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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

    2012-06-01

    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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Laser-assisted electrochemistry

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    Glenn, D.F.

    1995-05-01

    The effect of laser irradiation on electrodeposition processes has been investigated. These studies demonstrated that the addition of laser irradiation to an electroplating process can dramatically enhance plating rates and current efficiencies, as well as improve the morphology of the resultant electrodeposit. During the course of these investigations, the mechanism for the laser enhancement of electrodeposition processes was determined. Experimental evidence was obtained to show that laser irradiation of the substrate results in increased metal ion concentrations at the surface of the electrode due to a laser-induced Soret effect. The laser-induced Soret effect has important implications for laser-assisted electrochemical processing. The increase in the surface concentration of ions allows efficient electrodeposition from dilute solutions. As such, laser- assisted electrodeposition may develop into an environmentally conscious manufacturing process by reducing waste and limiting worker exposure to toxic chemicals.

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. Clinical results of 123 femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasties.

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    Birnbaum, Florian; Wiggermann, Antonia; Maier, Philip C; Böhringer, Daniel; Reinhard, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Postoperative astigmatism following penetrating keratoplasty is a major problem after corneal transplantation. The main goal of new trephination techniques such as femtosecond laser or excimer-laser trephination is to improve refractive and visual outcomes. The femtosecond laser technique makes profiled corneal trephinations such as the top hat or mushroom profile possible. We present the postoperative outcome of femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasties. We performed 123 femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasties in 119 patients. The main outcome measures were intraoperative specifics, astigmatism, and irregularity in Orbscan corneal topography, as well as the occurrence of immune reactions and side-effects. All sutures have been removed in 49 of these 123 eyes. Their mean follow-up was 13.9 ± 4.5 months. Time to complete suture removal (n = 49) was 12.0 ± 3.7 months in the mushroom group and 9.8 ± 2.1 months in the top hat group. Mean astigmatism in Orbscan topography was 6.4 ± 3.0 diopters in the mushroom and 5.8 ± 4.6 diopters in the top hat group (all sutures out). Femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty is a safe surgical technique. Due to the steps in profiled trephinations, the wound area is larger and theoretically the wound healing is, thus, faster and more stable. Complete suture removal is possible at an earlier time point compared to conventional penetrating keratoplasty. However, refractive results are not superior to those following conventional trephination.

  14. excimer laser

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    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.

  15. Laser assisted graffiti paints removing

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    Novikov, B. Y.; Chikalev, Y. V.; Shakhno, E. A.

    2011-02-01

    It's hard to imagine a modern city view without some drawings and inscriptions, usually called "graffiti". Traditional cleaning methods do not suit modern requirements. Investigation of possibilities of laser assisted paints removing is described in this article. The conditions for removing different paints from different surfaces were defined.

  16. Selective salpingography and recanalisation of blocked fallopian tubes.

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    Allen, C

    2010-09-01

    Fallopian tubal disease is a common cause of subfertility. Reproductive surgery or assisted reproduction techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) have been the main treatment options for patients with tubal disease in Ireland, although access to these treatments remains limited. We describe a case of pregnancy following selective salpingography and fallopian tube recanalisation.

  17. Customised acrylic nasal stents following recanalisation of modified Young's procedure.

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    Pavithran, P; Pujary, K; Mahesh, S G; Parul, P; Aziz, B

    2010-08-01

    Maintaining the patency of the nasal vestibule following recanalisation of a modified Young's procedure can be a difficult task, as restenosis is quite common. Sixteen patients underwent recanalisation of a modified Young's procedure, between January 2005 and December 2007, in the ENT--head and neck surgery department of a tertiary centre. Three different stent types were used following recanalisation: silicone suction tube tips, dental wax plate stents and customised acrylic stents. The silicone suction tube stents prevented restenosis. They were visible in the post-operative period, and there appeared to be some blunting of the nasal valve region, with no functional impairment. Dental wax plates had a high rate of restenosis and were uncomfortable and unsightly. The customised acrylic stents were more acceptable in the post-operative period, and enabled nasal valve angulation to be maintained. The customised acrylic stent described was a superior alternative to such stenting methods as repeated packing, silicone suction tubes and dental wax plates, following recanalisation of a modified Young's procedure.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Femoral artery recanalisation with percutaneous angioplasty and segmentally enclosed plasminogen activator

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    Jørgensen, B; Tønnesen, K H; Bülow, J

    1989-01-01

    tissue-type plasminogen activator (rt-PA) and 1000 IU heparin were then infused into the enclosed space for 30 minutes, followed by intravenous heparin for 24 hours. At 10 and 30 days all 6 patients had evidence of recanalisation and remission of symptoms. Mean ankle-arm pressure index improved by 72...

  1. Laser-assisted photoelectric effect from surfaces.

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    Miaja-Avila, L; Lei, C; Aeschlimann, M; Gland, J L; Murnane, M M; Kapteyn, H C; Saathoff, G

    2006-09-15

    We report the first observation of the laser-assisted photoelectric effect from a solid surface. By illuminating a Pt(111) sample simultaneously with ultrashort 1.6 eV and 42 eV pulses, we observe sidebands in the extreme ultraviolet photoemission spectrum. The magnitude of these sidebands as a function of time delay between the laser and extreme ultraviolet pulses represents a cross-correlation measurement of the extreme ultraviolet pulse. This effect promises to be useful to extend extreme ultraviolet pulse duration measurements to higher photon energies, as well as opening up femtosecond-to-attosecond time-scale electron dynamics in solid and surface-adsorbate systems.

  2. Laser-assisted metal deposition from liquid-phase precursors on polymers

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    Kordás, K.; Békési, J.; Vajtai, R.; Nánai, L.; Leppävuori, S.; Uusimäki, A.; Bali, K.; George, Thomas F.; Galbács, G.; Ignácz, F.; Moilanen, P.

    2001-03-01

    In this work, a short review is presented for results utilizing the technique of laser-assisted metallization of dielectrics. Experimental efforts and results related to the metal (palladium (Pd), copper (Cu) and silver (Ag)) deposition on polymeric materials (polyimide (PI), mylar) are reported. These polymers and metals are chosen due to their growing importance in the rapidly-developing microelectronics packaging industry. The method of laser-induced chemical liquid-phase deposition (LCLD) offers many advantages compared to other techniques such as laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT), pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) and laser-assisted chemical vapor-phase deposition (LCVD). The LCLD is time and cost effective because vacuum tools and special pre-treatments are not required. The consumed chemicals used in precursors are non-harmful and easy to handle due to the liquid phase. For the optimal physical and chemical properties of deposits, the laser and solution parameters are varied. XeCl and KrF excimer and Ar + lasers are employed for executing the palladium, Ag and/or Cu formation on the polymer substrates. Chemical and physical analyses of the formed metal patterns are performed by EDX, XRD, FESEM, SEM, resistance and adhesion measurements.

  3. Laser assisted robotic surgery in cornea transplantation

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    Rossi, Francesca; Micheletti, Filippo; Magni, Giada; Pini, Roberto; Menabuoni, Luca; Leoni, Fabio; Magnani, Bernardo

    2017-03-01

    Robotic surgery is a reality in several surgical fields, such as in gastrointestinal surgery. In ophthalmic surgery the required high spatial precision is limiting the application of robotic system, and even if several attempts have been designed in the last 10 years, only some application in retinal surgery were tested in animal models. The combination of photonics and robotics can really open new frontiers in minimally invasive surgery, improving the precision, reducing tremor, amplifying scale of motion, and automating the procedure. In this manuscript we present the preliminary results in developing a vision guided robotic platform for laser-assisted anterior eye surgery. The robotic console is composed by a robotic arm equipped with an "end effector" designed to deliver laser light to the anterior corneal surface. The main intended application is for laser welding of corneal tissue in laser assisted penetrating keratoplasty and endothelial keratoplasty. The console is equipped with an integrated vision system. The experiment originates from a clear medical demand in order to improve the efficacy of different surgical procedures: when the prototype will be optimized, other surgical areas will be included in its application, such as neurosurgery, urology and spinal surgery.

  4. 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.

  5. Laser-Assisted Photoelectric Effect from Liquids.

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    Arrell, C A; Ojeda, J; Mewes, L; Grilj, J; Frassetto, F; Poletto, L; van Mourik, F; Chergui, M

    2016-09-30

    The laser-assisted photoelectric effect from liquid surfaces is reported for the first time. Photoelectrons generated by 35.6 eV radiation from a liquid microjet of water under vacuum are dressed with a ℏω=1.55  eV laser field. The subsequent redistribution of the photoelectron energies consists in the appearance of sidebands shifted by energies equivalent to ℏω, 2ℏω, and 3ℏω. The response has been modeled to the third order and combined with energy-resolved measurements. This result opens the possibility to investigate the dynamics at surfaces of liquid solutions and provide information about the electron emission process from a liquid.

  6. Laser-Assisted Micro-Pulsejet Thruster

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    Horisawa, Hideyuki; Eto, Sou

    2010-10-01

    A fundamental study of a laser-assisted micro-pulsejet thruster was conducted for a candidate of next-generation air-breathing micro-thruster systems. CFD analyses were conducted to evaluate internal phenomena, thrust performances, and influence of exhaust orifice for propellants of hydrogen-air mixture. Experimental investigations were also conducted to evaluate influence of exhaust orifices and the optimum configuration of the micro-combustion chamber. From the results, it was shown that the exhaust orifice was more effective for the improvement of thrust performance. Moreover, influence of combustor geometry on thrust performance for the improvement was confirmed. In our simulation and experimental results, the efficiency from ideal chemical energy, which is expected to be released from an ideal hydrogen-air mixture, into kinetic energy was a few percents. There are still some ways to recover this amount of loss with optimum combustor geometries and higher laser energies, and potential achieving much higher thrust performances.

  7. Recanalisation of Chronically Occluded Remote Superficial Femoral Artery Endarterectomy Through Angioplasty for Limb Salvage

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    Husainy, Mohammad Ali, E-mail: m.husainy@nhs.net [King’s College Hospital, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom); Slim, Hani; Rashid, Hisham [King’s College Hospital, Department of Vascular Surgery (United Kingdom); Huang, Dean Y. [King’s College Hospital, Department of Radiology (United Kingdom)

    2017-02-15

    We report a novel application of balloon angioplasty to recanalise a chronically occluded remote endarterectomy superficial femoral artery. This patient previously had two occluded surgical bypass grafts in an attempt to revascularise the limb and presented with critical limb ischaemia and necrotic foot ulcerations. Following the angioplasty, the patient showed significant improvement in rest pain and healing of the ulcerations. This technique may be useful for limb salvage in patients where surgical options have been exhausted.

  8. Vitreoretinal surgery for bilateral macular holes after laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis for the correction of myopia: a case report

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    García-Fernández Miriam

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis surgery may induce postoperative changes in the vitreomacular interface due to the mechanical stretch of the vitreous produced by the suction ring and the shock waves generated by the excimer laser and, subsequently, may provoke macular hole formation. Case presentation A 53-year-old Spanish woman who had undergone a laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis for the correction of myopia in her right and left eye (10 years ago was referred to our department with a complaint of decreased visual acuity in both eyes. A fundoscopy and optical coherence tomography examination revealed a bilateral full-thickness macular hole. A 23-gauge sutureless pars plana vitrectomy was performed in both eyes, and 1 month after surgery her visual acuity improved and the hole closed. Conclusion The development of a bilateral full-thickness macular hole after laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis has been reported once. This case study enhances our understanding of the vitreoretinal pathology induced by laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, showing the importance of a rigorous follow-up, because complications may occur even a decade later. In this case study we must also consider the contribution of the underlying myopia to the development of the bilateral macular holes.

  9. Laser-assisted machining of silicon nitride; Chikka keiso no laser assist kako

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    Nishimura, K.; Fukui, Y. [Kyushu National Industrial Research Institute, Saga (Japan)

    1996-03-01

    The laser-assisted machining developed for difficult-to-machine metal materials was applied to ceramics to study its effectiveness. In the laser-assisted machining, the tip of a tool pressed on a ceramic specimen was heated locally by laser beam while feeding the specimen at a constant speed. In experiment, the continuous excitation multi-mode YAG laser equipment of 300W in maximum capacity was used at 50-150W in output and 1mm/s in feed rate. The surface of silicon nitride specimens was observed under irradiation of laser beam to study the thermal effect of laser beam irradiation on specimens. As an experimental result, as silicon nitride specimens were irradiated with laser beam over 150W, the possibility of highly efficient machining by cutting which is impossible previously was confirmed through formation of an oxidizing deformed layer. How wide the oxidizing deformed layer extends, and how much such deformed layer can be removed by machining tool remain to be studied in the future. 3 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  10. Intimal hyperplasia within biliary Wallstents: failure of recanalisation by insertion of a second endoprosthesis

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    McKeown, B.J.; Adam, A. [Dept. of Radiology, Guy`s Hospital, London (United Kingdom); Wong, W.L. [Dept. of Radiology, St. Thomas` Hospital, London (United Kingdom); Jackson, B.T. [Dept. of Surgery, St. Thomas` Hospital, London (United Kingdom); Benjamin, I.S.; Jeer, P. [Academic Dept. of Surgery, King`s College Hospital, London (United Kingdom)

    1999-05-01

    We report two patients with benign biliary strictures in whom we attempted recanalisation of metallic biliary endoprostheses, occluded by intimal hyperplasia, by the insertion of further endoprostheses within the occluded stents. Initial technical success was achieved in deploying the stents and restoring patency with elimination of mural filling defects. However, we found the intimal hyperplasia to be restrained for less than 48 h. From our initial results it appears that biliary metallic stent occlusion by intimal hyperplasia is not effectively treated by insertion of a second endoprosthesis. (orig.) With 3 figs., 22 refs.

  11. 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.

  12. Femtosecond laser refractive surgery: small-incision lenticule extraction vs. femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK.

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    Lee, Jimmy K; Chuck, Roy S; Park, Choul Yong

    2015-07-01

    Small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) is a novel technique devised to correct refractive errors. SMILE circumvents excimer laser photoablation of cornea, as the stromal lenticule cut by femtosecond laser is removed manually. Smaller incisions and preservation of anterior corneal biomechanical strength have been suggested as some of the advantages of SMILE over femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK (FS-LASIK). In this review, we compared previous published results of SMILE and FS-LASIK. The advantage, efficacy and safety of SMILE are compared with FS-LASIK. SMILE achieved similar efficacy, predictability and safety as FS-LASIK. Greater preservations of corneal biomechanical strength and corneal nerves were observed in SMILE when compared with LASIK or PRK. Additionally, the incidence of postoperative dry eye syndrome was found to be less problematic in SMILE than in FS-LASIK. SMILE is a promising new surgery for refractive error correction. Prospective and retrospective studies of SMILE have shown that results of SMILE are similar to FS-LASIK. With advances in femtosecond laser technology, SMILE may gain greater acceptance in the future.

  13. Corneal biomechanical changes in eyes with small incision lenticule extraction and laser assisted in situ keratomileusis.

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    Osman, Ihab Mohamed; Helaly, Hany Ahmed; Abdalla, Moones; Shousha, Mohsen Abou

    2016-07-26

    Evaluating the corneal biomechanical changes using the Ocular Response Analyzer and the Corvis ST in eyes with incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) and laser assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). This is a retrospective study that included 50 eyes equally divided into two groups. The first group included eyes that underwent SMILE procedure using VisuMax® 500 kHz laser system (Carl Zeiss Meditec, Jena, Germany) and the second group included eyes that underwent LASIK procedure using the EX500 Allegretto excimer laser platform (Wavelight GmbH, Erlangen, Germany). The Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA) and the Corvis ST (CST) measured the corneal biomechanical changes before and after the procedures. The ORA showed significant decrease of corneal hysteresis (CH) and corneal resistance factor (CRF) in both groups postoperatively. The percentage of change of CH and CRF were found to be significantly higher in group II. There was no significant difference in the IOP with the ORA and the CST pre and postoperatively in either group. Using CST, the deformation amplitude and HC peak distances increased significantly in both groups. It was also noted that the mean percentage of change of the deformation amplitude was nearly five times higher in group II than group I. Both LASIK and SMILE substantially decreased the corneal biomechanical properties with greater reduction in the LASIK group.

  14. Laser assisted hybrid additive manufacturing of thermoelectric modules

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    Zhang, Tao; Tewolde, Mahder; Longtin, Jon P.; Hwang, David J.

    2017-02-01

    Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) are an attractive means to produce electricity, particular from waste heat applications. However, TEGs are almost exclusively manufactured as flat, rigid modules of limited size and shape, and therefore an appropriate mounting for intimate contact of TEGs modules onto arbitrary surfaces represents a significant challenge. In this study, we introduce laser assisted additive manufacturing method to produce multi-layered thermoelectric generator device directly on flat and non-flat surfaces for waste heat recovery. The laser assisted processing spans from laser scribing of thermal sprayed thin films, curing of dispensed thermoelectric inks and selective laser sintering to functionalize thermoelectric materials.

  15. Review: Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS): An ...

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    Age-related cataract is one of the most important causes of visual impairment, and cataract surgery is one of the commonest surgeries performed worldwide. Femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) is a new and promising technology in the arena of cataract operations. Femtosecond lasers (FSL) are used in ...

  16. Laser-assisted growth of carbon nanotubes - A review

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    Burgt, Y. van de

    2014-01-01

    Laser-assisted chemical vapor deposition (LACVD) is an attractive maskless process for growing locally carbon nanotubes at selected places on substrates that may contain temperature-sensitive components. This review gives a comprehensive overview of the reported research with respect to laser

  17. Laser-assisted H^{-} charge exchange injection in magnetic fields

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    T. Gorlov

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The use of stripping foils for charge exchange injection can cause a number of operational problems in high intensity hadron accelerators. A recently proposed three-step method of laser-assisted injection is capable of overcoming these problems. This paper presents advances in the physical model of laser-assisted charge exchange injection of H^{-} beams and covers a wide field of atomic physics. The model allows the calculation of the evolution of an H^{0} beam taking into account spontaneous emission, field ionization, and external electromagnetic fields. Some new data on the hydrogen atom related to the problem are calculated. The numerical calculations in the model use realistic descriptions of laser field and injection beam. Generally, the model can be used for design and optimization of a laser-assisted injection cell within an accelerator lattice. Example calculations of laser-assisted injection for an intermediate experiment at SNS in Oak Ridge and for the PS2 accelerator at CERN are presented. Two different schemes, distinctively characterized by various magnetic fields at the excitation point, are discussed. It was shown that the emittance growth of an injected beam can be drastically decreased by moving the excitation point into a strong magnetic field.

  18. Kinetics of laser-assisted carbon nanotube growth

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    Burgt, Y. van de; Bellouard, Y.; Mandamparambil, R.

    2014-01-01

    Laser-assisted chemical vapour deposition (CVD) growth is an attractive mask-less process for growing locally aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in selected places on temperature sensitive substrates. The nature of the localized process results in fast carbon nanotube growth with high experimental

  19. Optical process model for laser-assisted tape winding

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    Baran, Ismet; Akkerman, Remko; Reichardt, J.M.; Drechsler, K.

    2016-01-01

    The present work is part of the EU-funded ambliFibre project in which a model-based on-line monitoring solution is being developed for the laser assisted tape winding (LATW) process of tubular fibre reinforced thermoplastic composite parts. Within this framework, an optical process simulation tool

  20. Laser Assisted Free-Free Transition in Electron - Atom Collision

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    Sinha, C.; Bhatia, A. K.

    2011-01-01

    Free-free transition is studied for electron-Hydrogen atom system in ground state at very low incident energies in presence of an external homogeneous, monochromatic and linearly polarized laser field. The incident electron is considered to be dressed by the laser in a non perturbative manner by choosing the Volkov solutions in both the channels. The space part of the scattering wave function for the electron is solved numerically by taking into account the effect of electron exchange, short range as well as of the long range interactions. Laser assisted differential as well as elastic total cross sections are calculated for single photon absorption/emission in the soft photon limit, the laser intensity being much less than the atomic field intensity. A strong suppression is noted in the laser assisted cross sections as compared to the field free situations. Significant difference is noted in the singlet and the triplet cross sections.

  1. Laser-assisted machining of difficult-to-machine materials

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    Incropera, F.P.; Rozzi, J.C.; Pfefferkorn, F.E.; Lei, S.; Shin, Y.C.

    1999-07-01

    Laser-assisted machining (LAM) is a hybrid process for which a difficult-to-machine material, such as a ceramic or super alloy, is irradiated by a laser source prior to material removal by a cutting tool. The process has the potential to significantly increase material removal rates, as well as to improve the geometry and properties of the finished work piece. Features and limitations of theoretical and experimental procedures for determining the transient thermal response of a work piece during LAM are described, and representative results are presented for laser-assisted turning of sintered silicon nitride. Significant physical trends are revealed by the calculations, as are guidelines for the selection of appropriate operating conditions.

  2. Optic pit maculopathy after laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis.

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    Rodriguez-Coleman, Hanna; Schiff, William M; Hwang, John C; Speaker, Mark G

    2007-02-01

    Optic disc pit is an embryological malformation of the optic nerve that occurs in less than one in 10,000 people. It is 10%-15% bilateral, and 25% to 70% of patients develop a neurosensory macular detachment within the 2nd to 4th decade. We report a case of unilateral optic disc pit maculopathy 2 months after laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) revision.

  3. Comprehension of chip formation in laser assisted machining

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    GERMAIN, Guénaël; Dal Santo, Philippe; Lebrun, Jean-Lou

    2011-01-01

    International audience; Laser Assisted Machining (LAM) improves the machinability of materials by locally heating the workpiece just prior to cutting. Experimental investigations have confirmed that the cutting force can be decreased, by as much as 40%, for various materials. In order to understand the effect of the laser on chip formation and on the temperature fields in the different deformation zones, thermo-mechanical simulations were undertaken. A thermo-mechanical model for chip formati...

  4. Pulsed laser-assisted machining of Inconel 718 superalloy

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    Azhdari Tadavani, Soheila; Shoja Razavi, Reza; Vafaei, Reza

    2017-01-01

    Nickel-based superalloys including Inconel 718(IN718) are widely used in aerospace industries due to their superior high temperature strength, toughness, and corrosion resistance. These alloys are difficult to machine mainly because of their low thermal conductivity and high work hardening rate, which cause steep temperature gradient and high cutting forces at the tool edge. The application of laser assisted machining is the subject of many new researches since shear forces; surface coarsening and tool wear are reduced. The aim of this investigation was to evaluate laser assisted machining behavior of a 718 Inconel superalloy from the view point of machining specific energy, surface roughness, tool wear and chip appearance. Experimental apparatuses used included optical and scanning electron microscopy, spark emission spectroscopy, and EDS analysis. The results indicated that increasing the temperature to about 540 °C just ahead of primary shear zone, can result in 35% reduction of machining specific energy, in comparison with conventional machining. Furthermore, surface coarsening and tool wear were reduced by 22% and 23% respectively. Flank wear was the main deteriorating factor on cutting tools during laser assisted machining. SEM micrographs indicated that increase in temperature has no noticeable effect on finished workpiece surface. Analysis of variance obtained from regression analysis indicated that frequency of laser beam has the most influential effect on temperature. The optimum conditions for laser assisted machining of 718 superalloy is suggested as follows: 80 Hz frequency, 400 W power, 24 m/min cutting speed, and 0.052 mm/rev feed rate along with 540 °C temperature, 2.51 J/mm2 machining specific energy and 130 N cutting force.

  5. Technical improvements in diode-laser-assisted skin welding

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    Chiarugi, C.; Martini, L.; Borgognoni, L.; Reali, Umberto M.; Gori, F.; Pini, Roberto; Toncelli, F.

    1996-01-01

    We performed diode-laser assisted skin welding on Wistar rats by using a sodium hyaluronate gel mixed with Indocyanine Cadio-green (ICG) as photoenhancing chromophore. Laser treatment was accomplished with a 'side' irradiation technique, taking advantage of the fact that diode laser radiation at 810 nm is well transmitted by tissue on distances of some millimeters. Clinical and histological results were compared with those of conventionally sutured wounds.

  6. The nonocclusive laser-assisted coronary anastomotic connector in an off-pump porcine bypass model.

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    Stecher, David; van Slochteren, Frebus J; Hoefer, Imo E; Pasterkamp, Gerard; Tulleken, Cornelis A F; van Herwerden, Lex A; Buijsrogge, Marc P

    2014-04-01

    To facilitate minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting, a simplified alternative for hand-sutured anastomoses must be developed. We assessed the feasibility and anastomotic healing of the ameliorated Excimer laser-assisted nonocclusive anastomosis coronary prototype connector in an acute rabbit study (study 1) and in a long-term porcine off-pump coronary bypass study (study 2). Eighteen anastomoses were constructed on the abdominal aorta of the rabbit. In the porcine model, 15 left internal thoracic artery to left anterior descending coronary artery bypasses were evaluated intraoperatively and at 4 hours, 4 and 10 days, 2, 3, and 5 weeks, and 6 months (each n = 2 anastomoses). The anastomoses were examined by angiography, flow measurements, fractional flow reserve, coronary flow reserve, histologic features, and scanning electron microscopy. In study 1, all 18 anastomoses were patent and resisted supraphysiologic pressures (n = 12, 300 mm Hg). In study 2, the connector enabled nonocclusive and fast (7.7 ± 2.2 minutes, mean ± standard deviation) anastomosis construction. All but 1 of 15 anastomoses (owing to a technical error) were fully patent (FitzGibbon grade A) at follow-up. Histologic examination and scanning electron microscopy demonstrated complete endothelialization of the anastomoses at 10 days. At 6 months, no flow-limiting but streamline-covering intimal hyperplasia was shown (fractional flow reserve, 0.93 ± 0.07 mean ± standard deviation). The new nonocclusive coronary connector is easy to use, and the long-term results suggest favorable healing and remodeling in the porcine model. After downsizing, this anastomotic device, with its emphasis on zero ischemia and simplified prebounding of vessel walls, has intrinsic potential for minimally invasive off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery. Copyright © 2014 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Clinical effect of femtosecond laser assisted penetrating corneal transplantation operation

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    Hong-Jian Zhou

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To observe the clinical effect of femtosecond laser assisted penetrating keratoplasty. METHODS: Twenty-four cases(24 eyeswith corneal lesions were performed with femtosecond laser assisted penetrating keratoplasty. Preoperative and postoperative endothelial cell density and visual quality were compared.RESULTS: One week after operation, corneal grafts were clear in 21 eyes(87.5%, mild cloudy in 3 eyes(12.5%; visual acuity ≥0.5 in 18 eyes(75.0%, 0.2~0.4 in 6 eyes(25.0%. After 3mo the mean corneal astigmatism was 2.16±0.21D(range 2.25~3.09D. Compared to conventional penetrating keratoplasty which mean corneal astigmatism was average 3.67±0.38D after operation, there was significant difference between two groups(PPCONCLUSION: Femtosecond laser assisted penetrating corneal transplantation operation can improve patient's visual quality. And compared to traditional penetrating keratoplasty astigmatism decreased significantly, incision can be made in individual shape more precisely and neatly.

  8. Topography-guided customized laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy for the treatment of postkeratoplasty astigmatism.

