pieces that make up these targets. A brief description of the dimensional and structural requirements of these pieces will be presented, along with theoretical and experimental results that demonstrate to what extent these lasers are achieving the desired results, which include sub-{mu}m precision and RMS surface values well below 100 nm. This work indicates that excimer lasers are best at sculpting the polymer pieces and that the USP lasers work quite well on metal and aerogel surfaces, especially for those geometries that cannot be produced using diamond machining and where material removal amounts are too great to do with focused ion beam milling in a cost effective manner. In addition, the USP laser may be used as part of the procedure to fill target capsules with fusion fuel, a mixture of deuterium and tritium, without causing large perturbations on the surface of the target by keeping holes drilled through 125 {micro}m of beryllium below 5 {micro}m in diameter.

  1. Excimer laser-induced metallization for in situ processing on Si and GaAs

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    Meunier, Michel; Suys, Marc; Tabbal, Maleck; Izquierdo, Ricardo; Yelon, Arthur; Sacher, Edward (Groupe des Couches Minces and Dept. de Genie Physique, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Station ' A' , Montreal, Quebec (Canada))

    1994-05-15

    We have investigated both the large area excimer laser-induced deposition of W and its silicides on GaAs to form thermally stable Schottky contacts, and the reduction of a Cu(I) compound for the deposition of Cu interconnects for Si microelectronics. Using a KrF excimer laser at 25 mJ/cm[sup 2] and a mixture of WF[sub 6], SiH[sub 4] and Ar, metallic W is deposited with an average growth rate of 1 A/pulse. For Cu deposition, the reduction by H[sub 2] of the precursor Cu(hfac)(TMVS) under a KrF excimer laser illumination of 9 mJ/cm[sup 2] gives metallic Cu with a Cu/C ratio of 4.35. For both processes, possible deposition mechanisms are discussed in terms of gas phase and surface reactions

  2. A comparison of the characteristics of excimer and femtosecond laser ablation of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)

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    See, Tian Long; Liu, Zhu; Li, Lin; Zhong, Xiang Li

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents an investigation on the ablation characteristics of excimer laser (λ = 248 nm, τ = 15 ns) and femtosecond laser (λ = 800 nm, τ = 100 fs) on ABS polymer sheets. The laser-material interaction parameters (ablation threshold, optical penetration depth and incubation factor) and the changes in material chemical properties were evaluated and compared between the two lasers. The work shows that the ablation threshold and effective optical penetration depth values are dependent on the wavelength of laser beam (photon energy) and the pulse width. The ablation threshold value is lower for the excimer laser ablation of ABS (Fth = 0.087 J/cm2) than that for the femtosecond laser ablation of ABS (Fth = 1.576 J/cm2), demonstrating a more dominating role of laser wavelength than the pulse width in influencing the ablation threshold. The ablation depth versus the logarithmic scale of laser fluence shows two linear regions for the fs laser ablation, not previously known for polymers. The effective optical penetration depth value is lower for excimer laser ablation (α-1 = 223 nm) than that for femtosecond laser ablation (α-1 = 2917 nm). The ablation threshold decreases with increasing number of pulses (NOP) due to the chain scission process that shortens the polymeric chains, resulting in a weaker polymeric configuration and the dependency is governed by the incubation factor. Excimer laser treatment of ABS eliminates the Cdbnd C bond completely through the chain scission process whereas Cdbnd C bond is partially eliminated through the femtosecond laser treatment due to the difference in photon energy of the two laser beams. A reduction in the Cdbnd C bond through the chain scission process creates free radical carbons which then form crosslinks with each other or react with oxygen, nitrogen and water in air producing oxygen-rich (Csbnd O and Cdbnd O bond) and nitrogen-rich (Csbnd N) functional groups.

  3. Femtosecond laser-assisted laser in situ keratomileusis versus photorefractive keratectomy: Effect on ocular surface condition.

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    Sauvageot, Paola; Julio, Gemma; Alvarez de Toledo, Juan; Charoenrook, Victor; Barraquer, Rafael I

    2017-02-01

    To compare ocular surface characteristics in eyes after femtosecond laser-assisted laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Centro de Oftalmologia Barraquer, Barcelona, Spain. Prospective comparative observational study. Patients with myopia who had femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK or PRK were included. Tear osmolarity, the Ocular Surface Disease Index questionnaire, Schirmer I, corneal sensitivity, tear breakup time (TBUT), and corneal fluorescein staining were evaluated preoperatively and 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively. The Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used for temporal intragroup analysis, and the Mann-Whitney U test was used for intergroup comparisons. The study comprised 44 patients (44 eyes) with myopia. Comparison of the parameters between the femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK group (22 eyes) and the PRK group (22 eyes) showed a similar temporal progression postoperatively. Compared with the preoperative evaluation, corneal sensitivity decreased after 3 months (P = .002 and P = .02, respectively) and 6 months (P = .03 and P = .04, respectively). The TBUT reached the highest mean value after 12 months (P = .01 and P = .04, respectively), and tear osmolarity was slightly increased after 1 year, although the mean values remained within the normal range (P = .01 and P = .04, respectively). The only difference between the 2 groups was lower corneal sensitivity in the femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK group after 3 months (P = .02). The ocular surface condition could be considered clinically unaltered after 1 year in both groups. Femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK and PRK techniques seemed to be safe for the ocular surface condition and to have a similar effect on it. Copyright © 2017 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Discharge instabilities in high-pressure fluorine based excimer laser gas mixtures

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    Mathew, D.

    2007-01-01

    Fluorine based excimer lasers such as KrF, ArF and F2 are currently the most powerful sources available in the ultraviolet wavelength range, operating at 248 nm, at 193 nm and at 157 nm, respectively. They are thus of central importance for numerous applications in this range. At these short

  5. A new method for three dimensional excimer laser micromachining, Hole Area Modulation (HAM)

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    Masuzawa, T.; Olde Benneker, Jeroen; Eindhoven, J.J.C.

    2000-01-01

    A new excimer laser system configuration for three dimensional (3D) micromachining, called Hole Area Modulation (HAM) method, is proposed and the feasibility of the system is experimentally confirmed. In this method, information on the depth of machining is converted to the sizes of small holes in

  6. Saline flush during excimer laser angioplasty: short and long term effects in the rabbit femoral artery

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    van Leeuwen, T. G.; Velema, E.; Pasterkamp, G.; Post, M. J.; Borst, C.

    1998-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: In this study, the effect of flushing saline on arterial wall damage (medial ruptures and necrosis), intimal hyperplasia, and arterial remodeling was determined. During excimer laser coronary angioplasty saline is flushed to reduce the size of explosive water vapor bubbles

  7. Preionization and gain studies in fluorine based excimer laser gas discharges

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    Azarov, A.V.

    2008-01-01

    Fluorine-based excimer gas lasers are powerful sources of coherent radiation in the UV and VUV part of the electro-magnetic spectrum. Due to their short wavelengths and high output power they are widely employed in high resolution material processing like micromachining and in lithography. In this

  8. Refractive microlenses produced by excimer laser machining of poly(methyl methacrylate)

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    Jensen, Martin Frøhling; Krühne, Ulrich; H., L.

    2005-01-01

    A method has been developed whereby refractive microlenses can be produced in poly (methyl methacrylate) by excimer laser irradiation at λ = 248 nm. The lenses are formed by a combined photochemical and thermal process. The lenses are formed as depressions in the substrate material (negative foca...

  9. Mechanism of injurious effect of excimer (308 nm) laser on the cell

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    Nevorotin, Alexey J.; Kallikorm, A. P.; Zeltzer, Gregory L.; Kull, Mart M.; Mihkelsoo, Virgo T.

    1991-06-01

    A Lameta 22710 excimer laser operating at 70 mJ/mm2 per pulse, with pulse duration of 70 nsec, and pulse repetition rate of 10 Hz, equipped with a quartz filament as energy conductor was used to make incisions on rat liver. 2 to 5 sec after irradiation the specimens were fixed and further processed for electron microscopy and histochemical visualization of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) marker enzyme glucose-6- phosphatase at the ultrastructural level. The additional series were: fixation before irradiation-(A); lasing with Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm, continuous wave mode, 40 J/mm2)-(B); incision with a white-hot steel needle-(C); and incision with an Esto-Rex ultrasound scalpel (66 kHz, 6 Wt, vibration amplitude of 15 micrometers )-(D). The results showed that unlike Series C and B, in which high temperature caused severe damage to all cellular organellae, the excimer action was much more specific. It caused vesiculation of ER without significant injuries to other cellular structures. The analogous effect was noted after US scalpel cutting, thereby allowing a conclusion that a kind of dynamic rather than thermal factor is responsible for the observed phenomenon of vesiculation. The time schedule of vesicle formation and molecular background of membrane transformation is considered in the light of the data of Series A and D, and also on the basis of available information of membrane behavior. Photoablative effect of pulsed excimer laser is thought to be based on chemical decomposition of organic molecules and their ejection from the tissue to the action of high energy photons. Pressure waves (either acoustic or shock) are presumably generated powerful enough to cause tissue and cell damage beyond the site of ablation. Some thermal and fluorescence events are also implicative in biological targets irradiated with excimer lasers. In our previous studies electron histochemistry was employed for the analysis of cellular alterations caused with a continuous wave mode

  10. Preionization and gain studies in fluorine based excimer laser gas discharges

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    Azarov, A.V.

    2008-01-01

    Fluorine-based excimer gas lasers are powerful sources of coherent radiation in the UV and VUV part of the electro-magnetic spectrum. Due to their short wavelengths and high output power they are widely employed in high resolution material processing like micromachining and in lithography. In this field pattern sizes several times shorter than the used wavelength can be achieved using an immersion technique. However due to the short duration of the laser pulse (typically of few tens of ns for...

  11. A design of energy detector for ArF excimer lasers

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    Feng, Zebin; Han, Xiaoquan; Zhou, Yi; Bai, Lujun

    2017-08-01

    ArF excimer lasers with short wavelength and high photon energy are widely applied in the field of integrated circuit lithography, material processing, laser medicine, and so on. Excimer laser single pulse energy is a very important parameter in the application. In order to detect the single pulse energy on-line, one energy detector based on photodiode was designed. The signal processing circuit connected to the photodiode was designed so that the signal obtained by the photodiode was amplified and the pulse width was broadened. The amplified signal was acquired by a data acquisition card and stored in the computer for subsequent data processing. The peak of the pulse signal is used to characterize the single pulse energy of ArF excimer laser. In every condition of deferent pulse energy value levels, a series of data about laser pulses energy were acquired synchronously using the Ophir energy meter and the energy detector. A data set about the relationship between laser pulse energy and the peak of the pulse signal was acquired. Then, by using the data acquired, a model characterizing the functional relationship between the energy value and the peak value of the pulse was trained based on an algorithm of machine learning, Support Vector Regression (SVR). By using the model, the energy value can be obtained directly from the energy detector designed in this project. The result shows that the relative error between the energy obtained by the energy detector and by the Ophir energy meter is less than 2%.

  12. Comparison of femtosecond and excimer laser platforms available for corneal refractive surgery.

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    Chen, Lisa Y; Manche, Edward E

    2016-07-01

    The evolution of laser technology has left today's refractive surgeon with a choice between multiple laser platforms. The purpose of this review is to compare currently available femtosecond and excimer laser platforms, providing a summary of current evidence. Femtosecond lasers create LASIK flaps with better accuracy, uniformity, and predictability than mechanical microkeratomes. Newer higher-frequency femtosecond platforms elicit less inflammation, producing better visual outcomes. SMILE achieved similar safety, efficacy, and predictability as LASIK with greater preservation of corneal nerves and biomechanical strength. The emergence of wavefront technology has resulted in improved excimer laser treatments. Comparisons of wavefront-guided and wavefront-optimized treatments suggest that there is an advantage to using wavefront-guided platforms in terms of visual acuity and quality of vision. Topography-guided ablations are another well tolerated and effective option, especially in eyes with highly irregular corneas. Advances in femtosecond and excimer laser technology have not only improved the safety and efficacy of refractive procedures, but have also led to the development of promising new treatment modalities, such as SMILE and the use of wavefront-guided and topography-guided ablation. Future studies and continued technological progress will help to better define the optimal use of these treatment platforms.

  13. Excimer laser absorption on PMMA plate and on cornea: a practical approach using volume luminance

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    Digulescu, Petre P.; Carstocea, Benone D.; Sterian, Livia

    2001-04-01

    Excimer laser refractive surgery used in Ophthalmology in order to treat the human eye refraction problems has been performed over 10 years around the world. However a systematic approach of the physical phenomena and especially of the absorption on the cornea during the laser treatment is missing in the literature and the doctors are usually using empiric nomograms in order to achieve good results. The theoretical approach is difficult because of the complexity of the phenomena interconnected each to the others. The UV excimer laser beam used to controllably ablate the cornea is highly absorbed in the air and also is supplementary absorbed in the plume generated almost instantaneous as consequence of the ablation on the cornea. Because of this non-linear proces the energy of the laser beam delivered to the eye must be calibrated before each intervention on a patient. The purpose of the present work is to develop a mathematical model of the excimer laser absorption on PMMA and on human cornea based on a new physical notion, the Volume Luminance. The Volume Luminance is defined as volume density of the intensity of laser radiation. A brief theory of the Volume Luminance is also presented.

  14. Color-center laser spectroscopy of transient species produced by excimer-laser flash photolysis

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    Adams, H.; Hall, J.L.; Rusell, L.A.; Kasper, J.V.V.; Tittel, F.K.; Curl, R.F.,JR.

    1985-05-01

    Kinetic spectroscopy based on excimer-laser flash photolysis and color-center-laser (CCL) infrared probing is explored. In simiple absorption, the achievable signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) is not satisfactory even though the signal itself (corresponding to greater than 1 percent absorption) is fairly large. This is due to amplitude fluctuations of the CCL. By using a double-beam detection scheme to balance out these amplitude fluctuations the sensitivity can be improved to the extent that a 1 percent absorption gives a S/N approximately 100. In certain situations transient decreases in absorption of the precursor and transient increases in absorption due to final product formation can produce severe interferinng signals even in simple systems. This problem is overcome without a major loss in sensitivity by a recently developed 45 deg magnetic rotation scheme. These points are illustrated with spectra of Br, OH, and NH2. 21 references.

  15. Screening of myopic photorefractive keratectomy in eye bank eyes by computerized videokeratography.

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    Lim-Bon-Siong, R; Williams, J M; Samapunphong, S; Chuck, R S; Pepose, J S

    1998-05-01

    In contrast to incisional keratotomy, corneas that have undergone photorefractive keratectomy may be difficult to detect by inspection with slitlamp biomicroscopy alone. Eye bank corneas that have undergone high myopic refractive surgical correction could potentially result in substantial postoperative hyperopic correction if used as donor tissue for corneal transplantation. Surface irregularities or displacement of the treated optical zone within the graft in relation to the entrance pupil of the recipient could result in significant induced astigmatism and distortion. This study examines computerized videokeratographic screening of eye bank globes as a strategy for detecting myopic photorefractive keratectomy. Preoperative and postoperative corneal topographic maps of freshly enucleated human and rabbit eyes that have undergone myopic photorefractive keratectomy with an excimer laser were placed in a globe-fixating device and analyzed using a vertically oriented videokeratoscope. The same system was applied in an actual eye bank setting, and potentially transplantable globes from donors without a history of corneal surgery were analyzed. Computerized videokeratography using a vertically mounted system reliably detected photorefractive keratectomy in 12 of 12 human eye bank corneas treated by excimer photorefractive keratectomy in a range between -1.5 to -6.0 diopters. This method also detected similar changes on lased rabbit corneas enucleated 6 weeks after excimer surgery. Data processed with the tangential mode yielded a "bull's-eye" topography pattern reflecting central corneal flattening that was more sensitive in detecting myopic corrections than the conventional axial formula-based color maps. False-positive results were not detected in 96 cadaver globes sequentially screened in the eye bank. Computerized videokeratography represents a feasible method to screen donor globes for myopic photorefractive keratectomy as shown by the in vitro and rabbit models

  16. High Efficiency Mask Based Laser Materials Processing with TEA-CO2 - and Excimer Laser

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    Bastue, Jens; Olsen, Flemmming Ove

    1997-01-01

    In general, mask based laser materials processing techniques suffer from a very low energy efficiency. We have developed a simple device called an energy enhancer, which is capable of increasing the energy efficiency of typical mask based laser materials processing systems. A short review of the ...... line marking with TEA-CO2 laser of high speed canning lines. The second one is manufactured for marking or microdrilling with excimer laser.......In general, mask based laser materials processing techniques suffer from a very low energy efficiency. We have developed a simple device called an energy enhancer, which is capable of increasing the energy efficiency of typical mask based laser materials processing systems. A short review...... of the most widely used applications of these systems is given and the potential advantages of the energy enhancer are discussed.The basic principle behind the energy enhancing technique is explained and two new energy enhancers are presented and evaluated. The first one is designed especially for single text...

  17. Curative effects of excimer laser corneal refractive surgery for hyperopic anisometropic amblyopia

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    Xin-Gang Nie

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate curative effects of excimer laser corneal refractive surgery for adults or older adolescent with hyperopic anisometropic amblyopia. METHODS: From March 2014 to March 2016, we selected 26 cases 26 eyes of adults or older adolescent with hyperopic anisometropic amblyopia in our hospital. All eyes underwent laser in situ keratomileusis, observed for the uncorrected visual acuity(UCVA, best corrected visual acuity(BCVA, diopter and stereopsis. RESULTS: At the end of the follow-up, the patient's spherical equivalent and anisometropia were 1.47±0.51D and 1.15±0.22D, were significantly lower than that before operation(PPPCONCLUSION: In adult or older adolescent with hyperopic anisometropic amblyopia, excimer laser corneal refractive surgery has a certain effect.

  18. Corneal biomechanical properties after laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis and photorefractive keratectomy

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    Hwang ES

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Eileen S Hwang,1 Brian C Stagg,1 Russell Swan,1 Carlton R Fenzl,1 Molly McFadden,2 Valliammai Muthappan,1 Luis Santiago-Caban,1 Mark D Mifflin,1 Majid Moshirfar1,3 1Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, John A. Moran Eye Center, 2Department of Internal Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 3HDR Research Center, Hoopes Vision, Draper, UT, USA Background: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK on corneal biomechanical properties.Methods: We used the ocular response analyzer to measure corneal hysteresis (CH and corneal resistance factor (CRF before and after refractive surgery.Results: In all, 230 eyes underwent LASIK and 115 eyes underwent PRK without mitomycin C (MMC. Both procedures decreased CH and CRF from baseline. When MMC was used after PRK in 20 eyes, it resulted in lower corneal biomechanical properties at 3 months when compared to the other procedures, but all three procedures had similar values at 12 months.Conclusion: Significant but similar decreases in corneal biomechanical properties after LASIK, PRK without MMC, and PRK with MMC were noted. Keywords: corneal biomechanics, photorefractive keratectomy, laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, corneal hysteresis, corneal resistance factor, mitomycin C

  19. Holographic injection-locking of a broad-area laser diode via a photorefractive thin film device

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    van Voorst, P.D.; de Wit, M.R.; Offerhaus, Herman L.; Tay, S.; Thomas, J.; Peyghambarian, N.; Boller, Klaus J.

    2007-01-01

    We demonstrate locking of a high power broad area laser diode to a single frequency using holographic feedback from a photorefractive polymer thin-film device for the first time. A four-wave mixing setup is used to generate feedback for the broad area diode at the wavelength of the single frequency

  20. Transformation of microcrystalline silicon films by excimer-laser-induced crystallization

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    Hsieh, I.-C. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Da-Yeh University, Changhua 515, Taiwan (China); Lien, S.-Y. [Department of Materials Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, 250 Kuo Kuang Rd., Taichung Taiwan 402, (China); Wuu, D.-S. [Department of Materials Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, 250 Kuo Kuang Rd., Taichung Taiwan 402 (China)]. E-mail: dsw@dragon.nchu.edu.tw

    2005-02-01

    We describe the excimer-laser-induced crystallization of microcrystalline silicon films deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). Microcrystalline silicon films containing 2 at.% hydrogen can be used as precursor films for the laser recrystallization process without a dehydrogenation step, and provide a wider laser energy fluence process window than the previous explosive recrystallization for low temperature polysilicon (poly-Si) thin-film transistor (TFT) fabrication. Ellipsometry, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) are used to evaluate the laser irradiated films. Specially, we describe using atomic force microscopy to obtain plane-view grain microstructure images.

  1. Application of optical tweezers and excimer laser to study protoplast fusion

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    Kantawang, Titirat; Samipak, Sompid; Limtrakul, Jumras; Chattham, Nattaporn

    2015-07-01

    Protoplast fusion is a physical phenomenon that two protoplasts come in contact and fuse together. Doing so, it is possible to combine specific genes from one protoplast to another during fusion such as drought resistance and disease resistance. There are a few possible methods to induce protoplast fusion, for example, electrofusion and chemical fusion. In this study, chemical fusion was performed with laser applied as an external force to enhance rate of fusion and observed under a microscope. Optical tweezers (1064 nm with 100X objective N.A. 1.3) and excimer laser (308 nm LMU-40X-UVB objective) were set with a Nikon Ti-U inverted microscope. Samples were prepared by soaking in hypertonic solution in order to induce cell plasmolysis. Elodea Canadensis and Allium cepa plasmolysed leaves were cut and observed under microscope. Concentration of solution was varied to induce difference turgor pressures on protoplasts pushing at cell wall. Free protoplasts in solution were trapped by optical tweezers to study the effect of Polyethylene glycol (PEG) solution. PEG was diluted by Ca+ solution during the process to induced protoplast cell contact and fusion. Possibility of protoplast fusion by excimer laser was investigated and found possible. Here we report a novel tool for plant cell fusion using excimer laser. Plant growth after cell fusion is currently conducted.

  2. Study on the electromagnetic radiation characteristics of discharging excimer laser system

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    Zhao, Duliang; Liang, Xu; Fang, Xiaodong; Wang, Qingsheng

    2016-10-01

    Excimer laser in condition of high voltage, large current and fast discharge will produce strong electromagnetic pulse radiation and electromagnetic interference on the around electrical equipment. The research on characteristics and distribution of excimer laser electromagnetic radiation could provide important basis for electromagnetic shielding and suppressing electromagnetic interference, and further improving the electromagnetic compatibility of system. Firstly, electromagnetic radiation source is analyzed according to the working principle of excimer laser. The key test points of the electromagnetic radiation, hydrogen thyratron, main discharge circuit and laser outlet, are determined by the mechanical structure and the theory of electromagnetic radiation. Secondly, characteristics of electromagnetic field were tested using a near field probe on the key positions of the vertical direction at 20, 50, and 80 cm, respectively. The main radiation frequencies and the radiation field characteristics in the near field are obtained. The experimental results show that the main radiation frequencies distribute in 47, 65, and 130 MHz for electric field and the main radiation frequencies distribute in 34, 100, and 165 MHz for magnetic field. The intensity of electromagnetic field decreases rapidly with the increase of test distance. The higher the frequency increases, the faster the amplitude attenuate. Finally, several electromagnetic interference suppression measurement methods are proposed from the perspective of electromagnetic compatibility according to the test results.

  3. Excimer laser refractive surgery versus phakic intraocular lenses for the correction of moderate to high myopia.

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    Barsam, Allon; Allan, Bruce D S

    2014-06-17

    Myopia is a condition in which the focusing power (refraction) of the eye is greater than that required for clear distance vision. There are two main types of surgical correction for moderate to high myopia; excimer laser and phakic intraocular lenses (IOLs). Excimer laser refractive surgery for myopia works by removing corneal stroma to lessen the refractive power of the cornea and to bring the image of a viewed object into focus onto the retina rather than in front of it. Phakic IOLs for the treatment of myopia work by diverging light rays so that the image of a viewed object is brought into focus onto the retina rather than in front of the retina. They can be placed either in the anterior chamber of the eye in front of the iris or in the posterior chamber of the eye between the iris and the natural lens. To compare excimer laser refractive surgery and phakic IOLs for the correction of moderate to high myopia by evaluating postoperative uncorrected visual acuity, refractive outcome, potential loss of best spectacle corrected visual acuity (BSCVA) and the incidence of adverse outcomes. We searched CENTRAL (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group Trials Register) (2014, Issue 1), Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid MEDLINE In-Process and Other Non-Indexed Citations, Ovid MEDLINE Daily, Ovid OLDMEDLINE (January 1946 to February 2014), EMBASE (January 1980 to February 2014), the metaRegister of Controlled Trials (mRCT) (www.controlled-trials.com), ClinicalTrials.gov (www.clinicaltrials.gov) and the World Health Organization (WHO) International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) (www.who.int/ictrp/search/en). We did not use any date or language restrictions in the electronic searches for trials. We last searched the electronic databases on 11 February 2014. We included randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing excimer laser refractive surgery and phakic IOLs for the correction of myopia greater than 6.0 diopters (D) spherical equivalent. Two authors independently

  4. Discharge instabilities in high-pressure fluorine based excimer laser gas mixtures

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    Mathew, D

    2007-01-01

    Fluorine based excimer lasers such as KrF, ArF and F2 are currently the most powerful sources available in the ultraviolet wavelength range, operating at 248 nm, at 193 nm and at 157 nm, respectively. They are thus of central importance for numerous applications in this range. At these short wavelengths, reaching the laser threshold for an efficient operation, F2-based lasers require to be pumped, in a controlled manner, with very high power densities. This can practically be achieved only vi...

  5. Excimer Laser Phototherapeutic Keratectomy for the Treatment of Clinically Presumed Fungal Keratitis

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    Liang-Mao Li; Li-Quan Zhao; Ling-Hui Qu; Peng Li

    2014-01-01

    This retrospective study was to evaluate treatment outcomes of excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) for clinically presumed fungal keratitis. Forty-seven eyes of 47 consecutive patients underwent manual superficial debridement and PTK. All corneal lesions were located in the anterior stroma and were resistant to medication therapy for at least one week. Data were collected by a retrospective chart review with at least six months of follow-up data available. After PTK, infected cor...

  6. Electron microscopic and immunohistochemical examination of scarred human cornea re-treated by excimer laser.

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    Bleckmann, Heinrich; Schnoy, Norbert; Kresse, Hans

    2002-04-01

    To elucidate differences, at the macromolecular level, in corneal tissue subjected to repeated argon fluoride excimer treatment. A light microscopic, electron microscopic, and immunohistochemical study was performed on a scarred human cornea. Keratocytes were enlarged with an expanded endoplasmic reticulum and exhibited a fibroblastic appearance. Amorphous material was observed extracellularly. Collagen fibrils exhibited a disordered arrangement while banding patterns and diameter were normal. Immunohistochemical investigation of several collagen types, of collagen-associated proteoglycans, and of basement membrane components demonstrated an enhanced immunoreactivity of all of them in the scarred area. Type V collagen was found as a normal component of the epithelial basement membrane whereas types I and III collagen were present beneath Bowman's layer. Excimer-laser-treated sections revealed considerably stronger subepithelial staining for collagen types I, III, IV, and V. Laminin-1, a typical component of basement membranes, was detectable throughout the scarred tissue. The small proteoglycans decorin and fibromodulin accumulated in a patch-like manner in the scarred tissue below the epithelium, whereas biglycan was expressed by the epithelium and throughout the stroma. Lumican was expressed most strongly by the epithelium and rather equally distributed in the excimer-laser-treated and in the normal stroma. Effects of argon laser treatment of the cornea must be regarded as a process acting over many months. Intra- and extracellular structures and components are involved and influence the unpredictable shape of the corneal architecture.

  7. Comparison of KrF and ArF excimer laser treatment of biopolymer surface

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    Michaljaničová, I. [Department of Solid State Engineering, University of Chemistry and Technology, 166 28 Prague (Czech Republic); Slepička, P., E-mail: petr.slepicka@vscht.cz [Department of Solid State Engineering, University of Chemistry and Technology, 166 28 Prague (Czech Republic); Heitz, J.; Barb, R.A. [Institute of Applied Physics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, A-4040 Linz (Austria); Sajdl, P. [Department of Power Engineering, University of Chemistry and Technology, 166 28 Prague (Czech Republic); Švorčík, V. [Department of Solid State Engineering, University of Chemistry and Technology, 166 28 Prague (Czech Republic)

    2015-06-01

    Highlights: • The influence of ArF and KrF laser on biopolymer surface was determined. • ArF laser acts predominantly on biopolymer surface. • PHB roughness is increased similarly for both applied wavelengths. • Roughness of nanostructures can be precisely controlled. • ArF laser introduces nitrogen on PHB surface. - Abstract: The goal of this work was the investigation of the impact of two different excimer lasers on two biocompatible and biodegradable polymers (poly-L-lactide and poly hydroxybutyrate). Both polymers find usage in medical and pharmaceutical fields. The polymers were modified by KrF and ArF excimer lasers. Subsequently the impact on surface morphology, surface chemistry changes, and thermal properties was studied by means of confocal and AFM microscopy, FTIR and XPS spectroscopy and DSC calorimetry. Under the same conditions of laser treatment it was observed that ArF laser causes more significant changes on surface chemistry, surface morphology and pattern formation on the polymers under investigation. The data obtained in this work can be used for a wide range of possible applications, in tissue engineering or in combination with metallization in electronics, e.g. for biosensors.

  8. Surface ablation of PLLA induced by KrF excimer laser

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    Slepička, P., E-mail: petr.slepicka@vscht.cz [Department of Solid State Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, 166 28 Prague (Czech Republic); Michaljaničová, I. [Department of Solid State Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, 166 28 Prague (Czech Republic); Sajdl, P. [Department of Power Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, 166 28 Prague (Czech Republic); Fitl, P. [Department of Physics and Measurements, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, 166 28 Prague (Czech Republic); Švorčík, V. [Department of Solid State Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, 166 28 Prague (Czech Republic)

    2013-10-15

    The surface characterization of PLLA (poly-L-lactic-acid) and its ablation due to excimer laser treatment is introduced in this paper. The main focus is to determine surface wettability and morphology changes in combination with changes of surface chemistry. The ablation loss and the determination of ablation threshold were used to study the biopolymer stability when treated to different laser fluences and pulse counts. The surface polarity was estimated using goniometry. AFM (atomic force microscopy) was used to determine the polymer surface morphology and roughness. The excimer laser has a strong effect on the polymer ablation. The thickness loss is strongly dependent on the laser fluence and number of pulses. For the fluences up to 30 mJ cm{sup −2} and 6000 pulses achieved ablation about 5 μm. The glass transition temperature and melting point were determined for the pristine and laser treated films. The increasing pulsed laser fluence leads to the major changes in roughness and morphology. The surface chemistry depends strongly on number of laser pulses.

  9. The Incidence of Central Serous Chorioretinopathy after Photorefractive Keratectomy and Laser In Situ Keratomileusis

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    Moshirfar, Majid; Hsu, Maylon; Schulman, Julia; Armenia, Joseph; Sikder, Shameema; Hartnett, M. Elizabeth

    2012-01-01

    Purpose. To assess the incidence of central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR) following laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Methods. A chart review was performed to identify all patients with CSCR and a previous history of LASIK or PRK. Results. Over the 6-year study period, 1 of 4,876 eyes which had LASIK or PRK at the Moran Eye Center was diagnosed with CSCR. One other patient was referred from an outside center, developed CSCR symptoms one month after PRK. Both patients were managed conservatively with a final visual acuity of 20/20 or better. All other patients presented 4 or more years after refractive surgery. Conclusions. We report the first 2 CSCR cases developing within one month after PRK. The low incidence argues against a causal association. Topical corticosteroids or anxiety may elevate cortisol levels presenting therapeutic challenges for the management of CSCR after PRK or LASIK. PMID:22518278

  10. Fabrication of SERS Active Surface on Polyimide Sample by Excimer Laser Irradiation

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    T. Csizmadia

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A possible application of excimer laser irradiation for the preparation of surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS substrate is demonstrated. A polyimide foil of 125 μm thickness was irradiated by 240 pulses of focused ArF excimer laser beam (λ = 193 nm, FWHM = 20 ns. The applied fluence was varied between 40 and 80 mJ/cm2. After laser processing, the sample was coated with 40 nm silver by PLD in order to create a conducting layer required for the SERS application. The SERS activity of the samples was tested by Raman microscopy. The Raman spectra of Rhodamine 6G aqueous solution (c=10−3 mol/dm3 were collected from the patterned and metalized areas. For areas prepared at 40–60 mJ/cm2 laser fluences, the measured Raman intensities have shown a linear dependence on the applied laser fluence, while above 60 mJ/cm2 saturation was observed. The morphology of the SERS active surface areas was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. Finite element modeling was performed in order to simulate the laser-absorption induced heating of the polyimide foil. The simulation resulted in the temporal and spatial distribution of the estimated temperature in the irradiated polyimide sample, which are important for understanding the structure formation process.

  11. The development and progress of XeCl Excimer laser system

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    Zhang, Yongsheng; Ma, Lianying; Wang, Dahui; Zhao, Xueqing; Zhu, Yongxiang; Hu, Yun; Qian, Hang; Shao, Bibo; Yi, Aiping; Liu, Jingru

    2015-05-01

    A large angularly multiplexed XeCl Excimer laser system is under development at the Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology (NINT). It is designed to explore the technical issues of uniform and controllable target illumination. Short wavelength, uniform and controllable target illumination is the fundamental requirement of high energy density physics research using large laser facility. With broadband, extended light source and multi-beam overlapping techniques, rare gas halide Excimer laser facility will provide uniform target illumination theoretically. Angular multiplexing and image relay techniques are briefly reviewed and some of the limitations are examined to put it more practical. The system consists of a commercial oscillator front end, three gas discharge amplifiers, two electron beam pumped amplifiers and the optics required to relay, encode and decode the laser beam. An 18 lens array targeting optics direct and focus the laser in the vacuum target chamber. The system is operational and currently undergoing tests. The total 18 beams output energy is more than 100J and the pulse width is 7ns (FWHM), the intensities on the target will exceed 1013W/cm2. The aberration of off-axis imaging optics at main amplifier should be minimized to improve the final image quality at the target. Automatic computer controlled alignment of the whole system is vital to efficiency and stability of the laser system, an array of automatic alignment model is under test and will be incorporated in the system soon.

  12. Factors determining the refractive effects of intrastromal photorefractive keratectomy with the picosecond laser.

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    Vogel, A; Günther, T; Asiyo-Vogel, M; Birngruber, R

    1997-11-01

    To determine the relationship between laser parameters and tissue removal with picosecond laser intrastromal photorefractive keratectomy (ISPRK) and to assess the effect of the parameters on the healing process and the long-term refractive changes. Medical Laser Center Lübeck, Germany. A modified Intelligent Surgical Lasers (ISL) 2001 system with a cone angle of 30 degrees was used for in vitro investigations of the laser effects in water and on the porcine cornea. Photographic methods were used to determine the plasma volume and to investigate the thickness of the intrastromal bubble layer as a function of the laser pulse energy, the number of layers in which the pulses were applied, and the layer separation. The data were used to calculate the amount of tissue removal. Histologic evaluation was done by polarization microscopy after Sirius-red staining. The laser pulses produced a sponge-like appearance of the stroma in a layer extending through about one third the corneal thickness, accompanied by mechanical distortions of the stromal lamellae. Thermal changes were weak. Tissue removal was impaired by the cavitation bubbles from preceding laser pulses. The amount of evaporated tissue depended only weakly on laser pulse energy and number of layers in which the pulses were applied. The maximum amount of tissue that could be evaporated without damaging the outer corneal layers was a 10.0 microm thick layer. With a 6.0 mm optical zone, the tissue removal produced an immediate refractive effect of only 0.85 diopter. Intrastromal PRK does not work as originally envisioned because the amount of evaporated tissue is very small. The greater long-term refractive changes observed in animal experiments and clinical studies must therefore be due to the healing response of the cornea. Because the refractive effects are strongly influenced by the healing response of the cornea, they are poorly predictable.

  13. Green synthesis of selenium nanoparticles by excimer pulsed laser ablation in water

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    O. Van Overschelde

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Pure selenium nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by Liquid Phase - Pulsed Laser Ablation (LP-PLA in de-ionized water. Excimer laser (248 nm operating at low fluence (F ∼ 1 J/cm2 was used to generate colloidal solutions of selenium nanoparticles. The obtained selenium nanoparticles were characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Dynamic Light Scattering, and Transmission Electron Microscopy. We describe the multi-modal size distributions generated and use the centrifugation method to isolate the smallest nanoparticles (∼60 nm in diameter.

  14. PHOTOREFRACTIVE POLYMERS

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    Morichere, D; Malliaras, G.G; Krasnikov, V.V.; Bolink, H.J; Hadziioannou, G

    The use of polymers as photorefractive materials offers many advantages : flexibility in synthesis, doping, processing and low cost. The required functionalities responsible for photorefractivity, namely charge generation, transport, trapping and linear electrooptic effect are given in the polymer

  15. Effects of excimer laser annealing on low-temperature solution based indium-zinc-oxide thin film transistor fabrication

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    Chen,Chao-Nan; Huang, Jung-Jie

    2015-01-01

    A Solution Based Indium-Zinc-Oxide thin-film transistor (TFT) with a field-effect mobility of 0.58 cm2/Vs, a threshold voltage of 2.84 V by using pulse laser annealing processes. Indium-zinc-oxide (IZO) films with a low process temperature were deposited by sol-gel solution based method and KrF excimer laser annealing (wavelength of 248 nm). Solution based indium-zinc-oxide (IZO) films usually needs high temperature about 500 °C post annealing in a oven. KrF excimer laser annealing shows adva...

  16. XeCl excimer laser with new prism resonator configurations and its performance characteristics.

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    Benerji, N S; Singh, A; Varshnay, N; Singh, Bijendra

    2015-07-01

    New resonator cavity configurations, namely, the prism resonator and unstable prism resonator, are demonstrated for the first time in an excimer (XeCl) laser with interesting and novel results. High misalignment tolerance ∼50 mrad is achieved with considerably reduced beam divergence of less than ∼1 mrad without reduction in output power capabilities of the laser. The misalignment tolerance of ∼50 mrad is a dramatic improvement of ∼25 times compared to ∼2 mrad normally observed in standard excimer laser with plane-plane cavity. Increase in depth of focus from 3 mm to 5.5 mm was also achieved in case of prism resonator configuration with an improvement of about 60%. Unstable prism resonator configuration is demonstrated here in this paper with further reduction in beam divergence to about 0.5 mrad using plano-convex lens as output coupler. The misalignment tolerance in case of unstable prism resonator was retained at about 30 mrad which is a high value compared to standard unstable resonators. The output beam spot was completely filled with flat-top profile with prism resonator configurations, which is desired for various material processing applications. Focusing properties and beam divergence in case of prism resonator have been investigated using SEM (scanning electron microscope) images. SEM images of the focused spot size (∼20 μm holes) on metal sheet indicate beam divergence of about 0.05 mrad which is about 1.5 times diffraction limit. Energy contained in this angle is thus sufficient for micro-machining applications. Clean and sharp edges of the micro-holes show high pointing stability with multiple shot exposures. Such characteristics of the excimer laser system will be extremely useful in micro-machining and other field applications.

  17. XeCl excimer laser with new prism resonator configurations and its performance characteristics

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    Benerji, N. S., E-mail: nsb@rrcat.gov.in, E-mail: bsingh@rrcat.gov.in; Singh, A.; Varshnay, N.; Singh, Bijendra, E-mail: nsb@rrcat.gov.in, E-mail: bsingh@rrcat.gov.in [Excimer Laser Section, LMPD, Raja Ramanna Center for Advanced Technology, Indore 452013 (India)

    2015-07-15

    New resonator cavity configurations, namely, the prism resonator and unstable prism resonator, are demonstrated for the first time in an excimer (XeCl) laser with interesting and novel results. High misalignment tolerance ∼50 mrad is achieved with considerably reduced beam divergence of less than ∼1 mrad without reduction in output power capabilities of the laser. The misalignment tolerance of ∼50 mrad is a dramatic improvement of ∼25 times compared to ∼2 mrad normally observed in standard excimer laser with plane-plane cavity. Increase in depth of focus from 3 mm to 5.5 mm was also achieved in case of prism resonator configuration with an improvement of about 60%. Unstable prism resonator configuration is demonstrated here in this paper with further reduction in beam divergence to about 0.5 mrad using plano-convex lens as output coupler. The misalignment tolerance in case of unstable prism resonator was retained at about 30 mrad which is a high value compared to standard unstable resonators. The output beam spot was completely filled with flat-top profile with prism resonator configurations, which is desired for various material processing applications. Focusing properties and beam divergence in case of prism resonator have been investigated using SEM (scanning electron microscope) images. SEM images of the focused spot size (∼20 μm holes) on metal sheet indicate beam divergence of about 0.05 mrad which is about 1.5 times diffraction limit. Energy contained in this angle is thus sufficient for micro-machining applications. Clean and sharp edges of the micro-holes show high pointing stability with multiple shot exposures. Such characteristics of the excimer laser system will be extremely useful in micro-machining and other field applications.

  18. Reconsidering Sequential Double Running Suture Removal After Penetrating Keratoplasty: A Prospective Randomized Study Comparing Excimer Laser and Motor Trephination.

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    Seitz, Berthold; Hager, Tobias; Langenbucher, Achim; Naumann, Gottfried O H

    2017-12-14

    We assessed the impact of sequential double running suture removal on corneal curvature after penetrating keratoplasty (PK), comparing mechanical and nonmechanical excimer laser trephination. PK was performed in 134 patients (mean age 51 ± 18 yrs) using either the excimer laser [excimer, n = 60 (37 keratoconus and 23 Fuchs dystrophy)] or motor trephination [control, n = 74 (44 keratoconus and 30 Fuchs dystrophy)] and a double running cross-stitch suture. Refractometry, Zeiss keratometry, and Tomey corneal topography were performed before removal of the first suture (15.2 ± 4.2 mo) and immediately before and at least 6 weeks after removal of the second suture (21.4 ± 5.6 mo). Keratometry before removal of the first (-1.7 ± 2.3 D vs. -3.1 ± 2.8 D) and second (-2.3 ± 2.6 D vs. -3.8 ± 2.8 D) sutures showed that the change in the corneal base curve was significantly smaller in the excimer group than the control group (P control groups, respectively, resulting in significantly lower astigmatism in the excimer (3.1 ± 2.1 D) group compared with the control group (6.2 ± 2.9 D) with "all-sutures-out" (P vector-corrected astigmatism (Jaffe) was significantly smaller in the excimer group (4.3 ± 3.5 D) than in the control group (6.9 ± 4.5 D; P motor trephination.

  19. Plume emission, shock wave and surface wave formation during excimer laser ablation of the cornea.

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    Bor, Z; Hopp, B; Rácz, B; Szabó, G; Ratkay, I; Süveges, I; Füst, A; Mohay, J

    1993-01-01

    Excimer lasers are now used for corneal surgery; however, the physical processes occurring during photoablation of the cornea are incompletely understood. High speed laser-based photographic arrangement was constructed. The temporal resolution was better than 1 ns. The setup could work as a Schlieren arrangement, which is sensitive to the refractive index change caused by the shock wave propagating in the air above the eye. With minor changes the setup was converted into a shadowgraph, which could detect the ablation plume and the waves propagating on the surface of the eye. Due to the impact of the excimer laser pulse onto the surface of the cornea, a shock wave was generated in the air. The shadowgraph clearly showed the ejection of the ablated cornea. The ejection velocity of the plume was found to be over 600 m/s. It was shown for the first time that the recoil forces of the plume are generating a wave on the surface of the eye. The laser-based high speed photographic arrangement is a powerful arrangement in the study of physical effects occurring during photoablation of the cornea.

  20. Changes in gene expression by 193- and 248-nm excimer laser radiation in cultured human fibroblasts.

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    Rimoldi, D; Flessate, D M; Samid, D

    1992-09-01

    Tissue ablation by ultraviolet excimer lasers results in exposure of viable cells to subablative doses of radiation. To understand the potential biological consequences better, we have studied changes in gene expression in cultured human skin fibroblasts exposed to either 193- or 248-nm laser light. Northern blot analyses revealed that both treatments up-regulate a common set of genes, including interstitial collagenase, tissue inhibitor of metalloprotease, metallothionein, and the proto-oncogene c-fos. Dose-response and kinetic studies of collagenase induction by 193-nm radiation showed a maximal effect with 60 J/m2 and at approximately 24 h. The induction was still persistent 96 h later. In addition to the commonly affected genes, known to be activated also by conventional UV light (254 nm) and tumor-promoting phorbol esters, other genes were found to be selectively induced by the 193-nm radiation. The heat-shock hsp70 mRNA, undetectable in controls and in cultures irradiated at 248 nm, was transiently induced 8 h after exposure to 193-nm radiation. Furthermore, a selective up-regulation of collagen type I expression was observed. The results indicate that the 193- and 248-nm radiations by excimer lasers elicit specific and different cellular responses, in addition to an overlapping pathway of gene activation common also to UV radiation by germicidal lamps. The laser-induced genes could serve as molecular markers in evaluating cell injury in situ.

  1. Investigation of the effects of LIFT printing with a KrF-excimer laser on thermally sensitive electrically conductive adhesives

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    Perinchery, S.M.; Smits, E.C.P.; Sridhar, A.; Albert, P.; Brand, J. van den; Mandamparambil, R.; Yakimets, I.; Schoo, H.F.M.

    2014-01-01

    Laser induced forward transfer is an emerging material deposition technology. We investigated the feasibility of this technique for printing thermally sensitive, electrically conductive adhesives with and without using an intermediate dynamic release layer. A 248nm KrF-excimer laser was used to

  2. Excimer laser patterning of PEDOT-PSS thin-films on flexible barrier foils: a surface analysis study

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    Naithani, S.; Schaubroeck, D.; Vercammen, Y.; Mandamparambil, R.; Yakimets, I.; Vaeck, L. van; Steenberge, G. van

    2013-01-01

    Selective laser patterning of thin organic films is an important aspect in the roll-to-roll production of organic electronic devices such as organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). An excimer laser is well suited for the patterning and structuring of polymer thin films as their UV absorption is

  3. Coloring linens with excimer lasers to simulate the body image of the Turin Shroud

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    Baldacchini, Giuseppe; di Lazzaro, Paolo; Murra, Daniele; Fanti, Giulio

    2008-03-01

    The body image of the Turin Shroud has not yet been explained by traditional science; so a great interest in a possible mechanism of image formation still exists. We present preliminary results of excimer laser irradiation (wavelength of 308 nm) of a raw linen fabric and of a linen cloth. The permanent coloration of both linens is a threshold effect of the laser beam intensity, and it can be achieved only in a narrow range of irradiation parameters, which are strongly dependent on the pulse width and time sequence of laser shots. We also obtained the first direct evidence of latent images impressed on linen that appear in a relatively long period (one year) after laser irradiation that at first did not generate a clear image. The results are compared with the characteristics of the Turin Shroud, reflecting the possibility that a burst of directional ultraviolet radiation may have played a role in the formation of the Shroud image.

  4. Excimer laser micromachining of oblique microchannels on thin ...

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    The edge roughness of the channels, machined with a square laser spot of side 100lm, is found to be most affected by the fluence–spot overlap interaction, and the channel width by spot-overlap and the angle of tilt of the traversed path. Polymer coated metal films underwent close to ideal machining, aided by the clamping ...

  5. Effect of open ultraviolet germicidal irradiation lamps on functionality of excimer lasers used in cornea surgery.

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    Belovickis, Jaroslavas; Kurylenka, Aliaksei; Murashko, Vadim

    2017-01-01

    We report on the impact of direct ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) on reflective optics, used in the excimer laser system Allegretto Eye-Q. The aim of our work was to confirm our hypothesis based on long-rate observations of obtained anomalies in post-operative results that are attributed to degradation of reflective optics upon ultraviolet radiation. The presence of direct UVGI coupled with humidity in the operating environment caused merging anomalies and unwanted post-operative correction values. Ultraviolet-A radiation caused a similar effect on the reflective cover of the mirrors.

  6. Generation of large-area microscale manifolds using excimer laser ablation

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    Zhou, Simon; Kilgo, Marvin M., III; Williams, Charles N.

    1999-08-01

    Excimer laser ablation of polymeric materials is a widely used technology for the generation of nozzles and through- holes. Ablation is also a viable process to create more complex fluidic structures such as channels and manifolds. This paper presents recent results of experiments demonstrating the creation of manifolds in 25 micrometers polyimide films. These structures include cross-over points, and channels of various widths. The results presented include photomicrographs and SEMS, and characterization of channel wall taper and width control as well as an assessment of ablation depth uniformity over large fields. The characteristics of projection ablation systems are reviewed, and the experimental system is described in detail.

  7. Important technological problems with stable operation of electron beam pumped KrF excimer laser amplifier

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    Ma Wei Yi; Hu Feng Ming; Shan Yu Sheng; Wang Nai Yan

    2002-01-01

    Some important technological problems with stable operation of the two-side electron beam pumped main amplifier used in the 'Heaven-1' high power KrF excimer laser system are described. They are the problems of the electric breakdown of the insulator support for water dielectric transmission lines, anode foil installation of large area electron beam diode, shape of Hibachi ribs that contact the pressure foil, and formation of diode post pulses and their damage to the anode foil and cathode emitter. Emphasis is put on the effect of different main-switch breakdown times on diode post pulses and the determination of the optimal breakdown time

  8. Excimer laser reactive deposition of vanadium nitride thin films

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    D'Anna, E.; Di Cristoforo, A.; Fernández, M.; Leggieri, G.; Luches, A.; Majni, G.; Mengucci, P.; Nanai, L.

    2002-01-01

    We report on the deposition of thin vanadium nitride films by ablating vanadium targets in low-pressure N 2 atmosphere, and on their characterization. The targets were vanadium foils (purity 99.8%). 3 in. Si(1 1 1) wafers were used as substrates. Film characteristics (composition and crystalline structure) were studied as a function of N 2 pressure (0.5-200 Pa), KrF laser fluence (4.5-19 J/cm 2), substrate temperature (20-750 °C) and target-to-substrate distance (30-70 mm). Vanadium nitride is already formed at low N 2 ambient pressures (1 Pa) and laser fluences (6 J/cm 2) on substrates at room temperature. At the N 2 pressures of 1-10 Pa, the prevalent phase is VN. At higher pressures (100 Pa) and at relatively high laser fluences (16-19 J/cm 2), the dominant phase is V 2N. The crystallinity of the films improves by increasing the substrate temperature. Well-crystallized films are obtained on substrates heated at 500 °C.

  9. New excimer laser technique for the correction of strabismus and diplopia

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    Azar, Dimitri T.

    1994-06-01

    We used the ArF excimer laser to determine the feasibility of performing prismatic photoablations in model eyes (plastic spheres simulating the eye), and in rabbit corneas. This would correct diplopia and small angles of deviation, and result in minimal refractive alterations. We modified excimer laser delivery system that achieved the desired corneal contour of prismatic ablations. 193-nm argon fluoride laser was used at fluence of 160 mJ/cm2 and ablation rate 5 Hz. 5.0-mm diameter, 40 um corneal epithelial ablation were followed by 5.0- mm diameter, prismatic photokeratectomy (PPK). We were able to achieve prismatic photoablation of PMMA blocks and lenses. No other refractive changes accompanied the prismatic photoablation of PMMA blocks and lenses. No other refractive changes accompanied the prismatic effect. In rabbits re-epithelialization of the 5-mm ablations was complete by day 3, and corneal haze was not observed by gross examination. Epithelial hyperplasia and subepithelial scarring were noted at the deep edges. PPK holds important therapeutic potential for fine-tuning results of conventional strabismus surgery, and for patients with stable diplopia following nerve palsy and ocular surgery.

  10. Photo-triggering and secondary electron produced ionization in electric discharge ArF* excimer lasers

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    Xiong, Zhongmin; Kushner, Mark J.

    2011-10-01

    Electric discharge excimer lasers are sustained in multi-atmosphere attaching gas mixtures that are typically preionized to enable a reproducible, uniform glow, which maximizes optical quality and gain. This preionization is often accomplished using UV light produced by a corona discharge within the plasma cavity. To quantify the relationship between corona discharge properties and those of the laser discharge, the triggering of electron avalanche by preionizing UV light in an electric discharge-pumped ArF* excimer laser was numerically investigated using a two-dimensional model. The preionizing UV fluxes were generated by a corona-bar discharge driven by the same voltage pulse as the main discharge sustained in a multi-atmospheric Ne/Ar/Xe/F2 gas mixture. The resulting peak photo-electron density in the inter-electrode spacing is around 108 cm-3, and its distribution is biased toward the UV source. The preionization density increases with increasing dielectric constant and capacitance of the corona bar. The symmetry and uniformity of the discharge are, however, improved significantly once the main avalanche develops. In addition to bulk electron impact ionization, the ionization generated by sheath accelerated secondary electrons was found to be important in sustaining the discharge current at experimentally observed values. At peak current, the magnitude of the ionization by sheath accelerated electrons is comparable to that from bulk electron impact in the vicinity of the cathode.

  11. Colouring fabrics with excimer lasers to simulate encoded images: the case of the Shroud of Turin

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    Di Lazzaro, P.; Baldacchini, G.; Fanti, G.; Murra, D.; Santoni, A.

    2008-10-01

    The faint body image embedded into the Turin Shroud has not yet explained by traditional science. We present experimental results of excimer laser irradiation (wavelengths 308 nm and 193 nm) of a raw linen fabric and of a linen cloth, seeking for a possible mechanism of image formation. The permanent coloration of both linens is a threshold effect on the laser beam intensity and it can be achieved only in a surprisingly narrow range of irradiation parameters: the shorter the wavelength, the narrower the range. We also obtained the first direct evidence of latent images impressed on linen that appear in a relatively long period (one year) after a laser irradiation that at first did not generate a clear image. The results are compared to the characteristics of the Turin Shroud, commenting the possibility that a burst of directional ultraviolet radiation may have played a role in the formation of the Shroud image.

  12. Applicability of KrF excimer laser induced fluorescence in sooting high-pressure flames

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    Hildenbrandt, F.; Schulz, C.; Sick, V.; Jander, H.; Wagner, H.G.

    1999-07-01

    Laser-induced emissions obtained after excitation with a tunable KrF excimer laser at 248 nm were measured in well-defined sooting laminar high-pressure flames fueled with methane/air and ethylene/air up to 15 bar. A spectral analysis shows that Mie scattering, Raman scattering and laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) signals can be used for detailed flame studies under sooting high-pressure conditions. Mie scattering is correlated with soot, Raman signals can be used to measure spatially-resolved major species concentrations as well as temperatures. A LIF-scheme to measure NO was found to be applicable even under these conditions. The broadband fluorescence in the range from 270 to 290 nm, usually discarded as background, correlates well with the total concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) as measured via GC-MS methods. (orig.)

  13. Processing of bioglass coatings by excimer laser ablation

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    Serra, J.; Gonzalez, P.; Chiussi, S.; Leon, B.; Perez-Amor, M. [Vigo Univ. (Spain). Dept. de Fisica Aplicada

    2001-07-01

    Bioglass (BG) coatings have been prepared in different N{sub 2}O atmospheres by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) using a BG target and an ArF laser. Changes in composition and refractive index were observed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and single-wavelength ellipsometry. Film thicknesses were measured by profilometry and surface morphology was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It has been shown that target composition is transferred to the substrate and that films properties can be modified using different N{sub 2}O atmospheres during the growth process. We observed also a gradual variation of the film refractive index with increasing N{sub 2}O pressures and FTIR spectra reveal that the formation of non-bridging oxygen bonds in the coatings can be controlled. It is well-known, that these bond units determine the formation of apatite on the surfaces of bioactive glass coatings (BGCs) after being soaked in simulated body fluid (SBF), which is an essential characteristic of biocompatibility. (orig.)

  14. Regression and wound healing after excimer laser PRK: a histopathological study on human corneas.

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    Lohmann, C P; Patmore, A; O'Brart, D; Reischl, U; Winkler Mohrenfels, C; Marshall, J

    1997-01-01

    The results of excimer laser PRK are promising as more than 80% of eyes with up to -6.0 diopters of attempted correction have refractive results within 1.0 diopter of emmetropia. However, throughout the dioptric range some unexpected results have been observed with individual patients showing an aggressive wound healing response with excessive myopic regression and severe corneal haze. Unfortunately, only limited data are available about the cellular and extracellular responses in human corneas after PRK and this information is important to establish adequate postoperative pharmaceutical treatment. We made a histopathological and immunohistochemical study on 20 human corneal samples from patients with severe corneal haze and myopic regression. The indirect immunofluorescence method was used for demonstration of collagen types I, III, IV laminin, chondroitin sulphate, dermatan sulphate, and keratin. All corneal specimens showed a hyperplastic epithelium. Histologically, most samples (16/20) showed mainly a loose lamination of extracellular material which could be identified as collagen type IV. The remaining four samples had newly synthesised collagen type III. Our histopathological results indicate that corneal wound healing after excimer laser PRK varies among individuals. In some people epithelial basement proteins, such as collagen type IV, are the main wound healing products, whereas in others mainly collagen type III is found postoperatively, which does not effect the synthesis of collagen type IV. This suggests the need for individually-tailored postoperative pharmaceutical treatment regimens.