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    Rajan, Madhavan S; O'Brart, David P S; Patel, Parul; Falcon, Mike G; Marshall, John

    2006-06-01

    To assess topography-assisted corneal wavefront excimer laser surface ablation for the correction of ametropia and irregular astigmatism after keratoplasty. Department of Ophthalmology, St. Thomas' Hospital, London, United Kingdom. In this pilot study, 15 patients (16 eyes) who were intolerant of spectacle and contact lens correction due to astigmatic anisometropia after keratoplasty (15 penetrating and 1 lamellar) had topography-assisted customized excimer laser treatments. Corneal topographic data using a Keratron Scout, Placido disk system allowed for preoperative analysis of wavefront anomalies of the anterior corneal surface from which a customized excimer laser correction of both lower-order aberrations (LOAs) and higher-order aberrations (HOAs) was prepared (ORK software) for treatment with a Schwind Esiris flying-spot laser. All eyes had laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) using 15% alcohol with a 20-second to 30-second application. Four eyes received an application of mitomycin-C (MMC) 0.2 mg/mL for 1 minute after stromal ablation. The mean preoperative spherical equivalent (SE) was -3.50 diopters (D) +/- 3.97 (SD) (range +1.625 to -9.25 D). The preoperative cylindrical error was -7.2 D (range -2.75 to -13.5 D). The programmed laser correction was -3.14 D (range +1.62 to -9 D) with a maximum attempted cylindrical correction of -7 D. Adherent LASEK epithelial flaps along suture lines and the graft-host junction were noted in 9 eyes (56%), although it was possible to obtain and replace a partial flap. A follow-up of 18 months was achieved in all eyes. At the final follow-up visit, the mean postoperative SE was -1.08 +/- 1.85 D (range +3 to -4.78 D) (P<.01, F<.01). Ten eyes (62.5%) were within +/-1 D of the intended correction. The mean postoperative cylindrical error was -2.72 D (range -0.5 to -6.5 D) (P<.001), with vector analysis demonstrating a mean 6.23 D correction. Analysis of HOAs using a 6.0 mm pupil size demonstrated a significant

  9. Enteral nutrition improves clinical outcome and reduces costs of acute mesenteric ischaemia after recanalisation in the intensive care unit.

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    Yang, Shuofei; Guo, Jianming; Ni, Qihong; Chen, Jiaquan; Guo, Xiangjiang; Xue, Guanhua; Ye, Meng; Zhang, Lan

    2017-12-20

    Little data evaluate the enteral nutrition (EN) for patients with acute mesenteric ischaemia (AMI) in the intensive care unit (ICU). This study assessed the outcomes of EN for recanalised AMI patients in the ICU. In this retrospective study, 183 AMI patients with mesenteric recanalisation admitted to two surgical ICUs were included. Patients were divided into EN (EN within first week, n = 95) and total parenteral nutrition (TPN) group (TPN in 1st week, n = 88). The etiology, outcomes and complications were compared. Nutritional, immunologic, inflammatory response and mesenteric reperfusion were evaluated. Subgroup analysis and cost-assessment were performed. No significant difference of demographics and illness severity at baseline were found. The rates of TPN for ≥6 months (7.4% vs. 18.2%, P mesenteric infarction (n = 101), EN was associated with earlier bowel continuity restoration (P mesenteric flow. For recanalised AMI patients, EN starting within the first week represents a favourable alternative to TPN. A multicentre randomised controlled trial with high level of evidence is warranted in the future. Acute mesenteric ischaemia (AMI) is a catastrophic abdominal vascular emergency in the surgical intensive care unit (ICU), and the mortality of AMI remains unchanged despite significant progress of endovascular techniques. A multidisciplinary and multimodal management approach of AMI in the ICU has been recently proposed to improve patient's survival and prevent the intestinal failure. Post-recanalisation nutrition therapy may significantly improve the overall survival of AMI patients is quite underemphasised in the ICU. Definitive data comparing EN with TPN for this patient population are very lacking. This study provides the clinical data to suggest that early EN starting after ICU admission represents a favourable alternative to TPN for recanalised AMI patients. The nutrition therapy protocol in the ICU for this special cohort needs to be updated with

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Laser-assisted manufacturing of thermal energy devices

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    Zhang, Tao; Tewolde, Mahder; Kim, Ki-Hoon; Seo, Dong-Min; Longtin, Jon P.; Hwang, David J.

    2016-03-01

    In this study, we will present recent progress in the laser-assisted manufacturing of thermal energy devices that require suppressed thermal transport characteristics yet maintaining other functionalities such as electronic transport or mechanical strength. Examples of such devices to be demonstrated include thermoelectric generator or insulating materials. To this end, it will be shown that an additive manufacturing approaches can be facilitated and improved by unique processing capabilities of lasers in composite level. In order to tailor thermal characteristics in thermal devices, we will mainly investigate the potential of laser heating, curing, selective removal and sintering processes of material systems in the composite level.

  13. Laser-assisted control of molecular orientation at high temperatures

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    Zhdanov, Dmitry V.; Zadkov, Victor N.

    2008-01-01

    A method of laser-assisted field-free dynamic molecular orientation employing a short, moderately intense three-color phase-locked laser pulse is proposed. Numerical simulations show that it provides an exceedingly effective control of orientation in molecular gases even at room temperatures. The underlying mechanism is based on the specific laser-induced orientation-dependent selective excitation of molecules and subsequent self-transformation of the induced geometrical orientation into a dynamical one. It is shown that this mechanism is significantly more powerful than the widely investigated kick mechanism.

  14. Femtosecond-laser-assisted Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty.

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    Cheng, Yanny Y Y; Pels, Elisabeth; Nuijts, Rudy M M A

    2007-01-01

    To our knowledge, we describe the first patient with pseudophakic bullous keratoplasty treated with femtosecond-laser-assisted endothelial keratoplasty. A 5.5 mm corneoscleral tunnel incision was made; after Descemet's membrane was stripped, an 8.0 mm posterior lamellar corneal disk prepared with a femtosecond laser was inserted into the anterior chamber against the recipient cornea without the use of corneal sutures. Four months postoperatively, the posterior corneal disk was clear and the induced astigmatism was 2.1 diopters, demonstrating a functional corneal endothelial layer. The femtosecond laser offers a new surgical approach for minimally invasive endothelial keratoplasty in corneal endothelial disorders.

  15. Laser-assisted electron diffraction for femtosecond molecular imaging

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    Morimoto, Yuya; Kanya, Reika [Department of Chemistry, School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Yamanouchi, Kaoru, E-mail: kaoru@chem.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Department of Chemistry, School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); NANOQUINE, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan)

    2014-02-14

    We report the observation of laser-assisted electron diffraction (LAED) through the collision of 1 keV electrons with gas-phase CCl{sub 4} molecules in a femtosecond near-infrared laser field. In the angular distribution of the scattered electrons with the energy shifts of ±ℏω, we observed clear diffraction patterns which reflect the geometrical structure of the molecules at the moment of laser irradiation. Our results demonstrate that ultrafast nuclear dynamics of molecules can be probed by LAED with the high temporal (<10 fs) and spatial (∼0.01 Å) resolutions.

  16. Study of a fiber laser assisted friction stir welding process

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    Casalino, G.; Campanelli, S.; Ludovico, A. D.; Contuzzi, N.; Angelastro, A.

    2012-03-01

    Friction stir welding is a relatively new joining technique. This technique, which is considered a derivative of the more common friction welding method, was developed mainly for aluminum and its alloys. In recent years, this method has been used to join various other alloys. FSW has many advantages, including the following: the welding procedure is relatively simple with no consumables or filler metal; joint edge preparation is not needed; oxide removal prior to welding is unnecessary; high joint strength has been achieved in aluminum and magnesium alloys; FSW can be used with alloys that cannot be fusion welded due to crack sensitivity. The drawbacks of FSW include the need for powerful fixtures to clamp the workpiece to the welding table, the high force needed to move the welding tool forward, the relatively high wear rate of the welding tool, and weld speeds in FSW are slower, which can lead to longer process times. To overcome these drawbacks, a fiber laser-assisted friction stir welding system was designed (FLAFSW). The system combined a conventional commercial friction machine and a fiber pumped laser system. The scope is to investigate the influence of the laser assistance on the weld quality. A number of different aluminum plates, which are still mentioned to be difficult to be joint as intermetallic phases appear during melting welding techniques, were used. The evaluation of quality was performed through analysis of appearance, mechanical and microstructure characterization of the weld.

  17. 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.

  18. Evaluation of a novel laser-assisted coronary anastomotic connector - the Trinity Clip - in a porcine off-pump bypass model.

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    Stecher, David; Bronkers, Glenn; Noest, Jappe O T; Tulleken, Cornelis A F; Hoefer, Imo E; van Herwerden, Lex A; Pasterkamp, Gerard; Buijsrogge, Marc P

    2014-11-24

    To simplify and facilitate beating heart (i.e., off-pump), minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery, a new coronary anastomotic connector, the Trinity Clip, is developed based on the excimer laser-assisted nonocclusive anastomosis technique. The Trinity Clip connector enables simplified, sutureless, and nonocclusive connection of the graft to the coronary artery, and an excimer laser catheter laser-punches the opening of the anastomosis. Consequently, owing to the complete nonocclusive anastomosis construction, coronary conditioning (i.e., occluding or shunting) is not necessary, in contrast to the conventional anastomotic technique, hence simplifying the off-pump bypass procedure. Prior to clinical application in coronary artery bypass grafting, the safety and quality of this novel connector will be evaluated in a long-term experimental porcine off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) study. In this paper, we describe how to evaluate the coronary anastomosis in the porcine OPCAB model using various techniques to assess its quality. Representative results are summarized and visually demonstrated.

  19. REcanalisation and Balloon-Oriented Puncture for Re-Insertion of Dialysis Catheter in Nonpatent Central Veins (REBORN)

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    Too, Chow Wei, E-mail: toochowwei@gmail.com [Singapore General Hospital (Singapore); Sayani, Raza [Aga Khan University Hospital (Pakistan); Lim, Elvin Yuan Ting; Leong, Sum; Gogna, Apoorva [Singapore General Hospital (Singapore); Teo, Terence K. [Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital (Singapore)

    2016-08-15

    PurposeTo describe a technique involving REcanalisation and Balloon-Oriented puncture for Re-insertion of dialysis catheter in Nonpatent central veins (REBORN) and to report long-term results.Materials and MethodsThis is a retrospective study of ten subjects in whom dialysis catheters were inserted using the REBORN technique from March 2012 to October 2014 and followed up till April 2016. Data on the duration of catheter usage, complications and reasons for removal were obtained. Seven patients had partially occluded lower internal jugular veins (IJV) recanalised in an antegrade fashion via a more cranial puncture. The balloon was then inflated at usual puncture site with an 18G needle. The collapsed balloon was cannulated with a guide wire, and both balloon and guide wire were advanced together into the superior vena cava. This was followed by tunnelled catheter placement using standard techniques. Two patients had catheters placed in the subclavian vein using a similar antegrade technique, and one patient had catheter placed via the left IJV following retrograde recanalisation from a right femoral puncture.ResultsMean duration of catheter use was 278 days (range 32–503). Three catheters were removed due to matured arteriovenous accesses. Four patients had successful catheter change over the same subcutaneous track due to catheter malfunction. One catheter was removed after 7 months because of sepsis. No complications were reported.ConclusionThe REBORN technique allows for the preservation of central veins for future haemodialysis access, which can be challenging in patients requiring long-term dialysis.

  20. 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.

  1. Diode Laser Assisted Filament Winding of Thermoplastic Matrix Composites

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    Quadrini, Fabrizio; Squeo, Erica Anna; Prosperi, Claudia

    2010-01-01

    A new consolidation method for the laser-assisted filament winding of thermoplastic prepregs is discussed: for the first time a diode laser is used, as well as long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene prepregs. A consolidation apparatus was built by means of a CNC motion table, a stepper motor and a simple tensioner. Preliminary tests were performed in a hoop winding configuration: only the winding speed was changed, and all the other process parameters (laser power, distance from the laser focus, consolidation force) were kept constant. Small wound rings with an internal diameter of 25 mm were produced and compression tests were carried out to evaluate the composite agglomeration in dependence of the winding speed. At lower winding speeds, a strong interpenetration of adjacent layers was observed.

  2. Posterior Corneal Surface Stability after Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Keratomileusis

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    Carlo Cagini

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to evaluate posterior corneal surface variation after femtosecond laser-assisted keratomileusis in patients with myopia and myopic astigmatism. Patients were evaluated by corneal tomography preoperatively and at 1, 6, and 12 months. We analyzed changes in the posterior corneal curvature, posterior corneal elevation, and anterior chamber depth. Moreover, we explored correlation between corneal ablation depth, residual corneal thickness, percentage of ablated corneal tissue, and preoperative corneal thickness. During follow-up, the posterior corneal surface did not have a significant forward corneal shift: no significant linear relationships emerged between the anterior displacement of the posterior corneal surface and corneal ablation depth, residual corneal thickness, or percentage of ablated corneal tissue.

  3. Diode Laser Assisted Filament Winding of Thermoplastic Matrix Composites

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    Claudia Prosperi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A new consolidation method for the laser-assisted filament winding of thermoplastic prepregs is discussed: for the first time a diode laser is used, as well as long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene prepregs. A consolidation apparatus was built by means of a CNC motion table, a stepper motor and a simple tensioner. Preliminary tests were performed in a hoop winding configuration: only the winding speed was changed, and all the other process parameters (laser power, distance from the laser focus, consolidation force were kept constant. Small wound rings with an internal diameter of 25 mm were produced and compression tests were carried out to evaluate the composite agglomeration in dependence of the winding speed. At lower winding speeds, a stronginterpenetration of adjacent layers was observed.

  4. Bioceramic 3D Implants Produced by Laser Assisted Additive Manufacturing

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    Lusquiños, Fernando; del Val, Jesús; Arias-González, Felipe; Comesaña, Rafael; Quintero, Félix; Riveiro, Antonio; Boutinguiza, Mohamed; Jones, Julian R.; Hill, Robert G.; Pou, Juan

    Cranial defect restoration requires a suitable implant capable to fulfill protective and aesthetic functions, such as polymeric and metallic implants. Nevertheless, the former materials cannot provide osteointegration of the implant within the host bone nor implant resorption, which is also required in pediatricorthopedics for normal patient growth. Resorbable and osteoconductivebioceramics are employed, such as silicate bioactive glasses. Nevertheless, manufacturing based on conventional casting in graphite moulds is not effective for warped shape implants suitable for patient tailored treatments. In this work, we analyze the application of rapid prototyping based on laser cladding to manufacture bioactive glass implants for low load bearing bone restoration. This laser-assisted additive technique is capable to produce three-dimensional geometries tailored to patient, with reduced fabrication time and implant composition modification. The obtained samples were characterized; the relationships between the processing conditions and the measured features were studied, in addition to the biological behavior analysis.

  5. Laser Assisted Machining : Current Status and Future Scope

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    Brandt, M.; Sun, S.

    Laser -assisted machining (LAM) is a hybrid cutting process in which a laser beam is used to heat and soften the workpiece locally in front of the cutting tool. The temperature rise at the shear zone reduces the yield strength and work hardening of the workpiece, which makes the plastic deformation of difficult-to-machine materials (engineering ceramics , hard metals , and metal matrix composites) easier during machining. Its process benefits include a reduction in the cutting forces/specific cutting energy, longer tool life, better surface integrity , and high productivity. This chapter summarizes the up-to-date progress of LAM of ceramics , metals , and metal matrix composites. It covers the analysis of temperature distribution around the cutting region, material removal mechanisms, tool wear mechanisms, and the improvement in machined surface integrity of various engineering materials by the assistance of laser beam.

  6. Laser assisted machining: a state of art review

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    Punugupati, Gurabvaiah; Kandi, Kishore Kumar; Bose, P. S. C.; Rao, C. S. P.

    2016-09-01

    Difficult-to-cut materials have increasing demand in aerospace and automobile industries due to their high yield stress, high strength to weight ratio, high toughness, high wear resistance, high creep, high corrosion resistivity, ability to retain high strength at high temperature, etc. The machinability of these advanced materials, using conventional methods of machining is typical due to the high temperature and pressure at the cutting zone and tool and properties such as low thermal conductivity, high cutting forces and cutting temperatures makes the materials difficult to machine. Laser assisted machining (LAM) is a new and innovative technique for machining the difficult-to-cut materials. This paper deals with a review on the advances in lasers, tools and the mechanism of machining using LAM and their effects.

  7. FLAIR-hyperintense vessel sign, diffusion-perfusion mismatch and infarct growth in acute ischemic stroke without vascular recanalisation therapy.

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    Gawlitza, Matthias; Gragert, Jasmin; Quäschling, Ulf; Hoffmann, Karl Titus

    2014-10-01

    To investigate the relation between DWI-PWI mismatch and FLAIR-hyperintense vessel (FHV) sign and their influence on the prediction of the infarct growth in stroke patients without vessel recanalising therapy. Thirty-three patients with non-lacunar acute stroke and not eligible for recanalisation therapy received cerebral MRI at the day of admission and after 7±1 days. DWI and PWI lesion volumes, DWI-PWI mismatch volumes, infarct growth, relative mismatch and relative infarct growth were assessed. FHV sign was subdivided into (i) proximal or (ii) distal, the latter graded as either (i) prominent or (ii) subtle. FHV sign did not predict absolute or relative infarct growth. Significantly larger DWI lesions, PWI lesions and mismatch volumes were observed in FHV-positive infarcts. There were significant correlations between the degree of FHV sign and PWI lesion volume (r=0.52; PPWI mismatch and relative infarct growth (r=0.91; PPWI lesion volumes and DWI-to-PWI mismatch volumes in acute stroke and thus seems to be an indicator of collateral flow. However, it is unsuitable to predict infarct growth. The latter occurred when DWI-to-PWI mismatches were present with bigger relative mismatch volumes making subsequent infarct growth more likely. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. [Clinical results of femtosecond laser assisted lamellar keratoplasty].

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    Li, Shaowei; Ning, Jianhua; Liu, Chang; Guo, Zuofeng; Lyn, Fangqi; Chen, Tiehong

    2015-06-01

    To report the clinical results of femtosecond laser assisted lamellar keratoplasty (FS-LK). Retrospective study. Twenty eyes of 17 patients who were treated with FS-LK were enrolled in this study. The preoperative visions were from 0.02 to 0.4. During the operation, the grafts were prepared with a depth of 400-600 µm according to the character of the affections. During the follow-up period, the visions of 18 eyes (90%) were better than preoperative ones. One of them was equal to 0.8. The best corrected visual acuities of 18 eyes (90%) were better than or equal to 0.5, one of which was 1.0. The astigmatisms of 15 eyes were under 3.00 diopters at one year after operation. During the operation of two cases, the paracentral cut occurred. Two patients experienced corneal opacity, and two cases had high astigmatisms after operation. Only one eye experienced immune rejection at one year after operation. The FS-LK appears to be a good alternative surgical method for patients with corneal diseases because of the great manipuility and excellent postoperative results, but more research is needed.

  11. Surgical adhesives for laser-assisted wound closure

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    Hodges, Diane E.; McNally-Heintzelman, Karen M.; Welch, Ashley J.

    2001-10-01

    Solid protein solder-doped polymer membranes were developed for laser-assisted tissue repair. Biodegradable polymer membranes of controlled porosity were fabricated with poly(L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), and salt particles, using a solvent-casting and particulate-leaching technique. The membranes provided a porous scaffold that readily absorbed the traditional protein solder composed of serum albumin, indocyanine green dye, and de-ionized water. In vitro investigations were conducted to assess the influence of various processing parameters on the strength of tissue repairs formed using the new membranes. These parameters included PLGA copolymer and PLGA/PEG blend ratios, membrane pore size, initial albumin weight fraction, and laser irradiance used to denature the solder. Altering the PLGA copolymer ratio had little effect on repair strength, however such variations are known to influence the degradation rate of the membranes. The repair strength increased with increased membrane pore size and bovine serum albumin concentration. The addition of PEG during the membrane casting stage increased the flexibility of the membranes but not necessarily the repair strength. Typically, the repair strength increased with increasing irradiance from 12 to 18 W/cm2. The new solder-doped polymer membranes provided all of the benefits associated with solid protein solders including high repair strength and improved edge coaptation. In addition, the flexible, moldable nature of the new membranes offers the capability of tailoring the membranes to a wide range of clinically relevant geometries.

  12. Numerical modeling of laser assisted tape winding process

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    Zaami, Amin; Baran, Ismet; Akkerman, Remko

    2017-10-01

    Laser assisted tape winding (LATW) has become more and more popular way of producing new thermoplastic products such as ultra-deep sea water riser, gas tanks, structural parts for aerospace applications. Predicting the temperature in LATW has been a source of great interest since the temperature at nip-point plays a key role for mechanical interface performance. Modeling the LATW process includes several challenges such as the interaction of optics and heat transfer. In the current study, numerical modeling of the optical behavior of laser radiation on circular surfaces is investigated based on a ray tracing and non-specular reflection model. The non-specular reflection is implemented considering the anisotropic reflective behavior of the fiber-reinforced thermoplastic tape using a bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF). The proposed model in the present paper includes a three-dimensional circular geometry, in which the effects of reflection from different ranges of the circular surface as well as effect of process parameters on temperature distribution are studied. The heat transfer model is constructed using a fully implicit method. The effect of process parameters on the nip-point temperature is examined. Furthermore, several laser distributions including Gaussian and linear are examined which has not been considered in literature up to now.

  13. Thermal Aspects of Ductile Mode Micro Laser Assisted Machining

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    Virkar, Saurabh R.; Patten, John A.

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the simulation work performed to study an innovative process called micro-Laser Assisted Machining (μ-LAM). μ-LAM is being used for machining hard and brittle semiconductor and ceramic materials such as Silicon Carbide. Numerical simulations were carried out using the commercial software AdvantEdge Version 5.4. The cutting tool is modeled as a single point diamond tip. The workpiece material (4H-SiC) is heated locally during the actual machining process by a laser beam, which passes through the diamond tool tip. The workpiece is heated beyond the thermal softening point in order to study the effect of increased temperature on the machining process. The initial work started with an approximate thermal softening curve to ensure that thermal effects can be incorporated in the simulation model. A new thermal softening curve was developed based upon experimental data and implemented in the material model. A thermal boundary was provided on the workpiece top surface to simulate the effect of laser heating. In all three cases the chip formation was observed and the changes in cutting and thrust forces were evaluated. The simulation results indicate a significant decrease in machining forces if Silicon Carbide is heated and thermally softened thus demonstrating the benefits of the μ-LAM process.

  14. Early Experience in Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

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    Bilgehan Sezgin Asena

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To analyze the early experience and intraoperative complications of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract and refractive lens exchange (RLE surgery. Materials and Methods: The initial 50 eyes of 29 patients who underwent cataract or RLE surgery between March 2013 and May 2013 were included in this study. All patients underwent anterior capsulotomy, lens fragmentation, and corneal incisions with the femtosecond laser (LenSx®, Alcon Inc.. The operation was completed by phacoemulsification and implantation of an intraocular lens. Intraoperative complications were evaluated from patient charts and video reviews retrospectively. Results: The mean age of the patients included was 63.8±11.7 years. No suction break or anterior capsule tear occurred in any case. Small anterior capsular tags occurred in 11 eyes (22%. The capsulotomy buttons were free-floating in 7 eyes (14%, while capsulorrhexis was partially completed with microadhesions in 40 eyes (60% and uncompleted in 3 eyes (6%. One eye (2% had a posterior capsule rupture secondary to increase in the intracapsular pressure. Corneal incisions either were not preferred to be used in 8 eyes (16% or could not be completed in 4 eyes (8%. Miosis occurred in 20 eyes (40%. No vision lost or dropped nuclei were observed. Conclusion: The use of femtosecond lasers in cataract and RLE surgery is safe. There had been no vision lost secondary to complications. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2015; 45: 97-101

  15. 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.

  16. Preliminary results of femtosecond laser-assisted descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty.

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    Cheng, Y.Y.; Hendrikse, F.; Pels, E.; Wijdh, R.J.; Cleynenbreugel, H. van; Eggink, C.A.; Rij, G. van; Rijneveld, W.J.; Nuijts, R.M.

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the preliminary visual results of femtosecond laser-assisted Descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty (FS-DSEK). METHODS: We prospectively analyzed results of 20 consecutive patients with Fuchs endothelial dystrophy or aphakic/pseudophakic bullous keratopathy who underwent

  17. Long-term safety and efficacy follow-up of prophylactic higher fluence collagen cross-linking in high myopic laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis

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    Kanellopoulos AJ

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Anastasios John KanellopoulosLaservision.gr Institute, Athens, Greece, and New York University Medical School, New York, NY, USABackground: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of ultraviolet A irradiation cross-linking on completion for cases of high myopic laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK.Methods: Forty-three consecutive LASIK cases treated with femtosecond laser flap and the WaveLight excimer platform were evaluated perioperatively for uncorrected visual acuity, best corrected spectacle visual acuity, refraction, keratometry, topography, total and flap pachymetry, corneal optical coherence tomography, and endothelial cell count. All eyes at the completion of LASIK had cross-linking through the repositioned flap, with higher fluence (10 mW/cm2 ultraviolet light of an average 370 µm wavelength and 10 mW/cm2 fluence applied for 3 minutes following an earlier single instillation of 0.1% riboflavin within the flap interface. Mean follow-up duration was 3.5 (range 1.0–4.5 years.Results: Mean uncorrected visual acuity changed from 0.2 to 1.2, best corrected spectacle visual acuity from 1.1 to 1.2, spherical equivalent from -7.5 diopters (D to -0.2 D, keratometry from 44.5 D to 38 D, flap pachymetry from 105 µm to, total pachymetry from 525 to 405, and endothelial cell count from 2750 to 2800. None of the cases developed signs of ectasia or significant regression during follow-up.Conclusion: Prophylactic collagen cross-linking for high-risk LASIK cases appears to be a safe and effective adjunctive treatment for refractive regression and potential ectasia. This application may be viewed as prophylactic customization of the biomechanical behavior of corneal collagen.Keywords: prophylactic collagen cross-linking, laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, high-risk, post-LASIK ectasia

  18. Femtosecond laser-assisted lamellar keratoplasty: early results.

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    Mosca, Luigi; Fasciani, Romina; Tamburelli, Ciro; Buzzonetti, Luca; Guccione, Laura; Mandarà, Erika; Balestrazzi, Emilio

    2008-07-01

    To evaluate the outcomes and safety of lamellar keratoplasty (LK) assisted by a femtosecond laser. Twenty-one eyes of 21 patients affected by different corneal pathologies (5 posttraumatic corneal scar, 3 postkeratitis corneal leucoma, and 13 keratoconus) underwent LK procedures by using a femtosecond laser. The mean thinnest corneal thickness, evaluated with ultrasound corneal pachymetry and with confocal microscopy, was 434.19 +/- 62.60 (SD) microm (range, 333-548 microm). Mean preoperative uncorrected visual acuity was 0.09 +/- 0.28 SD and mean preoperative best spectacle-corrected visual acuity was 0.28 +/- 0.15 SD. A femtosecond laser was used to perform corneal cuts on both donor and recipient corneas. The donor corneal lamella diameters were 0.20-mm larger and thicker than the recipient to restore a physiologic corneal thickness and shape: mean donor diameter was 8.34 +/- 0.28 mm (range, 8.2-8.7 mm) and mean thickness was 352 +/- 40.27 microm (range, 220-400 microm). Mean follow-up was 20.86 +/- 5.76 months (range, 12-30 months). Early postoperative evaluation showed a clear graft in all cases. A normal corneal pattern topography and a physiologic thickness (mean corneal pachymetry, 542.48 +/- 33.20 microm) and transparency were restored. Twelve months after surgery, the mean postoperative uncorrected visual acuity was 0.45 +/- 0.34 SD, and the mean best spectacle-corrected visual acuity was 0.63 +/- 0.16 SD. Although the numbers in our study are small, our early results indicate that femtosecond laser-assisted lamellar keratoplasty shows promise as a safe and effective surgical choice in the treatment of various corneal pathologies.

  19. Resident surgeon efficiency in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery

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    Pittner AC

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Andrew C Pittner,1 Brian R Sullivan2 1Department of Ophthalmology, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, 2Edward Hines Jr VA Hospital, Ophthalmology Section, Hines, IL, USA Purpose: Comparison of resident surgeon performance efficiencies in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS versus conventional phacoemulsification.Patients and methods: A retrospective cohort study was conducted on consecutive patients undergoing phacoemulsification cataract surgery performed by senior ophthalmology residents under the supervision of 1 attending physician during a 9-month period in a large Veterans Affairs medical center. Medical records were reviewed for demographic information, preoperative nucleus grade, femtosecond laser pretreatment, operative procedure times, total operating room times, and surgical complications. Review of digital video records provided quantitative interval measurements of core steps of the procedures, including completion of incisions, anterior capsulotomy, nucleus removal, cortical removal, and intraocular lens implantation.Results: Total room time, operation time, and corneal incision completion time were found to be significantly longer in the femtosecond laser group versus the traditional phacoemulsification group (each P<0.05. Mean duration for manual completion of anterior capsulotomy was shorter in the laser group (P<0.001. There were no statistically significant differences in the individual steps of nucleus removal, cortical removal, or intraocular lens placement. Surgical complication rates were not significantly different between the groups.Conclusion: In early cases, resident completion of femtosecond cataract surgery is generally less efficient when trainees have more experience with traditional phacoemulsification. FLACS was found to have a significant advantage in completion of capsulotomy, but subsequent surgical steps were not shorter or longer. Resident learning curve for the

  20. Thermal and thermo-mechanical simulation of laser assisted machining

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    Germain, G.; Dal Santo, P.; Lebrun, J. L.; Bellett, D.; Robert, P.

    2007-04-01

    Laser Assisted Machining (LAM) improves the machinability of materials by locally heating the workpiece just prior to cutting. The heat input is provided by a high power laser focused several millimeters in front of the cutting tool. Experimental investigations have confirmed that the cutting force can be decreased, by as much as 40%, for various materials (tool steel, titanium alloys and nickel alloys). The laser heat input is essentially superficial and results in non-uniform temperature profiles within the depth of the workpiece. The temperature field in the cutting zone is therefore influenced by many parameters. In order to understand the effect of the laser on chip formation and on the temperature fields in the different deformation zones, thermo-mechanical simulation were undertaken. A thermo-mechanical model for chip formation with and without the laser was also undertaken for different cutting parameters. Experimental tests for the orthogonal cutting of 42CrMo4 steel were used to validate the simulation via the prediction of the cutting force with and without the laser. The thermo-mechanical model then allowed us to highlight the differences in the temperature fields in the cutting zone with and without the laser. In particular, it was shown that for LAM the auto-heating of the material in the primary shear zone is less important and that the friction between the tool and chip also generates less heat. The temperature fields allow us to explain the reduction in the cutting force and the resulting residual stress fields in the workpiece.

  1. 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.

  2. Laser-assisted immobilization of colloid silver nanoparticles on polyethyleneterephthalate

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    Siegel, Jakub; Lyutakov, Oleksiy; Polívková, Markéta; Staszek, Marek; Hubáček, Tomáš; Švorčík, Václav

    2017-10-01

    Immobilization of nanoobjects on the surface of underlying material belongs to current issues of material science. Such altered materials exhibits completely exceptional properties exploitable in a broad spectrum of industrially important applications ranging from catalysts up to health-care industry. Here we present unique approach for immobilization of electrochemically synthesized silver nanoparticles on polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) foil whose essence lies in physical incorporation of particles into thin polymer surface layer induced by polarized excimer laser light. Changes in chemical composition and surface structure of polymer after particle immobilization were recorded by wide range of analytical techniques such as ARXPS, EDX, RBS, AAS, Raman, ICP-MS, DLS, UV-vis, SEM, TEM, and AFM. Thorough analysis of both nanoparticles entering the immobilization step as well as modified PET surface allowed revealing the mechanism of immobilization process itself. Silver nanoparticles were physically embedded into a thin surface layer of polymer reaching several nanometers beneath the surface rather than chemically bonded to PET macromolecules. Laser-implanted nanoparticles open up new possibilities especially in the development of the next generation cell-conform antimicrobial coatings of polymeric materials, namely due to the considerable immobilization strength which is strong enough to prevent particle release into the surrounding environment.

  3. 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.

  4. Future trials of endovascular mechanical recanalisation therapy in acute ischemic stroke patients: a position paper endorsed by ESMINT and ESNR. Pt. 1. Current situation and major research questions

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    Fiehler, Jens [University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, Department of Neuroradiology, Hamburg (Germany); Soederman, Michael [Karolinska University Hospital, Department of Neuroradiology, Stockholm (Sweden); Turjman, Francis [Hopital Neurologique, Centre de Neurosciences Cognitives, Department of Neuroradiology, Lyon (France); White, Philip M. [Western General Hospital, University of Edinburgh, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Edinburgh (United Kingdom); Bakke, Soeren Jacob [Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, Department of Neuroradiology, Oslo (Norway); Mangiafico, Salvatore [University Hospital Careggi, Interventional Neuroradiology Unit, Florence (Italy); Kummer, Ruediger von [University of Dresden, Department of Neuroradiology, Dresden (Germany); Muto, Mario [University of Naples, Department of Neuroradiology, Naples (Italy); Cognard, Christophe [Hopital Purpan, Service de Neuroradiologie, Toulouse (France); Gralla, Jan [Inselspital Bern, Department of Neuroradiology, Bern (Switzerland)

    2012-12-15

    A new era of stroke treatment may have begun with mechanical thrombectomy (MT) by fully deployed closed-cell self-expanding stents (stent-triever). Multiple case series and the first randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have now been published. More studies are under way involving large numbers of patients, which in turn has resulted in less strict ''pragmatic'' study protocols. Problems with current trials include a lack of standardisation in the conduct of the recanalisation procedure, the definition of primary endpoints such as the grade of arterial recanalisation and tissue reperfusion, and the post-surgical care provided. In Part 1 of this two part series, we outline the current situation and the major research questions. (orig.)

  5. Early clinical research on the femtosecond laser assisted penetrating keratoplasty

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    Jing Wang

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To evaluate the therapeutic effects and safety of femtosecond laser assisted penetrating keratoplasty(FS-PKP.METHODS: In the retrospective case series study, 46 cases(48 eyeswith FS- PKP holds were analyzed. Preoperative best corrected visual acuity(BCVAwas 2.35±1.01(with a standard logarithmic eye chart. Opacities were all from epithelium to endothelium, including keratoconus, keratolukoma and corneal scarring etc. The full-thickness corneal donor-recipient grafts in different diameter and incision kerfangle were made by femtosecond laser in keratoplasty. The patients were treated according to the conventional penetrating keratoplasty after surgery. Evaluation indexes included preoperative and postoperative 1,6,10mo uncorrected visual acuity(UCVA, BCVA, corneal astigmatism(CAand surgical complications. Forty-three cases(44 eyeswith traditional PKP were as control group. The data of two groups were analyzed by mean comparison of two groups and Chi-square test in SPSS 18.0. RESULTS: All the operations were completed successfully, postoperative visual acuity of all patients had different degrees of increase. Comparison with the postoperative UCVA of traditional PKP surgery, UCVA was 3.48±0.43 and 2.97±1.14 at 1mo after operation, respectively, with statistically significant difference(P=0.009. The UCVA was 3.86±0.25 and 3.74±0.73 at 3mo after operation, respectively; the UCVA was 4.04±0.23 and 3.98±0.29 at 6mo after operation, respectively, with no statistically significant difference(P=0.146, P=0.56. In FS-PKP group, BCVA was better than traditional PKP surgery group, with statistically significant difference(P=0.002. While there had no statistically significant difference between two groups of BCVA at 6, 10mo after operation(P6mo=0.132, P10mo=0.47. The incidence of complication of FS-PKP surgery, such as postoperative astigmatism, postoperative intraocular pressure and postoperative incision dehiscence were significantly lower than

  6. Laser-assisted cavity preparation and adhesion to erbium-lased tooth structure: part 1. Laser-assisted cavity preparation.

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    De Moor, Roeland Jozef Gentil; Delmé, Katleen Ilse Maria

    2009-12-01

    The use of the ruby laser (693.4 nm) was first described in 1960, and it was applied for hard tissue ablation in 1964. Different wavelengths [Nd:YAG (1.065 microm), CO2 (9.6 microm), Ho:YAG (2.12 microm)] were consequently explored. Due to massive thermal side effects, these wavelengths caused increased temperature in dental pulp, as well as microcracks and carbonization. The use of this laser for dental hard tissue preparation was eventually abandoned. At the end of the 1980s, excimer lasers (ultraviolet) and the erbium laser (infrared) were developed, with the advantages of improved temperature control and smaller penetration depths. With the development of smaller devices and improved knowledge of how to limit damage to the surrounding tissues, new ablation techniques were established in the 1990s. There is still contradiction in the current literature, however, in that different wavelengths are advocated for hard tissue removal, and heterogeneity in laser parameters and power densities remain. In this review, the effects of the wavelengths presently used for cavity preparation are evaluated. We conclude that erbium lasers (Er:YAG and Er,Cr:YSGG) are most efficient and, with the right parameters, the thermal side effects are small. There is a substantial need for "gold standards", although this is difficult to establish in practice owing to different laser parameters (including pulse repetition rate, amount of cooling, energy delivered per pulse, and types of pulses) and target specificity (tissue interaction with sound or decayed enamel or dentin, and the extent of (de)mineralization) which influence tissue interaction.

  7. Laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) versus laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for correcting myopia.

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    Kuryan, Jocelyn; Cheema, Anjum; Chuck, Roy S

    2017-02-15

    Near-sightedness, or myopia, is a condition in which light rays entering the eye along the visual axis focus in front of the retina, resulting in blurred vision. Myopia can be treated with spectacles, contact lenses, or refractive surgery. Options for refractive surgery include laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) and laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Both procedures utilize a laser to shape the corneal tissue (front of the eye) to correct refractive error, and both create flaps before laser treatment of corneal stromal tissue. Whereas the flap in LASEK is more superficial and epithelial, in LASIK it is thicker and also includes some anterior stromal tissue. LASEK is considered a surface ablation procedure, much like its predecessor, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). LASEK was developed as an alternative to PRK to address the issue of pain associated with epithelial debridement used for PRK. Assessing the relative benefits and risks/side effects of LASEK and LASIK warrants a systematic review. To assess the effects of LASEK versus LASIK for correcting myopia. We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Trials Register (2016, Issue 10); MEDLINE Ovid (1946 to 24 October 2016); Embase.com (1947 to 24 October 2016); PubMed (1948 to 24 October 2016); LILACS (Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences Literature Database; 1982 to 24 October 2016); the metaRegister of Controlled Trials (mRCT) (www.controlled-trials.com), last searched 20 June 2014; ClinicalTrials.gov (www.clinicaltrials.gov); searched 24 October 2016; and the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) (www.who.int/ictrp/search/en); searched 24 October 2016. We did not use any date or language restrictions in the electronic searches for trials. We considered only randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for the purposes of this review. Eligible RCTs were those in which myopic participants were

  8. The Evaluation of Surface Integrity During Machining of Inconel 718 with Various Laser Assistance Strategies

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    Wojciechowski Szymon

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper is focused on the evaluation of surface integrity formed during turning of Inconel 718 with the application of various laser assistance strategies. The primary objective of the work was to determine the relations between the applied machining strategy and the obtained surface integrity, in order to select the effective cutting conditions allowing the obtainment of high surface quality. The carried out experiment included the machining of Inconel 718 in the conventional turning conditions, as well as during the continuous laser assisted machining and sequential laser assistance. The surface integrity was evaluated by the measurements of machined surface topographies, microstructures and the microhardness. Results revealed that surface integrity of Inconel 718 is strongly affected by the selected machining strategy. The significant improvement of the surface roughness formed during machining of Inconel 718, can be reached by the application of simultaneous laser heating and cutting (LAM.

  9. Laser-assisted lip repositioning surgery: Novel approach to treat gummy smile

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    Sana Farista

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Excessive gingival display (EGD resulting in a “gummy smile” is a major esthetic concern with ramifications in an individual's personal and social life. Numerous treatment modalities have been used for the correction of EGD. The present case report describes the successful treatment of a young woman with an excess gingival display caused by a hyperactive upper lip and a mild vertical maxillary excess that was treated with a laser-assisted lip repositioning surgical technique accompanied by gingival recontouring. The procedure was accomplished by laser-assisted removal, through scraping a strip of mucosa from the maxillary buccal vestibule and suturing the mucosa of the lip to the mucogingival junction. This technique resulted in shortened vestibule and restricted the muscle pull of the elevator muscles of the lip, thereby reducing gingival display when the patient smiles. Laser-assisted lip repositioning surgery can be a viable, minimally invasive alternative to orthognathic surgery.

  10. Efficacy and safety outcomes of recanalisation procedures in patients with acute symptomatic pulmonary embolism: systematic review and network meta-analysis.

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    Jimenez, David; Martin-Saborido, Carlos; Muriel, Alfonso; Zamora, Javier; Morillo, Raquel; Barrios, Deisy; Klok, Frederikus A; Huisman, Menno V; Tapson, Victor; Yusen, Roger D

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    We aimed to review the efficacy and safety of recanalisation procedures for the treatment of PE. We searched PubMed, the Cochrane Library, EMBASE, EBSCO, Web of Science and CINAHL databases from inception through 31 July 2015 and included randomised clinical trials that compared the effect of a recanalisation procedure versus each other or anticoagulant therapy in patients diagnosed with PE. We used network meta-analysis and multivariate random-effects meta-regression to estimate pooled differences between each intervention and meta-regression to assess the association between trial characteristics and the reported effects of recanalisation procedures versus anticoagulation. For all-cause mortality, there were no significant differences in event rates between any of the recanalisation procedures and anticoagulant treatment (full-dose thrombolysis: OR 0.60; 95% CI0.36 to 1.01; low-dose thrombolysis: 0.47; 95% CI 0.14 to 1.59; and catheter-associated thrombolysis: 0.31; 95% CI 0.01 to 7.96). Full-dose thrombolysis increased the risk of major bleeding (2.00; 95% CI 1.06 to 3.78) compared with anticoagulation. Catheter-directed thrombolysis was associated with the lowest probability of dying (surface under the cumulative ranking curve (SUCRA), 0.67), followed by low-dose thrombolysis (SUCRA, 0.66) and full-dose thrombolysis (SUCRA, 0.55). Similarly, low-dose thrombolysis was associated with the lowest probability of major bleeding (SUCRA, 0.61), followed by catheter-directed thrombolysis (SUCRA, 0.54) and full-dose thrombolysis (SUCRA, 0.17). The results were similar in sensitivity analyses based on restricting only to studies in haemodynamically stable patients with PE. In the treatment of PE, recanalisation procedures do not seem to offer a clear advantage compared with standard anticoagulation. Low-dose thrombolysis was associated with the lowest probability of dying and bleeding. PROSPERO CRD42015024670. © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless

  11. Mechanical and microstructural evaluation of laser assisted cold sprayed bioceramic coatings: potential use for biomedical applications

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    Tlotleng, Monnamme

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Coatings of commercial pure titanium (CP)-Ti and HAP bio-ceramic were synthesised on Ti-6Al-4V substrate using laser assisted cold spray (LACS) deposition technique. The LACS system comprised of 4.4 kW Nd:YAG laser system, AT-12000HPHV 5000PSI (35...

  12. Laser-assisted cell printing: principle, physical parameters versus cell fate and perspectives in tissue engineering.

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    Guillemot, Fabien; Souquet, Agnès; Catros, Sylvain; Guillotin, Bertrand

    2010-04-01

    We describe the physical parameters involved in laser-assisted cell printing and present evidence that this technology is coming of age. Finally we discuss how this high-throughput, high-resolution technique may help in reproducing local cell microenvironments, and thereby create functional tissue-engineered 3D constructs.

  13. Efficacy and safety of femtosecond laser-assisted corneal endothelial keratoplasty: a randomized multicenter clinical trial.

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    Cheng, Y.Y.; Schouten, J.S.A.G.; Tahzib, N.G.; Wijdh, R.J.; Pels, E.; Cleynenbreugel, H. van; Eggink, C.A.; Rijneveld, W.J.; Nuijts, R.M.

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of femtosecond laser-assisted endothelial keratoplasty (FLEK) versus penetrating keratoplasty (PK) in patients with corneal endothelial disease. METHODS: A randomized multicenter clinical trial of 80 eyes of 80 patients with corneal endothelial disease

  14. Comparison of Long-Term Outcomes of Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Keratoplasty with Conventional Keratoplasty.

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    Daniel, Moritz C; Böhringer, Daniel; Maier, Philip; Eberwein, Philipp; Birnbaum, Florian; Reinhard, Thomas

    2016-03-01

    Astigmatism is a significant problem in penetrating keratoplasty. Lower astigmatism and better visual outcomes had been expected from laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty, that is, from the top-hat, mushroom, or zig-zag cutting profiles. We report the long-term outcomes of 141 femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasties retrospectively. We compare these outcomes with those of penetrating keratoplasty using the guided trephine system (GTS). In all, 141 femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasties had been performed in 119 patients. The results were compared with those of conventional keratoplasty (n = 1254; visual and refractive outcomes, graft rejections, and graft failure). Follow-up averaged 33 months. In eyes with keratoconus, the time to achieve a visual acuity of 10/20 (Snellen) was shorter in the mushroom than in the GTS group. However, there was no relevant long-term difference. Graft astigmatism was higher in the laser groups [keratometric astigmatism at the end of follow-up: -4.5 ± 4 (GTS), -5.8 ± 3.3 (top-hat), -5.9 ± 3.2 D (mushroom); P keratoplasty resulted in lower rates of rejection than GTS keratoplasty (31%). There is no significant difference in the refractive and visual outcomes after femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty compared with GTS keratoplasty. The benefits from the use of the femtosecond laser may be limited and should be weighed against an increased risk of immune reactions, higher surgical complexity, and higher costs.

  15. Efficacy and Safety of Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Corneal Endothelial Keratoplasty : A Randomized Multicenter Clinical Trial

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    Cheng, Yanny Y. Y.; Schouten, Jan S. A. G.; Tahzib, Nayyirih G.; Wijdh, Robert-Jan; Pels, Elisabeth; van Cleynenbreugel, Hugo; Eggink, Catharina A.; Rijneveld, Wilhelmina J.; Nuijts, Rudy M. M. A.

    2009-01-01

    Background. To evaluate the efficacy and safety of femtosecond laser-assisted endothelial keratoplasty (FLEK) versus penetrating keratoplasty (PK) in patients with corneal endothelial disease. Methods. A randomized multicenter clinical trial of 80 eyes of 80 patients with corneal endothelial disease

  16. Fundamentals of laser-assisted fabrication of inorganic and organic films

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    Schou, Jørgen

    2008-01-01

    The standard method for producing films by laser-assisted methods, Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) will be reviewed. The films considered are usually inorganic films, but also films of organic materials have been produced. Also the deposition of organic films by MAPLE (Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser ...

  17. Preliminary results of femtosecond laser-assisted descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty

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    Cheng, Yanny Y. Y.; Hendrikse, Fred; Pels, Elisabeth; Wijdh, Robert-Jan; van Cleynenbreugel, Hugo; Eggink, Cathariena A.; van Rij, Gabriel; Rijneveld, Wilhelmina J.; Nuijts, Rudy M. M. A.

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the preliminary visual results of femtosecond laser-assisted descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty (FS-DSEK). keratoplasty (FS-DSEK). Methods: We prospectively analyzed results of 20 consecutive patients with Fuchs endothelial dystrophy or aphakic/pseudophakic bullous

  18. Miniaturized reaction chamber for optimized laser-assisted carbon nanotube growth

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    Burgt, Y. van de; Loon, W. van; Mandamparambil, R.; Bellouard, Y.

    2014-01-01

    The localized growth of carbon nanotube structures has potential in many applications such as interconnects, field emitters and sensors. Using a laser to locally heat the substrate offers a highly versatile process compatible with a broad range of substrates and devices. However, for laser-assisted

  19. Long-term outcomes of laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty in 168 patients with snoring

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    Iyngkaran, T.; Kanagalingam, J.; Rajeswaran, R.; Georgalas, C.; Kotecha, B.

    2006-01-01

    Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) is an established treatment for snoring. Our institution has been using a modification of the Kamami technique since 1995. Between January 1995 and December 2001, 469 patients underwent LAUP for snoring. A telephone survey of these patients and their partners

  20. Laser assisted cold spraying of aluminium alloy powder on stainless steel substrate

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    Tlotleng, Monnamme

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available International Conference on Information Warfare and Security, Denver, USA 25-26 March 2013 LASER ASSISTED COLD SPRAYING OF ALUMINIUM ALLOY POWDER ON STAINLESS STEEL SUBSTRATE M. Tlotleng1, 2; E.O. Olakanmi2; C. Meacock; Sisa Pityana1, 3; E.T. Akinlabi2...

  1. 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.

  2. Microstructure-sensitive flow stress modeling for force prediction in laser assisted milling of Inconel 718

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    Pan Zhipeng

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Inconel 718 is a typical hard-to-machine material that requires thermally enhanced machining technology such as laser-assisted milling. Based upon finite element analysis, this study simulates the forces in the laser-assisted milling process of Inconel 718 considering the effects of grain growth due to γ' and γ" phases. The γ" phase is unstable and becomes the δ phase, which is likely to precipitate at a temperature over 750 °C. The temperature around the center of spot in the experiments is 850 °C, so the phase transformation and grain growth happen throughout the milling process. In the analysis, this study includes the microstructure evolution while accounting for the effects of dynamic recrystallization and grain growth through the Avrami model. The grain growth reduces the yield stress and flow stress, which improves the machinability. In finite element analysis (FEA, several boundary conditions of temperature varying with time are defined to simulate the movement of laser spot, and the constitutive model is described by Johnson-Cook equation. In experiments, this study collects three sets of cutting forces and finds that the predicted values are in close agreements with measurements especially in feed direction, in which the smallest error is around 5%. In another three simulations, this study also examines the effect of laser preheating on the cutting forces by comparison with a traditional milling process without laser assist. When the laser is off, the forces increase in all cases, which prove the softening effect of laser-assisted milling. In addition, when the axial depth of milling increases, the laser has a more significant influence, especially in axial direction, in which the force with laser is more than 18% smaller than the one without laser. Overall, this study validates the influence of laser-assisted milling on Inconel 718 by predicting the cutting forces in FEA.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. A report of laser-assisted modified Widman flap for periodontal regeneration: Clinical and radiographic evaluation.

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    Salaria, Sanjeev Kumar; Madaan, Veenu; Bala, Deepak

    2010-04-01

    Periodontitis is a relatively common disease. Various therapies have been recommended for its treatment which includes nonsurgical, antimicrobial, and surgical therapy. In recent years lasers have been used for all the three above-mentioned purposes. Lasers have been applied for hard and soft tissue debridement, contouring as well as the bacterial load reduction in the pocket. Here we present a case report of chronic periodontitis treated with the help of a new technique, laser-assisted modified Widman flap (LAMWF). The surgical procedure followed with a 980 nm diode laser has been described. The present case report resulted in significant pocket depth reduction, attachment gain, and radiographic evidence of bone fill. The laser-assisted modified Widman flap provided excellent results without complications and high patient as well as clinician satisfaction.

  6. A report of laser-assisted modified Widman flap for periodontal regeneration: Clinical and radiographic evaluation

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    Sanjeev Kumar Salaria

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Periodontitis is a relatively common disease. Various therapies have been recommended for its treatment which includes nonsurgical, antimicrobial, and surgical therapy. In recent years lasers have been used for all the three above-mentioned purposes. Lasers have been applied for hard and soft tissue debridement, contouring as well as the bacterial load reduction in the pocket. Here we present a case report of chronic periodontitis treated with the help of a new technique, laser-assisted modified Widman flap (LAMWF. The surgical procedure followed with a 980 nm diode laser has been described. The present case report resulted in significant pocket depth reduction, attachment gain, and radiographic evidence of bone fill. The laser-assisted modified Widman flap provided excellent results without complications and high patient as well as clinician satisfaction.

  7. Laser-Assisted Sheet Metal Working of High Strength Steels in Serial Production

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    Brecher, Christian; Emonts, Michael; Eckert, Markus

    2011-01-01

    Within the sheet metal working industry the demand for thinner sheet materials with very high strength is growing due to the increasing need to save energy and a responsible use of natural resources. The high strength and the low ductility restricts using state of art technology to sheer, bend, emboss or deep draw parts with the needed complexity and quality. The Fraunhofer IPT developed a combination of laser-assisted preheating and conventional punching to a new hybrid technology which allo...

  8. Opportunities for laser-assisted drug delivery in the treatment of cutaneous disorders

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    Wenande, Emily; Erlendsson, Andrés Már; Haedersdal, Merete

    2017-01-01

    lesions, scars, cutaneous infections, and vitiligo as well as for topical anesthetic and aesthetic procedures. Substantiated by randomized controlled clinical trials, strong evidence is available for LADD's usefulness for photodynamic therapy (PDT), for which improved efficacy using laser......-assisted photosensitizer treatment is established for actinic keratosis compared with conventional PDT. Over time, the modality has undergone increasing refinement and offers the potential advantages of reduced treatment durations, shortened incubation times, and the replacement of cumbersome, patient-dependent treatment...

  9. Laser-assisted machining process simulation for precision mould/die manufacturing

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    Zeng Quanren; Qin Yi

    2015-01-01

    Laser-assisted machining (LAM) is a kind of thermally assisted manufacturing process which preheats workpiece material with a highly-localized laser beam and then is followed by a conventional machining operation. It could greatly improve the machinability and gives better machining quality, especially suitable for hard-to-cut materials such as superalloys, tool steels. For manufacturing the high-precision moulds/dies that could fabricate micro and precision components, the thermal assistance...

  10. Study of the influences of laser parameters on laser assisted machining processes

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    Tagliaferri, Flaviana; Leopardi, Giacomo; Semmler, Ulrich; Kuhl, Michael; Palumbo, Biagio

    2013-01-01

    Hybrid machining processes using additional energy sources such as laser assisted machining (LAM) have increased considerably during the last years. The benefits of LAM for reducing tool wear and cutting forces are well known, especially for superalloys. However, optimal machining results depend on both the laser parameters and the cutting process parameters. It is difficult to find optimal LAM settings due to the complexity of the influencing parameters and their mutual interactions. The aim...

  11. ZnO micro/nanocrystals grown by Laser Assisted Flow Deposition

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    Rodrigues,J.; Fernandes, A. J. S.; Mata, D.; Holz, T.; Carvalho, R. G.; Allah, R. Fath; Ben, T; Gonzalez, D; Silva, R F; da Cunha, A.F.; Correia, M. R.; Alves,L.C.; Lorenz, K; Neves, A.J.; Costa, F. M.

    2014-01-01

    Laser assisted flow deposition (LAFD) is a very high yield method based on a vapor-solid mechanism, allowing the production of ZnO crystals in a very short time. The LAFD was used in the growth of different morphologies (nanoparticles, tetrapods and microrods) of ZnO micro/nanocrystals and their microstructural characterization confirms the excellent crystallinity of the wurtzite structure. The optical properties of the as-grown ZnO crystals investigated by low temperature photoluminescence (...