  15. Immunofluorescence study of corneal wound healing after excimer laser anterior keratectomy in the monkey eye.

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    Malley, D S; Steinert, R F; Puliafito, C A; Dobi, E T

    1990-09-01

    We performed anterior keratectomies on six monkey eyes, four by excimer laser large-area ablation at 193 nm and two by mechanical keratectomy. Immunofluorescence was used to study the wound healing response histopathologically. The distribution of fibrinogen, fibronectin, laminin, collagen types III, IV, and VI, and keratan sulfate was determined at postoperative intervals of 24 hours, 6 days, and 1 month. At 24 hours, fibrinogen and fibronectin coated the ablated surface, but corneal epithelial cells had not yet migrated over the wound. By 6 days and persisting at 1 month, an epithelial ingrowth of seven to 10 layers, mild stromal hypercellularity, and new collagen formation were present in the repair region. At 1 month, fibrinogen, fibronectin, laminin, and type III collagen were strongly detected in the repair region. Type VI collagen was present in both normal and healed corneal stroma at all intervals, and type IV collagen was present in Descemet's membrane only. Sulfated keratan sulfate was absent from the newly synthesized collagen stroma at all intervals. Slit-lamp photographs demonstrated corneal haze in the ablation zone in all cases at 24 hours, persisting for 1 month. The fluorescence patterns produced by excimer laser ablation and mechanical keratectomy were qualitatively identical.

  16. Comparison of the changes in corneal biomechanical properties after photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis.

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    Kamiya, Kazutaka; Shimizu, Kimiya; Ohmoto, Fumiko

    2009-08-01

    To compare the postoperative biomechanical properties of the cornea after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) in eyes with myopia. We retrospectively examined 27 eyes of 16 patients undergoing PRK and 31 eyes of 16 patients undergoing LASIK for the correction of myopia. Corneal hysteresis (CH) and corneal resistance factor (CRF) were measured with Ocular Response Analyzer before and 3 months after surgery. We also investigated the relationship between these biomechanical changes and the amount of myopic correction. The CH was decreased significantly from 10.8 +/- 1.3 (mean +/- SD) mmHg to 9.2 +/- 1.6 mmHg after PRK (P biomechanical properties after PRK (r = -0.61, P biomechanical strength of the cornea depending on the amount of myopic correction. The amount of biomechanical changes is larger after LASIK than after PRK. From a biomechanical viewpoint, PRK may be a less invasive surgical approach for the correction of myopia than LASIK.

  17. Excimer laser texturing of natural composite polymer surfaces for studying cell-to-substrate specific response

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    Dinca, V.; Alloncle, P.; Delaporte, P.; Ion, V.; Rusen, L.; Filipescu, M.; Mustaciosu, C.; Luculescu, C.; Dinescu, M.

    2015-10-01

    Surface modifications of biocompatible materials are among the main factors used for enhancing and promoting specific cellular activities (e.g. spreading, adhesion, migration, and differentiation) for various types of medical applications such as implants, microfluidic devices, or tissue engineering scaffolds. In this work an excimer laser at 193 nm was used to fabricate chitosan-collagen roughness gradients. The roughness gradients were obtained in one step by applying single laser pulses and sample tilting. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements, atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and spectro-ellipsometry (SE) were used for sample characterization. The goal is to determine the optimal morpho-chemical characteristics of these structures for in vitro tailoring of protein adsorption and cell behavior. The response induced by the roughness gradient onto various cell lines (i.e. L 929 fibroblasts, HEP G2 hepatocytes, OLN 93 oligodendrocytes, M63 osteoblasts) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) protein absorption was investigated.

  18. Time-resolved spectroscopy and fluorescence resonance energy transfer in the study of excimer laser damage of chromatin

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    2007-09-21

    The analysis of chromatin damage produced by a 248 nm excimer laser radiation, for doses of 0.3-3 MJ/m{sup 2} was carried out by time-resolved spectroscopy and fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). The chromatin was extracted from a normal and a tumoral tissue of Wistar rats. The decrease with laser dose of the relative contribution of the excited state lifetimes of ethidium bromide (EtBr) bounded to chromatin constitutes an evidence of the reduction of chromatin deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) double-strand structure. FRET was performed from dansyl chloride to acridine orange, both coupled to chromatin. The increase of the average distance between these ligands, under the action of laser radiation, reflects a loosening of the chromatin structure. The radiosensitivity of tumor tissue chromatin is higher than that of a normal tissue. The determination of the chromatin structure modification in an excimer laser field can be of interest in laser therapy.

  19. Evaluation of the efficacy of excimer laser ablation of cross-linked porcine cornea.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Combination of riboflavin/UVA cross-linking (CXL and excimer laser ablation is a promising therapy for treating corneal ectasia. The cornea is strengthened by cross-linking, while the irregular astigmatism is reduced by laser ablation. This study aims to compare the efficacy of excimer laser ablation on porcine corneas with and without cross-linking. METHODS AND FINDINGS: The porcine cornea was de-epithelialized and treated with 0.1% riboflavin solution for 30 minutes. A half of the cornea was exposed to UVA-radiation for another 30 minutes while the controlled half of the cornea was protected from the UVA using a metal shield. Photo therapeutic keratectomy (PTK was then performed on the central cornea. Corneal thickness of 5 paired locations on the horizontal line, ± 0.5, ± 1.0, ± 1.5, ± 2.0, and ± 2.5 mm from the central spot, were measured using optical coherence tomography prior to and after PTK. The ablation depth was then determined by the corneal thickness. There was a 9% difference (P<0.001 in the overall ablation depth between the CXL-half corneas (158 ± 22 µm and the control-half corneas (174 ± 26 µm. The ablation depths of all 5 correspondent locations on the CXL-half were significantly smaller (P<0.001. CONCLUSION: The efficacy of the laser ablation seems to be lower in cross-linked cornea. Current ablation algorithms may need to be modified for cross-linked corneas.

  20. Eye-Tracker-Guided Non-Mechanical Excimer Laser Assisted Penetrating Keratoplasty

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    Achim Langenbucher

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of the study was to implement a new eye tracking mask which could be used to guide the laser beam in automated non-mechanical excimer laser assisted penetrating keratoplasty. Materials and methods: A new trephination mask design with an elevated surface geometry has been proposed with a step formation between conical and flat interfaces. Two recipient masks of 7.5/8.0 mm have been manufactured and tested. The masks have outer diameter of 12.5 mm, step formation at 10.5 mm, and slope of conical surfaces 15°. Its functionality has been tested in different lateral positions and tilts on a planar surface, and pig eye experiments. After successful validation on porcine eyes, new masks have been produced and tested on two patients. Results: The build-in eye tracking software of the MEL 70 was always able to capture the masks. It has been shown that the unwanted pigmentation/pattern induced by the laser pulses on the mask surface does not influence the eye-tracking efficiency. The masks could be tracked within the 18 × 14 mm lateral displacement and up to 12° tilt. Two patient cases are demonstrated. No complications were observed during the surgery, although it needs some attention for aligning the mask horizontally before trephination. Stability of eye tracking masks is emphasized by inducing on purpose movements of the patient head. Conclusion: Eye-tracking-guided penetrating keratoplasty was successfully applied in clinical practice, which enables robust tracking criteria within an extended range. It facilitates the automated trephination procedure of excimer laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty.

  1. Effect of preionization, fluorine concentration, and current density on the discharge uniformity in F2 excimer laser gas mixtures

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    Mathew, D.; Bastiaens, Hubertus M.J.; Boller, Klaus J.; Peters, P.J.M.

    2007-01-01

    The discharge homogeneity in F2-based excimer laser gas mixtures and its dependence on various key parameters, such as the degree of preionization, preionization delay time, F2 concentration and current density, is investigated in a small x-ray preionized discharge chamber. The spatial and temporal

  2. Wound healing in rabbit corneas after photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis.

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    Miyamoto, Takeshi; Saika, Shizuya; Yamanaka, Akio; Kawashima, Yoshiji; Suzuki, Yoshitaka; Ohnishi, Yoshitaka

    2003-01-01

    To compare the wound-healing process in the rabbit cornea after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with the same refractive correction. Department of Ophthalmology, Wakayama Medical University, Wakayama, Japan. Adult albino rabbits (N = 24) were used. One eye of each animal had PRK or LASIK with the same refractive correction. Each animal was killed after an interval of up to 6 months. The expression pattern of corneal stromal injury-related molecules with the 2 treatments were compared. Paraffin sections of the cornea were processed immunohistochemically for alpha-smooth muscle actin (alpha-SMA), collagen type IV [alpha1(IV)](2),alpha2(IV), and heat shock protein (HSP) 47 as well as other HSPs. Sections were also examined after hematoxylin and eosin or periodic acid-Schiff staining. Hematoxylin and eosin staining showed the central epithelium to be thick in PRK-treated corneas. The thick epithelium was restricted to the area around the corneal flap edge adhesion in LASIK-treated corneas at 3 months. Periodic acid-Schiff staining showed an absence of or interruption in the epithelial basement membrane in PRK-treated corneas for up to 6 months. Heat shock protein 47 was detected in keratocytes on day 3 but not after that in PRK-treated corneas. There was no difference in the expression of other HSPs. Alpha-smooth muscle actin was expressed in keratocytes repopulated in the central anterior cornea of PRK-treated corneas at 28 days. Keratocytes with immunoreactivity for these 2 proteins were not seen in LASIK-treated corneas. Collagen IV [alpha1(IV)](2),alpha2(IV) was not detected in either group of corneas. The central epithelium became transiently thicker in PRK-treated corneas. Keratocyte responses to laser stromal ablation were more marked in corneas treated with PRK than in those treated with LASIK.

  3. Fabrication of the Long Bragg Grating by Excimer Laser Micro Machining with High-Precision Positioning XXY Platform

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    Jian-Zhong Wu

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available With the advancement of technology, the application of fiber Bragg grating is widely used as a Bragg grating sensor. Fiber Bragg grating is fabrication using excimer laser machining with the phase masker. The grating length is decided by the width of laser beam. In this paper, we proposed fabrication of the long Bragg grating by excimer Laser micro machining with a high-precision positioning XXY platform. The high-precision positioning XXY platform plays an important role for long FBG. It needs seriously to combine three short FBGs. Therefore, we can obtain a long FBG with 15mm length. This method can provide a solution to fabricate long FBG by using cheap laser with high-precision positioning XXY platform.

  4. Excimer laser cleaning of encrustation on Pentelic marble: procedure and evaluation of the effects

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    Maravelaki-Kalaitzaki, P.; Zafiropulos, V.; Fotakis, C.

    1999-06-01

    This work focuses on the use and control of excimer lasers (KrF, λ=248 nm and XeCl, λ=308 nm) for the removal of encrustation (black crusts, soil-dust and biological deposits) from Pentelic marble. A number of surface analytical techniques, such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) interfaced with microprobe analysis (energy dispersive X-ray analysis: EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and optical microscopy (OM) were used to detect chemical composition and crust morphology, as well as to monitor the effects induced by the laser treatment. SEM and OM providing structural information about the layers of encrustation, LIBS and SEM-EDX providing information on the elemental composition of the ablated material, XRD and FTIR detecting the changes of minerals appear to be particularly effective in assessing the quality of cleaning process. FTIR and XRD showed removal of pollutants from encrustation and partial transformation of calcium sulfate dihydrate (gypsum) to hemihydrate and anhydrite, which have lower specific surface than gypsum. Irradiation conditions creating minimal damaging effects were defined before treatment through surface analysis, ablation rate studies and optimization of laser parameters. On the basis of structural and analytical examinations, both lasers are shown to be appropriate for achieving sufficient removal of unwanted selected layers without modifying the surface morphology and surpassing by far the effectiveness afforded by traditional cleaning techniques.

  5. Fluorescence imaging inside an internal combustion engine using tunable excimer lasers.

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    Andresen, P; Meijer, G; Schlüter, H; Voges, H; Koch, A; Hentschel, W; Oppermann, W; Rothe, E

    1990-06-01

    Tunable excimer lasers are used to obtain 2-D images of molecular (and some state-specific) density distributions inside a cylinder of a modified four-cylinder in-line engine that has optical access. Natural fluorescence (i.e., without a laser) is used for some OH pictures, normal laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) for those of NO and of the isooctane fuel, and laser-induced predissociative fluorescence (LIPF) for other OH pictures and for those of O(2). Relevant spectroscopy is done to find the laser and fluorescence frequencies needed to measure isolated species. LIPF works well at high pressures, is state specific, and is ideally suited to follow turbulent processes. No similar measurements in engines have been previously reported. Pictures are taken in succeeding engine cycles. Their sequence is either at a particular point of the engine's cycle to show cyclic fluctuations, or at succeeding portions of the cycle to illustrate the progress of the gasdynamics or of the combustion.

  6. Alternatives to excimer laser refractive surgery: UV and mid-infrared laser ablation of intraocular lenses and porcine cornea

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    Serafetinides, A. A.; Makropoulou, M.; Spyratou, E.; Bacharis, C.

    2007-03-01

    Despite the fact that the laser applications in human ophthalmology are well established, further research is still required, for better and predictable ablation dosimetry on both cornea tissue and intraocular lenses. Further studies for alternative laser sources to the well established excimer lasers, such as UV or mid-infrared solid state lasers, have been proposed for refractive surgery. The precise lens ablation requires the use of laser wavelengths possessing a small optical penetration depth in the cornea and in the synthetic lenses, in order to confine the laser energy deposition to a small volume. In order to eliminate some very well known problems concerning the reshaping of cornea and the modification of the optical properties of the intraocular lenses, ablation experiments of ex vivo porcine cornea, acrylic PMMA and hydrophilic lenses were conducted with an Er:YAG laser (2.94 μm) and the fifth harmonic of a Nd:YAG laser (213 nm). The morphology of cornea was recorded using a cornea topography system before and immediately after the ablation. Histology analysis of the specimens was obtained, in order to examine the microscopic appearance of the ablated craters and the existence of any thermal damage caused by the mid-infrared and UV laser irradiation. The macroscopic morphology of the intraocular lens craters was inspected with an optical transmission microscope. Measurements of the ablation rates of the lenses were performed and simulated by a mathematical model.

  7. Excimer-laser-based multifunctional patterning systems for optoelectronics, MEMS, materials processing, and biotechnology

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    Jain, Kanti

    2003-07-01

    Over the past few years, there has been an increasing impact of microelectronics fabrication technologies on the realization of structures and spatial patterns necessary for advances in optoelectronics, MEMS, materials processing, and biotechnology. These fabrication technologies accelerate the pace of research by enabling the micro-manipulation and patterning of a variety of organic, inorganic, and biological materials (including new polymers, compound semiconductors, DNA, proteins, and others), developing new synthesis techniques, and producing structures and devices previously not deemed possible. In order to facilitate the exploration of these fields, it is desirable to develop processing techniques and cost-effective, multifunctional systems that can handle a wide variety of substrate materials and geometries, including non-planar surfaces. This paper describes recent advances made in excimer-laser-based patterning, photoablation, and photo-crystallization technologies, focusing on how these technologies address the unique requirements of applications for scientific research and for technology development.

  8. Interaction of 308-nm excimer laser light with temporomandibular joint related structures

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    Liesenhoff, Tim; Funk, Armin

    1994-02-01

    Arthroscopy of TMJ has become a clinically important and more and more accepted method for diagnosis and treatment of TMJ alteration. This minimal invasive method is clearly limited by the anatomical dimensions of the TMJ. A 308 nm excimer laserlight has already found clinical applications in angioplasty, ophthalmology, and dentistry. The aim of the presented study was to find out if it is possible to ablate TMJ related structures under arthroscopic conditions. It also aims to evaluate the energy-threshold for ablation and the maximal possible rate of ablation. Contrary to other laser systems it offers a unique combination of minimal tissue alteration, precise tissue ablation guidability through optical fibers, and a good transmission through water.

  9. Photorefractive Keratectomy for Residual Myopia after Myopic Laser In Situ Keratomileusis

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    Kamal A. M. Solaiman

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate the safety, efficacy, and predictability of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK on the corneal flap for correction of residual myopia following myopic laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK. Patients and Methods. A retrospective study on eyes retreated by PRK on the corneal flap for residual myopia after LASIK. All eyes had no enough stroma after LASIK sufficient for LASIK enhancement. Data included spherical equivalent (SE, uncorrected and best corrected visual acuity (UCVA and BCVA, central pachymetry, corneal higher order aberrations (HOAs, corneal hysteresis (CH, corneal resistance factor (CRF, and corneal haze. Results. The study included 64 eyes. Before PRK, the mean central pachymetry was 400.21±7.8 μm, the mean SE was −1.74±0.51 D, and the mean UCVA and BCVA were 0.35±0.18 and 0.91±0.07, respectively. 12 months postoperatively, the mean central corneal thickness was 382.41±2.61 μm, the mean SE was −0.18±0.32 D (P0.5, respectively. The safety index was 1.01 and the efficacy index was 0.86. No significant change was observed in corneal HOAs. Conclusions. Residual myopia less than 3 D after LASIK could be safely and effectively treated by PRK and mitomycin C with a high predictability. This prevents postoperative ectasia and avoids the flap related complications but has no significant effect on HOAs.

  10. Pre-operative therapeutic eyelid hygiene in the prevention of complications following excimer laser vision correction

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    V. V. Kurenkov

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: to assess the effectiveness of pre-operative therapeutic eyelid hygiene in the prevention and treatment of dry eye and meibomian glands dysfunction following excimer laser vision surgery.Methods: In enrolled 144 patients (288 eyes, ocular surface and meibomian glands functions were evaluated before and following refractive surgery (LASIK and REIK. In pre- and post-operative period, standard ophthalmological studies were performed, including best-corrected visual acuity determination, biomicroscopy, Schirmer’s test and Norn’s test (tear break-up time. In pre-operative pe- riod, ocular surface microbial profile was assessed. Subjective symptoms of impaired tear production were revealed via questioning. In study group (70 patients, 140 eyes, therapeutic eyelid hygiene using Blefarogel 1 or Blefarogel 2 (Ltd. Heltec-Medica, Moscow, Russia was prescribed one week before surgery. In control group, no therapeutic eyelid hygiene was prescribed. All patients were received antibacterial treatment including Vigamox (Alcon, Fort Worth, tX. In both groups, Natural tears and Systane Ultra (Alcon were used as tear replacement therapy.Results: Complex treatment, including therapeutic eyelid hygiene in study group, significantly improved tear film and ocular sur- face health as well as meibomian glands functions. Inflammatory complications rate was estimated as 5.7% in study group and 10.6% in control group.Conclusion: therapeutic eyelid hygiene is highly effective in the prophylaxis and treatment of post-operative complications duу to ocular surface pathology and meibomian glands dysfunction. the procedure is safe and can be recommended as a part of complex preventive treatment before excimer laser vision correction.

  11. Pre-operative therapeutic eyelid hygiene in the prevention of complications following excimer laser vision correction

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    V. V. Kurenkov

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: to assess the effectiveness of pre-operative therapeutic eyelid hygiene in the prevention and treatment of dry eye and meibomian glands dysfunction following excimer laser vision surgery.Methods: In enrolled 144 patients (288 eyes, ocular surface and meibomian glands functions were evaluated before and following refractive surgery (LASIK and REIK. In pre- and post-operative period, standard ophthalmological studies were performed, including best-corrected visual acuity determination, biomicroscopy, Schirmer’s test and Norn’s test (tear break-up time. In pre-operative pe- riod, ocular surface microbial profile was assessed. Subjective symptoms of impaired tear production were revealed via questioning. In study group (70 patients, 140 eyes, therapeutic eyelid hygiene using Blefarogel 1 or Blefarogel 2 (Ltd. Heltec-Medica, Moscow, Russia was prescribed one week before surgery. In control group, no therapeutic eyelid hygiene was prescribed. All patients were received antibacterial treatment including Vigamox (Alcon, Fort Worth, tX. In both groups, Natural tears and Systane Ultra (Alcon were used as tear replacement therapy.Results: Complex treatment, including therapeutic eyelid hygiene in study group, significantly improved tear film and ocular sur- face health as well as meibomian glands functions. Inflammatory complications rate was estimated as 5.7% in study group and 10.6% in control group.Conclusion: therapeutic eyelid hygiene is highly effective in the prophylaxis and treatment of post-operative complications duу to ocular surface pathology and meibomian glands dysfunction. the procedure is safe and can be recommended as a part of complex preventive treatment before excimer laser vision correction.

  12. THE EXPERIENCE OF TREGALOZA BASED LUBRICANT USAGE FOR PATIENTS WHO UNDERWENT EXCIMER LASER SURGERY

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    Full Text Available Purpose: to evaluate the tregalose based eye drops effectiveness in patients who underwent PRK or TransPRK surgery. patients and methods: 50 patients with moderate myopia were examined before, 7 days and 1 month after PRK or TransPRK surgery made by SCHWIND Amaris excimer laser by the same surgeon. In addition to conventional diagnostics, Schirmer test and tear break up time were performed as well as ODSI questionare and Oxford index of ocular surface disorders were investigated. Patients were divided in two groups, Study group — “Thealos” group and “Control” group. In both groups patients have started using non preservative eye drops based on tregalosa and hyaluronic acid 4-th day after surgery respectively. results: The tear film breakup time was significantly better in “Thealos” group (7,22±3,61 sec 7 days postop and 9,36±3,68 sec 1 month postop in comparison to «Control” group 5,21±0,25 (р<0,01 sec and 7,21±2,85 sec respectively (р<0,05 as well as ocular surface index score in “Thealos” group post surgery was less (0,26±0,38 и 0,85±0,31 marks 7 days postop (р<0,05 and 0,09±0,19 and 0,21±0,4 (р<0,05 1 month postop respectively. There were no other statistically significant differences found in analysed data. Conclusion: Using of “Thealoz” non-preservative eye drops leads to faster recovery after surface excimer laser ablations in terms of dry eye manifestation, those as tearfilm stability and ocular surface index score, measured using “Oxford” scale. Moistening properties of tregaloze solution could be compared with those of hyaluronic acid solution.

  13. Microstructures induced by excimer laser surface melting of the SiCp/Al metal matrix composite

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    Qian, D. S.; Zhong, X. L.; Yan, Y. Z.; Hashimoto, T.; Liu, Z.

    2017-08-01

    Laser surface melting (LSM) was carried out on the SiCp/Al metal matrix composite (MMC) using a KrF excimer laser with a fluence of 7 J/cm2. The re-solidification microstructure was characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) equipped with energy dispersive X-ray detector, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. It was found that a 2.5 μm thick melted layer was formed in the near-surface region, in which dissolution of the intermetallics and removal of the SiC particles occurred. The thermal and material response upon laser irradiation was simulated using three models, i.e. analytical model, finite element model (FEM) and smoothed-particle hydrodynamics (SPH) model. The effect of SiC particles on the LSM process, the mechanism of the SiC removal and the re-solidification microstructures in the melted layer were discussed. The simulation results were in good agreement with the experimental results and contributed to the generic understanding of the re-solidification microstructures induced by ns-pulsed lasers.

  14. Report on the Study of Radiation Damage in Calcium Fluoride and Magnesium Fluoride Crystals for use in Excimer Laser Applications

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    1999-10-04

    A study was performed to investigate the effects of radiation damage in calcium fluoride and magnesium fluoride crystals caused by gamma rays and UV photons from excimer lasers. The purpose was to study and correlate the damage caused by these two different mechanisms in various types of material used for fabricating optical elements in high power excimer lasers and lens systems of lithography tools. These optical systems are easily damaged by the laser itself, and it is necessary to use only the most radiation resistant materials for certain key elements. It was found that a clear correlation exists between the, radiation induced damage caused by high energy gamma rays and that produced by UV photons from the excimer laser. This correlation allows a simple procedure to be developed to select the most radiation resistant material at the ingot level, which would be later used to fabricate various components of the optical system. This avoids incurring the additional cost of fabricating actual optical elements with material that would later be damaged under prolonged use. The result of this screening procedure can result in a considerable savings in the overall cost of the lens and laser system.

  15. Depth-profile investigations of triterpenoid varnishes by KrF excimer laser ablation and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

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    Theodorakopoulos, C.; Zafiropulos, V.

    2009-07-01

    The ablation properties of aged triterpenoid dammar and mastic films were investigated using a Krypton Fluoride excimer laser (248 nm, 25 ns). Ablation rate variations between surface and bulk layers indicated changes of the ablation mechanisms across the depth profiles of the films. In particular, after removal of the uppermost surface varnish layers there was a reduction of the ablation step in the bulk that was in line with a significant reduction of carbon dimer emission beneath the surface layers as detected by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. The results are explicable by the generation of condensation, cross-linking and oxidative gradients across the depth profile of triterpenoid varnish films during the aging degradation process, which were recently quantified and established on the molecular level.

  16. Excimer laser texturing of natural composite polymer surfaces for studying cell-to-substrate specific response

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    Dinca, V., E-mail: dincavalentina@yahoo.com [NILPRP, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Alloncle, P.; Delaporte, P. [Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, LP3 Laboratory, Campus de Luminy, 13288 Marseille (France); Ion, V. [NILPRP, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest, 077125 Magurele (Romania); Rusen, L.; Filipescu, M. [NILPRP, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Mustaciosu, C. [Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering – IFIN HH, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Luculescu, C.; Dinescu, M. [NILPRP, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania)

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    Highlights: • Roughness gradients are obtained in one step by applying single laser pulses and sample tilting. • BSA protein and cell dependence behavior onto gradient characteristics was studied. • The degradation of the samples by lysozyme was correlated to its ability to access the textured area. - Abstract: Surface modifications of biocompatible materials are among the main factors used for enhancing and promoting specific cellular activities (e.g. spreading, adhesion, migration, and differentiation) for various types of medical applications such as implants, microfluidic devices, or tissue engineering scaffolds. In this work an excimer laser at 193 nm was used to fabricate chitosan–collagen roughness gradients. The roughness gradients were obtained in one step by applying single laser pulses and sample tilting. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements, atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and spectro-ellipsometry (SE) were used for sample characterization. The goal is to determine the optimal morpho-chemical characteristics of these structures for in vitro tailoring of protein adsorption and cell behavior. The response induced by the roughness gradient onto various cell lines (i.e. L 929 fibroblasts, HEP G2 hepatocytes, OLN 93 oligodendrocytes, M63 osteoblasts) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) protein absorption was investigated.

  17. Film forming properties of silicon nanoparticles on SixNy coated substrates during excimer laser annealing

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    Caninenberg, M.; Kiesler, D.; Benson, N.; Schmechel, R.

    2017-05-01

    In this article we investigate the film forming properties of excimer laser annealed silicon nanoparticles on non-silicon substrates. In contrast to their film forming properties on oxide free silicon substrates, the nanoparticle thin film tends to dewet and form a porous μ-structure on the silicon nitrite covered glass model substrates considered for our investigation. This is quantified using a SEM study in conjunction with image processing software, in order to evaluate the μ-structure size and inter μ-structure distance in dependence of the laser energy density. To generalize our results, the film forming process is described using a COMSOL Multiphysics ® fluid dynamics model, which solves the Navier Stokes equation for incompressible Newtonian fluids. To account for the porous nanoparticle thin film structure in the simulation, an effective medium approach is used by applying a conservative level set one phase method to our mesh. This effort allows us to predict the Si melt film formation ranging from a porous Si μ-structure to a compact 100% density Si thin film in dependence of the substrate / thin film interaction, as well as the laser energy used for the nanoparticle processing.

  18. The effect on the ultrastructure of dental enamel of excimer-dye, argon-ion and CO2 lasers.

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    Palamara, J; Phakey, P P; Orams, H J; Rachinger, W A

    1992-12-01

    This study aimed to investigate the ultrastructural changes that occur in dental enamel irradiated with pulsed excimer-dye, continuous-wave (CW) argon-ion and CW CO2 lasers. The pulsed excimer-dye laser produced deep craters, rough damaged surfaces with underlying porosity and amorphous vitrified material. The vitrification of the enamel indicated that the temperature in these areas must have been at least in the range 1280 to 1600 degrees C. The CW argon-ion laser irradiation produced a changed non-cratered surface with inter-crystalline porosity and a mixture of small and some large irregularly packed recrystallized enamel crystals. The CW CO2 laser produced shallow craters, surface crazing and lifting off the removal of the surface layer to expose the underlying roughened enamel. The ultrastructure revealed inter- and intra-crystalline porosity, a mixture of small but variable size irregularly packed recrystallized enamel crystals and also well packed large crystals which indicated further grain growth. The porosity in lased enamel was overall very similar to that seen in enamel heated in an electric furnace to a temperature of 600 degrees C. The presence of recrystallized enamel crystals indicated a temperature rise of approximately 1000 degrees C and the grain growth indicated that a temperature > or = 1000 degrees C existed for some time after the laser irradiation. In general the excimer-dye laser produced most surface destruction because of its higher power density and shorter interaction time and the argon-ion laser produced least damage. These results indicated that the lasers used in this study require much more refinement before they can find therapeutic application to dental enamel, and this may well be the case for other lasers being investigated for clinical dental practise.

  19. Krypton Gas for High Quality Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes Synthesis by KrF Excimer Laser Ablation

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    Jasim Al-Zanganawee

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We report for the first time the production of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs by KrF excimer laser ablation method under the krypton gas atmosphere. For the ablation experiment 450 mJ energy and 30 Hz repetition rate KrF excimer laser was used, and the target was prepared with the following composition: 0.6% Ni, 0.6% Co, and 98.8% C (atomic percentage. The ablation product was characterized by confocal Raman microspectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA. The SWCNTs obtained are a mixture of semiconducting and metallic types with narrow diameters distribution of 1.26 to 1.49 nm, are micrometers long, and contain low amount of graphite and amorphous carbon.

  20. Des lasers à excimères pour cristalliser le silicium des écrans plats : pourquoi ? comment ?

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    Prat, C.

    2003-06-01

    Les contraintes techniques et économiques de la fabrication d'écrans plats à cristaux liquides à matrice active ont suscité de nombreuses études de procédés de cristallisation de couches minces de silicium par laser à excimères, exploitant principalement trois types de phénomènes physiques, dans le but d'obtenir des cristaux micrométriques les plus uniformes possible.

  1. Wettability characteristics of carbon steel modified with CO2, Nd:YAG, Excimer and high power diode lasers

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    Lawrence, Jonathan; Li, Lin

    2000-01-01

    Interaction of CO2, Nd:YAG, excimer and high power diode laser (HPDL) radiation with the surface of a common mild steel (EN8) was found to effect changes in the wettability characteristics of the steel, namely changes in the measured contact angle. These modifications are related to changes in the surface roughness, changes in the surface oxygen content and changes in the surface energy of the mild steel. The wettability characteristics of the selected mild steel could be controll...

  2. Excimer laser doping technique for application in an integrated CdTe imaging device

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    Mochizuki, D; Aoki, T; Tomita, Y; Nihashi, T; Hatanaka, Y

    1999-01-01

    CdTe is an attractive semiconductor material for applications in solid-state high-energy X-ray and gamma-ray imaging systems because of its high absorption coefficient, large band gap, good mobility lifetime product of holes and stability at normal atmospheric conditions. We propose a new concept for fabricating an integrated CdTe with monolithic circuit configuration for two-dimensional imaging systems suitable for medical, research or industrial applications and operation at room temperature. A new doping technique has been recently developed that employs excimer laser radiation to diffuse impurity atoms into the semiconductor. Accordingly, heavily doped n- and p-type layers with resistivities less than 1 OMEGA cm can be formed on the high resistive CdTe crystals. We have further extended this technique for doping with spatial pattern. We will present the laser doping technique and various results thus obtained. Spatially patterned doping is demonstrated and we propose the use of these doping techniques for...

  3. Bacterial contaminants of bandage contact lenses used after laser subepithelial or photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Liu, Xiaowei; Wang, Peng; Kao, Andrew A; Jiang, Yang; Li, Ying; Long, Qin

    2012-07-01

    To compare the locations and types of bacterial contamination of bandage disposable soft contact lenses after laser subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Bandage disposable soft contact lenses were collected with sterile forceps from 30 eyes of 15 consecutive patients treated with LASEK (LASEK group) and 30 eyes of 15 consecutive patients who underwent PRK (PRK group) to correct myopia. Immediately after collection, each lens was cut in two parts with sterile scissors and placed onto chocolate agar with one piece outer face down and the inner face down for the other piece. The lenses were analyzed for bacterial colonization and evaluated for the amount of growth on the inner face and outer face, respectively. The antibiotic susceptibility tests were performed for the isolates using disk diffusion. Five positive cultures (16.7%) were found in LASEK group: 4 appeared in the inner face of the lens and1 appeared in the outer face. In PRK group, 2 of the 30 contact lenses (6.67%) had positive cultures; both of them appeared in the outer face of the lens. The difference of positive culture rate in the two groups was not statistically significant (χ=1.46, P=0.228). When comparing the positive colonization rate in location, the positive culture rate in the inner face of LASEK group was statistically significantly higher than that of PRK group (13.3% vs. 0%, χ=4.29, P=0.038); however, no clinical finding of infection was noted. In both groups, methicillin-sensitive coagulase-negative staphylococci (MSSCoN) were the most common isolate. Besides MSSCoN, the growth of methicillin-resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci, Corynebacterium, and Micrococcus were also present in this study. All the microorganisms were sensitive to tobramycin, which was used in conjunction with dexamethasone to treat the cases. Previous literature reports that the risk of infectious keratitis after LASEK or PRK is relatively low. However, within this study, the

  4. [Comparison of corneal wound healing of photorefractive keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis in rabbits].

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    Ma, Xiao-Hua; Li, Jing-Hai; Bi, Hong-Sheng; Zhou, Fang; Li, Yan

    2003-03-01

    To compare effects of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) on the cornea and corneal wound healing and to investigate the possible mechanism of corneal haze and myopic regression histopathologically. Twenty-four New Zealand white rabbits were allocated randomly to correct -4.00 and -8.00 diopters and were operated with PRK on right eyes and LASIK on left eyes. At 10 days and 1, 3, and 6 months, corneal haze was observed, refraction was evaluated, and 3 rabbits were randomly selected for each time point to be enucleated, and corneas to be bisected. One half of each cornea was evaluated using transmission electron microscopy, and the other half was evaluated using either light microscopy or immunohistochemical staining for collagen type III, IV, fibronectin (FN) and transforming growth factor-beta(1) (TGF-beta(1)). Different degrees of corneal haze and myopic regression were observed after PRK: the higher the desired myopic correction, the heavier the haze. Corneal wound healing response was greater and lasted longer after PRK than after LASIK. Various pathological findings such as epithelial hyperplasia, basal membrane reforming and extracellular matrix deposits were found in the ablation zone and repair mechanisms were still active at 6 months after PRK. Whereas after LASIK, the interface between the flap and stromal bed was transparent except for growing epithelial plugs and lightly proliferating stroma coinciding with the flap margins. After both PRK and LASIK, all corneal cell types were consistently positive for TGF-beta(1) antibody during the corneal wound healing time. TGF-beta(1) antibody positivity decreased as the wound healing approached completion. The histopathological changes of corneal haze and myopic regression are as follows: epithelial hyperplasia, basal membrane immaturity, anterior stromal keratocyte increase and activity, new collagen III production and irregular arrangement thereof, and FN deposition in the

  5. Excimer laser assisted very fast exfoliation and reduction of graphite oxide at room temperature under air ambient for Supercapacitors electrode

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    Malek Hosseini, S. M. B.; Baizaee, S. M.; Naderi, Hamid Reza; Dare Kordi, Ali

    2018-01-01

    Excimer laser was used for reduction and exfoliation of graphite oxide (GO) at room temperature under air ambient. The prepared excimer laser reduced graphite oxide (XLRGO) is characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), nitrogen adsorption/desorption (BET method), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and UV-vis absorption techniques for surface, structural functional groups and band gap analysis. Electrochemical properties are investigated using cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge-discharge, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and continues cyclic voltammetry (CCV) in 0.5 M Na2SO4 as electrolyte. Electrochemical investigations revealed that XLRGO electrode has enhanced supercapacitive performance including specific capacitance of 299 F/g at a scan rate of 2 mV/s. Furthermore, CCV measurement showed that XLRGO electrode kept 97.8% of its initial capacitance/capacity after 4000 cycles. The obtained results from electrochemical investigations confirm that the reduction of GO by using an excimer laser produces high-quality graphene for supercapacitor applications without the need for additional operations.

  6. Combined Excimer Laser Photoablation and Amniotic Membrane Overlay for Relief of Symptomatic Discomfort in Gelatinous Drop-like Corneal Dystrophy.

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    Alex, Anne F; Eter, Nicole; Uhlig, Constantin E

    2015-10-01

    To describe the efficacy of combined excimer laser photoablation and amniotic overlay membrane in the relief of symptomatic discomfort in a 17-year-old patient who had gelatinous drop-like corneal dystrophy. The best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was measured with Snellen letters. Slit-lamp examination of the ocular surface and anterior chamber was performed at baseline. Results were photodocumented. Excimer laser photoablation was performed and subsequently 2 amniotic membranes were transconjunctivally fixated with 10.0 nylon sutures. Investigations and documentation were performed at baseline, every 2 months in the first year, and then every 6 months. The duration of follow-up was 22 months. At baseline, the BCVA was 20/70 in the right eye and 20/200 in the left eye. The patient reported distinct photophobia. Slit-lamp examination was difficult because of blepharospasm. Although gelatinous drops developed again and the BCVA decreased to 2/200, the patient reported significant relief after both microsurgical treatments and remained comfortable at 20 and 22 months. Excimer laser photocoagulation combined with amniotic membrane overlay does not stop the development of gelatinous drop-like corneal dystrophy but may improve subjective comfort. Such treatment does not hinder subsequent lamellar or penetrating grafts and is helpful in providing the necessary time for preparation of matched keratoplasties.

  7. Topography-guided transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy for irregular astigmatism using a 213 nm solid-state laser.

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    Allan, Bruce D; Hassan, Hala

    2013-01-01

    To explore the use of the Pulsar Z1 solid-state 213 nm photorefractive laser platform in topography-guided transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for irregular astigmatism. Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, United Kingdom. Prospective clinical case series. Patients with irregular astigmatism after previous refractive surgery or corneal transplantation were treated with topography-guided transepithelial PRK. Preoperatively and 1-year postoperatively, corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) and secondary outcome measures (including manifest refraction, contrast sensitivity, haze score, index of surface variation, root-mean-square higher-order aberrations, and subjective visual change) were compared between groups. Adjunctive mitomycin-C was not used. Seven patients had previous refractive surgery, and 7 had previous corneal transplantation. All but 2 patients with a marked haze response had subjective gains in vision and improved CDVA. Gains in CDVA for patients with irregular astigmatism after previous refractive surgery (median 2 lines gain; range 0 to 2 lines gained) were higher than for patients with irregular astigmatism after keratoplasty (median 0 lines; range 5 lines lost to 4 lines gained). Trends in secondary outcome measures were similar, with greater variation in post-keratoplasty patients. Haze scores were higher in post-keratoplasty patients. 213 nm topography-guided transepithelial PRK was easy to perform and well tolerated by patients with irregular astigmatism. Most patients gained CDVA; however, increased haze responses were observed in post-keratoplasty cases. Copyright © 2012 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Four-year to seven-year outcomes of advanced surface ablation with excimer laser for high myopia

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    Hansen, Rasmus Søgaard; Lyhne, Niels; Grauslund, Jakob

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: To evaluate and compare long-term outcomes ofafter photorefractive keratectomy with cooling (cPRK) and laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) for high myopia. Methods: Retrospective single-masked follow-up study of patients treated for myopia between 2007 and 2009 with c...... ±1.0 D of intended refraction. Finally, 100% of cPRK patients and 92% of LASEK patients (P=0.87) were satisfied or very satisfied with the surgery at final follow-up. Conclusion: cPRK and LASEK seemed safe and with high patient satisfaction 4 to 7 years after surgery for high myopia. However, c...

  9. Microstructures induced by excimer laser surface melting of the SiC{sub p}/Al metal matrix composite

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    Qian, D.S., E-mail: Daishu.qian@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk; Zhong, X.L.; Yan, Y.Z.; Hashimoto, T.; Liu, Z.

    2017-08-01

    Highlights: • Microstructural analysis of the excimer laser-melted SiC{sub p}/AA2124;. • Analytical, FEM, and SPH simulation of the laser-material interaction;. • Mechanism of the formation of the laser-induced microstructure. - Abstract: Laser surface melting (LSM) was carried out on the SiC{sub p}/Al metal matrix composite (MMC) using a KrF excimer laser with a fluence of 7 J/cm{sup 2}. The re-solidification microstructure was characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) equipped with energy dispersive X-ray detector, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. It was found that a 2.5 μm thick melted layer was formed in the near-surface region, in which dissolution of the intermetallics and removal of the SiC particles occurred. The thermal and material response upon laser irradiation was simulated using three models, i.e. analytical model, finite element model (FEM) and smoothed-particle hydrodynamics (SPH) model. The effect of SiC particles on the LSM process, the mechanism of the SiC removal and the re-solidification microstructures in the melted layer were discussed. The simulation results were in good agreement with the experimental results and contributed to the generic understanding of the re-solidification microstructures induced by ns-pulsed lasers.

  10. Influence of corneal collagen crosslinking with riboflavin and ultraviolet-a irradiation on excimer laser surgery.

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    Kampik, Daniel; Ralla, Bernhard; Keller, Sabine; Hirschberg, Markus; Friedl, Peter; Geerling, Gerd

    2010-08-01

    Riboflavin/ultraviolet A (UVA) cross-linking (CXL) of corneal collagen is a novel method of stabilizing corneal mechanical properties and preventing progression of keratectasias. This study was conducted to investigate whether CXL influences ablation rate, flap thickness, and refractive results of excimer laser procedures ex vivo. Corneal epithelium was removed from enucleated porcine eyes, and CXL was performed with riboflavin 0.1% and UVA radiation (365 nm, 3 mW/cm(2)) for 30 minutes. Control eyes received epithelial abrasion only. Diffusion of riboflavin through the cornea was assessed by using infrared-excited, two-photon microscopy of riboflavin autofluorescence, combined with second-harmonic generation of fibrillar collagen. During phototherapeutic keratectomy, corneal thickness was measured by optical coherence pachymetry. During LASIK for myopia, the flap thickness of microkeratome cuts was measured and the induced refractive change assessed by Placido topography. Data were analyzed by Shapiro-Wilk test and Student's t-test. Multiphoton imaging showed a rapid (30-minute) and even distribution of riboflavin throughout the corneal stroma. No difference in ablation rate was measured in treated and untreated corneas (P = 0.90). Mean flap thickness was increased by 44% in cross-linked corneas (P refractive change was reduced in CXL-treated eyes by 20.1% (P refractive change after LASIK for myopia. Although the laser ablation rate is unaffected, CXL results in an increased flap thickness. This study suggests the need for adjustment of microkeratome and laser parameters for LASIK after CXL and indirectly endorses the theory of a direct stiffening effect of CXL.

  11. Development of a Silicon Based Electron Beam Transmission Window for Use in a KrF Excimer Laser System

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    Gentile, C A; Hartfield, J W; Hawryluk, R J; Hegeler, F; Heitzenroeder, P J; Jun, C H; Ku, L P; Lamarche, P H; Myers, M C; Parker, J J; Parsells, R F; Payen, M; Raftopoulos, S; Sethian, J D

    2002-01-01

    The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), in collaboration with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), is currently investigating various novel materials (single crystal silicon, , and ) for use as electron-beam transmission windows in a KrF excimer laser system. The primary function of the window is to isolate the active medium (excimer gas) from the excitation mechanism (field-emission diodes). Chosen window geometry must accommodate electron energy transfer greater than 80% (750 keV), while maintaining structural integrity during mechanical load (1.3 to 2.0 atm base pressure differential, approximate 0.5 atm cyclic pressure amplitude, 5 Hz repetition rate) and thermal load across the entire hibachi area (approximate 0.9 W centre dot cm superscript ''-2''). In addition, the window must be chemically resistant to attack by fluorine free-radicals (hydrofluoric acid, secondary). In accordance with these structural, functional, and operational parameters, a 22.4 mm square silicon prototype window, coated w...

  12. Terraced copper growth deposited onto Teflon AF1600 by the excimer laser irradiation of Cu(hfac)TMVS

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    Popovici, D.; Piyakis, K.; Sacher, E.; Meunier, M. [Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

    1996-12-31

    The authors are studying the feasibility of constructing Cu/fluoropolymer multilayer devices, in an effort to reduce both metal R and insulator C, a necessary condition in VLSI and GSI microelectronic applications. The laser chemical vapor deposition (LCVD) of the organometallic precursor Cu(hfac)TMVS (hexafluoroacetylacetonate)(trimethylvinylsilane) is used to grow copper films on a Teflon AF1600 substrate. Exposure to excimer laser radiation at 248 nm results in a terraced copper growth. A simple model, based on interference effects in the Teflon and copper layers, is presented to account for this structure.

  13. Hydroxyapatite and bioactive glass surfaces for fiber reinforced composite implants via surface ablation by Excimer laser.

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    Kulkova, Julia; Moritz, Niko; Huhtinen, Hannu; Mattila, Riina; Donati, Ivan; Marsich, Eleonora; Paoletti, Sergio; Vallittu, Pekka K

    2017-11-01

    In skeletal reconstructions, composites, such as bisphenol-A-glycidyldimethacrylate resin reinforced with glass fibers, are potentially useful alternatives to metallic implants. Recently, we reported a novel method to prepare bioactive surfaces for these composites. Surface etching by Excimer laser was used to expose bioactive glass granules embedded in the resin. The purpose of this study was to analyze two types of bioactive surfaces created by this technique. The surfaces contained bioactive glass and hydroxyapatite granules. The selected processing parameters were adequate for the creation of the surfaces. However, the use of porous hydroxyapatite prevented the complete exposure the granules. In cell culture, for bioactive glass coatings, the pattern of proliferation of MG63 cells was comparable to that in the positive control group (Ti6Al4V) while inferior cell proliferation was observed on the surfaces containing hydroxyapatite granules. Scanning electron microscopy revealed osteointegration of implants with both types of surfaces. The technique is suitable for the exposure of solid bioactive glass granules. However, the long-term performance of the surfaces needs further assessment. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy for the treatment of clinically presumed fungal keratitis.

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    Li, Liang-Mao; Zhao, Li-Quan; Qu, Ling-Hui; Li, Peng

    2014-01-01

    This retrospective study was to evaluate treatment outcomes of excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) for clinically presumed fungal keratitis. Forty-seven eyes of 47 consecutive patients underwent manual superficial debridement and PTK. All corneal lesions were located in the anterior stroma and were resistant to medication therapy for at least one week. Data were collected by a retrospective chart review with at least six months of follow-up data available. After PTK, infected corneal lesions were completely removed and the clinical symptoms resolved in 41 cases (87.2%). The mean ablation depth was 114.39 ± 45.51  μ m and diameter of ablation was 4.06 ± 1.07 mm. The mean time for healing of the epithelial defect was 8.8 ± 5.6 days. Thirty-four eyes (82.9%) showed an improvement in best spectacle-corrected visual acuity of two or more lines. PTK complications included mild to moderate corneal haze, hyperopic shift, irregular astigmatism, and thinning cornea. Six eyes (12.8%) still showed progressed infection, and conjunctival flap covering, amniotic membrane transplantation, or penetrating keratoplasty were given. PTK is a valuable therapeutic alternative for superficial infectious keratitis. It can effectively eradicate lesions, hasten reepithelialization, and restore and preserve useful visual function. However, the selection of surgery candidates should be conducted carefully.

  15. Intraoperative videokeratography in penetrating keratoplasty and excimer laser-assisted lamellar keratoplasty for keratoconus.

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    Spadea, Leopoldo; Fiasca, Arianna; Federici, Simone

    2010-09-01

    To evaluate the usefulness of intraoperative computerized corneal topographic data in excimer laser-assisted lamellar keratoplasty (ELLK) and penetrating keratoplasty (PK). Prospective, comparative, interventional case series. Intra- and postoperative videokeratography (Keratron Scout) evaluation was performed on 30 eyes of 30 consecutive patients affected by keratoconus (16 men and 14 women; mean age 32.63±8.02 years) submitted to ELLK (15 eyes) using 16 interrupted 10-0 nylon stitches or to PK (15 eyes) using a 12-bite 10-0 nylon double-running continuous suture. In the ELLK group, the mean intraoperative keratometric astigmatism was 12.06±4.86 diopters (D), which changed to 5.19±2.51 D after topography-guided intraoperative suture adjustment. In the PK group, intraoperative keratometric astigmatism was 10.18±3.88 D, which changed to 3.49±0.41 D. After 24 months (sutures out), the mean videokeratographic keratometric astigmatism was 3.35±1.96 D in the ELLK group and 3.37±0.92 D in the PK group. The Alpins method of vector analysis showed some significant changes especially in the ELLK group. In keratoplasty surgery, videokeratography is useful for suture adjustment. In the PK group, using a double-running suture technique, the postoperative astigmatism (after all sutures were removed) was similar to the astigmatism measured intraoperatively by videokeratography. Copyright 2010, SLACK Incorporated.

  16. Insight into excimer laser crystallization exploiting ellipsometry: Effect of silicon film precursor

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    Losurdo, Maria [Institute of Inorganic Methodologies and of Plasmas, IMIP-CNR and INSTM sez. Bari, Via Orabona 4, 70125 Bari (Italy)], E-mail: maria.losurdo@ba.imip.cnr.it; Giangregorio, Maria M.; Sacchetti, Alberto; Capezzuto, Pio; Bruno, Giovanni [Institute of Inorganic Methodologies and of Plasmas, IMIP-CNR and INSTM sez. Bari, Via Orabona 4, 70125 Bari (Italy); Mariucci, Luigi; Fortunato, Guglielmo [IFN-CNR, Via Cineto Romano, 42 - 00156 Rome (Italy)

    2007-07-16

    The optical diagnostic of spectroscopic ellipsometry is shown to be an effective tool to investigate the mechanism of excimer laser crystallization (ELC) of silicon thin films. A detailed spectroscopic ellipsometric investigation of the microstructures of polycrystalline Si films obtained on SiO{sub 2}/Si wafers by ELC of a-Si:H and nc-Si films deposited, respectively, by SiH{sub 4} plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) and SiF{sub 4}-PECVD is presented. It is shown that ellipsometric spectra of the pseudodielectric function of polysilicon thin films allows to discern the three different ELC regimes of partial melting, super lateral growth and complete melting. Exploiting ellipsometry and atomic force microscopy, it is shown that ELC of nc-Si has very low energy density threshold of 95 mJ/cm{sup 2} for complete melting, and that re-crystallization to large grains of {approx} 2 {mu}m can be achieved by multi-shot irradiation at an energy density as low as 260 mJ/cm{sup 2} when using nc-Si when compared to 340 mJ/cm{sup 2} for the ELC of a-Si films.

  17. Excimer Laser Phototherapeutic Keratectomy for the Treatment of Clinically Presumed Fungal Keratitis

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    Liang-Mao Li

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This retrospective study was to evaluate treatment outcomes of excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK for clinically presumed fungal keratitis. Forty-seven eyes of 47 consecutive patients underwent manual superficial debridement and PTK. All corneal lesions were located in the anterior stroma and were resistant to medication therapy for at least one week. Data were collected by a retrospective chart review with at least six months of follow-up data available. After PTK, infected corneal lesions were completely removed and the clinical symptoms resolved in 41 cases (87.2%. The mean ablation depth was 114.39±45.51 μm and diameter of ablation was 4.06±1.07 mm. The mean time for healing of the epithelial defect was 8.8±5.6 days. Thirty-four eyes (82.9% showed an improvement in best spectacle-corrected visual acuity of two or more lines. PTK complications included mild to moderate corneal haze, hyperopic shift, irregular astigmatism, and thinning cornea. Six eyes (12.8% still showed progressed infection, and conjunctival flap covering, amniotic membrane transplantation, or penetrating keratoplasty were given. PTK is a valuable therapeutic alternative for superficial infectious keratitis. It can effectively eradicate lesions, hasten reepithelialization, and restore and preserve useful visual function. However, the selection of surgery candidates should be conducted carefully.

  18. Prospective, randomized, contralateral eye comparison of tetracaine and proparacaine for pain control in laser in situ keratomileusis and photorefractive keratectomy

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    Moshirfar M

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Majid Moshirfar,1 Mark D Mifflin,1 Michael V McCaughey,2 Adam J Gess1 1John A Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA; 2University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM, USA Background: Tetracaine and proparacaine are two of the most commonly used medications for providing topical anesthesia in laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK. These agents have not been previously compared in a prospective manner to determine their efficacy in these settings. Methods: This prospective, single-masked, randomized study comprised 256 eyes from 128 consecutive patients being treated with LASIK or PRK who were randomized to receive tetracaine in one eye and proparacaine in the other. The patients were blinded as to which anesthetic agent was used in each eye. Pain levels were graded on a 0–10 scale, and were assessed upon instillation, during surgery, immediately postoperatively, 30 minutes postoperatively, overnight, and on postoperative day 1. Patients were asked 30 minutes after surgery which anesthetic agent they would choose. Results: Both anesthetic agents resulted in diminished amounts of subjective pain in patients undergoing LASIK and PRK. Tetracaine caused significantly more pain upon instillation than proparacaine for both LASIK and PRK patients. LASIK patients noted significantly less pain 30 minutes after surgery when treated with tetracaine. Significantly more LASIK patients preferred the eye treated with tetracaine. These differences were not present in the PRK group. Conclusion: Both tetracaine and proparacaine are effective methods of topical anesthesia in LASIK and PRK. Tetracaine caused significantly more pain upon instillation in all patients, but resulted in greater analgesia 30 minutes after surgery in the LASIK group. Patients in the LASIK group expressed a preference for tetracaine over proparacaine. There was no significant drop preference among PRK patients

  19. [193 excimer laser trepanation in perforating keratoplasty. Report of 70 patients].

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    Naumann, G O; Seitz, B; Lang, G K; Langenbucher, A; Kus, M M

    1993-10-01

    In penetrating keratoplasty, trephination with the 193 nm excimer laser may help avoid the differences in the deformation of the donor and recipient wound margins which occur with the conventional procedure. By varying the shape of the "open metal mask", other cut configurations can be achieved besides circular. Thus, "vertical tilt" and "horizontal torsion", both potential reasons for persistent long-term astigmatism after PK, may be minimized. Following experimental studies, the authors present the results obtained in their first 70 consecutive patients. 38 women and 32 men were treated (mean age 60.6 years, range 17 to 89 years). Indications were corneal processes without vascularization: Fuchs' dystrophy (n = 32), other stromal dystrophies (n = 5), secondary corneal endothelial decompensation (n = 6), keratoconus (n = 15), nonvascularized corneal scars (n = 4) and miscellaneous (n = 8 ). We used elliptical metal masks with/without orientation teeth and circular masks with four and eight orientation teeth, respectively. The HeNe aiming beam was manually controlled by a micromanipulator ("joystick"). The technical data of the laser were as follows: spot mode, 1.5 x 1.5 mm; repetition rate 30/sec and 25/sec, respectively; pulse energy 15-25 mJ; mean number of pulses 6407 (recipient) and 9150 (donor). With an elliptical outline, wound closure was usually achieved with single sutures. With a circular outline with orientation teeth, wound closure was most commonly achieved with a double running suture. Patients were prospectively documented using modified Erlangen record sheets. Follow-up ranged from 3 months to 3.4 years (mean 11.4 months). With two exceptions, penetration of the anterior chamber with the 193 nm excimer laser was accomplished without deformation of the cut edges. The elliptical outline facilitated fitting of the graft into the recipient wound bed, and the orientation teeth made fitting even easier. Initial intraoperative complications due to

  20. Comparison of 3D surfaces produced by 248-nm and 193-nm excimer laser radiation

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    Toenshoff, Hans K.; Graumann, Christoph; Rinke, Marcus; Hesener, Hanno; Kulik, Christian

    1998-10-01

    Currently there is a strong demand for refractive optical elements made from glass in 21/2D and 3D-structures. Due to the characteristics of brittle materials like glass, only a limited number of manufacturing methods can be used to machine these materials with sub-micron resolution. Thus, current microstructures made out of glass are mainly manufactured by photolithography and etching process. Lithography techniques are only for economic purposes for a series production, but is not suitable for manufacturing prototypes or a small series. Micromachining done with Excimer Lasers in combination with high precision CNC- controlled handling systems offers flexible design possibilities for optical components. Due to the limitations of conventional machining techniques for brittle materials, a new laser machining system for material processing at a wavelength of 193 nm has been designed and built. The better absorption of 193 nm compared to 248 nm or larger wavelengths leads to damage free microstructuring of most glasses. Data generation for the volume to be ablated starts with the mathematical description of the surface shape of the optical component. The contour can be derived from a mathematical function or individual xyz-data point information from any CAD-program. A pre-processor calculates the CNC-data for laser triggering, xyz-table and the CNC- mask control. Each laser pulse leads to a material removal, defined by the illuminated surface on the workpiece as well as the energy density. Superposition or overlapping of pulses allows the creation of the desired surface. The surface roughness is determined by the wavelength as well as the chosen ablation strategy. To achieve best results, the process has to be carefully adjusted for a specific material. This technique is a sufficient method for structuring grooves in ceramics or glass as well as producing aspherical transparent optical surfaces or micro lens arrays. This paper shall describe the potential of 193 nm

  1. Effect of time sequences in scanning algorithms on the surface temperature during corneal laser surgery with high-repetition-rate excimer laser.

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    Mrochen, Michael; Schelling, Urs; Wuellner, Christian; Donitzky, Christof

    2009-04-01

    To investigate the influence of temporal and spatial spot sequences on the ocular surface temperature increase during corneal laser surgery with a high-repetition-rate excimer laser. Institute for Refractive and Ophthalmic Surgery, Zurich, Switzerland, and WaveLight AG, Erlangen, Germany. An argon-fluoride excimer laser system working at a repetition rate of 1050 Hz was used to photoablate bovine corneas with various myopic, hyperopic, and phototherapeutic ablation profiles. The temporal distribution of ablation profiles was modified by 4 spot sequences: line, circumferential, random, and an optimized scan algorithm. The increase in ocular surface temperature was measured using an infrared camera. The maximum and mean ocular surface temperature increases depended primarily on the spatial and temporal distribution of the spots during photoablation and the amount of refractive correction. The highest temperature increases were with the line and circumferential scan sequences. Significant lower temperature increases were found with the optimized and random scan algorithms. High-repetition-rate excimer laser systems require spot sequences with optimized temporal and spatial spot distribution to minimize the increase in ocular surface temperature. An ocular surface temperature increase will always occur depending on the amount of refractive correction, the type of ablation profile, the radiant exposure, and the repetition rate of the laser system.

  2. Excimer laser-assisted recanalisation of femoral arterial stenosis or occlusion caused by the use of Angio-Seal

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    Steinkamp, H.J.; Werk, M.; Beck, A.; Teichgraeber, U.; Haufe, M.; Felix, R. [Dept. of Radiology, Humboldt Univ. Berlin (Germany)

    2001-08-01

    The aim of this study was to demonstrate the effect of excimer laser and balloon angioplasty of femoral artery stenosis and occlusion after use of a haemostatic puncture closure device. A haemostatic puncture closure device (Angio-Seal) was used in 6000 patients after diagnostic or therapeutic artery catheterisation. In 34 of those patients symptoms of peripheral artery disease occurred. Sixteen of those 34 cases were transferred to our clinic for excimer laser angioplasty. All 16 patients presented with symptoms of acute peripheral artery disease within 1-14 days: superficial femoral artery (SFA) occlusions (4 cases); superficial femoral artery stenosis (3 cases); high-grade stenosis of the common femoral artery (CFA; 3 cases); high-grade stenosis of CFA; SFA and profund femoral artery (PFA; 3 cases); and occlusions of CFA, SFA and PFA (3 cases). Before any procedure was performed, informed consent was given by the patient, which included the use of the Angio-Seal closure device. Every patient who had to undergo recanalisation procedures gave additional informed consent which especially included the usage of the excimer laser for recanalisation. A measurement of the walking distance, ankle-brachial systolic pressure index (ABI) and diagnostic angiography was performed in 13 cases before and immediate after as well as 3 and 6 months after therapeutic percutaneous transluminal laser angioplasty followed by balloon angioplasty (PTLA/PTA). In 3 patients the risks of PTLA/PTA was considered too high; those patients underwent surgical repair. Angiographic and clinical improvement was achieved in 13 of 13 patients. The mean walking distance increased from 81 to >400 m. The average ankle-brachial systolic pressure index (ABI) increased from 0.47 to 0.84. One patient developed a dissection of the SFA, and in 1 case a peripheral embolisation was seen. The PTLA/PTA technique is a successful therapeutic option for patients with femoral artery occlusion or high-grade stenosis

  3. Effects of excimer laser annealing on low-temperature solution based indium-zinc-oxide thin film transistor fabrication

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    Chao-Nan Chen

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available A Solution Based Indium-Zinc-Oxide thin-film transistor (TFT with a field-effect mobility of 0.58 cm2/Vs, a threshold voltage of 2.84 V by using pulse laser annealing processes. Indium-zinc-oxide (IZO films with a low process temperature were deposited by sol-gel solution based method and KrF excimer laser annealing (wavelength of 248 nm. Solution based indium-zinc-oxide (IZO films usually needs high temperature about 500 °C post annealing in a oven. KrF excimer laser annealing shows advantages of low temperature process, the less process time deceases to only few seconds was used to replace the high temperature process. IZO thin films suffering laser irradiation still keeps the amorphous film quality by transmission electron microscopy (TEM diffraction pattern analysis. It could be expected this technology to large-area flexible display, in the future.

  4. A comparative study of via drilling and scribing on PEN and PET substrates for flexible electronic applications using excimer and Nd:YAG laser sources

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    Mandamparambil, R.; Fledderus, H.; Brand, J. van den; Saalmink, M.; Kusters, R.; Podprocky, T.; Steenberge, G. van; Baets, J. de; Dietzel, A.H.

    2009-01-01

    A study on via drilling and channel scribing on PEN and PET substrates for flexible electronic application is discussed in this paper. For the experiments, both KIF excimer laser (248 nm) and frequency tripled Nd:YAG (355 nm) laser are used. Different measurement techniques like optical microscopy,

  5. Corneal haze induced by excimer laser photoablation in rabbits is reduced by preserved human amniotic membrane graft

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    Wang, Ming X.; Gray, Trevor; Prabhasawat, Pinnita; Ma, Xiong; Culbertson, William; Forster, Richard; Hanna, Khalil; Tseng, Scheffer C. G.

    1998-06-01

    We conducted a study to determine if preserved human amniotic membrane can reduce corneal haze induced by excimer laser photoablation. Excimer photoablation was performed bilaterally on 40 New Zealand white rabbits with a 6 mm ablation zone and 120 micrometer depth (PTK) using the VISX Star. One eye was randomly covered with a preserved human amniotic membrane and secured using four interrupted 10 - 0 nylon sutures; the other eye served as control. The amniotic membranes were removed at one week, and the corneal haze was graded with a slit-lamp biomicroscopy by three masked corneal specialists (WC, KH and RF) biweekly for the ensuing 12 weeks. Histology and in situ TUNEL staining (for fragmented DNA as an index for apoptosis) was performed at days 1, 3 and 7 and at 12 weeks. One week after excimer photoablation, the amniotic membrane-covered corneas showed more anterior stromal edema, which resolved at the second week. A consistent grading of organized reticular corneal haze was noted among the three masked observers. Such corneal haze peaked at the seventh week in both groups. The amniotic membrane-covered group showed statistically significant less corneal haze (0.50 plus or minus 0.15) than the control groups (1.25 plus or minus 0.35) (p less than 0.001). The amniotic membrane-covered corneas had less inflammatory response at days 1 and 3, showing nearly nil DNA fragmentation on keratocytes on the ablated anterior stromal and less stromal fibroblast activation. There is less altered epithelial cell morphology and less epithelial hyperplasia at 1 week in these amniotic membrane-treated eyes. We concluded from this study that amniotic membrane matrix is effective in reducing corneal haze induced by excimer photoablation in rabbits and may have clinical applications.

  6. Single application on iris localization technology in excimer laser for astigmatism

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    Jun-Hua Hao

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To discuss the single application on iris localization technology in excimer laser for the treatment of astigmatism. METHODS:Totally 203 cases(406 eyesof laser in situ keratomileusis(LASIKin the treatment of compound myopic astigmatism patients were operated from November 2011 to November 2012 in our hospital. They were divided into two groups. One was observation group using iris localization and the other was control group using routine operation. Patients in the observation group of 100 cases(200 eyes, aged 18-43 years old, spherical diopter was -1.25 to -8.75D, astigmatism was -1.0 to -3.25D. In control group, 103 patients(206 eyes, aged 19-44 years old, spherical diopter was -1.75-9.50D, astigmatism was -1.0 to -3.25D. The patients in the observation group before the application of WaveScan aberrometer check for iris image, spherical lens, cylindrical lens and astigmatism axis data operation, only single application of iris location, without using wavefront aberration guided technology, laser cutting patterns for conventional LASIK model, spherical, cylindrical mirror and astigmatism axis data source to preoperative wavefront aberration results. The control group received routine LASIK. It was applicated comprehensive optometry optometry respectively to examine astigmatism and axial, based on the computer analysis during the preoperative, 1wk after the operation, and 6mo. Analysis of using SPSS 17 statistical software, it was independent-sample t test between the two groups of residual astigmatism and astigmatism axis. RESULTS:Postoperative residual astigmatism, the observation group was significantly better than the control group. Astigmatism axial measurement after operation, the observation group was significantly less than that of the control group. Postoperative visual acuity at 6mo, the observation group was better than that of the control group. The difference was statistically significant. CONCLUSION: For patients who cannot

  7. Pigmentation above the constitutive level: an indicator of excimer laser radiation-induced erythema in Koreans.

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    Choi, Jee-Woong; Na, Se-Young; Chung, Mi-Young; Na, Jung-Im; Huh, Chang-Hun; Youn, Sang-Woong; Kang, Hee-Young; Park, Kyoung-Chan

    2012-07-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation induces skin erythema, but it is not clear which factors have the greatest effects on UV sensitivity. Six healthy Korean adult men were enrolled and their melanin index (MI) and increment of erythema index (ΔEI) were measured. In each individual, 12 different sites were selected and 36 spots were irradiated with a single shot of monochromatic excimer laser with a dose of 350 mJ/cm(2) . The sites were categorized into three groups based on the cumulative sun exposure: UZ, unexposed zones; FEZ, frequently exposed zones; and IEZ, intermittently exposed zones. The sun exposure indexes (SEI) were also calculated based on previously described methods. ΔEI, MI and SEI were measured and calculated. The ΔEI of UZ was significantly higher than that of FEZ, but lower than that of IEZ. In general, there was a significant relationship between ΔEI and MI (R(2) = 0.135). However, IEZ did not show significant results. In contrast, there was a stronger relationship between ΔEI and SEI (R(2) = 0.344). Overall, the values were significantly higher for the SEI (0.541 [UZ], 0.281 [IEZ] and 0.228 [FEZ]) than for MI (0.311 [UZ], 0.011 [IEZ] and 0.073 [FEZ]). There were significant site variations in UV sensitivity along with skin pigmentation. In addition, significant differences were observed according to the exposure frequency. The SEI was found to be strongly correlated with UV sensitivity. These results suggest that the induced level of pigmentation above the constitutive level will be a better indicator for UV sensitivity than baseline MI. © 2012 Japanese Dermatological Association.

  8. Excimer laser micropatterning of freestanding thermo-responsive hydrogel layers for cells-on-chip applications

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    Santaniello, Tommaso; Martello, Federico; Tocchio, Alessandro; Gassa, Federico; Webb, Patrick; Milani, Paolo; Lenardi, Cristina

    2012-10-01

    We report a novel reliable and repeatable technologic manufacturing protocol for the realization of micro-patterned freestanding hydrogel layers based on thermo-responsive poly-(N-isopropyl)acrylamide (PNIPAAm), which have potential to be employed as temperature-triggered smart surfaces for cells-on-chip applications. PNIPAAm-based films with controlled mechanical properties and different thicknesses (100-300 µm thickness) were prepared by injection compression moulding at room temperature. A 9 × 9 array of 20 µm diameter through-holes is machined by means of the KrF excimer laser on dry PNIPAAm films which are physically attached to flat polyvinyl chloride (PVC) substrates. Machining parameters, such as fluence and number of shots, are optimized in order to achieve highly resolved features. Micro-structured freestanding films are then easily obtained after hydrogels are detached from PVC by gradually promoting the film swelling in ethanol. In the PNIPAAm water-swollen state, the machined holes’ diameter approaches a slight larger value (30 µm) according to the measured hydrogel swelling ratio. Thermo-responsive behaviour and through-hole tapering characterization are carried out by metrology measurements using an optical inverted and confocal microscope setup, respectively. After the temperature of freestanding films is raised above 32 °C, we observe that the shrinkage of the whole through-hole array occurs, thus reducing the holes’ diameter to less than a half its original size (about 15 µm) as a consequence of the film dehydration. Different holes’ diameters (10 and 30 µm) are also obtained on dry hydrogel employing suitable projection masks, showing similar shrinking behaviour when hydrated and undergone thermo-response tests. Thermo-responsive PNIPAAm-based freestanding layers could then be integrated with other suitable micro-fabricated thermoplastic components in order to preliminary test their feasibility in operating as temperature

  9. Influence of laser beam’s image-plane position on geometry of through-holes in percussion-drilled glass using excimer laser

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    Ales Babnik

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We study the influence of a laser beam’s image-plane position relative to the processed surface for the deep-hole, laser-microdrilling of soda-lime glass with an excimer 308-nm laser and mask-projection technique. It is demonstrated that the image-plane position has a significant influence on the hole’s tapering and final depth. Holes with exit diameters up to 10 times smaller than the mask-image diameter are produced in the case of perforation during the appropriate process phase determined by the formation of the plasma plume.

  10. Laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) versus photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for correction of myopia.

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    Li, Shi-Ming; Zhan, Siyan; Li, Si-Yuan; Peng, Xiao-Xia; Hu, Jing; Law, Hua Andrew; Wang, Ning-Li

    2016-02-22

    Myopia (near-sightedness or short-sightedness) is a condition in which the refractive power of the eye is greater than required. The most frequent complaint of people with myopia is blurred distance vision, which can be eliminated by conventional optical aids such as spectacles or contact lenses, or by refractive surgery procedures such as photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK). PRK uses laser to remove the corneal stroma. Similar to PRK, LASEK first creates an epithelial flap and then replaces it after ablating the corneal stroma. The relative benefits and harms of LASEK and PRK, as shown in different trials, warrant a systematic review. The objective of this review is to compare LASEK versus PRK for correction of myopia by evaluating their efficacy and safety in terms of postoperative uncorrected visual acuity, residual refractive error, and associated complications. We searched CENTRAL (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision group Trials Register) (2015 Issue 12), Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid MEDLINE In-Process and Other Non-Indexed Citations, Ovid MEDLINE Daily, Ovid OLDMEDLINE (January 1946 to December 2015), EMBASE (January 1980 to December 2015), Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences (LILACS) (January 1982 to December 2015), the ISRCTN registry (www.isrctn.com/editAdvancedSearch), ClinicalTrials.gov (www.clinicaltrials.gov) and the World Health Organization (WHO) International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) (www.who.int/ictrp/search/en). We did not use any date or language restrictions in the electronic searches for trials. We last searched the electronic databases on 15 December 2015. We used the Science Citation Index and searched the reference lists of the included trials to identify relevant trials for this review. We included in this review randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing LASEK versus PRK for correction of myopia. Trial participants were 18 years of age or older and had no co

  11. Wettability characteristics of a modified mild steel with CO2, Nd:YAG, excimer and high power diode lasers

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    Interaction of CO2, Nd:YAG, excimer and high-power diode laser radiation with the surface of a common mild steel (EN8) was found to effect changes in the wettability characteristics of the steel, namely changes in the measured contact angle of certain liquids. Such changes were identified as being due to modifications to (i) the surface roughness, (ii) changes in the surface oxygen content and (iii) changes in the surface energy of the mild steel. However, it was found that changes in the wet...

  12. Controllable Change of Photoluminescence Spectra of Silicone Rubber Modified by 193 nm ArF Excimer Laser

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    Okoshi, Masayuki; Iyono, Minako; Inoue, Narumi

    2009-12-01

    Photoluminescence spectra of silicone rubber ([SiO(CH3)2]n) photochemically modified by a 193 nm ArF excimer laser was found to be controllable. Compared with the modification in air, the photoluminescence spectra could be blueshifted by the modification in vacuum or the additional irradiation of ArF excimer laser in vacuum after the modification in air. To redshift, on the other hand, the additional irradiation of a 157 nm F2 laser in air after the modification in air, the modification in oxygen gas, or the postannealing after the modification in oxygen gas was effective. The blue and redshifts of the photoluminescence were essentially due to the acceleration of reduction and oxidation reactions of silicone rubber, respectively, because the photoluminescence derives its origin from oxygen deficiency centers and peroxy centers of the silica structure in the modified silicone rubber. On the basis of the spectra changes, colorful light-guiding sheets made of silicone rubber under illumination of a 375 nm light-emitting diode were successfully fabricated for cellular phone use.

  13. Corneal lathing using the excimer laser and a computer-controlled positioning system: Part I--Lathing of epikeratoplasty lenticules.

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    Altmann, J; Grabner, G; Husinsky, W; Mitterer, S; Baumgartner, I; Skorpik, F; Asenbauer, T

    1991-01-01

    Precise lathing of epikeratoplasty lenticules is difficult to achieve with the cryolathe due to unpredictable expansion of the lathing tools and the corneal tissue during the freezing process. In addition, the procedure destroys all viable cells in the transplant thereby possibly contributing to the prolonged period of visual rehabilitation. Non-freezing techniques using the microkeratome or the rotor-trephine, on the other hand, are technically demanding, can cause mechanical damage during cutting or fixation, and, have not given consistently reproducible refractive results. A new system is presented that allows a variable laser ablation of donor corneas into lenticules for aphakic and myopic epikeratoplasty, as well as for lamellar keratoplasty. With the help of a computer-controlled positioning system that uses high-precision micropositioning elements (both translation and rotational stages) the donor cornea is moved, epithelial side down, in a holding device in front of a focused excimer laser beam (ArF, lambda = 193 nm). This photoablation lathing process assures the viability of the stromal cells in the lenticule in close approximation to the treated surface. The user friendly computer software allows the fast and convenient selection of a variety of parameters, such as the diameter of the optical zone, the shape of the wing zone, the refractive power, the central thickness of the lenticule and the overall contour of the transplant. The first laboratory data of lenticules prepared from human corneas with this "Excimer Laser Corneal Shaping System" are presented.

  14. Corneal lathing using the excimer laser and a computer-controlled positioning system: Part II--Variable trephination of corneal buttons.

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    Husinsky, W; Mitterer, S; Altmann, J; Grabner, G; Baumgartner, I; Skorpik, F; Asenbauer, T

    1991-01-01

    A new system is presented that allows a variable trephination of donor corneas for the preparation of corneal buttons used in penetrating keratoplasty. With the help of a computer-controlled positioning system that uses high-precision micropositioning elements (both translation and rotational stages) the donor cornea is removed, epithelial side up, in a fixation device in front of a focused excimer laser beam (ArF, lambda = 193 nm). User friendly computer software allows the surgeon to select a variety of parameters (diameter, shape, angle of trephination) of the corneal graft. Histological and electron microscopical data of human corneas trephined with this "Excimer Laser Corneal Shaping System" are presented.

  15. Transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy for low to moderate myopia in comparison with conventional photorefractive keratectomy

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    Mostafa Naderi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To compare the effectiveness, safety and stability of the results of transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (tPRK with conventional photorefractive keratectomy (PRK for low to moderate myopia. Methods: In this prospective non-randomized case-control study, patients with low to moderate myopia were assigned to the tPRK group (cases or the PRK group (controls. In the tPRK group, eyes were treated using the Amaris excimer laser (SCHWIND eye-tech-solutions GmbH and Co. KG, Germany. Outcome measures included postoperative pain using McGill Pain Questionnaire, epithelial healing time, uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA, best corrected visual acuity (BCVA, manifest refraction, and safety and efficacy indexes which were compared between the study groups. Results: Three hundred forty eyes of 170 patients were enrolled in this study. Each study group comprised of 170 eyes of 85 patients. There was a significant difference between the two groups regarding the postoperative pain scores in favor of the tPRK group (P = 0.04. The tPRK group had a shorter epithelial healing time than the conventional PRK group postoperatively (P = 0.01. Mean UCVA was significantly better in the case group than in the control group at the postoperative month 2 (P = 0.01. Regarding the safety and efficacy indexes, the tPRK group had better results than the conventional PRK group (P < 0.01 for both comparisons. Conclusion: Transepithelial PRK seems to be superior to conventional PRK for treatment of low to moderate myopia in terms of postoperative pain, epithelial healing time, visual recovery and safety and efficacy indexes.

  16. Formation of periodic microswelling structures on silicone rubber surface using ArF excimer laser to realize superhydrophobic property

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    Nojiri, Hidetoshi; Setyo Pambudi, Wisnu; Okoshi, Masayuki

    2017-07-01

    Periodic microswelling structures were photochemically induced on a silicone rubber surface using a 193 nm ArF excimer laser. Microspheres made of silica glass (SiO2) of 2.5 µm diameter were aligned on the silicone rubber surface during laser irradiation; the laser beam was focused on the silicone surface underneath each microsphere. The height and diameter of the formed microswelling structures were found to be controllable by changing the Ar gas flow rate, single-pulse laser fluence, and laser irradiation time. The chemical bonding of the laser-irradiated sample did not change and thus remained to be a silicone, as analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. As a result, microswelling structures of approximately 1.3 µm height and 1.3 µm diameter were successfully obtained. The contact angles of water on the microstructured silicone were measured to be 150° and larger, clearly indicating superhydrophobicity. The mechanism by which the microswellings form their shape was discussed on the basis of the changes in the focal point and spot size during laser irradiation through the SiO2 microsphere.

  17. Determination of the melting threshold of TiO{sub 2} thin films processed by excimer laser irradiation

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    Van Overschelde, O. [Chimie des Interactions Plasma-Surface, Universite de Mons, 23, Place du Parc, 7000 Mons (Belgium); Delsate, T. [Service de Physique Theorique et Mathematique, Universite de Mons, 6 Avenue du champ de Mars, 7000 Mons (Belgium); Snyders, R. [Chimie des Interactions Plasma-Surface, Universite de Mons, 23, Place du Parc, 7000 Mons (Belgium); Materia Nova Research Center, 1 Avenue Copernic, 7000 Mons (Belgium)

    2012-06-15

    Processing surfaces by laser needs an understanding of the mechanisms generated by irradiation. In this work, to gain understanding of the mechanisms occurring during irradiation of TiO{sub 2} thin films by means of KrF excimer laser, we have performed infrared time resolved reflectivity measurements. This experimental investigation revealed modifications of the heating/cooling cycle as a function of the fluence (F). These modifications start appearing for a fluence value of about {approx}0.25 J/cm{sup 2} which is associated with the melting threshold of the film. Additionally, we have solved numerically the heat equation of the system with specific boundary conditions. From these calculations, we have established the thermal history of the film during the 25 ns irradiation pulse. The data reveal that a part of the medium liquefies around a fluence of 0.23 J/cm{sup 2} in good agreement with the experimental data.

  18. Improving the ablation efficiency of excimer laser systems with higher repetition rates through enhanced debris removal and optimized spot pattern.

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    Arba-Mosquera, Samuel; Klinner, Thomas

    2014-03-01

    To evaluate the reasons for the required increased radiant exposure for higher-repetition-rate excimer lasers and determine experimentally possible compensations to achieve equivalent ablation profiles maintaining the same single-pulse energies and radiant exposures for laser repetition rates ranging from 430 to 1000 Hz. Schwind eye-tech-solutions GmbH and Co. KG, Kleinostheim, Germany. Experimental study. Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) plates were photoablated. The pulse laser energy was maintained during all experiments; the effects of the flow of the debris removal, the shot pattern for the correction, and precooling the PMMA plates were evaluated in terms of achieved ablation versus repetition rate. The mean ablation performance ranged from 88% to 100%; the variability between the profile measurements ranged from 1.4% to 6.2%. Increasing the laser repetition rate from 430 Hz to 1000 Hz reduced the mean ablation performance from 98% to 91% and worsened the variability from 1.9% to 4.3%. Increasing the flow of the debris removal, precooling the PMMA plates to -18°C, and adapting the shot pattern for the thermal response of PMMA to excimer ablation helped stabilize the variability. Only adapting the shot pattern for the thermal response of PMMA to excimer ablation helped stabilize the mean ablation performance. The ablation performance of higher-repetition-rate excimer lasers on PMMA improved with improvements in the debris removal systems and shot pattern. More powerful debris removal systems and smart shot patterns in terms of thermal response improved the performance of these excimer lasers. Copyright © 2014 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Species-resolved laser-probing investigations of the hydrodynamics of KrF excimer and copper vapor laser ablation processing of materials

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    Ventzek, Peter L. G.; Gilgenbach, Ronald M.; Ching, Chi H.; Lindley, R. A.

    1993-06-01

    Hydrodynamic phenomena from KrF excimer laser ablation (10-3-20 J/cm2) of polyimide, polyethyleneterephthalate, and aluminum are diagnosed by laser beam deflection, schlieren photography, shadowgraphy, laser-induced-fluorescence and dye-laser- resonance absorption photography (DLRAP). Experiments were performed in vacuum and gaseous environments (10-5 to 760 Torr). In vacuum, the DLRAP diagnostic shows species-resolved plume expansion which is consistent with that of a reflected rarefaction wave. Increasing the background gas pressure reveals the formation of sound/shock compared to CN in the laser-ablated polyimide (Vespel) plume/shock in inert (e.g. argon) and reactive (e.g. air) gases. At low pressures (less than 10 Torr) Al and CN species are in close contact with the shock front. As the pressure increases, the species front tends to recede, until at high pressures (over 200 Torr) the species are restrained to only a few mm above the target surface. After sufficient expansion, Al and CN are no longer detectable; only the shadowgraph of the hot gas plume remains. Since CN is observable in both inert and reactive environments, it can be concluded that CN is not a reaction product between the background gas and the ablated species. By way of comparison to excimer laser ablation processing of materials, copper vapor laser machined polyimide and polymethylmethacrylate (transparent to green and yellow copper vapor laser light) are also investigated. The two polymers are observed to have markedly different machined surfaces. Hydrodynamic effects for the copper vapor laser machined materials are investigated using HeNe laser beam deflection.

  20. Excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy : Indications, results and its role in the Indian scenario

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    Rao Srinivas

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To report indications, technique, and results of excimer phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK, and describe possible reasons for the small numbers of such procedures performed in a referral institute in India. METHODS: Retrospective review of case records of 10 patients (11 eyes who underwent excimer PTK at our institute between February 1994 and September 1997. RESULTS: Corneal scars were the most common indication for treatment. Best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA improved in 6 eyes (mean: 2 lines of Snellen acuity. All eyes had BCVA > or = 6/12 after treatment. None of the patients experienced loss of BCVA after treatment. Unaided visual acuity improved in 3 eyes and decreased in 2 eyes. Change in spherical equivalent refraction > or = 1 diopter occurred in 77.8% of eyes after treatment. Treating central corneal scars resulted in a significant hyperopic shift in refraction. CONCLUSIONS: Excimer PTK is a safe and effective procedure for the treatment of superficial corneal opacities. Post-treatment ametropia may require further correction with optical aids. Inappropriate referrals, deep corneal scars, and cost of the procedure could have contributed to the small numbers of PTK performed at our institute. Improved understanding of procedural strengths and limitations could lead to increased use of this procedure, with satisfying results in selected patients.

  1. Effects of 308 nanometer excimer laser energy on 316 L stainless-steel stents: implications for laser atherectomy of in-stent restenosis.

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    Burris, N; Lippincott, R A; Elfe, A; Tcheng, J E; O'Shea, J C; Reiser, C

    2000-11-01

    To determine the effects of the incidental exposure of stents to pulsed 308 nanometer ultraviolet excimer laser energy. Five types of 316 L stainless-steel coronary stents were subjected to two types of study. First, for endurance testing, sixty stents were deployed in 3.0Eth 4.0 mm polymer tubes in three geometries. Up to 1,000 laser pulses were delivered while advancing a 2.0 mm eccentric catheter through the lumen of the stent. These stents were next subjected to 400 million simulated heartbeats and then analyzed for metal etching and fatigue. Second, six additional stents were irradiated with 1,000 pulses underwater and then analyzed for particulates, anions and cations liberated from the stent. Photomicroscopy revealed surface etching on a number of stents. Two stent models exhibited multiple strut fractures at the strut joints in both test samples and controls. In no case was a break observed at the site of laser-stent interaction. Breakage frequency was not significantly different between lazed stents and controls. Lazed stents produced a mean of 14 micrograms of sodium and 4 micrograms of iron more than controls. No excess particulates were detected. Under model conditions typical of clinical use, excimer laser treatment does not alter stainless-steel stent endurance or liberate clinically significant material from the stent.

  2. AFM study of excimer laser patterning of block-copolymer: Creation of ordered hierarchical, hybrid, or recessed structures

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    Švanda, Jan; Siegel, Jakub; Švorčík, Vaclav; Lyutakov, Oleksiy, E-mail: lyutakoo@vscht.cz

    2016-05-15

    Highlights: • Combination of bottom-up (BCP separation) and top-down (laser patterning) technologies allows obtaining hierarchical structures. • Surface morphologies were determined by the order of patterning steps (laser modification, annealing, surface reconstruction). • Tuning the order of steps enables the reorientation of BCP domain at large scale, fabrication of hierarchical, hybrid or recessed structures. • The obtained structures can find potential applications in nanotechnology, plasmonics, information storage, sensors and smart surfaces. - Abstract: We report fabrication of the varied range of hierarchical structures by combining bottom-up self-assembly of block copolymer poly(styrene-block-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP) with top-down excimer laser patterning method. Different procedures were tested, where laser treatment was applied before phase separation and after phase separation or phase separation and surface reconstruction. Laser treatment was performed using either polarized laser light with the aim to create periodical pattern on polymer surface or non-polarized light for preferential removing of polystyrene (PS) part from PS-b-P4VP. Additionally, dye was introduced into one part of block copolymer (P4VP) with the aim to modify its response to laser light. Resulting structures were analyzed by XPS, UV–vis and AFM techniques. Application of polarized laser light leads to creation of structures with hierarchical, recessed or hybrid geometries. Non-polarized laser beam allows pronouncing the block copolymer phase separated structure. Tuning the order of steps or individual step conditions enables the efficient reorientation of block-copolymer domain at large scale, fabrication of hierarchical, hybrid or recessed structures. The obtained structures can find potential applications in nanotechnology, photonics, plasmonics, information storage, optical devices, sensors and smart surfaces.

  3. Electronic and crystalline structure of Si/SiO 2 interface modified by ArF excimer laser

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    Cháb, V.; Lukeš, I.; Ondřejček, M.; Jiříček, P.

    The native oxide layers on Si(100) surface were irradiated under UHV conditions by an ArF excimer laser pulses with energy density varied between melting and evaporating thresholds. The resulting changes were studied by LEED, AES and UPS. The increase of the energy density up to evaporation threshold results in the recrystallisation of native oxide layer. The pulses with energy densities just above the evaporation threshold ablate the top layer leaving an ordered and atomicaly clean surface. The observed (1x1) surface reconstruction is probably stabilised by strains introduced during rapid melting and quenching of the topmost layers. The surface electronic structure is dominated by random satisfaction of dangling bonds swearing a well defined surface states observed on (2x1)Si(100) surface.

  4. Synthesis and properties of Ag/ZnO core/shell nanostructures prepared by excimer laser ablation in liquid

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Ag/ZnO core/shell nanostructure was synthesised by a 248-nm KrF excimer pulsed laser ablation in a liquid solution for the first time. It was found that the surface plasma resonance absorption of the Ag/ZnO core/shell nanostructures can be tuned by the thickness of the ZnO shell, which is in agreement with the finite difference in the time domain simulation. Furthermore, the ultraviolet emission spectrum of the Ag/ZnO core/shell nanostructures was stronger and blue-shifted compared with that of pure ZnO nanoparticles. This interesting photoluminescent phenomenon is analysed in detail and a possible explanation is proposed.

  5. Efficacy and safety of ab interno excimer laser trabeculotomy in primary open-angle glaucoma: two years of follow-up.

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    Babighian, Silvia; Rapizzi, Emilio; Galan, Alessandro

    2006-01-01

    Ab interno trabeculotomy was performed using the recently developed XeCl excimer laser in 21 eyes of 21 patients with primary open-angle glaucoma refractory to medical therapy. The patients were followed at the Eye Department of S. Antonio Hospital in Padova, for an average of 25.3 +/- 1.3 months. Intraocular pressure (IOP), visual acuity and ocular complications were evaluated. The laser procedure was quick and relatively easy, with minimal manipulation of tissues; complications were clinically insignificant. At the last follow-up, a marked IOP-lowering effect compared to baseline was observed (from 24.8 +/- 2.0 to 16.9 +/- 2.1 mm Hg; -31.8%, p interno excimer laser trabeculotomy seems effective to decrease IOP, serves to reduce the number of antiglaucoma medications and is relatively safe, proving to be a promising therapeutic option in glaucoma surgery. Copyright 2006 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  6. Comparison of 5468 retreatments after laser in situ keratomileusis by lifting the flap or performing photorefractive keratectomy on the flap.

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    Ortega-Usobiaga, J; Llovet-Osuna, F; Katz, T; Djodeyre, M R; Druchkiv, V; Bilbao-Calabuig, R; Baviera, J

    2017-06-23

    To assess visual outcomes of retreatment after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) by lifting the flap or performing photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) on the flap, as well as to establish whether there was an increased risk of epithelial ingrowth (EIG) when LASIK and lifting of the flap are separated by a long time interval and to determine the incidence of corneal haze after PRK. Retrospective study of 4077 patients (5468 eyes) who underwent LASIK and subsequent retreatment were reviewed in order to study their visual results and identify cases of EIG and corneal haze. Enhancements included 5196 eyes from 3876 patients that were retreated by lifting the flap, and 272 eyes from 201 patients that were retreated by PRK on the flap. No statistically significant differences were found between the retreatments in terms of predictability, efficacy, and safety. A total of 704 cases of EIG were found after lifting the flap, for which surgical cleansing was necessary in 70. Surgical cleansing decreased the efficacy index when compared with patients with EIG who did not need cleansing (P=.01). Differences in terms of safety and predictability were not statistically significant. The incidence of corneal haze after ablation of the surface of the previous flap was 14.34%, although none of these cases were clinically relevant. Visual outcomes were similar between patients who were retreated by lifting the flap and those who underwent PRK. The incidence of EIG when the flap was lifted was 13.55%. The incidence of EIG increases with the time elapsed between the primary procedure and retreatment. Copyright © 2017 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  7. ArF excimer laser-induced deposition of Ag/C nanocomposite thin films in the presence of n-Hexane

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    Gondal, Mohammed Ashraf, E-mail: magondal@kfupm.edu.sa [Laser Research Group, Physics Department and Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261 (Saudi Arabia); Fajgar, Radek [Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, 16502 Prague (Czech Republic); Chang, Xiaofeng [Laser Research Group, Physics Department and Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261 (Saudi Arabia); Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, 16502 Prague (Czech Republic); College of Materials Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 211100 (China); Shen, Kai [College of Materials Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 211100 (China); Xu, Qingyu [Department of Physics, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China)

    2014-08-30

    Highlights: • A new excimer laser ablation process was proposed to fabricate Ag/C thin film. • The size of Ag nanoparticles is ranging from 5 to 20 nm. • The ratios of Ag to C can be controlled by adjusting the pressure of n-Hexane. • The graphite-like structure of carbonaceous products was confirmed. - Abstract: Ag/C nanocomposite thin films with different Ag/C molar ratios have been prepared using ArF excimer laser-induced ablation process and silver target under n-Hexane atmosphere. The morphology, crystal structure and composition of as-deposited Ag/C nanocomposite thin films were investigated with high resolution electronic microscopic techniques (including scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, respectively. Laser Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy techniques were also applied to characterize the final carbonaceous products generated from n-Hexane under laser ablation process. The optical emission of the plume caused by the interaction between excimer laser and silver target in the presence of n-Hexane was studied to understand the possible reaction process. The UV–vis absorption of as-deposited Ag/C thin films, which is attributed to the surface plasmonic excitation, was also investigated in the present work.

  8. Surface studies on benzophenone doped PDMS microstructures fabricated using KrF excimer laser direct write lithography

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    Kant, Madhushree Bute; Shinde, Shashikant D. [Department of Physics, University of Pune, Pune 411007 (India); Bodas, Dhananjay [Centre for Nanobioscience, Agharkar Research Institute, Agharkar road, Pune 411004 (India); Patil, K.R. [Center for Materials Characterization, National Chemical Laboratories, Pune 411008 (India); Sathe, V.G. [UGC DAE Inter University Consortium, Indore 452017 (India); Adhi, K.P. [Department of Physics, University of Pune, Pune 411007 (India); Gosavi, S.W., E-mail: swg@physics.unipune.ac.in [Department of Physics, University of Pune, Pune 411007 (India)

    2014-09-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Use of KrF Laser micromachining for Lab-On-Chip applications at lower fluence. • Addition of Benzophenone in PDMS enhances its self development sensitivity. • Benzophenone helps efficient energy transfer for equal density of bond scissioning. • Correlation of chemical composition with laser dose and microstructure. • Microstructures with well defined clean sidewalls. - Abstract: This paper discusses microfabrication process for benzophenone doped polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) using laser lithography. KrF excimer laser of 248 nm with 20 ns pulse width at repetition rate of 1 Hz was used for microfabrication of undoped and benzophenone doped PDMS. The doped-PDMS shows sensitivity below 365 nm, permitting processing under ambient light. The analysis of etch depth revealed that doped PDMS shows self developable sensitivity at lower fluence of ∼250 mJ/cm{sup 2}. The unexposed and exposed surface was studied using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Spectrocopic analysis indicated increase in C-O, C=O, Si-O{sub 3} and Si-O{sub 4} bonding at the expense of Si-C and Si-O{sub 2} bonds of PDMS. In case of laser exposed doped-PDMS, removal of benzophenone from probe depth of spectroscopy was observed. Whereas the surface morphology of exposed and unexposed doped-PDMS was observed to be same, indicating clean development of PDMS micropatterns. The present study indicates that addition of 3.0 wt.% benzophenone in PDMS enhance self development sensitivity of PDMS. The self developable results on doped-PDMS are quite encouraging for its potential use in point of care Lab-On-Chip applications, for fabricating micropatterns using direct write laser lithography technology.

  9. [Riboflavin photoprotection with cross-linking effect in photorefractive ablation of the cornea].

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    Kornilovskiy, I M; Sultanova, A I; Burtsev, A A

    2016-01-01

    Photorefractive ablation is inevitably accompanied by oxidative stress of the cornea and weakening of its biomechanical and photoprotective properties. To validate the expediency of riboflavin use in photorefractive ablation for photoprotection of the cornea and cross-linking. The effects of riboflavin use in photorefractive ablation was first studied in a series of in vitro and in vivo experiments performed on 56 eyes of 28 rabbits, and then on 232 eyes of 142 patients with different degrees of myopia. Biomechanical testing of corneal samples was performed with Zwick/RoellВZ 2.5/TN1S tensile-testing machine. Transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (TransPRK) and femtosecond laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (Femto-LASIK) were performed on Wavelight-Allegretto200, MEL-80, and WaveLight-EX500 excimer laser systems and also VisuMax and WaveLight-FS200 femtosecond lasers. For preliminary examinations, an appropriate set of diagnostic tools was used. In vivo experiments have proved that, in the absence of conservative therapy, riboflavin is able to produce both photoprotective and cross-linking effects to the cornea. Corneal syndrome was thus reduced and re-epithelialization after TransPRK accelerated. Biomechanical testing of corneal samples revealed an increase in tolerated load from 12.9±1.4 N to 18.3±1.2 N (p=0.0002) and tensile strength from 8.6±1.7 MPa to 12.4±1.7 MPa (p=0.007). Clinical studies conducted in a group of patients with mild to moderate myopia have also confirmed the photoprotective effect of riboflavin at months 1-12 after TransPRK. There were no significant differences in uncorrected visual acuity (ranged from 0.80±0.16 to 0.85±0.15) and corrected visual acuity at baseline (0.83±0.14). Evaluation of the optical and refractive effect achieved after Femto-LASIK with riboflavin photoprotection in the fellow eye has shown that this technique is not inferior to the traditional one as to its refractive accuracy, but provides better

  10. Early outcome of high energy Laser (Excimer) facilitated coronary angioplasty ON hARD and complex calcified and balloOn-resistant coronary lesions: LEONARDO Study

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    Ambrosini, Vittorio; Sorropago, Giovanni; Laurenzano, Eugenio [Montevergine Clinic, Mercogliano (Italy); Golino, Luca, E-mail: lucagolino.jazz@alice.it [Montevergine Clinic, Mercogliano (Italy); Moriggia-Pelascini Hospital, Gravedona, Como (Italy); Casafina, Alfredo; Schiano, Vittorio [Montevergine Clinic, Mercogliano (Italy); Gabrielli, Gabriele [University Hospital Ospedali Riuniti, Ancona (Italy); Ettori, Federica; Chizzola, Giuliano [Spedali Civili University Hospital, Brescia (Italy); Bernardi, Guglielmo; Spedicato, Leonardo [University Hospital S. Maria Misericordia, Udine (Italy); Armigliato, Pietro [Istituto Italiano Ricerche Mediche, Verona (Italy); Spampanato, Carmine [Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM), Naples (Italy); Furegato, Martina [Istituto Italiano Ricerche Mediche, Verona (Italy)

    2015-04-15

    Aim: An innovative xenon–chlorine (excimer) pulsed laser catheter (ELCA X80) has been recently used for the treatment of complex coronary lesions, as calcified stenosis, chronic total occlusions and non-compliant plaques. Such complex lesions are difficult to adequately treat with balloon angioplasty and/or intracoronary stenting. The aim of this study was to examine the acute outcome of this approach on a cohort of patients with coronary lesions. Methods and Results: Eighty patients with 100 lesions were enrolled through four centers, and excimer laser coronary angioplasty was performed on 96 lesions (96%). Safety and effectiveness data were compared between patients treated with standard laser therapy and those treated with increased laser therapy. Laser success was obtained in 90 lesions (93.7%), procedural success was reached in 88 lesions (91.7%), and clinical success in was obtained in 87 lesions (90.6%). There was no perforation, major side branch occlusion, spasm, no-reflow phenomenon, dissection nor acute vessel closure. Increased laser parameters were used successfully for 49 resistant lesions without complications. Conclusions: This study suggests that laser-facilitated coronary angioplasty is a simple, safe and effective device for the management of complex coronary lesions. Furthermore, higher laser energy levels delivered by this catheter improved the device performance without increasing complications. - Highlights: • We planned this multicenter study to examine the acute outcome of an innovative xenon–chlorine (excimer) pulsed laser catheter (ELCA X80) for treatment of complex coronary lesions. • We enrolled 80 patients with 100 lesions and performed excimer laser coronary angioplasty in 96 lesions (96%). • Laser success was obtained in 90 lesions (93.7%), procedural success was reached in 88 lesions (91.7%), and clinical success was obtained in 87 lesions (90.6%). • Increased laser parameters were used successfully for 49 resistant

  11. Comparison of single-step reverse transepithelial all-surface laser ablation (ASLA to alcohol-assisted photorefractive keratectomy

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Ioannis M Aslanides,1 Sara Padroni,1 Samuel Arba Mosquera,2 Antonis Ioannides,1 Achyut Mukherjee11Emmetropia Mediterranean Eye Institute, Heraklion, Crete, Greece; 2Schwind eye-tech-solutions GmbH, Kleinostheim, GermanyPurpose: To evaluate postoperative pain, corneal epithelial healing, development of corneal haze, refractive outcomes, and corneal aberrations in a novel one-step, modified transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (PRK, termed All-surface laser ablation (ASLA, compared to conventional, alcohol-assisted PRK.Materials and methods: Sixty eyes of 30 myopic patients were prospectively recruited to a randomized fellow eye study. Patients underwent conventional alcohol-assisted PRK in one eye (control group and ASLA-modified transepithelial PRK in the other (30 eyes in each treatment arm. Primary endpoints were postoperative pain and haze scores at 1 day, 3 days, 1 week, and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months. Secondary endpoints included visual acuity at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months, corneal aberrations at 3, 6, and 12 months, and early and late onset haze. Refractive predictability, safety, and efficacy of the two methods were considered.Results: The average age of the cohort was 29 years (standard deviation [SD]: 9; range: 18–46, and the average spherical equivalent refractive error was -4.18 diopters (SD: 1.9. At 3 days after surgery, the average pain score was 64% lower in the ASLA group (P < 0.0005. At this point, 96% of ASLA eyes had no epithelial defect, whereas 43% in the alcohol-assisted group did not achieve complete epithelial healing, and required replacement of bandage contact lens. The haze level was consistently lower in the ASLA group at all time points from 1 to 6 months.Conclusion: This study shows that the ASLA technique may have a future role in refractive surgery, due to the fact that it offers faster epithelial healing, lower pain scores, and significantly less haze formation.Keywords: cornea, ASLA, PRK, alcohol

  12. Corneal topography six years after photorefractive keratectomy for myopia and myopic astigmatism.

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    Serrao, Sebastiano; Lombardo, Giuseppe; Lombardo, Marco; Palombi, Marino; Roberts, Cynthia J

    2009-05-01

    To analyze the 6-year response of corneal topography to photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for myopia and myopic astigmatism. Twenty patients (40 eyes) who had PRK using the Technolas Keracor 217C excimer laser platform were followed up to 6 years after surgery. The eyes were subdivided into three groups according to the preoperative spherical equivalent refraction and astigmatism component. Corneal topographic maps were obtained with a Placido disk topographer (Keratron Scout). The pre- and postoperative topographical data were imported into custom software, which computed the average composite corneal map and average difference map for each study group to quantify the anterior corneal changes following laser ablation. The software defined three concentric zones of the surface topography, allowing characterization of the regional corneal response following surgery. At 6 years, no changes in the surface topographic configuration of the central cornea were assessed following spherical myopic ablations in comparison with 1 year postoperatively. A slight peripheral flattening of approximately 0.60 diopters (D) (P < .001) was measured following the higher myopic ablations at 6 years compared with 1 year postoperatively. Minimal changes, of approximately 0.30 D (P < .001), in the anterior central cornea were observed following astigmatic correction during follow-up. Photorefractive keratectomy for the correction of myopia provides stable comeal topography, with no clinically significant changes in the curvature profile at 6 years after surgery.

  13. Measurement of radiation and temperature of cathod spots in excimer laser discharge; Ekishima reza reiki hodennai ni fukumareru inkyoku kiten no kogakuteki kansoku to ondo no sokutei

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    Minamitani, Y.; Nakatani, H. [Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    1996-08-20

    Excimer laser is used in various fields such as luminous source for steppers, annealing treatment, ablation process, nuclear fusion and so on. In this paper, the radiation timing and gas temperature of cathode spots, streamer discharges and glow discharges in KrF excimer are measured by observing the radiating spectra thereof. The following conclusions are obtained from the results of the present study. Cathode spots begin to radiate at about 20ns after the discharge initiation, then the first and second radiation peaks are observed respectively when the discharge current reversing after passing zero point and the reserved discharged current approaching zero point. Streamer discharge makes flashover between electrodes at the second radiation peak of cathode spots, while the glow discharges almost disappear when streamer discharges occurring. The temperatures of cathode spots and glow discharge as 5500K and 2600K respectively are almost constant and independent upon the discharging voltage of laser. 14 refs., 12 figs.

  14. Multifocal Corneal Excimer Femtosecond Laser in situ Keratomileusis following Radial Keratotomy: A Case Report with Six Months of Follow-Up

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    Iraklis Vastardis

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available We report the case of a 46-year-old female patient who was referred to our clinic (Orasis Eye Clinic, Reinach, Switzerland seeking improvement of her distance and near visual acuity. Radial keratotomy (RK was performed at a younger age on both eyes to correct -5 D myopia. The patient underwent a bilateral same-session multifocal corneal excimer femtosecond laser (Supracor keratomileusis correction. We introduce a new correction approach, possibly suitable for presbyopic patients previously treated with RK, and we present several potential novel advantages such as enhanced near, intermediate vision, and improvement in quality of life. This is the first report of a bilateral excimer laser treatment attempt of presbyopia following RK.

  15. Chaînes laser intenses à contraste élevé par amplification directe dans un milieu gazeux à excimères*

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    Uteza, O.; Tcheremiskine, V.; Clady, R.; Coustillier, G.; Gastaud, M.; Sentis, M.; Mikheev, L. D.; Chambaret, J. P.

    2006-12-01

    Cet article présente l'intérêt du concept de laser hybride (solide/gaz) et de l'amplification directe de puissance dans un milieu à excimères pour les chaînes laser de puissance ultrabrèves à contraste élevé. L'architecture d'une chaîne laser multiterawatt basée sur l'emploi du milieu amplificateur XeF(C-A) pompé par voie photolytique est ensuite détaillée, ainsi que les perspectives de dimensionnement de cette approche au niveau PWetEW.

  16. Morphological and structural modifications induced in a-Si{sub 1-x} C{sub x}:H films by excimer laser annealing

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    Coscia, U. [CNISM Unita' di Napoli, Complesso Universitario MSA, Napoli (Italy); Universita di Napoli ' Federico II' , Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Napoli (Italy); Ambrosone, G. [Universita di Napoli ' Federico II' , Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Napoli (Italy); CNR-SPIN, Napoli (Italy); Basa, D.K. [Utkal University, Department of Physics, Bhubaneswar (India); Tresso, E. [Politecnico di Torino, Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica, Turin (Italy); Chiodoni, A. [IIT rate at POLITO - Center for Space Human Robotics, Turin (Italy); Pinto, N.; Murri, R. [Universita' di Camerino, Dipartimento di Fisica, Camerino (Italy)

    2010-09-15

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbon films of different carbon content deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition on Corning glass and crystalline silicon substrates have been irradiated by an excimer (KrF) laser. The properties of these samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy before and after laser treatment, in order to understand the role of the carbon content as well as the substrate in the structural modifications. It has been demonstrated that the changes induced in the films by the laser treatment are independent of the substrate but depend on the carbon content which facilitates the crystallization process. (orig.)

  17. INDEPENDENT EVALUATION OF THE GAM EX5ALN MINIATURE LINE-NARROWED KRF EXCIMER LASER

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    Bookmark not defined. 2: Ex5ALN KrF laser wavelength study. The laser output was recorded at 248.7 nm relative to the Hg atomic emission at 253.7 nm...Error! Bookmark not defined. 3: Ex5ALN KrF laser pulse width versus accumulated pulses for 14 kV discharge at 100 Hz...Error! Bookmark not defined. 4: Ex5ALN KrF laser timing jitter of laser

  18. Numerical study of threshold intensity dependence on gas pressure in the breakdown of molecular hydrogen induced by excimer laser

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    Gamal, Yosr E. E.-D.; Nassef, O. Aied

    2017-10-01

    In the present work, a numerical analysis is performed to investigate the threshold intensity dependence on gas pressure in laser spark ignition of the H2 plasma. The analysis considered the experimental measurements that were carried out by Yagi and Huo [Appl. Opt. 35, 3183 (1996)]. In their experiment, H2 in a pressure range of 150-3000 Torr is irradiated by a focused excimer laser source using a 96 cm lens at a wavelength of 248 nm and a pulse duration of 20 ns. The study, based on a modified electron cascade model [K. A. Hamam et al., J. Mod. Phys. 4, 311 (2013)], solves numerically a time-dependent energy equation for the distribution of the electron energy as well as a set of rate equations that describe the change in the formed excited molecule population. This model enabled the determination of the threshold intensity as a function of gas pressure. The validity of the model was tested by comparing the calculated thresholds with the experimentally measured ones. Moreover, the calculation of the electron energy distribution function and its parameters justified the role of the electron gain and loss processes in controlling the value of threshold intensity in relation to the gas pressure. The effect of loss processes on the threshold intensity is also presented.

  19. NC-controlled production of smooth 3D surfaces in brittle materials with 193-nm excimer laser

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    Toenshoff, Hans K.; Graumann, Christoph; Hesener, Hanno; Rinke, Marcus

    1998-08-01

    Micromachining performed by Excimer Lasers in conjunction with NC-controlled machines offer flexible production possibilities for 3-D-surfaces. Due to the limitations of conventional micromachining technology for brittle transparent materials in the micro range, a new laser machining beam guiding and data handling system was designed and built. The data handling starts with the mathematical description of the surface shape to be machined. The contour can be derived from a mathematical function or individual xyz-data point information from any CAD-program. A pre-processor calculates the nc-data for laser triggering, xyz-motion and the nc-mask control. Each laser pulse leads to a material removal, defined by the illuminated surface on the work piece as well as the energy density. The principal of superposition of pulses allows the creation of the desired contour. The chosen ablation strategy determines the surface roughness and the process speed. To achieve best results, it has to be carefully adjusted for a specific material. This technique does not require prefabricated tools such as semiconductor masks. This is a sufficient method for structuring grooves in ceramics, diamonds or glass as well as aspherical transparent optical surfaces or micro lens arrays. The excellent absorption of 193 nm compared to 248 nm or larger wavelengths leads to damage free structuring of most brittle materials. The optimized surface ablation process requires spot sizes and energy densities on the work piece which can not be realized with a mirror based beam guidance system. To eliminate these restrictions, a new mirror free machining concept with a gas flushed beam guiding system mounted on a granite vibration reduction table with air bearing positioning system was build. This paper describes the potential of 193 nm treatment of 3-D micro surfaces with a process optimized machine and data handling system.

  20. Corneal ectasia after excimer laser keratorefractive surgery: histopathology, ultrastructure, and pathophysiology.

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    Dawson, Daniel G; Randleman, J Bradley; Grossniklaus, Hans E; O'Brien, Terrence P; Dubovy, Sander R; Schmack, Ingo; Stulting, R Doyle; Edelhauser, Henry F

    2008-12-01

    To evaluate the histopathology and ultrastructure of corneas developing ectasia after LASIK or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Retrospective case series. Thirteen specimens from 12 patients undergoing corneal transplantation for progressive ectasia after LASIK (12 specimens) or PRK (1 specimen) were obtained for histopathologic and ultrastructural evaluation. All 13 ectatic corneas were submitted in formalin for light microscopy. Nine specimens were bisected, and the second half was placed in 2.5% glutaraldehyde for transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Corneal histopathology, ultrastructure, and pathophysiology. Light microscopy of the post-LASIK specimens showed corneal epithelial hypoplasia and occasional foci of epithelial hyperplasia, Bowman's layer breaks, a normal stromal thickness of the LASIK flap, a normal thickness of the hypocellular primitive stromal scar, a thinned residual stromal bed (RSB), and larger than normal artifacteous interlamellar clefts in the RSB of the ectatic region. The post-PRK specimen showed similar findings with the addition of a thinned hypercellular fibrotic stromal scar. TEM showed thinning of the collagen lamellae and loss of lamellar number in the RSB of post-LASIK ectasia corneas or throughout the entire corneal stromal bed in the post-PRK ectasia cornea, with the posterior aspect of the corneal stroma being most affected. Histopathologic and ultrastructural studies suggest that interlamellar and interfibrillar biomechanical slippage occurs when the cornea becomes ectatic after LASIK or PRK in the postoperative stress-bearing regions of the corneal stroma. This 2-phase chronic biomechanical failure process is similar to that seen in keratoconus. Composite sciences classify this chronic biomechanical failure process as interfiber fracture. The authors have no proprietary or commercial interest in any materials discussed in this article.

  1. Absorption of 308-nm excimer laser radiation by balanced salt solution, sodium hyaluronate, and human cadaver eyes

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    Keates, R.H.; Bloom, R.T.; Schneider, R.T.; Ren, Q.; Sohl, J.; Viscardi, J.J. (Univ. of California, Irvine (USA))

    1990-11-01

    Absorption of the excimer laser radiations of 193-nm argon fluorine and 308-nm xenon chloride in balanced salt solution, sodium hyaluronate, and human cadaver eyes was measured. The absorption of these materials as considerably different for the two wavelengths; we found that 308-nm light experienced much less absorption than the 193-nm light. The extinction coefficient (k) for 308 nm was k = 0.19/cm for balanced salt solution and k = 0.22/cm for sodium hyaluronate. In contrast to this, the extinction coefficient for 193 nm was k = 140/cm for balanced salt solution and k = 540/cm for sodium hyaluronate. Two 1-day-old human phakic cadaver eyes showed complete absorption with both wavelengths. Using aphakic eyes, incomplete absorption was noted at the posterior pole with 308 nm and complete absorption was noted with 193 nm. The extinction in the anterior part of aphakic eyes (the first 6 mm) was 4.2/cm for 308 nm, meaning that the intensity of the light is reduced by a factor of 10 after traveling the first 5.5 mm. However, we observed that the material in the eye fluoresces, meaning the 308 nm is transformed into other (longer) wavelengths that travel through the total eye with minimal absorption. Conclusions drawn from this experiment are that the use of the 308-nm wavelength may have undesirable side effects, while the use of the 193-nm wavelength should be consistent with ophthalmic use on both the cornea and the lens.

  2. Thin-flap laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis.

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    Slade, Steven G

    2008-07-01

    Concerns regarding the increasing incidence of corneal ectasia following laser in situ keratomileusis procedures, together with increased understanding of the biomechanics of the cornea, has resulted in many refractive surgeons returning to surface ablation techniques such as photorefractive keratectomy. Even if surface ablation techniques offer a higher degree of safety than LASIK, they are associated with more pain and a slower visual recovery in the immediate postoperative period. This highlights the need for alternative procedures that offer the combined advantages of laser in situ keratomileusis and photorefractive keratectomy. Sub-Bowman's keratomileusis is a new procedure that provides the biomechanical stability and associated safety of photorefractive keratectomy with the visual results and reduced pain experience of laser in situ keratomileusis. This technique involves the use of the femtosecond laser to create a customized corneal flap of between 90 and 110 mum with a diameter based on the requirements of the individual patient and the type of excimer laser being used. This review outlines the rationale for sub-Bowman's keratomileusis and describes the efficacy, tolerability and safety of the procedure compared with photorefractive keratectomy.