  12. Visual outcome and histological findings following femtosecond laser-assisted versus microkeratome-assisted DSAEK.

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    Heinzelmann, S; Maier, P; Böhringer, D; Auw-Hädrich, C; Reinhard, T

    2013-08-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the visual outcome of femtosecond laser-assisted Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) to microkeratome-assisted DSAEK as well as to contrast precut versus surgeon-cut grafts. Histologic characterization of failed DSAEK grafts was performed in order to correlate ultrastructural changes with graft failures. In this case control study, 47 cases of DSAEK were investigated in terms of visual acuity, keratometric astigmatism, spherical equivalent, endothelial cell count, and postoperative complications. We formed three groups: the femtosecondlaser-assisted DSAEK with precut grafts, the microkeratome-assisted DSAEK with precut and with surgeon-cut grafts. Mean follow-up was 6 months. In the case of graft failure, penetrating keratoplasty was performed, and the excised corneal buttons were investigated by light and electron microscopy. Microkeratome-assisted DSAEK lead to better visual outcome than femtosecond laser-assisted DSAEK. Keratometric astigmatism, spherical equivalent and endothelial cell count did not differ significantly between both methods. Precut and surgeon-cut grafts in microkeratome-assisted DSAEK did not show any significant difference regarding all upraised parameters. No definite histological correlate for graft failure following femtosecond laser-assisted DSAEK was found. Femtosecond laser-assisted DSAEK is not the method of choice, and needs further technical improvement. However, failed femtosecondlaser-assisted DSAEK grafts did not show significant histological changes related to the technique to explain reduced visual acuity. In microkeratome-assisted DSAEK, the preparation time point of the graft does not seem to influence the visual and optical outcome.

  13. Reversible femtosecond laser-assisted myopia correction: a non-human primate study of lenticule re-implantation after refractive lenticule extraction.

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    Andri K Riau

    Full Text Available 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. Correction of refractive error is achieved by the resulting change in the curvature of the cornea and is limited by central corneal thickness, as a thin residual stromal bed may result in biomechanical instability of the cornea. A recently developed alternative to LASIK called Refractive Lenticule Extraction (ReLEx utilizes solely a femtosecond laser (FSL to incise an intrastromal refractive lenticule (RL, which results in reshaping the corneal curvature and correcting the myopia and/or astigmatism. As the RL is extracted intact in the ReLEx, we hypothesized that it could be cryopreserved and re-implanted at a later date to restore corneal stromal volume, in the event of keratectasia, making ReLEx a potentially reversible procedure, unlike LASIK. In this study, we re-implanted cryopreserved RLs in a non-human primate model of ReLEx. Mild intrastromal haze, noted during the first 2 weeks after re-implantation, subsided after 8 weeks. Refractive parameters including corneal thickness, anterior curvature and refractive error indices were restored to near pre-operative values after the re-implantation. Immunohistochemistry revealed no myofibroblast formation or abnormal collagen type I expression after 8 weeks, and a significant attenuation of fibronectin and tenascin expression from week 8 to 16 after re-implantation. In addition, keratocyte re-population could be found along the implanted RL interfaces. Our findings suggest that RL cryopreservation and re-implantation after ReLEx appears feasible, suggesting the possibility of potential reversibility of the procedure, and possible future uses of RLs in treating other corneal disorders and refractive errors.

  14. Histologic, ultrastructural, and immunofluorescent evaluation of human laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis corneal wounds.

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    Dawson, Daniel G; Kramer, Theresa R; Grossniklaus, Hans E; Waring, George O; Edelhauser, Henry F

    2005-06-01

    To evaluate human corneas after laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis at different postoperative intervals. Thirty-eight postmortem corneas from 20 patients with postoperative intervals from 2 months to 6.5 years after laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis surgery were collected from eye banks. The corneas were trisected and processed for conventional histologic analysis, transmission electron microscopy, and immunofluorescence. Light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy showed focal undulations in Bowman layer, focal epithelial hypertrophic modifications, and a variably thick (range, 0.4-16.4-mum) lamellar stromal interface scar in all specimens. The flap wound margin, which was adjacent to the epithelium, healed by producing an approximately 8-mum-thick hypercellular fibrotic stromal scar, whereas the central and paracentral wound regions healed differently because a thinner (approximately 5-mum) hypocellular primitive stromal scar was present in all the corneas examined. Immunofluorescence identified increased type 3 collagen and myofibroblasts in the hypercellular fibrotic scar regions and decreased or absent levels of all corneal stromal components other than type 1 collagen in the hypocellular primitive scar regions. After laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis surgery, the keratocyte-mediated production of a variably thick lamellar corneal stromal scar occurs, resulting in 2 regional types of scarring. The hypercellular fibrotic scar at the wound margin is usually visible clinically and functions to hold the flap in place, while the more central hypocellular primitive scar is not visible clinically and allows easy lifting of the flap postoperatively.

  15. CdS thin films prepared by laser assisted chemical bath deposition

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    Garcia, L.V.; Mendivil, M.I.; Garcia Guillen, G.; Aguilar Martinez, J.A. [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Av. Pedro de Alba s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon 66450 (Mexico); Krishnan, B. [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Av. Pedro de Alba s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon 66450 (Mexico); CIIDIT – Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Apodaca, Nuevo Leon (Mexico); Avellaneda, D.; Castillo, G.A.; Das Roy, T.K. [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Av. Pedro de Alba s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon 66450 (Mexico); Shaji, S., E-mail: sshajis@yahoo.com [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Av. Pedro de Alba s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon 66450 (Mexico); CIIDIT – Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Apodaca, Nuevo Leon (Mexico)

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    Highlights: • CdS thin films by conventional CBD and laser assisted CBD. • Characterized these films using XRD, XPS, AFM, optical and electrical measurements. • Accelerated growth was observed in the laser assisted CBD process. • Improved dark conductivity and good photocurrent response for the LACBD CdS. - Abstract: In this work, we report the preparation and characterization of CdS thin films by laser assisted chemical bath deposition (LACBD). CdS thin films were prepared from a chemical bath containing cadmium chloride, triethanolamine, ammonium hydroxide and thiourea under various deposition conditions. The thin films were deposited by in situ irradiation of the bath using a continuous laser of wavelength 532 nm, varying the power density. The thin films obtained during deposition of 10, 20 and 30 min were analyzed. The changes in morphology, structure, composition, optical and electrical properties of the CdS thin films due to in situ irradiation of the bath were analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV–vis spectroscopy. The thin films obtained by LACBD were nanocrystalline, photoconductive and presented interesting morphologies. The results showed that LACBD is an effective synthesis technique to obtain nanocrystalline CdS thin films having good optoelectronic properties.

  16. Use and Evaluation of a Cooling Aid in Laser-Assisted Dental Surgery: An Innovative Study.

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    Bernardi, Sara; Mummolo, Stefano; Zeka, Keti; Pajewski, Leonardo; Continenza, Maria Adelaide; Marzo, Giuseppe

    2016-06-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the beneficial effect of NeoHeal during laser-assisted oral surgery. Laser-assisted surgery is a less invasive technique than conventional surgery using a blade; however, the heat produced by the laser can damage tissue proximal to the treated area. We hypothesized the hydrogel NeoHeal could be applied during oral surgery and have similar benefits as those already described for dermatological surgery. In our randomized controlled trial, we first selected 30 patients who were to undergo laser surgical intervention using a diode laser. Both at the end of intervention and at follow-up, each patient filled out a questionnaire comprising two questions. The answers to the questions were statistically analyzed with regard to frequency of each response, and validated by the Wilcoxon test with a p value <0.05 being considered significant. The use of NeoHeal significantly reduced the pain experienced by patients both during the intervention and at the 7-day follow-up. NeoHeal clearly reduces surgery-related pain experienced by patients. The results show positive feedback from the patients, demonstrating how the hydrogel pads are necessary, useful, and effective as a cooling aid in laser-assisted dental surgery.

  17. Characteristics of laser assisted machining for silicon nitride ceramic according to machining parameters

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    Kim, Jong Do; Lee, Su Jin [Korea Maritime University, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Suh, Jeong [Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-04-15

    This paper describes the Laser Assisted Machining (LAM) that cuts and removes softened parts by locally heating the ceramic with laser. Silicon nitride ceramics can be machined with general machining tools as well, because YSiAlON, which was made up ceramics, is soften at about 1,000 .deg. C. In particular, the laser, which concentrates on highly dense energy, can locally heat materials and very effectively control the temperature of the heated part of specimen. Therefore, this paper intends to propose an efficient machining method of ceramic by deducing the machining governing factors of laser assisted machining and understanding its mechanism. While laser power is the machining factor that controls the temperature, the CBN cutting tool could cut the material more easily as the material gets deteriorated from the temperature increase by increasing the laser power, but excessive oxidation can negatively affect the quality of the material surface after machining. As the feed rate and cutting depth increase, the cutting force increases and tool lifespan decreases, but surface oxidation also decreases. In this experiment, the material can be cut to 3 mm of cutting depth. And based on the results of the experiment, the laser assisted machining mechanism is clarified.

  18. Process energy analysis for aluminium alloy and stainless steel in laser-assisted jet electrochemical machining

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    Pajak, P.; De Silva, A.; Harrison, D. [Glasgow Caledonian University (United Kingdom). School of Engineering, Science, and Design; McGeough, J. [Edinburgh Univ. (United Kingdom). School of Engineering and Electronics

    2006-07-01

    Laser-assisted jet electrochemical machining (LAJECM) is a hybrid process that combines a relatively low-power laser beam (typically 375 mW) with an electrolyte jet to facilitate metal removal. The main purpose of the laser is to enhance the localization effect of electrochemical dissolution from the workpiece, thus giving better precision and efficiency. The laser thermally activates the material surface where it impinges, thereby increasing the electrochemical current density in that localized zone. This paper reports recent investigations of LAJECM process energy distribution and explains the influence of laser assistance on dissolution removal rates using theoretical as well as experimental analysis. It was found that laser assistance increases energy in the LAJECM process by up to 45 per cent compared with jet electrochemical machining (JECM). The process energy has also been related to volumetric removal rate, and the specific energy required for machining with given variables has been calculated. It has been proved that LAJECM is more effective then JECM as the calculated specific energy was lower by up to 30 per cent. [Author].

  19. Surface roughness analysis after laser assisted machining of hard to cut materials

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    Przestacki, D.; Jankowiak, M.

    2014-03-01

    Metal matrix composites and Si3N4 ceramics are very attractive materials for various industry applications due to extremely high hardness and abrasive wear resistance. However because of these features they are problematic for the conventional turning process. The machining on a classic lathe still requires special polycrystalline diamond (PCD) or cubic boron nitride (CBN) cutting inserts which are very expensive. In the paper an experimental surface roughness analysis of laser assisted machining (LAM) for two tapes of hard-to-cut materials was presented. In LAM, the surface of work piece is heated directly by a laser beam in order to facilitate, the decohesion of material. Surface analysis concentrates on the influence of laser assisted machining on the surface quality of the silicon nitride ceramic Si3N4 and metal matrix composite (MMC). The effect of the laser assisted machining was compared to the conventional machining. The machining parameters influence on surface roughness parameters was also investigated. The 3D surface topographies were measured using optical surface profiler. The analysis of power spectrum density (PSD) roughness profile were analyzed.

  20. Microhardness of demineralized enamel following home bleaching and laser-assisted in office bleaching.

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    Ghanbarzadeh, Majid; Ahrari, Farzaneh; Akbari, Majid; Hamzei, Haniye

    2015-07-01

    There is little data regarding the effect of tooth whitening on microhardness of white spot lesions. This study was conducted to investigate the effect of home-bleaching and laser-assisted in-office bleaching on microhardness of demineralized enamel. Forty bovine incisors were selected and immersed in a demineralizing solution for 12 weeks to induce white spot lesions. Enamel blocks were prepared and randomly assigned to two groups of 20 each. The first group underwent home bleaching with 15% carbamide peroxide which was applied for 8 hours a day over a period of 15 days. In the second group, in-office bleaching was performed by 40% hydrogen peroxide and powered by irradiation from an 810 nm gallium-aluminum-arsenide (GaAlAs) diode laser (CW, 2W). This process was performed for 3 sessions every seven days, in 15 days. The specimens were stored in Fusayama Meyer artificial saliva during the experiment. Surface microhardness was assessed before and after the bleaching therapies in both groups. Microhardness decreased significantly following both home bleaching and laser-assisted in-office bleaching (phome bleaching or laser-assisted in-office bleaching can result in a significant reduction in microhardness of white spot lesions. Therefore, it is suggested to take protective measures on bleached demineralized enamel. Key words:White spot lesion, bleaching, laser, microhardness, demineralized enamel, home bleaching, in-office bleaching.

  1. Antimony sulfide thin films prepared by laser assisted chemical bath deposition

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    Shaji, S., E-mail: sshajis@yahoo.com [Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Av. Pedro de Alba s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, 66455 (Mexico); CIIDIT—Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Apodaca, Nuevo León (Mexico); Garcia, L.V. [Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Av. Pedro de Alba s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, 66455 (Mexico); Loredo, S.L. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Unidad Monterrey, PIIT, Apodaca, Nuevo León (Mexico); Krishnan, B. [Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Av. Pedro de Alba s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, 66455 (Mexico); CIIDIT—Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Apodaca, Nuevo León (Mexico); and others

    2017-01-30

    Highlights: • Antimony sulfide thin films were prepared by normal CBD and laser assisted CBD. • Characterized these films using XRD, XPS, AFM, optical and electrical measurements. • Accelerated growth was observed in the laser assisted CBD process. • These films were photoconductive. - Abstract: Antimony sulfide (Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3}) thin films were prepared by laser assisted chemical bath deposition (LACBD) technique. These thin films were deposited on glass substrates from a chemical bath containing antimony chloride, acetone and sodium thiosulfate under various conditions of normal chemical bath deposition (CBD) as well as in-situ irradiation of the chemical bath using a continuous laser of 532 nm wavelength. Structure, composition, morphology, optical and electrical properties of the Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} thin films produced by normal CBD and LACBD were analyzed by X-Ray diffraction (XRD), Raman Spectroscopy, Atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV–vis spectroscopy and Photoconductivity. The results showed that LACBD is an effective synthesis technique to obtain Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} thin films for optoelectronic applications.

  2. Microstructural and mechanical evaluation of laser-assisted cold sprayed bio-ceramic coatings: potential use for biomedical applications

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    Tlotleng, Monnamme

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Journal of Thermal Spray Technology Microstructural and Mechanical Evaluation of Laser-Assisted Cold Sprayed Bio- ceramic Coatings: Potential Use for Biomedical Applications  Monnamme Tlotleng  Esther Akinlabi  Mukul Shukla  Sisa Pityana...

  3. Quality of vision after femtosecond laser-assisted descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty and penetrating keratoplasty: a randomized, multicenter clinical trial

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    Cheng, Y.Y.; Berg, T.J. van den; Schouten, J.S.A.G.; Pels, E.; Wijdh, R.J.; Cleynenbreugel, H. van; Eggink, C.A.; Rijneveld, W.J.; Nuijts, R.M.

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE: To compare the quality of vision (straylight and contrast sensitivity) after femtosecond laser-assisted Descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty (FS DSEK) and penetrating keratoplasty (PK). DESIGN: Prospective, randomized clinical trial. METHODS: setting: Multicenter (5 ophthalmic

  4. Quality of Vision After Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Descemet Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty and Penetrating Keratoplasty : A Randomized, Multicenter Clinical Trial

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    Cheng, Yanny Y. Y.; van den Berg, Tom J. T. P.; Schouten, Jan S.; Pels, Elisabeth; Wijdh, Robert-Jan; van Cleynenbreugel, Hugo; Eggink, Catharina A.; Rijneveld, Wilhelmina J.; Nuijts, Rudy M. M. A.

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE: To compare the quality of vision (straylight and contrast sensitivity) after femtosecond laser-assisted Descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty (FS DSEK) and penetrating keratoplasty (PK). DESIGN: Prospective, randomized clinical trial. METHODS: SETTING: Multicenter (5 ophthalmic

  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. 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.

  7. Comparison of the external physical damages between laser-assisted and mechanical immobilized human sperm using scanning electronic microscopy.

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    Chan, David Y L; Li, Tin Chiu

    2017-01-01

    We aim to visualize the external physical damages and distinct external phenotypic effects between mechanical and laser-assisted immobilized human spermatozoa using scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). Human spermatozoa were immobilized mechanically or with laser assistance for SEM examination and the membrane integrities were checked on both types of immobilized spermatozoa. We found evidence of external damages at SEM level on mechanically kinked sperm, but not on laser-assisted immobilized sperm. Although no external damage was found on laser-assist immobilized sperm, there were two distinct types of morphological changes when spermatozoa were stricken by infra-red laser. Coiled tails were immediately formed when Laser pulse was applied to the sperm end piece area, whereas laser applied to the sperm principal piece area resulted in a sharp bend of sperm tails. Sperm immobilized by laser did not exhibit any morphological change if the laser did not hit within the on-screen central target zone or if the laser hit the sperm mid piece or head. Our modified membrane integrity assay revealed that the external membrane of more than half of the laser-assisted immobilized sperm remained intact. In conclusion, mechanical immobilization produced membrane damages whilst laser-assisted immobilization did not result in any external membrane damages besides morphological changes at SEM level.

  8. Endoscopic laser-assisted dacryocistorhinostomy DCR with the placement of a customised silicone and Teflon bicanalicular stent Endoscopic laser-assisted dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR).

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    D'Ecclesia, A; Cocchi, R F; Giordano, F; Mazzilli, E; Longo, C; Laborante, A

    We present our experience in endoscopic laser assisted dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) analyzing the results obtained with a new technique that involves placing bicanalicolar silicone stent more Teflon tube, in combination with paraseptal silastic sheet. In our study 49 of 57 patients (85%) at a mean follow up of at least 12 months have not reported epiphora or more episodes of acute dacryocystitis. 49 out of the 57 patients (85%) in our group reported no additional epiphora or episodes of acute dacryocystitis. Endoscopic DCR is currently the gold standard for sac and post-sac stenosis given the minimal invasiveness of the procedure and the long-term results that appear comparable to those obtained with extrinsic DCR. The principal problem is cicatricial stenosis that can occlude the stoma over time.

  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. Diode laser-assisted transcanalicular dacryocystorhinostomy: the effect of age on the results

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    Fahrettin Akay

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Purpose: The aim of this study was to explore the effect of age on the success of transcanalicular diode laser-assisted dacryocystorhinostomy (TCDCR. Methods: Seventy patients (70 eyes who underwent transcanalicular diode laser-assisted dacryocystorhinostomy for the treatment of nasolacrimal duct obstruction as a primary surgery were included in this retrospective, nonrandomized study. The patients were divided into two groups according to age. Mean ages were 21.3 ± 3.3 in group 1 and 60.3 ± 7.3 in group 2. The records of the 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-up examinations were evaluated, and the anatomical and functional outcomes were noted. Functional success was defined as the absence of epiphora as indicated by the patient. Anatomical success was determined as patency of the neo-ostium with irrigation. Results: At the 3-month follow-up, 67% cases in group 1 showed anatomical success and 52% showed functional success; in group 2, the rates were 100% and 92%, respectively. Functional and anatomical success rates were the same for both the 6- and 12-month visits; 46% in group 1 and 76% in group 2. The results in group 2 were significantly better at all three follow-up visits (p<0.05. Conclusions: This study clearly showed that the older patients experienced better transcanalicular diode laser-assisted dacryocystorhinostomy results than the younger patients. The diminished inflammatory response in the older population may be a possible contributing factor to these results.

  11. Femtosecond laser-assisted sutureless anterior lamellar keratoplasty for superficial corneal opacities.

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    Jabbarvand, Mahmoud; Hashemian, Hesam; Khodaparast, Mehdi; Ghadimi, Hadi; Khalilipour, Elias

    2014-11-01

    To evaluate the visual and refractive outcomes, endothelial cell count (ECC), ocular surface changes, corneal aberrations, and biomechanical profile changes after femtosecond laser-assisted anterior lamellar keratoplasty surgery for superficial corneal scars. Farabi Eye Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Prospective case series. Patients with superficial corneal scars had femtosecond laser-assisted anterior lamellar keratoplasty. Visual and refractive results, ECC, ocular surface changes, corneal aberrations, and biomechanical profiles were assessed preoperatively and for 1 year postoperatively. Nineteen eyes (19 patients) were evaluated. A significant decline occurred in refractive astigmatism and corneal astigmatism after 1 year. There was a nonsignificant reduction in corneal hysteresis and the corneal resistance factor from preoperatively to 1 year postoperatively. The corneal-compensated intraocular pressure (IOP) and Goldmann-correlated IOP increased during the follow-up; the increase was not significant. A statistically insignificant reduction in the root mean square for trefoil and spherical aberrations occurred between 1 month and 1 year postoperatively (P=.1 and P=.4, respectively). The decreases in primary coma and total higher-order aberrations approached significance (P=.08 and P=.07, respectively). There were no significant changes in the central corneal thickness, ECC, or ocular surface parameters. No intraoperative complications occurred. Femtosecond laser-assisted anterior lamellar keratoplasty was an efficient and safe procedure for improving the quality of vision in patients with anterior corneal pathology, and the results remained stable during the 1-year follow-up. No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2014 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Clinical outcomes using standard phacoemulsification and femtosecond laser-assisted surgery with toric intraocular lenses

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    Espaillat A

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Arnaldo Espaillat,1 Obniel Pérez,1 Richard Potvin2 1Espaillat-Cabral Eye Institute, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; 2Science in Vision, Akron, NY, USA Purpose: To compare the 1-month and 1-year results of toric intraocular lens (IOL implantation with standard (manual phacoemulsification vs femtosecond laser-assisted surgery.Patients and methods: Refractive data, visual acuity data, and ocular aberration measured with a wavefront aberrometer were collected for two groups of patients from one site. The first group had standard phacoemulsification, while the second group had femtosecond laser-assisted surgery, and both groups were implanted with toric IOLs, either monofocal or multifocal. Differences in visual acuity, refractive outcomes, and higher order aberrations – total, corneal, and internal – were evaluated at 1 month and 1 year postoperatively.Results: Toric IOLs were implanted in 62 eyes using standard phacoemulsification and 53 eyes using femtosecond laser-assisted surgery. Uncorrected visual acuity and best-spectacle-corrected visual acuity at 1 month and 1 year were not statistically significantly different between the groups (P>0.05 nor was the mean cylinder or mean spherical equivalent refraction (P>0.12. Total ocular higher order aberrations were significantly different between the groups (P<0.05, but absolute differences appeared to be the same. Internal vertical coma was significantly lower in the femto group at 1 year (P=0.03. Differences in aberrations did not correlate with corrected or uncorrected visual acuity.Conclusion: Patients who underwent uncomplicated lens surgery with toric IOLs in both the groups had comparable refractive outcomes in terms of visual acuity and residual refraction at 1 year. The femto group had significantly lower internal vertical coma at 1 year. Keywords: FLACS, LenSx, cataracts, refraction, astigmatism, visual acuity, toric IOL, femtosecond laser

  13. One-year follow-up of femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty

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    Tan JCH

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Johnson Choon-Hwai Tan, Wee-Jin HengNational Healthcare Group Eye Institute, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, SingaporeBackground: The purpose of this report is to describe the initial outcomes of femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty.Methods: This retrospective surgical case series consisted of 10 eyes from 10 patients undergoing penetrating keratoplasty at a tertiary center. Femtosecond laser was used to perform a zig-square incision on the donor cornea with matched dimensions on the recipient cornea. Outcomes measured included: unaided visual acuity and best spectacle-corrected visual acuity preoperatively and at one, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively; manifest refractive and topographic astigmatism at 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively; and endothelial cell density loss, calculated at the end of the one-year follow-up period.Results: At one-year follow-up, there was an improvement in unaided visual acuity from a mean preoperative logMAR of 1.67 to 0.44, and best spectacle-corrected visual acuity from a mean preoperative logMAR of 1.33 to 0.13. By postoperative month 3, mean manifest refractive and topographic astigmatism was 2.31 ± 1.41 D and 2.59 ± 1.57 D, respectively. The mean reduction in endothelial cell density was 20.7% after one year of follow-up.Conclusion: Femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty provided a good visual outcome and early visual rehabilitation due to precise graft-host alignment and reduced astigmatism in the early postoperative months.Keywords: penetrating keratoplasty, femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty

  14. Meniscus and discus lesions of triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC): treatment by laser-assisted wrist arthroscopy.

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    Infanger, Manfred; Grimm, Daniela

    2009-04-01

    Meniscus and disc lesions in the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) are generally caused by falling accidents with pronated, hyperextended wrists, or by distraction injuries that pull the ulnar side of the wrist out of place. Characteristic clinical signs are swelling and pain in the distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ) and a 'clicking' noise in the meniscus lesion. If untreated, loss of mobility and grip strength as well as progressive arthritic changes ensue. We investigated in this study the laser-assisted arthroscopic debridement of the central TFCC and meniscus to compare the advantages and disadvantages of such treatment to conventional arthroscopic debridement. Seventy-two patients underwent laser-assisted arthroscopic debridement of traumatic TFCC tears (meniscus and disc). Patients with TFCC tears that were associated with fractures, significant bone or neurovascular pathology or DRUJ instability were excluded from the study. The mean age was 32.4 years; 28 female and 51 male patients were included in the study. The mean follow up was 25.6 months. First of all, we evaluated the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) questionnaire. We then applied the range of motion of the hand (ROM) as second variable during statistical analysis to identify outcome. There were no complications after surgery. No instabilities or dislocations of the DRUJ were noted. The postoperative DASH score indicated that the laser-assisted arthroscopic repair of traumatic peripheral TFCC tears resulted in a very good functional outcome. All patients with isolated meniscus homologue tears were without pain after the operation. At final follow up, the ROM was equal to or greater than that of the contralateral side. We have demonstrated that the TFCC laser debridement technique is easy and safe to perform. The outcome was excellent with less pain and good ROM. In particular, the laser technique enabled a good intra-articular haemostasis and allowed an exact tear debridement.

  15. Laser-Assisted Sheet Metal Working of High Strength Steels in Serial Production

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    Brecher, Christian; Emonts, Michael; Eckert, Markus

    Within the sheet metal working industry the demand for thinner sheet materials with very high strength is growing due to the increasing need to save energy and a responsible use of natural resources. The high strength and the low ductility restricts using state of art technology to sheer, bend, emboss or deep draw parts with the needed complexity and quality. The Fraunhofer IPT developed a combination of laser-assisted preheating and conventional punching to a new hybrid technology which allows to shear, bend, emboss and draw high strength materials with a high quality and complexity in a serial production.

  16. Laser and optical system for laser assisted hydrogen ion beam stripping at SNS

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    Liu, Y.; Rakhman, A.; Menshov, A.; Webster, A.; Gorlov, T.; Aleksandrov, A.; Cousineau, S.

    2017-03-01

    Recently, a high-efficiency laser assisted hydrogen ion (H-) beam stripping was successfully carried out in the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) accelerator. The experiment was not only an important step toward foil-less H- stripping for charge exchange injection, it also set up a first example of using megawatt ultraviolet (UV) laser source in an operational high power proton accelerator facility. This paper reports in detail the design, installation, and commissioning result of a macro-pulsed multi-megawatt UV laser system and laser beam transport line for the laser stripping experiment.

  17. The impact of treatment density and molecular weight for fractional laser-assisted drug delivery

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    Haak, Christina S; Bhayana, Brijesh; Farinelli, William A

    2012-01-01

    Ablative fractional lasers (AFXL) facilitate uptake of topically applied drugs by creating narrow open micro-channels into the skin, but there is limited information on optimal laser settings for delivery of specific molecules. The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of laser...... treatment density (% of skin occupied by channels) and molecular weight (MW) for fractional CO(2) laser-assisted drug delivery. AFXL substantially increased intra- and transcutaneous delivery of polyethylene glycols (PEGs) in a MW range from 240 to 4300 Da (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, p...