  3. LASEK for the correction of hyperopia with mitomycin C using SCHWIND AMARIS excimer laser: one-year follow-up

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    Khosrow Jadidi

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To evaluate the efficacy, safety and predictability of laser-assisted sub-epithelial keratectomy(LASEKfor the correction of hyperopia using the SCHWIND AMARIS platform.METHODS: This retrospective single-surgeon study includes 66 eyes of 33 patients with hyperopia who underwent LASEK with mitomycin C(MMC. The median age of patients was 35.42±1.12y(ranging 18 to 56y. In each patient LASEK was performed using SCHWIND AMARIS excimer laser. Postoperatively clinical outcomes were evaluated in terms of predictability, safety, efficacy, subjective and objective refractions, uncorrected visual acuity(UCVA, best spectacle-corrected visual acuity(BSCVAand adverse events. RESULTS: The mean baseline refraction was 3.2±1.6 diopters(D(ranging 0 to 7 D. The mean pre-operative and postoperative spherical equivalent(SEwere 2.34±1.76(ranging -1.25 to 7 Dand 0.30±0.84(ranging -0.2 to 0.8 Drespectively(P=0.001. The mean hyperopia was 0.63±0.84 D(ranging -1.75 to 2.76 D6 to 12mo postoperatively. Likewise, the mean astigmatism was 0.68±0.43 D(range 0 to 2 Dwith 51(77.3%and 15(22.7%eyes within ±1 and ±0.50 D respectively. The safety index and efficacy index were 1.08 and 1.6 respectively.CONCLUSION:LASEK using SCHWIND AMARIS with MMC yields good visual and refractive results for hyperopia. Moreover, there were no serious complications.

  4. Chitosan- and polypropylene-oriented surface modification using excimer laser and their biocompatibility study.

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    Khaledian, Mohammad; Jiroudhashemi, Faeze; Biazar, Esmaeil

    2017-02-01

    Surface modification of medical polymers is carried out to improve biocompatibility. In this study, conventional polymers (chitosan and polypropylene) were modified to laser at different features (oriented and non-oriented) to create a vast range of physicochemical characteristics on the surface of polymers and investigate their effects on biocompatibility of treated surfaces. Atomic force microscope (AFM) was applied to study the morphology of treated samples in comparison with those of the untreated PS. Contact angle analyses were used to evaluate the wettability and surface energy of the treated films. AFM studies showed that after laser treatment, some distinctive nanostructures are created on the surface of polymers. The data from contact angle measurements demonstrated that laser irradiation created surfaces with a vast range of properties in the wettability point of view. The cellular results revealed that after surface modification by laser irradiation, biocompatibility of polymeric films, especially oriented films was enhanced.

  5. H and Au diffusion in high mobility a-InGaZnO thin-film transistors via low temperature KrF excimer laser annealing

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    Bermundo, Juan Paolo S.; Ishikawa, Yasuaki; Fujii, Mami N.; Ikenoue, Hiroshi; Uraoka, Yukiharu

    2017-03-01

    We report the fabrication of high mobility amorphous InGaZnO (a-IGZO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) irradiated by a single shot of a 248 nm KrF excimer laser. Very high mobilities (μ) of up to 43.5 cm2/V s were obtained after the low temperature excimer laser annealing (ELA) process. ELA induces high temperatures primarily in the upper layers and maintains very low temperatures of less than 50 °C in the substrate region. Scanning Transmission Electron micrographs show no laser induced damage and clear interfaces after the laser irradiation. In addition, several characterization studies were performed to determine the μ improvement mechanism. The analysis of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy suggests incorporation of H mainly from the hybrid passivation layer into the channel. Moreover, Energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy results show that Au diffused into the channel after ELA. Both KrF ELA-induced H and Au diffusion contributed to the higher μ. These results demonstrate that ELA can greatly enhance the electrical properties of a-IGZO TFTs for promising applications in large area, transparent, and flexible electronics.

  6. Photorefraction of the Eye

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    Colicchia, Giuseppe; Wiesner, Hartmut; Zollman, Dean

    2015-01-01

    Photorefraction is a method to easily estimate the refractive state of the eye. The principle of photorefraction involves projecting light into the eye during flash photography and then examining the paths of light that emerge from the pupil after scattering on the back portion of the interior of the eyeball (fundus). We will explain the optical…

  7. Mitomycin-C in corneal surface excimer laser ablation techniques: a report by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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    Majmudar, Parag A; Schallhorn, Steven C; Cason, John B; Donaldson, Kendall E; Kymionis, George D; Shtein, Roni M; Verity, Steven M; Farjo, Ayad A

    2015-06-01

    To review the published literature assessing the efficacy and safety of mitomycin-C (MMC) as an adjunctive treatment in corneal surface excimer laser ablation procedures. Literature searches of the PubMed and Cochrane Library databases were last conducted on August 19, 2014, without language or date limitations. The searches retrieved a total of 239 references. Of these, members of the Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee Refractive Management/Intervention Panel selected 26 articles that were considered to be of high or medium clinical relevance, and the panel methodologist rated each article according to the strength of evidence. Ten studies were rated as level I evidence, 5 studies were rated as level II evidence, and the remaining 11 studies were rated as level III evidence. The majority of the articles surveyed in this report support the role of MMC as an adjunctive treatment in surface ablation procedures. When MMC is applied in the appropriate concentration and confined to the central cornea, the incidence of post-surface ablation haze is decreased. Although a minority of studies that evaluated endothelial cell density (ECD) reported an MMC-related decrease in ECD, no clinical adverse outcomes were reported. Over the past 15 years, the use of MMC during surgery in surface ablation has become widespread. There is good evidence of the effectiveness of MMC when used intraoperatively as prophylaxis against haze in higher myopic ablations. Although there are reports of decreased endothelial counts after the administration of MMC during surgery, the clinical significance of this finding remains uncertain, because no adverse outcomes were reported with as much as 5 years of follow-up. Optimal dosage, effectiveness as prophylaxis in lower myopic and hyperopic ablations, and long-term safety, particularly in eyes with reduced corneal endothelial cell counts from prior intraocular surgery, have yet to be established. Copyright © 2015 American Academy of

  8. Laser in situ keratomileusis with a scanning excimer laser for the correction of low to moderate myopia with and without astigmatism.

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    Balazsi, G; Mullie, M; Lasswell, L; Lee, P A; Duh, Y J

    2001-12-01

    To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of and patient satisfaction with laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) performed with a scanning excimer laser by experienced surgeons to correct low and moderate levels of myopia and astigmatism. Clinique Laservue, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A consecutive series of 125 patients (236 eyes) with myopia of -0.5 to -7.0 diopters (D) and cylinder less than 2.5 D were enrolled in this single-center prospective clinical trial. The patients were treated with LASIK and followed for 6 months. The System-ALK Automated Corneal Shaper microkeratome (Bausch & Lomb Surgical) with a 180 microm thickness plate and the Technolas 217 excimer laser (Bausch & Lomb Surgical) with PlanoScan software for the stromal ablation were used in all procedures. Since this version of PlanoScan tended to undercorrect, a mean of 14.7% was added to the standard nomogram. Patient satisfaction was assessed by questionnaires administered preoperatively and 1 and 6 months postoperatively. Retreatments for enhancement were not performed during the 6-month follow-up. Six months after LASIK (86.4% follow-up), the mean postoperative manifest spherical equivalent was +0.02 D +/- 0.64 (SD) compared with a preoperative mean of -4.01 +/- 1.59 D. The uncorrected visual acuity was 20/40 or better in 94.6% of eyes and 20/20 or better in 81.9%. A total of 91.2% were within +/-1.0 D of emmetropia and 73.0% were within +/-0.5 D. Only 2 eyes were overcorrected by >1.0 D. Of the eyes with astigmatic myopia, 86.8% were within +/-1.0 D of the intended cylinder correction (by vector analysis) and 73.0% were within +/-0.5 D. The refractions were generally stable after 1 month, and the change in refraction between postoperative examinations was within +/-0.5 D in 88.0% of eyes. A 1-line decrease in best spectacle-corrected visual acuity was seen in 11.3% of eyes, and no eye lost more than 1 line. An increase of 1 or 2 lines was seen in 45.1%. No intraoperative problems occurred, and

  9. Photosensitivity and stress changes of Ge-free Bi-Al doped silica optical fibers under ArF excimer laser irradiation.

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    Ban, Christian; Limberger, Hans G; Mashinsky, Valery; Dianov, Evgeny

    2011-12-19

    The photosensitivity of germanium free Bi-Al-doped silica fibers with different bismuth concentrations was investigated using ArF excimer laser radiation at 193 nm and fiber grating formation. For the fiber with the highest bismuth concentration maximum refractive index changes of 2.2 × 10(-3) and 2.0 × 10(-4) were obtained for hydrogen loaded and unloaded fibers, respectively. Irradiation induced tensile stress changes were observed in the fiber core of H(2)-loaded and unloaded fibers. The results indicate a contribution of compaction to the total refractive index change in both cases.

  10. Surface modification of an Al2O3/SiO2 based ceramic treated with CO2, Nd:YAG, excimer and high power diode lasers for altered wettability characteristics

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    Lawrence, Jonathan; Li, Lin; Spencer, Julian T.

    1998-01-01

    Interaction of CO2, Nd:YAG, excimer and high power diode laser (HPDL) radiation with the surface of an Al2O3/SiO2 based ceramic was found to affect significant changes in the wettability characteristics of the material. It was observed that interaction with CO2, Nd:YAG and HPDL radiation reduced the enamel contact angle from 1180 to 310, 340 and 330 respectively. In contrast, interaction with excimer laser radiation resulted an increase in the contact angle to 1210. Such changes were identifi...

  11. Comparison of boron diffusion in silicon during shallow p{sup +}/n junction formation by non-melt excimer and green laser annealing

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    Aid, Siti Rahmah; Matsumoto, Satoru [Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kouhoku-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 223-8522 (Japan); Fuse, Genshu [SEN Corporation, SBS Tower 9F, 4-10-1 Yoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0097 (Japan); Sakuragi, Susumu [Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd., 19 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 237-8555 (Japan)

    2011-12-15

    The combination of Ge pre-amorphization implantation, low-energy boron implantation, and non-melt laser annealing is a promising method for forming ultrashallow p{sup +}/n junctions in silicon. In this study, shallow p{sup +}/n junctions were formed by non-melt annealing implanted samples using a green laser (visible laser). The dopant diffusion, activation, and recrystallization of an amorphous silicon layer were compared with those obtained in our previous study in which non-melt annealing was performed using a KrF excimer laser (UV laser). The experimental results reveal that only slight diffusion of boron in the tail region occurred in green-laser-annealed samples. In contrast, remarkable boron diffusion occurred in KrF-laser-annealed samples for very short annealing times. Recrystallization of the amorphous silicon layer was slower in green-laser-annealed samples than in KrF-laser-annealed samples. We consider the penetration depth and the pulse duration are important factors that may affect boron diffusion. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  12. Some optical and electron microscope comparative studies of excimer laser-assisted and nonassisted molecular-beam epitaxically grown thin GaAs films on Si

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    Lao, Pudong; Tang, Wade C.; Rajkumar, K. C.; Guha, S.; Madhukar, A.; Liu, J. K.; Grunthaner, F. J.

    1990-01-01

    The quality of GaAs thin films grown via MBE under pulsed excimer laser irradiation on Si substrates is examined in both laser-irradiated and nonirradiated areas using Raman scattering, Rayleigh scattering, and by photoluminescence (PL), as a function of temperature, and by TEM. The temperature dependence of the PL and Raman peak positions indicates the presence of compressive stress in the thin GaAs films in both laser-irradiated and nonirradiated areas. This indicates incomplete homogeneous strain relaxation by dislocations at the growth temperature. The residual compressive strain at the growth temperature is large enough such that even with the introduction of tensile strain arising from the difference in thermal expansion coefficients of GaAs and Si, a compressive strain is still present at room temperature for these thin GaAs/Si films.

  13. Fabrication of functional fibronectin patterns by nanosecond excimer laser direct write for tissue engineering applications.

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    Grigorescu, S; Hindié, M; Axente, E; Carreiras, F; Anselme, K; Werckmann, J; Mihailescu, I N; Gallet, O

    2013-07-01

    Laser direct write techniques represent a prospective alternative for engineering a new generation of hybrid biomaterials via the creation of patterns consisting of biological proteins onto practically any type of substrate. In this paper we report on the characterization of fibronectin features obtained onto titanium substrates by UV nanosecond laser transfer. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy measurements evidenced no modification in the secondary structure of the post-transferred protein. The molecular weight of the transferred protein was identical to the initial fibronectin, no fragment bands being found in the transferred protein's Western blot migration profile. The presence of the cell-binding domain sequence and the mannose groups within the transferred molecules was revealed by anti-fibronectin monoclonal antibody immunolabelling and FITC-Concanavalin-A staining, respectively. The in vitro tests performed with MC3T3-E1 osteoblast-like cells and Swiss-3T3 fibroblasts showed that the cells' morphology and spreading were strongly influenced by the presence of the fibronectin spots.

  14. High-efficient discharge-pumped ArF (193 nm) excimer laser with a TPI thyratron as a high-voltage switch

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    Razhev, Alexander M.; Zhupikov, Andrey A.; Churkin, Dmitry S.

    2007-06-01

    The results of using the thyratron of the TPI series (pseudo spark gap) as a high-voltage switch in the excitation system of ArF (193 nm) excimer laser are presented. The excitation system of the LC-inverter type based on TPI 10k/20 thyratron in absence of any non-linear elements was developed. An experimental investigation of the energy and temporal parameters of the pumping and lasing for ArF laser on the He:Ar:F II mixture with excitation system developed was carried out. The comparative analysis of the ArF laser pumping and radiation parameters in dependence of the high-voltage switch type such as a standard spark gap RU-65, and thyratron TPI 10k/20 was performed. The output radiation energy for a laser with thyratron TPI 10k/20 was obtained to be of 1.4 times higher than that with standard spark gap RU-65 at the same pumping conditions. Such increase the output energy was shown to be achieving owing to higher level of the pumping intensity due to higher voltage on the discharge gap that occurs due to lower energy losses into TPI thyratron in comparison with the RU- 65 spark gap and leads to more efficient energy transfer from storage to discharge circuit. As a result for ArF laser with TPI thyratron in He:Ar:F II mixture the output radiation energy of 1.0 J with the total efficiency of 1.7% has been achieved. The advantages of using the TPI thyratron in the excitation system of the ArF excimer laser over spark gap are described.

  15. FEM for modelling 193 nm excimer laser treatment of SiO{sub 2}/Si/Si{sub (1-x)}Ge{sub x} heterostructures on SOI substrates

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    Conde, J.C.; Chiussi, S.; Gontad, F.; Gonzalez, P. [Dpto. Fisica Aplicada, E.T.S.I.I. University of Vigo, Campus Universitario, Rua Maxwell s/n, 36310 Vigo (Spain); Martin, E. [Dpto. de Mecanica, Maquinas, Motores Termicos y Fluidos, E.T.S.I.I. University of Vigo, Campus Universitario, Rua Maxwell s/n, 36310 Vigo (Spain)

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    Research on epitaxial crystalline silicon (c-Si) and silicon-germanium (Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x}) alloys growth and annealing for microelectronic purposes, such as Micro- or Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS or NEMS) and Silicon-On-Nothing (SON) devices is continuously in progress. Laser assisted annealing techniques using commercial ArF Excimer Laser sources are based on ultra-rapid heating and cooling cycles induced by the 193 nm pulses of 20 ns, which are absorbed in the near surface region of the heterostructures. During and after the absorption of these laser pulses, complex physical processes appear that strongly depend on sample structure and applied laser pulse energy densities. The control of the experimental parameters is therefore a key task for obtaining high quality alloys. The Finite ElementsMethod (FEM) is a powerful tool for the optimization of such treatments, because it provides the spatial and temporal temperature fields that are produced by the laser pulses. In this work, we have used a FEM commercial software, to predict the temperatures gradients induced by ArF excimer laser over a wide energy densities range, 0.1<{phi}<0.4 J/cm{sup 2}, on different SiO{sub 2}/Si/Si{sub (1-x)}Ge{sub (x)} thin films deposited on SOI substrate. These numerical results allow us to predict the threshold energies needed to reach the melting point (MP) of the Si and SiGe alloy without oxidation of the thin films system. Therefore, it is possible to optimize the conditions to achieve high quality epitaxy films. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  16. XeCl excimer laser-induced autofluorescence spectroscopy for human cerebral tumor diagnosis: preliminary study

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    Avrillier, Sigrid; Hor, Frederic; Desgeorges, Michel; Ettori, Dominique; Sitbon, Jean R.

    1993-09-01

    Three-hundred-eight nm laser-induced autofluorescence spectra of the normal human brain, astrocytoma grade IV and glioblastoma grade IV specimens, have been recorded in vitro two hours after surgical resection. Typical fluorescence spectra for normal (N) and malignant (M) tissue show 4 maxima at about 352, 362, 383, and 460 nm. These spectra are analyzed in detail. Subtle differences in normalized spectra of N and M tissues appear to be large enough for diagnosis. Several criteria such as maxima and minima absolute intensity and intensity ratios at typical wavelengths are computed and used to classify the tissue. This preliminary study shows that fluorescence spectroscopy with 308 nm UV excitation could be a valid technique for discriminating tumor types. However, it should be noted that these measurements are made in vitro. Living tissues may have different spectral characteristics, therefore future in vivo investigations must be performed.

  17. [Infectious corneal ulcers--once with endophthalmitis--after photorefractive keratotomy with disposable contact lens].

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    Faschinger, C; Faulborn, J; Ganser, K

    1995-02-01

    Infections of the cornea with or without involvement of intraocular tissues are severe complications after photorefractive keratectomy. We report on three cases with ulcerative keratitis and one case with severe endophthalmitis, which developed some days after laser treatment. After 39 photo-therapeutic and 118 photo-refractive treatments without complications four young treated persons suffered from corneal infiltrations. Three of them developed severe corneal ulcerations, one a severe endophthalmitis. We used the laser machine of the company Schwind (193 nm wavelength, repetition rate 10 Hz, fluence 180-200 mJ/cm2). One part of the treatment which all patients had in common was the application of a disposable contact lens postoperatively, which was worn overnight. THERAPY AND FOLLOW-UP: Because all three patients with ulcerations revealed hyphen of fungi in their corneal-scratch material they were treated with antifungal agents locally and systemically. Due to the local and temporal connection the patient with the endophthalmitis was treated with antifungal agents, too. All corneal ulcerations healed with scars similar to a haze graded 3 to 4, the eye with the endophthalmitis healed almost completely. Probably the use of disposable contact lenses postoperatively, especially the overnight wear, during an extremely hot and humid summer lead to the described severe infections of the eyes after the "traumatisation" of the cornea by the excimer laser. A known higher concentration of Aspergillus in the air due to renovations of buildings in the clinical area might have been an additional negative effect. The avoidance of the use of disposable contact lenses postoperatively, especially the overnight wear, is emphasized.

  18. Low temperature high-mobility InZnO thin-film transistors fabricated by excimer laser annealing

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    Fujii, M.; Ishikawa, Y.; Ishihara, R.; Van der Cingel, J.; Mofrad, M.R.T.; Horita, M.; Uraoka, Y.

    In this study, we successfully achieved a relatively high field-effect mobility of 37.7?cm2/Vs in an InZnO thin-film transistor (TFT) fabricated by excimer layer annealing (ELA). The ELA process allowed us to fabricate such a high-performance InZnO TFT at the substrate temperature less than 50?°C

  19. Low temperature high-mobility InZnO thin-film transistors fabricated by excimer laser annealing

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    Fujii, M.; Ishikawa, Y.; Ishihara, R.; Van der Cingel, J.; Mofrad, M.R.T.; Horita, M.; Uraoka, Y.

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we successfully achieved a relatively high field-effect mobility of 37.7?cm2/Vs in an InZnO thin-film transistor (TFT) fabricated by excimer layer annealing (ELA). The ELA process allowed us to fabricate such a high-performance InZnO TFT at the substrate temperature less than 50?°C

  20. Effects of closed immersion filtered water flow velocity on the ablation threshold of bisphenol A polycarbonate during excimer laser machining

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    Dowding, Colin, E-mail: c.f.dowding@lboro.ac.uk [Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU (United Kingdom); Lawrence, Jonathan [Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU (United Kingdom)

    2010-04-01

    A closed flowing thick film filtered water immersion technique ensures a controlled geometry for both the optical interfaces of the flowing liquid film and allows repeatable control of flow-rate during machining. This has the action of preventing splashing, ensures repeatable machining conditions and allows control of liquid flow velocity. To investigate the impact of this technique on ablation threshold, bisphenol A polycarbonate samples have been machined using KrF excimer laser radiation passing through a medium of filtered water flowing at a number of flow velocities, that are controllable by modifying the liquid flow-rates. An average decrease in ablation threshold of 7.5% when using turbulent flow velocity regime closed thick film filtered water immersed ablation, compared to ablation using a similar beam in ambient air; however, the use of laminar flow velocities resulted in negligible differences between closed flowing thick film filtered water immersion and ambient air. Plotting the recorded threshold fluence achieved with varying flow velocity showed that an optimum flow velocity of 3.00 m/s existed which yielded a minimum ablation threshold of 112 mJ/cm{sup 2}. This is attributed to the distortion of the ablation plume effected by the flowing immersion fluid changing the ablation mechanism: at laminar flow velocities Bremsstrahlung attenuation decreases etch rate, at excessive flow velocities the plume is completely destroyed, removing the effect of plume etching. Laminar flow velocity regime ablation is limited by slow removal of debris causing a non-linear etch rate over 'n' pulses which is a result of debris produced by one pulse remaining suspended over the feature for the next pulse. The impact of closed thick film filtered water immersed ablation is dependant upon beam fluence: high fluence beams achieved greater etch efficiency at high flow velocities as the effect of Bremsstrahlung attenuation is removed by the action of the fluid on

  1. Long-term efficacy of excimer laser in situ keratomileusis in the management of children with high anisometropic amblyopia.

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    Lin, Xiao-Ming; Yan, Xiao-He; Wang, Zheng; Yang, Bin; Chen, Qi-Wen; Su, Jin-Ai; Ye, Xue-Lian

    2009-04-05

    Children with anisometropic amblyopia are often noncompliant with traditional treatment including spectacules and contact lenses. This study was to evaluate the long-term efficacy of excimer laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for children with high anisometropic amblyopia. A retrospective analysis of 24 children with high unilateral anisometropic amblyopia, who underwent LASIK during the period between August 2000 and September 2005 in our hospital, was conducted. The mean age of these children was (7.4 +/- 1.9) years (range 5 - 14 years) and the mean follow-up period was (33.3 +/- 14.2) months (range 18.5 - 74.2 months). After LASIK, visual acuity, refraction and far or near stereoacuity were analyzed. Near stereoacuity was measured by the random-dot butterfly stereogram and the pre-school random-dot stereogram, while far stereoacuity was measured by the synoptophore with Yan's random-dot stereogram. Mean preoperative uncorrected visual acuity was 0.06 +/- 0.05, while mean postoperative uncorrected visual acuity was elevated to 0.43 +/- 0.33. Mean preoperative best-corrected visual acuity was 0.26 +/- 0.22, while mean postoperative best-corrected visual acuity was elevated to 0.67 +/- 0.40. For patients with myopic anisometropia, preoperative mean spherical equivalent refraction was (-8.01 +/- 2.70) D while postoperative value significantly reduced to (-1.32 +/- 2.47) D. For patients with hyperopic anisometropia, preoperative mean spherical equivalent refraction was (+7.35 +/- 1.55) D while postoperative value significantly reduced to (+3.30 +/- 0.86) D. These results demonstrated that there was statistical difference in these parameters between preoperative and postoperative tests. At the last follow-up, 20 patients had near stereoacuity, and the mean near stereoacuities measured by the random-dot butterfly stereogram and the preschool random-dot stereogram were (149.00 +/- 152.93)'' and (201.05 +/- 235.94)'', respectively. In contrast, 11 patients had far

  2. Agreement between clinical history method, Orbscan IIz, and Pentacam in estimating corneal power after myopic excimer laser surgery.

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    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate the agreement between the clinical history method (CHM, Orbscan IIz, and Pentacam in estimating corneal power after myopic excimer laser surgery. Fifty five patients who had myopic LASIK/PRK were recruited into this study. One eye of each patient was randomly selected by a computer-generated process. At 6 months after surgery, postoperative corneal power was calculated from the CHM, Orbscan IIz total optical power at the 3.0 and 4.0 mm zones, and Pentacam equivalent keratometric readings (EKRs at 3.0, 4.0, and 4.5 mm. Statistical analyses included multilevel models, Pearson's correlation test, and Bland-Altman plots. The Orbscan IIz 3.0-mm and 4.0 mm total optical power, and Pentacam 3.0-mm, 4.0-mm, and 4.5-mm EKR values had strong linear positive correlations with the CHM values (r = 0.90-0.94, P = <0.001, for all comparisons, Pearson's correlation. However, only Pentacam 3.0-mm EKR was not statistically different from CHM (P = 0.17, multilevel models. The mean 3.0- and 4.0-mm total optical powers of the Orbscan IIz were significantly flatter than the values derived from CHM, while the average EKRs of the Pentacam at 4.0 and 4.5 mm were significantly steeper. The mean Orbscan IIz 3.0-mm total optical power was the lowest keratometric reading compared to the other 5 values. Large 95% LoA was observed between each of these values, particularly EKRs, and those obtained with the CHM. The width of the 95% LoA was narrowest for Orbscan IIz 3.0-mm total optical power. In conclusion, the keratometric values extracted from these 3 methods were disparate, either because of a statistically significant difference in the mean values or moderate agreement between them. Therefore, they are not considered equivalent and cannot be used interchangeably.

  3. Topography-guided hyperopic and hyperopic astigmatism femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK: long-term experience with the 400 Hz eye-Q excimer platform

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    Kanellopoulos AJ

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    Full Text Available Anastasios John KanellopoulosDepartment of Ophthalmology, New York University Medical School, New York, NY, and LaserVision.gr Eye Institute, Athens, GreeceBackground: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of topography-guided ablation using the WaveLight 400 Hz excimer laser in laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK for hyperopia and/or hyperopic astigmatism.Methods: We prospectively evaluated 208 consecutive LASIK cases for hyperopia with or without astigmatism using the topography-guided platform of the 400 Hz Eye-Q excimer system. The mean preoperative sphere value was +3.04 ± 1.75 (range 0.75–7.25 diopters (D and the mean cylinder value was –1.24 ± 1.41 (–4.75–0 D. Flaps were created either with Intralase FS60 (AMO, Irvine, CA or FS200 (Alcon, Fort Worth, TX femtosecond lasers. Parameters evaluated included age, preoperative and postoperative refractive error, uncorrected distance visual acuity, corrected distance visual acuity, flap diameter and thickness, topographic changes, higher order aberration changes, and low contrast sensitivity. These measurements were repeated postoperatively at regular intervals for at least 24 months.Results: Two hundred and two eyes were available for follow-up at 24 months. Uncorrected distance visual acuity improved from 5.5/10 to 9.2/10. At 24 (8–37 months, 75.5% of the eyes were in the ±0.50 D range and 94.4% were in the ±1.00 D range of the refractive goal. Postoperatively, the mean sphere value was –0.39 ± 0.3 and the cylinder value was –0.35 ± 0.25. Topographic evidence showed that ablation was made in the visual axis and not in the center of the cornea, thus correlating with the angle kappa. No significant complications were encountered in this small group of patients.Conclusion: Hyperopic LASIK utilizing the topography-guided platform of the 400 Hz Eye-Q Allegretto excimer and a femtosecond laser flap appears to be safe and effective for

  4. Evaluation of Optical Propagation in Photorefractive Materials

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    Liu, Jaw-Jueh

    Photorefractive materials, such as BSO, BaTiO _3, LiNbO_3, etc. are known to exhibit high nonlinearity at low optical intensities. The laser beam illumination changes the optical characteristics of the crystals and gives rise to a nonuniform distribution of the refractive index, thereby leading to distortion of the beam. In this thesis, we analyze the nature of the photorefractive effect using the nonlinearly coupled Kukhtarev equations. Starting from the photorefractive holographic write-in and read-out process, we study the diffraction efficiency as a function of the applied electric field, the grating period and the light intensity, and also investigate the signal-to-noise ratio for a diffracted Gaussian reading beam under the influence of noise. In this connection, the propagation of a Gaussian beam through a thick sample of a previously dark photorefractive material is first investigated. Two different materials, BaTiO _3, LiNbO_3, have been considered. Because the light intensity creates a strong internal electric field and hence an induced refractive index, the incident light is deflected in phase and amplitude resulting to a distorted far field pattern, often termed beam fanning. These results are then used to analyze beam fanning in the case when a Gaussian reading beam is incident on a photorefractive material in which a sinusoidal phase grating has previously been stored. Finally, we examine multiple beam interaction in a photorefractive crystal. We analyze subharmonic amplification during the interaction between two pump beams and a seed beam, incident along the bisector of the pumps, in BSO. We then evaluate the fractional change in the intensity of the seed team at the output in the presence of the suhharmonic grating as a function of the angle between the pump teams. Experimental results agree well with the theory.

  5. Formation of densely populated SiOx microtree-like structures on the Si (100) surface using excimer laser irradiation in air

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    Yang, De-Quan; Sacher, Edward; Meunier, Michel

    2004-10-01

    SiOx microforest-like structures have been produced on Si (100) surfaces by pulsed excimer laser irradiation in air. Scanning electron microscopic observations have indicated these structures, which are composed of aggregated nanoparticles, to be 1-5 μm in diameter and 10-20 μm high, and to have the appearance of trees. XPS analysis has shown them to be composed of a-SiOx (1laser irradiation, our microforest-like trees have many sharp nanoscale branches, which may require lower emission voltages in application such as field-emission sources in plasma displays.

  6. Fabrication of an integrated optical Mach-Zehnder interferometer based on refractive index modification of polymethylmethacrylate by krypton fluoride excimer laser radiation

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    Koerdt, Michael; Vollertsen, Frank

    2011-04-01

    It is known that deep ultraviolet (UV) radiation induces a refractive index increase in the surface layer of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) samples. This effect can be used for the fabrication of integrated optical waveguides. PMMA is of considerable interest for bio and chemical sensing applications because it is biocompatible and can be micromachined by several methods, e.g. structuring by photolithography, ablation and hot embossing. In the presented work direct UV irradiation of a common PMMA substrate by a krypton fluoride excimer laser beam through a contact mask has been used to write integrated optical Mach-Zehnder interferometers (MZI). MZI are used as sensitive bio and chemical sensors. The aim was to determine contact mask design and laser irradiation parameters for fabricating single-mode MZI for the infrared region from 1.30 μm to 1.62 μm. Straight and curved waveguides have been generated and characterized to determine the optical losses. The generation of channel waveguide structures has been optimized by a two step irradiation process to minimize the lithographic writing time and optical loss. By flood exposure to UV laser radiation in the first step the optical absorption of PMMA can be increased in the irradiated region. The required refractive index profile is then achieved with a second lithographic irradiation. The spectral behaviour of an unbalanced, integrated optical MZI fabricated by this excimer laser based contact mask method is shown for the first time. Further the optical intensity at the output port of a MZI has been measured while the optical path length difference was tuned by creating a temperature difference between the two arms of the MZI.

  7. Fabrication of an integrated optical Mach-Zehnder interferometer based on refractive index modification of polymethylmethacrylate by krypton fluoride excimer laser radiation

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    Koerdt, Michael, E-mail: koerdt@bias.de [BIAS - Bremer Institut fuer angewandte Strahltechnik GmbH, Klagenfurter Strasse 2, D-28359 Bremen (Germany); Vollertsen, Frank [BIAS - Bremer Institut fuer angewandte Strahltechnik GmbH, Klagenfurter Strasse 2, D-28359 Bremen (Germany)

    2011-04-01

    It is known that deep ultraviolet (UV) radiation induces a refractive index increase in the surface layer of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) samples. This effect can be used for the fabrication of integrated optical waveguides. PMMA is of considerable interest for bio and chemical sensing applications because it is biocompatible and can be micromachined by several methods, e.g. structuring by photolithography, ablation and hot embossing. In the presented work direct UV irradiation of a common PMMA substrate by a krypton fluoride excimer laser beam through a contact mask has been used to write integrated optical Mach-Zehnder interferometers (MZI). MZI are used as sensitive bio and chemical sensors. The aim was to determine contact mask design and laser irradiation parameters for fabricating single-mode MZI for the infrared region from 1.30 {mu}m to 1.62 {mu}m. Straight and curved waveguides have been generated and characterized to determine the optical losses. The generation of channel waveguide structures has been optimized by a two step irradiation process to minimize the lithographic writing time and optical loss. By flood exposure to UV laser radiation in the first step the optical absorption of PMMA can be increased in the irradiated region. The required refractive index profile is then achieved with a second lithographic irradiation. The spectral behaviour of an unbalanced, integrated optical MZI fabricated by this excimer laser based contact mask method is shown for the first time. Further the optical intensity at the output port of a MZI has been measured while the optical path length difference was tuned by creating a temperature difference between the two arms of the MZI.

  8. Excimer Laser Research

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    ORGANIZATION N ATTETSTTF»UUHLJJ* Avco Everett Research Laboratory, Inc. 2385 Revere Beach Parkway Everett, Massachusetts 02149 REPORT...apparently enhanced by a large reactive c -oss section for producing excited species by chemica ’ reactions of the type Xe« I F,-XeF* • F. (1

  9. The applicability of the Sedov - Taylor scaling during material removal of metals and oxide layers with pulsed ? and excimer laser radiation

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    Aden, M.; Kreutz, E. W.; Schlüter, H.; Wissenbach, K.

    1997-03-01

    For the removal of material with pulsed laser radiation the distance travelled by the shock or blast wave and the amount of energy released in the plasma state due to the absorption of laser radiation are determined experimentally and theoretically. The distance travelled by the blast wave is detected by schlieren photography, the released energy by monitoring the transmitted laser radiation during the removal process. The theoretical evaluation is performed by numerical simulation using a model incorporating the laser-induced vaporization process and the dynamics of the plasma state. The results obtained from the experiments and the model are compared with that of the Sedov - Taylor scaling. The removal of the oxide layer from austenitic steel is investigated with 0022-3727/30/6/011/img8 laser radiation produced by a TEA and a high-power 0022-3727/30/6/011/img8 laser device. For the TEA laser with fluences of 5 and 10 J 0022-3727/30/6/011/img10 50 - 80% of the pulse energy is released into the plasma state and the Sedov - Taylor scaling describes the distance travelled by the blast wave in agreement with data from the experiments and the simulation. For the high-power 0022-3727/30/6/011/img8 laser with a fluence of 50 J 0022-3727/30/6/011/img10, 6% of the pulse energy is released into the plasma state and the Sedov - Taylor scaling does not describe the data of the simulation. The process of removal of copper and aluminium material is simulated for excimer laser radiation with fluences of 15 and 30 J 0022-3727/30/6/011/img10. For copper 15 - 30% of the pulse energy is released into the plasma state and the Sedov - Taylor scaling is applicable. For aluminium, less than 2% of the pulse energy is released into the plasma state and the Sedov - Taylor scaling is only applicable for the higher fluence.

  10. Assessment of expressions of heat shock protein (HSP 72) and apoptosis after ArF excimer laser ablation of the cornea.

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    Ishihara, Miya; Sato, Masato; Sato, Shunichi; Arai, Tsunenori; Obara, Minoru; Kikuchi, Makoto

    2004-01-01

    We immunohistochemically studied expressions of inducible heat shock protein 70 (HSP 72) and apoptosis of corneas ablated with an ArF excimer laser. The temperature of corneal surfaces and laser-induced optical emission spectra were measured in real time as direct physical parameters related to the ablation mechanism. To the best of the authors' knowledge, there have been no experimental studies regarding the influence of physical parameters directly related to the ablation mechanism on corneal reactions at the cell level after laser ablation. The expression of HSP 72 was mainly localized in the regenerative epithelium, which was confirmed to be caused by laser ablation. The HSP 72 positive cell ratios had a correlation with thermal dose, which was derived from the measured time courses of temperature. Expressions of both HSP 72 and apoptosis depended on the thermal dose and elapsed time after ablation. HSP 72 and apoptosis could be seen up to a few hundred micrometers into the stroma, only at a fluence with an optical breakdown emission. This could have been caused by shock waves induced by the optical breakdown. (c) 2004 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

  11. Photorefractive keratectomy in the management of postradial keratotomy hyperopia and astigmatism

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    Mohammad Ghoreishi

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    Full Text Available Background: The aim of this study is to evaluate the results of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK in the management of postoperative hyperopia and astigmatism in patients with history of radial keratotomy (RK. Materials and Methods: This prospective nonrandomized noncomparative interventional case series enrolled consecutive eyes treated with PRK after RK. In cases, in which (1 wavefront (WF scan was undetectable during primary examinations; and/or, (2 WF data were not transferable to the excimer laser device, patients were treated with the tissue-saving (TS mode. Patients with detectable/transferable WF were assigned to WF-guided advanced personalized treatment (APT. Results: Thirty-two and 47 eyes were managed by APT and TS modes, respectively. Pooled analysis of both APT and TS groups showed improvement in uncorrected distant visual acuity and corrected distant visual acuity. The amount of sphere, cylinder, corneal cylinder, spherical equivalent, defocus equivalent, and total aberration showed improvement as well. Conclusion: PRK seems to bring favorable outcome and safety profile in the management of post-RK hyperopia and astigmatism. It is crucial for practitioners to warn their patients about the fact that they may still have progressive refractive instability regardless of their choice on the laser method of vision correction.

  12. Optical Programmable Radio Frequency Matched Filtering Using Photorefractive Effect.

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    Lee, Byoungho

    In this thesis the feasibility of optical programmable radio frequency (rf) matched filtering using the photorefractive effect is studied. The optical rf matched filter system proposed in this thesis is based on the use of a photorefractive crystal with a unique interface that provides easy input of rf signals for programming and for the correlation operation. The rf signals are given to an acousto-optic modulator. Laser beams deflected from the modulator have wavefronts which contain the information of the rf signals. The beams illuminate a photorefractive crystal to form reference gratings or to be correlated with the holograms. Reference holograms are stored by angular multiplexing one of the pump beams. This is performed by using a mode-locked laser and letting the pulse repetition rate be integrally related to the electrical signal frequencies given to the acousto-optic modulators. This method allows stable grating formation with nondegenerate waves. An orthogonal signal storage and reading method is devised, which enables one to distinguish different beams illuminating the same hologram region. Experiments were performed with a mode-locked argon ion laser and a cerium-doped strontium barium niobate crystal which is used as a photorefractive medium. The results verify the ideas on which the optical programmable rf matched filter is based. This study raises the possibility of forming a large number of parallel matched filters in a single photorefractive crystal which would allow easy signal storage and rapid correlation analyses.

  13. A retrospective analysis of the postoperative use of loteprednol etabonate gel 0.5% following laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis or photorefractive keratectomy surgery

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Clifford L Salinger,1 Michael Gordon,2 Mitchell A Jackson,3 Theodore Perl,4 Eric Donnenfeld5 1VIP Laser Eye Center, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 2Gordon Weiss Schanzlin Vision Institute, San Diego, CA, 3Jacksoneye, Lake Villa, IL, 4Corneal Associates of New Jersey, Fairfield, NJ, 5Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, Garden City, NY, USA Background: While loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic gel 0.5% (LE gel is approved for treatment of postoperative ocular inflammation and pain, there have been no reported studies in patients undergoing laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK or photorefractive keratectomy (PRK.Methods: This was a retrospective chart review conducted at five refractive surgical centers in the USA. Data were collected from primary LASIK or PRK surgery cases in which LE gel was used postoperatively as the clinician’s routine standard of care and in which patients were followed-up for up to 6 months. Data extracted from charts included patient demographics, surgical details, LE gel dosing regimen, pre- and postsurgical refractive characteristics, intraocular pressure (IOP measurements, and visual acuity. Primary outcomes included postoperative IOP elevations, adverse events, and early discontinuations.Results: Data were collected on 189 LASIK eyes (96 patients and 209 PRK eyes (108 patients. Mean (standard deviation [SD] years of age at surgery was 36.0 (11.7 and 33.9 (11.3 in LASIK and PRK patients. LE gel was prescribed most often four times daily during the first postoperative week, regardless of procedure; the most common treatment duration was 7–14 days in LASIK and ≥30 days in PRK patients. No unusual corneal findings or healing abnormalities were reported. Mean postoperative uncorrected distance visual acuity was 20/24 in LASIK and 20/30 in PRK eyes. Mild/trace corneal haze was reported in 20% of PRK patients; two PRK patients with moderate/severe corneal haze were switched to another corticosteroid. Mean postoperative

  14. Long-term outcomes of photorefractive keratectomy for anisometropic amblyopia in children.

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    Paysse, Evelyn A; Coats, David K; Hussein, Mohamed A W; Hamill, M Bowes; Koch, Douglas D

    2006-02-01

    To evaluate the long-term visual acuity (VA) and refractive error responses to excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for treatment of anisometropic amblyopia in children. Prospective interventional case-control study. Eleven children, 2 to 11 years old, with anisometropic amblyopia who were noncompliant with conventional therapy with glasses or contact lenses and occlusion therapy were treated with PRK. A cohort derived retrospectively of 13 compliant and 10 noncompliant children with refractive errors similar to those of the PRK group who were treated with traditional anisometropic amblyopia therapy served as control groups. Photorefractive keratectomy for the eye with the higher refractive error. (1) Refractive error reduction and stability in the treated eye, (2) cycloplegic refraction, (3) VA, (4) stereoacuity, and (5) corneal haze up to 3 years after PRK. Compliant and noncompliant children with anisometropia amblyopia were analyzed as controls for refractive error and VA. Preoperative refractive errors were -13.70 diopters (D) (+/-3.77) for the myopic group and +4.75 D (+/-0.50) for the hyperopic group. Mean postoperative refractive errors at last follow-up (mean, 31 months) were -3.55 D (+/-2.2.5) and +1.41 D (+/-1.07) for the myopic and hyperopic groups, respectively. At last follow-up, cycloplegic refractions in 4 (50%) of 8 myopes and all hyperopes (100%) were within 3 D of that of the fellow eye. Five (63%) of 8 myopic children achieved a refraction within 2 D of the target refraction. Two (67%) of 3 hyperopic patients maintained their refractions within 2 D of the target. Refractive regressions (from 1 year after surgery to last follow-up) were 0.50+/-1.41 D (myopes) and 0.60+/-0.57 D (hyperopes). Seven children (77%) were able to perform psychophysical VA testing preoperatively and postoperatively. Five (71%) of the 7 children had uncorrected VA improvement of at least 2 lines, and 4 (57%) of 7 had best spectacle-corrected VA improvement of

  15. EFFECT OF OPTICAL FIBER HYDROGEN LOADING ON THE INSCRIPTION EFFICIENCY OF CHIRPED BRAGG GRATINGS BY MEANS OF KrF EXCIMER LASER RADIATION

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    Full Text Available Subject of Research.We present comparative results of the chirped Bragg gratings inscription efficiency in optical fiber of domestic production with and without low-temperature hydrogen loading. Method. Chirped fiber Bragg gratings inscription was made by the Talbot interferometer with chirped phase mask having a chirp rate of 2.3 nm/cm used for the laser beam amplitude separation. The excimer laser system Coherent COMPexPro 150T, working with the gas mixture KrF (248 nm, was used as the radiation source. In order to increase the UV photosensitivity, the optical fiber was placed in a chamber with hydrogen under a pressure of 10 MPa and kept there for 14 days at 40 °C. Main Results. The usage of the chirped phase mask in a Talbot interferometer scheme has made it possible to get a full width at half-maximum of the fiber Bragg grating reflection spectrum of 3.5 nm with induced diffraction structure length of 5 mm. By preliminary hydrogen loading of optical fiber the broad reflection spectrum fiber Bragg gratings with a reflectivity close to 100% has been inscribed. Practical Relevance. The resulting chirped fiber Bragg gratings can be used as dispersion compensators in optical fiber communications, as well as the reflective elements of distributed fiber-optic phase interferometric sensors.

  16. Experience in using the excimer laser-assisted nonocclusive anastomosis nonocclusive bypass technique for high-flow revascularization: Mannheim-Helsinki series of 64 patients.

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    Vajkoczy, Peter; Korja, Miikka; Czabanka, Marcus; Schneider, Ulf C; Reinert, Michael; Lehecka, Martin; Schmiedek, Peter; Hernesniemi, Juha; Kivipelto, Leena

    2012-01-01

    The excimer laser-assisted nonocclusive anastomosis (ELANA) technique enables large-caliber bypass revascularization without temporary occlusion of the parent artery. To present the surgical experience of 2 bypass centers using ELANA in the treatment of complex intracranial lesions. Between July 2002 and December 2007, 64 consecutive patients (37 in Germany and 27 in Finland) were selected for high-flow bypass surgery with ELANA. Modified Rankin Scale, a bypass success rate, and the success rate of the laser arteriotomy were assessed. In 66 surgeries for 64 intent-to-treat patients, 58 ELANA procedures were completed successfully. A favorable outcome (postoperative modified Rankin Scale score less than or equal to preoperative modified Rankin Scale) at 3 months was achieved in 43 of 56 patients (77%) with anterior circulation lesions (37 of the 43 patients had aneurysms, 4 had ischemia, and 2 received a bypass before tumor removal) and only in 2 of 8 patients (25%) with posterior circulation aneurysms. Perioperative (< 7 days) mortality for anterior and posterior circulation aneurysms was 6% and 50%, respectively. At the 3-month follow-up, 12% and 63% of patients with anterior and posterior circulation aneurysms, respectively, were dead. The success rate of the laser arteriotomy was 70%. Another 14% were retrieved manually after a nearly complete laser arteriotomy. The ELANA procedure requires a meticulous and careful operative technique. Morbidity and especially mortality rates, usually unrelated to ELANA, are comparable to those of contemporary series of conventional high-flow revascularization operations. This underscores the overall complexity of treating neurovascular pathologies by high-flow bypasses.

  17. Comparative evaluation of Comfilcon A and Senofilcon A bandage contact lenses after transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Mukherjee, Achyut; Ioannides, Antonis; Aslanides, Ioannis

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    To evaluate and compare Comfilcon A and Senofilcon A silicone hydrogel contact lenses used as a therapeutic bandage following transepithelial excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Patients undergoing transepithelial PRK for myopia were prospectively recruited. Included patients had a Comfilcon A silicone hydrogel lens inserted in one eye, with a Senofilcon A lens in the contralateral eye. Postoperative assessment of subjective pain, epithelial healing and visual recovery was at day 1, 3 and 7. Contact lens factors including centration, movement and deposits were assessed. 48 eyes of 24 patients were included in the study. Mean age was 31 years (SD 11) and mean refractive error -4.5 D (SD 1.8). Mean pain score at day 1 was significantly higher in the Comfilcon group at 4.6 (SD 2.7) vs. 1.5 (SD2.5) in the Senofilcon group (Plenses affects their clinical characteristics in therapeutic roles. Other factors than oxygen permeability may affect pain and epithelial healing, with superior pain relief from the less permeable Senofilcon lens in this study. Copyright © 2013 Spanish General Council of Optometry. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  18. Surface 3D Micro Free Forms: Multifunctional Microstructured Mesoporous α-Alumina by in Situ Slip Casting Using Excimer Laser Ablated Polycarbonate Molds.

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    Rowthu, Sriharitha; Böhlen, Karl; Bowen, Paul; Hoffmann, Patrik

    2015-11-11

    Ceramic surface microstructuring is a rapidly growing field with a variety of applications in tribology, wetting, biology, and so on. However, there are limitations to large-area microstructuring and fabrication of three-dimensional (3D) micro free forms. Here, we present a route to obtain intricate surface structures through in situ slip casting using polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) negative molds which are replicated from excimer laser ablated polycarbonate (PC) master molds. PC sheets are ablated with a nanosecond KrF (λ = 248 nm) excimer laser mask projection system to obtain micron-scale 3D surface features over a large area of up to 3 m(2). Complex surface structures that include 3D free forms such as 3D topography of Switzerland, shallow structures such as diffractive optical elements (60 nm step) and conical micropillars have been obtained. The samples are defect-free produced with thicknesses of up to 10 mm and 120 mm diameter. The drying process of the slip cast alumina slurry takes place as a one-dimensional process, through surface evaporation and water permeation through the PDMS membrane. This allows homogeneous one-dimensional shrinkage during the drying process, independent of the sample's lateral dimensions. A linear mass diffusion model has been proposed to predict and explain the drying process of these ceramic colloidal suspensions. The calculated drying time is linearly proportional to the height of the slurry and the thickness of the negatively structured PDMS and is validated by the experimental results. An experimentally observed optimum Sylgard PDMS thickness range of ∼400 μm to 1 mm has achieved the best quality microstructured green compacts. Further, the model predicts that the drying time is independent of the microstructured areas and was validated using experimental observations carried out with microstructured areas of 300 mm(2), 1200 mm(2), and 120 cm(2). Therefore, in principle, the structures can be further replicated in areas up

  19. [Effects of amniotic extraction on epithelial wound healing and stromal remodelling after excimer laser keratectomy in rabbit cornea].

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    Xiao, Qiguo; Chen, Yuan; Du, Juan; Wang, Hua; Li, Wei; Liu, Zuguo

    2014-01-01

    To investigate the effects and mechanism of amniotic extraction on corneal healing after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Experimental Study. Thirty-six New Zealand rabbit corneas were performed with PRK models (-10 diopters, 6.5 mm diameter). According to random number table, all eyes were divided into three groups, including treated with amniotic extraction, 0.1% dexamethasone and excipient respectively after operation. Clinical and histopathologic examinations were taken by slit-lamp microscope and light microscope. Corneal epithelium reparation was observed by fluorescent staining. Corneal stroma cell apoptosis was evaluated by terminal deoxyribonucleotidyl transferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay. Myofibroblast generation was evaluated by immunofluorescence checking the expression of alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA). The number of TUNEL and α-SMA positive cells was analyzed to explore the effects on corneal haze. The haze grading was compared between groups using Kruskal-Wallis H test. Mean values for each experiment were compared between groups using a one-way analysis of variance and LSD-t test.Spearman rank analysis was used to evaluate the correlation between the haze grading and the expression of TUNEL positive cells and α-SMA. The corneas of seventy-two eyes reepithelialized in 6 days after operation. The average epithelium repair time of the AE group was (4.12 ± 0.62) d, the dexamethasone group was (5.25 ± 0.78) d, and the excipient group was (4.96 ± 0.73) d. The progression of reepithelialization was significantly faster in the AE group than the other two groups (F = 14.144, P healing of epithelial cell by interacting with the corneal cell factors, reducing the cell apoptosis, corneal wound healing response and rebuilding the corneal matrix with less myofibroblast, collagen and scar and finally reduce the formation of haze.

  20. High-performance p-channel thin-film transistors with lightly doped n-type excimer-laser-crystallized germanium films

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    Liao, Chan-Yu; Huang, Ching-Yu; Huang, Ming-Hui; Huang, Wen-Hsien; Shen, Chang-Hong; Shieh, Jia-Min; Cheng, Huang-Chung

    2017-06-01

    High-performance polycrystalline-germanium (poly-Ge) thin-film transistors (TFTs) fabricated with lightly doped Ge thin films by excimer laser crystallization (ELC) and counter doping (CD) have been demonstrated. High-quality n-type Ge thin films with a grain size as large as 1 µm were fabricated by ELC in the super lateral-growth regime and CD at a dose of 1 × 1013 cm-2 or higher. Consequently, a superior field-effect mobility of 271 cm2 V-1 s-1 and a high on/off current ratio of 2.7 × 103 have been obtained for p-channel Ge TFTs with the channel width and length of both 0.5 µm fabricated by ELC at 300 mJ/cm2 and CD at a dose of 1 × 1013 cm-2. The effects of ELC conditions and CD dose on the electrical characteristics of p-channel Ge TFTs were also investigated.

  1. Assessment of contrast sensitivity and aberrations after photorefractive keratectomy in patients with myopia greater than 5 diopters.

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    Alireza Fahim

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to assess changes in contrast sensitivity and aberrations in cases of myopia greater than 5.0 diopter (D who had photorefractive keratectomy (PRK. In this semi-experimental study, 20 eyes of ten patients were studied. Inclusion criteria were at least 5.0 D of myopia, stable refraction in the past year, no history of refractive surgery, a minimum corneal thickness of 480 μm, and having surgery in both eyes. Exclusion criteria were the presence of any corneal condition. In addition to the routine tests, aberrometry and assessment of contrast sensitivity was done using the WaveLight Allegro Analyzer and the VectorVision CSV-1000. After PRK using the Concerto Excimer Laser (WaveLight, Alcon, patients were scheduled to have follow-up visits at 1 month, 3 months, and 1 year after surgery. Contrast sensitivity with glare showed an increasing trend only at the spatial frequency of 3 cycles per degree (cpd (P=0.013. Contrast sensitivity without glared increased postoperatively at special frequencies of 3, 6, and 18 cpd (P<0.05. The preoperative level of higher order aberrations root mean square (HOA RMS of 0.24±0.08 reached 0.71±0.25 at 12 months after surgery. Assessment of comma and trefoil showed no significant difference between preoperative and postoperative values, but the amount of spherical aberration changed from a mean preoperative value of 0.0±0.09 to 0.27±0.15 at 12 months after surgery. In the treatment of myopia greater than 5.0 D, PRK with the Concerto Excimer Laser can improve contrast sensitivity in certain spatial frequencies. This is while HOA RMS and spherical aberration increase.

  2. Influence of surroundings on photorefractive effect in lithium niobate crystals

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    Tarjanyi, Norbert, E-mail: tarjanyi@fyzika.uniza.sk [Department of Physics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Zilina, Univerzitna 1, Zilina, 01026 (Slovakia); Turek, Ivan [Berlinska 4, Zilina, 01008 (Slovakia)

    2012-11-01

    In the paper results of the investigation of the influence of electric properties of the environment surrounding LiNbO{sub 3} crystals on photorefractive effect induced in these crystals by Gaussian Ar{sup +} laser beam with various intensities are presented. We show spatial and temporal dependences of changes of the refractive index obtained experimentally in LiNbO{sub 3}: Fe and LiNbO{sub 3}: Fe:Mn samples surrounded by media with different electric conductivities and different permittivities (water, air, water solution of CaCl{sub 2}). The space and time dependences of the refractive index changes induced by the Ar{sup +} laser beam are observed by means of the Mach-Zehnder interferometer using light from HeNe laser. The experimentally obtained results are in a good agreement with those following from numerical calculations using the manifold mirroring method. The agreement between calculated and experimental results indicates that the polarization charge at the photorefractive crystal/surrounding medium boundary significantly influences the photorefractive process in the crystal. The experimentally observed slow spontaneous decrease of the refractive index change in a sample placed into a slightly conducting medium (air) after switching off the beam also indicates that the polarization charge in the sample's surroundings affects the photorefraction.

  3. Risk factors of regression and undercorrection in photorefractive keratectomy:a case-control study

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available AIM:To determine risk factors of regression and undercorrection following photorefractive keratectomy (PRK in myopia or myopic astigmatism.METHODS: A case-control study was designed in which eyes with an indication for re-treatment (RT were defined as cases; primary criteria for RT indication, as assessed at least 9mo postoperatively, included an uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA of 20/30 or worse and a stable refraction for more than 3mo. Additional considerations included optical quality symptoms and significant higher order aberrations (HOAs. Controls were chosen from the same cohort of operated eyes which had complete post-operative follow up data beyond 9mo and did not need RT. The cohort included patients who had undergone PRK by the Tissue-Saving (TS ablation profile of Technolas 217z100 excimer laser (Bausch & Lomb, Rochester, NY, USA. Mitomycin C had been used in all of the primary procedures.RESULTS:We had 70 case eyes and 158 control eyes, and they were comparable in terms of age, sex and follow-up time (P values:0.58, 1.00 and 0.89, respectively. Pre-operative spherical equivalent of more than -5.00 diopter (D, intended optical zone (OZ diameter of less than 6.00 mm and ocular fixation instability during laser ablation were associated with RT indications (all P values <0.001. These factors maintained their significance in the multiple logistic regression model with odd ratios of 6.12, 6.71 and 7.89, respectively.CONCLUSION:Higher refractive correction (>-5.00 D, smaller OZ (<6.00 mm and unstable fixation during laser ablation of PRK for myopia and myopic astigmatism were found to be strong predictors of undercorrection and regression.

  4. Physics of photorefraction in polymers

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    West, Dave

    2004-01-01

    Photorefractive polymer composites are an unusually sensitive class of photopolymers. Physics of Photorefraction in Polymers describes our current understanding of the physical processes that produce a photorefractive effect in key composite materials. Topics as diverse as charge generation, dispersive charge transport, charge compensation and trapping, molecular diffusion, organic composite structure, and nonlinear optical wave coupling are all developed from a physical perspective. Emphasis is placed on explaining how these physical processes lead to observable properties of the polymers, and the authors discuss various applications, including holographic archiving.

  5. Photorefractive Materials and Their Applications 2 Materials

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    Günter, Peter

    2007-01-01

    Photorefractive Materials and Their Applications 2: Materials is the second of three volumes within the Springer Series in Optical Sciences. The book gives a comprehensive review of the most important photorefractive materials and discusses the physical properties of organic and inorganic crystals as well as poled polymers. In this volume, photorefractive effects have been investigated at wavelengths covering the UV, visible and near infrared. Researchers in the field and graduate students of solid-state physics and engineering will gain a thorough understanding of the properties of materials in photorefractive applications. The other two volumes are: Photorefractive Materials and Their Applications 1: Basic Effects. Photorefractive Materials and Their Applications 3: Applications.

  6. Surface analysis of the selective excimer laser patterning of a thin PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films

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    Schaubroeck, David; De Smet, Jelle; Willems, Wouter; Cools, Pieter; De Geyter, Nathalie; Morent, Rino; De Smet, Herbert; Van Steenbeerge, Geert

    2016-07-01

    Fast patterning of highly conductive polymers like PEDOT:PSS (poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene): polystyrene sulfonate) with lasers can contribute to the development of industrial production of liquid crystal displays on polymer foils. In this article, the selective UV laser patterning of a PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films is investigated. Based on their optical properties, three polymer films are investigated: polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and cellulose triacetate (TAC). Ablation parameters for a 110 nm PEDOT:PSS film on these polymer films are optimized. A detailed study of the crater depth, topography and surface composition are provided using optical profilometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The electrical insulation of the lines is measured and correlated to the crater analyses for different laser settings. Finally, potential ablation parameters for each of the polymer films are derived.

  7. Review of the biocompatibility and blood compatibility properties of polyethersulfone film modified by the excimer and CO2 lasers

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    Pazokian, H.; Jelvani, S.; Mollabashi, M.; Barzin, J.

    2014-06-01

    In this paper the biocompatibility and blood compatibility changes of polyethersulfone (PES) films following laser irradiation at four different wavelengths of ArF (193 nm), KrF (248 nm), XeCl (308 nm) and CO2 (9.58 µm) lasers are studied. The surface behaviors in contact with platelets and fibroblasts cells are examined and the best irradiation parameters to improve the surface biocompatibility and blood compatibility were found. The biological modifications on the surface were explained by alteration of the surface morphology and chemistry following the irradiation. The results show that a KrF laser is the best choice for treatment of PES film in the biological applications.

  8. Nanoparticles Doped, Photorefractive Liquid Crystals

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    Kaczmarek, Malgosia

    2005-01-01

    ...: The main objectives of this exploratory, short project will concern the study of the quality of liquid crystal cells with diluted suspensions of ferroelectric nanoparticles and their photorefractive properties...

  9. FEM numerical analysis of excimer laser induced modification in alternating multi-layers of amorphous and nano-crystalline silicon films

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    Conde, J.C., E-mail: jconde@uvigo.es [Dpto. Fisica Aplicada, Universidade de Vigo, Rua Maxwell s/n, Campus Universitario Lagoas Marcosende, Vigo (Spain); Martin, E. [Dpto. Mecanica, Maquinas, Motores Termicos y Fluidos, Universidade de Vigo, Rua Maxwell s/n, Campus Universitario Lagoas Marcosende, Vigo (Spain); Stefanov, S. [Dpto. Fisica Aplicada, Universidade de Vigo, Rua Maxwell s/n, Campus Universitario Lagoas Marcosende, Vigo (Spain); Alpuim, P. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade do Minho, 4800-058 Guimaraes (Portugal); Chiussi, S. [Dpto. Fisica Aplicada, Universidade de Vigo, Rua Maxwell s/n, Campus Universitario Lagoas Marcosende, Vigo (Spain)

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer nc-Si:H is a material with growing importance for a large-area of nano-electronic, photovoltaic or biomedical devices. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer UV-ELA technique causes a rapid heating that provokes the H{sub 2} desorption from the Si surface and bulk material. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Next, diffusion of P doped nc-Si films and eventually, for high energy densities would be possible to reach the melting point. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer These multilayer structures consisting of thin alternating a-Si:H(10 nm) and n-doped nc-Si:H(60 nm) films deposited on SiO{sub 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer To optimize parameters involved in this processing, FEM numerical analysis of multilayer structures have been performed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The numerical results are compared with exhaustive characterization of the experimental results. - Abstract: UV excimer laser annealing (UV-ELA) is an alternative annealing process that, during the last few years, has gained enormous importance for the CMOS nano-electronic technologies, with the ability to provide films and alloys with electrical and optical properties to fit the desired device performance. The UV-ELA of amorphous (a-) and/or doped nano-crystalline (nc-) silicon films is based on the rapid (nanoseconds) formation of temperature profiles caused by laser radiation that is absorbed in the material and lead to crystallisation, diffusion in solid or even in liquid phase. To achieve the desired temperature profiles and to optimize the parameters involved in the processing of hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si:H) films with the UV-ELA, a numerical analysis by finite element method (FEM) of a multilayer structure has been performed. The multilayer structures, consisting of thin alternating a-Si:H(10 nm) and n-doped nc-Si:H(60 nm) layers, deposited on a glass substrate, has also been experimentally analyzed. Temperature profiles caused by 193 nm radiation with 25

  10. Surface analysis of the selective excimer laser patterning of a thin PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films

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    Schaubroeck, David, E-mail: David.Schaubroeck@elis.ugent.be [Center for Microsystems Technology (CMST), imec and Ghent University, Technologiepark 15, B-9052 Ghent (Belgium); De Smet, Jelle; Willems, Wouter [Center for Microsystems Technology (CMST), imec and Ghent University, Technologiepark 15, B-9052 Ghent (Belgium); Cools, Pieter; De Geyter, Nathalie; Morent, Rino [Research Unit Plasma Technology (RUPT), Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, B-9000 Ghent (Belgium); De Smet, Herbert; Van Steenbeerge, Geert [Center for Microsystems Technology (CMST), imec and Ghent University, Technologiepark 15, B-9052 Ghent (Belgium)

    2016-07-15

    Highlights: • Laser patterning of thin film PEDOT:PSS on polymer foils is characterized in great detail. • PEDOT:PSS does not need to be fully removed to create electrically insulating patterns. • The underlying polymer foil influences the ablation behavior. - Abstract: Fast patterning of highly conductive polymers like PEDOT:PSS (poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene): polystyrene sulfonate) with lasers can contribute to the development of industrial production of liquid crystal displays on polymer foils. In this article, the selective UV laser patterning of a PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films is investigated. Based on their optical properties, three polymer films are investigated: polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and cellulose triacetate (TAC). Ablation parameters for a 110 nm PEDOT:PSS film on these polymer films are optimized. A detailed study of the crater depth, topography and surface composition are provided using optical profilometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The electrical insulation of the lines is measured and correlated to the crater analyses for different laser settings. Finally, potential ablation parameters for each of the polymer films are derived.

  11. Monovisión con láser de excímeros en pacientes présbitas Monovision with Excimer laser surgery in presbyopic patients

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    Patricia Andújar Coba

    2010-01-01

    previstos que caracterizan a la cirugía con láser de excímeros.OBJECTIVES: To describe the refractive results achieved with Excimer laser surgery in presbyopic patients, both hyperopic and myopic, with monovision. METHODS: A prospective, longitudinal and descriptive study was performed on 60 presbyopic patients, 18 myopic and 42 hyperopic, who underwent Excimer laser surgery to correct presbyopia based on the monovision method at the Corneal and Refractive Surgery Service of «Ramón Pando Ferrer» Cuban Institute of Ophthalmology from February 2009 to February 2010. The variables used were pre- and post-operative visual acuity with correction, visual acuity without binocular correction, both near and distant, and spheral equivalents. For presenting this information, the mean and standard deviation were used for all variables. RESULTS: In the preoperative phase, it was observed that average visual acuity improved from 0,1 and 0,3 for myopic and hyperopic patients without correction, to 0,94 and 0,97 binocular visual acuity without correction for the same groups in the postoperative phase, thus correcting their average spherical equivalent of 4,63 D and +2,21 D respectively. Average near visual acuity for both groups was Jeager (J 1 - 2 and average spheral equivalents reached for distant vision were 0,02 ± 0, 27 D for myopic and +0.09 ± 0,34 D for hyperopic patients. For near vision, i.e. in the non- dominant eye, the spheral equivalent values were 1.7 ± 0,22 D for myopic and 1.4 ± 0,38 D for hyperopic patients. CONCLUSIONS: After surgery both myopic and hyperopic patients experienced improvement in their visual acuity without correction for distant as well as for near vision. Spheral equivalents were widely modified in both groups for the dominant and non-dominant eyes, in order to facilitate the final visual result in both distances with the foreseen precision in the visual results that characterizes the Excimer laser surgery.

  12. Preparation of periodic surface structures on doped poly(methyl metacrylate) films by irradiation with KrF excimer laser

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    Kalachyova, Yevgeniya; Lyutakov, Oleksiy; Slepicka, Petr; Elashnikov, Roman; Svorcik, Vaclav

    2014-10-01

    In this work, we describe laser modification of poly(methyl methacrylate) films doped with Fast Red ITR, followed by dopant exclusion from the bulk polymer. By this procedure, the polymer can be modified under extremely mild conditions. Creation of surface ordered structure was observed already after application of 15 pulses and 12 mJ cm-2 fluence. Formation of grating begins in the hottest places and tends to form concentric semi-circles around them. The mechanism of surface ordered structure formation is attributed to polymer ablation, which is more pronounced in the place of higher light intensity. The smoothness of the underlying substrate plays a key role in the quality of surface ordered structure. Most regular grating structures were obtained on polymer films deposited on atomically `flat' Si substrates. After laser patterning, the dopant was removed from the polymer by soaking the film in methanol.

  13. Low temperature sputter-deposited ZnO films with enhanced Hall mobility using excimer laser post-processing

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    Tsakonas, C.; Kuznetsov, V. L.; Cranton, W. M.; Kalfagiannis, N.; Abusabee, K. M.; Koutsogeorgis, D. C.; Abeywickrama, N.; Edwards, P. P.

    2017-12-01

    We report the low temperature (T  ZnO thin films (~140 nm) with Hall mobility of up to 17.3 cm2 V‑1 s‑1 making them suitable for thin film transistor (TFT) applications. The films were deposited by rf magnetron sputtering at T  V‑1 s‑1 at a carrier density of 2.3  ×  1018 cm‑3 was measured from a 1 GΩ as deposited and aged film after the laser treatment. We suggest that the aging of non-processed films reduces structural defects mainly at grain boundaries by air species chemisorption, with concomitant increase in thermal conductivity so that laser processing can have an enhancing effect. Such a processing combination can act synergistically and produce suitable active layers for TFT applications with low temperature processing requirements.

  14. [Subjective visual perception after laser treatment of myopia on two types of lasers].

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    Kyprianou, G; Machácková, M; Feuermannová, A; Rozsíval, P; Langrová, H

    2010-11-01

    Comparison of subjective evaluation of patients with low and moderate myopia undergoing photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and Laser in Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) on two types of excimer lasers: Schwind Esiris and Schwind Amaris. Patients were divided into two groups according to the type of laser that was used. Group A comprised of 23 patients (14 females, 9 males) of average age 33.1 years (range 21-51 years), with an average spherical equivalent before operation of -3.5D. Using the excimer laser Esiris (Schwind, Germany), 10 patients had undergone PRK and 13 LASIK. Group B comprised of 32 patients (21 females, 11 males), of average age 31.9 years (range 22-48 years). Median spherical equivalent before operation was -3.05D. With the excimer laser Amaris (Schwind, Germany) 17 patients had undergone PRK and 15 LASIK. For the subjective evaluation we set up a questioner consisting of 21 questions that were aimed on the quality of vision under various illumination types and intensities, vision under various distances, activities and also questions concerning superficial sensitivity of the anterior segment of the eye. We detected a 100% satisfaction one year after refractive laser treatment with both laser types. Statistical improvement was evident by one month after treatment in both patient groups and upto 12 months it progressively increased. Statistically significant differences were noted one month after treatment, where patients in group B were more satisfied in questions concerning quality of vision, distance vision, while watching TV and driving during daytime and during the night. During further follow-up, results were comparable between both groups. Temporary patient satisfaction treated with laser Amaris is apparently due to the result of a more sparing treatment and thus fewer changes in the corneal stroma.

  15. Evaluating the interaction of 308-nm xenon chloride excimer laser with human dentin and enamel hard tissues

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    Mahshid Yaghmaeian-Mahabadi

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Background: The pulsed output of the 308 nm XeCl laser and its photoablation action rather than photothermal action offers the ability to remove dental hard tissues with minimal generation of heat in the tissue. Materials and Methods: A total of 20 human molar teeth (ten teeth used as enamel samples and ten teeth used as dentin samples after removing the enamel tissue from their crowns were irradiated by the laser. The crown of each sample was regarded as a cube which its lateral sides were exposed in 2Hz frequency without water cooling. Also, 18 holes for all enamel samples and 18 holes for all dentin samples were obtained. Three different amounts of energy were selected as a variable factor with 6 different numbers of pulses in each energy. The images of these holes were prepared by optic and computer combining, and the amounts of the ablation depth and effective ablation area were calculated using the MATLAB software. Results: The amounts of ablation depth were increased with increasing the number of pulses for both enamel and dentin tissues. The amounts of ablation depth were also increased with increasing the amounts of energy for both enamel and dentin tissues. The greater amounts of ablation depth and effective ablation area were observed in the dentin tissue rather than the enamel tissue. The borders of created holes were reported sharp and clear. Conclusion: The application of the XeCl laser for hard tissue removal and cavity preparation can be possible after some certain modifications.

  16. Suppressed intermixing in InAlGaAs/AlGaAs/GaAs and AlGaAs/GaAs quantum well heterostructures irradiated with a KrF excimer laser

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    Genest, J.; Dubowski, J.J.; Aimez, V. [Universite de Sherbrooke, Centre de recherche en Nanofabrication et Nanocaracteriasation (CRN2), Departement de Genie Electrique et Genie Informatique, Sherbrooke, Quebec (Canada)

    2007-11-15

    The influence of gallium arsenide surface modification induced by irradiation with a KrF excimer laser on the magnitude of the quantum well (QW) intermixing effect has been investigated in InAlGaAs/AlGaAs/GaAs QW heterostructures. The irradiation in an air environment with laser pulses of fluences between 60 and 100 mJ/cm{sup 2} has resulted in the formation of a gallium oxide-rich film at the surface. Following the annealing at 900 C, up to 35 nm suppression of the band gap blue shift was observed in all the laser irradiated samples when compared to the non-irradiated samples. The origin of suppression has been discussed in terms of stress controlled diffusion. (orig.)

  17. Controlling the parameters of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) high-temperature superconductors through excimer laser irradiation

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    Dovgii, IA.O.; Kityk, I.V.; Lutsiv, R.V.; Malinich, S.Z.; Nosan, A.V.

    1991-02-01

    Single crystals (2x3 sq mm) of YBa2Cu3O(7{minus}{delta}) high-temperature superconductors were irradiated by an XeCl laser pumped by a gas discharge with a voltage of 35 kW and a frequency of 5 Hz. The formation of the superconducting phase was observed at oxygen pressures of 4-8 kbar. With an increase in oxygen pressure to 20 kbar, the transition temperature increased to 90 K. A possible mechanism of the observed phenomenon is examined.

  18. Controlling the parameters of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) high-temperature superconductors through excimer laser irradiation

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    Dovgii, Ia. O.; Kityk, I. V.; Lutsiv, R. V.; Malinich, S. Z.; Nosan, A. V.

    1991-02-01

    Single crystals (2x3 sq mm) of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) high-temperature superconductors were irradiated by an XeCl laser pumped by a gas discharge with a voltage of 35 kW and a frequency of 5 Hz. The formation of the superconducting phase was observed at oxygen pressures of 4-8 kbar. With an increase in oxygen pressure to 20 kbar, the transition temperature increased to 90 K. A possible mechanism of the observed phenomenon is examined.

  19. The correlation between the laser energy density and the properties of diamond-like carbon films with Nd:YAG (355 nm) excimer laser

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    Jung, H S; Pang, S S; Lee, S Y

    1998-01-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films were deposited using pulsed laser ablation of graphite target. The deposition process was performed with the change of laser energy density from 8 to 17 J/cm sup 2. collected from analytical results, laser energy density is seen to play an important role in the formation of sp sup 3 carbon bondings in films. Also, the optimal deposition condition for DLC films was proposed and correlated with the laser energy density.

  20. Development and numerical solution of a mechanistic model for corneal tissue ablation with the 193 nm argon fluoride excimer laser

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    Fisher, Brian T.; Hahn, David W.

    2007-02-01

    We detail the development and implementation of a global ablation model that incorporates a dynamically changing tissue absorption coefficient. Detailed spectroscopic measurements rule out plasma-shielding effects during the laser-tissue interaction and thereby support a photochemical mechanism. The model predicts ablation rate behavior that agrees well with a variety of experimental ablation rate data and that substantially deviates from a static Beer-Lambert model. The dynamic model predicts an enhancement in the tissue absorption coefficient of about 25%-50% as compared with the initial, static value. In addition, the model predicts an increase in the tissue ablation rate as corneal hydration increases, which may provide additional insight into variations in refractive surgery outcome.

  1. Recent advancements in photorefractive holographic imaging

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    Lynn, B.; Blanche, P.-A.; Bablumian, A.; Rankin, R.; Voorakaranam, R.; St. Hilaire, P.; LaComb, L., Jr.; Yamamoto, M.; Peyghambarian, N.

    2013-02-01

    We have recently demonstrated several improvements in material properties and optical design to increase the resolution, size, brightness, and color range of updatable holograms using photorefractive materials. A compact system has been developed that is capable of producing holograms with brightness in excess of 2,500 cd/m2 using less than 20mW of CW laser power. The size of the hologram has been increased to 300mm × 150mm with a writing time of less than 8 seconds using a 50 Hz pulse laser. Optical improvements have been implemented to reduce the hogel size to less than 200 μm. We have optimized the color gamut to extend beyond the NTSC CIE color space through a combination of spatial and polarization multiplexing. Further improvements could bring applications in telemedicine, prototyping, advertising, updatable 3D maps and entertainment.

  2. Photorefractive Materials and Their Applications 3 Applications

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    Günter, Peter

    2007-01-01

    In this third volume a series of applications on photorefractive nonlinear optics and optical data storage are presented. This and the other two volumes on photorefractive effects, materials and applications have been prepared mainly for researchers in the field, but also for physics, engineering and materials science students. Several chapters contain sufficient introductory material for those not so familiar with the topic to obtain a thorough understanding of the photorefractive effect. We hope that researchers active in the field will find these books to be a very valuable reference source. The other two volumes are: Photorefractive Materials and Their Applications 1: Basic Effects Photorefractive Materials and Their Applications 2: Materials

  3. A prospective, contralateral comparison of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK versus thin-flap LASIK: assessment of visual function

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    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Bryndon B Hatch1, Majid Moshirfar1, Andrew J Ollerton1, Shameema Sikder2, Mark D Mifflin11John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA; 2Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USAPurpose: To compare differences in visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, complications, and higher-order ocular aberrations (HOAs in eyes with stable myopia undergoing either photorefractive keratectomy (PRK or thin-flap laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK (intended flap thickness of 90 µm using the VISX Star S4 CustomVue excimer laser and the IntraLase FS60 femtosecond laser at 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively.Methods: In this prospective, masked, and randomized pilot study, refractive surgery was performed contralaterally on 52 eyes: 26 with PRK and 26 with thin-flap LASIK. Primary outcome measures were uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA, corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA, contrast sensitivity, and complications.Results: At 6 months, mean values for UDVA (logMAR were -0.043 ± 0.668 and -0.061 ± 0.099 in the PRK and thin-flap LASIK groups, respectively (n = 25, P = 0.466. UDVA of 20/20 or better was achieved in 96% of eyes undergoing PRK and 92% of eyes undergoing thin-flap LASIK, whereas 20/15 vision or better was achieved in 73% of eyes undergoing PRK and 72% of eyes undergoing thin-flap LASIK (P > 0.600. Significant differences were not found between treatment groups in contrast sensitivity (P ≥ 0.156 or CDVA (P = 0.800 at postoperative 6 months. Types of complications differed between groups, notably 35% of eyes in the thin-flap LASIK group experiencing complications, including microstriae and 2 flap tears.Conclusion: Under well-controlled surgical conditions, PRK and thin-flap LASIK refractive surgeries achieve similar results in visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and induction of HOAs, with differences in experienced complications.Keywords: photorefractive keratectomy, thin-flap LASIK, visual

  4. LASER PHYSICS: Formation of XeCl excimer molecules as a result of mixing of gas streams excited by a continuous discharge

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    Mikhkel'soo, V. T.; Treshchalov, A. B.; Peét, V. É.; Yalviste, É. Kh; Belokon', A. A.; Braĭnin, B. I.; Khritov, K. M.

    1987-07-01

    A longitudinal continuous discharge in two independent supersonic gas streams, which were subsequently mixed, was used for nonequilibrium electronic excitation of components undergoing reactions and emitting chemiluminescence. Formation of XeCl excimer molecules as a result of mixing of excited He:Xe = 95:5 and He:HCl(Cl2) = 99:1 streams was deduced from the XeCl* fluorescence spectra (B→X and C→A bands). The steady-state concentration of the XeCl molecules in B and C states determined in the mixing region was ~1010 cm-3 when the pump power was 50 W, so that the efficiency of conversion of the input electrical energy into the excimer fluorescence was ~1%.

  5. Seven year follow-up after advanced surface ablation with excimer laser for treatment of myopia: Long-term outcomes of cooling PRK and LASEK

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    Hansen, Rasmus Søgaard; Lyhne, Niels; Grauslund, Jakob

    , Odense University Hospital. Inclusion criteria: Age 20-50 years at time of surgery, pre-operative CDVA ≤ 0.10 (logMAR) and no other ocular conditions than myopia with or without astigmatism of maximum 3 D. Exclusion criteria: Pregnancy and eyes having undergone re-treatment. A MEL80 flying-spot excimer......, corneal densitometry and patient satisfaction, although the long-term predictability of cPRK seemed better. Financial Disclosures: None...

  6. Photorefractive Keratectomy in Keratoconus

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    Deepali Sandeep Tambe

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To assess the efficacy and safety of topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy (PRK for keratoconus and to estimate the subsequent risk of progression. Methods: This is a retrospective follow-up study. Between 1998 and 2013, 28 eyes of 23 patients (age 17-60 with grade 1-3 keratoconus received topography-guided PRK. Corrected-distance visual acuity (CDVA, keratometry, pachymetry, and corneal topography were assessed before, after 3 months, and at a late follow-up of a median of 7 years after the procedure. Postoperative complications including subsequent keratoplasty were noted. Results: Of the 28 eyes, 5 (18% had undergone corneal transplantation at a median of 7 years (range 3-10 after PRK. Four eyes were not available for follow-up. In the remaining 19 eyes, CDVA was improved in 16 eyes (84.3%, reduced in 2 eyes (10.5%, and unchanged in 1 eye (5.2%. Thus, average CDVA had improved from 0.49 logMAR before PRK to 0.27 logMAR at 3 months, and to 0.24 at the long-term follow-up. The mean spherical equivalent was reduced from -6.2 to -3.7 dpt after 3 months and to -2.1 dpt at the late follow-up. Similarly, the mean cylinder was reduced from -4.2 to -3.0 dpt after 3 months and at the late follow-up. Conclusion: Topography-guided PRK in keratoconus may be effective for reducing myopia and astigmatism and may offer a temporary or permanent alternative to keratoplasty in contact lens-intolerant keratoconus. In the present study, we found a low risk of keratoconus progression after PRK.

  7. ArF excimer laser modulation of TNF-alpha and gelatinase B in NIH 3T3 cells; Modulation de l`expression du TNF-alpha et de la gelatinase B, apres irradiation de fibroblastes NIH 3T3 par un laser a excimeres a 193 NM

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    Naudy-Vives, C.; Courant, D.; Perot, J.C.; Garcia, J.; Fretier, P.; Court, L.; Dormont, D.

    1995-12-31

    The effects on TNF-alpha and gelatinase B activity in mammalian cells induced by 193 nm argon fluoride excimer laser have been investigated. The data show that a secretion of 92 kDa type IV collagenase and TNF-alpha were increased in cell culture supernatants. Moreover, the 193 nm laser radiation produces a decrease of cell proliferation and an increase of cell activation 8 hours after irradiation. The total protein amount increases with the delivered dose. Same, but less effects were obtained after exposure to a conventional UV lamp at 254 nm. (author). 8 refs.

  8. Future of photorefractive based holographic 3D display

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    Blanche, P.-A.; Bablumian, A.; Voorakaranam, R.; Christenson, C.; Lemieux, D.; Thomas, J.; Norwood, R. A.; Yamamoto, M.; Peyghambarian, N.

    2010-02-01

    The very first demonstration of our refreshable holographic display based on photorefractive polymer was published in Nature early 20081. Based on the unique properties of a new organic photorefractive material and the holographic stereography technique, this display addressed a gap between large static holograms printed in permanent media (photopolymers) and small real time holographic systems like the MIT holovideo. Applications range from medical imaging to refreshable maps and advertisement. Here we are presenting several technical solutions for improving the performance parameters of the initial display from an optical point of view. Full color holograms can be generated thanks to angular multiplexing, the recording time can be reduced from minutes to seconds with a pulsed laser, and full parallax hologram can be recorded in a reasonable time thanks to parallel writing. We also discuss the future of such a display and the possibility of video rate.

  9. Infrared-Sensitive Photorefractive Polymer Composite Devices

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    Peyghambarian, Nasser N

    2007-01-01

    .... We have accomplished these goals by developing highly efficient one photon sensitive photorefractive devices operating at about 1 micrometer with high diffraction efficiency, near video rate response...

  10. Interaction of spatial photorefractive solitons

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    Królikowski, W.; Denz, C.; Stepken, A.

    1998-01-01

    We present a review of our recent theoretical and experimental results on the interaction of two-dimensional solitary beams in photorefractive SBN crystals. We show that the collision of coherent solitons may result in energy exchange, fusion of the interacting solitons, the birth of a new solita...... that a soliton pair may experience both attractive and repulsive forces; depending on their mutual separation. We also show that strong attraction leads to periodic collision or helical motion of solitons depending on initial conditions.......We present a review of our recent theoretical and experimental results on the interaction of two-dimensional solitary beams in photorefractive SBN crystals. We show that the collision of coherent solitons may result in energy exchange, fusion of the interacting solitons, the birth of a new solitary...

  11. Controlled reshaping of the front surface of the cornea through its full-area ablation outside of the optical zone with a Gaussian ArF excimer laser beam

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    Semchishen, A. V.; Semchishen, V. A.

    2014-01-01

    We studied in vitro the response of the topography of the cornea to its full-area laser ablation (the laser beam spot diameter is commensurable with the size of the interface) outside of the central zone with an excimer laser having a Gaussian fluence distribution across the beam. Subject to investigation were the topographically controlled surface changes of the anterior cornea in 60 porcine eyes with a 5 ± 1.25-diopter artificially induced astigmatism, the changes being caused by laser ablation of the stromal collagen in two 3.5-mm-dia. circular areas along the weaker astigmatism axis. Experimental relationships are presented between the actual astigmatism correction and the expected correction for the intact optical zones 1, 2, 3, and 4 mm in diameter. The data for each zone were approximated by the least-squares method with the function d = a + bx. The coefficient b is given with the root-mean-square error. The statistical processing of the data yielded the following results: d = (0.14 ± 0.037)x for the 1-mm-dia. optical zone, (1.10 ± 0.036)x for the 2-mm-dia. optical zone, (1.04 ± 0.020)x for the 3-mm-dia. optical zone, and (0.55 ± 0.04)x for the 4-mm-dia. optical zone. Full astigmatism correction was achieved with ablation effected outside of the 3-mm-dia. optical zone. The surface changes of the cornea are shown to be due not only to the removal of the corneal tissue, but also to the biomechanical topographic response of the cornea to its strain caused by the formation of a dense pseudomembrane in the ablation area.

  12. Spectrum characteristic study of sodium-ethane excimer pairs

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    Hu, Shu; Gai, Baodong; Wang, Pengyuan; Li, Hui; Tan, Yannan; Liu, Jinbo; Guo, Jingwei

    2017-01-01

    Excimer pumped sodium laser (XPNaL) can accurately achieve lasing at 589.16 nm without any complicated control system to reduce the wavelength error, so XPNaL will provide a novel technical system for sodium beacon laser. In this paper, we studied the Na-C2H6 system, which was an efficient excimer pair. We excited the Na-C2H6 system using a pulsed dye laser with wavelength of 553 nm, and measured lifetime of sodium D2 line based on the fluorescence spectra. Meanwhile, we have also detected strong amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) signal in Na-C2H6 system, through the experimental study, the Na-C2H6 system is considered to own the potential to be utilized in high power XPNaL.

  13. Optical wave-mixing and photorefractivity in liquid crystals

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    Ding, Jianwu

    Optical wave-mixing has a lot of applications such as optical amplification, adaptive optics, harmonic wave generation, and multi-photon microscopy. Photorefractivity has been utilized in many important applications including high density optical data storage, image processing, spatial light modulation, phase conjugation, and optical limiting. They have been investigated, theoretically and experimentally, in this thesis, in the contexts of stimulated orientational scattering and photorefractivity in liquid crystals. Stimulated orientational scattering is a unique optical wave-mixing phenomenon that a scattered noise beam, generated by liquid crystal director oscillation, gets amplified through its interaction with the transmitted beam and director reorientation grating under an intense laser illumination. In this research work, I developed the first steady-state SOS theory without the compromise of non-pump-depletion approximation. I successfully implemented polarization conversion in the infrared wavelength regime and the experimental observations agree well with our developed theory. The control of an external AC field to the stimulated orientational scattering was also experimentally investigated. Furthermore, I investigated the dynamics of this liquid crystal director reorientational process by analyzing the Fourier spectrum of the stimulated signal. The influence of a modulating AC field to the stimulated signal was also studied. The oscillating frequency of the liquid crystal director grating agreed with theoretically calculated characteristic frequency. In addition, I have theoretically and experimentally studied the photorefractivity in liquid crystals. Based on the transport band model, the generated space charge field was developed. With the help of an externally applied DC field, the space charge field is able to induce liquid crystal director reorientation and analytical solutions have been derived for both the director reorientational angle and the

  14. Excimer Ladar Pointer Trackers

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    Grossman, Jon; Brindley, William E.

    Spaceborne optical pointing and tracking systems have historically used passive sensors. With the advent of space based laser programs ,such as submarine laser communication ( SLC SAT ) and laser atmospheric wind sounder ( LAWS ), it is now possible to conceive of laser based active pointing and tracking systems. In this paper we present some the advantages of going to an active pointer-tracker, the advantages of going to a short wavelength system, and what the performance of this system would be based on current technology.

  15. Photorefractive optics materials, properties, and applications

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    Yu, Francis T S

    1999-01-01

    The advances of photorefractive optics have demonstrated many useful and practical applications, which include the development of photorefractive optic devices for computer communication needs. To name a couple significant applications: the large capacity optical memory, which can greatly improve the accessible high-speed CD-ROM and the dynamic photorefractive gratings, which can be used for all-optic switches for high-speed fiber optic networks. This book is an important reference both for technical and non-technical staffs who are interested in this field. * Covers the recent development in materials, phenomena, and applications * Includes growth, characterization, dynamic gratings, and liquid crystal PR effect * Includes applications to photonic devices such as large capacity optical memory, 3-D interconnections, and dynamic holograms * Provides the recent overall picture of current trends in photorefractive optics * Includes optical and electronic properties of the materials as applied to dynamic photoref...

  16. Two-step two-color recording in a photorefractive praseodymium-doped La3Ga5SiO14 crystal

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    Nikolajsen, T.; Johansen, P.M.; Yue, X.

    1999-01-01

    Two-step two-color recording is demonstrated in a photorefractive La3Ga5SiO14:Pr3+ crystal using cw laser radiation. The 488 nm line from an Ar-ion laser is used for gating and gratings are written using a Ti:sapphire laser operating in the range from 788 to 840 nm. The dependence of holographic ...

  17. Development mechanism of high pressure argon plasma produced by irradiation of excimer laser. Ekishima reza ni yori seiseishita koatsuryoku arugon purazuma no seicho kiko

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    Yamada, J.; Tsuda, N.; Uchida, Y.; Furuhashi, H. (Aichi Inst. of Technology, Aichi (Japan)); Sahashi, T. (Daido Inst. of Technology, Aichi (Japan))

    1994-04-20

    The studies of a high temperature and high density laser plasma are being carried out centering around solid targets, but a high density plasma can be generated also by focused irradiation of a laser light onto a high pressure gas target. However, in this case, studies on a high pressure laser plasma using the ultra-violet beam are seldom conducted. In this paper, the generation mechanism of a plasma generated mainly behind the focal point of the lens is mentioned in case when the ultra violet laser beam is focused and irradiated onto a high pressure argon gas, and it has been compared for study with the plasma generated by a ruby laser. Part of the obtained results is as follows; it has been elucidated that the plasma generated behind the focal point by focusing and irradiating an ultra violet laser beam onto a high pressure argon gas is growing simultaneously by the radiation supported shock wave and the breakdown wave, same as the case of a visible laser beam. When the ultra violet beam with frequency higher than the plasma frequency is irradiated, a plasma grows in front of the focal point too. 6 refs., 9 figs.

  18. Customized photorefractive keratectomy for the correction of regular and irregular astigmatism after penetrating keratoplasty.

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    Ohno, Kenji

    2011-10-01

    To report visual, wavefront, and topographic outcomes in 5 post-penetrating keratoplasty patients who underwent customized aspheric topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy for high astigmatism or severe higher-order aberrations. A chart review was performed for data collection. The custom aspheric transition zone ablation algorithm (CATz) with the CX III excimer was used for all treatments. Ablations were calculated based on corneal elevation data. Phototherapeutic keratectomy was the first step of the procedure. Visual acuity, corneal higher-order wavefront aberrations (Zernike sixth order and 4-mm diameter), corneal topography, and patient satisfaction were evaluated preoperatively and at the last visit postoperatively (range, 3 months to 4.5 years). The paired t test was used for statistical comparison of higher-order aberrations, with P astigmatism after penetrating keratoplasty.

  19. Optical homogeneity, defects, and photorefractive properties of stoichiometric, congruent, and zinc-doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Sidorov, N. V.; Yanichev, A. A.; Palatnikov, M. N.; Gabain, A. A.; Pikoul, O. Yu.

    2014-07-01

    Using the laser-conoscopy method, the photorefractive light-scattering method, and the Raman light-scattering method, we have studied the structural and optical homogeneities and photorefractive properties of (i) stoichiometric lithium niobate crystals (LiNbO3(stoich)), which were grown from a melt with 58.6 mol % of Li2O; (ii) congruent crystals (LiNbO3(congr)); and (iii) congruent crystals that were doped with Zn2+ cations (LiNbO3:Zn; [Zn] = 0.03-1.59 mol %). We have shown that the speckle-structure of the photorefractive light scattering in all the crystals is three-layer. The shapes of the second and third layers repeat in general the shape of the first layer. We have shown that the differences that are observed between the Raman spectra, the photorefractive light scattering, and the conoscopic patterns of the examined crystals are caused by the fact that defects are distributed inhomogeneously over the volume of these crystals and that Zn2+ cations are incorporated inhomogeneously into the lattice. This leads to the appearance of local changes in the elastic characteristics of the crystal and to the appearance of mechanical stresses, which locally change the optical indicatrix and, correspondingly, the conoscopic pattern and the Raman spectrum.

  20. Effect of force on ablation depth for a XeCl excimer laser beam delivered by an optical fiber in contact with arterial tissue under saline

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    Gijsbers, G. H.; van den Broecke, D. G.; Sprangers, R. L.; van Gemert, M. J.

    1992-01-01

    The effect of force applied to a 430 micron single fiber, delivering 60 pulses of 308 nm XeCl laser radiation at 20 Hz, on the ablation depth in porcine aortic tissue under saline has been investigated. Energy densities of 8, 15, 25, 28, 31, 37, and 45 mJ/mm2 were used. Force was applied by adding

  1. Comparison of postoperative higher-order aberrations and contrast sensitivity: tissue-saving versus conventional photorefractive keratectomy for low to moderate myopia.

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    Hashemi, Hassan; Nazari, Rahman; Amoozadeh, Javad; Beheshtnejad, Amir Houshang; Jabbarvand, Mahmoud; Mohammadpour, Mehrdad; Hashemian, Hesam

    2010-10-01

    To assess the efficacy, predictability, safety, contrast sensitivity, higher-order aberrations (HOAs), and patient satisfaction after tissue-saving photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and conventional PRK. Department of Ophthalmology, Farabi Eye Hospital, Tehran Medical University, Tehran, Iran. Comparative case series. This prospective study evaluated eyes with low to moderate myopia that had PRK with a Technolas 217z excimer laser. Patients were randomly assigned to have surgery using a conventional algorithm (PlanoScan) or a tissue-saving algorithm (Zyoptix). Contrast sensitivity, HOAs, and patient satisfaction were analyzed preoperatively and 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. The conventional group comprised 42 eyes (21 patients) and the tissue-saving group, 62 eyes (31 patients). At 6 months, all eyes in both groups were within ±0.50 diopter of the attempted correction and had an uncorrected distance visual acuity of 20/25 or better. However, the tissue-saving group had a statistically significantly greater increase in the mean root mean square of total HOAs and more induced spherical aberration than the conventional group (P<.05). There was no significant difference between the 2 groups in mesopic or photopic contrast sensitivity. The level of satisfaction after surgery was the same in the 2 groups. Although the conventional and tissue-saving algorithms for PRK were both safe and effective in treating low to moderate myopia, tissue-saving PRK induced a greater increase in HOAs than conventional PRK; this may be because of the smaller blend zone of the tissue-saving algorithm. Contrast sensitivity and patient satisfaction were comparable between the 2 methods. Copyright © 2010 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Past and present of corneal refractive surgery: a retrospective study of long-term results after photorefractive keratectomy and a prospective study of refractive lenticule extraction

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    Vestergaard, Anders Højslet

    2014-01-01

    Surgical correction of refractive errors is becoming increasingly popular. In the 1990s, the excimer laser revolutionized the field of corneal refractive surgery with PRK and LASIK, and lately refractive lenticule extraction (ReLEx...

  3. Effects of excimer laser irradiation on the expression of Th17, Treg, TGF-beta1, and IL-6 in patients with psoriasis vulgaris

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    Xiong, Guo-Xin; Li, Xin-Zhong

    2017-11-01

    The effects of laser irradiation on the expression of T helper 17 (Th17) and regulatory T (Treg) cells and their related cytokines, transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) and interleukin-6 (IL-6), respectively, in the peripheral blood of patients with psoriasis vulgaris were investigated. 38 patients with psoriasis vulgaris in the stable state were selected as the treatment group that was treated twice a week for eight weeks. Another 38 healthy persons were chosen as the control group. Before and after treatment, the percentages of Th17 cells and Treg cells in the patients’ peripheral blood were detected using flow cytometry, the content of TGF-β1 and IL-6 in the patients’ sera were detected using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and the extent and severity of lesions were determined by weighing the psoriasis area and severity index (PASI). After laser treatment, the percentage of Th17 cells, the Th17/Treg cell ratio and the level of IL-6 in the peripheral blood of patients with psoriasis in the treatment group were significantly lower than those of the same patients before the treatment (P  psoriasis vulgaris was 84.21%, and the PASI score was significantly lower (P  psoriasis vulgaris.

  4. Novel bifunctional molecule for photorefractive materials

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    Bolink, H.J; Arts, C.; Krasnikov, V.V.; Malliaras, G.G; Hadziioannou, G

    We report on the synthesis and characterization of a novel photorefractive polymer composite that consists of a bifunctional molecule based on the charge-transport molecule N,N'-diphenyl-N,N'-bis(3-methylphenyl)-[1,1'-biphenyl]-4,4'-diamine (TPD). It is shown that the low values obtained for the

  5. Direct microscopic observation of hologram build-up in photorefractive crystals

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    Bányász, István; Mandula, Gábor

    2006-05-01

    A method, based on phase-contrast and interference microscopy, was developed for direct microscopic observation of temporal evolution of phase holograms in photorefractive crystals. Interference microscopy was adapted to the study of photorefractive holograms. First a hologram was recorded in the sample, and diffraction efficiency was monitored during hologram build-up using inactinic laser light. Thus kinetics of hologram build-up could be determined. The initial hologram was erased using white light. Then a series of write-erase cycles were performed with increasing exposure times up to an exposure corresponding to saturation of the grating. Holograms were observed by interference microscope after each exposure. The time elapsed between the exposure and the microscopic observation was negligible compared to the relaxation time of the hologram. The obtained temporal evolution of grating profile gives a deeper insight into the physical mechanism of hologram formation in photorefractive materials than diffraction efficiency measurements. Congruently grown samples of LiNbO 3: Fe, with Fe concentrations in melting of 10 -3 were studied by the above method. Sample thickness was set to 300 μm to allow correct microscopic observation. Plane-wave holograms were recorded in the samples using an Ar-ion laser at λ=514 nm of grating constants of 3.3 and 7.0 μm.

  6. Photo-electromotive-force from vibrating speckled pattern of light on photorefractive CdTe:V

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    Santos, T. O.; Launay, J. C.; Frejlich, J.

    2008-04-01

    We report the use of the photo-electromotive force (photo-emf) effect produced by a vibrating speckle pattern of light, generated by laser radiation at 1064nm, in the volume of a photorefractive vanadium doped CdTe crystal. This effect is used to measure the sample's photocondutivity and the vibration amplitude of the pattern of light. When the vibrations are much faster than the photorefractive material reponse time the photocurrent is independent of the response time. The theoretical model predicts a maximum value for the first temporal harmonic term of the photocurrent at a fixed value for the vibration amplitude-to-speckle size ratio. This prediction was experimentally confirmed and this maximum can be used to calibrate the setup in order to facilitate practical applications.

  7. Stromal wound healing explains refractive instability and haze development after photorefractive keratectomy: a 1-year confocal microscopic study.

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    Moller-Pedersen, T; Cavanagh, H D; Petroll, W M; Jester, J V

    2000-07-01

    To evaluate the mechanism(s) producing refractive instability and corneal haze development after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). Prospective, nonrandomized, comparative case series, self-controlled. Seventeen eyes of 17 patients with low- to moderate-grade myopia (-2.88 to -9.13 diopters [D]) were included. Surgical intervention was a standardized, 6-mm diameter PRK procedure using the Meditec MEL 60 excimer laser (Aesculap-Meditec, Heroldsberg, Germany). The photoablation center was evaluated before surgery and at 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after PRK using rapid, continuous z-scans of confocal images, termed confocal microscopy through focusing (CMTF). Simultaneous epithelial and stromal thickness analysis and objective assessment of corneal light backscattering were obtained from digital image analysis of the CMTF scans. Corneal reinnervation and anterior stromal keratocyte density and wound healing morphologic features were evaluated on high resolution, in vivo confocal images. Manifest refraction was measured and corneal clarity was graded by slit-lamp biomicroscopy. Epithelial thickness averaged 45+/-10 microm at 1 month, 50+/-8 microm at 3 months, and 52+/-6 microm at 12 months after PRK, as compared with 51+/-4 microm before surgery, demonstrating complete restoration of the preoperative thickness without compensatory hyperplasia. Interestingly, epithelial rethickening had no significant correlation with refractive regression. By contrast, stromal regrowth (from 1-12 months) averaged 6+/-12 microm (range, 27 microm thinning-22 microm rethickening) and correlated closely (r = 0.84, Pwound healing mechanisms. In agreement with these findings, all "hazy" corneas showed increased numbers of anterior stromal wound healing keratocytes with increased reflectivity of both nuclei and cell bodies, suggesting that cellular-based reflections, as opposed to extracellular matrix deposition, are the major origin of increased corneal light scattering after PRK. Taken

  8. Discharge-current characteristics in UV-preionized Kr/He, F2/He gas-mixtures and KrF excimer laser gas. Shigaisen yobi denri Kr/He, F2/He kongo kitai hoden oyobi KrF laser reiki hoden no denryu tokusei

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    Nakagawa, N.; Kawakami, H.; Yukimura, K. (Doshisha University, Kyoto (Japan))

    1992-08-15

    In order to study effects of Kr and F2 on discharge characteristics of KrF excimer laser gas, gap phenomena in Kr/He and F2/He gas-mixtures were observed and discharge current (I[sub d]) was measured. In the range where Kr concentration was over 10% in Kr/He gas, in which production of filamentation as well as glow discharge started, discontinuous change in I[sub d] in the second or third half cycle was observed. According to the results of experiments and model analyses, it was considered that the discontinuity of the current showed the transition point to filamentation. When F2 concentration was in the range between 0.1 and 0.3% in F2/He mixture gas, filamentation and arc with glow were observed. Sine-waveform I[sub d] ended in the first half cycle, and began to flow again after cessation or had almost constant current due to arc and others. When F2 was over 0.4%, only are discharge was observed. It was thus found that F2 has a large effect on discharge characteristics of KrF laser gas. 18 refs., 9 figs.

  9. Optical Formation of Waveguide Elements in Photorefractive Surface Layer of a Lithium Niobate Sample

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    Bezpaly, A. D.; Shandarov, V. M.

    Formation of channel optical waveguides due to the sequential point-to-point exposure of local stripe-like regions of Y-cut lithium niobate sample surface is experimentally investigated. The surface layer of the sample is thermally doped with Cu ions to increase its photorefractive sensitivity. The laser radiation with wavelength of 532 nm and optical power of 10 mW is used for the crystal exposure in experiments. The optical inhomogeneities formed during the sample exposure are studied with their probing by laser beams with wavelength of 633 nm.

  10. Photorefractive keratectomy in the cat eye: biological and optical outcomes.

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    Nagy, Lana J; MacRae, Scott; Yoon, Geunyoung; Wyble, Matthew; Wang, Jianhua; Cox, Ian; Huxlin, Krystel R

    2007-06-01

    To quantify optical and biomechanical properties of the feline cornea before and after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and assess the relative contribution of different biological factors to refractive outcome. Department of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA. Adult cats had 6.0 diopter (D) myopic or 4.0 D hyperopic PRK over 6.0 or 8.0 mm optical zones (OZ). Preoperative and postoperative wavefront aberrations were measured, as were intraocular pressure (IOP), corneal hysteresis, the corneal resistance factor, axial length, corneal thickness, and radii of curvature. Finally, postmortem immunohistochemistry for vimentin and alpha-smooth muscle actin was performed. Photorefractive keratectomy changed ocular defocus, increased higher-order aberrations, and induced myofibroblast differentiation in cats. However, the intended defocus corrections were only achieved with 8.0 mm OZs. Long-term flattening of the epithelial and stromal surfaces was noted after myopic, but not after hyperopic, PRK. The IOP was unaltered by PRK; however, corneal hysteresis and the corneal resistance factor decreased. Over the ensuing 6 months, ocular aberrations and the IOP remained stable, while central corneal thickness, corneal hysteresis, and the corneal resistance factor increased toward normal levels. Cat corneas exhibited optical, histological, and biomechanical reactions to PRK that resembled those previously described in humans, especially when the OZ size was normalized to the total corneal area. However, cats exhibited significant stromal regeneration, causing a return to preoperative corneal thickness, corneal hysteresis and the corneal resistance factor without significant regression of optical changes induced by the surgery. Thus, the principal effects of laser refractive surgery on ocular wavefront aberrations can be achieved despite clear interspecies differences in corneal biology.

  11. Contact lens fitting after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Astin, C. L.; Gartry, D S; McG Steele, A. D.

    1996-01-01

    AIMS/BACKGROUND: This study evaluated contact lens fitting and the longer term response of the photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) cornea to lens wear. In PRK for myopia problems such as regression, anterior stromal haze, irregular astigmatism, halo aberration, and anisometropia have been reported. Certain patients therefore require contact lens correction to obtain best corrected visual acuity (BCVA). METHOD: From an original cohort of 80 patients, 15 were dissatisfied with their visual outcom...

  12. Two-Photon Optical Storage in Photorefractive Polymers in the Near-Infrared Spectral Range

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    Day, Daniel; Gu, Min; Smallridge, Andrew

    We report the use of a polymer-based photorefractive material for three-dimensional bit optical data storage using near-infrared illumination. The research was conducted using photorefractive materials that were fabricated in two polymer matrices: poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) and poly(Methyl Methacrylate) (PMMA). The recording samples also consisted of the following compounds in various proportions: 2,5-dimethyl-4-(p-nitrophenylazo)anisole (DMNPAA), 2,4,7-trinitro-9-fluorenone (TNF) and N-ethylcarbazole (ECZ). Two-photon excitation was used as the recording mechanism to achieve rewritable bit data storage in a photorefractive polymer. As a result of two-photon excitation, the quadratic dependence of the excitation on the incident intensity produces an excitation volume that is confined to the focal region in both the transverse and axial directions. The use of ultrashort pulsed lasers, while effective, is not a practical solution for an optical data storage system. This research demonstrates the ability to produce three-dimensional rewritable bit data storage using continuous-wave illumination. Using this technology it has been possible to achieve a density of 88 Gbits/cm3, which in the future could be increased to 3.5 Tbits/cm3.

  13. Some aspects of optical spatial solitons in photorefractive media and ...

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    2015-10-22

    Oct 22, 2015 ... Some important properties of photorefractive spatial solitons and their applications have been reviewed in the present paper. Using band transport model, the governing principle of photorefractive nonlinearity has been addressed and nonlinear dynamical equations of spatial solitons owing to this ...

  14. Some aspects of optical spatial solitons in photorefractive media and ...

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    photorefractive optical spatial solitary waves may coalesce to form a single solitary wave ... converters [26,27]. The unique features of photorefractive nonlinearity have opened up immense possibilities for new and novel devices, such as all-optical switching ..... tion band by another signal beam with photon energy ¯hω2.

  15. Pressure and gap length dependence of gap breakdown voltage and discharge current of discharge-pumped KrF excimer laser. Hoden reiki KrF laser no zetsuen hakai den prime atsu to reiki denryu no atsuryoku, gap cho izon sei

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    Yukimura, K.; Kawakami, H. (Doshisha Univ., Tokyo (Japan)); Hitomi, K. (Kyoto Polytechnic College, Kyoto (Japan))

    1991-04-20

    On the gap destruction characteristics of UV-preionized discharge-pumped KrF excimer laser (charge transfer type) and the electric characteristics of the excited discharge, studies were made by changing the pressure (1.5-3 atm) and the discharge gap length (14-21 mm) of the discharge medium. (1) Gap breakdown voltage and the maximum current of the excited discharge give a similarity by a product of pressure and the gap length at the charge volatge. (2) Insulation breakdown of the gap occurs at the wave front of the applied voltage and the breakdown time gets delayed by the decreasing voltage applied. By setting the ionization index at constant value 20, the gap breakdown voltage is estimated at the error within 10%. (3) The relation between the maximum current, pressure and the gap length product changes the characteristics by the charge voltage of the primary condenser. With the result combined with the standardization of voltage/current of the excited discharge, the electric characteristics at the specific pressure and gap length can be readily known. 10 refs., 10 figs.

  16. Laser Materials and Laser Spectroscopy - A Satellite Meeting of IQEC '88

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    Wang, Zhijiang; Zhang, Zhiming

    1989-03-01

    * Mixing Frequency Generation of 271.0 - 291.5 nm in β - BaB2O4 * Low Temperature Absorption Steps Near Ultraviolet Intrinsic Edge in Beta Barium Metaborate * The Growth and Properties of BaTiO3 Crystals * High-order Phenomena Accompanied with Self-pumped Phase Conjugation in BaTiO * Growth and Laser Damage Estimation of Potassium Dihydrogen Phosphate Crystals for Laser Fusion * Noncritically Phase-matched KTP for Diode-pumped Lasers (400-700 nm) * Potassium Titanyl Phosphate (KTP): Properties and New Applications * A Kind of New Defect in KTP Crystal and its SHG Enhanced Effect * Nucleation and Growth of the Non-linear Optical Crystal Potassium Pentaborate Tetrahydrate * Quasi-periodic Oscillations in Photoinduced Conical Light Scattering from LiNbO3 : Fe Crystals * Laser Excited Photoreflectance of GaxIn1-xAs/InP Multiple Quantum Wells * Growth, Spectroscopic Properties and Applications of Doped LiNbO3 Crystals * Photorefractive and Photovoltaic Effect in Doped LiNbO3 * Recent Advances in Photorefractive Nonlinear Optics * Study on the Doubling-frequency and Anti-photorefractive Property of Heavily Magnesium-doped Lithium-rich Lithium Niobate Crystals * A New Technique for Increasing Two-wave Mixing Gain in Photorefractive Bi12SiO20 Crystals * Experimental Proof: There Existing Another Mechanism of Photorefractive Index in Crystal Ce-SBN * Effect of Crystal Annealing on Holographic Recording in Bismuth Silicon Oxide * Two Wave Coupling in KNbO3 Photorefractive Crystal * Photorefractive Effects in Nd-Doped Ferroelectric (KxNa1-x)0.4-(SryBa1-y)0.8 Nb2O6 Single Crystal * High Pressure Raman Spectra and the Effect of Pressure to the Ferroelastic Phase Transition in LnP5O15 * Time-delay Four-wave Mixing with Incoherent Light in Absorption Bands Treated as a Multi-level System * Pulsed Laser Induced Dislocation Structure in Lithium Fluoride Single Crystals * Laser Spectroscopy * Nonclassical Radiation from Single-atom Oscillators * Laser Spectroscopic Studies of Molecules in

  17. Clinical observation of transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy for myopia

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    Xiao-Ning Yang

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To assess the effectiveness and safety of transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy(TransPRKusing the AMARIS laser platform. METHODS: Eighty myopic cases(156 eyeswith or without astigmatism were treated by TransPRK. In all eyes, treatments were planned with Custom Ablation Manager Software and ablations performed with the SCHWIND AMARIS system. Clinical outcomes of visual acuity, manifest refraction, intraocular pressure, and corneal topography were observed and analyzed. The follow-up period was one year.RESULTS: All patients completed the 1-year follow-up. After one-year follow-up, 47 cases(92 eyes, 58.8%achieved an uncorrected distance visual acuity(UDVA≥1.0. Twenty cases(40 eyes, 25%was 0.8 and 13 cases(24 eyes, 16.3%was 0.6. Sixty-three cases(121 eyes, 78.8%were close to or above best corrected visual acuity(BCVA. Seventeen cases(34 eyes, 21.2%were slightly lower than BCVA 1 row or two. Nine cases(18 eyes, 11.3%got dry eye postoperatively. 16 cases(32 eyes, 20%complain of glare and poor night vision. CONCLUSION: The results show that TransPRK for myopia with or without astigmatism is safe and effective. The postoperative visual outcomes are stable.

  18. Improving sensitivity of photorefractive polymer composites for holographic display applications

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    Christenson, Cory W.

    This work presents recent progress in the area of organic photorefractive polymer composites. These materials have been previously shown to be a suitable medium for dynamic holographic displays, with multiple colors and single frame writing times on the order of seconds. However, these materials still require large electric fields and high intensity lasers to function effectively. Recent advancements in improving these areas are discussed, including a review of the history and state-of-the-art in photorefractive polymer composites. The addition of electron traps via low loading of the electron-transporting molecule Alq3 is shown to dramatically improve the diffraction efficiency and reduce the required field. The grating formation also proceeds faster by more than one order of magnitude, leading to an increase in sensitivity by a factor of 3. The dynamics of these materials also show evidence of competing gratings indicative of bipolar charge transport and trapping. The addition of an amorphous polycarbonate (APC) buffer layer is reported to have a similar effect on the steady-state diffraction efficiency, and the further doping with a fullerene derivative (PCBM) allows a 3x increase in the efficiency in the reflection geometry, which is normally poor due to the small grating spacing. These composites reveal the fundamental limits of the reflection geometry, based on the physics of high frequency gratings. A reversal in the direction and increase in the magnitude of the two-beam coupling energy transfer is also observed. The use of interdigitated coplanar electrodes, instead of the standard uniform electrodes in a parallel-plate geometry, is shown to result in large diffraction efficiency with symmetric writing beams due to the increased projection field. The efficiency is similar to that achieved in the standard samples with large slant angles and much better than those geometries typically used in applications, with the benefit that the writing beams do not have

  19. New Meta and Nanomaterials for Photorefractive Enhancement and Photorefractive Two-Beam Coupling

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    2010-03-12

    Centro de Investigacion de Quimica Aplicada Blvd. Enrique reyna, No. 140 Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico 25253 AFOSR FA9550-09-1-0023 12 March 2010...ADDRESS(ES) 8. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION REPORT NUMBER CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION EN QUIMICA APLICADA BLVD ENRIQUE REYNA NO 140 SALTILLO 25253...Photorefractive Two-Beam Coupling Ronald F. Ziolo Centro de Investigacion de Quimica Aplicada Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico 25253 Grant

  20. Ultraviolet photorefraction at 325 nm in doped lithium niobate crystals

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    Xin, Feifei; Zhang, Guoquan; Bo, Fang; Sun, Haifeng; Kong, Yongfa; Xu, Jingjun; Volk, Tatyana; Rubinina, Natalia M.

    2010-02-01

    We studied the photorefractive effect of lithium niobate (LiNbO3) doped with Mg, Zn, In, Hf, or codoped with Mg and Fe at an ultraviolet (UV) wavelength down to 325 nm. It is found that the UV photorefraction of LiNbO3 doped with Mg, Zn, In, or Hf was enhanced significantly as compared to that of the nominally pure LiNbO3. Our results show that the property of resistance against photorefraction in highly Mg, Zn, In, or Hf doped LiNbO3 is true only in the visible and near-infrared wavelength range. By contrast, these crystals exhibit excellent photorefractive characteristics at UV wavelength of 325 nm, even better than those at 351 nm. For example, the photorefractive two-wave coupling gain coefficient Γ and the photorefractive recording sensitivity at 325 nm were measured to be ˜38 cm-1 and 37.7 cm/J, respectively, in a LiNbO3 crystal doped with 9 mol % Zn. The photorefractive response time of a Mg:LiNbO3 with a 9 mol % Mg was measured to be 73 ms with a total recording intensity of 614 mW/cm2 at 325 nm. In highly Mg, Zn, In, or Hf doped LiNbO3 crystals, diffusion dominates over photovoltaic effect and electrons are the dominant charge carriers in UV photorefraction at 325 nm. The results are also of interest to the study on the defect structure of LiNbO3 near to the absorption edge.

  1. Spatial frequency mixing by nonlinear charge transport in photorefractive materials

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    Limeres, J.; Carrascosa, M.; Arizmendi, L.