  18. Experimental and theoretical evaluation of the laser-assisted machining of silicon nitride

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    Rozzi, Jay Christopher

    This study focused on the experimental and theoretical evaluation of the laser assisted machining (LAM) of silicon nitride ceramics. A laser assisted machining facility was constructed whose main components consist of a COsb2 laser and a CNC lathe. Surface temperature histories were first measured and compared to a transient, three-dimensional numerical simulation for a rotating silicon nitride workpiece heated by a translating laser for ranges of the workpiece rotational and laser-translation speeds, as well as the laser beam diameter and power. Excellent agreement was obtained between the experimental and predicted temperature histories. Laser assisted machining experiments on silicon nitride ceramic workpieces were completed for a wide range of operating conditions. Data for cutting forces and surface temperature histories illustrated that the lower bound for the avoidance of cutting tool and/or workpiece fracture for LAM is defined by the YSiAlON glass transition temperature (920-970sp°C). As temperatures near the cutting tool increase to values above the glass transition temperature range, the glassy phase softened, facilitating plastic deformation and, correspondingly, the production of semi-continuous or continuous chips. The silicon nitride machined workpiece surface roughness (Rsb{a}=0.39\\ mum) for LAM at the nominal operating condition was nearly equivalent to a value associated with the grinding of silicon nitride using a diamond wheel (Rsb{a}=0.2\\ mum). By examining the machined surfaces and chips, it was shown that LAM does not produce detectable sub-surface cracking or significant silicon nitride microstructure alteration, respectively. A transient, three-dimensional numerical heat transfer model of laser assisted machining was constructed, which includes a preheat phase and material removal, with the associated changes in the workplace geometry. Excellent agreement was obtained between the measured and predicted temperature histories. The strong

  19. Heat transfer model of semi-transparent ceramics undergoing laser-assisted machining

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    Pfefferkorn, F.E. [University of Wisconsin-Madison (United States). Department of Mechanical Engineering; Incropera, F.P. [University of Notre Dame, IN (United States). College of Engineering; Yung C. Shin [Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (United States). School of Mechanical Engineering

    2005-05-01

    A three-dimensional, unsteady heat transfer model has been developed for predicting the temperature field in partially-stabilized zirconia (PSZ) undergoing laser-assisted machining. The semi-transparent PSZ is treated as optically thick within a spectral band from approximately 0.5 to 8 {mu}m. After comparing the diffusion approximation and the discrete ordinates method for predicting internal radiative transfer, suitability of the diffusion approximation is established from a comparison of model predictions with surface temperature measurements. The temperature predictions are in good agreement with measured values during machining. Parametric calculations reveal that laser power and feedrate have the greatest effect on machining temperatures. (author)

  20. Tool life of diamond inserts after laser assisted turning of cemented carbides

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    Kieruj Piotr

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results and discussion on parameters influence on tool life when turning laser cladded cemented carbides under laser assisted machining (LAM conditions. The layers are known as Technolase 30S. This material is widely recognized as hard-to-cut. The experimental investigation was carried out with diamond inserts. The laser power density, feed rate and laser scanning speed were analysed. Flank wear (VBc indicator was measured and cutting tool life was calculated. It was proved that Technolase 30S can be machined with LAM technology. The laser enhanced turning is more efficient than conventional turning and grinding.

  1. [The treatment of otosclerosis using laser assisted stapedotomy with mini incision in external auditory meatus].

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    Hao, Xinping; Chen, Shubin; Yu, Zilong; Liang, Fenghe; Li, Yongxin

    2016-03-01

    To investigate the feasibility of the treatment of otosclerosis using laser stapedotomy with mini incision in the external auditory meatus. Thirteen patients(15 ears) with otosclerosis evidence on clinic history. They were all operated using the laser assisted stapedotomy by mini incision in external auditory meatus because of the wide straight canal. Laser resection the tendo musculistapedius and anterior and postrior arch, breaking the articulatioincudostapedia, removing the stapes superstructure, making a hole of 6mm diameter in the rear of stapes footplate by laser drilling, implanting the corresponding length Piston artificial ossicle. All the surgeries were successful and the operation time was about one hour. There was only one patient manifested vertigo and nausea after the operation. But the symptoms improved three days later after the expectant treatment. All the incisions were healed in the externals. There was significant difference between the preoperative and postoperative PTA. The air conduct improved in every frequent and the bone conduct improved in 1 kHz, 2 kHz and 4 kHz. Laser assisted stapedotomy by mini incision in the external auditory meatus in patients having wide straight canal with otosclerosis can shorten the operation time, minimize the tissue damage, fasten the healing of the incision and reduce the complications postoperatively. In addition, the mini incision is beauty and easy to nurse.

  2. 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

  3. Femtosecond laser-assisted deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty for keratoconus and keratectasia

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    Yan Lu

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To describe the initial outcomes and safety of femtosecond laser-assisted deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK for keratoconus and post-LASIKkeratectasia.METHODS:In this non-comparative case series, 10 eyes of 9 patients underwent DALK procedures with a femtosecond laser (Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Jena, Germany. Of the 9 patients, 7 had keratoconus and 2 had post-LASIK keratectasia. A 500 kHz VisuMax femtosecond laser was used to perform corneal cuts on both donor and recipient corneas.The outcome measures were the uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA, corneal thickness, astigmatism, endothelial density count (EDC, and corneal power.RESULTS: All eyes were successfully treated. Early postoperative evaluation showed a clear graft in all cases. Intraoperative complications included one case of a small Descemet’s membrane perforation. Postoperatively, there was one case of stromal rejection, one of loosened sutures, and one of wound dehiscence. A normal corneal pattern topography and transparency were restored, UCVA and BCVA improved significantly, and astigmatism improved slightly. There was no statistically significant decrease in EDC.CONCLUSION: Our early results indicate that femtosecond laser-assisted deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty could improve UCVA and BCVA in patients with anterior corneal pathology. This approach shows promise as a safe and effective surgical choice in the treatment of keratoconus and post-LASIK keratectasia.

  4. Comparison of femtosecond laser-assisted descemetic and predescemetic lamellar keratoplasty for keratoconus

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    Yan Lu

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of this study is to compare the outcomes following femtosecond laser-assisted deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK with 75% of stromal dissection (predescemetic group and femtosecond laser-assisted DALK using big-bubble technique with total stromal resection (descemetic group for the treatment of keratoconus. Subjects and Methods: Twenty eyes of 17 patients with keratoconus were studied. There were 10 eyes of 9 patients in predescemetic group and 10 eyes of 8 patients in descemetic group. The postoperative best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA, manifest refraction, keratometry, endothelial cell density (ECD, and central corneal thickness (CCT were analyzed. Results: All surgeries were performed uneventfully. At 1 year after surgery, the BCVA, corneal astigmatism, keratometry, CCT, and ECD between two groups were not statistically significant (all P > 0.05. However, the mean manifest refraction was −9.43 ± 7.44 diopter (D and −1.03 ± 1.13D in predescemetic and descemetic groups, respectively, which was statistically significant between two groups (P < 0.05. Conclusions: The results of BCVA and corneal astigmatism, keratometry, ECD, and CCT were comparable between two groups. However, the mean postoperative manifest refraction was lower in descemetic group.

  5. Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Intrastromal Relaxing Incisions After Penetrating Keratoplasty: Effect of Incision Depth.

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    Wetterstrand, Olli; Holopainen, Juha M; Krootila, Kari

    2015-07-01

    To correlate the efficacy of femtosecond laser-assisted intrastromal relaxing incisions after penetrating keratoplasty with the posterior depth of corneal incisions. Twenty eyes of 20 patients were treated for regular postoperative penetrating keratoplasty astigmatism. Sutures had been removed and refraction had stabilized. Ultrasound pachymetry was used to calculate incisional depth. Femtosecond laser-assisted paired arcuate incisions were made inside the graft stroma, leaving 90 µm of intact anterior cornea including epithelium. The intact posterior corneal margin was 10% of the measured corneal thickness for 10 patients (10% group) and 125 µm for the remaining 10 patients (125-µm group). Follow-up visits consisted of biomicroscopy, intraocular pressure measurement, fundus examination, and topographic evaluation using anterior segment optical coherence tomography at 1 and 3 months. Postoperative corneal thickness and the depth of incisions were measured with optical coherence tomography. Corrected distance visual acuity improved from 0.5 to 0.3 logMAR (Snellen: 20/63 to 20/40, P astigmatism (P incisions is correlated with the posterior depth of the incisions. The deeper incisions were more effective. Copyright 2015, SLACK Incorporated.

  6. A Novel Approach to Brachycephalic Syndrome. 2. Laser-Assisted Turbinectomy (LATE).

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    Oechtering, Gerhard U; Pohl, Sabine; Schlueter, Claudia; Schuenemann, Riccarda

    2016-02-01

    To introduce a new surgical procedure based on interventional, laser-assisted removal of obstructing turbinate tissue to improve endonasal airway patency in brachycephalic dogs and to confirm the short and long term results using computed tomography (CT) and rhinoscopy. Prospective clinical study. Brachycephalic dogs (n = 158; 70 Pugs, 77 French Bulldogs, 11 English Bulldogs) referred for treatment of severe respiratory distress because of brachycephalic syndrome. Computed tomography and anterior and posterior rhinoscopy were performed to evaluate endonasal obstruction. Laser-assisted turbinectomy (LATE) using a diode laser was performed as part of a multilevel surgery. Nasal conchae that were causing airway obstruction were removed. The obstructing parts of the conchae were safely and efficiently removed by LATE, shaping a patent nasal airway in all dogs. The newly developed surgical procedure involved 3 steps: turbinectomy of the (1) concha nasalis ventralis; (2) rostral aberrantly growing turbinates (RAT); and (3) caudal aberrantly growing turbinates (CAT). Complications of the procedure included transient intraoperative hemorrhage in 51 of 158 dogs (32.3%); however, a temporary tamponade was necessary in only 2/158 dogs (1.3%). After 6 months, regrowth of turbinates required resection of possibly re-obstructing tissue in 25/158 dogs (15.8%; 1 Pug and 24 French Bulldogs). LATE is an effective method for creating a patent nasal airway in brachycephalic dogs with intranasal obstruction. © Copyright 2016 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

  7. Analysis of plasma characteristics and conductive mechanism of laser assisted pulsed arc welding

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    Liu, Shuangyu; Chen, Shixian; Wang, Qinghua; Li, Yanqing; Zhang, Hong; Ding, Hongtao

    2017-05-01

    This study aims to investigate the arc plasma shape and the spectral characteristics during the laser assisted pulsed arc welding process. The arc plasma shape was synchronously observed using a high speed camera, and the emission spectrum of plasma was obtained by spectrometer. The well-known Boltzmann plot method and Stark broadening were used to calculate the electron temperature and density respectively. The conductive mechanism of arc ignition in laser assisted arc hybrid welding was investigated, and it was found that the plasma current moved to the arc anode under the action of electric field. Thus, a significant parabolic channel was formed between the keyhole and the wire tip. This channel became the main method of energy transformation between the arc and the molten pool. The calculation results of plasma resistivity show that the laser plasma has low resistivity as the starting point of conductive channel formation. When the laser pulse duration increases, the intensity of the plasma radiation spectrum and the plasma electron density will increase, and the electron temperature will decrease.

  8. System technology for laser-assisted milling with tool integrated optics

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    Hermani, Jan-Patrick; Emonts, Michael; Brecher, Christian

    2013-02-01

    High strength metal alloys and ceramics offer a huge potential for increased efficiency (e. g. in engine components for aerospace or components for gas turbines). However, mass application is still hampered by cost- and time-consuming end-machining due to long processing times and high tool wear. Laser-induced heating shortly before machining can reduce the material strength and improve machinability significantly. The Fraunhofer IPT has developed and successfully realized a new approach for laser-assisted milling with spindle and tool integrated, co-rotating optics. The novel optical system inside the tool consists of one deflection prism to position the laser spot in front of the cutting insert and one focusing lens. Using a fiber laser with high beam quality the laser spot diameter can be precisely adjusted to the chip size. A high dynamic adaption of the laser power signal according to the engagement condition of the cutting tool was realized in order not to irradiate already machined work piece material. During the tool engagement the laser power is controlled in proportion to the current material removal rate, which has to be calculated continuously. The needed geometric values are generated by a CAD/CAM program and converted into a laser power signal by a real-time controller. The developed milling tool with integrated optics and the algorithm for laser power control enable a multi-axis laser-assisted machining of complex parts.

  9. Laser-assisted printing of alginate long tubes and annular constructs.

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    Yan, Jingyuan; Huang, Yong; Chrisey, Douglas B

    2013-03-01

    Laser-assisted printing such as laser-induced forward transfer has been well studied to pattern or fabricate two-dimensional constructs. In particular, laser printing has found increasing biomedical applications as an orifice-free cell and organ printing approach, especially for highly viscous biomaterials and biological materials. Unfortunately, there have been very few studies on the efficacy of three-dimensional printing performance of laser printing. This study has investigated the feasibility of laser tube printing and the effects of sodium alginate concentration and operating conditions such as the laser fluence and laser spot size on the printing quality during laser-assisted printing of alginate annular constructs (short tubes) with a nominal diameter of 3 mm. It is found that highly viscous materials such as alginate can be printed into well-defined long tubes and annular constructs. The tube wall thickness and tube outer diameter decrease with the sodium alginate concentration, while they first increase, then decrease and finally increase again with the laser fluence. The sodium alginate concentration dominates if the laser fluence is low, and the laser fluence dominates if the sodium alginate concentration is low.

  10. Laser-assisted machining process simulation for precision mould/die manufacturing

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    Zeng Quanren

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Laser-assisted machining (LAM is a kind of thermally assisted manufacturing process which preheats workpiece material with a highly-localized laser beam and then is followed by a conventional machining operation. It could greatly improve the machinability and gives better machining quality, especially suitable for hard-to-cut materials such as superalloys, tool steels. For manufacturing the high-precision moulds/dies that could fabricate micro and precision components, the thermal assistance at the local cutting zone, will help to lower the cutting force and consequently improve the internal surface quality of the machined moulds/dies. In this paper, a numerical study of the laser-assisted cutting of plastic mould steel NAK80 is reported. The simulation of LAM of NAK80 is realized by combining two procedures: simulation of moving laser heat source applied on the local surface of workpiece which causes the corresponding temperature field arise and material soften, and simulation of the subsequent cutting processes. This research will offer the die/mould manufacturers a more efficient planning tool for the fabrication of the micro, precision dies/moulds of high surface quality, and hence, for forming the high-quality micro components as well as for longer die/mould life.

  11. An experimental investigation of pulsed laser-assisted machining of AISI 52100 steel

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    Panjehpour, Afshin; Soleymani Yazdi, Mohammad R.; Shoja-Razavi, Reza

    2014-11-01

    Grinding and hard turning are widely used for machining of hardened bearing steel parts. Laser-assisted machining (LAM) has emerged as an efficient alternative to grinding and hard turning for hardened steel parts. In most cases, continuous-wave lasers were used as a heat source to cause localized heating prior to material removal by a cutting tool. In this study, an experimental investigation of pulsed laser-assisted machining of AISI 52100 bearing steel was conducted. The effects of process parameters (i.e., laser mean power, pulse frequency, pulse energy, cutting speed and feed rate) on state variables (i.e., material removal temperature, specific cutting energy, surface roughness, microstructure, tool wear and chip formation) were investigated. At laser mean power of 425 W with frequency of 120 Hz and cutting speed of 70 m/min, the benefit of LAM was shown by 25% decrease in specific cutting energy and 18% improvement in surface roughness, as compared to those of the conventional machining. It was shown that at constant laser power, the increase of laser pulse energy causes the rapid increase in tool wear rate. Pulsed laser allowed efficient control of surface temperature and heat penetration in material removal region. Examination of the machined subsurface microstructure and microhardness profiles showed no change under LAM and conventional machining. Continuous chips with more uniform plastic deformation were produced in LAM.

  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. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Long-term results of femtosecond laser-assisted sutureless anterior lamellar keratoplasty.

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    Shousha, Mohamed Abou; Yoo, Sonia H; Kymionis, George D; Ide, Takeshi; Feuer, William; Karp, Carol L; O'Brien, Terrence P; Culbertson, William W; Alfonso, Eduardo

    2011-02-01

    To evaluate the long-term results of femtosecond laser-assisted anterior lamellar keratoplasty (FALK) for anterior corneal pathologies. Retrospective, noncomparative, interventional case series. Thirteen consecutive patients who underwent FALK for anterior corneal pathologies. Femtosecond laser-assisted sutureless anterior lamellar keratoplasty. Best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA), manifest refraction, need for adjunctive surgery, and complications. Follow-up ranged from 12 to 69 months (mean = 31 months). The BSCVA was significantly improved over preoperative values at the 12-, 18-, 24-, and 36-month visits. A BSCVA greater than 20/30 was achieved in 54% of patients at the 12-month visit when all 13 patients were available for follow-up, in 50% and 33% of patients at the 18- and 24-month visits, respectively, when 12 patients were available, and in 60% and 50% of patients at the 36- and 48-month visits when 5 and 2 patients were available, respectively. The BSCVA of the eye that completed the 60- and 70-month visits was 20/50. Patients achieved a mean gain of 5 lines of BSCVA at the 6-, 12-, 18-, and 24-month visits, 4 lines at the 36-month visit, 5 lines at the 48-month visit, and 6 lines at the 60- and 72-month visits. Two patients lost a mean of 1.5 lines of BSCVA because surface haze developed after photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and granular dystrophy recurred in the graft. At a mean of 5 weeks postoperatively, 83.3% of patients achieved BSCVA within 2 lines of that recorded at the 24-month visit. At the 12-month visit, mean spherical equivalent and refractive astigmatism were -0.4 diopters (D) and 2.2 D, respectively, with no significant shift from preoperative values or values recorded in different follow-up visits. Adjunctive surgeries included phototherapeutic keratectomy, PRK, cataract extraction, and epithelial ingrowth debridement. Complications included residual corneal pathology, mild interface haze, anisometropia, recurrence of

  16. Corneal Clarity and Visual Outcomes after Small-Incision Lenticule Extraction and Comparison to Femtosecond Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis.

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    Lazaridis, Apostolos; Droutsas, Konstantinos; Sekundo, Walter; Petrak, Michael; Schulze, Stephan

    2017-01-01

    Purpose. To evaluate corneal clarity and visual outcomes after small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) and compare them to femtosecond laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (FS-LASIK). Materials and Methods. Fifty-eight myopic eyes of 33 patients who underwent SMILE were compared to 58 eyes of 33 patients treated with FS-LASIK. All procedures were performed using VisuMax® femtosecond laser and MEL 80® excimer laser (Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Germany). Pentacam™ (Oculus, Germany) was used for pre- and 3-month postoperative corneal densitometry (CD) analysis. CD was evaluated at 3 optically relevant, concentric radial zones (0-2 mm, 2-6 mm, and 0-6 mm annulus) around the corneal apex and at 3 different anatomical corneal layers (anterior, central, and posterior). Associations of postoperative CD values with the lenticule thickness and ablation depth were examined. Preoperative and postoperative corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) values were also compared. Results. After SMILE, the total CD (all corneal layers) at 0-6 mm annulus showed no significant change compared to preoperative values (P = 0.259). After FS-LASIK, the total CD was significantly reduced (P = 0.033). Three-month postoperative CD showed no significant differences between the 2 groups for all examined annuli (0-2 mm: P = 0.569; 2-6 mm: P = 0.055; and 0-6 mm: P = 0.686). Total CD after SMILE at 0-6 mm annulus displayed a weak negative association with the lenticule thickness (P = 0.079, R2 = 0.0532) and after FS-LASIK displayed a weak negative association with the ablation depth (P = 0.731, R2 = 0.0015). Postoperative CDVA was similar for both groups (P = 0.517). Conclusion. Quantification of corneal clarity using the Scheimpflug CD showed similar results before and 3 months after SMILE. Compared to FS-LASIK, no significant differences of corneal clarity and CDVA were found 3 months postoperatively.

  17. 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.

  18. Multi-scale graphene patterns on arbitrary substrates via laser-assisted transfer-printing process

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    Park, J. B.

    2012-01-01

    A laser-assisted transfer-printing process is developed for multi-scale graphene patterns on arbitrary substrates using femtosecond laser scanning on a graphene/metal substrate and transfer techniques without using multi-step patterning processes. The short pulse nature of a femtosecond laser on a graphene/copper sheet enables fabrication of high-resolution graphene patterns. Thanks to the scale up, fast, direct writing, multi-scale with high resolution, and reliable process characteristics, it can be an alternative pathway to the multi-step photolithography methods for printing arbitrary graphene patterns on desired substrates. We also demonstrate transparent strain devices without expensive photomasks and multi-step patterning process. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.

  19. Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery after penetrating keratoplasty: a case report.

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    Cao, Danmin; Wang, Shiming; Wang, Yong

    2017-06-24

    Cataract surgery after penetratingkeratoplasty (PKP) is often challenging due to changes in the integrity of the cornea caused by PKP. For example, corneal endothelial cell (CEC) loss and corneal edema commonly occur after traditional phacoemulsification cataract surgery in patients that previously had successful PKP. Recent studies have reported that femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) significantly reduces the need for ultrasound energy minimizing mechanical damage to the cornea and results in a reduction of CEC loss and corneal edema. We report a case in which FLACS was used in a patient with previous PKP. This case supports the suggestion that the use of the femtosecond laser improves the surgical outcome of cataract surgery after PKP. This improvement may be result of the precise incision, controlled capsulorhexis, and reduced lens fragmentation experienced with the femtosecond laser which helps to reduce potential complications of cataract surgery after PKP.

  20. Evaporation mechanisms of MgO in laser assisted atom probe tomography

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    Mazumder, Baishakhi

    2011-05-01

    In this paper the field evaporation properties of bulk MgO and sandwiched MgO layers in Fe are compared using laser assisted Atom Probe Tomography. The comparison of flight time spectra gives an estimate of the evaporation times as a function of the wavelength and the laser energy. It is shown that the evaporation takes place in two steps on two different time scales in MgO. It is also shown that as long as the MgO layer is buried in Fe, the evaporation is dominated by the photon absorption in Fe layer at the tip apex. Eventually the evaporation process of MgO is discussed based on the difference between the bulk materials and the multilayer samples. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

  1. Femtosecond laser-assisted intrastromal corneal ring segment implantation for high astigmatism correction after penetrating keratoplasty.

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    Lisa, Carlos; García-Fernández, Miriam; Madrid-Costa, David; Torquetti, Leonardo; Merayo-Lloves, Jesús; Alfonso, José Fernando

    2013-11-01

    To assess the visual and refractive outcomes of femtosecond laser-assisted implantation of Ferrara-type intrastromal corneal ring segments (ICRS) in post-penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) eyes. Instituto Oftalmológico Fernández-Vega, Oviedo, Spain. Cohort study. Patients with previous PKP had ICRS implantation after femtosecond laser tunnel creation. The uncorrected (UDVA) and corrected (CDVA) distance visual acuities and residual refractive errors were recorded before and 6 months after ICRS implantation. The power vector method was used to analyze refractive errors preoperatively and postoperatively. This study enrolled 32 eyes of 30 patients. The mean UDVA (Snellen decimal) changed from 0.16 ± 0.15 (SD) preoperatively to 0.43 ± 0.28 postoperatively (Pastigmatism components were significantly reduced after ICRS implantation (Pastigmatism correction in post-PKP eyes. Copyright © 2013 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Laser-assisted gingivectomy in pediatric patients: A novel alternative treatment

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    G Gontiya

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Gingival enlargement is quite a common pathology in pediatric patients and may be inflammatory, noninflammatory, or a combination of both. Idiopathic gingival fibromatosis, although rare, is a slowly progressive benign enlargement that affects the marginal gingiva, attached gingival, and interdental papilla. The fibromatosis may potentially cover the exposed tooth surfaces, causing esthetic and functional problems. The treatment of gingival fibromatosis is essential because it causes difficulties with mastication, speech problems, mispositioning of teeth, esthetic effects, and psychological difficulties for the patient. Traditional gingivectomy procedures have been a challenge for dentists who confront issues of patient cooperation and discomfort. In the last decade, laser procedures in oral cavity had shown many optimum effects in both hard and soft tissue procedures. Laser soft-tissue surgery has been shown to be well accepted by children. The following case report describes a laser-assisted gingivectomy procedure performed on a 13-year-old female.

  3. A meta-analysis of aneurysm formation in laser assisted vascular anastomosis (LAVA)

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    Chen, Chen; Peng, Fei; Xu, Dahai; Cheng, Qinghua

    2009-08-01

    Laser assisted vascular anastomosis (LAVA) is looked as a particularly promising non-suture method in future. However, aneurysm formation is one of the main reasons delay the clinical application of LAVA. Some scientists investigated the incidence of aneurysms in animal model. To systematically analyze the literature on reported incidence of aneurysm formation in LAVA therapy, we performed a meta-analysis comparing LAVA with conventional suture anastomosis (CSA) in animal model. Data were systematically retrieved and selected from PUBMED. In total, 23 studies were retrieved. 18 studies were excluded, and 5 studies involving 647 animals were included. Analysis suggested no statistically significant difference between LAVA and CSA (OR 1.24, 95%CI 0.66-2.32, P=0.51). Result of meta analysis shows that the technology of LAVA is very close to clinical application.

  4. Significance of the Resonance Condition for Controlling the Seam Position in Laser-assisted TIG Welding

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    Emde, B.; Huse, M.; Hermsdorf, J.; Kaierle, S.; Wesling, V.; Overmeyer, L.; Kozakov, R.; Uhrlandt, D.

    As an energy-preserving variant of laser hybrid welding, laser-assisted arc welding uses laser powers of less than 1 kW. Recent studies have shown that the electrical conductivity of a TIG welding arc changes within the arc in case of a resonant interaction between laser radiation and argon atoms. This paper presents investigations on how to control the position of the arc root on the workpiece by means of the resonant interaction. Furthermore, the influence on the welding result is demonstrated. The welding tests were carried out on a cooled copper plate and steel samples with resonant and non-resonant laser radiation. Moreover, an analysis of the weld seam is presented.

  5. Laser-assisted bending of Titanium Grade-2 sheets: Experimental analysis and numerical simulation

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    Gisario, Annamaria; Mehrpouya, Mehrshad; Venettacci, Simone; Barletta, Massimiliano

    2017-05-01

    External force laser-assisted bending of Titanium Grade-2 flat sheets to achieve sharp bending angles (>140°) with small fillet radii is herein investigated. In particular, the influence of the operational parameters, laser power, scan speed, number of passes, on bending angles and fillet radii of the metal substrates is analysed. The experimental results show that shaping of the substrates can be performed with great reliability, being springback largely minimised in broad operational ranges. Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) allows the design of first approximation technological models and, in turn, the development of 3d processing maps. Based on the experimental findings, numerical modelling of the bending process by the Finite Element Method (FEM) through ABAQUS/Explicit software is also developed. The numerical model is found to match with great accuracy the experimental results, being it also extremely flexible and responsive to the change of the operational parameters.

  6. Comparing the intraoperative complication rate of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery to traditional phacoemulsification

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    Ming Chen

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To compare the complication rate of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS and traditional phacoemulsification for the first 18mo of FLACS use at a private surgical center in Hawaii. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted from January 2012 to June 2013. The first 273 consecutive eyes receiving FLACS and 553 eyes receiving traditional phacoemulsification were examined. All surgeries were performed at a single surgical center in Hawaii. The presence of intraoperative complications was used as the main outcome measure. Approval was obtained from the institutional review board of the University of Hawaii. RESULTS: The overall complication rate for FLACS was 1.8%, while that of the traditional procedure was 5.8% (PCONCLUSION: FLACS is comparable in safety, if not safer, than traditional cataract surgery when performed by qualified cataract surgeons on carefully selected patients.