    2002-01-01

    We present a theoretical investigation of the nonlinear phenomenon of spatial frequency mixing in photorefractive materials. In particular, we study the kinetics of the second harmonics and the sum and difference (combinational) gratings when two photorefractive gratings are recorded in the mater......-order gratings is analyzed. We found remarkable differences in the kinetics of these gratings depending on the multiplexing procedure. Our theoretical predictions are in good agreement with a number of previously reported experimental results....

  2. One-Year Results of Simultaneous Topography-Guided Photorefractive Keratectomy and Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking in Keratoconus Utilizing a Modern Ablation Software

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    A. M. Sherif

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate effectiveness of simultaneous topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy and corneal collagen cross-linking in mild and moderate keratoconus. Methods. Prospective nonrandomized interventional study including 20 eyes of 14 patients with grade 1-2 keratoconus that underwent topography-guided PRK using a Custom Ablation Transition Zone (CATz profile with 0.02% MMC application immediately followed by standard 3 mw/cm2 UVA collagen cross-linking. Maximum ablation depth did not exceed 58 μm. Follow-up period: 12 months. Results. Progressive statistically significant improvement of UCVA from 0.83±0.37 logMAR preoperative, reaching 0.25±0.26 logMAR at 12 months (P<0.001. Preoperative BCVA (0.27±0.31 logMAR showed a progressive improvement reaching 0.08±0.12 logMAR at 12 months (P=0.02. Mean Kmax reduced from 48.9±2.8 to 45.4±3.1 D at 12 months (P<0.001, mean Kmin reduced from 45.9±2.8 D to 44.1±3.2 D at 12 months (P<0.003, mean keratometric asymmetry reduced from 3.01±2.03 D to 1.25±1.2 D at 12 months (P<0.001. The safety index was 1.39 at 12 months and efficacy index 0.97 at 12 months. Conclusion. Combined topography-guided PRK and corneal collagen cross-linking are a safe and effective option in the management of mild and moderate keratoconus. Precis. To our knowledge, this is the first published study on the use of the CATz ablation system on the Nidek Quest excimer laser platform combined with conventional cross-linking in the management of mild keratoconus.

  3. Safety, Efficacy, Predictability and Stability Indices of Photorefractive Keratectomy for Correction of Myopic Astigmatism with Plano-Scan and Tissue-Saving Algorithms

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    Mehrdad Mohammadpour

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To assess the safety, efficacy and predictability of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK [Tissue-saving (TS versus Plano-scan (PS ablation algorithms] of Technolas 217z excimer laser for correction of myopic astigmatismMethods: In this retrospective study one hundred and seventy eyes of 85 patients (107 eyes (62.9% with PS and 63 eyes (37.1% with TS algorithm were included. TS algorithm was applied for those with central corneal thickness less than 500 µm or estimated residual stromal thickness less than 420 µm. Mitomycin C (MMC was applied for 120 eyes (70.6%; in case of an ablation depth more than 60 μm and/or astigmatic correction more than one diopter (D. Mean sphere, cylinder, spherical equivalent (SE refraction, uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA, best corrected visual acuity (BCVA were measured preoperatively, and 4 weeks,12 weeks and 24 weeks postoperatively.Results: One, three and six months postoperatively, 60%, 92.9%, 97.5% of eyes had UCVA of 20/20 or better, respectively. Mean preoperative and 1, 3, 6 months postoperative SE were -3.48±1.28 D (-1.00 to -8.75, -0.08±0.62D, -0.02±0.57 and -0.004± 0.29, respectively. And also, 87.6%, 94.1% and 100% were within ±1.0 D of emmetropia and 68.2, 75.3, 95% were within ±0.5 of emmetropia. The safety and efficacy indices were 0.99 and 0.99 at 12 weeks and 1.009 and 0.99 at 24 weeks, respectively. There was no clinically or statistically significant difference between the outcomes of PS or TS algorithms or between those with or without MMC in either group in terms of safety, efficacy, predictability or stability. Dividing the eyes with subjective SE≤4 D and SE≥4 D postoperatively, there was no significant difference between the predictability of the two groups. There was no intra- or postoperative complication.Conclusion: Outcomes of PRK for correction of myopic astigmatism showed great promise with both PS and TS algorithms.

  4. High power lasers in manufacturing

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    Chatwin, Chris R

    2017-01-01

    Lecture covers a brief history of lasers and the important beam parameters for manufacturing applications. It introduces the main laser types that are appropriate for manufacturing: carbon dioxide lasers, Nd YAG, Diode and fibre lasers, excimer lasers. It then looks at applications to different products and also micro-engineering

  5. Nanosecond electrical and optical pulses and self phase conjugation from photorefractive lithium niobate fibers and crystals

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    Kukhtarev, N.; Kukhtareva, T.; Curley, M.; Jaenisch, H. M.; Edwards, M. E.; Gu, M.; Zhou, Z.; Guo, R.

    2007-09-01

    We have observed nanosecond electrical and optical pulsations from photorefractive lithium-niobate optical fibers using CW green and blue low-power lasers. Fourier spectra of the pulsations have a maximum at ~900 MHz with peaks separated by ~30MHz. We consider free-space and fiber supported illumination of the fiber crystal. Strong nonlinear enhanced backscattering with phase conjugation was observed from bulk crystals and crystal fibers along the C-axis. Model of transformation of CW laser irradiation of ferroelectric crystals into periodic nanosecond electrical and optical pulsations is suggested. This model includes combinations of photorefractive, pyroelectric, piezoelectric, and photogalvanic mechanisms of the holographic grating formation and crystal electrical charging. Possible applications of these short photo-induced electrical pulses for modulation of holographic beam coupling, pulsed electrolysis, electrophoresis, focused electron beams, X-ray and neutron generation, and hand-held micro X-ray devices for localized oncology imaging and treatment based on our advanced sensor work are discussed.

  6. Corneal Regeneration After Photorefractive Keratectomy: A Review☆

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    Tomás-Juan, Javier; Murueta-Goyena Larrañaga, Ane; Hanneken, Ludger

    2014-01-01

    Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) remodels corneal stroma to compensate refractive errors. The removal of epithelium and the ablation of stroma provoke the disruption of corneal nerves and a release of several peptides from tears, epithelium, stroma and nerves. A myriad of cytokines, growth factors, and matrix metalloproteases participate in the process of corneal wound healing. Their balance will determine if reepithelization and stromal remodeling are appropriate. The final aim is to achieve corneal transparency for restoring corneal function, and a proper visual quality. Therefore, wound-healing response is critical for a successful refractive surgery. Our goal is to provide an overview into how corneal wounding develops following PRK. We will also review the influence of intraoperative application of mitomycin C, bandage contact lenses, anti-inflammatory and other drugs in preventing corneal haze and post-PRK pain. PMID:25444646

  7. Corneal Regeneration After Photorefractive Keratectomy: A Review.

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    Tomás-Juan, Javier; Murueta-Goyena Larrañaga, Ane; Hanneken, Ludger

    2015-01-01

    Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) remodels corneal stroma to compensate refractive errors. The removal of epithelium and the ablation of stroma provoke the disruption of corneal nerves and a release of several peptides from tears, epithelium, stroma and nerves. A myriad of cytokines, growth factors, and matrix metalloproteases participate in the process of corneal wound healing. Their balance will determine if reepithelization and stromal remodeling are appropriate. The final aim is to achieve corneal transparency for restoring corneal function, and a proper visual quality. Therefore, wound-healing response is critical for a successful refractive surgery. Our goal is to provide an overview into how corneal wounding develops following PRK. We will also review the influence of intraoperative application of mitomycin C, bandage contact lenses, anti-inflammatory and other drugs in preventing corneal haze and post-PRK pain. Copyright © 2014 Spanish General Council of Optometry. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  8. Changes in stereopsis after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Jabbarvand, Mahmoud; Hashemian, Hesam; Khodaparast, Mehdi; Anvari, Pasha

    2016-06-01

    To evaluate the effects of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) on the stereopsis of myopic and hyperopic patients. Farabi Eye Hospital, Tehran, Iran. Prospective case series. This study included patients having PRK to achieve emmetropia. The patients were divided into the following 3 groups: low myopia (-6.0 D), and hyperopia (<+4.0 D). Near stereoacuity was measured using the Randot test under photopic conditions (with corrective glasses) at 40 cm preoperatively (with corrective glasses) and 1, 3, and 12 months postoperatively. Repeated-measure analysis of variance was used to assess changes in stereopsis over time in the 3 groups. Each group comprised 60 patients. The mean preoperative stereoacuity was 121.16 seconds of arc (arcsec) ± 149.92 (SD), improving to 83.66 ± 75.84 arcsec 1 month postoperatively and 80.66 ± 64.31 arcsec at 3 months (both P < .001). It remained unchanged (83.33 ± 75.01 arcsec) at 12 months (P = .610). Patients with high myopia had the greatest improvement in stereopsis after PRK compared with low myopic and hyperopic patients (P < .001). The improvement in stereoacuity was significantly higher in the severe anisometropic group; the lowest improvement was in the group without anisometropia. Photorefractive keratectomy could result in an improvement in stereopsis. Patients with high myopia benefitted most from PRK in terms of improvement in stereopsis. None of the authors has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2016 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Optical reconstruction of non-diffracting beams via photorefractive holography

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    Vieira, Tárcio A.; Yepes, Indira S. V.; Suarez, Rafael A. B.; Gesualdi, Marcos R. R.; Zamboni-Rached, Michel

    2017-04-01

    This work presents the optical reconstruction of non-diffracting beams via photorefractive holography. Optical generation of non-diffracting beams using conventional optical components is difficult and, in some circumstances, unfeasible, as it is the case of wave fields given by superposition of non-diffracting beams, which have been successfully generated through computer-generated holograms reproduced in spatial light modulators. With the photorefractive holography technique, the hologram of a non-diffracting beam is optically constructed (recorded) and reconstructed (read) in a nonlinear photorefractive medium. The experimental realizations of non-diffracting beams (Bessel, Mathieus and Parabolic), the Bessel beam arrays and superposition of co-propagating Bessel beams (Frozen waves) are made in a photorefractive holography setup using a photorefractive Bi12SiO20 (BSO) crystal as the holographic recording medium. The results are in agreement with the theoretical predictions and are presenting excellent prospects for the implementation of this technique in dynamical systems with applications in optics and photonics.

  10. Selective irradiation of radicals for biomedical treatment using vacuum ultraviolet light from an excimer lamp

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    Ono, Ryo; Tokumitsu, Yusuke; Zen, Shungo; Yonemori, Seiya

    2014-10-01

    In plasma medicine, radicals are considered to play important roles. However, the medical effect of each radical, such as OH and O, is unknown. To examine the effect of each radical, selective production of radicals is needed. We developed selective production of radicals for biomedical treatment using a vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) light emitted from an excimer lamp. Selective irradiation of OH radicals can be achieved by irradiating the 172-nm VUV light from a Xe2 excimer lamp to a humid helium flow in a quartz tube. The water molecules are strongly photodissociated by the VUV light to produce OH radicals. A photochemical simulation for the selective OH production is developed to calculate the OH density. The calculated OH density is compared with OH density measured using laser-induced fluorescence (LIF). Selective production of other radicals than OH is also discussed.

  11. Long-term results of photorefractive keratectomy for myopia and myopic astigmatism Resultados a longo prazo de ceratectomia fotorefrativa para miopia e astigmatismo miópico

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    Ester Sakae Yamazaki

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To assess the long-term refractive outcomes of photorefractive keratectomy in myopia and myopic astigmatism. METHODS: A retrospective study of 120 photorefractive keratectomy operated eyes with at least four-year follow-up (maximum of 96 months, mean follow-up 55 months. We divided patients into group 1 (G1 spherical equivalent (SE up to -4.00 diopters (D and group 2 (G2 SE >-4.00 D. The Summit Apex Plus® excimer laser was used for ablation. All eyes were analyzed in terms of uncorrected and best spectacle corrected visual acuity (UCVA/BSCVA and cycloplegic refraction. Data were analyzed using the Refractive Surgery Consultant Elite database software. RESULTS: G1 with 85 eyes (49 patients presented mean SE -2.42 D and G2 with 35 eyes (22 patients and mean SE of -4.45 D. Ninety-four percent of eyes in G1 and 82.9% of G2 were within ±1.00 D of emmetropia at 4 years. The UCVA was 20/30 or better in 82.0% of G1 eyes and 77.0% of G2 in the last postoperative follow-up. No patient lost more than one line in G2 compared to 13.0% in G1. Eyes that gained one or more lines after 4-year follow-up were 11.9% G1 and 2.9% in G2, respectively. A statistically significant positive correlation was found between achieved versus attempted refractive correction in both groups (r=0.925, pOBJETIVO: Relatar os resultados a longo prazo da cirurgia de ceratectomia fotorefrativa em miopia e astigmatismo miópico. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo de120 olhos operados de ceratectomia fotorefrativa com um mínimo intervalo de 4 anos de seguimento pós-operatório (máximo de 96 meses e seguimento médio de 55 meses. Dividimos em grupo 1 (G1 com equivalente esférico (SE até -4.00 dioptrias (D e grupo 2(G2 SE > -4.00 D. O excimer laser Summit Apex Plus® foi usado na ablação. Foram obtidas acuidade visual não corrigida (UCVA e melhor acuidade visual corrigida (BSCVA e refração sob cicloplegia. Os dados foram analisados utilizando o programa Refractive Surgery

  12. Microwave signal processing with photorefractive dynamic holography

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    Fotheringham, Edeline B.

    Have you ever found yourself listening to the music playing from the closest stereo rather than to the bromidic (uninspiring) person speaking to you? Your ears receive information from two sources but your brain listens to only one. What if your cell phone could distinguish among signals sharing the same bandwidth too? There would be no "full" channels to stop you from placing or receiving a call. This thesis presents a nonlinear optical circuit capable of distinguishing uncorrelated signals that have overlapping temporal bandwidths. This so called autotuning filter is the size of a U.S. quarter dollar and requires less than 3 mW of optical power to operate. It is basically an oscillator in which the losses are compensated with dynamic holographic gain. The combination of two photorefractive crystals in the resonator governs the filter's winner-take-all dynamics through signal-competition for gain. This physical circuit extracts what is mathematically referred to as the largest principal component of its spatio-temporal input space. The circuit's practicality is demonstrated by its incorporation in an RF-photonic system. An unknown mixture of unknown microwave signals, received by an antenna array, constitutes the input to the system. The output electronically returns one of the original microwave signals. The front-end of the system down converts the 10 GHz microwave signals and amplifies them before the signals phase modulate optical beams. The optical carrier is suppressed from these beams so that it may not be considered as a signal itself to the autotuning filter. The suppression is achieved with two-beam coupling in a single photorefractive crystal. The filter extracts the more intense of the signals present on the carrier-suppressed input beams. The detection of the extracted signal restores the microwave signal to an electronic form. The system, without the receiving antenna array, is packaged in a 13 x 18 x 6″ briefcase. Its power consumption equals that

  13. Photorefractive keratectomy for correction of myopia: Our one-year experience

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    Resan Mirko

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK, after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK, is commonly performed refractive surgical method worldwide. The aim of this study was to examine the effectiveness and safety of PRK in correction of various strengths of myopia and to assess how much corneal tissue is being removed with one diopter sphere (Dsph correction by using different optical zones (OZ. Methods. A prospective study with a follow-up period of 6 months included 55 patients of which 100 myopic eyes were treated by PRK method (one eye was included in 10 patients. Myopic eyes with a preoperative best corrected visual acuity (BCVA = 1.0 (20/20 were analysed. In order to assess the effectiveness of PRK operated myopic eyes were divided into four groups according to the dioptric power: 1≤ -1.75 Dsph (n = 26; 2 from -2 to -3.75 Dsph (n = 44; 3 from -4 to -6.75 Dsph (n = 23, and 4 ≥ -7 Dsph (n = 7. Myopic eyes with preoperative BCVA ≤ 0.9 (amblyopic eyes were excluded from the study, as well as eyes with astigmatism > -1.5 Dcyl. To assess the effectiveness of PRK we examined the percentage of eyes in the mentioned groups, which derived uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA 6 months after the intervention to the following: a UCVA = 1.0 (20/20 and b UCVA ≥ 0.5 (20/40. To assess the safety of PRK we examined the frequency of intraoperative and postoperative complications. To estimate how much corneal tissue was removed with one Dsph correction by using different OZ, we used preoperative and postoperative (after 6 months central pachymetry values expressed in μm and volume of cornea (central 7 mm expressed in mm³. In that sense, we used only the myopic eyes with clear preoperative spherical refraction. The total number of these eyes was 27, of which 16 eyes were treated using a 6.5 mm OZ and 11 eyes using a 7 mm OZ. Results. Refractive spherical equivalent (RSE for all eyes was in the range from -0.75 to -8.75 Dsph, and preoperative mean

  14. IOLMaster versus Manual Keratometry after Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    Hasan Razmju

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To compare keratometric measurements using a Javal type manual keratometer with IOLMaster in eyes undergoing photorefractive keratectomy (PRK for myopia. Methods: In this comparative case series, we studied patients aged 21 to 27 years scheduled for myopic PRK. Keratometry was performed preoperatively and three months after the procedure using a Javal type manual keratometer and the IOLMaster. We compared postoperative measurements obtained by both instruments with the clinical history method (CHM. Results: Seventy eyes of 35 patients with mean age of 23.45±1.55 years were studied. Mean preoperative spherical equivalent was -4.53±1.3 D. Average preoperative IOLMaster and manual keratometric readings were 45.95±1.23 D and 46.32±1.18 D, respectively. Postoperatively, mean IOLMaster measurements was 38.03±0.68 D and that of manual keratometry was 43.15±1.1 D. Compared to CHM measurements, the 95% limits of agreement were ‑5.95 to -0.85 for the IOLMaster and -1.44 to 4.04 for manual keratometry. Conclusion: Keratometric measurements with the IOLMaster and a Javal type manual device are comparable after PRK; both are largely deviant from the CHM and can yield misleading results.

  15. Volume holographic storage in photorefractives: material peculiarities and memory performances

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    Tao, Shiquan

    1998-08-01

    In this paper we review the currently achievable performances of holographic memories stored in photorefractive crystals. We discuss the dependence of the memory performances on the material peculiarities in three major aspects: storage capacity, data transfer rate,and image fidelity. In the recent years the research at Beijing Polytechnic University on the photorefractive holographic storage has been focused to the optimization of the storage capacity and diffraction efficiency, as well as the influence of noises on the fidelity of reconstructed images. Our research shows again that the realization of volume holographic storage technology requests materials with perfect properties.

  16. Optical image processing by using a photorefractive spatial soliton waveguide

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    Liang, Bao-Lai, E-mail: liangbaolai@gmail.com [College of Physics Science & Technology, Hebei University, Baoding 071002 (China); Wang, Ying; Zhang, Su-Heng; Guo, Qing-Lin; Wang, Shu-Fang; Fu, Guang-Sheng [College of Physics Science & Technology, Hebei University, Baoding 071002 (China); Simmonds, Paul J. [Department of Physics and Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725 (United States); Wang, Zhao-Qi [Institute of Modern Optics, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China)

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    By combining the photorefractive spatial soliton waveguide of a Ce:SBN crystal with a coherent 4-f system we are able to manipulate the spatial frequencies of an input optical image to perform edge-enhancement and direct component enhancement operations. Theoretical analysis of this optical image processor is presented to interpret the experimental observations. This work provides an approach for optical image processing by using photorefractive spatial solitons. - Highlights: • A coherent 4-f system with the spatial soliton waveguide as spatial frequency filter. • Manipulate the spatial frequencies of an input optical image. • Achieve edge-enhancement and direct component enhancement operations of an optical image.

  17. Single-frequency operation of a broad-area laser diode by injection locking of a complex spatial mode via a double phase conjugate mirror

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    van Voorst, P.D.; Offerhaus, Herman L.; Boller, Klaus J.

    2006-01-01

    We demonstrate what is believed to be the first phase-coherent locking of a high-power broad-area diode to a single-frequency master laser. We use photorefractive double phase conjugation to lock the diode in a selfoptimized complex spatial mode while the photorefractive crystal diffracts that

  18. Photovoltaic effect in Bi{sub 2}TeO{sub 5} photorefractive crystal

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    Oliveira, Ivan de, E-mail: ivan@ft.unicamp.brg; Capovilla, Danilo Augusto [GOMNI-Faculdade de Tecnologia/UNICAMP, Limeira (Brazil); Carvalho, Jesiel F.; Montenegro, Renata; Fabris, Zanine V. [Instituto de Física/Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia (Brazil); Frejlich, Jaime [Instituto de Física “Gleb Wataghin”/UNICAMP, Campinas (Brazil)

    2015-10-12

    We report on the presence of a strong photovoltaic effect on nominally undoped photorefractive Bi{sub 2}TeO{sub 5} crystals and estimated their Glass photovoltaic constant and photovoltaic field for λ = 532 nm illumination. We directly measured the photovoltaic-based photocurrent in this material under λ = 532 nm wavelength laser light illumination and compared its behavior with that of a well known photovoltaic Fe-doped Lithium Niobate crystal. We also show the photovoltaic current to strongly depend on the polarization direction of light. Holographic diffraction efficiency oscillation during recording and the behavior of fringe-locked running holograms in self-stabilized experiments are also demonstrated here as additional indirect proofs of the photovoltaic nature of this material.

  19. Holographic gratings in photorefractive polymers without external electric field

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    Kukhtarev, N.; Lyuksyutov, S.; Buchhave, Preben

    1997-01-01

    Using anomalous large diffusion we report a recording of reflection type gratings in a PVK-based photorefractive polymer without any external electric field. The diffraction efficiency of the gratings was measured to be 7%. An efficient modulation of beams during two-beam coupling up to 12...

  20. Optoelectronic correlation processors with photorefractive crystals for the storage elements

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    Lipinskii A. Y.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents review of optical and acousto-optic correlation processors that contain photorefractive crystals. Optical correlators are the efficient devices for the image recognition due to the parallel way high operation rate processing of significant data amount. The shift-invariant holographic joint-transform correlators, dynamic holographic correlator, acousto-optic correlation processors with memory were considered.

  1. Describing the Corneal Shape after Wavefront-Optimized Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    de Jong, Tim; Wijdh, Robert H. J.; Koopmans, Steven A.; Jansonius, Nomdo M.

    2014-01-01

    PURPOSE: To develop a procedure for describing wavefront-optimized photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) corneas and to characterize PRK-induced changes in shape. METHODS: We analyzed preoperative and postoperative corneal elevation data of 41 eyes of 41 patients (mean [±SD] age, 38 [±11] years) who

  2. Multiple-pattern stability in a photorefractive feedback system

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    Schwab, M.; Denz, C.; Saffman, M.

    1999-01-01

    We report on the observation of a multiple-pattern stability region in a photorefractive single-feedback system. Whereas hexagonal patterns are predominant for feedback with positive diffraction length we show that a variety of stable non-hexagonal patterns are generated for certain negative...

  3. Photoconductivity and Charge-Carrier Photogeneration in Photorefractive Polymers

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    Däubler, Thomas K.; Kulikovsky, Lazar; Neher, Dieter; Cimrová, Vera; Hummelen, J.C.; Mecher, Erwin; Bittner, Reinhard; Meerholz, Klaus; Lawson, M.; Meerholz, Klaus

    2002-01-01

    We have studied photogeneration, transport, trapping and recombination as the governing mechanisms for the saturation field strength and the time response of the photorefractive (PR) effect in PVK-based PR materials, utilizing xerographic discharge and photoconductivity experiments. Both the charge

  4. Photorefractive dynamic holography using self-pumped phase ...

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    conjugate beam of the object beam itself as the other writing beam is proposed. Our detailed theoretical analysis shows ..... Since, in photorefractive holography both writing and reading holograms are done simultaneously in real-time, the light will ... So, it becomes essential to improve the space-charge field using low ...

  5. Observation of non-degenerate photorefractive parametric amplification

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    Pedersen, H.C.; Johansen, P.M.

    1996-01-01

    We report on the first experimental observation of so-called nondegenerate photorefractive parametric amplification. We show that due to this effect it is possible for a weakly modulated photoinduced grating to be parametrically amplified via nonlinear interaction with a strongly modulated...

  6. Linearity and Non-linearity of Photorefractive effect in Materials ...

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    In this paper we have studied the Linearity and Non-linearity of Photorefractive effect in materials using the band transport model. For low light beam intensities the change in the refractive index is proportional to the electric field for linear optics while for non- linear optics the change in refractive index is directly proportional ...

  7. Photorefractive dynamic holography using self-pumped phase ...

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    2015-11-27

    Home; Journals; Pramana – Journal of Physics; Volume 66; Issue 3. Photorefractive dynamic holography using self-pumped phase ... Proceedings of the International Workshop/Conference on Computational Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science (IWCCMP-2015). Posted on November 27, 2015. Guest Editors: ...

  8. Influence of patient race on the outcome of photorefractive keratectomy for myopia correction Influência racial sobre os resultados da ceratectomia fotorrefrativa para a correção da miopia

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    Fernando Betty Cresta

    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To examine the effect of patient race on clinical outcomes following excimer laser surgery for myopia and myopic astigmatism. Methods: A total of 116 eyes from Caucasian patients, 16 eyes from Asian patients and 16 eyes from Hispanic patients who underwent PRK were evaluated retrospectively. PRK procedures were performed by the same surgeon using a 193 nm argon- fluoride excimer laser (VISX with 160 mJ/cm² fluence and a 6.5 Hz repetition rate at the Doheny Eye Institute. During 6 months of follow-up, changes in the uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA, refraction and spectacle-corrected visual acuity (SCVA were evaluated. Pairwise comparisons between races were performed for age, sphere and cylinder using independent sample t tests, while UCVA and SCVA were compared using Fisher's exact tests. The accepted level of significance for all tests was alpha = 0.05/3 = 0.0167. Results: The only differences found were between the Asian versus Caucasian groups related to the spectacle-corrected visual acuity of 20/15 (p=0.01 and in the Asian versus Hispanic groups related to the mean cylinder (p=0.04 at 3 months postoperatively. The comparison of the mean cylinder showed a statistically significant difference between the Asian versus Hispanic groups at 6 months postoperatively (p=0.04. After 6 months, 72.7% of the eyes in the Asian group, 85.7% of the eyes in the Hispanic group and 87.1% of the eyes in the Caucasian group had uncorrected visual acuity of 20/40 or better and the mean sphere and cylinder (±SD were: --0.55 (± 0.88 and 0.97 (± 0.79; --0.75 (± 1.24 and 0.40 (± 0.45; --1.21 (± 2.55 and 0.75 (± 0.89, respectively. Conclusion: In this study, there were no statistically significant differences between the three race groups related to the final visual outcome following photorefractive keratectomy. These preliminary results suggest that the clinical outcomes of PRK are not significantly affected by patient race. Larger populations and

  9. EVALUATION OF SKIN-CANCER RISK RESULTING FROM LONG-TERM OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO RADIATION FROM ULTRAVIOLET-LASERS IN THE RANGE FROM 190 TO 400 NM

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    Sterenborg, H. J.; de Gruijl, F. R.; Kelfkens, G.; van der Leun, J. C.

    1991-01-01

    The relative risk of occupational exposure to radiation from UV lasers was estimated using a mathematical model based on both epidemiological data and animal experiments. Calculations were performed for the 193 nm ArF excimer laser cornea shaping, the 308 nm XeCl excimer laser for coronary

  10. Testing relativity again, laser, laser, laser, laser

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    Einstein, A.

    2015-01-01

    laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser, laser,

  11. Refraction Measurements Of Excimer Area Ablated Animal Corneas Using A Modified Autorefractor

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    Clapham, Terrance N.; Herekar, Satish; Koons, Stephen

    1988-06-01

    Developing refractive surgery techniques usually requires pre-clinical trials with animals before human clinicals are performed. In order to assess the results of the surgery, an accurate and repeatable measurement of the resultant refraction must be made. Normal techniques such as retinoscopy, subjective examinations, and conventional autorefractions all run into problems when animals are involved. The authors have modified a conventional autorefractor and have made measurements on rabbits and monkeys both before and after refractive surgery treatments with an excimer laser. The results showed refractive changes with degrees of myopic correction.

  12. Photorefractive grating formation in piezoelectric La3Ga5SiO14:Pr3+ crystals

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    Dam-Hansen, C.; Johansen, P.M.; Fridkin, V.M.

    1996-01-01

    Photorefractive grating formation and erasure in piezoelectric crystals of La3Ga5SiO14:Pr3+ are presented. The specific photoconductivity and the photorefractive sensitivity are determined. The polarization dependence of the grating formation due to the bulk photovoltaic effect is shown and compa......Photorefractive grating formation and erasure in piezoelectric crystals of La3Ga5SiO14:Pr3+ are presented. The specific photoconductivity and the photorefractive sensitivity are determined. The polarization dependence of the grating formation due to the bulk photovoltaic effect is shown...

  13. Use of loteprednol for routine prophylaxis after photorefractive keratectomy

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    Moshirfar M

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Mark D Mifflin1, Lisa L Leishman1, Steven M Christiansen1, Shameema Sikder2, Maylon Hsu1, Majid Moshirfar11Department of Ophthalmology, John A Moran Eye Center, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, 2Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USABackground: The purpose of this work is to report our experience using loteprednol 0.5% for routine prophylaxis after photorefractive keratectomy in an academic refractive surgery center.Materials and methods: Photorefractive keratectomy was performed on 579 eyes from 316 patients in this retrospective chart review of patients treated postoperatively with either fluorometholone 0.1% (273 eyes or loteprednol 0.5% (306 eyes. Primary outcome measures at 6 months included uncorrected distance visual acuity, corrected distance visual acuity, and manifest refraction spherical equivalent. Secondary outcome measures were incidence of corneal haze and increased intraocular pressure.Results: There were no statistically significant differences in preoperative characteristics between the two groups when comparing age, sex, best-corrected visual acuity, spherical equivalent, or keratometry. Both groups achieved excellent visual outcomes, with a mean uncorrected distance visual acuity (logMAR of 0.004 ± 1.4 in the fluorometholone group and –0.028 ± 1.1 in the loteprednol group (P = 0.013 at 6 months. Postoperative corneal haze and increased intraocular pressure were uncommon and not statistically different between the groups.Conclusion: Loteprednol 0.5% performed similarly to fluorometholone 0.1% when used for prophylaxis following photorefractive keratectomy. The incidence of haze and increased intraocular pressure were similar between the two groups.Keywords: loteprednol, fluorometholone, photorefractive keratectomy

  14. Updateable 3D Display Using Large Area Photorefractive Polymer Devices

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    2013-04-01

    holograms requires 2 key elements: large photorefractive devices, and the ability to print the entire surface, which is enabled by the optical setup...recording. Holographic setup The second part of the creating large hologram is to develop an optical printer setup capable of recording such...0009 Page 33 Figure 37: Picture of the setup where the optics are mounted on a translation stage. Examples of hologram recorded with the pulsed

  15. Use of loteprednol for routine prophylaxis after photorefractive keratectomy

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    Mifflin, Mark D; Leishman, Lisa L; Christiansen, Steven M; Sikder, Shameema; Hsu, Maylon; Moshirfar, Majid

    2012-01-01

    Background The purpose of this work is to report our experience using loteprednol 0.5% for routine prophylaxis after photorefractive keratectomy in an academic refractive surgery center. Materials and methods Photorefractive keratectomy was performed on 579 eyes from 316 patients in this retrospective chart review of patients treated postoperatively with either fluorometholone 0.1% (273 eyes) or loteprednol 0.5% (306 eyes). Primary outcome measures at 6 months included uncorrected distance visual acuity, corrected distance visual acuity, and manifest refraction spherical equivalent. Secondary outcome measures were incidence of corneal haze and increased intraocular pressure. Results There were no statistically significant differences in preoperative characteristics between the two groups when comparing age, sex, best-corrected visual acuity, spherical equivalent, or keratometry. Both groups achieved excellent visual outcomes, with a mean uncorrected distance visual acuity (logMAR) of 0.004 ± 1.4 in the fluorometholone group and −0.028 ± 1.1 in the loteprednol group (P = 0.013) at 6 months. Postoperative corneal haze and increased intraocular pressure were uncommon and not statistically different between the groups. Conclusion Loteprednol 0.5% performed similarly to fluorometholone 0.1% when used for prophylaxis following photorefractive keratectomy. The incidence of haze and increased intraocular pressure were similar between the two groups. PMID:22570546

  16. Laser in ophthalmology. Laser i oftalmologien

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    Syrdalen, P. (Rikshospitalet, Oslo (Norway))

    1991-09-01

    The article presents a brief history of the use of laser in ophthalmology in Norway, from the introduction of the first argon-photocoalulator in 1972 to the excimer laser in 1990. The argon-photocoagulator is in daily us in all Eye Departments in Norway and the main group of patients treated are those with diabetic retionopathy. Glaucoma has been treated with argon-laser with good results for the last ten years. YAG-laser, introduced in Norway in 1985, is used to treat secondary cataracts which occur after extracapsular cataract extractions and implantation of artificial lenses. In 1990, the excimer laser was introduced for refractive surgery (myopia, astigmatism). 4 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  17. Simultaneous coherent imaging and strain measurement using coupled photorefractive holography and shearography.

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    Rosso, Vanessa; Béland, Rémy; Renotte, Yvon; Habraken, Serge; Lion, Yves; Charette, Paul

    2008-04-15

    By coupling photorefractive holography with speckle shearography, it is possible to simultaneously perform both coherent imaging and strain measurement. Use of the photorefractive effect, which is insensitive to incoherently scattered light, is a significant advantage in coherent imaging as described. Experimental results obtained from a centrally loaded steel plate are presented.

  18. Laser adaptive holographic hydrophone

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    Romashko, R V; Kulchin, Yu N; Bezruk, M N; Ermolaev, S A [Institute of Automation and Control Processes, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok (Russian Federation)

    2016-03-31

    A new type of a laser hydrophone based on dynamic holograms, formed in a photorefractive crystal, is proposed and studied. It is shown that the use of dynamic holograms makes it unnecessary to use complex optical schemes and systems for electronic stabilisation of the interferometer operating point. This essentially simplifies the scheme of the laser hydrophone preserving its high sensitivity, which offers the possibility to use it under a strong variation of the environment parameters. The laser adaptive holographic hydrophone implemented at present possesses the sensitivity at a level of 3.3 mV Pa{sup -1} in the frequency range from 1 to 30 kHz. (laser hydrophones)

  19. Influence of magnetic field on terahertz wave generation in photorefractive periodically poled lithium niobate crystal.

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    Li, Gaofang; Li, Dong; Ma, Guohong; Liu, Weimin; Tang, Sing Hai

    2011-03-10

    By employing femtosecond pump-probe configuration, we successfully realized narrowband terahertz wave generation and detection in both photorefractive periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) and periodically poled Mg:LiNb(3) (PP-Mg:LN) crystal. Using an applied magnetic field, we achieved modulation of the terahertz wave in a photorefractive PPLN crystal. The terahertz wave depends strongly on the magnitude of the applied magnetic field in the photorefractive PPLN crystal. Terahertz wave independence of the magnetic field in PP-Mg:LN crystal was also identified. The interaction of the magnetic field and photorefractive PPLN crystal is believed to occur due to the Lorentz force, which results in the buildup of a space-charge field in a photorefractive PPLN crystal.

  20. Photorefractive lithium niobate crystals for applications in photonics; Photorefraktive Lithiumniobatkristalle fuer Anwendungen in der Photonik

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    Hartwig, U.

    2006-12-15

    Lithium niobate crystals (LiNbO{sub 3}) generally show a photorefractive response, i.e., light-induced refractive index changes. Crystals are investigated at room temperature and at elevated temperatures. As a result 'classical' photorefractive holographic volume-phase gratings, originating from space charge fields and the electro-optic effect, and 'non-classical' photorefractive volume-phase gratings, which can be traced back to strong absorption gratings, emerge. Single domain and periodically poled crystals (PPLN) are investigated. PPLN is typically used in non-linear optics for frequency conversion. The crystals also show non-linear photorefractive response during holographic recording with isotropically polarized light beams of equal intensity and, in the case of PPLN, by mixing of domain and holographic gratings. The results are important for applications combining the photorefractive and non-linear optical properties of LiNbO{sub 3}. (orig.)

  1. Surface plasmon polariton boosted photorefractive scattering in indium tin oxide coated Fe-doped lithium niobate slabs

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    Wang, Hao; Zhao, Hua; Li, Liang; Xu, Chao; Zhang, Jingwen

    2015-03-01

    To study the impact of surface plasmon polaritons on photorefractive effect, indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films were deposited onto Fe-doped lithium niobate (Fe: LiNbO3, LN) slabs. Striking scattering near surface normal (SNSN) of the slabs was observed, increasing with the incident angle of laser beam. The SNSN was so strong that it depleted the transmitted beam. Based on a tentative physical picture of photovoltaic (PV) effect induced electrostatic modification, the electron density of skin layer of ITO film was raised to such a level that surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) were excited in LN/ITO interface via phase grating mediation. Consequently, the localized intensified electromagnetic fields exerted on the LN slabs and resulted in the SNSN. The impact of the SPPs and SNSN on the photorefractive effect can be seen from over 2.5 times SNSN enhancement in power and as high as 6.0 times boosting of the ratio of the SNSN power to the remaining transmitted one.

  2. Deposition and characterization of ITO films produced by laser ablation at 355 nm

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    Holmelund, E.; Thestrup Nielsen, Birgitte; Schou, Jørgen

    2002-01-01

    and at high substrate temperatures, the specific resistivity of the films, 2–3×10-4 Ω cm, is comparable to values obtained with excimer lasers, whereas the resistivities obtained at room temperature are somewhat higher than those of films produced by excimer lasers. The transmission coefficient of visible...... light, about 0.9, is also comparable to values for films deposited by excimer lasers. The crystalline structure of films produced at 355 nm is similar to that of samples produced by these lasers.......Indium tin oxide (ITO) films have been deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at 355 nm. Even though the absorption of laser light at the wavelength 355 nm is much smaller than that of the standard excimer lasers for PLD at 248 nm and 193 nm, high-quality films can be produced. At high fluence...

  3. The use of WaveLight® Contoura to create a uniform cornea: the LYRA Protocol. Part 2: the consequences of treating astigmatism on an incorrect axis via excimer laser

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    Motwani M

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Manoj Motwani Motwani LASIK Institute, San Diego, CA, USA Purpose: To show how an incorrect manifest astigmatism axis can cause an abnormal induced astigmatism on a new axis. Patients and methods: Four eyes of three patients were treated primarily with WaveLight® EX500 wavefront optimized (WFO treatments for astigmatism. All four eyes needed enhancements and were analyzed retrospectively via WaveLight® Contoura to determine the reason for the incorrect astigmatism treatment. Two of the eyes were retreated with topographic-guided ablation, and two were treated with WFO correction. Results: The eyes that had an incorrect manifest axis resulted in a new abnormal induced astigmatism on a wholly new axis. Treatment with topographic-guided ablation completely eliminated the newly induced astigmatism. Treatment with WFO of an abnormal induced astigmatism corrected the refraction but still left topographic evidence of the abnormal astigmatism behind. One eye was incorrectly treated for astigmatism due to coma affecting refraction when the patient was dilated. This eye had a normal induced astigmatism on a perpendicular axis and was corrected using WFO. The use of manifest refraction with WaveLight® Contoura topographic-guided ablation will lead to incorrect astigmatism correction when the manifest astigmatism and axis differ from the WaveLight® Contoura measured. Conclusion: Correction of an incorrect manifest refraction astigmatic axis does not simply create undercorrection of the astigmatism but induces an entirely new abnormal astigmatism on a different axis. Manifest refraction is less accurate and can lead to abnormal astigmatism when laser ablation is performed. Keywords: WaveLight Contoura, astigmatism treatment, asymmetric astigmatism, topographic guide ablation, higher order aberrations, Contoura with LYRA Protocol, LASIK, PRK

  4. Segurança da ceratectomia fotorrefrativa com mitomicina-C para o tratamento de hipermetropia após ceratotomia radial Safety of photorefractive keratectomy with mitomycin-C for the treatment of hyperopia after radial keratotomy

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    Ramon Coral Ghanem

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a segurança da ceratectomia fotorrefrativa (PRK com mitomicina-C (MMC em olhos com hipermetropia consecutiva à ceratotomia radial. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados prospectivamente 60 olhos de 36 pacientes consecutivos, submetidos à ceratectomia fotorrefrativa personalizada pela frente de onda corneana com o laser Esiris Schwind. Realizaram-se desepitelização mecânica, seguida da fotoabla ção, e utilização de MMC 0,02% por 20 ou 40 segundos. Em 16 olhos (26,7% a MMC foi aplicada por 40 segundos. Estes foram submetidos a ablações mais profundas do que 100 micra ou apresentavam córneas submetidas a suturas prévias. Os pacientes foram acompanhados por um ano. RESULTADOS: O equivalente esférico (EE médio antes do PRK era +4,27 D ± 2,18 e a acuidade visual corrigida (AVcc média era 0,174 ± 0,139 (logMAR. O EE médio programado no laser foi +4,74 D ± 2,11, resultando em uma profundidade de ablação de 78 ± 28 µm (de 33 a 148. Não foram observadas complicações intraoperatórias. Após um ano observaram-se: EE médio de + 0,04 D ± 1,03 (pPURPOSE: To evaluate the safety of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK with mitomycin-C (MMC in eyes with hyperopia after radial keratotomy. METHODS: Sixty eyes of 36 consecutive patients treated with corneal wavefront-guided PRK using an Esiris-Schwind excimer laser were prospectively evaluated. Corneal epithelium was mechanically removed, followed by photoablation and use of 0.02% MMC for 20 or 40 seconds. In 16 eyes (26.7%, MMC was applied for 40 seconds. These eyes underwent ablations deeper than 100 micron or had previous corneal sutures. Patients were followedup for 12 months. RESULTS: The mean spherical equivalent (SE before PRK was +4.27 D ± 2.18, and the mean bestcorrected visual acuity (BCVA was 0.174 ± 0.139 (logMAR. The planned laser SE correction was +4.74 D ± 2.11, resulting in an ablation depth of 78 ± 28 µm (from 33 to 148. No intraoperative complications were

  5. Near-infrared laser-induced fluorescence detection in column liquid chromatography. A comparison of various lasers and detection systems. II*. Pulsed lasers.

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    Mank, A.J.G.; Velthorst, N.H.; Brinkman, U.A.T.; Gooijer, C.

    1995-01-01

    The applicability of two pulsed lasers, a XeCl-excimer/dye laser and a Nd:YAG/dye laser combination, as excitation sources for near-infrared (NIR) laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) detection in column liquid chromatography (LC) is studied. Using gradient LC, the best detection limit for the model

  6. Laser-induced breakdown spectra of Zn2 molecule in the violet region

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    The study of excimer and van der Waals molecules such as Hg2, Cd2 and Zn2 are of current interest as they are potential candidates for the possible development of new high power excimer lasers. Group IIB metal dimers (Hg2, Cd2 and Zn2) have essentially repulsive ground states with very shallow van der Walls minima.

  7. Enhanced semiconductor photorefractivity in the presence of a magnetic field

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    Aghamkar, Praveen; Nepal, Sunayana; Suta, Suta

    2002-04-01

    Using single-defect single band mode, a large value of the exponential gain coefficient is obtained by degenerate two- picosecond light pulses in a photorefractive GaAs:EL2 crystal in the presence of an applied magneto-static field. The influences of a cd magnetic field on the temporal recording and erasure of the grating are analytically analyzed. A significant enhancement of the diffraction efficiency of the recorded hologram by a factor of 2 is obtained. The results are good qualitatively in agreement with the experimental observations.

  8. Reversible Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Myopia Correction: A Non-Human Primate Study of Lenticule Re-Implantation after Refractive Lenticule Extraction: e67058

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    Andri K Riau; Romesh I Angunawela; Shyam S Chaurasia; Wing S Lee; Donald T Tan; Jodhbir S Mehta

    2013-01-01

      LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a common laser refractive procedure for myopia and astigmatism, involving permanent removal of anterior corneal stromal tissue by excimer ablation beneath a hinged flap...

  9. Reversible femtosecond laser-assisted myopia correction: a non-human primate study of lenticule re-implantation after refractive lenticule extraction

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    Riau, Andri K; Angunawela, Romesh I; Chaurasia, Shyam S; Lee, Wing S; Tan, Donald T; Mehta, Jodhbir S

    2013-01-01

    LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a common laser refractive procedure for myopia and astigmatism, involving permanent removal of anterior corneal stromal tissue by excimer ablation beneath a hinged flap...

  10. Excimer laser surface ablation: a review of recent literature

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    O'Brart, David PS

    2014-01-01

    ...‐epithelial keratomileusis ( LASEK ), microkeratome‐assisted PRK (epi‐ LASIK ) and trans‐epithelial (laser‐assisted) PRK , to help elucidate where and how surface ablation may best fit into current refractive surgical practice...

  11. Optical engineering of an excimer laser ophthalmic surgery system

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    Yoder, Paul R., Jr.

    1991-04-01

    We outline the interrelationships between the various major subsystems of an apparatus being developed in the USA for in vivo surgical recontouring of the human cornea to correct refractive errors and/or to remove damaged tissue. We then discuss five significant optical engineering problems that had to be solved during the design of this apparatus in order for the overall system to function properly.

  12. Optical topographic technique to material characterization of photorefractive crystals

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    Bugaychuk, S.; Mandula, G.; Koávcs, L.; Rupp, R. A.

    2005-11-01

    Nonlinear transmission wave-mixing problem in a photorefractive medium that include both local and non-local responses is solved not traditionally but with using a new variable namely the dynamic grating amplitude. The dynamics of the wave-mixing is described by a modified sine-Gordon equation that have soliton-like solutions for the dynamic grating amplitude. For the first time the solution for the grating amplitude distribution in a medium with complex response is obtained. The shape of the grating amplitude profile is determined only by the value of the non-local response in the steady state, and both by local and by non-local components of the response in a transient process. Complete analytical solutions with taking into consideration the complex medium response as well as the absorption in two-wave mixing are obtained. The described theoretical predictions can be a base for a novel topographical method to material characterization of photorefractive crystals that allows one to study contributions local and non-local components of the medium response more precisely.

  13. Faraday Rotation in Photorefractive InP:Fe

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    Syed, Maarij; Siahmakoun, Azad

    2001-05-01

    We report on the investigation of Faraday rotation (FR) in photorefractive (PR) indium phophide (InP:Fe) conducted at several different wavelengths at room temperature. Appreciable FR, yielding Verdet constant values at 980, 1064, and 1300 nm at room temperature, has been observed. The choice of these wavelengths was guided by two important considerations. Firstly, these are wavelengths of interest for communication purposes and secondly FR in more conventional magnetic and iron doped materials has shown a dependence on the band gap. The role of excitation energy in FR has yielded important information regarding the differences that exist between FR models for conventional materials and photorefractive InP:Fe. We have also investigated the role of the intensity of the incident beam and its initial polarization state. Verdet constant values were found to be the highest for the incident beam wavelength of 980 nm. At 980 nm and applied magnetic field of 1.5 ± 0.05 tela, polarization rotation of 45 ± 1.0 degrees has been observed. This value of 45o is a benchmark for optical isolator applications. In this study we will provide important clues about the magnetic properties of semi-insulating PR InP:Fe crystal.

  14. Geometrical theory to predict eccentric photorefraction intensity profiles in the human eye

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    Roorda, Austin; Campbell, Melanie C. W.; Bobier, W. R.

    1995-08-01

    In eccentric photorefraction, light returning from the retina of the eye is photographed by a camera focused on the eye's pupil. We use a geometrical model of eccentric photorefraction to generate intensity profiles across the pupil image. The intensity profiles for three different monochromatic aberration functions induced in a single eye are predicted and show good agreement with the measured eccentric photorefraction intensity profiles. A directional reflection from the retina is incorporated into the calculation. Intensity profiles for symmetric and asymmetric aberrations are generated and measured. The latter profile shows a dependency on the source position and the meridian. The magnitude of the effect of thresholding on measured pattern extents is predicted. Monochromatic aberrations in human eyes will cause deviations in the eccentric photorefraction measurements from traditional crescents caused by defocus and may cause misdiagnoses of ametropia or anisometropia. Our results suggest that measuring refraction along the vertical meridian is preferred for screening studies with the eccentric photorefractor.

  15. Light amplification by photorefractive ferroelectric liquid crystal blends containing quarter-thiophene photoconductive chiral dopant

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    Sasaki, T.; Hara, T.; Yamamoto, Y.; Naka, Y.; Le, K. V.

    2017-05-01

    The photorefractive effect is a phenomenon that forms a rewritable hologram in a material. This phenomenon can be utilized in devices including 3D displays, optical tomography, novelty filters, phase conjugate wave generators, and optical amplification. Ferroelectric liquid crystal blends composed of a smectic liquid crystalline mixture, a photoconductive chiral dopant, and an electron trap reagent exhibit significant photorefractivity together with rapid responses. As such, they allow the dynamic amplification of moving optical signals. The photoconductive chiral dopants used in the previous study are ter-thiphene derivatives so that the photorefractive effect was examined at 488 nm. In the present work, chiral dopants possessing quarter-thiphene chromophore were synthesized and the photorefractive effect of the FLC blends at longer wavelength was demonstrated.

  16. Laser materials processing with diode lasers

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    Li, Lin; Lawrence, Jonathan; Spencer, Julian T.

    1996-01-01

    Laser materials processing is currently dominated by CO2, Nd-YAG and Excimer lasers. Continuous advances in semiconductor laser technology over the last decade have increased the average power output of the devices annualy by two fold, resulting in the commercial availability of the diode lasers today with delivery output powers in excess of 60W in CW mode and 5kW in qasi-CW mode. The advantages of compactness, high reliability, high efficiency and potential low cost, due to the mass producti...

  17. Effect of Particular Nonlinear Dispersion in Photorefractive Four wave Mixing on Slow and Fast Light (Preprint)

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    coupling strength increases. The conclusions of the theoretical analysis are confirmed experimentally for photorefractive four-wave mixing in...fast light Konstantin Shcherbin*a, Pierre Matheyb, and Dean R. Evansc aInstitute of Physics , National Academy of Sciences, Prospekt Nauki 46, 03680...conclusions of the theoretical analysis are confirmed experimentally for photorefractive four-wave mixing in barium titanate. Keywords: slow light

  18. Mechanisms of tissue damage during ArF excimer endolaser microsurgery

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    Palanker, Daniel V.; Turovets, Igor; Lewis, Aaron

    1996-05-01

    The novel fiberoptic delivery system for the 193 nm excimer laser has been developed for vitreoretinal microsurgery. During the application of this laser in a liquid environment both the short-living cavitation bubbles and hydrogen gas-containing insoluble bubbles are produced. In present work we study the influence of these bubbles generated in free liquid on membranous tissue. Damage zones resulting from application of pulse trains at various repetition rates were investigated using vital stains which indicate the increase of cell membrane permeability. Cavitation bubbles were created by laser above the tissue in a highly absorbing liquid--Hartmann's solution with an addition of 7% albumin. These conditions simulate a situation in which a thin membrane separated from the underlying retina by layer of liquid is cut. After application of 50 pulses at 20 Hz at energy levels varying from 14 to 68 (mu) J per pulse we have detected cell damage at corresponding distances varying from 100 to 1200 microns. In Hartmann's solution (physiological medium), where the cavitation bubbles could not be formed at the same applied energies, the laser damage has been detected only at the distances varying from 150 to 200 microns. Penetration depth of the laser radiation in this solution is about 50 microns. The cells damage in this case probably has a photochemical nature. The difference in damage distance obtained at 1 and 20 Hz repetition rates can be explained by the influence of insoluble gas bubbles that grow at the tip exit and play a role of a transparent medium for the laser radiation. This effect probably determines the minimal distance at which the surgeon can apply the laser in standard physiological medium without being concerned with underlying cells damage. On the other hand, this phenomenon enable to destroy the upper level of cells in tissue without the deep penetrating mechanical influence associated with cavitation bubble-based tissue removal.

  19. Corneal-Wavefront guided transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy after corneal collagen cross linking in keratoconus.

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    Camellin, Massimo; Guidotti, Jacopo Maria; Arba Mosquera, Samuel

    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of Corneal-Wavefront guided transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (TransPRK) after corneal collagen cross linking (CXL) in keratoconic patients. In this retrospective, non-comparative, consecutive case series, 39 keratoconic eyes underwent Corneal-Wavefront guided TransPRK for the correction of aberrations at least 4 months after conventional CXL at SEKAL Rovigo Microsurgery Centre, Rovigo, Italy. Two eyes (5%) underwent a secondary laser retreatment for the improvement of post-operative visual acuity and were not included in this retrospective analysis. The mean age of the patients was 35±12 years (19-64 years) at the time of the surgery. Keratron-Scout (Optikon) topographer was used for diagnostic tests and a flying-spot laser (AMARIS; SCHWIND eye-tech-solutions) was used for the refractive surgery. Complete ophthalmic examinations were performed before and after the surgery (4-36 months postoperatively with a mean follow up time of 10±8 months). Preoperatively, eyes showed irregular astigmatism up to 8D. At last postoperative follow-up, 21 eyes (57%) had UDVA better than 20/40, and six eyes (16%) had UDVA of 20/20. Twenty-three eyes (62%) were within 1.50D of attempted correction in spherical equivalent (mean deviation from target was +1.09±2.36D, range -2.50 to +7.38D). No eye lost 2 Snellen lines of CDVA, and 15 eyes (41%) had an increase of more than 2 lines. Corneal-Wavefront guided transepithelial PRK ablation profiles after conventional CXL yields to good visual, optical, and refractive results. These treatments are safe and efficacious for the correction of refracto-therapeutic problems in keratoconic patients. Copyright © 2016 Spanish General Council of Optometry. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  20. Interactions between self-accelerating beams in photorefractive media.

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    Zhang, Meizhi; Huo, Guangwen; Zhong, Hua; Hui, Zhanqiang

    2017-09-04

    We investigate interactions between in-phase or out-of-phase Airy beams and nonlinear accelerating beams in photorefractive crystals by means of direct numerical simulations. Since self-accelerating beams possess infinite energy, we evaluated the propagation of two shifted counter beams by truncating the oscillating tails. The numerical results show that the external bias electric field has a profound effect on the propagation dynamics and the solitons shed from the Airy beam. We also found that during interactions between two nonlinear accelerating beams, single solitons, soliton pairs, and bound breathing solitons were produced. When the nonlinear accelerating beam collides with a soliton beam, the main lobe continues accelerating while the soliton intensity fluctuates with the lobes.

  1. Airy beam self-focusing in a photorefractive medium

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    Wiersma, Noémi; Marsal, Nicolas; Sciamanna, Marc; Wolfersberger, Delphine

    2016-10-01

    The unique bending and shape-preserving properties of optical Airy beams offer a large range of applications in for example beam routing, optical waveguiding, particle manipulation and plasmonics. In these applications and others, the Airy beam may experience nonlinear light-matter interactions which in turn modify the Airy beam properties and propagation. A well-known example is light self-focusing that leads to the formation of spatial soliton. Here, we unveil experimentally the self-focusing properties of a 1D-Airy beam in a photorefractive crystal under focusing conditions. The transient evolution involves both self-bending and acceleration of the initially launched Airy beam due to the onset of an off-shooting soliton and the resulting nonlocal refractive index perturbation. Both the transient and stationary self-focusing properties can be tuned by varying the bias electric field, the injected Airy beam power and the background illumination.

  2. Pulsed laser ablation of LaSrCoO

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    Span, E.A.F.; Roesthuis, Frank J.G.; Blank, David H.A.; Rogalla, Horst

    1999-01-01

    The ablation process of La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 by a spatial uniform 248 nm excimer laser beam has been characterized. Ablation rates, changes in the target surface morphology and composition have been studied as a function of the laser fluence. The dependence of the ablation rate on the laser fluence has

  3. Effects of laser wavelength and fluence on the growth of ZnO thin films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Craciun, V.; Amirhaghi, S.; Craciun, D.; Elders, J.; Gardeniers, Johannes G.E.; Boyd, Ian W.

    Transparent, electrically conductive and c-axis oriented ZnO thin films have been grown by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique on silicon and Corning glass substrates employing either a KrF excimer laser (λ = 248 nm) or a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser (λ = 532 nm). The crystalline

  4. Shadowgraphic imaging of material removal during laser drilling with a long pulse eximer laser

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    Schoonderbeek, A.; Biesheuvel, C.A.; Hofstra, R.M.; Boller, Klaus J.; Meijer, J.

    2005-01-01

    After the development of a novel XeCl excimer laser with a nearly diffraction-limited beam and 175 ns pulse length, research was done on different industrial applications of this laser. Hole drilling, one of these applications, was studied extensively. A better understanding of the drilling process

  5. Internal Dynamics of Dendritic Molecules Probed by Pyrene Excimer Formation

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    Jean Duhamel

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This review exposes the current poor understanding of the internal segmental chain dynamics of dendrimers in solution probed by monitoring the process of excimer formation between pyrene labels covalently attached to the chain ends of dendrimers. The review begins by covering the bases of fluorescence and the kinetics of pyrene excimer formation before describing a procedure based on the Model Free (MF analysis that is used to analyze quantitatively the fluorescence decays acquired for dendrimers, the ends of which have been fully and covalently labeled with pyrene. Comparison of the various trends obtained by different research groups describing the efficiency of pyrene excimer formation with the generation number of dendrimers illustrates the lack of consensus between the few studies devoted to the topic. One possible reason for this disagreement might reside in the presence of minute amounts of unattached pyrene labels which act as potent fluorescent impurities and affect the analysis of the fluorescence spectra and decays in an uncontrolled manner. The review points out that the MF analysis of the fluorescence decays acquired with pyrene-labeled dendrimers enables one to account for the presence of unattached pyrene and to retrieve information about the internal segmental dynamics of the dendrimer. It provides guidelines that should enable future studies on pyrene-labeled dendrimers to yield results that are more straightforward to interpret.

  6. Simulation of airbag impact on eyes after photorefractive keratectomy by finite element analysis method.

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    Uchio, Eiichi; Watanabe, Yoichiro; Kadonosono, Kazuaki; Matsuoka, Yasuhiro; Goto, Satoru

    2003-06-01

    A simulation model of the human eye which we have developed was applied to simulated airbag ocular injury, to determine the physical and mechanical conditions of the impacting airbag that would cause globe rupture in a post-photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) eye. Simulations were performed with a computer using the finite element analysis program PAM-CRASH()(Nihon ESI, Tokyo, Japan). The airbag was set to impact on the surface of post-PRK eyes-D3, D6, D10, and D15-and an intact eye at various impact velocities. Strain on the cornea and sclera exceeding 18.0% and 6.8%, respectively, was assumed to indicate the possibility of rupture of each tissue. In contrast to the intact eye, in post-PRK eyes, at the lowest velocity of 20 m/s, some of the element reached the strain threshold in D15. At the medium velocity of 30 m/s, limited corneal rupture was observed in all situations. At the high velocity, 40 m/s, scleral laceration was found in eyes with all diopters, and apparent corneal rupture was observed in D10 and D15, indicating that globe rupture was very likely to occur. These results suggest that severe ocular trauma can be caused in post-PRK eyes by airbags at high impact velocities. Preoperative discussion with candidates for laser refractive surgery regarding the potential for severe ocular injury if the normal integrity of the eye is compromised by surgery may be appropriate. Research on modification of airbag design and deployment to minimize the risk of ocular injury is important.

  7. Effectiveness of Technolas torsional eye tracking system on visual outcomes after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Gharaee, Hamid; Ghanavati, Siamak Zaree; Rad, Saeed Shokoohi; Omidtabrizi, Arash; Naseri, Hashem

    2015-01-01

    To investigate the efficacy of Technolas 217Z eye tracking system (torsional component) in corneal surface irregularity and high order aberrations (HOAs) after photorefractive keratectomy. Patients with compound myopic astigmatism among persons demanding refractive surgery in Khatam-al-Anbia Eye Hospital with the mean age of 29 years were enrolled in this double-blind randomized interventional study. The mean spherical equivalent (SE) of refractive error was -4.75 diopters(D) (range: -1.5 to -7.0), and the mean astigmatism was 3 D (range:1.0-4). Many studies were performed for each patient including: A complete eye examination, visual acuity and Monocular contrast sensitivity evaluation, and refraction. Corneal topography, Orbscan II, and wavefront aberrometry were conducted. One eye was randomly assigned for aspheric treatment and applying eye tracking system. The other eye was treated without torsional eye tracking system. The outcome measures were uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), contrast sensitivity, corneal irregularity index in 3 mm and 5 mm optical zones in Orbscan II, and mean total HOAs at the 6-monthvisit. Fifty eyes of 25 patients were enrolled. Mean UCVA was improved significantly in both the study and control groups in the 6-month post-operative follow-up. There was no significant difference between the 2 groups in UCVA and BCVA (P = 0.185 and P = 0.176, respectively). Total HOAs increased in both groups after PRK. However, they were lower in eyes treated with the eye tracking system (P eye tracker system (Bausch and Lomb Advanced) results in a more regular anterior surface of cornea. Therefore, we recommend it for surface laser refractive surgery.

  8. A review and meta-analysis of corneal cross-linking for post-laser vision correction ectasia

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    Qi Wan

    2017-09-01

    Conclusion: The study showed that CXL is a promising treatment to stabilize the keratectasia after Excimer Laser Refractive Surgery. Further long-term follow-up studies are necessary to assess the persistence of the effect of the CXL.

  9. Laser in operative dentistry

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    E. Yasini

    1994-06-01

    Full Text Available Today laser has a lot of usage in medicine and dentistry. In the field of dentistry, laser is used in soft tissue surgery, sterilization of canals (in root canal therapy and in restorative dentistry laser is used for cavity preparation, caries removal, sealing the grooves (in preventive dentistry, etching enamel and dentin, composite polymerization and removal of tooth sensitivity. The use of Co2 lasers and Nd: YAG for cavity preparation, due to creating high heat causes darkness and cracks around the region of laser radiation. Also due to high temperature of these lasers, pulp damage is inevitable. So today, by using the Excimer laser especially the argon floride type with a wavelength of 193 nm, the problem of heat stress have been solved, but the use of lasers in dentistry, especially for cavity preparation needs more researches and evaluations.

  10. International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers, 8th, Madrid, Spain, Sept. 10-14, 1990, Proceedings

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    Orza, Jose M.; Domingo, C.

    1991-03-01

    Papers are presented on current research developments and applications related to high-powered lasers. Recent advances in excimer laser technology, electron-beam-pumped excimer lasers, discharge technology for excimer lasers, and pulsed XeF lasers are examined. Consideration is given to short-wavelength lasers, chemical oxygen iodine lasers, and vibrational chemical lasers. Papers are presented on CO2, CO, N2O lasers, coupled CO2 lasers, laser induced perturbation in pulsed CO2 lasers, construction of sealed-off CO2 lasers, and computer modeling of discharge-excited CO gas flow. Topics discussed include gas-dynamic lasers, discharge and flow effects, matrix and laser optics and laser beam parameters. Laser-matter interactions, laser-induced surface plasma, plasma motion velocity along laser beams and thermocapillary effects are also discussed. Applications of laser technology are examined and high-speed laser welding, welding results, laser ablation, laser steel processing, and numerical modeling of laser-matter interaction in high-intensity laser applications are considered. (For individual items see A93-26381 to A93-26422)

  11. Simultaneous strain and coherent imaging using coupled photorefractive holography and shearography through scattering media.

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    Rosso, Vanessa; Béland, Rémy; Lecler, Sylvain; Renotte, Yvon; Habraken, Serge; Lion, Yves; Charette, Paul

    2008-01-01

    The direct simultaneous acquisition of coherent imaging and strain information is of particular importance in the biomechanical characterization of biological tissue. This type of simultaneous information acquisition can be accomplished using a coupled photorefractive holography and shearography system for imaging and strain measurements, respectively. Optical scattering in a conventional speckle shearing interferometer rapidly reduces the contrast of the shearing fringes, thereby limiting the use of such interferometers with opaque surfaces. By coupling photorefractive holography with speckle shearing interferometry, properties of the photorefractive effect (spatial high-pass filtering and temporal low-pass filtering) combine to restore the shearing fringe contrast and enable strain imaging in diffusing media. This effect is demonstrated using synthetic scattering phantoms built from suspensions of silica spheres in water.

  12. Orientational photorefractive properties in polymer-dispersed liquid crystals with different polymer matrixes

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    Ono, Hiroshi; Saito, Isao; Kawatsuki, Nobuhiro

    1998-10-01

    We report orientational photorefractive effects observed in photoconductive liquid crystals (LCs) contained with three kinds of polymer, i.e., poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and a side-chain liquid crystalline polymer (SLCP1). The morphology of the photorefractive composites depended on the kind of polymer strongly. In both PMMA and PVA cases, LC and polymer were phase-separated and the composite showed memory effects. In SLCP1 case, the phase-separation in the composite dose not occur and the high resolution could be achieved. In this case, the photorefractive Bragg gratings were generated and a high two-beam coupling gain coefficient with a low applied field of 4 V/micrometers was observed.

  13. Nonuniform dynamic gratings in photorefractive media with nonlocal response

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    Bugaychuk, S.; Kovács, L.; Mandula, G.; Polgár, K.; Rupp, R. A.

    2003-04-01

    The amplitude of the phase dynamic grating is a nonuniform space distributed in photorefractive crystals with nonlocal response as a result of energy transfer between the interacted waves. The dynamical process of grating formation in the case of transmission two- and four-wave mixing is described by the damped sine-Gordon equation that governs the soliton propagation. A stationary soliton solution for the grating amplitude profile was obtained. Experiments on observation of a nonuniform distribution of the grating amplitude through the crystal volume are presented. It is experimentally shown that the changes of the grating amplitude profile in dependence of input intensity ratio match the solutions of the damped sine-Gordon equation in steady state. The diffraction efficiency of energy transfer is determined by the value of the integral under the grating amplitude profile. The soliton profile is altered with changing input intensity ratio of recorded beams. It provides the effect of diffraction efficiency management by changing the half-width and the position of the soliton. The theory predicts a multisoliton behavior in reversible media with strong amplitifcaiton gain that leads to auto-oscillations of output wave intensities.

  14. Microbiological study of disposable soft contact lenses after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Dantas, P E; Nishiwaki-Dantas, M C; Ojeda, V H; Holzchuh, N; Mimica, L J

    2000-01-01

    To evaluate the bacterial contamination of bandage disposable soft contact lenses used in patients following photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and to correlate our findings with clinical data. Forty-six patients (81 eyes) underwent PRK. Immediately after each procedure, disposable soft contact lenses were positioned with sterile forceps. After 3 days, the lenses were removed in a sterile manner, placed in sterile Eppendorf pipettes containing 8 mL of enriched brain heart infusion broth, and analyzed for microbial contamination. Seven positive cultures were found: six gram positive cocci (7.4%) and one gram negative bacillus (1.2%). There was no clinical correlation with these findings. Isolated microorganisms were similar to those described in the literature as agents of bacterial keratitis and are components of the normal ocular flora. Klebsiela pneumoniae--considered an occasional or transient flora--was the exception. All isolated microorganisms but K. pneumoniae were sensitive to most of the antibiotics tested. Our findings suggest that the risk of infectious keratitis after PRK related to soft contact lens wear for 3 days seems to be low, which may be because lenses were not manipulated by the patient during the wearing period, and the postoperative antibiotic regimen was strictly followed by patients. However, care should be taken to instruct patients in proper lens care practices to reduce the risk of bacterial keratitis in contact lens wear following PRK.

  15. Epithelial healing and ocular discomfort after photorefractive keratectomy in children.

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    Paysse, Evelyn A; Hamill, M Bowes; Koch, Douglas D; Hussein, Mohamed A W; Brady McCreery, Kathryn M; Coats, David K

    2003-03-01

    To document the rate of healing of the corneal epithelial defect created by photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and the degree of discomfort experienced by children treated with PRK. Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA. Ten patients between 3 and 10 years of age were treated with PRK for severe anisometropia. All had anisometropic amblyopia refractory to conventional therapy with glasses or contact lenses and occlusion therapy. The size of the corneal epithelial defect was documented daily until the defect healed completely. Postoperative discomfort was documented daily using a pain-assessment scale until the epithelial defect healed completely. Two children were treated with PRK for hyperopic anisometropia; the rest were treated for myopic anisometropia. Cumulatively, the corneal epithelium had healed completely by day 3 in 6 patients (60%), by day 4 in 9 patients (90%), and by day 5 in all patients. The mean healing time was 3.5 days. Patients experienced mild discomfort on the day of surgery and on the first postoperative day. They had minimal pain on day 2. After day 2, no patient reported pain or other discomfort. The corneal epithelial defect created by PRK healed promptly and was associated with minimal postoperative discomfort in children treated with the protocol described.

  16. Analysis of corneal esthesia in patients undergoing photorefractive keratectomy

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    Elmar Torres Neto

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Purpose: To quantitatively analyze corneal esthesia in patients undergoing photorefractive keratectomy (PRK surgery. Methods: Forty-five patients selected for PRK in one eye underwent corneal esthesia using a Cochet-Bonnet esthesiometer preoperatively and 30 and 90 days postoperatively. Patients with a refractive diopter error of 4 or greater received intraoperative 0.02% mitomycin C for 20 s. Results: Twenty-four (53.3% of the 45 eyes received intraoperative 0.02% mitomycin. Decreased sensitivity was observed on postoperative day 30. By postoperative day 90, corneal esthesia had normalized but remained 14.9% lower than preoperative levels. In the mitomycin group, no recovery of corneal esthesia to normal sensitivity levels was observed. The mean esthesiometer level was 39.2 mm on postoperative day 90 (P<0.001. Conclusions: The results of the present study demonstrate recovery of corneal esthesia to normal levels at 90 days postoperatively in patients who did not receive mitomycin C. In patients administered mitomycin C, a 23.59% reduction in the corneal touch threshold was observed compared with preoperative levels indicating a failure of recovery to normal levels.

  17. Understanding the optical and electrical properties of a new photorefractive potassium niobate crystal

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    Evans, D.R. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433 (United States)]. E-mail: dean.evans@wpafb.af.mil; Cook, G. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433 (United States); Universal Technology Corporation, 1270 N. Fairfield Road, Dayton, OH 45432 (United States); Carns, J.L. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433 (United States); Anteon Corporation, 5100 Springfield Pike Suite 509, Dayton, OH 45431 (United States); Saleh, M.A. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433 (United States); UES, Inc., 4401 Dayton-Xenia Road, Dayton, OH 45432 (United States); Basun, S.A. [A. F. Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, Polytechnicheskaya 26, 194021, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Seim, J.M. [VLOC, 7826 Photonics Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34655 (United States); Mizell, G.J. [VLOC, 7826 Photonics Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34655 (United States)

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    Optical and electrical measurements have been made on a new codoped potassium niobate crystal that yields a significant increase in linear absorption, photocurrent, and photorefractive beam coupling efficiency. The Ag impurity enters the K site, changing the local field in the lattice. The Fe in the Nb site, perturbed by the replacement of the next near-neighbor K with Ag, is responsible for the enhanced linear and nonlinear properties. The modified material parameters result in an increase of the photorefractive counter-propagating two-beam coupling efficiency.

  18. Intramolecular excimer and exciplex emission of 1,4-dipyrenyl substituted cyclohexasilane

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    van Walree, C.A.; Kaats-Richters, V.E.M.; Jenneskens, L.W.; Williams, R.M.; van Stokkum, I.H.M.

    2002-01-01

    Intramolecular excimer emission is observed for cis-1,4-di(1-pyrenyl)decamethylcyclohexasilane in nonpolar solvents. Time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and kinetic modelling indicate that the driving force of excimer formation is very small, and that the process is governed by the flexibility

  19. Applications of lasers and electro-optics

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    Tan, B. C.; Low, K. S.; Chen, Y. H.; Ahmad, Harith; Tou, T. Y.

    Supported by the IRPA Programme on Laser Technology and Applications, many types of lasers have been designed, constructed and applied in various areas of science, medicine and industries. Amongst these lasers constructed were high power carbon dioxide lasers, rare gas halide excimer lasers, solid state Neodymium-YAG lasers, nitrogen lasers, flashlamp pumped dye lasers and nitrogen and excimer laser pumped dye lasers. These lasers and the associated electro-optics system, some with computer controlled, are designed and developed for the following areas of applications: (1) industrial applications of high power carbon dioxide lasers for making of i.c. components and other materials processing purposes -- prototype operational systems have been developed; (2) Medical applications of lasers for cancer treatment using the technique of photodynamic therapy -- a new and more effective treatment protocol has been proposed; (3) agricultural applications of lasers in palm oil and palm fruit-fluorescence diagnostic studies -- fruit ripeness signature has been developed and palm oil oxidation level were investigated; (4) development of atmospheric pollution monitoring systems using laser lidar techniques -- laboratory scale systems were developed; and (5) other applications of lasers including laser holographic and interferometric methods for the non destructive testing of materials.

  20. Photo-induced growth of dielectrics with excimer lamps

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    Boyd, Ian W.; Zhang, Jun-Ying

    2001-08-01

    The underlying principles and properties of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and ultraviolet (UV) radiation (excimer lamps), generated by a dielectric barrier discharge in a rare-gas (Rg) or a mixture of Rg and halogen, are discussed. Compared with conventional sources, these excimer lamps offer narrow-band radiation at various wavelengths from 108-354 nm and over large areas with high efficiencies and high power densities. The variety of available wavelengths offers an enormous potential for new industrial applications in materials processing. Previously, photo-oxidation of silicon, germanium and silicon-germanium and photo-deposition of single- and multi-layered films of silicon oxide, silicon nitride, and silicon oxynitride have been demonstrated by using excimer lamps. This paper reviews the progress on excimer lamp-assisted growth of high dielectric constant (Ta2O5, TiO2 and PZT) and low dielectric constant (polyimide and porous silica) thin films by photo-CVD and sol-gel processing, summarizes the properties of photo-induced growth of Ta2O5 films and discusses the effect and mechanism of low temperature UV annealing with 172 nm radiation. Metal oxide semiconductor capacitors based on the photo-induced Ta2O5 films grown directly on Si at low temperatures exhibit excellent electrical properties. Leakage current densities as low as 5.2×10-7 A cm-2 and 2.41×10-7 A cm-2 at 1 MV cm-1 have been achieved for the as-grown Ta2O5 films deposited by photo-induced sol-gel processing and photo-CVD, respectively-several orders of magnitude lower than for any other as-grown films prepared by any other technique. A subsequent low temperature (400°C) UV annealing step improves these to 10-8 A cm-2. These values are comparable to those only previously achieved for films annealed at high temperatures between 600°C and 1000°C. These properties make the photo-induced growth of Ta2O5 layers suitable alternative to SiO2 for high density DRAM application.

  1. Is Noncycloplegic Photorefraction Applicable for Screening Refractive Amblyopia Risk Factors?

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    Zhale Rajavi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To compare the accuracy of noncycloplegic photorefraction (NCP with that of cycloplegic refraction (CR for detecting refractive amblyopia risk factors (RARFs and to determine cutoff points. Methods: In this diagnostic test study, right eyes of 185 children (aged 1 to 14 years first underwent NCP using the PlusoptiX SO4 photoscreener followed by CR. Based on CR results, hyperopia (≥ +3.5 D, myopia (≥ -3 D, astigmatism (≥ 1.5 D, and anisometropia (≥ 1.5 D were set as diagnostic criteria based on AAPOS guidelines. The difference in the detection of RARFs by the two methods was the main outcome measure. Results: RARFs were present in 57 (30.8% and 52 (28.1% of cases by CR and NCP, respectively, with an 89.7% agreement. In contrast to myopia and astigmatism, mean spherical power in hyperopic eyes was significantly different based on the two methods (P < 0.001, being higher with CR (+5.96 ± 2.13 D as compared to NCP (+2.37 ± 1.36 D. Considering CR as the gold standard, specificities for NCP exceeded 93% and sensitivities were also acceptable (≥ 83% for myopia and astigmatism. Nevertheless, sensitivity of NCP for detecting hyperopia was only 45.4%. Using a cutoff point of +1.87 D, instead of +3.5 D, for hyperopia, sensitivity of NCP was increased to 81.8% with specificity of 84%. Conclusion: NCP is a relatively accurate method for detecting RARFs in myopia and astigmatism. Using an alternative cutoff point in this study, NCP may be considered an acceptable device for detecting hyperopia as well.

  2. [Photorefractive keratectomy in high myopic anisometropia in children].

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    Autrata, R; Rehůrek, J; Holousová, M

    1999-07-01

    The authors evaluate the results of photorefractive keratectomy in children with high myopic anisometropia proved by intolerance of a contact lens and intolerance of full correction by glasses. The objective was to maintain or improve the already achieved binocular vision without or with feasible correction by glasses. The group is formed by 13 children, mean age 11.5 years at the time of surgery (range 7-15 years). The mean preoperative value of myopia was -8.9 dpt (SE), within the range of -7.0 to -11.75 dpt (SE) on the operated eye. The preprequisite condition for surgery was confirmed intolerance of a contact lens, intolerance of complete correction by glasses and previous systematic pleoptic treatment with training of binocular functions. The operation was always implemented during hospitalization. The follow-up after surgery in all children of the group is more than 2 years. The mean value of the refraction defect two years after surgery is -1.12 dpt (SE). The mean non-corrected visual acuity improved from 0.021 before surgery to 0.48 two years after surgery and the mean best corrected visual acuity improved from 0.51 before surgery to 0.61 two years after surgery. The authors compare results of binocular functions before and after operation. Two years after surgery all children had superposition and a normal Bagolini test, 12 children had fusion I, 9 children fusion II, and 6 children fusion III and stereopsis. Based on the results of the trial PRK appears to be an effective and safe method for correction of high myopic anisometropia in intolerance of contact lenses or complete correction by glasses. This operation thus makes it possible to preserve further the degree of binocular vision practised in advance or to improve it. This is the first group, though small, of thus treated children published in our professional literature.

  3. Alcohol-assisted versus Mechanical Epithelium Removal in Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    Mohammad Ghoreishi,

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To compare the outcomes and complications of alcohol-assisted versus mechanical corneal epithelial debridement for photorefractive keratectomy (PRK. Methods: This randomized controlled trial included 1,250 eyes of 625 patients undergoing PRK for correction of myopia and myopic astigmatism. Each patient was randomly assigned to alcohol-assisted or mechanical epithelial removal. Results: A total of 658 eyes underwent alcohol-assisted epithelial removal while the epithelium was removed mechanically in 592 eyes. Mean spherical equivalent was ‑4.37}2.3 D in the alcohol group and ‑3.8}1.3 D in the mechanical group (P = 0.78. There was no significant difference in postoperative pain between the study groups (P = 0.22. Uncorrected visual acuity ≥ 20/20 and ≥ 20/40 was achieved in 90.9% versus 93.4% (P = 0.08, and 98.9% versus 99.5% (P = 0.36 of eyes in the alcohol and mechanical groups, respectively. Final refractive error within 1D of emmetropia was achieved in 90% versus 92.2% of eyes in the alcohol and mechanical groups, respectively (P = 0.23. Alcohol-assisted debridement required less time than mechanical debridement (96±18 vs. 118±26 seconds, P=0.035. There was no significant difference between the two groups in terms of early and late postoperative complications. Conclusion: Alcohol-assisted and mechanical epithelium removal are comparable in terms of efficacy and side effects. The method of epithelial debridement in PRK may be left to the surgeon′s choice.

  4. Effect of Mitomycin C on Myopic versus Astigmatic Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    Ashwag A. Almosa

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. Long-term mitomycin C (MMC effects on photorefractive keratectomy (PRK were compared in simple myopic and astigmatic patients. Methods. In this observational cohort study, subjects were selected based on preoperative and postoperative data collected from medical records; they were divided into simple myopia with/without MMC and myopic astigmatism with/without MMC groups. Haze, uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA, subjective refraction, and K-reading were evaluated at 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-ups. Results. One hundred fifty-nine eyes of 80 subjects (34 women and 46 men; mean age, 26.81 ± 7.74 years; range, 18–53 years; spherical powers, −0.50 to −8.00 DS; and cylindrical powers, −0.25 to −5.00 DC were enrolled. One year postoperatively, the simple myopia with/without MMC groups showed no difference in UCVA (P=0.187, BCVA (P=0.163, or spherical equivalent (P=0.163 and a significant difference (P=0.0495 in K-reading; the haze formation difference was nonsignificant (P=0.056. Astigmatic groups with/without MMC showed a significant difference in K-reading (P<0.0001. MMC groups had less haze formation (P<0.0001. Conclusion. PRK with intraoperative MMC application showed excellent visual outcomes. MMC’s effect on astigmatic patients was significantly better with acceptable safety and minimal side effects.

  5. Dynamic spatial structure of spontaneous beams in photorefractive bismuth sillicon oxide

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    Buchhave, Preben; Lyuksyutov, S.; Vasnetsov, M.

    1996-01-01

    We report the domain structure of spontaneously occurring beams (subharmonics) in photorefractive bismuth silicon oxide with an applied electric field from 1 to 6 kV/cm and a running grating. The subharmonic beams are generated in a pattern of domains that evolve dynamically as they move through...

  6. Implementation of a photorefractive correlator based on a fake zoom lens

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    Rueda, Jorge Enrique; Tebaldi, Myrian; Granieri, Sergio; Bolognini, Nestor

    A space-variant optical correlator is experimentally implemented based on the fractional Fourier transform. The proposed arrangement employs a fake zoom lens that enables to vary the degree of the fractional Fourier transform continuously between -1 to +1. The optical device uses as a recording medium for the holographic filter a photorefractive BTO crystal. The experimental results confirm the shift-variance properties.

  7. Longitudinal parametric oscillation in photorefractive sillenites: Comparison between theory and experiment

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    Pedersen, H.C.; Johansen, P.M.; Webb, D.J.

    1999-01-01

    By using an alternative setup for photorefractive parametric oscillation in which wave mixing between the recording beams is avoided it has become possible to make more detailed comparisons with the space-charge wave theory. In the present paper we compare the experimental features of longitudinal...

  8. Photorefractive solitons and light-induced resonance control in semiconductor CdZnTe.

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    Schwartz, Tal; Ganor, Yaniv; Carmon, Tal; Uzdin, Raam; Shwartz, Sharon; Segev, Mordechai; El-Hanany, Uri

    2002-07-15

    We demonstrate the formation of (1+1) - and (2+1) -dimensional solitons in photorefractive CdZnTe:V, exploiting the intensity-resonant behavior of the space-charge field. We control the resonance optically, facilitating a 10-mus soliton formation times with very low optical power.

  9. Image processing by four-wave mixing in photorefractive GaAs

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    Gheen, Gregory; Cheng, Li-Jen

    1987-01-01

    Three image processing experiments were performed by degenerate four-wave mixing in photorefractive GaAs. The experiments were imaging by phase conjugation, edge enhancement, and autocorrelation. The results show that undoped, semiinsulating, liquid-encapsulated Czochralski-grown GaAs crystals can be used as effective optical processing media despite their small electrooptic coefficient.

  10. Nodular Epithelial Hyperplasia after Photorefractive Keratectomy Followed by Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking

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    Ayla Bogoni

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study describes a case of nodular epithelial hyperplasia and stromal alterations in a patient with keratoconus who was submitted to topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy (PRK followed by corneal collagen cross-linking. Debridement of the epithelial nodule was performed. After a 2-year followup, a new topography-guided PRK was indicated.

  11. Rotational diffusion model of orientational enhancement in AC field biased photorefractive polymers

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    Pedersen, T.G.; Jespersen, K.G.; Johansen, P.M.

    2001-01-01

    The response of photorefractive (PR) polymers subject to AC field biasing is analyzed within the space-charge field formalism. The frequency dependence of orientational enhancement is taken into account using a rotational diffusion model for the angular distribution of chromophores. The possibili...... for simultaneous utilization of AC and orientational enhancement techniques in polymers is discussed for different values of the rotational diffusion time....

  12. Excimer Emission using 20keV Electron Beam Excitation

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    Wieser, J.; Ulrich, A.; Murnick, D. E.

    1996-10-01

    A small, continuously emitting rare gas excimer light source has been developed. The gas is excited by a 20keV dc-electron beam. A 300nm thick, 1×1mm^2 SiNx foil sustaining a pressure difference up to 2bar, separates the target volume from the high vacuum part of the electron gun. Spectra of the rare gases Ar, Kr, and Xe have been studied. The monochromator detector system was intensity calibrated in the wavelength range from 115nm to 320nm. Electron beam currents of typically 1μA were used for excitation. When used as a VUV lamp on the second excimer continua, energy conversion efficiencies of 30% were obtained. Emissions originating from the so called left turning points have been clearly observed at 155, 173, and 222nm in Ar_2^*, Kr_2^*, and Xe_2^*, respectively. The so called third continua between 185nm and 240nm (Ar), 220nm and 250nm (Kr), and at 270nm (Xe) have been studied. A new continuum in Xe at 280nm was found. (Funded by the A.v.Humboldt Foundation and NSF (CTS 94-19440). The authors acknowledge support by H. Huggins, A. Liddle and W.L. Brown (Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies))

  13. Smartphone-enabled filterless fluorescence assay utilizing the pyrene excimer

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    Goertz, John P.; White, Ian M.

    2015-03-01

    Fluorescence microscopy offers a number of advantages for cell- and biomarker-based diagnostics with regards to ease of use and interpretation, sensitivity, and specificity. However, its use in low-resource settings is often hindered by the need for bulky microscopes with expensive excitation and filter setups. While many advances have been made towards utilizing smartphones as microscopes, there remains a reliance on complex attachments to facilitate fluorescence microscopy. Here, we report progress towards a filter-less fluorescent assay utilizing ultraviolet light, an unmodified smartphone, and pyrene-labeled aptamers. The pyrene monomer is excited at a wavelength of 350 nm and emits at approximately 390 nm; when two pyrene molecules are brought into close proximity, however, they form an excimer which emits at approximately 490 nm. We have engineered pyrene-conjugated DNA sequences such that the fluorophores, normally in monomeric configuration, are brought into proximity upon binding of the DNA to its target. The large Stokes shift between excitation and emission of the excimer allows us to detect such biorecognition events with an unfiltered smartphone camera, enabling the use of this assay in low-resource settings where portability and easeof- use are paramount.

  14. 193nm high power lasers for the wide bandgap material processing

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    Fujimoto, Junichi; Kobayashi, Masakazu; Kakizaki, Koji; Oizumi, Hiroaki; Mimura, Toshio; Matsunaga, Takashi; Mizoguchi, Hakaru

    2017-02-01

    Recently infrared laser has faced resolution limit of finer micromachining requirement on especially semiconductor packaging like Fan-Out Wafer Level Package (FO-WLP) and Through Glass Via hole (TGV) which are hard to process with less defect. In this study, we investigated ablation rate with deep ultra violet excimer laser to explore its possibilities of micromachining on organic and glass interposers. These results were observed with a laser microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). As the ablation rates of both materials were quite affordable value, excimer laser is expected to be put in practical use for mass production.

  15. The effect of silicone hydrogel bandage soft contact lens base curvature on comfort and outcomes after photorefractive keratectomy.

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    Taylor, Kenneth R; Molchan, Ryan P; Townley, J Richard; Caldwell, Matthew C; Panday, Vasudha A

    2015-03-01

    To evaluate the relative pain and the relative amount of contact lens loss experienced using two different base curvatures (BCs) of the Acuvue Oasys bandage soft contact lens (BSCL) after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). One hundred forty patients undergoing PRK on either the Allegretto or the VISX laser at the Joint Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center in Lackland AFB, TX, were randomized to one of the two different BCs of the Acuvue Oasys BSCL: 8.4 or 8.8 mm. Patients were evaluated on postoperative days 1 and 4 during which they completed a survey rating absolute pain in each eye on a visual analog pain scale. Lens loss was recorded throughout the study. Patients treated on the Allegretto laser preferred the 8.4-mm BC lens, whereas comfort after treatment on the VISX depended on corneal shape. For VISX, patients with very flat corneas (steep K ≤42 preoperative or ≤38 postoperatively) preferred an 8.8-mm BC lens while patients with very steep corneas (steep K >45 preoperative or >42 postoperative) preferred an 8.4-mm BC lens, though these results were largely not statistically significant. Patients who lost their lenses prematurely tended to be those whose corneal curvature did not match their contact lens BC. Individuals treated with the Allegretto laser or individuals with more prolate corneas should likely be fit with an 8.4-mm BC Acuvue Oasys BSCL while individuals with more oblate corneas should likely be fit with an 8.8-mm BC lens to minimize postoperative pain and premature BSCL loss.

  16. Investigation of Pyrene Excimer formation in various manufacturing processes and ionic structures

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    Jang, Hyun-Sook; Nieh, Mu-Ping

    2013-03-01

    Electrospun pyrene (Py)/polystyrene/tetrabutylammonium hexafluorophosphate (TBAPF6) thin films can provide high-sensitivity and high-selectivity detection of nitro-aromatic explosives through fluorescence quenching of the Py excimers. However, we have found that the formation of Py excimers in Py/PS/TBAPF6 thin films depends greatly on the manufacturing processes. Our results indicate that high solvent vapor pressure promotes the Py excimer fluorescence, while high temperature (around or greater than Tg of the PS) has an opposite effect in absence of solvent - reducing the Py excimer fluorescence. Moreover, we have found that salts structure such as cation chain length, anion strength can significantly affect the formation of Py excimer both in solution and solid state, presumably due to self-aggregation of the salts and electrostatic interactions between ions and pyrene excimer. 13C-NMR and steady-state fluorescence result indicate that the salt induces peak shift to the downfield in the spectra and quenches the Py excimer intensity drastically. Ph.D. Candidate, Institute of Material Science, Polymer program

  17. A Review of Luminescent Anionic Nano System: d10 Metallocyanide Excimers and Exciplexes in Alkali Halide Hosts

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    Howard H. Patterson

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Dicyanoaurate, dicyanoargentate, and dicyanocuprate ions in solution and doped in different alkali halide hosts exhibit interesting photophysical and photochemical behavior, such as multiple emission bands, exciplex tuning, optical memory, and thermochromism. This is attributed to the formation of different sizes of nanoclusters in solution and in doped hosts. A series of spectroscopic methods (luminescence, UV-reflectance, IR, and Raman as well as theoretical calculations have confirmed the existence of excimers and exciplexes. This leads to the tunability of these nano systems over a wide wavelength interval. The population of these nanoclusters varies with temperature and external laser irradiation, which explains the thermochromism and optical memory. DFT calculations indicate an MLCT transition for each nanocluster and the emission energy decreases with increasing cluster size. This is in agreement with the relatively long life-time for the emission peaks and the multiple emission peaks dependence upon cluster concentration.

  18. Power and pulse energy scaling for high-volume UV-laser microprocessing

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    Delmdahl, Ralph; Haupt, Oliver; Bragin, Igor; Albrecht, Hans-Stephan

    2017-02-01

    In industrial laser micro processing, throughput is as important as process quality. Treating large areas in minimum time is pivotal in achieving reduced unit costs in high-volume production. Excimer lasers meet the requirements for clean and precise structuring and enable the smallest structures in an efficient way. The latest technical developments in high power excimer lasers is bound to take cost-efficient UV-laser micro processing to the next level and bridges the gap between achievable precision and achievable throughput. New excimer laser developments and beam concepts together with latest performance data for upscaling both UV power and UV pulse energy will be the topic of this paper against the background of upcoming market trends and high volume applications.

  19. Laser Ablation for Medical Applications

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    Hayashi, Ken-Ichi

    Medical applications of laser are measurement, laser surgery, in-situ monitoring, and processing of medical devices. In this paper, author briefly reviews the trends of medical applications, describes some new applications, and then discuss about the future trends and problems of medical applications. At present, the domestic market of laser equipment for medical applications is nearly 1/10 of that for industrial applications, which has registered significant growth continuously. Laser surgery as a minimum invasive surgery under arthroscope is expected to decrease the pain of patients. Precise processing such as cutting and welding is suitable for manufacturing medical devices. Pulsed laser deposition has been successfully applied to the thin film coating. The corneal refractive surgery by ArF excimer laser has been widely accepted for its highly safe operation. Laser ablation for retinal implant in the visual prosthesis is one of the promising applications of laser ablation in medicine. New applications with femtosecond laser are expected in the near future.

  20. Excimer lamp as an effective alternative treatment for severe alopecia areata

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    Tzu-Chien Hsu

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The treatment response of alopecia areata (AA is often unpredictable. The aim of this study was to report the efficacy of an excimer lamp in treating AA. Seventeen AA patients were included. The overall response rate was 41.1%, and the satisfactory response rate was 29.4%. In patients with severe AA, the response rate was 50%. The therapeutic effect of the excimer lamp was evident by internal control. The onset of improvement occurred after 2 months, and only mild side effects were noted. Our results suggest that the 308-nm excimer lamp is a safe alternative treatment for AA, including those with severe AA.

  1. Defects of crystal structure of Hg1-xCdxTe thin layers growing by pulsed laser deposition

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    Virt, IS; Rudyj, IO; Frugynskiji, MS; Kurilo, [No Value; Sagan, P; Zawislak, J; Kuzma, M

    2003-01-01

    Hg1-xCdxTe layers have been obtained by pulsed laser deposition method using two types of lasers: YAG:Nd3+ (tau = 250 mus or 40 ns) and excimer (tau = 25 ns). The crystal structures of layers were investigated by the electron diffraction method. The dependence of the laser beam parameters on the

  2. Monitoring excimer formation of perylene dye molecules within PMMA-based nanofiber via FLIM method

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    Inci, Mehmet Naci; Acikgoz, Sabriye; Demir, Mustafa Muamer

    2016-04-01

    Confocal fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy method is used to obtain individual fluorescence intensity and lifetime values of aromatic Perylene dye molecules encapsulated into PMMA based nanofibers. Fluorescence spectrum of aromatic hydrocarbon dye molecules, like perylene, depends on the concentration of dye molecules and these dye molecules display an excimeric emission band besides monomeric emission bands. Due to the dimension of a nanofiber is comparable to the monomer emission wavelength, the presence of nanofibers does not become effective on the decay rates of a single perylene molecule and its lifetime remains unchanged. When the concentration of perylene increases, molecular motion of the perylene molecule is restricted within nanofibers so that excimer emission arises from the partially overlapped conformation. As compared to free excimer emission of perylene, time-resolved experiments show that the fluorescence lifetime of excimer emission of perylene, which is encapsulated into NFs, gets shortened dramatically. Such a decrease in the lifetime is measured to be almost 50 percent, which indicates that the excimer emission of perylene molecules is more sensitive to change in the surrounding environment due to its longer wavelength. Fluorescence lifetime measurements are typically used to confirm the presence of excimers and to construct an excimer formation map of these dye molecules.

  3. Photorefractive damage resistance in Ti:PPLN waveguides with ridge geometry

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    Pal, Shantanu; Das, Bijoy Krishna; Sohler, Wolfgang

    2015-09-01

    A theoretical analysis of the photorefractive sensitivity of Ti:PPLN ridge waveguides in comparison with conventional Ti:PPLN channel waveguides is presented. In particular, intensity-dependent photorefraction, effective indices, waveguide modes and power-dependent SHG in Ti:PPLN ridge and channel waveguides are modeled for a wide range of parameters. Results predict a much better damage resistance of Ti:PPLN waveguides with ridge geometry in comparison with conventional indiffused channels. This superiority of ridge waveguides is attributed to their higher effective refractive index contrast and more tightly confined guided modes. The theoretical predictions are supported by experimental results for second harmonic generation (SHG) at room temperature and for light-induced detuning characteristics of the phase-matching wavelength.

  4. Major improvements of the photorefractive and photovoltaic properties in potassium niobate

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    Evans, D. R.; Cook, G.; Carns, J. L.; Saleh, M. A.; Basun, S. A.; Seim, J. M.; Mizell, G. J.

    2006-01-01

    Optical and electrical measurements have been made on a new codoped potassium niobate crystal (KNbO3:Fe,Ag) that yields a significant enhancement of the photorefractive and photovoltaic effects when compared with the published results for singly doped potassium niobate crystals. The codoped Ag impurity enters the K site, rather than the typical Nb site, thus changing the local field in the lattice. It is believed that Fe perturbed by the Ag in the K site is responsible for an enhancement of the linear absorption and photocurrent, as well as a probable increase in the effective trap density. An enhanced trap density is likely the cause of the increased photorefractive counterpropagating two-beam coupling efficiency.

  5. Two Beam Energy Exchange in Hybrid Liquid Crystal Cells with Photorefractive Field Controlled Boundary Conditions (Postprint)

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    2016-09-12

    photorefractive layers. The cell is illuminated by two intersecting coherent light beams E1 =A1 (z) e1 exp (ik1r − iω t) and E2 = A2 (z) e2 exp (ik2r − iω t). The...photorefractive substrates and LC possess non-linear properties that require A1(z), A2 (z) to change as a function of position. The bisector of the...anchoring energy w: w =1 - dotted , 10 - dashed, 102 - solid. The modulation parameters m(−L/2)=m(L/2)= 0.1, parameters α1 = 0.02, α2 =−0.02, cell

  6. Photorefractive writing and probing of anisotropic linear and non-linear lattices

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    Allio, Raphaël; Cantillano, Camilo; Morales-Inostroza, Luis; Lopez-Gonzalez, Dany; Etcheverry, Sebastián; Vicencio, Rodrigo A; Armijo, Julien

    2014-01-01

    We experimentally study the writing of one- and two-dimensional photorefractive lattices and the propagation of linear and nonlinear waves inside them. Using plane waves, we perform a time-resolved study of lattice writing and find good agreement with transient and steady-state photorefractive theory. In particular, the ratio of the drift to diffusion terms is proportional to the lattice period. We then analyze various wave propagation schemes. For focussed linear waves with broad transverse spectrum, we note that both the intensity distributions in real space ("discrete diffraction") and Fourier space ("Brillouin zone spectroscopy") reflect the Bragg planes and band structure. For non-linear waves, we observe modulational instability and time-domain discrete solitons formation. We discuss also the non-ideal effects inherent to the photo-induction technique : anisotropy, parasitic nonlinearity, diffusive term, and non-stationarity.

  7. Laser Induced Surface Chemical Epitaxy

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    1990-03-01

    eV was observed in this study for DMTe adlay ,,;s annealed at 423 K, a condition which is likely to produce a metallic Te adlayer , the Cd 3d5 /2...processes were studied by irradiating the adlayer with ultraviolet photons produced by a Questek excimer laser. These were introduced into the deposition...binding energy observed for similarly annealed DMCd adlayers was 405.1 eV. Based on room temperature measurements and ligand shift and electronegativity

  8. Comparative study of two silicone hydrogel contact lenses used as bandage contact lenses after photorefractive keratectomy

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    Hasan Razmjoo; Elham Abdi; Sayna Atashkadi; Reza, Akhlaghi M; Peyman A Reza; Mojtaba Akbari

    2012-01-01

    Background: Silicon hydrogel bandage contact lenses are used to enhance epithelial healing, control surface-generated pain, and prevent epithelial erosions after refractive surgery. Considering the importance of faster reepithelialization in preventing complications of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and the fact that the features and specifications of these commercially-available lenses are different and their performance as a postoperative bandage lenses would be different also, the aim o...

  9. Comparative Study of Two Silicone Hydrogel Contact Lenses used as Bandage Contact Lenses after Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    Razmjoo, Hasan; Abdi, Elham; Atashkadi, Sayna; Reza, Akhlaghi M; Peyman A Reza; Akbari, Mojtaba

    2012-01-01

    Background: Silicon hydrogel bandage contact lenses are used to enhance epithelial healing, control surface-generated pain, and prevent epithelial erosions after refractive surgery. Considering the importance of faster reepithelialization in preventing complications of photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and the fact that the features and specifications of these commercially-available lenses are different and their performance as a postoperative bandage lenses would be different also, the aim o...

  10. Corneal-Wavefront guided transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy after corneal collagen cross linking in keratoconus

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    Camellin, Massimo; Guidotti, Jacopo Maria; Arba Mosquera, Samuel

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the efficacy and safety of Corneal-Wavefront guided transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (TransPRK) after corneal collagen cross linking (CXL) in keratoconic patients. Methods In this retrospective, non-comparative, consecutive case series, 39 keratoconic eyes underwent Corneal-Wavefront guided TransPRK for the correction of aberrations at least 4 months after conventional CXL at SEKAL Rovigo Microsurgery Centre, Rovigo, Italy. Two eyes (5%) underwent a secondary la...

  11. Laser characteristics and interferometric process and sensor applications

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    Glatz, Otto

    2005-04-01

    Begin Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs) are basic elements in DWDM technology. They are produced by UV illumination. UV light sources have been steadily improved to meet the demands of FBG writing industry. We want to characterize some parameters of interest of a simple, line-narrowed excimer laser source, its improvements and contribution to interferometric non-proximity FBG writing. Parameters of interest to be discussed are the temporal and spatial coherence length, the beam stability and spectrum control of produced FBG. With a temporal coherence length of ~ 5 mm it is possible to utilize cost efficient excimer laser technology for the interferometric non-proximity FBG writing process. Correspondingly the line-narrowed Excimer laser can replace expensive frequency doubled Argon ion lasers driving interferometric FBG writing set-ups in production and R & D. Beyond it FBGs for sensor applications play an important role. They have the potential for the measurement of strain / deformation and temperature with applications including monitoring of highways, bridges, aerospace components and chemical and biological sensors. We want to discuss the requirements for excimer lasers for this application: The spatial coherence length, beam profile, pointing and energy stability.

  12. Phase-shifting holography using Bragg and non-Bragg orders in photorefractive lithium niobate

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    Abeywickrema, Ujitha; Banerjee, Partha

    2014-09-01

    Holographic interferometry is an effective and rich method for measuring very small (order of a wavelength) deformations of an object and is widely used for non-destructive testing. In this work, the use of photorefractive materials for implementing real time phase shifting holographic interferometry is examined in detail. Bragg and non-Bragg orders generated during two- and multi-beam coupling in a photorefractive material can be used to retrieve the deformation of the object, or the phase information of the object. In previous work, it has been shown that object deformation can be determined from monitoring Bragg and non-Bragg orders. Preliminary experiments for determining the depth profile of an object have been reported, along with approximate analytic solutions for the Bragg and non-Bragg orders for the case of interacting plane waves. In this work, the exact solutions of Bragg and non-Bragg orders are found from numerically solving the interaction equations in a photorefractive material. It is shown that if the grating written in the material using two waves is read out by a reference and the object, the resulting Bragg and non-Bragg orders contain the information of the object phase, and is dependent on material parameters and the writing and reading beam intensities. Similarities and differences between this dynamic holographic technique and the traditional phase shifting digital holography are extensively discussed.

  13. UV laser ablation of parylene films from gold substrates

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    O. R. Musaev, P. Scott, J. M. Wrobel, and M. B. Kruger

    2009-11-19

    Parylene films, coating gold substrates, were removed by laser ablation using 248 nm light from an excimer laser. Each sample was processed by a different number of pulses in one of three different environments: air at atmospheric pressure, nitrogen at atmospheric pressure, and vacuum. The laser-induced craters were analyzed by optical microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Multi-pulse ablation thresholds of gold and parylene were estimated.

  14. Prospective, randomized, fellow eye comparison of WaveLight® Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q versus VISX CustomVueTM STAR S4 IRTM in photorefractive keratectomy: analysis of visual outcomes and higher-order aberrations

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    2011-08-01

    -optimized group (P = 0.091, P = 0.115, P = 0.459, respectively, only spherical aberration increased significantly (P = 0.014. Similar increases were found in wavefront-guided root mean square of total higher-order aberration (P = 0.113, coma (P = 0.403, trefoil (P = 0.603, and spherical aberration (P = 0.014. There was no significant difference in spherical aberration change when comparing the two platforms. The wavefront-guided group showed an increase in contrast sensitivity at 12 cycles per degree (P = 0.013.Conclusion: Both VISX CustomVue and WaveLight Allegretto platforms performed equally in terms of visual acuity, safety, and predictability in photorefractive keratectomy. The wavefront-guided group showed slightly improved contrast sensitivity. Both lasers induced a comparable degree of statistically significant spherical aberration, and tended to increase other higher-order aberration measures as well.Keywords: wavefront-guided, wavefront-optimized, photorefractive keratectomy

  15. Very Heavily Doped N-Type GaAs Obtained With Pulsed Laser Annealing

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    Rys, Andrzej; Chin, Tim; Compaan, Alvin; Bhat, Ajit

    1988-08-01

    A study of carrier activation and mobility was performed in pulsed laser annealed samples of GaAs implanted with doses of Si and Se from 2.2x1012 to 6.0x1014 cm-2. The samples were annealed using a pulsed XeCl excimer laser ( λ=308 nm) and a pulsed dye laser ( λ=728 nm) with energy densities from 0.1 to 0.9 J/cm2 and a 10 nsec pulse. Very high carrier concentrations of 3x1019 and 1.5x1019 cm-3 were obtained for best n-type GaAs samples annealed with the dye laser and excimer laser, respectively. Dye laser consistently produced higher activation than excimer laser annealing. A transient reflectivity experiment was performed to identify the GaAs melt threshold and the melt phase dynamics of the GaAs,under the nitride cap. The threshold energies for cap damage were 0.34 and 0.12 J/cm2 for excimer and dye lasers, respectively. High carrier activation, as measured by Van der Pauw method, was achieved even for lightly doped samples although the room temperature Hall mobility was low. Raman spectroscopy was used to identify the threshold energies for the GaAs implant layer recrystallization and for optimum carrier activation.

  16. Lasers.

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    Passeron, T

    2012-12-01

    Lasers are a very effective approach for treating many hyperpigmented lesions. They are the gold standard treatment for actinic lentigos and dermal hypermelanocytosis, such as Ota nevus. Becker nevus, hyperpigmented mosaicisms, and lentigines can also be successfully treated with lasers, but they could be less effective and relapses can be observed. However, lasers cannot be proposed for all types of hyperpigmentation. Thus, freckles and café-au-lait macules should not be treated as the relapses are nearly constant. Due to its complex pathophysiology, melasma has a special place in hyperpigmented dermatoses. Q-switched lasers (using standard parameters or low fluency) should not be used because of consistent relapses and the high risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Paradoxically, targeting the vascular component of the melasma lesion with lasers could have a beneficial effect. However, these results have yet to be confirmed. In all cases, a precise diagnosis of the type of hyperpigmentation is mandatory before any laser treatment, and the limits and the potential side effects of the treatment must be clearly explained to patients. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  17. [Lasers].

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    Passeron, T

    2012-11-01

    Lasers are a very effective approach for treating many hyperpigmented lesions. They are the gold standard treatment for actinic lentigos and dermal hypermelanocytosis, such as Ota nevus. Becker nevus, hyperpigmented mosaicisms, and lentigines can also be successfully treated with lasers, but they could be less effective and relapses can be observed. However, lasers cannot be proposed for all types of hyperpigmentation. Thus, freckles and café-au-lait macules should not be treated as the relapses are nearly constant. Due to its complex pathophysiology, melasma has a special place in hyperpigmented dermatoses. Q-switched lasers (using standard parameters or low fluency) should not be used because of consistent relapses and the high risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Paradoxically, targeting the vascular component of the melasma lesion with lasers could have a beneficial effect. However, these results have yet to be confirmed. In all cases, a precise diagnosis of the type of hyperpigmentation is mandatory before any laser treatment, and the limits and the potential side effects of the treatment must be clearly explained to patients. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  18. Mid-infrared pulsed laser ablation of the arterial wall. Mechanical origin of "acoustic" wall damage and its effect on wall healing

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    van Erven, L.; van Leeuwen, T. G.; Post, M. J.; van der Veen, M. J.; Velema, E.; Borst, C.

    1992-01-01

    Pulsed mid-infrared lasers are an alternative to excimer lasers for transluminal angioplasty. The mid-infrared lasers, however, were reported to produce "acoustic" wall damage that might impair the immediate and long-term results. To study the immediate and long-term effects on the arterial wall,

  19. Sulfur vacancies in photorefractive Sn{sub 2}P{sub 2}S{sub 6} crystals

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    Golden, E. M.; Giles, N. C. [Department of Engineering Physics, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433 (United States); Basun, S. A. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433 (United States); Azimuth Corporation, 4134 Linden Avenue, Suite 300, Dayton, Ohio 45431 (United States); Grabar, A. A.; Stoika, I. M. [Institute of Solid State Physics and Chemistry, Uzhgorod National University, 88 000 Uzhgorod (Ukraine); Evans, D. R. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433 (United States); Halliburton, L. E. [Azimuth Corporation, 4134 Linden Avenue, Suite 300, Dayton, Ohio 45431 (United States); Department of Physics and Astronomy, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506 (United States)

    2014-12-28

    A photoinduced electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum in single crystals of Sn{sub 2}P{sub 2}S{sub 6} (SPS) is assigned to an electron trapped at a sulfur vacancy. These vacancies are unintentionally present in undoped SPS crystals and are expected to play an important role in the photorefractive behavior of the material. Nonparamagnetic sulfur vacancies are formed during the initial growth of the crystal. Subsequent illumination below 100 K with 442 nm laser light easily converts these vacancies to EPR-active defects. The resulting S = 1/2 spectrum shows well-resolved and nearly isotropic hyperfine interactions with two P ions and two Sn ions. Partially resolved interactions with four additional neighboring Sn ions are also observed. Principal values of the g matrix are 1.9700, 1.8946, and 1.9006, with the corresponding principal axes along the a, b, and c directions in the crystal. The isotropic parts of the two primary {sup 31}P hyperfine interactions are 19.5 and 32.6 MHz and the isotropic parts of the two primary Sn hyperfine interactions are 860 and 1320 MHz (the latter values are each an average for {sup 117}Sn and {sup 119}Sn). These hyperfine results suggest that singly ionized sulfur vacancies have a diffuse wave function in SPS crystals, and thus are shallow donors. Before illumination, sulfur vacancies are in the doubly ionized charge state because of compensation by unidentified acceptors. They then trap an electron during illumination. The EPR spectrum from the sulfur vacancy is destroyed when a crystal is heated above 120 K in the dark and reappears when the crystal is illuminated again at low temperature.

  20. Lasers and beam delivery options for polycrystalline thin-film scribing

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    Compaan, A. D.; Matulionis, I.; Nakade, S.

    1999-03-01

    We have investigated the use of several different types of lasers for scribing of the thin film materials: CdTe, CuInGaSe2, ZnO, SnO2, Mo, Al, and Au. The lasers included several types of Nd: YAG (1064 and 532 nm wavelengths), Cu vapor (511/578 nm), XeCl excimer (308 nm), and KrF excimer (248 nm). Pulse durations ranged from ˜0.1 nsec to ˜250 ns. We found that the Nd: YAG systems work well for almost all of the above materials except for the transparent conductor ZnO, for which the two excimer lasers showed good performance. Pulse duration was found generally not to be critical except for the case of CIGS on Mo where longer pulse durations appear advantageous.

  1. The Advanced Oxidation Process (UV-Ozonation Type) Assisted By Excimer Lamp

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    Ikematsu, Tomokazu; Hayashi, Nobuya; Ihara, Satoshi; Satoh, Saburoh; Yamabe, Chobei

    2003-10-01

    The advanced oxidation processes utilizing the excimer lamp was developed for water purification. The UV light with the wavelength of 222nm that destructs the hydrogen peroxide to hydroxyl radical realizes the AOPs. In this paper, the KrCl excimer lamp with the wavelength of 222 nm was adopted for UV-ozonation type AOP, in order to treat the water with organic acid (humic acid). The lamp was made of quartz glasses with a coaxial cylindrical shape. The grounded copper electrode was rolled on the outer side of the glass tube. The excimer gas flows in the gap of the glass tube between outer and inner electrodes. The UV light from the discharge was irradiated to ozonated water that flows inside the glass tube. The enhancement of reduction rate of the organic compound dissolved in water was achieved using UV excimer lamp with the wavelength of 222 nm. When the excimer gas pressure was 200 Torr, maximum discharge power was obtained and light emission intensity at 222 nm was highest. The reduction rate of the UV light irradiation (9 kV, 200 Torr) was larger than that of ozonation only, and the reduction rate was improved from 40

  2. Contrasting the beam interaction characteristics of selected lasers with a partially stabilised zirconia (PSZ) bio-ceramic

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    Differences in the beam interaction characteristics of a CO2 laser, a Nd:YAG laser, a high power diode laser (HPDL) and an excimer laser with a partially stabilised zirconia (PSZ) bio-ceramic have been studied. A derivative of Beer-Lambert’s law was applied and the laser beam absorption lengths of the four lasers were calculated as 33.55 x 10-3 cm for the CO2 laser, 18.22 x 10-3 cm for the Nd:YAG laser, 17.17 x 10-3 cm for the HPDL and 8.41 x 10-6 cm for the excimer laser. It was determined g...

  3. A quencher-free molecular beacon design based on pyrene excimer fluorescence using pyrene-labeled UNA (unlocked nucleic acid)

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    Karlsen, Kasper Kannegård; Okholm, Anders Hauge; Kjems, Jørgen

    2013-01-01

    A quencher-free molecular beacon capable of generating pyrene excimer fluorescence has been constructed using strategically positioned pyrene-UNA monomers. Hybridization of a fully complementary RNA target was accompanied by a pyrene excimer emission increase of more than 900%, and detection of R...... in living cells was demonstrated....

  4. A quencher-free molecular beacon design based on pyrene excimer fluorescence using pyrene-labeled UNA (unlocked nucleic acid)

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    Karlsen, Kasper Kannegård; Okholm, Anders Hauge; Kjems, Jørgen

    2013-01-01

    A quencher-free molecular beacon capable of generating pyrene excimer fluorescence has been constructed using strategically positioned pyrene-UNA monomers. Hybridization of a fully complementary RNA target was accompanied by a pyrene excimer emission increase of more than 900%, and detection of RNA...

  5. Fellow eye treatment in excimer photo refractive keratectomy

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    Rao Srinivas

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To describe symmetry of response in fellow eyes of patients undergoing photorefractive keratectomy (PRK for myopia, analyse the risk factors leading to asymmetry in response and to determine if delayed treatment of the second eye increases safety and predictability of PRK. Methods: Retrospective review of case records of 133 patients who underwent bilateral myopic PRK and had a minimum follow up of 6 months in both eyes. Results: Postoperative uncorrected visual acuity, spherical equivalent (SE refraction within ±1D of emmetropia, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA and corneal haze were not significantly different in fellow eyes of patients undergoing PRK for myopia. Of 87 eyes in group 1 (myopia <6D, 96.6% had uncorrected visual acuity ≥6/ 12, 89.7% were within ±1D of emmetropia, none lost ≥1 line BCVA, and none had haze ≥grade 3. Similar results for 98 eyes in group II (myopia 6 to 9.9D were 75.6%, 55.1%, 2.0% and 2.0% respectively. For 81 eyes in group III (myopia ≥ 10D the results were 42.7%, 33.3%, 8.6%, and 4.9% respectively. Among 84 patients with similar preoperative myopia in both eyes, 54 (64.3% patients had a postoperative SE difference ≤ ID in fellow eyes. Risk factors for asymmetric response among fellow eyes included increasing preoperative myopia (p<0.001 and dissimilar treatment technique in the two eyes (p=0.03. Corneal haze did not increase significantly after the third postoperative month. Conclusion: This study demonstrates that considerable symmetry of response exists in fellow eyes of patients undergoing myopic PRK. Early PRK in the fellow eye of patients with < 6 D myopia is safe and allows quick visual rehabilitation of the patient. In patients with myopia ≥6D, a 3-month interval before treating the second eye may improve the safety of the procedure.