  7. High efficiency laser-assisted H- charge exchange for microsecond duration beams

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    Cousineau, Sarah; Rakhman, Abdurahim; Kay, Martin; Aleksandrov, Alexander; Danilov, Viatcheslav; Gorlov, Timofey; Liu, Yun; Long, Cary; Menshov, Alexander; Plum, Michael; Shishlo, Andrei; Webster, Andrew; Johnson, David

    2017-12-01

    Laser-assisted stripping is a novel approach to H- charge exchange that overcomes long-standing limitations associated with the traditional, foil-based method of producing high-intensity, time-structured beams of protons. This paper reports on the first successful demonstration of the laser stripping technique for microsecond duration beams. The experiment represents a factor of 1000 increase in the stripped pulse duration compared with the previous proof-of-principle demonstration. The central theme of the experiment is the implementation of methods to reduce the required average laser power such that high efficiency stripping can be accomplished for microsecond duration beams using conventional laser technology. The experiment was performed on the Spallation Neutron Source 1 GeV H- beam using a 1 MW peak power UV laser and resulted in ˜95 % stripping efficiency.

  8. Laser-assisted nanomaterial deposition, nanomanufacturing, in situ monitoring and associated apparatus

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    Mao, Samuel S; Grigoropoulos, Costas P; Hwang, David J; Minor, Andrew M

    2013-11-12

    Laser-assisted apparatus and methods for performing nanoscale material processing, including nanodeposition of materials, can be controlled very precisely to yield both simple and complex structures with sizes less than 100 nm. Optical or thermal energy in the near field of a photon (laser) pulse is used to fabricate submicron and nanometer structures on a substrate. A wide variety of laser material processing techniques can be adapted for use including, subtractive (e.g., ablation, machining or chemical etching), additive (e.g., chemical vapor deposition, selective self-assembly), and modification (e.g., phase transformation, doping) processes. Additionally, the apparatus can be integrated into imaging instruments, such as SEM and TEM, to allow for real-time imaging of the material processing.

  9. Outcomes of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery performed by surgeons-in-training.

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    Brunin, Greg; Khan, Khurrum; Biggerstaff, Kristin S; Wang, Li; Koch, Douglas D; Khandelwal, Sumitra S

    2017-04-01

    To compare intraoperative factors and post-operative outcomes of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) and manual cataract surgery performed by resident surgeons. All cases of FLACS performed by resident surgeons during the 2013-2014 academic year were compared to a control group of manual cataract surgery cases with regards to pre-operative patient data, operative complications, cumulative dissipated energy (CDE), postoperative corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), refractive prediction error (RPE), and corneal edema. There were no significant preoperative differences in the FLACS (n = 57) and manual (n = 68) groups. Operative complication rates were similar in cases with sufficient data and follow-up with a higher rate of posterior capsule tear in the manual group. CDE (percent-seconds) was lower in the FLACS group (FLACS: 14.5 ± 7.5; manual: 21.6 ± 11.5; p < 0.01). CDVA (LogMAR) was comparable at 1 month postoperatively (FLACS: 0.004 ± 0.08; manual: 0.024 ± 0.11; p = 0.24) and 1 year postoperatively (FLACS: 0.013 ± 0.06; manual: 0.032 ± 0.09; p = 0.37). No difference in RPE was found at 1 month postoperatively (FLACS: 0.38 ± 0.24 D; manual: 0.41 ± 0.49 D; p = 0.66) and 1 year postoperatively (FLACS: 0.49 ± 0.63 D; manual: 0.34 ± 0.26 D; p = 0.31). Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery is safe and effective compared to manual cataract surgery when performed by resident surgeons. Both 1-month and 1-year outcomes show no difference in refractive predictive error in FLACS compared to manual cataract surgery in surgeons in training.

  10. Laser-assisted welding of transparent polymers for microchemical engineering and life science

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    Pfleging, Wilhelm; Baldus, Oliver; Bruns, M.; Baldini, Alessandro; Bemporad, Edoardo

    2005-04-01

    In this contribution experimental studies on the laser-assisted welding of transparent polymers with diode laser (wavelength 940 nm) are presented to discuss their potential for the fabrication of micro-devices for micro-chemical engineering and life science. Micro-channel devices such as capillary electrophoresis chips, heat exchangers or static mixers for liquids and gases consist of different micro-patterned sheets with structural details in the range of a few μm. In micro-chemical engineering, in general the sheets of micro-devices are made of metals. In our approaches the use of transparent and micro-patterned polymers such as polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) is investigated. For the development of micro-devices in life science the use of sheets made of transparent polymers such as polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is presented, e.g., in capillary electrophoresis chips. Devices are built up by stacks of micro-patterned sheets which have to be joined. These sheets are patterned by micro-milling, CO2-laser cutting or hot embossing. Laser-assisted polymer welding of transparent and opaque materials is well established. But the welding of only transparent components is still a challenge in micro-system technology, especially if micro-structures are included. For this purpose very thin absorbing layers with a thickness of about 5nm to 20nm are used in order to establish a welding process between transparent and micro-patterned polymers. The strength of the bonding is characterized by tensile tests as function of absorbing layer thickness, temperature, laser scan velocity and laser scan overlap. The topography is investigated with atomic force microscopy and low voltage scanning electron microscopy.

  11. A novel robotic platform for laser-assisted transurethral surgery of the prostate.

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    Russo, S; Dario, P; Menciassi, A

    2015-02-01

    Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is the most common pathology afflicting ageing men. The gold standard for the surgical treatment of BPH is transurethral resection of the prostate. The laser-assisted transurethral surgical treatment of BPH is recently emerging as a valid clinical alternative. Despite this, there are still some issues that hinder the outcome of laser surgery, e.g., distal dexterity is strongly reduced by the current endoscopic instrumentation and contact between laser and prostatic tissue cannot be monitored and optimized. This paper presents a novel robotic platform for laser-assisted transurethral surgery of BPH. The system, designed to be compatible with the traditional endoscopic instrumentation, is composed of a catheter-like robot provided with a fiber optic-based sensing system and a cable-driven actuation mechanism. The sensing system allows contact monitoring between the laser and the hypertrophic tissue. The actuation mechanism allows steering of the laser fiber inside the prostatic urethra of the patient, when contact must be reached. The design of the proposed robotic platform along with its preliminary testing and evaluation is presented in this paper. The actuation mechanism is tested in in vitro experiments to prove laser steering performances according to the clinical requirements. The sensing system is calibrated in experiments aimed to evaluate the capability of discriminating the contact forces, between the laser tip and the prostatic tissue, from the pulling forces exerted on the cables, during laser steering. These results have been validated demonstrating the robot's capability of detecting sub-Newton contact forces even in combination with actuation.

  12. Long-term results in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS after laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP.

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    Full Text Available Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS is a serious disease. The etiology of and optimum therapy options for this disorder have been much discussed and have been the subject of many publications. One much discussed therapy option is laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP. Despite conflicting opinions and guidelines which recommend that it should not be used, it remains in use. Patients who had previously undergone this procedure were invited for follow-up appointments, at which they were asked to complete a questionnaire, underwent an ENT examination and underwent sleep laboratory analysis using a portable sleep lab device. The average time since LAUP treatment was 11 years. The cohort comprised 25 patients. The average preoperative apnea-hypopnea-index (AHI score was 25.25/h; the average postoperative AHI score 23.62/h. Closer examination of our data enabled us to identify 10 responders (40% and 15 non-responders (60%. 12% (3/25 of non-responders experienced either no reduction in their AHI score or an increase compared to their preoperative AHI score of less than 5/h. In the remaining 48% (12/25, AHI increased by more than 5/h compared to the preoperative figure. Our questionnaire showed that 40% (10/25 of patients suffered from dry mouth and 20% (5/25 from foreign body sensation. The data led us to conclude that laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty can indeed result in a reduction in AHI score comparable to other mucosal resection methods. Also in common with these methods, the efficacy of the therapy reduces with time and the procedure carries a high risk of bringing about an increase in the patient's AHI score.

  13. Treatment of postoperative keratoplasty astigmatism using femtosecond laser-assisted intrastromal relaxing incisions.

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    Wetterstrand, Olli; Holopainen, Juha M; Krootila, Kari

    2013-06-01

    To investigate the effectiveness of femtosecond laser-assisted intrastromal relaxing incisions for astigmatism management and establish laser treatment parameters. Sixteen eyes of 16 patients had regular astigmatism after penetrating keratoplasty. All sutures had been removed and the refraction was stabilized. Paired arcuate intrastromal incisions were made 180° apart within the graft stroma with a femtosecond laser preserving the epithelium. Follow-up examinations were performed at 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, and 3 months. The logMAR corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) improved from 0.50 ± 0.29 to 0.32 ± 0.23 (Snellen 20/63 to 20/40). Refractive and topographic anterior cylinders decreased from 6.8 ± 2.2 diopters (D) to 3.7 ± 1.7 D and from 9.5 ± 4.8 D to 4.4 ± 2.1 D, respectively. Stabilization of topographic cylinder was observed 1 month postoperatively. The worse the preoperative CDVA was and the higher the preoperative values for the refractive and topographic cylinders were, the higher the surgically induced changes were. Anterior side cut angles at 90° and 120° produced similar results. A bulge of incision occurred in one eye requiring compression sutures. Significant improvement in CDVA and refractive and topographic cylinders indicated a good effect of femtosecond laser-assisted intrastromal relaxing incisions in reducing astigmatism. No advantage between 90° and 120° anterior side cut angles was found. No infections were recorded and no patient expressed discomfort. Copyright 2013, SLACK Incorporated.

  14. Laser-assisted inkjet printing of highly viscous fluids with sub-nozzle resolution

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    Delrot, Paul; Modestino, Miguel A.; Psaltis, Demetri; Moser, Christophe

    2016-04-01

    Drop-on-demand inkjet printing is mostly based on thermal and piezo-actuation, allowing for densely packed nozzles in inkjet printers. However, the droplet diameter is typically defined by the nozzle diameter, thus limiting the range of viscosity that can be jetted to 10-100 mPa.s to prevent nozzle clogging. Here, we present a laser-assisted system for the delivery of micro-droplets of highly viscous fluids with sub-nozzle resolution. Highly focused supersonic jets have recently been demonstrated by focusing a nanosecond pulse of light into a micro-capillary filled with dyed water, hence generating a cavitation bubble. The consequent pressure wave impact on the concave free surface of the liquid generated flow-focused micro-jets. We implemented this technique for the production of low velocity micro-droplets with photopolymer inks of increasing viscosity (0.6-148 mPa.s) into a 300 μm-wide glass capillary using low laser energies (3-70 μJ). Time-resolved imaging provided details on the droplet generation. Single micro-droplets of diameter 70-80 μm were produced on demand with inks of viscosity 0.6-9 mPa.s with good controllability and reproducibility, thus enabling to print two-dimensional patterns with a precision of 13 μm. Furthermore, the primary droplet produced with the most viscous fluid was about 66% of the capillary diameter. Preliminary results also showed that the process is linearly scalable to narrower capillaries (100-200 μm), thus paving the way for a compact laser-assisted inkjet printer. A possible application of the device would be additive manufacturing as the printed patterns could be consequently cured.

  15. Laser-assisted growth of carbon nanotubes on laser-patterned substrates and inside sealed micro-channels

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    Burgt, Y. van de; Bellouard, Y.

    2014-01-01

    Carbon nanotube assemblies can be used for specific applications such as sensors and filters. We present a method and proof-of-concept to directly grow vertically-aligned carbon nanotube structures within sealed enclosures by means of a feedback-controlled laser-assisted chemical vapor deposition

  16. "Blow-torch phenomenon" during laser assisted excision of a thyroglossal cyst at the base of the tongue

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    Anitha G Bhat

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of blow-torch phenomenon encountered during diode laser assisted excision of a thyroglossal cyst in a child. This is first such case report from India and highlights an unusual complication which anesthesiologists need to be aware of due to the increasing use of operative laser.

  17. Granulation tissue exhibits differences in alpha-smooth muscle actin expression after laser-assisted skin closure (LASC)

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    Mordon, Serge R.; Capon, Alexandre; Fleurisse, Laurence; Creusy, Collette

    2001-05-01

    Laser assisted skin closure (LASC) has been shown to accelerate wound healing and to reduce scarring. However, the mechanisms involved during the cutaneous wound repair after LASC remain unclear. This study aimed to evaluate the inflammation process and the wound repair fibroplasia, particularly the involvement of granulation tissue fibroblasts (myofibroblasts).

  18. Evaluation of microstructure and micro-hardness of 410L SS coatings fabricated using laser assisted cold spraying: process development

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available , contaminating and erosive environments which accelerate the degradation of these components. Surface coatings are generally used to protect and prolong the lifetime of the parts. Laser Assisted Cold Spray (LACS) is a relatively new surface coating process which...

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  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. 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.)

  3. Laser assisted die bending: a new application of high power diode lasers

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    Schuöcker, D.; Schumi, T.; Spitzer, O.; Bammer, F.; Schuöcker, G.; Sperrer, G.

    2015-02-01

    Nowadays high power lasers are mainly used for cutting of sheet metals, for welding, hardening and rapid prototyping. In the forming of sheet metals as bending or deep drawing lasers are not used. Nevertheless a few years ago a new application of high power lasers has been invented, where bending of materials that break at room temperature becomes possible by heating them along the bending edge with high power lasers thus allowing their treatment without cracks and rupture. For this purpose a large number of diode lasers are arranged in the bottom tool of a bending machine (a V-shaped die) which heat up the initially flat sheet metal during the bending process what is performed by pressing it into the die with a knife shaped upper tool where due to the laser heating the material is softened and thus cracks are avoided. For the technical realization of the new process of laser assisted die bending, modules equipped with numerous laser diodes and a total beam power of 2,5 kW are used. The light emitted by these modules enters a tool with a length of 15cm and is deflected towards the workpiece. By using ten of these modules with adjacent dies and by integrating those in a bending press a bending edge of sheet metals with a length of 1500mm can be realized. Such a bending press with laser assistance also needs energization with a power of practically 50kW, a respective water flow, a heat exchanger system and also a control for all functions of this system. Special measures have also been developed to avoid radiating of those tools that are not covered by a workpiece in the case of bending edges shorter than the full length of the bending tools whereas individual short circuiting of diode modules can be performed. Specific measures to ensure a safe operation without any harm to the operational person have been realized. Exploitation of the bending process has been carried out for titanium, where material thicknesses up to 3mm have been bent successfully.

  4. Numerical modeling and experimental investigation of laser-assisted machining of silicon nitride ceramics

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    Shen, Xinwei

    Laser-assisted machining (LAM) is a promising non-conventional machining technique for advanced ceramics. However, the fundamental machining mechanism which governs the LAM process is not well understood so far. Hence, the main objective of this study is to explore the machining mechanism and provide guidance for future LAM operations. In this study, laser-assisted milling (LAMill) of silicon nitride ceramics is focused. Experimental experience reveals that workpiece temperature in LAM of silicon nitride ceramics determines the surface quality of the machined workpiece. Thus, in order to know the thermal features of the workpiece in LAM, the laser-silicon nitride interaction mechanism is investigated via heating experiments. The trends of temperature affected by the key parameters (laser power, laser beam diameter, feed rate, and preheat time) are obtained through a parametric study. Experimental results show that high operating temperature leads to low cutting force, good surface finish, small edge chipping, and low residual stress. The temperature range for brittle-to-ductile transition should be avoided due to the rapid increase of fracture toughness. In order to know the temperature distribution at the cutting zone in the workpiece, a transient three-dimensional thermal model is developed using finite element analysis (FEA) and validated through experiments. Heat generation associated with machining is considered and demonstrated to have little impact on LAM. The model indicates that laser power is one critical parameter for successful operation of LAM. Feed and cutting speed can indirectly affect the operating temperatures. Furthermore, a machining model is established with the distinct element method (or discrete element method, DEM) to simulate the dynamic process of LAM. In the microstructural modeling of a beta-type silicon nitride ceramic, clusters are used to simulate the rod-like grains of the silicon nitride ceramic and parallel bonds act as the

  5. Intacs for keratoconus and post-LASIK ectasia: mechanical versus femtosecond laser-assisted channel creation.

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    Carrasquillo, Karen G; Rand, Janet; Talamo, Jonathan H

    2007-09-01

    To evaluate the efficacy of intracorneal ring segments to treat keratoconus and post-laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) keratectasia implanted by using either mechanical dissection or a femtosecond laser. Thirty-three eyes of 29 patients had intracorneal ring segments implanted by using mechanical dissection (17 eyes) or a femtosecond laser (16 eyes). Mean follow-up was 10.3 months. Parameters assessed before and after surgery included uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA), manifest refractive spherical equivalent (MRSE), refractive cylinder (RC), best contact lens-corrected visual acuity (BCLVA), and contact lens tolerance. Statistically significant changes occurred for all parameters when we analyzed all 33 eyes as 1 group. Mean UCVA LogMar values improved from 1.0 +/- 0.3 (20/200) to 0.6 +/- 0.4 (20/80) (P surgery (P mechanical dissection and femtosecond laser-assisted techniques. However, although statistical power was adequate to detect changes in clinical parameters as a result of surgery, it was not sufficient to conclusively show such differences between surgical techniques. For mild to moderate cases of keratoconus and post-LASIK keratectasia, the use of a femtosecond laser for Intacs channel creation seems as effective as mechanical dissection. Future studies are warranted to further evaluate channel creation by a femtosecond laser.

  6. Laser-assisted scanning probe alloying nanolithography (LASPAN) and its application in gold-silicon system

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    Peng, Luohan

    Nanoscale science and technology demand novel approaches and new knowledge to further advance. Nanoscale fabrication has been widely employed in both modern science and engineering. Micro/nano lithography is the most common technique to deposit nanostructures. Fundamental research is also being conducted to investigate structural, physical and chemical properties of the nanostructures. This research contributes fundamental understanding in surface science through development of a new methodology. Doing so, experimental approaches combined with energy analysis were carried out. A delicate hardware system was designed and constructed to realize the nanometer scale lithography. We developed a complete process, namely laser-assisted scanning probe alloying nanolithography (LASPAN), to fabricate well-defined nanostructures in gold-silicon (Au-Si) system. As a result, four aspects of nanostructures were made through different experimental trials. A non-equilibrium phase (AuSi3) was discovered, along with a non-equilibrium phase diagram. Energy dissipation and mechanism of nanocrystalization in the process have been extensively discussed. The mechanical energy input and laser radiation induced thermal energy input were estimated. An energy model was derived to represent the whole process of LASPAN.

  7. Analysis and Comparison of Friction Stir Welding and Laser Assisted Friction Stir Welding of Aluminum Alloy.

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    Campanelli, Sabina Luisa; Casalino, Giuseppe; Casavola, Caterina; Moramarco, Vincenzo

    2013-12-18

    Friction Stir Welding (FSW) is a solid-state joining process; i.e. , no melting occurs. The welding process is promoted by the rotation and translation of an axis-symmetric non-consumable tool along the weld centerline. Thus, the FSW process is performed at much lower temperatures than conventional fusion welding, nevertheless it has some disadvantages. Laser Assisted Friction Stir Welding (LAFSW) is a combination in which the FSW is the dominant welding process and the laser pre-heats the weld. In this work FSW and LAFSW tests were conducted on 6 mm thick 5754H111 aluminum alloy plates in butt joint configuration. LAFSW is studied firstly to demonstrate the weldability of aluminum alloy using that technique. Secondly, process parameters, such as laser power and temperature gradient are investigated in order to evaluate changes in microstructure, micro-hardness, residual stress, and tensile properties. Once the possibility to achieve sound weld using LAFSW is demonstrated, it will be possible to explore the benefits for tool wear, higher welding speeds, and lower clamping force.

  8. Preparation of nanowire specimens for laser-assisted atom probe tomography.

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    Blumtritt, H; Isheim, D; Senz, S; Seidman, D N; Moutanabbir, O

    2014-10-31

    The availability of reliable and well-engineered commercial instruments and data analysis software has led to development in recent years of robust and ergonomic atom-probe tomographs. Indeed, atom-probe tomography (APT) is now being applied to a broader range of materials classes that involve highly important scientific and technological problems in materials science and engineering. Dual-beam focused-ion beam microscopy and its application to the fabrication of APT microtip specimens have dramatically improved the ability to probe a variety of systems. However, the sample preparation is still challenging especially for emerging nanomaterials such as epitaxial nanowires which typically grow vertically on a substrate through metal-catalyzed vapor phase epitaxy. The size, morphology, density, and sensitivity to radiation damage are the most influential parameters in the preparation of nanowire specimens for APT. In this paper, we describe a step-by-step process methodology to allow a precisely controlled, damage-free transfer of individual, short silicon nanowires onto atom probe microposts. Starting with a dense array of tiny nanowires and using focused ion beam, we employed a sequence of protective layers and markers to identify the nanowire to be transferred and probed while protecting it against Ga ions during lift-off processing and tip sharpening. Based on this approach, high-quality three-dimensional atom-by-atom maps of single aluminum-catalyzed silicon nanowires are obtained using a highly focused ultraviolet laser-assisted local electrode atom probe tomograph.

  9. In vivo confocal microscopic evaluation of corneal wound healing after femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty.

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    Shtein, Roni M; Kelley, Kurt H; Musch, David C; Sugar, Alan; Mian, Shahzad I

    2012-01-01

    To evaluate corneal wound healing after femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty (FLAK) using in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM). Prospective, interventional, consecutive case series of 17 eyes after mushroom-shaped FLAK. IVCM was performed preoperatively and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively to assess wound healing. Mean keratocyte activation grade increased from preoperative levels to 1 month postoperatively in both the central (0.41 ± 0.62 to 1.73 ± 1.03) and peripheral (0.47 ± 0.52 to 1.57 ± 1.09) cornea, then gradually decreased through 12 months. Dendritic cells increased from preoperatively to 1 month postoperatively in both the central (0.71 ± 0.83 to 1.33 ± 0.98) and peripheral (0.79 ± 0.70 to 1.42 ± 0.90) cornea, then gradually decreased until 6 months postoperatively. Stromal reinnervation was 1 month postoperatively in 8 patients (50%). By 12 months, sub-epithelial nerves were observed centrally in 5 patients (45.5%). IVCM after FLAK shows an initial increase in keratocyte activation and dendritic cells that decrease over time. Corneal reinnervation is seen as early as 1 month postoperatively. Copyright 2012, SLACK Incorporated.

  10. Efficacy and safety of femtosecond laser-assisted corneal endothelial keratoplasty: a randomized multicenter clinical trial.

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    Cheng, Yanny Y Y; Schouten, Jan S A G; Tahzib, Nayyirih G; Wijdh, Robert-Jan; Pels, Elisabeth; van Cleynenbreugel, Hugo; Eggink, Catharina A; Rijneveld, Wilhelmina J; Nuijts, Rudy M M A

    2009-12-15

    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of femtosecond laser-assisted endothelial keratoplasty (FLEK) versus penetrating keratoplasty (PK) in patients with corneal endothelial disease. A randomized multicenter clinical trial of 80 eyes of 80 patients with corneal endothelial disease were randomized to FLEK or PK. Clinical outcomes (astigmatism and visual acuity) and incidence of postoperative complications were compared between the two groups. At 12 months, the percentage of eyes with a refractive astigmatism less than or equal to 3 diopters was higher in the FLEK group in comparison with the PK group (86.2% vs. 51.3%, P=0.004). The mean postoperative best corrected visual acuity was 20/70+/-2 lines in the FLEK group and 20/44+/-2 lines in the PK group (Pastigmatism and results in an absence of wound healing related problems in patients with endothelial disease. However, visual acuity is lower as compared with conventional PK, and the high level of endothelial cell loss warrants a modification of the insertion technique of the endothelial graft.

  11. En-face OCT microleakage investigation after laser-assisted dental hard tissue treatment

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    Todea, Carmen; Balabuc, Cosmin; Sinescu, Cosmin; Negrutiu, Meda; Filip, Laura; Bradu, Adrian; Podoleanu, Adrian Gh.

    2008-09-01

    Purpose: To investigate using en-face Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) the microleakage after Er:YAG laser cavity preparation. Material and Methods: Thirty single- and multi-rooted freshly extracted human teeth divided into two study groups, group I (laser) and group II (control), were used in this study. In group I, Class V cavities were prepared using laser on the buccal surface of each tooth. The laser device used was an Er:YAG laser (2940 nm, VSP, 250-320 mJ, 10-20 Hz). In group II, cavities were prepared conventionally and acid etched on the oral surface of the same tooth. All cavities were filled with composite resin. The cavity microleakage was investigated using en-face Optical Coherence Tomography prototype, based on transverse scanning and operating at 1300 nm. Results: The investigation demonstrated qualitatively the reduction of microleakage in cavities prepared with Er:YAG laser as compared to the control group, in which cavities were prepared conventionally. Conclusion: The en-face OCT method provided a superior non-invasive and real time investigation method, thus reducing the occurrence of secondary caries by early detection. Moreover, based on the results of this investigation, it may be concluded that Er:YAG laser-assisted cavity preparation leads to reduction of microleakage.

  12. Diode laser assisted minimal invasive sphenoidotomy for endoscopic transphenoidal pituitary surgery: our technique and results.

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    Lee, Jih-Chin; Lai, Wen-Sen; Ju, Da-Tong; Chu, Yueng-Hsiang; Yang, Jinn-Moon

    2015-03-01

    During endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS), intra-operative bleeding can significantly compromise visualization of the surgical field. The diode laser that provides good hemostatic and vaporization effects and excellent photocoagulation has been successfully applied in endoscopic surgery with several advantages. The current retrospective study demonstrates the feasibility of diode laser-combined endoscopic sinus surgery on sphenoidotomy. The patients who went through endoscopic transphenoidal pituitary surgery were enrolled. During the operation, the quality of the surgical field was assessed and graded by the operating surgeon using the scale proposed by Boezaart. The mean operation time was 37.80 ± 10.90 minutes. The mean score on the quality of surgical field was 1.95. A positive correlation between the lower surgical field quality score and the shorter surgical time was found with statistical significance (P < 0.0001). No infections, hemorrhages, or other complications occurred intra- or post-operatively. The diode laser-assisted sphenoidotomy is a reliable and safe approach of pituitary gland surgery with minimal invasiveness. It is found that application of diode laser significantly improved quality of surgical field and shortened operation time. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Inside the brachycephalic nose: conchal regrowth and mucosal contact points after laser-assisted turbinectomy.

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    Schuenemann, Riccarda; Oechtering, Gerhard

    2014-01-01

    This prospective observational study analyzed conchal regrowth after laser-assisted turbinectomy (LATE) in brachycephalic dogs and the mucosal contact of regrown conchae. Eighty brachycephalic dogs (41 pugs, 39 French bulldogs [FBs]) that underwent LATE because of obstructing conchae were evaluated by endoscopy 7 days and 6 mo after surgery. At 6 mo, 96% of FBs' and 65% of pugs' nasal cavities showed regrowth of turbinates. FBs showed higher growth grades than pugs. Revision surgery because of reobstructing regrowth was required in the nasal cavities of 17% of FBs and 3% of pugs. The mean number of contact points reduced from 3.0 in FB and 1.7 in pugs before surgery to 1.2 in FB and 0.2 in pugs after conchal regrowth. Recollapse of nares after surgery significantly influenced the frequency of reoccurrence of contact points. LATE was proven to be an effective treatment of intranasal obstruction caused by mucosal contact between conchae. Conchal regrowth commonly occurs after surgical removal, but the new conchae cause less obstruction due to a significant reduction in number of contact points. Revision surgery because of reobstruction is rarely necessary. The important physiologic functions of conchae make nonobstructing regrowth desirable.