  6. Lasers in endodontics: an overview

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    Frentzen, Matthias; Braun, Andreas; Koort, Hans J.

    2002-06-01

    The interest in endodontic use of dental laser systems is increasing. Developing laser technology and a better understanding of laser effects widened the spectrum of possible endodontic indications. Various laser systems including excimer-, argon+-, diode-, Nd:YAG-, Er:YAG- and CO2-lasers are used in pulp diagnosis, treatment of hypersensitivity, pulp capping, sterilization of root canals, root canal shaping and obturation or apicoectomy. With the development of new delivery systems - thin and flexible fibers - for many different wavelengths laser applications in endodontics may increase. Since laser devices are still relatively costly, access to them is limited. Most of the clinical applications are laser assisted procedures such as the removing of pulp remnants and debris or disinfection of infected root canals. The essential question is whether a laser can provide improved treatment over conventional care. To perform laser therapy in endodontics today different laser types with adopted wavelengths and pulse widths are needed, each specific to a particular application. Looking into the future we will need endodontic laser equipment providing optimal laser parameters for different treatment modalities. Nevertheless, the quantity of research reports from the last decade promises a genuine future for lasers in endodontics.

  7. The simultaneous enhancement of photorefraction and optical damage resistance in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 crystals

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    Zheng, Dahuai; Kong, Yongfa; Liu, Shiguo; Chen, Muling; Chen, Shaolin; Zhang, Ling; Rupp, Romano; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-02-01

    For a long time that optical damage was renamed as photorefraction, here we find that the optical damage resistance and photorefraction can be simultaneously enhanced in MgO and Bi2O3 co-doped LiNbO3 (LN:Bi,Mg). The photorefractive response time of LN:Bi,Mg was shortened to 170 ms while the photorefractive sensitivity reached up to 21 cm2/J. Meanwhile, LN:Bi,Mg crystals could withstand a light intensity higher than 106  W/cm2 without apparent optical damage. Our experimental results indicate that photorefraction doesn’t equal to optical damage. The underground mechanism was analyzed and attributed to that diffusion dominates the transport process of charge carriers, that is to say photorefraction causes only slight optical damage under diffusion mechanism, which is very important for the practical applications of photorefractive crystals, such as in holographic storage, integrated optics and 3D display.

  8. Comparison of visual and refractive results after transepithelial and mechanical photorefractive keratectomy in myopia.

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    Yildirim, Yusuf; Olcucu, Onur; Alagoz, Nese; Agca, Alper; Karakucuk, Yalcin; Demirok, Ahmet

    2017-03-27

    To compare postoperative visual outcomes and higher-order aberrations (HOAs) following transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (t-PRK) and mechanical photorefractive keratectomy (m-PRK). The medical records of patients who underwent photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) were retrospectively evaluated. Forty-five patients were treated with m-PRK, and 45 were treated with t-PRK. Visual acuity, subjective manifest refraction, and corneal topography were analyzed before surgery and 12 months after surgery for both groups. Total HOAs, spherical, coma, and trefoil aberrations were derived from topography data over the 6-mm corneal zone. In the m-PRK group, the mean preoperative spherical equivalence (SE) changed from -3.15 ± 0.70 D preoperatively to -0.24 ± 0.70 D 1 year postoperatively. Likewise, SE decreased from -3.36 ± 0.63 to -0.25 ± 0.63 D in the t-PRK group 1 year after the surgery. The number of eyes within ± 0.50 D of the target refraction was 89% for m-PRK and 87% for t-PRK groups (p = 0.20). Eighty-four percentage of eyes in the t-PRK group and 80% of eyes in the m-PRK group showed an uncorrected distance visual acuity of 20/25 or better (p = 0.24). Total HOAs, spherical aberration, coma, and trefoil aberrations increased in both groups after surgery, but no statistically significant differences were detected postoperatively among the corneal aberrations. t-PRK and m-PRK result in comparable refractive results for the correction of low and moderate myopia. Corneal aberrations induced by t-PRK and m-PRK were similar. Epithelial removal techniques do not affect visual, refractive results, or HOAs in PRK.

  9. Laser scribing of polycrystalline thin films

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    Compaan, A. D.; Matulionis, I.; Nakade, S.

    2000-07-01

    We have investigated the use of several different types of lasers for scribing of the polycrystalline materials used for thin-film solar cells: CdTe, CuInGaSe 2 (CIGS), ZnO, SnO 2, Mo, Al, and Au. The lasers included four different neodymium-yttrium-aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) (both 1064 and 532 nm wavelengths), a Cu vapor (511/578 nm), an XeCl excimer (308 nm), and a KrF excimer (248 nm). Pulse durations ranged from ˜0.1 to ˜250 ns. We found that the fundamental and frequency-doubled wavelengths of the Nd:YAG systems work well for almost all of the above materials except for the transparent conductor ZnO. The diode-laser-pumped Nd:YAG was particularly convenient to use. For ZnO the uv wavelengths of the two excimer lasers produced good results. Pulse duration was found generally not to be critical except for the case of CIGS on Mo where longer pulse durations (≥250 ns) are advantageous. The frequently observed problem of ridge formation along the edges of scribe lines in the semiconductor films can be eliminated by control of intensity gradients at the film through adjustment of the focus conditions.

  10. M input radix p optical logic operations in a photorefractive BaTiO(3) crystal.

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    Park, H K; Kwon, W H; Lee, K Y; Eom, S Y

    1990-09-10

    A generalized coding algorithm for multiple inputs multiple-valued logic operations is proposed. This algorithm can reduce the unused pixels generated in the encoding process of the odd number of inputs. Using circle-type coded patterns and the correlation property in a photorefractive BaTiO(3) crystal, m input radix p logic operations are made possible. Detailed descriptions and advantages of the proposed method are presented and its effectiveness is demonstrated in the case of a three-input binary system. Uses for the proposed method, including binary half-adder/subtractor and binary multiplier, are given.

  11. Photorefractive damage resistance threshold in stoichiometric LiNbO₃:Zr crystals.

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    Kovács, László; Szaller, Zsuzsanna; Lengyel, Krisztián; Péter, Ágnes; Hajdara, Ivett; Mandula, Gábor; Pálfalvi, László; Hebling, János

    2013-08-01

    Several optical methods including ultraviolet absorption, infrared absorption of the hydroxyl ions, Raman spectroscopy, and the Z-scan method have been used to determine the damage resistance threshold in 0-0.72 mol. % Zr-containing, flux-grown, nearly stoichiometric LiNbO₃ single crystals. All spectroscopical methods used indicate that samples containing at least ≈0.085 mol. % Zr in the crystal are above the threshold while Z-scan data locate the photorefractive damage threshold between 0.085 and 0.314 mol. % Zr.

  12. Holographic scattering as a technique to determine the activation energy for thermal fixing in photorefractive materials

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    Ellabban, M. A.; Mandula, G.; Fally, M.; Rupp, R. A.; Kovács, L.

    2001-02-01

    We introduce holographic scattering as a technique to determine the activation energy for thermal fixing of refractive index patterns in photorefractive crystals. After recording a parasitic hologram at ambient temperature, we measured the time dependence of the transmitted intensity at the fixing temperature, to determine the time constant. The temperature dependence of the latter allowed us to evaluate the thermal activation energy. For comparison, we performed an equivalent experiment employing the standard two-wave mixing method. The values obtained using the two techniques agree very well.

  13. Laser ablation threshold of cultural heritage metals

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    Lorusso, A.; Nassisi, V.; Buccolieri, A.; Buccolieri, G.; Castellano, A.; Leo, L. S.; di Giulio, M.; Torrisi, L.; Caridi, F.; Borrielli, A.

    The present work has the purpose to evaluate experimentally the ablation threshold fluences of copper, silver, and their alloys in order to induce a safety laser cleaning of the metal artifacts avoiding damages to the bulkE We used two different pulsed lasers: a KrF excimer laser operating at 248 nm, 23 ns pulse duration and a Nd:YAG laser operating at 532 nm (second harmonic), 3 ns pulse. Preliminary experimental results about the laser cleaning of bronze coins will be reported. The laser cleaning consists on the reduction of the chlorine concentration from the surface of the coins. The laser cleaning, carried out by the KrF laser, provides a safe way of removing the chlorine concentration as the Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence analyses will demonstrate.

  14. Selective laser cleaning of chlorine on ancient coins

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    Aiello, Domenico; Buccolieri, Alessandro; Buccolieri, Giovanni; Castellano, Alfredo; Di Giulio, Massimo; Leo, Laura Sandra; Lorusso, Antonella; Nassisi, Gloria; Nassisi, Vincenzo; Torrisi, Lorenzo

    2007-05-01

    Results about the efficiency of the laser cleaning on the reduction of corrosion products from the surface of ancient coins are reported. In this work an ancient copper coin datable from 1500 to 1600 A.D. and a UV excimer laser were utilized. The goal of this work consists to study the potentiality of UV laser treatment in the reduction of the chlorine concentration on the coin surface which is the main responsible of the corrosion processes of the ancient coins. We used Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) techniques to estimate the chemical composition of the coin surface, before and after UV excimer laser cleaning. In particular, we measured the chlorine, copper and calcium concentrations. We found that a radiation dose of about 19 J/cm2 was able to reduce the chlorine concentration from 2.3 % w/w to 0.6 % w/w without damaging the metal bulk.

  15. Unique effects of the chain lengths and anions of tetra-alkylammonium salts on quenching pyrene excimer.

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    Jang, Hyun-Sook; Zhao, Jing; Lei, Yu; Nieh, Mu-Ping

    2014-09-10

    Pyrene (Py) excimer, through its unique fluorescence quenching, exhibits high sensitivity and high selectivity in detecting specific electron-deficient molecules, providing a potential platform for sensing technology, optical switch, and probing hydrophobicity of molecular environment. In solution state, its quenching mechanism has been well-studied. However, there remain many unknown properties regarding the quenching mechanism of the solid-state Py excimer. In this paper, the effects of a series of tetra-alkylammonium salts (with a variety of chain lengths and anions) on Py excimer quenching are investigated to identify the controlling parameters of the fluorescence quenching in the binary system. Several experimental approaches including steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy, UV absorption, (13)C-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and time-dependent fluorescence decay are employed to seek for the fundamental understanding of the quenching mechanism. The result indicates a unique quenching effect of tetrabutylammonium cation on the pyrene excimer, and which is not observed in the other cations with different chain lengths (the same associated hexafluorophosphate anions). Meanwhile, hexafluorophosphate anion (in the presence of tetrabutylammonium) is able to effectively retain Py excimer fluorescence when the system is prepared by evaporating solvent at high temperature. It is also confirmed that dynamic quenching is involved in the process. Hydrophobic environment around Py molecules shows strong correlation with the formation of Py excimer. The knowledge obtained in this study provides the insights to how the interaction between salt and Py molecule affects the excimer fluorescence.

  16. Spectroscopic study of laser irradiated chromatin

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    Radu, Liliana; Mihailescu, I.; Gazdaru, Doina; Preoteasa, V.

    2013-04-01

    The effects of three UV excimer laser radiations, with wavelengths of 193, 248 and 282 nm respectively, on the structure of chromatin (the complex of deoxyribonucleic acid with proteins that exists in eukaryotic cells nuclei) were investigated. The chromatin was extracted from livers of Winstar rats. The spectroscopic methods used are: fluorescence (Förster) resonance energy transfer (FRET), time resolved fluorescence and steady-state fluorescence. A chromatin deoxyribonucleic acid radiolysis, a chromatin proteins damage and a change of the global chromatin structure on lasers action were indicated by this study. It exists some small differences between the actions of these three laser radiations.

  17. Spectroscopic study of laser irradiated chromatin

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    Radu, Liliana, E-mail: liliana1radu@gmail.com [V. Babes National Institute, Department of Molecular Genetics and Radiobiology (Romania); Mihailescu, I. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Department of Lasers (Romania); Gazdaru, Doina [Faculty of Physics, Bucharest University, Department of Biophysics (Romania); Preoteasa, V. [V. Babes National Institute, Department of Molecular Genetics and Radiobiology (Romania)

    2013-04-15

    The effects of three UV excimer laser radiations, with wavelengths of 193, 248 and 282 nm respectively, on the structure of chromatin (the complex of deoxyribonucleic acid with proteins that exists in eukaryotic cells nuclei) were investigated. The chromatin was extracted from livers of Winstar rats. The spectroscopic methods used are: fluorescence (Foerster) resonance energy transfer (FRET), time resolved fluorescence and steady-state fluorescence. A chromatin deoxyribonucleic acid radiolysis, a chromatin proteins damage and a change of the global chromatin structure on lasers action were indicated by this study. It exists some small differences between the actions of these three laser radiations.

  18. Pustular Palmoplantar Psoriasis Successfully Treated with Nb-UVB Monochromatic Excimer Light: A Case-Report

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    Serena Gianfaldoni

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Barber’s palmoplantar pustulosis (PPP is a form of localised pustular psoriasis, affecting the palmar and plantar surfaces. It is a chronic disease, with a deep impact on the patients’ quality of life. The Authors discuss a case of Baber Psoriasis successfully treated with monochromatic excimer light.

  19. Light-induced charge transport processes in photorefractive barium titanate doped with rhodium and iron

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    van Stevendaal, U.; Buse, K.; Kämper, S.; Hesse, H.; Krätzig, E.

    1996-10-01

    Absorption, light-induced absorption changes, photo and dark conductivities, bulk photovoltaic currents and two-beam coupling gain coefficients are measured for oxidized, as grown and reduced BaTiO3:Rh,Fe crystals. The oxidized sample shows hole conductivity and three photorefractive levels are present: Rh4+/5+ Fe4+/5+ and Rh3+/4+. The measurements indicate that Rh3+/4+ is responsible for the photo conductivity and that its energy level is located (0.9 ± 0.1) eV above the valence band edge. The as grown sample also shows hole conductivity and two photorefractive levels are involved: Rh3+/4+ and Fe 3+/4+. The results yield that the Fe3+/4+ level is located (0.95 ± 0.05) eV above the valence band edge. In the reduced sample electrons are the dominant charge carriers and two levels are of importance. The shallow one is located (0.39 ± 0.05) eV below the conduction band edge. Here the performance of this crystal is strongly impaired by a pronounced sublinear photo conductivity.

  20. Post-photorefractive keratectomy contact lens microbiological findings of individuals who work in a hospital environment.

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    Pereira, Carlos Eduardo Gonçalves; Hida, Richard Yudi; Silva, Cely Barreto; de Andrade, Marizilda Rita; Fioravanti-Lui, Giovana Arlene; Lui-Netto, Adamo

    2015-05-01

    To describe the microbiological findings from bandage contact lenses in patients who work in a hospital environment submitted to photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). This prospective comparative case series enrolled 43 eyes of 22 volunteers (28.05 ± 3.50 years). Fourteen individuals (n = 27) were health care professionals who work in health care facilities or community physician's offices. Eight individuals (n = 16) were patients who do not work in hospital environment. Photorefractive keratectomy was performed using standard technique, and a silicone hydrogel bandage contact lens was placed on the cornea and evaluated for adequate fit. Seven days after surgery, the bandage lenses were removed and imprinted in the following culture media: blood agar, chocolate agar, anaerobic-selective agar, and Sabouraud agar. When microbial growth was detected, the microorganism was identified, colony-forming units were quantified, and morphology and Gram-staining properties were analyzed. All isolates were tested for susceptibility to various antibiotics. Significance was assessed by Fisher exact test. Microbial growth was detected in 16.27% of all contact lenses samples. No fungi or anaerobes were found. Microbial growth was only observed in bandage lenses removed from patients who work in hospital environments. Most microorganisms found were sensitive to all antibiotics tested. These results suggest that working in hospital environments increase contamination of the contact lenses after PRK.

  1. The Incidence of Central Serous Chorioretinopathy after Photorefractive Keratectomy and Laser In Situ Keratomileusis

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    Majid Moshirfar

    2012-01-01

    A chart review was performed to identify all patients with CSCR and a previous history of LASIK or PRK. Results. Over the 6-year study period, 1 of 4,876 eyes which had LASIK or PRK at the Moran Eye Center was diagnosed with CSCR. One other patient was referred from an outside center, developed CSCR symptoms one month after PRK. Both patients were managed conservatively with a final visual acuity of 20/20 or better. All other patients presented 4 or more years after refractive surgery. Conclusions. We report the first 2 CSCR cases developing within one month after PRK. The low incidence argues against a causal association. Topical corticosteroids or anxiety may elevate cortisol levels presenting therapeutic challenges for the management of CSCR after PRK or LASIK.

  2. Long term results of no-alcohol laser epithelial keratomileusis and photorefractive keratectomy for myopia

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    Leopoldo Spadea

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available RESULTS: Twenty-one eyes and 22 eyes completed follow-up of 60mo in LASEK and PRK group respectively. Manifest refraction at 60mo follow-up was -0.01 and 0.26 in LASEK and PRK group respectively. In the LASEK group mean UDVA and mean CDVA after 60mo were 20/22 and 20/20 respectively (P>0.01. In the PRK group mean UDVA and mean CDVA at 60mo follow-up were 20/20 and 20/20 after 60mo (P>0.01. The efficacy indexes were 0.87 and 0.95, and the safety indexes were 1.25 and 1.4 respectively for LASEK group and PRK group.CONCLUSION:Both standard PRK and no-alcohol LASEK offer safe and effective correction of low-moderate myopia in the long term without any statistically significant difference between the two groups.

  3. Pediatric photorefractive keratectomy for anisometropic amblyopia: A review

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    Somayeh Tafaghodi Yousefi

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Amblyopia is one of the most important reversible eye disorders in children and different treatments are suggested. Early diagnosis and effective treatment in amblyogenic age are important criteria. These critical periods correspond to the period when the child’s developing visual system is sensitive to abnormal input caused by stimulus deprivation, strabismus or significant refractive errors. Traditional treatments such as glass wearing, contact lens used with patch therapy have limitations. Laser corneal refractive surgeries introduce an alternative for the treatment of anisometropic amblyopia. Current indications for refractive surgery include anisometropia, bilateral high myopia and accommodative esotropia. Several reports confirmed that with recent development in keratorefractive surgery, it could be a safe method to be used in children. The goal of the permanent surgical treatment is to reduce refractive errors, treat amblyopia and make better the binocular function. Corneal haze is certainly a major concern in children receiving surface ablation, especially in high myopic treatments. However, controversies still exist on whether it could be done in this population or not. This article reviews the available data about refractive surgery for treating anisometropic amblyopia.

  4. Long Coherence Length 193 nm Laser for High-Resolution Nano-Fabrication

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    2008-06-27

    ArF excimer lasers . In this Phase I STTR we have successfully designed and modeled a solid-state laser source that exceeds our target specifications...briefly in section 6. More details of the fiber modeling and analysis work are given in the appendix. The solid-state196 nm laser system is discussed...will limit the pulse energy . Efficiency of the system is another potential problem, as is scalability in power. A third system would use a 946 nm

  5. Novel laser ion sources

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    Fournier, P; Kugler, H; Lisi, N; Scrivens, R; Rodríguez, F V; Düsterer, S; Sauerbrey, R; Schillinger, H; Theobald, W; Veisz, L; Tisch, J W G; Smith, R A

    2000-01-01

    Development in the field of high-power laser systems with repetition rates of several Hz and energies of few joules is highly active and opening, giving new possibilities for the design of laser ions sources. Preliminary investigations on the use of four different laser and target configurations are presented: (1) A small CO/sub 2/ laser (100 mJ, 10.6 mu m) focused onto a polyethylene target to produce C ions at 1 Hz repetition rate (CERN). (2) An excimer XeCl laser (6 J, 308 nm) focused onto solid targets (Frascati). (3) A femtosecond Ti: sapphire laser (250 mJ, 800 nm) directed onto a solid targets (Jena). (4) A picosecond Nd: yttrium-aluminum-garnet (0.3 J, 532 nm) focused into a dense medium of atomic clusters and onto solid targets (London). The preliminary experimental results and the most promising schemes will be discussed with respect to the scaling of the production of high numbers of highly charged ions. Different lasers are compared in terms of current density at 1 m distance for each charge state...

  6. A novel diode laser system for photodynamic therapy

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    Samsøe, E.; Andersen, P. E.; Petersen, P.

    2001-01-01

    In this paper a novel diode laser system for photodynamic therapy is demonstrated. The system is based on linear spatial filtering and optical phase conjugate feedback from a photorefractive BaTiO3 crystal. The spatial coherence properties of the diode laser are significantly improved. The system...... provides an almost diffraction limited output which is efficiently coupled into a 50 mum core diameter fiber. The optical power transmitted through the fiber is increased by a factor of six when the feedback is applied to the diode laser. 85 percent of the power from the freely running laser diode...... is extracted in a high-quality beam and 80 percent of the output power is extracted through the fiber. The power transmitted through tile fiber scales linearly with the power of the laser diode. which means that a laser diode emitting 1.7 W multi-mode radiation would provide 1 W of optical power through a 50...

  7. DUV high power lasers processing for glass and CFRP

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    Kobayashi, Masakazu; Kakizaki, Kouji; Oizumi, Hiroaki; Mimura, Toshio; Fujimoto, Junichi; Mizoguchi, Hakaru

    2017-05-01

    A laser processing is widely applied to cutting, drilling, welding, bending and surface treatment in industry. Lasers with a wavelength of 1 μm are mainly used and the processing is realized by melting materials. This thermal process has a high productivity but the processed surface is hard to use for precision machining. This report is focusing on two materials which are classified in wide band gap. Ablation rate was measured with a laser microscope and an optical one. Excimer laser is expected to be a useful tool for these materials

  8. Discharge instabilities in high-pressure helium-fluorine laser gas mixtures

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    Mathew, D.; Bastiaens, Hubertus M.J.; Peters, P.J.M.; Boller, Klaus J.

    2005-01-01

    Discharge instabilities in F2 based excimer gas lasers are investigated using a small-scale discharge system. After preionizing the gas volume, a fast rising voltage pulse initiates the discharge. The temporal development of the discharge is monitored via its fluorescence by an intensified CCD

  9. Prophylactic Effects of Mitomycin-C on Regression and Haze Formation in Photorefractive Keratectomy

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    Hassan Hashemi

    2008-12-01

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    PURPOSE: To study the effect of prophylactic application of mitomycin-C on regression and corneal haze formation after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK for high myopia. METHODS: Fifty-four eyes of 28 high myopic patients were enrolled in this prospective study. All eyes underwent PRK with application of 0.02% mitomycin-C for two minutes and irrigation with 15-20 ml of normal saline. Follow-up visits were scheduled for the first 7 days and 1, 3 and 6 months after surgery. Hanna grading (in the scale of 0 to 4+ was used to assess corneal haze. RESULTS: Mean spherical equivalent refraction (SE was -7.08 ± 1.11 diopters (D, preoperatively. All eyes were examined on the first 7 days and one month after surgery; 48 eyes (88.9% were evaluated 3 and 6 months post-surgery. Six months after surgery, all eyes had uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA of 20/40 or better and 37 eyes (77.1 % achieved UCVA of 20/20 or better, 45 eyes (93.7% had SE within ±1.00D of emmetropia. One month postoperatively, 2 eyes (3.7% had grade 0.5 haze, while at 3 and 6 months after surgery no visited eye had haze at all. There was no decrease in best corrected visual acuity after 6 months. In spatial frequencies of 6 and 12 cycle/degree, contrast sensitivity decreased immediately after PRK but increased to the preoperative values by the 6th postoperative month

  10. Decay of photorefractive gratings in LiNbO3:Fe by neutron irradiation

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    Mandula, G.; Rupp, R. A.; Balaskó, M.; Kovács, L.

    2005-04-01

    The effect of neutron irradiation on photorefractive gratings in LiNbO3:Fe single crystals is studied experimentally. The observed phenomena result from the large effective cross section of Li6 for thermal and cold neutrons and from the large number of the electrons excited to the conduction band by the high kinetic energy that is released during the neutron generated fission of Li6 nuclei. The excited electrons erase the previously recorded holographic grating. The sensitivity threshold of the effect is better than 160mSv (1.2×1010cm-2 fluence) at neutron energy of 0.17eV. Potential applications of the phenomena are discussed.

  11. Transition between superluminal and subluminal light propagation in photorefractive Bi12SiO20 crystals.

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    Bo, Fang; Zhang, Guoquan; Xu, Jingjun

    2005-10-03

    We demonstrated superluminal light propagation with a negative group velocity of -5.7 m/s in a photorefractive Bi 12SiO20 crystal by using the dispersive phase coupling effect in a nondegenerate two-wave mixing process. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first experimental demonstration of superluminal light propagation at room temperature in solids by using a classical wave mixing technique. In addition, we showed the tunability of the group velocity of light between the negative (superluminal light) and the positive (subluminal light) by simply tuning the experimental conditions such as the frequency of the coupling beam, the incident intensity, and the externally applied electric fields.

  12. Real-time holographic interferometry using photorefractive sillenite crystals with phase-stepping technique

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    Gesualdi, M. R. R.; Soga, D.; Muramatsu, M.

    2006-01-01

    This work presents a holographic interferometer that uses the photorefractive sillenite crystals in diffusive regimen whose configuration exhibits diffraction anisotropy for real-time holographic interferometry. The writing-reading process of holographic interferogram was done in real-time, connected with an interferogram-analysis method that uses the phase-stepping technique for quantitative measurement of changes on an object. The holographic interferograms from the analyzed surface were captured and they were used to calculate the phase map with four-frame technique. The unwrapping process used was the cellular-automata technique. We obtained quantitative results for some applications: measurements of micro-rotation of surfaces, punctual micro-displacements on an aluminum plate, stress on a dog's jaw, among others; adding new promising applications possibilities for basic research, dentistry and technological areas.

  13. The Effect of Intraocular Pressure on the Outcome of Myopic Photorefractive Keratectomy: A Numerical Approach

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    Elena Lanchares

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK is a surgical procedure widely performed to correct myopia. In this work, the effect of the intraocular pressure (IOP on the refractive correction achieved by the PRK surgery was analyzed using a numerical model. Simulations of PRK surgery at 10, 15 and 21 mmHg of IOP were performed and the post-surgical diopters were estimated. For low and medium values of IOP (10 and 15 mmHg, the computed results were close to those used by clinicians based on experience and defined without considering the IOP, while an undercorrection was predicted for the highest value of IOP (21 mmHg. From these results, we suggest that IOP should be considered in the determination of the depth of ablation, in addition to other factors such as the level of myopia or the corneal central thickness.

  14. Clinical research on high oxygen permeable contact lens used after photorefractive keratectomy surgery

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    Hao-Jiang Yang

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To evaluate the outcome of high oxygen permeable contact lens used after photorefractive keratectomy(PRKsurgery.METHODS: Totally 95 patients(190 eyesafter PRK were included. Patients were randomly assigned to wear high oxygen permeable contact lens in one eye and normal lens in the fellow eye after surgery. The subjective symptoms and corneal epithelial status after PRK were evaluated. Uncorrected visual acuity(UCVAand haze were assessed at 6 months after PRK.RESULTS: Complaints of blurred vision, pain and photophobia were statistically more among the normal lens group than high oxygen permeable contact lens group(PPP=0.35. There was no difference in UCVA and haze 6 months after surgery(P=0.55. CONCLUSION: High oxygen permeable contact lens can significantly produce less the corneal irritated symptoms, reduce the discomfort feeling and promote healing of corneal epithelium after PRK.

  15. Enhanced photorefractive performance of bulk cu-doped KNSBN crystals through surface electrostatic modification

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    Li, Liang; Zhang, Jingwen; Zhao, Hua

    2017-01-01

    The remarkable photorefractivity enhancement was observed and investigated in copper-doped (K0.5Na0.5)0.2(Sr0.75Ba0.25)0.9Nb2O6 (Cu:KNSBN) crystals due to charge accumulation on the surface, stemming from electrostrictive effect. This electrostatic modification to the surface was studied with conventional two beam coupling experiment and over 17 high diffraction orders were observed. To estimate the amount of charge accumulation, the surface charge density was measured through direct current measurement using a close loop circuit. It was believed that a thin phase grating was responsible for the diffraction pattern, which was confirmed by the related reading experiment. Corresponding calculation and analysis were given to highlight the strong refractive index modulation of the gratings.

  16. Photorefractive keratectomy: measuring the matrix metalloproteinase activity and chondroitin sulfate concentration in tear fluid

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    Tetsuya Mutoh

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Tetsuya Mutoh, Masaya Nishio, Yukihiro Matsumoto, Kiyomi Arai, Makoto ChikudaDepartment of Ophthalmology, Dokkyo Medical University Koshigaya Hospital, Saitama, JapanAbstract: We herein report the case of a 20-year-old man who underwent a photorefractive keratectomy (PRK. We measured matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9 activity and chondroitin 4 sulfate and chondroitin 6 sulfate concentrations in tear fluid. Tear fluid was collected preoperatively via microcapillary tube, and was collected postoperatively on the first and fourth days, and after one week, one month, three months, and six months. Samples were formulated by dilution with 200 µL of saline. MMP-9 activity was analyzed by an enzyme immunocapture activity assay, and the concentrations of chondroitin sulfate were analyzed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. No complications were observed after surgery, except for a minimal subepithelial haze. Although MMP-9 activity changed on the fourth postoperative day, the activity changed only minimally at this time. Chondroitin 4 sulfate concentrations in tear fluid increased dramatically from one week to one month, decreased transiently at three months, and increased by six months. The chondroitin 6 sulfate concentration did not normalize within one week, and decreased from one week to three months compared with the preoperative score, and was close to the preoperative score at six months. We conclude that corneal wound healing was still incomplete six months after PRK, and chondroitin 4 sulfate appears to be critical in this process.Keywords: matrix metalloproteinase, chondroitin sulfate, human tear fluid, photorefractive keratectomy, corneal wound healing

  17. Luminescence quenching of the triplet excimer state by air traces in gaseous argon

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    Amsler, C.; Boccone, V.; Büchler, A.; Chandrasekharan, R.; Regenfus, C.; Rochet, J.

    2008-02-01

    The influence of air contamination on the VUV scintillation yield in gaseous argon at atmospheric pressure is investigated. We determine with a radioactive α-source the photon yield for various partial air pressures and different reflectors and wavelength shifters. We find that the time constant of the slow scintillation component depends on gas purity and is a good indicator for the total VUV light yield, while the fast component is not affected. This dependence is attributed to impurities destroying the long-lived triplet argon excimer state. The population ratio between the slow and the fast decaying excimer states is determined for α-particles to be 5.5 ± 0.6 in argon gas at 1100 mbar and room temperature. The measured decay time constant of the slow component is 3.140 ± 0.067 μs at a partial air pressure of 2 × 10-6 mbar.

  18. Luminescence quenching of the triplet excimer state by air traces in gaseous argon

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    Amsler, C; Boccone, V; Buechler, A; Regenfus, C; Rochet, J [Physik-Institut der Universitaet Zuerich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zuerich (Switzerland); Chandrasekharan, R [Institute for Particle Physics, ETH-Zuerich, CH-8093 Zuerich (Switzerland)], E-mail: Claude.Amsler@cern.ch

    2008-02-15

    The influence of air contamination on the VUV scintillation yield in gaseous argon at atmospheric pressure is investigated. We determine with a radioactive {alpha}-source the photon yield for various partial air pressures and different reflectors and wavelength shifters. We find that the time constant of the slow scintillation component depends on gas purity and is a good indicator for the total VUV light yield, while the fast component is not affected. This dependence is attributed to impurities destroying the long-lived triplet argon excimer state. The population ratio between the slow and the fast decaying excimer states is determined for {alpha}-particles to be 5.5 {+-} 0.6 in argon gas at 1100 mbar and room temperature. The measured decay time constant of the slow component is 3.140 {+-} 0.067 {mu}s at a partial air pressure of 2 x 10{sup -6} mbar.

  19. Temporal fluctuations in excimer-like interactions between pi-conjugated chromophores

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    Stangl, Thomas; Schmitz, Daniela; Remmerssen, Klaas; Henzel, Sebastian; Hoeger, Sigurd; Vogelsang, Jan; Lupton, John M

    2015-01-01

    Inter- or intramolecular coupling processes between chromophores such as excimer formation or H- and J-aggregation are crucial to describing the photophysics of closely packed films of conjugated polymers. Such coupling is highly distance dependent, and should be sensitive to both fluctuations in the spacing between chromophores as well as the actual position on the chromophore where the exciton localizes. Single-molecule spectroscopy reveals these intrinsic fluctuations in well-defined bi-chromophoric model systems of cofacial oligomers. Signatures of interchromophoric interactions in the excited state - spectral red-shifting and broadening, and a slowing of photoluminescence decay - correlate with each other but scatter strongly between single molecules, implying an extraordinary distribution in coupling strengths. Furthermore, these excimer-like spectral fingerprints vary with time, revealing intrinsic dynamics in the coupling strength within one single dimer molecule, which constitutes the starting point ...

  20. High efficiency fluorescent excimer lamps: An alternative to mercury based UVC lamps

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    Masoud, N. M.; Murnick, D. E.

    2013-12-01

    A high efficiency xenon excimer lamp radiating at 172 nm, with an internal phosphor coating shifting to UVC has been demonstrated, showing the feasibility of a cost effective alternative to UVC mercury lamps. Fluorescent lamps so designed can be fabricated in various geometries with high efficiency. Unlike other xenon excimer lamps based on dielectric barrier discharges this new system is highly compatible with existing and proposed phosphors as it operates in an inert gas environment at modest temperature and is subject only to 172 nm primary radiation. Using a lamp coated with a UVC phosphor we have demonstrated the feasibility of germicidal and curing lamps with 40% energy conversion efficiency and high power density. These lamps are rapidly switchable, have long projected lifetimes and are compatible with dimmers.

  1. High efficiency fluorescent excimer lamps: An alternative to mercury based UVC lamps

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    Masoud, N. M. [UV Solutions Inc, Newark, New Jersey 07103 (United States); Physics and Chemistry Department, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 (United States); Murnick, D. E. [UV Solutions Inc, Newark, New Jersey 07103 (United States); Department of Physics, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey 07102 (United States)

    2013-12-15

    A high efficiency xenon excimer lamp radiating at 172 nm, with an internal phosphor coating shifting to UVC has been demonstrated, showing the feasibility of a cost effective alternative to UVC mercury lamps. Fluorescent lamps so designed can be fabricated in various geometries with high efficiency. Unlike other xenon excimer lamps based on dielectric barrier discharges this new system is highly compatible with existing and proposed phosphors as it operates in an inert gas environment at modest temperature and is subject only to 172 nm primary radiation. Using a lamp coated with a UVC phosphor we have demonstrated the feasibility of germicidal and curing lamps with 40% energy conversion efficiency and high power density. These lamps are rapidly switchable, have long projected lifetimes and are compatible with dimmers.

  2. One-dimensional modelling of DBDs in NeXe mixtures for excimer lamps

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    Belasri, A; Khodja, K; Bendella, S; Harrache, Z

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Dielectric barrier discharges (DBDs) are a promising technology for high-intensity sources of specific UV and VUV radiation. In this work, the microdischarge dynamics in DBDs for Ne?Xe mixtures under the close conditions of excimer lamp working has been investigated. The computer model including the cathode fall, the positive column and the dielectric is composed of two coupled sub-models. The first submodel describes the electrical properties of the discharge and is based on a fl...

  3. Pulsed laser deposition of rare earth compounds

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    Stone, L A

    2001-01-01

    Magnetostrictive thin films have been deposited using various techniques such as sputtering and evaporation but the use of laser deposition has been limited. This research presents the results from pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of TbFe sub 2 , DyFe sub 2 and Terfenol-D thin films using an infra red Transversely Excited Atmospheric (TEA) CO sub 2 laser at lambda approx 10.6 mu m and an ultra violet Argon-Fluoride (ArF) excimer laser at lambda approx 193 nm. Results have showed that the TEA CO sub 2 laser under the range of conditions studied is not suitable for the production of magnetostrictive films. The problems experienced are a mixture of mostly fracture debris at low fluences (F approx 20 Jcm sup - sup 2) and melt droplets at high fluences (F approx 60 Jcm sup - sup 2). In all cases the destruction of the target is a major problem, with the Terfenol-D targets being the worst affected. Thin films produced were all iron rich. The use of an excimer laser has proved more successful in providing stoichiometri...

  4. Impact of the photorefractive and pyroelectric-electro-optic effect in lithium niobate on whispering-gallery modes.

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    Leidinger, Markus; Werner, Christoph S; Yoshiki, Wataru; Buse, Karsten; Breunig, Ingo

    2016-12-01

    Whispering-gallery resonators made of undoped and MgO-doped congruently grown lithium niobate are used to study electro-optic refractive index changes. Hereby, we focus on the volume photovoltaic and the pyroelectric effect, both providing an electric field driving the electro-optic effect. Our findings indicate that the light-induced photorefractive effect, combining the photovoltaic and electro-optic effect, is present only in the non-MgO-doped lithium niobate for exposure with light having wavelengths of up to 850 nm. This leads to strong resonance frequency shifts of the whispering-gallery modes. No photorefractive effect was observed in the MgO-doped material. One has to be aware that surface charges induced by the pyroelectric effect result in a similar phenomenon and are present in both materials.

  5. Matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation processing of triacetate-pullulan polysaccharide thin films for drug delivery systems

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    Cristescu, R. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor, P.O. Box MG-36, RO-077125, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania) and Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague 8 (Czech Republic)]. E-mail: rodica.cristescu@inflpr.ro; Dorcioman, G. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor, P.O. Box MG-36, RO-077125, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Ristoscu, C. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor, P.O. Box MG-36, RO-077125, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Axente, E. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor, P.O. Box MG-36, RO-077125, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Grigorescu, S. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor, P.O. Box MG-36, RO-077125, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Moldovan, A. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor, P.O. Box MG-36, RO-077125, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Mihailescu, I.N. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor, P.O. Box MG-36, RO-077125, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Kocourek, T. [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Jelinek, M. [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Albulescu, M. [National Institute for Chemical-Pharmaceutical R and D, 112 Vitan, 74373 Bucharest 3 (Romania); Buruiana, T. [Petru Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi 6600 (Romania); Mihaiescu, D. [University of Agriculture Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, 59 Marasti, Bucharest (Romania); Stamatin, I. [University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, P.O. Box MG-38, 3 Nano-SAE Research Center, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Chrisey, D.B. [US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375-5345 (United States)

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    We report the first successful deposition of triacetate-pullulan polysaccharide thin films by matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation. We used a KrF* excimer laser source ({lambda} = 248 nm, {tau} {approx} 20 ns) operated at a repetition rate of 10 Hz. We demonstrated by FTIR that our thin films are composed of triacetate-pullulan maintaining its chemical structure and functionality. The dependence on incident laser fluence of the induced surface morphology is analysed.

  6. Original papers A study on efficacy of 308 nm excimer light therapy in alopecia areata

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    Zo Nun Sanga

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Alopecia areata (AA is an autoimmune condition characterized by T-cell-mediated attack on hair follicles. Objective. Evaluation of efficacy of 308 nm excimer light in the treatment of alopecia areata. Material and methods. Patches of AA were treated twice weekly, but not on 2 consecutive days, with UVB excimer 308 nm light. In all patients, half of the AA patch was irradiated and the other half was spared, covered with a black rubber shield and taken as a control. Therapy was started with an initial dose of 300 mJ/cm 2 , with an incremental dose of 100 mJ/cm 2 at every sitting until fine erythema appeared. Results. At the end of the treatment, one patient (3.33% at the test site showed > 50% hair regrowth vs. none at the control site. After a 2-month post-treatment period, successful hair regrowth (grades 3 and 4 was seen in 12 patients at test sites and in 2 patients at control sites. The differences were statistically significant (p < 0.05. After 4 months successful hair regrowth (grades 3 and 4 was seen in 16 patients at test sites and in 5 patients at control sites. The differences were statistically significant (p 0.05. Conclusions. Excimer light has the potential to stimulate hair regrowth in patches of alopecia areata.

  7. Optical Sensitizing of Photorefractive Sn2P2S6 With CW and Pulsed Pre-Exposure (Preprint)

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    2015-06-16

    nonlinear scattering, and recovery to the initial transmission, respectively. 1 Distribution A. Approved for public release (PA): distribution... antimony doping. The second conclusion is in line with our published data on the identification of secondary centers in Sn2P2S6:Sb using the EPR...optical sensitizing of photorefraction in antimony doped Sn2P2S6 crystals. AKNOWLEDGMENTS The financial support of the European Office of

  8. Development of laser materials processing and laser metrology techniques

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    Kim, Cheol Jung; Chung, Chin Man; Kim, Jeong Mook; Kim, Min Suk; Kim, Kwang Suk; Baik, Sung Hoon; Kim, Seong Ouk; Park, Seung Kyu

    1997-09-01

    The applications of remote laser materials processing and metrology have been investigated in nuclear industry from the beginning of laser invention because they can reduce the risks of workers in the hostile environment by remote operation. The objective of this project is the development of laser material processing and metrology techniques for repairing and inspection to improve the safety of nuclear power plants. As to repairing, we developed our own laser sleeve welding head and innovative optical laser weld monitoring techniques to control the sleeve welding process. Furthermore, we designedand fabricated a 800 W Nd:YAG and a 150 W Excimer laser systems for high power laser materials processing in nuclear industry such as cladding and decontamination. As to inspection, we developed an ESPI and a laser triangulation 3-D profile measurement system for defect detection which can complement ECT and UT inspections. We also developed a scanning laser vibrometer for remote vibration measurement of large structures and tested its performance. (author). 58 refs., 16 tabs., 137 figs.

  9. Molecule-binding dependent assembly of split aptamer and γ-cyclodextrin: A sensitive excimer signaling approach for aptamer biosensors

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    Jin, Fen [State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Hubei Key Laboratory of Mine Environmental Pollution Control and Remediation, Environmental Science and Engineering College, Hubei Polytechnic University, Huangshi 435003 (China); Lian, Yan; Li, Jishan; Zheng, Jing; Hu, Yaping; Liu, Jinhua; Huang, Jin [State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Yang, Ronghua, E-mail: Yangrh@pku.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China)

    2013-10-17

    Graphical abstract: Adenosine-binding aptamer was splitted into two fragments P2 and P3 which labeled pyrene molecules, mainly produce monomer signal. γ-CD cavity brings P2 and P3 in close proximity, allowing for weak excimer emission. In the presence of target, P2 and P3 are expected to bind ATP and form an aptamer/target complex, leads to large increase of the pyrene excimer fluorescence. -- Highlights: •We assembled split aptamer and γ-cyclodextrin fluorescence biosensors for ATP detection. •The biosensor increased quantum yield and emission lifetime of the excimer. •Time-resolved fluorescence is effective for ATP assay in complicated environment. -- Abstract: A highly sensitive and selective fluorescence aptamer biosensors for the determination of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) was developed. Binding of a target with splitting aptamers labeled with pyrene molecules form stable pyrene dimer in the γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD) cavity, yielding a strong excimer emission. We have found that inclusion of pyrene dimer in γ-cyclodextrin cavity not only exhibits additive increases in quantum yield and emission lifetime of the excimer, but also facilitates target-induced fusion of the splitting aptamers to form the aptamer/target complex. As proof-of-principle, the approach was applied to fluorescence detection of adenosine triphosphate. With an anti-ATP aptamer, the approach exhibits excimer fluorescence response toward ATP with a maximum signal-to-background ratio of 32.1 and remarkably low detection limit of 80 nM ATP in buffer solution. Moreover, due to the additive fluorescence lifetime of excimer induced by γ-cyclodextrin, time-resolved measurements could be conveniently used to detect as low as 0.5 μM ATP in blood serum quantitatively.

  10. Influence of corneal collagen crosslinking with riboflavin and ultraviolet-a irradiation on excimer laser surgery.

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    Kampik, D.; Ralla, B.; Keller, S.; Hirschberg, M.; Friedl, P.H.A.; Geerling, G.

    2010-01-01

    PURPOSE: Riboflavin/ultraviolet A (UVA) cross-linking (CXL) of corneal collagen is a novel method of stabilizing corneal mechanical properties and preventing progression of keratectasias. This study was conducted to investigate whether CXL influences ablation rate, flap thickness, and refractive

  11. Influence of chemical polymer composition on integrated waveguide formation induced by excimer laser surface irradiation

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    Hessler, S.; Rosenberger, M.; Belle, S. [Applied Laser and Photonics Group, University of Applied Sciences Aschaffenburg, Wuerzburger Strasse 45, 63743 Aschaffenburg (Germany); Schmauss, B. [Institute of Microwaves and Photonics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Cauerstrasse 9, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Hellmann, R. [Applied Laser and Photonics Group, University of Applied Sciences Aschaffenburg, Wuerzburger Strasse 45, 63743 Aschaffenburg (Germany)

    2015-11-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Optical analysis of two different PMMA materials. • Determination of the chemical polymer compositions via {sup 1}H NMR spectroscopy. • Comparison of UV induced refractive index profiles using phase-shifting interferometry. • Optical characterization of the irradiated surface: average roughness, surface compaction. • Cut-back attenuation measurements confirm superior light guiding performance. - Abstract: We show that the chemical composition and the amount of residual monomers in polymethylmethacrylate significantly affect the evolution of optical waveguide formation induced by UV surface irradiation. We employ an interferometric approach in Mach-Zehnder configuration to determine the refractive index depth profile in different planar polymethylmethacrylate materials. Our results reveal a distinctive different surface and buried waveguide formation for materials having different monomer content. In particular, we find that for smaller residual monomer content buried waveguide formation is less pronounced, which is in turn preferential for a selective light guidance in planar polymer structures. Attenuation measurements confirm a difference in attenuation coefficient of 0.5 dB/cm.

  12. A new method of cornea modulation with excimer laser for simultaneous correction of presbyopia and ametropia.

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    Uthoff, Detlef; Pölzl, Markus; Hepper, Daniel; Holland, Detlef

    2012-11-01

    To investigate the outcomes of simultaneous correction of presbyopia and ametropia by a bi-aspheric cornea modulation technique, based on the creation of a central area hyperpositive for near vision and leaving the pericentral cornea for far vision in hyperopic, emmetropic, and myopic presbyopic patients. Sixty eyes of 30 patients were treated with the PresbyMAX technique by one surgeon (D.U.) at the Eye Hospital Bellevue, Kiel, Germany. Twenty eyes with hyperopic presbyopia, 20 eyes with emmetropic presbyopia, and 20 eyes with myopic presbyopia underwent Femto-Lasik, and were assessed up to 6 months postoperatively. All eyes underwent cornea treatment using the PresbyMAX® software, delivering a bi-aspheric multifocal ablation profile developed by SCHWIND eye-tech-solutions (Kleinostheim, Germany). All flaps were created by Ziemer LDV Femtolaser (Port, Switzerland). The mean binocular distance of uncorrected visual acuity (DUCVA) improved in the hyperopic group from 0.28 ± 0.29 logMAR to -0.04 ± 0.07 logMAR, in the emmetropic group from -0.05 ± 0.07 logMAR to 0.02 ± 0.11 logMAR, and in the myopic group from 0.78 ± 0.27 logMAR to 0.09 ± 0.08 logMAR. The mean binocular near uncorrected visual acuity (NUCVA) increased in the hyperopic group from 0.86 ± 0.62 logRAD to 0.24 ± 0.23 logRAD, and in the emmetropic group from 0.48 ± 0.14 logRAD to 0.18 ± 0.11 logRAD. The myopic presbyopes showed a decrease of the mean binocular NUCVA from 0.04 ± 0.19 logRAD to 0.12 ± 0.18 logRAD. The mean postoperative spherical equivalent for distance refraction was -0.13 ± 0.61 D for the hyperopic presbyopia, -0.43 ± 0.35 D for the emmetropic presbyopia, and -0.68 ± 0.42 D for the myopic presbyopia group, whereas the software took aim at -0.50 D in all groups. In presbyopic patients without symptomatic cataracts, but refractive errors, PresbyMAX® will decrease the presbyopic symptoms and correct far distance refraction in the same treatment, offering spectacle-free vision in daily life in most of the treated patients. Further investigation is necessary to evaluate the overall benefit of this procedure.

  13. Functionally gradient materials of new generation fabricated by ablation and pulsed laser deposition

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    Major, Boguslaw; Mroz, Waldemar; Wierzchon, Tadeusz; Ebner, Reinhold

    2003-10-01

    Physical basis of desorption and ablation are presented focusing mostly on the primary and secondary mechanisms and short pulses interaction with materials. Facilities used in pulse laser deposition (PLD) are discussed in respect to the PLD system working with an excimer laser which has been just set up at the Institute of Optoelectronics Military University of Technology. Directions of present and future applications are shown on the basis of the Proceedings of the last two Conferences on Laser Ablation COLA i.e. in Germany (1999) and Japan (2001). Own examinations on the PLD layers of FeAl and Ni3Al intermetallics produced using an excimer KrF as well as of TiN deposited by means of a Nd:YAG laser are presented.

  14. Organelle-specific injury to melanin-containing cells in human skin by pulsed laser irradiation

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    Murphy, G.F.; Shepard, R.S.; Paul, B.S.; Menkes, A.; Anderson, R.R.; Parrish, J.A.

    1983-12-01

    Physical models predict that ultraviolet laser radiation of appropriately brief pulses can selectively alter melanin-containing cellular targets in human skin. Skin of normal human volunteers was exposed to brief (20 nanosecond) 351-nm wave length pulses from a XeF excimer laser, predicting that those cells containing the greatest quantities of melanized melanosomes (lower half of the epidermis) would be selectively damaged. Transmission electron microscopy revealed the earliest cellular alteration to be immediate disruption of melanosomes, both within melanocytes and basal keratinocytes. This disruption was dose dependent and culminated in striking degenerative changes in these cells. Superficial keratinocytes and Langerhans cells were not affected. It was concluded that the XeF excimer laser is capable of organelle-specific injury to melanosomes. These findings may have important clinical implications in the treatment of both benign and malignant pigmented lesions by laser radiations of defined wave lengths and pulse durations.

  15. Selectively deposited copper on laser-treated polyimide using electroless plating

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    Zhao, Gang; Phillips, Harvey M.; Zheng, HongYu; Tam, Siu Chung; Liu, Wen Qing; Wen, Gongling; Gong, Zhiben; Lam, Yee Loy

    2000-06-01

    Many reviews about the interconnection line fabrication by laser processing method were reported recently. UV laser process polyimide has been studied thoroughly during the past decade. In this report, we discussed the utilization of surface potential changing on polyimide film irradiated by excimer KrF laser and metallized the UV laser treated polyimide surface by electroless copper deposition. A new negatively charged polymer stabilized Pd solution was applied as catalyst in this experiment. We also produced pattern-wised fine line on KrF laser induced PI surface using this method.

  16. Laser Flash Photolysis of Hydrogen Peroxide to Oxidize Protein Solvent-Accessible Residues on the Microsecond Timescale

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    Hambly, David M; Gross, Michael L

    2005-01-01

    ... to unfold, exposing residues that are protected in the native protein. To circumvent this possibility, we developed a method using a 248 nm KrF excimer laser to cleave hydrogen peroxide at low concentrations (15 mM, 0. 04...

  17. Evaluation of the performance of small diode pumped UV solid state (DPSS) Nd:YAG lasers as new radiation sources for atmospheric pressure laser ionization mass spectrometry (APLI-MS).

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    Kersten, Hendrik; Lorenz, Matthias; Brockmann, Klaus J; Benter, Thorsten

    2011-06-01

    The performance of a KrF* bench top excimer laser and a compact diode pumped UV solid state (DPSS) Nd:YAG laser as photo-ionizing source in LC-APLI MS is compared. The commonly applied bench-top excimer laser, operating at 248 nm, provides power densities of the order of low MW/cm(2) on an illuminated area of 0.5 cm(2) (8 mJ/pulse, 5 ns pulse duration, beam waist area 0.5 cm(2), 3 MW/cm(2)). The DPSS laser, operating at 266 nm, provides higher power densities, however, on a two orders of magnitude smaller illuminated area (60 μJ/pulse, 1 ns pulse duration, beam waist area 2 × 10(-3) cm(2), 30 MW/cm(2)). In a common LC-APLI MS setup with direct infusion of a 10 nM pyrene solution, the DPSS laser yields a significantly smaller ion signal (0.9%) and signal to noise ratio (1.4%) compared with the excimer laser. With respect to the determined low detection limits (LODs) for PAHs of 0.1 fmol using an excimer laser, LODs in DPSS laser LC-APLI MS in the low pmol regime are expected. The advantages of the DPSS laser with respect to applicability (size, cost, simplicity) may render this light source the preferred one for APLI applications not focusing on ultimately high sensitivities. Furthermore, the impact of adjustable ion source parameters on the performance of both laser systems is discussed in terms of the spatial sensitivity distribution described by the distribution of ion acceptance (DIA) measurements. Perspectives concerning the impact on future APLI-MS applications are given.

  18. Evaluation of the prophylactic use of mitomycin-C to inhibit haze formation after photorefractive keratectomy in high myopia: a prospective clinical study

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    Fotouhi Akbar

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To study the effect of prophylactic application of mitomycin-C on haze formation in photorefractive keratectomy (PRK for high myopia. Methods Fifty-four eyes of 28 myopic patients were enrolled in this prospective study. All eyes were operated by PRK followed by 0.02% mitomycin-C application for two minutes and washed with 20 ml normal saline afterwards. All eyes were examined thoroughly on the first 7 days and one month after surgery; 48 eyes (88.9% at 3 and 6 months postoperatively. Hanna grading (in the scale of 0 to 4+ was used for assessment of corneal haze. Results The mean spherical equivalent refraction (SE was -7.08 diopters (D ± 1.11 (SD preoperatively. Six months after surgery, 37 eyes (77.1% achieved an uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA of 20/20 or better, all eyes had a UCVA of 20/40 or better and 45 (93.7% eyes had an SE within ± 1.00D. One month postoperatively, 2 eyes (3.7% had grade 0.5+ of haze, while at 3 and 6 months after surgery no visited eye had haze at all. All eyes had a best corrected visual acuity (BCVA of 20/40 or better and there were no lost lines in BCVA by 6 months after surgery. In spatial frequencies of 6 and 12 cycles per degree contrast sensitivity had decreased immediately after PRK and it had increased 1.5 lines by the 6th postoperative month compared to the preoperative data. Conclusions The results show the efficacy of mitomycin-C in preventing corneal haze after treatment of high myopia with PRK. This method- PRK + mitomycin-C – can be considered an alternative treatment for myopic patients whose corneal thicknesses are inadequate for laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK. However, the results should be confirmed in longer follow-ups.

  19. [Results of residual ametropia correction using CIRCLE technology after femtosecond laser SMILE surgery].

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    Kostin, O A; Rebrikov, S V; Ovchinnikov, A I; Stepanov, A A; Takhchidi, Kh P

    to evaluate functional results of reoperation performed according to the CIRCLE technology and using the VisuMax femtosecond laser and MEL-80 excimer laser in cases of regression of the refractive effect after SMILE surgery. We studied a group of post-SMILE patients. In those, who showed regression of the refractive effect at 1 year, reoperation was performed according to the CIRCLE technology and using the VisuMax femtosecond laser. The corneal flap was separated from the stromal bed and turned aside. Excimer laser ablation of the stromal bed was performed with the MEL 80 machine. The corneal flap was then placed back and rinsed from both sides. Uncorrected (UCVA) and corrected (BCVA) visual acuity as well as spherical equivalent (SE) were estimated before reoperation, on day 1, and at 1 month. After reoperation, BCVA and UCVA improved. Patient refraction became close to emmetropia. Specifically, UCVA was 0.23±0.18 at baseline (i.e. 1 year after SMILE) and 0.93±0.11 after the CIRCLE procedure (pCIRCLE, respectively (p0.05). Reoperation performed according to the CIRCLE technology and using the VisuMax femtosecond laser and MEL-80 excimer laser provides an increase in visual acuity in case of post-SMILE regression of the refractive effect.

  20. Yb:LiNbO3 Annealed/Proton-Exchanged Waveguide Lasers Pumped by InGaAs Laser Diode at 980 nm Wavelength

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    Fujimura, Masatoshi; Tsuchimoto, Hidekazu; Suhara, Toshiaki

    2007-08-01

    Various waveguide lasers in rare-earth-doped LiNbO3 have been studied, and an Yb:LiNbO3 annealed/proton-exchanged (APE) waveguide laser pumped at a 918 nm wavelength has been reported recently. In this paper, an Yb:LiNbO3 APE waveguide laser pumped at a 980 nm wavelength is proposed and demonstrated. Pumping at 980 nm allows the use of a commercially available InGaAs laser diode for a pump source instead of a Ti:Al2O3 laser used in the previous work. The longer pump wavelength is favorable to avoid photorefractive damage. A prototype device was designed, fabricated and tested. Laser oscillation was achieved at 1061 nm wavelength with a threshold pump power of 30 mW. An output power of 4.3 mW was obtained, which was three-orders of magnitude larger than that obtained in the previous work.