  14. Evaluation of Laser-Assisted Trans-Nail Drug Delivery with Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Meng-Tsan Tsai

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The nail provides a functional protection to the fingertips and surrounding tissue from external injuries. The nail plate consists of three layers including dorsal, intermediate, and ventral layers. The dorsal layer consists of compact, hard keratins, limiting topical drug delivery through the nail. In this study, we investigate the application of fractional CO2 laser that produces arrays of microthermal ablation zones (MAZs to facilitate drug delivery in the nails. We utilized optical coherence tomography (OCT for real-time monitoring of the laser–skin tissue interaction, sparing the patient from an invasive surgical sampling procedure. The time-dependent OCT intensity variance was used to observe drug diffusion through an induced MAZ array. Subsequently, nails were treated with cream and liquid topical drugs to investigate the feasibility and diffusion efficacy of laser-assisted drug delivery. Our results show that fractional CO2 laser improves the effectiveness of topical drug delivery in the nail plate and that OCT could potentially be used for in vivo monitoring of the depth of laser penetration as well as real-time observations of drug delivery.

  15. Study on laser-assisted drug delivery with optical coherence tomography

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    Tsai, Wen-Guei; Tsai, Ting-Yen; Yang, Chih-Hsun; Tsai, Meng-Tsan

    2017-04-01

    The nail provides a functional protection to the fingertips and surrounding tissue from external injuries. Nail plate divided into three layers including dorsal, intermediate, and ventral layers. The dorsal layer consists of compact, hard keratins, limiting topical drug delivery through the nail. In this study, we investigate the application of fractional CO2 laser that produces arrays of microthermal ablation zones (MAZs) to facilitate drug delivery in the nails. Moreover, optical coherence tomography (OCT) is implemented for real-time monitoring of the laser-skin tissue interaction, sparing the patient from invasive surgical sampling procedure. Observations of drug diffusion through the induced MAZ array are achieved by evaluating the time-dependent OCT intensity variance. Subsequently, nails are treated with cream and liquid topical drugs to investigate the feasibility and diffusion efficacy of laser-assisted drug delivery. Our results show that fractional CO2 laser improves the efficacy of topical drug delivery in the nail plate, and that OCT could potentially be used for in vivo monitoring of the depth of laser penetration as well as real-time observations of drug delivery.

  16. Sentinel Lymph Node Detection Using Laser-Assisted Indocyanine Green Dye Lymphangiography in Patients with Melanoma

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    Vikalp Jain

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Sentinel lymph node (SLN biopsy is a vital component of staging and management of multiple cancers. The current gold standard utilizes technetium 99 (tech99 and a blue dye to detect regional nodes. While the success rate is typically over 90%, these two methods can be inconclusive or inconvenient for both patient and surgeon. We evaluated a new technique using laser-assisted ICG dye lymphangiography to identify SLN. Methods. In this retrospective analysis, we identified patients with melanoma who were candidates for SLN biopsy. In addition to tech99 and methylene blue, patients received a dermal injection of indocyanine green (ICG. The infrared signal was detected with the SPY machine (Novadaq, and nodes positive by any method were excised. Results. A total of 15 patients were evaluated, with 40 SLNs removed. Four patients were found to have nodal metastases on final pathology. 100% of these 4 nodes were identified by ICG, while only 75% (3/4 were positive for tech99 and/or methylene blue. Furthermore, none of the nodes missed by ICG (4/40 had malignant cells. Conclusion. ICG dye lymphangiography is a reasonable alternative for locating SLNs in patients with melanoma. Prospective studies are needed to better ascertain the full functionality of this technique.

  17. A predictive thermal dynamic model for parameter generation in the laser assisted direct write process

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    Shang, Shuo; Fearon, Eamonn; Wellburn, Dan; Sato, Taku; Edwardson, Stuart; Dearden, G.; Watkins, K. G.

    2011-11-01

    The laser assisted direct write (LADW) method can be used to generate electrical circuitry on a substrate by depositing metallic ink and curing the ink thermally by a laser. Laser curing has emerged over recent years as a novel yet efficient alternative to oven curing. This method can be used in situ, over complicated 3D contours of large parts (e.g. aircraft wings) and selectively cure over heat sensitive substrates, with little or no thermal damage. In previous studies, empirical methods have been used to generate processing windows for this technique, relating to the several interdependent processing parameters on which the curing quality and efficiency strongly depend. Incorrect parameters can result in a track that is cured in some areas and uncured in others, or in damaged substrates. This paper addresses the strong need for a quantitative model which can systematically output the processing conditions for a given combination of ink, substrate and laser source; transforming the LADW technique from a purely empirical approach, to a simple, repeatable, mathematically sound, efficient and predictable process. The method comprises a novel and generic finite element model (FEM) that for the first time predicts the evolution of the thermal profile of the ink track during laser curing and thus generates a parametric map which indicates the most suitable combination of parameters for process optimization. Experimental data are compared with simulation results to verify the accuracy of the model.

  18. Three-dimensional thermal analysis for laser assisted machining of ceramics using FEA

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    Wu, Xuefeng; Zhang, Hongzhi; Wang, Yang

    2009-05-01

    Laser-assisted machining (LAM) is an effective method machining difficult-to-machine materials such as ceramics which uses a high power laser to focally heat a workpiece prior to material removal with a traditional cutting tool. To understand the thermal process of laser heating and predict the operation parameters for experiment system, a transient, three-dimensional heat transfer model for LAM of silicon nitride is developed using Finite Element Method. The model is based on temperature-dependent thermophysical properties and considering convective heat transfer and radiation exchange. A method of locally refining mesh according to machining sequence is used to reduce calculating time. The effects of the operating parameters, such as laser power, laser beam diameter, laser preheat time, cutting depth, feed rate and rotational speed on the average temperature of cutting region and the temperature of laser incidence are investigated. The thermal stresses induced from the high temperature gradient are also investigated. The maximum normal thermal stress failure criterion is used to predict the possibility of cracking on silicon nitride material owing to thermal stress. The method of selecting optimizing operation parameters is presented.

  19. Retinal and choroidal thickness after femtosecond laser-assisted and standard phacoemulsification

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    Asena BS

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Bilgehan Sezgin Asena,1 Eyyup Karahan,2 Mahmut Kaskaloglu1 1Department of Ophthalmlolgy, Kaskaloglu Eye Hospital, 2Department of Ophthalmlolgy, Batigoz Eye Hospital, Izmir, Turkey Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare the short-term changes in retina and choroidal tissue after femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS and standard phacoemulsification (PE surgery.Methods: In all, 25 eyes undergoing FLACS and 27 eyes undergoing PE surgery were included in this nonrandomized, retrospective, cross-sectional study. Central retinal thickness (CRT and choroidal thickness (CT were measured pre- and postoperatively (at day 1, 1 week later, and after 1 month with spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT in all patients and were compared. For group comparisons, chi-square test and independent t-test were used. Postoperative values were compared to the baseline using a paired t-test. The magnitude of the change from baseline to the peak was analyzed by multiple regression models in an attempt to explain possible influence variables. Results: Pre and postoperative CRT measurements were similar in both groups. The mean subfoveal CT at day 1, after 1 week, and 1 month were significantly higher than baseline CT measurements in the PE group. Conclusion: FLACS might have an advantage in regard to postoperative choroidal changes. Keywords: femtosecond laser, cataract, visual acuity, central retinal thickness, choroidal thickness, optical coherence tomography

  20. Attosecond delays in laser-assisted photodetachment from closed-shell negative ions

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    Lindroth, Eva; Dahlström, Jan Marcus

    2017-07-01

    We study laser-assisted photodetachment time delays by attosecond pulse trains from the closed-shell negative ions F- and Cl-. We investigate the separability of the delay into two contributions: (i) the Wigner-like delay associated with one-photon ionization by the attosecond pulse train and (ii) the delay associated with the exchange of an additional laser photon in the presence of the potential of the remaining target. Based on the asymptotic form of the wave packet, the latter term is expected to be negligible because the ion is neutralized, leading to a vanishing laser-ion interaction with increasing electron-atom separation. While this asymptotic behavior is verified at high photoelectron energies, we also quantify sharp deviations at low photoelectron energies. Further, these low-energy delays are clearly different for the two studied anions, indicating a breakdown of the universality of laser-ion-induced delays. The fact that the short-range potential can induce a delay of as much as 50 as can have implications for the interpretation of delay measurements also in other systems that lack long-range potential.

  1. Laser-assisted chemical vapor deposition setup for fast synthesis of graphene patterns

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    Zhang, Chentao; Zhang, Jianhuan; Lin, Kun; Huang, Yuanqing

    2017-05-01

    An automatic setup based on the laser-assisted chemical vapor deposition method has been developed for the rapid synthesis of graphene patterns. The key components of this setup include a laser beam control and focusing unit, a laser spot monitoring unit, and a vacuum and flow control unit. A laser beam with precision control of laser power is focused on the surface of a nickel foil substrate by the laser beam control and focusing unit for localized heating. A rapid heating and cooling process at the localized region is induced by the relative movement between the focalized laser spot and the nickel foil substrate, which causes the decomposing of gaseous hydrocarbon and the out-diffusing of excess carbon atoms to form graphene patterns on the laser scanning path. All the fabrication parameters that affect the quality and number of graphene layers, such as laser power, laser spot size, laser scanning speed, pressure of vacuum chamber, and flow rates of gases, can be precisely controlled and monitored during the preparation of graphene patterns. A simulation of temperature distribution was carried out via the finite element method, providing a scientific guidance for the regulation of temperature distribution during experiments. A multi-layer graphene ribbon with few defects was synthesized to verify its performance of the rapid growth of high-quality graphene patterns. Furthermore, this setup has potential applications in other laser-based graphene synthesis and processing.

  2. Laser-Assisted Simultaneous Transfer and Patterning of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube Arrays on Polymer Substrates for Flexible Devices

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    In, Jung Bin

    2012-09-25

    We demonstrate a laser-assisted dry transfer technique for assembling patterns of vertically aligned carbon nanotube arrays on a flexible polymeric substrate. A laser beam is applied to the interface of a nanotube array and a polycarbonate sheet in contact with one another. The absorbed laser heat promotes nanotube adhesion to the polymer in the irradiated regions and enables selective pattern transfer. A combination of the thermal transfer mechanism with rapid direct writing capability of focused laser beam irradiation allows us to achieve simultaneous material transfer and direct micropatterning in a single processing step. Furthermore, we demonstrate that malleability of the nanotube arrays transferred onto a flexible substrate enables post-transfer tailoring of electric conductance by collapsing the aligned nanotubes in different directions. This work suggests that the laser-assisted transfer technique provides an efficient route to using vertically aligned nanotubes as conductive elements in flexible device applications. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  3. Patterning of Endothelial Cells and Mesenchymal Stem Cells by Laser-Assisted Bioprinting to Study Cell Migration

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    Medina, Manuela; Rémy, Murielle; Thébaud, Noélie Brunehilde; Bareille, Reine; Chassande, Olivier; Amédée, Joëlle; Catros, Sylvain

    2016-01-01

    Tissue engineering of large organs is currently limited by the lack of potent vascularization in vitro. Tissue-engineered bone grafts can be prevascularized in vitro using endothelial cells (ECs). The microvascular network architecture could be controlled by printing ECs following a specific pattern. Using laser-assisted bioprinting, we investigated the effect of distance between printed cell islets and the influence of coprinted mesenchymal cells on migration. When printed alone, ECs spread out evenly on the collagen hydrogel, regardless of the distance between cell islets. However, when printed in coculture with mesenchymal cells by laser-assisted bioprinting, they remained in the printed area. Therefore, the presence of mesenchymal cell is mandatory in order to create a pattern that will be conserved over time. This work describes an interesting approach to study cell migration that could be reproduced to study the effect of trophic factors. PMID:27833916

  4. 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.

  5. In situ printing of mesenchymal stromal cells, by laser-assisted bioprinting, for in vivo bone regeneration applications

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    Virginie Keriquel; Hugo Oliveira; Murielle Rémy; Sophia Ziane; Samantha Delmond; Benoit Rousseau; Sylvie Rey; Sylvain Catros; Joelle Amédée; Fabien Guillemot; Jean-Christophe Fricain

    2017-01-01

    Bioprinting has emerged as a novel technological approach with the potential to address unsolved questions in the field of tissue engineering. We have recently shown that Laser Assisted Bioprinting (LAB), due to its unprecedented cell printing resolution and precision, is an attractive tool for the in situ printing of a bone substitute. Here, we show that LAB can be used for the in situ printing of mesenchymal stromal cells, associated with collagen and nano-hydroxyapatite, in order to favor ...

  6. Clinical assessment of diode laser-assisted endoscopic intrasphenoidal vidian neurectomy in the treatment of refractory rhinitis.

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    Lai, Wen-Sen; Cheng, Sheng-Yao; Lin, Yuan-Yung; Yang, Pei-Lin; Lin, Hung-Che; Cheng, Li-Hsiang; Yang, Jinn-Moon; Lee, Jih-Chin

    2017-12-01

    For chronic rhinitis that is refractory to medical therapy, surgical intervention such as endoscopic vidian neurectomy (VN) can be used to control the intractable symptoms. Lasers can contribute to minimizing the invasiveness of ENT surgery. The aim of this retrospective study is to compare in patients who underwent diode laser-assisted versus traditional VN in terms of operative time, surgical field, quality of life, and postoperative complications. All patients had refractory rhinitis with a poor treatment response to a 6-month trial of corticosteroid nasal sprays and underwent endoscopic VN between November 2006 and September 2015. They were non-randomly allocated into either a cold instrument group or a diode laser-assisted group. Vidian nerve was excised with a 940-nm continuous wave diode laser through a 600-μm silica optical fiber, utilizing a contact mode with the power set at 5 W. A visual analog scale (VAS) was used to grade the severity of the rhinitis symptoms for quality of life assessment before the surgery and 6 months after. Of the 118 patients enrolled in the study, 75 patients underwent cold instrument VN and 43 patients underwent diode laser-assisted VN. Patients in the laser-assisted group had a significantly lower surgical field score and a lower postoperative bleeding rate than those in the cold instrument group. Changes in the VAS were significant in preoperative and postoperative nasal symptoms in each group. The application of diode lasers for vidian nerve transection showed a better surgical field and a lower incidence of postoperative hemorrhage. Recent advancements in laser application and endoscopic technique has made VN safer and more effective. We recommend this surgical approach as a reliable and effective treatment for patients with refractory rhinitis.

  7. Suction loss during femtosecond laser-assisted small-incision lenticule extraction: Incidence and analysis of risk factors.

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    Osman, Ihab M; Awad, Ramy; Shi, Wei; Abou Shousha, Mohamed

    2016-02-01

    To determine the incidence of and analyze risk factors for suction loss during femtosecond laser-assisted small incision lenticule extraction in the management of myopia or myopic astigmatism. Roayah Vision Correction Center, Alexandria, Egypt. Retrospective comparative case-control study. All eyes that had femtosecond laser-assisted small-incision lenticule extraction for the correction of myopia and myopic astigmatism performed between August 2010 and April 2014 were included. Eyes that developed suction loss were identified. Their characteristics, including demographic data (age and sex), eye laterality, manifest refraction, flat keratometry (K) reading, steep K reading, K astigmatism, optical zone, central corneal thickness, and corneal cap diameter and thickness, were compared with those in randomly selected control eyes to determine the risk factors for developing suction loss. Of the 3376 eyes that had femtosecond laser-assisted small-incision lenticule extraction during the study, 70 (2.1%) developed loss of suction. The incidence decreased with surgical experience (5.06% in 2010, 3.59% in 2011, 3.41% in 2012, 2.32% in 2013, and 1.84% in 2014), suggesting a learning curve. A multivariate logistic regression model showed that eyes with a larger cap diameter were significantly more likely to develop suction loss (P = .023; odds ratio, 9.60). Surgical experience significantly decreased the risk for suction loss during femtosecond laser-assisted small incision lenticule extraction for the correction of myopia or myopic astigmatism but did not eliminate it. A larger cap diameter significantly increased the risk for developing the suction loss. No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2016 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Safety and efficacy of femtosecond laser-assisted arcuate keratotomy to treat irregular astigmatism after penetrating keratoplasty.

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    Fadlallah, Ali; Mehanna, Chadi; Saragoussi, Jean-Jacques; Chelala, Elias; Amari, Belkacem; Legeais, Jean-Marc

    2015-06-01

    To determine the refractive efficacy, predictability, stability, and complication rate of Intralase femtosecond laser-assisted astigmatic keratotomy (AK) for irregular astigmatism after penetrating keratoplasty (PKP). Ophthalmology Department, Hôtel-Dieu, Paris, France. Retrospective case series. Femtosecond laser-assisted AK was performed to treat high irregular astigmatism (>5.0 diopters [D]) after PKP. The uncorrected (UDVA) and corrected (CDVA) distance visual acuities, manifest refraction, vector analysis, and complications were evaluated. The study evaluated 62 eyes of 57 patients over a mean follow-up of 28 months ± 3.5 (SD). Preoperatively, the mean CDVA was 0.51 ± 0.26 logMAR and the mean UDVA was 0.98 ± 0.24 logMAR; 6 months postoperatively, the mean CDVA and UDVA improved to 0.40 ± 0.22 logMAR and 0.60 ± 0.2 logMAR, respectively (both P astigmatism was 7.1 ± 1.72 D; 6 months postoperatively, the mean refractive astigmatism was 2.6 ± 2.4 D (P astigmatism remained stable up to the end of follow-up. The efficacy index was 0.81 at 6 months and 0.67 at 2 years. There were 2 cases of microperforation, 3 cases of infectious keratitis, 3 graft rejection episodes, and 1 case of endophthalmitis. Overcorrection occurred in 12 eyes. Femtosecond laser-assisted AK was effective in reducing irregular astigmatism after PKP. Predictability of astigmatism correction is variable over time with a decrease in the efficacy index 2 years postoperatively. Refinement of the treatment nomogram for femtosecond laser-assisted AK for high astigmatism after PKP remains a major issue. No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2015 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Observation on ultrastructure and histopathology of cornea following femtosecond laser-assisted deep lamellar keratoplasty for acute corneal alkaline burns

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    Wen-Jing Li

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To demonstrate the changes in ultrastructure and histopathology of the cornea in acute corneal alkaline burns after femtosecond laser-assisted deep lamellar keratoplasty. METHODS: The New Zealand white rabbits treated with alkaline corneal burn were randomized into two groups, Group A (16 eyes with femtosecond laser-assisted deep lamellar keratoplasty 24h after burn and Group B (16 eyes without keratoplasty as controls. All eyes were evaluated with transmission electron microscopy (TEM at 1, 2, 3, and 4wk follow-up, then all corneas were tested by hematoxylin and eosin staining histology. RESULTS: The corneal grafts in Group A were transparent, while those in Group B showed corneal stromal edema and loosely arranged collagen fibers. One week after treatment, TEM revealed the intercellular desmosomes in the epithelial layers and intact non-dissolving nuclei in Group A. At week 4, the center of the corneas in Group A was transparent with regularly arranged collagen fibers and fibroblasts in the stroma. In Group B, squamous cells were observed on the corneal surface and some epithelial cells were detached. CONCLUSION: Femtosecond laser-assisted deep lamellar keratoplasty can suppress inflammatory responses, prevent toxic substance-induced injury to the corneal endothelium and inner tissues with quicker recovery and better visual outcomes.

  10. Femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty combined with cataract extraction in a patient with keratoconus and oculocutaneous albinism

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    Dorottya Pásztor

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we present a case of a 58-year-old male patient with oculocutaneous albinism, keratoconus, total cataract, and glaucoma originating from father-daughter incest. He underwent femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty with “open-sky” cataract extraction and posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation. One week after surgery his uncorrected visual acuity improved from hand motion to 20/200. Six months later corneal K values were 49.1 D in the flat and 50.0 D in the steep meridian. The graft had a central corneal thickness of 488 µm and was well fitted. The patient's quality of life improved substantially due to the surgery. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the association of albinism with advanced keratoconus, total cataract, and glaucoma. Moreover, no previous report on femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty using VisuMax femtosecond laser system with “open-sky” cataract extraction is available in the literature. The VisuMax femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty ensures fast patient rehabilitation in such challenging cases.

  11. Comparison of laser-assisted damage in soft tissue using bi-directional and forward-firing optical fiber

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    Kim, Changhwan; Sohn, Ik-Bu; Park, Hoyong; Lee, Yong Joong; Lee, Ho

    2014-03-01

    Laser-assisted endoscopic surgery is made possible by employing optical devices such as fiber optics and hollow wave-guides. In some applications of laser-assisted endoscopic surgery, it is necessary to change the direction of the light emission. Our group reported a new fabrication method for bi-directional firing fibers. The conical surface of the fiber tip made the bi-directional emission of the laser light at the distal end of the fiber. In this study, we employed the bi-directional firing fiber for laser-assisted coagulation of soft tissue. The developed fiber and the normal forward-firing fiber are used for the endoscopic delivery system of a continuous IR laser into an in vitro porcine liver. The ablation and coagulation pattern were compared for two distinctive fiber systems. Regardless of the laser's parameters, the bi-directional firing fiber produced a cavity and coagulation zone with more or less a circular shape, while the forward fiber produced an elongated cavity and coagulation region. The bi-directional firing fiber produced wider and shorter coagulation and cavity zones compared to that of the forward-firing fiber. We expect the bi-directional firing fiber to be an excellent optical delivery system for endoscopic laser-hyperthermia when used against various tumors in the liver, breast and thyroid.

  12. Central corneal sensitivity after small incision lenticule extraction versus femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK for myopia: a meta-analysis of comparative studies

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    He, Miao; Huang, Wenyong; Zhong, Xingwu

    2015-01-01

    ...) versus femtosecond laser-assisted laser in situ keratomileusis (FS-LASIK) for myopia. Eligible studies were identified by systematically searching PubMed, the Cochrane Library, Embase and the Chinese Biomedicine Database...

  13. Deposition mechanism and microstructure of laser-assisted cold-sprayed (LACS) Al-12 wt.%Si coatings: effects of laser power

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    Olakanmi, EO

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Surface treatment is one of the most costly processes for treating metallic components against corrosion. Laser-assisted cold spray (LACS) has an opportunity to decrease those costs particularly in transportation systems, chemical industries...

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

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    V. N. Trubilin

    2012-01-01

    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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Laser-assisted fabrication of electronic circuits using the ADDIMID process

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    Esser, Gerd; Jahrsdoerfer, Bernd; Urmoneit, Uwe

    2001-06-01

    A novel laser-assisted technology for the additive fabrication of microelectronic circuits on three-dimensional polymer substrates (Molded Interconnect Devices, 3-D MID) has been developed. Advantages of the ADDIMID-approach are: a very short process chain, no etchants, no coatings (important on 3D substrates), industry-proven laser technology (diode-pumped Nd:YAG) and high writing velocity (greater than 600 mm/s). An essential component of the process is a special composite substrate material. The material consists of a polymer matrix containing finely dispersed microcapsules. The microcapsules are fabricated by coating micron-scaled copper powder with nano-scaled SiO2. The SiO2 coating provides electrical insulation of the copper particles and promotes adhesion to the polymer matrix. The microcapsules are mixed with a thermoplastic base material to form a granulate. Polymer substrates are produced by injection-molding. A laser direct-write process with galvanometric beam deflection is used to generate the circuit pattern. The laser uncovers the microcapsules and removes the SiO2 coating. Metallic copper is exposed in the processed surface regions. The exposed copper acts as catalytic nucleation site. The circuitry is then formed by chemical copper-plating. This paper presents experimental investigations on direct writing with a CO2- and a diode-pumped Nd:YAG-laser. Effects of variations in focus position, writing velocity, and pulse frequency are described and specified with regard to their impact on the quality of the circuit patterns. A phenomenological model of the laser direct-write process is outlined.

  4. [Preliminary evaluation of the femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery in 300 cases].

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    Wang, Yong; Bao, Xianyi; Zhou, Yanli; Xu, Rong; Peng, Tingting; Sun, Ming; Cao, Danmin; He, Ling

    2015-09-01

    To evaluate the clinical outcome of the femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) in our first 300 cases. In this retrospective study, the study group comprised 300 cases (300 eyes) in which FLACS was done. The control group comprised 300 cases (300 eyes) in which phacoemulsification was performed. The steps of the FLACS included capsulotomy, lens fragmentation, corneal incisions, and creation of incisions within the peripheral cornea to aid the correction of pre-existing astigmatism. After the FLACS, 2.2-mm coaxial micro-incision phacoemulsification and implantation of an intraocular lens were operated. The preoperative best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and postoperative uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), the cumulative dissipated energy (CDE) of the phacoemulsification, and the parameters of the FLACS, including the docking time, the suction time and the laser time, were recorded. The complications of the FLACS were analyzed. The FLACS was successfully completed in 99.33% of the cases. The docking time was (24.6 ± 16.8) sec, the suction time was (101.27 ± 20.09) sec, and the laser time was (23.3 ± 5.5) sec. The most common complications of the FLACS included suction break (7/300, 2.33%), subconjunctival hemorrhage (58/300, 19.33%), pupillary constriction (47/300, 15.67%), incision at a wrong site (13/300, 4.33%), anterior capsular tag (17/300, 5.67%), decentration of the capsulorhexis (11/300, 3.67%), failure to split the lens nucleus (5/300, 1.67%), and posterior capsular ruptures (1/300, 0.33%). The CDE was 5.52 ± 5.18 in the FLACS group and 8.37 ± 7.91 in the traditional phaco group (P 0.05). Compared with the conventional phacoemulsification surgery, the FLACS can achieve less CDE and better early postoperative visual acuity. Long-term effects remain to be investigated.

  5. Femtosecond laser assisted design of sutureless intrastromal graft as an alternative to partial thickness keratoplasty

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    Rossi, Francesca; Durkee, Heather; Pini, Roberto; Canovetti, Annalisa; Malandrini, Alex; Lenzetti, Ivo; Rubino, Pierangela; Leaci, Rosachiara; Neri, Alberto; Scaroni, Patrizia; Menabuoni, Luca; Macaluso, Claudio

    2014-02-01

    Minimally invasive laser assisted surgery in ophthalmology is continuously developing in order to find new surgical approaches, preserve patient tissue and improve surgical results in terms of cut precision, restoration of visual acuity, and invasiveness. In order to achieve these goals, the current approach in corneal transplant is lamellar keratoplasty, where only the anterior or posterior part of the patient's cornea is substituted depending on the lesion or pathology. In this work, we present a novel alternative approach: a case study of intrastromal sutureless transplant, where a portion of the anterior stroma of a donor cornea was inserted into the stroma of the recipient cornea, aiming to restore the correct thickness of the patient's cornea. The patient cornea was paracentrally thin, as the result of a trophic ulcer due to ocular pemphigoid. A discoid corneal graft from the anterior stroma of a donor eye was prepared: a femtosecond laser cut with a trapezoidal profile (thickness was 300 μm, minor and major basis were 3.00 and 3.50 mm, respectively). In the recipient eye, an intrastromal cut was also performed with the femtosecond laser using a specifically designed mask; the cut position was 275 μm in depth. The graft was loaded into an injector and inserted as an intrastromal presbyopic implant. The postoperative analysis evidenced a clear and stable graft that selectively restored corneal thickness in the thinned area. Intrastromal corneal transplant surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to anterior or posterior lamellar keratoplasty in select cases. We believe that Sutureless Intrastromal Laser Keratoplasty (SILK) could open up new avenues in the field of corneal transplantation by fully utilizing the potential and precision of existing lasers.

  6. Holmium laser assisted ′anatomical′ enucleation of adenoma of benign hyperplasia of prostate

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    Shivadeo S Bapat

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: To present our technique of Holmium Laser assisted "ANATOMICAL" enucleation of the benign prostatic adenoma (HoLEP in 219 patients. Procedure is based on the principle of digital enucleation of the adenoma from its surgical capsule, but performed entirely by perurethral endoscopic technique assisted by Holmium Laser. Materials and Methods: From March 2001 to November 2004, 219 patients under went HoLEP. After the initial cuts from bladder neck to verumontanum at 5 and 7 o′clock position, capsule is identified. The beak of the resectoscope sheath was inserted in the plane between the capsule and the adenoma and the adenoma was physically pushed away towards the urethra from the capsule. Laser was used to coagulate the bleeders, to cut the mucosal attachments and tough stromal tissue. Procedure was repeated for median and two lateral lobes. There was minimal bleeding and fluid absorption. Complications were few. Results: In 206 cases successful enucleation of the adenoma was carried out. First 13 cases formed part of the learning curve and were completed by standard transurethral resection of prostate (TURP. IPSS score dropped from average of 23 to 8 and peak flow improved from 20. No patient had postoperative urinary incontinence or stricture. Conclusions: HoLEP is an effective alternative to TURP. Ultimate end results replicate the end results of open enucleation of BPH without its morbidity and have all the advantages of endoscopic surgery. It offers distinct advantages over standard TURP as the incidence of blood transfusion and fluid absorption are greatly minimized.

  7. Comparison of femtosecond laser-assisted deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty and penetrating keratoplasty for keratoconus.

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    Chen, Yueqin; Hu, Dan-Ning; Xia, Yuan; Yang, Liping; Xue, Chunyan; Huang, Zhenping

    2015-10-27

    To compare outcomes of femtosecond laser-assisted deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (FSL-DALK) and penetrating keratoplasty (FSL-PK) for the treatment of keratoconus. Twenty eight eyes underwent FSL-DALK (consisted of 12 eyes in the FSL-DALKa subgroup without baring the Descemet's membrane and 16 eyes in the FSL-DALKb subgroup baring the Descemet's membrane using big-bubble technique) were compared with 12 eyes that underwent FSL-PK for keratoconus. These patients underwent an ophthalmic examination preoperatively and 3, 6, 9, and 12 months postoperatively. The postoperative BCVA in the FSL-PK group, and the FSL-DALKb subgroup were significantly better than that in the FSL-DALKa subgroup (P  0.05). There were no significant differences in the mean spherical equivalent (SE) and astigmatism between the FSL-DALK and the FSL-PK groups, nor between the subgroups of FSL-DALK during the follow-up period (P > 0.05). At the last follow-up, the mean endothelial cell loss in the FSL-DALK group (9.12 %) was significantly less than that in the FSL-PK group (20.79 %) (P < 0.001), while there was no difference between the FSL-DALKa (9.15 %) and the FSL-DALKb (9.10 %) subgroups (P = 0.15). The FSL-DALK group seemed to have fewer graft rejections (1/28 cases) than the FSL-PK group (2/12 cases), although Kaplan-Meier curve showed no significant difference between the two groups (P = 0.144). In this retrospective study, the results suggested that FSL-DALKb gives better visual outcome, and FSL-DALKb is a better option for keratoconus whose endothelium is not compromised. However, larger and prospective studies are further required.

  8. Rainbow glare after laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis: a review of literature

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    Full Text Available Majid Moshirfar,1,2 Jordan D Desautels,3 Tyler S Quist,4 David F Skanchy,5 Mark T Williams,6 Ryan T Wallace7 1Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, John A Moran Eye Center, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, 2HDR Research Center, Hoopes Vision, Draper, UT, 3Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 4University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, 5McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, 6University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA, 7Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA Abstract: This article reviews the current literature pertaining to rainbow glare (RG, including incidence rate, clinical presentation, etiology, prognosis, and management. RG is a rare optical complication of femtosecond laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis that results in patients seeing an array of spectral bands surrounding point sources of light under mesopic and scotopic conditions. The mechanism is thought to be a consequence of the formation of a transmissive diffraction grating on the posterior surface of the corneal flap created by the FS laser. RG has a good prognosis and is usually self-limiting. Persistent RG with concomitant residual refractive error may warrant lifting the flap and photoablating the posterior surface of the flap. Patients with persistent RG and no residual refractive error should be considered candidates for phototherapeutic keratectomy on the posterior flap surface. Keywords: rainbow glare, femtosecond, LASIK, keratomileusis, phototherapeutic keratectomy

  9. Potential surface alteration effects of laser-assisted periodontal surgery on existing dental restorations.

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    Kilinc, Evren; Rothrock, James; Migliorati, Erica; Drukteinis, Saulius; Roshkind, David M; Bradley, Paul

    2012-05-01

    Laser-assisted gingivectomies are performed in proximity to teeth, existing restorations, and implants. In case of accidental exposures, a detrimental surface defect may cause failure. Surface interactions should be evaluated for safety margin determination of certain laser-material combinations. The purpose of this in vitro study was to assess the microscopic and visible effects of CO2, Nd:YAG, and 810-nm diode laser irradiations on various dental materials and tooth tissue. Study samples were fabricated (10 x 7.5 mm irradiation surface area, 1 mm thickness) from eight material groups (amalgam, base metal, gold, palladium-silver, composite, ceramic, titanium, and extracted tooth slices). Laser irradiations were performed with CO2, Nd:YAG, and 810-nm diode lasers using the manufacturer's recommended settings for gingivectomy at a 45-degree angle for 30 seconds. Irradiated surfaces were evaluated under SEM at 200x and 1,000x magnifications. Standardized photographs were obtained using a camera mount system (10x high-definition macro lens). The SEM images and photographs were correlated to determine surface interactions. Nd:YAG detrimentally affected all metallic materials and tooth structures. CO2 altered amalgam, gold, and palladium-silver slightly, whereas composite, ceramic, and tooth surfaces were detrimentally altered. The 810-nm diode altered amalgam, gold, titanium, palladium-silver, and composite but only gold and palladium-silver surfaces were barely traceable. Within the limitations of this in vitro study, surface effects were all instant; therefore, even a short accidental exposure may be destructive in some laser-material combinations. During gingivectomies, CO2 near tooth-colored restorations and Nd:YAG near metallic restorations and implants should be used carefully. The 810-nm diode was found to be safer due to its reversible alterations in only some materials. Further in vivo studies are necessary to clinically apply the outcomes of this study.

  10. Comparison of femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty versus conventional penetrating keratoplasty.

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    Chamberlain, Winston D; Rush, Sloan W; Mathers, William D; Cabezas, Mauricio; Fraunfelder, Frederick W

    2011-03-01

    To compare postoperative outcomes for femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty (FLAK) with conventional penetrating keratoplasty (PK). Retrospective, comparative surgical series. Fifty consecutive patients who underwent FLAK and 50 case-controlled patients that had PK at the Casey Eye Institute (Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR). Data was collected for 50 consecutive cases that underwent zigzag incision FLAK and was compared with 50 subjects that had conventional blade trephine incision PK with similar age, diagnosis and concurrent ocular morbidities over a 2-year follow-up period. Topographic astigmatism, best spectacle-corrected visual acuity, uncorrected visual acuity, pinhole visual acuity, and the timing of selective suture removal (or adjustment) over various follow-up intervals up to 2 years postoperatively. Significantly lower topographic astigmatism was achieved in the FLAK group over the PK group in the 4- to 6-month follow-up period (P = 0.0324), which correlated well with significant earlier selective suture removal that occurred in that same group over both the 2- to 3-month (P = 0.0025) and 4- to 6-month (P = 0.0236) follow-up periods. This difference in astigmatism was no longer present at any other follow-up period up to 24 months postoperatively. The subset analysis of patients with keratoconus or post-LASIK ectasia did not show any difference in either astigmatism or visual acuity at any time. Compared with PKP, FLAK had significant improvement in astigmatism before but not after the 6 month postoperative follow-up period. Earlier suture removal was noted in the FLAK group. No significant improvement in best spectacle-corrected visual acuity was noted at any time point. There were no complications or difficulties with trephination in the FLAK procedure across a wide range of corneal pathologies. Copyright © 2011 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty in failed penetrating keratoplasty and globe trauma.

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    Rush, Sloan W; Fraunfelder, Frederick W; Mathers, William D; Chamberlain, Winston D

    2011-12-01

    To demonstrate feasibility and present postoperative outcomes for femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty (FLAK) in the setting of previous failed conventional penetrating keratoplasty (PK) and previous open-globe trauma with corneal laceration. In this retrospective case series, data were collected for 12 consecutive patients at the Casey Eye Institute (Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR) with the primary diagnosis of either failed PK or open-globe trauma with corneal laceration that underwent zigzag incision FLAK. Outcome measures included topographic astigmatism, best spectacle-corrected visual acuity, uncorrected visual acuity, pinhole visual acuity, intraocular pressure, and timing of selective suture removal (or adjustment) over various follow-up intervals up to 18 months postoperatively. Mean follow-up was 10.42 months. Mean postoperative topographic astigmatism ranged between 3.56 and 6.81 diopters (D). Mean best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA) in logarithm of minimal angle of resolution (logMAR) equivalents ranged between 0.18 and 0.61 as compared with 1.28 for preoperative BSCVA (P = 0.0064). Thirty-three percent (4 of 12) of patients had significantly increased intraocular pressure develop during the first year of follow-up that required glaucoma therapy. No adverse events or complications occurred as a result of either the femtosecond laser procedure itself or during the transportation of the patient from the laser suite to the operating room. FLAK is a feasible transplantation technique in the setting of previous failed PK and open-globe trauma with corneal laceration. Significant globe pressure associated with laser applanation did not cause rupture of old corneal wounds among our case series. Postoperative astigmatism is within previous reported limits in the literature under varying suturing techniques. Development of ocular hypertension within 1 year of follow-up was comparable with historically reported rates for PK in

  12. Prospective evaluation of CO2 laser-assisted sclerectomy surgery (CLASS) with Mitomycin C.

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    Cutolo, Carlo Alberto; Bagnis, Alessandro; Scotto, Riccardo; Bonzano, Chiara; Traverso, Carlo Enrico

    2018-01-01

    Our purpose was to evaluate the clinical safety and efficacy of CO2 laser-assisted sclerectomy surgery (CLASS) with Mitomycin C (MMC) in open angle glaucoma (OAG). This was a prospective, uncontrolled, interventional case series. All subjects underwent CLASS procedure by a single surgeon. After the dissection of a partial thickness scleral flap, topical MMC 0.2 mg/ml was applied to the sclera and the conjunctiva for 3 min. The CO2 laser with a beam-manipulating system was used to ablate the scleral tissue and expose the Schlemm's canal area. Primary outcomes: intraocular pressure (IOP) change, number of IOP-lowering medicaments change. Adverse events were evaluated as secondary outcomes. Twenty-one eyes of 21 patients underwent the CLASS procedure. Thirteen were primary OAG (62%), two normal pressure glaucoma (10%), three exfoliative glaucoma (14%) and three others secondary OAG. With a mean (SD) follow-up of 15.3 (5.9) months, the IOP changed from 25.4 (6.7) mmHg at baseline to 10.9 (3.4) mmHg al the last visit. Mean reduction of IOP was -14.5 mmHg (95% CI, -17.7 to -11.2, P maculopathy successfully treated with placement of additional transconjunctival scleral flap sutures. The CLASS procedure with MMC is clinically safe and effective maintaining a large reduction in IOP and in the number of IOP-lowering medications with a mean follow-up of 15 months. Iris adhesion at the filtrating area warrants further evaluation and possibly reflects the surgeon's learning curve.

  13. The Big-Bubble Full Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Technique in Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty.

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    Buzzonetti, Luca; Petrocelli, Gianni; Valente, Paola; Iarossi, Giancarlo; Ardia, Roberta; Petroni, Sergio; Parrilla, Rosa

    2015-12-01

    To describe the big-bubble full femtosecond laser-assisted (BBFF) technique, which could be helpful in standardizing the big-bubble technique in deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK). Ten eyes of 10 consecutive patients affected by keratoconus underwent the BBFF technique using the 150-kHz IntraLase femtosecond laser (Intra-Lase FS Laser; Abbott Medical Optics, Inc., Santa Ana, CA). A 9-mm diameter metal mask with a single fissure 0.7 mm wide oriented at the 12-o'clock position was positioned into the cone, over the laser glass. The laser performed a ring lamellar cut (internal diameter = 3 mm; external diameter = 8 mm) 100 µm above the thinnest point, with the photodisruption effectively occurring only in the corneal stroma corresponding to the fissure to create a deep stromal channel; subsequently, an anterior side cut created an arcuate incision, from the corneal surface to the deep stromal channel on the mask's opening site. The mask was removed and the laser performed a full lamellar cut 200 µm above the thinnest point to create a lamella. After the removal of the lamella, the air needle was inserted into the stromal channel and air was injected to achieve a big bubble. The big bubble was achieved in 9 eyes (all type 1 bubbles) and all procedures were completed as DALK. Preliminary results suggest that the BBFF technique could help in standardizing the big-bubble technique in DALK, reducing the "learning curve" for surgeons who approach this technique and the risks of intraoperative complications. Copyright 2015, SLACK Incorporated.

  14. High-speed deposition of titanium carbide coatings by laser-assisted metal–organic CVD

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    Gong, Yansheng [Faculty of Materials Science and Chemistry, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074 (China); Tu, Rong, E-mail: turong@whut.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Material Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Goto, Takashi [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Aoba-ku, 2-1-1 Katahira, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2013-08-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A semiconductor laser was first used to prepare wide-area LCVD-TiC{sub x} coatings. • The effect of laser power for the deposition of TiC{sub x} coatings was discussed. • TiC{sub x} coatings showed a columnar cross section and a dense surface texture. • TiC{sub x} coatings had a 1–4 order lower laser density than those of previous reports. • This study gives the possibility of LCVD applying on the preparation of TiC{sub x} coating. - Abstract: A semiconductor laser-assisted chemical vapor deposition (LCVD) of titanium carbide (TiC{sub x}) coatings on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate using tetrakis (diethylamido) titanium (TDEAT) and C{sub 2}H{sub 2} as source materials were investigated. The influences of laser power (P{sub L}) and pre-heating temperature (T{sub pre}) on the microstructure and deposition rate of TiC{sub x} coatings were examined. Single phase of TiC{sub x} coatings were obtained at P{sub L} = 100–200 W. TiC{sub x} coatings had a cauliflower-like surface and columnar cross section. TiC{sub x} coatings in the present study had the highest R{sub dep} (54 μm/h) at a relative low T{sub dep} than those of conventional CVD-TiC{sub x} coatings. The highest volume deposition rate (V{sub dep}) of TiC{sub x} coatings was about 4.7 × 10{sup −12} m{sup 3} s{sup −1}, which had 3–10{sup 5} times larger deposition area and 1–4 order lower laser density than those of previous LCVD using CO{sub 2}, Nd:YAG and argon ion laser.

  15. Nd:YAG Pulsed Laser Assisted Machining of AMS 5708 Waspaloy Alloy

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    Sharifi, Zahra; Shoja-Razavi, Reza; Vafaei, Reza; Hashemi, Sayed Hamid

    2018-01-01

    Due to very high strenght, low thermal conductivity, and high work hardening rate, the machinability of nickel-based superalloys is poor at room temperature. Laser-assisted machining (LAM) can provide a better aspect of machining such alloys. Since the wavelength of Nd:YAG laser is about 1/10th of that of CO2 laser, absorption and heating efficiency of Nd:YAG laser is much higher on metals and especially superalloys. Transmission of Nd:YAG laser through fiber optics to the heating point on the workpiece is a simple task during machining. This makes the LAM process more convenient and practical than the CM process. In this study a model is introduced for LAM of waspaloy, and its machinability is evaluated in terms of ease of material removal. Also, a temperature generation model is introduced for the Nd:YAG laser beam. Furthemore, wear behavior of an uncoated tungsten carbide and the formed chips were compared during the LAM and the CM of waspolay. To study the wear mechanism, the worn cutting tool was studied via scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The formed chips were also evaluated via SEM and optical microscopy. Based on the results, the optimum LAM conditions were obtained at a cutting speed of 24 m/min and a feed rate of 0.06 mm/rev when a 400 W laser mean power and 80 Hz frequency are applied. Under these conditions, the temperature ahead of the cutting tool edge on the surface of workpiece was estimated to be 524°C. In comparison with CM, a significant improvement in tool wear and a better chip morphology were achieved through LAM, and also specific cutting energy and surface roughness were reduced by 25 and 20%, respectively.

  16. Parametric modeling and optimization of laser scanning parameters during laser assisted machining of Inconel 718

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    Venkatesan, K.; Ramanujam, R.; Kuppan, P.

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents a parametric effect, microstructure, micro-hardness and optimization of laser scanning parameters (LSP) on heating experiments during laser assisted machining of Inconel 718 alloy. The laser source used for experiments is a continuous wave Nd:YAG laser with maximum power of 2 kW. The experimental parameters in the present study are cutting speed in the range of 50-100 m/min, feed rate of 0.05-0.1 mm/rev, laser power of 1.25-1.75 kW and approach angle of 60-90°of laser beam axis to tool. The plan of experiments are based on central composite rotatable design L31 (43) orthogonal array. The surface temperature is measured via on-line measurement using infrared pyrometer. Parametric significance on surface temperature is analysed using response surface methodology (RSM), analysis of variance (ANOVA) and 3D surface graphs. The structural change of the material surface is observed using optical microscope and quantitative measurement of heat affected depth that are analysed by Vicker's hardness test. The results indicate that the laser power and approach angle are the most significant parameters to affect the surface temperature. The optimum ranges of laser power and approach angle was identified as 1.25-1.5 kW and 60-65° using overlaid contour plot. The developed second order regression model is found to be in good agreement with experimental values with R2 values of 0.96 and 0.94 respectively for surface temperature and heat affected depth.

  17. Temperature evolution on human teeth root surface after diode laser assisted endodontic treatment.

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    Gutknecht, Norbert; Franzen, Rene; Meister, Jörg; Vanweersch, Leon; Mir, Maziar

    2005-09-01

    The thermal rise threshold of an 810-nm semi-conductor diode laser on the root surface when used in root canals in vitro for laser assisted root canal treatment is investigated in this study. A total of 50 human single-rooted extracted teeth were included. For this study, the canals were enlarged up to an apical size of ISO#50 file. Laser irradiation was performed with six different settings. Specimens were irradiated at 0.6-1 W output power at the distal end of the fiber and about 1-1.5 W output power in the continuous mode (CW) as two groups. In the third group, 0.6-1 W output power, 10 ms pulse length (PL) and 10 ms interval duration (ID) were selected. In three other groups 1-1.5 W output power were used with different PL and ID as following: PL 10 and ID 10 ms, PL 10 and ID 20 ms and PL 20 and ID 20 ms. The total irradiation time was from 5 to 20 s per canal with a 200 mum in diameter and 25 mm long tip. After laser treatment, the temperature changes at the outer root surface were registered by means of NiCr-Ni measuring sensors and a T 202 thermometer. The safe temperature threshold for applying this diode laser in root canal is considered as 7 degrees C increase. To avoid increasing the temperature changes at the outer root surface related to this threshold, following total irradiation times were found: 0.6-1 W output power (10 ms PL/10 ms ID): 20 s (s), 1-1.5 W output power (10 ms/10 ms and 20 ms/20 ms): 15 s, 0.6-1 W output power CW and 1-1.5 W output power (20 ms PL/10 ms ID): 10 s and 1-1.5 W output power CW: 5 s. In the first three groups, 5 s irradiation and 5 s rest period avoided a temperature increase above the threshold of 7 degrees C).

  18. Opaque bubble layer incidence in Femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK: comparison among different flap design parameters.

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    Mastropasqua, Leonardo; Calienno, Roberta; Lanzini, Manuela; Salgari, Niccolò; De Vecchi, Sergio; Mastropasqua, Rodolfo; Nubile, Mario

    2017-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the incidence of opaque bubble layer (OBL) in femtosecond laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) flaps created with the support of Visumax Carl Zeiss femtosecond laser, planned with different flap diameters (7.90, 8.0, and 8.20 mm) and the same laser energy and power settings. Incidence of intraoperative OBL in flaps of consecutive 108 patients (216 eyes) subjected to bilateral femtosecond-assisted LASIK was considered. Flap creation was performed with the same laser design parameters (spot distance and energy offset) and different presetting diameters of 7.90 mm (72 eyes, group 1), 8 mm (72 eyes, group 2), and 8.20 mm (72 eyes, group 3). The incidence of OBL was considered and its extension was reported measuring involvement of different four corneal flap quadrants in which was theoretically divided the entire flap area; based on these data, OBL presence was classified as none (no evidence of OBL), minimal (minimal presence in not more that one quadrants corneal flap), mild (OBL presence in almost two or three quadrants without tendency to invade central cornea), and moderate (OBL presence in almost three quadrants with tendency to invade central cornea). In group 1, the incidence of OBL was of 23.6 % (17 eyes) with a mild/moderate presence; in group 2, incidence was 20.8 % (15 eyes) with mild presence. Group 3 presented a reduced OBL incidence (4.1 %, 3 eye) with a minimal presence. No statistically significant difference was found between group 1 and 2 (p = 0.8414).We found statistically significant differences between group 1 and group 3 (p = 0.0012) and between groups 2 and 3 (p = 0.0044). A significant reduction and extension of OBL incidence were evident when LASIK flap settings diameter was increased, and flap edge was closer to the contact glass border; this is probably consequent to a more effective gas dispersion outside of corneal flap.

  19. Clinical study of two kinds of bandage contact lenses after laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy

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    Wan-Ting Zhang

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the clinical safety and effectiveness of the two kind of bandage contact lenses: Senofilcon A(Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Oasysand Balafilcon A(Bausch& Lomb pure visionafter laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy(LASEK. METHODS: Thirty-eight patients(76 eyeswho had undergone the LASEK were divided into two groups. One group of patients wore Balafilcon A, the other group of patients fitted with Senofilcon A. The lenses were worn continuously for 7d. This was a seven-day experience and the patients scored for the symptom of the eyes(sore eyes, foreign body sensation and tearingon the third day and the seventh day. Both of the two groups of patients taken off the soft contact lens on the seventh day and let their vision and corneal staining checked.RESULTS: The symptoms of eye sore and tearing of the two groups patients were different. The patients who wore the Senofilcon A were better. The pain of eyes were also different at 3 and 7d after surgeries(Z=-4.146, P=0.000; Z=-2.814, P=0.005. The difference on tearing between the two groups at 3 and 7d after surgeries were significant(Z=-2.309, P=0.021; Z=-3.276, P=0.001. There was no difference on sensation of dryness between the two groups at 3 and 7d after surgeries(Z=-0.447, P=0.655; Z=-0.966, P=0.334. After the lenses were taken off, the visual acuity of patients wearing Senofilcon A was better(t=3.800, P=0.001; corneal staining showed limited spots in 1-2 quadrants with significant difference(Z=-2.384,P=0.017. CONCLUSION: The Senofilcon A(Johnson & Johnson Acuvue Oasysand Balafilcon A(Bausch& Lomb pure visionbandage contact lenses are safe and effective after LASEK, and the former is better than the latter in epithelial regeneration.

  20. 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)

  1. Effect of laser-assisted zona thinning, during assisted reproduction, on pregnancy outcome in women with endometriosis: randomized controlled trial.

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    Nada, Adel Mohamed; El-Noury, Amr; Al-Inany, Hesham; Bibars, Mamdouh; Taha, Tamer; Salama, Sameh; Hassan, Fatma; Zein, Eman

    2018-02-01

    To compare the ICSI-ET outcomes in patients with endometriosis with or without laser-assisted zona pellucida thinning. Randomized controlled trial. The study was conducted in the Obstetrics & Gynecology Department, Cairo University hospital, and two private IVF centers in Cairo & Beni-Suif from July 2015 to January 2017 upon infertile and known endometriosis patients who planned to do ICSI-ET. Before randomization, all patients received the same ovarian stimulation preparation, oocyte retrieval procedures, and the same intracytoplasmic sperm injection procedures. After randomization, laser-assisted hatching was performed only for embryos of 158 patients, while the other group (n = 150) no laser-assisted hatching was made. The verification of pregnancy was achieved by the serum hCG concentration 14 days after the embryo transfer, and the clinical pregnancy was confirmed 2 weeks later by the presence of gestational sac with pulsating fetal pole on vaginal ultrasonography. The main outcome measures were the clinical pregnancy rate and the clinical implantation rate. Both groups were comparable with regard their baseline characteristics, baseline hormonal profile, the ovarian stimulation characteristics, and the ovulation characteristics. The mean number of embryos developed per patient and the mean transferred number of embryos per patient were comparable between groups (p value > 0.05). The implantation rate was significantly higher (p value 0.002) in the study group than the control group with an odds ratio of 1.86 (CI 95% 1.24-2.80) and NNT 13.81 (CI 95% 8.35-39.94). The clinical pregnancy rate, was significantly (p value 0.022) higher in the study group than in the control group with an odds ratio of 1.79 (CI 95% 1.05-3.06) and NNT 9.57 (CI 95% 5.03-98.99). That laser-assisted hatching by thinning of the zona pellucida may be a suitable method to improve the ICSI-ET outcomes, in term of the implantation and the pregnancy rates, in cases of endometriosis. Pan

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Influence of instrument conditions on the evaporation behavior of uranium dioxide with UV laser-assisted atom probe tomography

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    Valderrama, B.; Henderson, H. B.; Gan, J.; Manuel, M. V.

    2015-04-01

    Atom probe tomography (APT) provides the ability to detect subnanometer chemical variations spatially, with high accuracy. However, it is known that compositional accuracy can be affected by experimental conditions. A study of the effect of laser energy, specimen base temperature, and detection rate is performed on the evaporation behavior of uranium dioxide (UO2). In laser-assisted mode, tip geometry and standing voltage also contribute to the evaporation behavior. In this investigation, it was determined that modifying the detection rate and temperature did not affect the evaporation behavior as significantly as laser energy. It was also determined that three laser evaporation regimes are present in UO2. Very low laser energy produces a behavior similar to DC-field evaporation, moderate laser energy produces the desired laser-assisted field evaporation characteristic and high laser energy induces thermal effects, negatively altering the evaporation behavior. The need for UO2 to be analyzed under moderate laser energies to produce accurate stoichiometry distinguishes it from other oxides. The following experimental conditions providing the best combination of mass resolving power, accurate stoichiometry, and uniform evaporation behavior: 50 K, 10 pJ laser energy, a detection rate of 0.003 atoms per pulse, and a 100 kHz repetition rate.

  7. 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.

  8. 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))

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. In situ printing of mesenchymal stromal cells, by laser-assisted bioprinting, for in vivo bone regeneration applications.

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    Keriquel, Virginie; Oliveira, Hugo; Rémy, Murielle; Ziane, Sophia; Delmond, Samantha; Rousseau, Benoit; Rey, Sylvie; Catros, Sylvain; Amédée, Joelle; Guillemot, Fabien; Fricain, Jean-Christophe

    2017-05-11

    Bioprinting has emerged as a novel technological approach with the potential to address unsolved questions in the field of tissue engineering. We have recently shown that Laser Assisted Bioprinting (LAB), due to its unprecedented cell printing resolution and precision, is an attractive tool for the in situ printing of a bone substitute. Here, we show that LAB can be used for the in situ printing of mesenchymal stromal cells, associated with collagen and nano-hydroxyapatite, in order to favor bone regeneration, in a calvaria defect model in mice. Also, by testing different cell printing geometries, we show that different cellular arrangements impact on bone tissue regeneration. This work opens new avenues on the development of novel strategies, using in situ bioprinting, for the building of tissues, from the ground up.

  16. Effect of double-pulse-laser polarization and time delay on laser-assisted etching of fused silica

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    Chu, Dongkai; Sun, Xiaoyan; Dong, Xinran; Yin, Kai; Luo, Zhi; Chen, Guowei; Duan, Ji-An; Hu, Youwang; Zhao, Xinyu

    2017-11-01

    High-aspect-ratio microchannels were fabricated by femtosecond-double-pulse-laser-assisted polarization-selective etching. The etching rate and uniformity of the microchannels were mainly determined by the double-pulse polarization and time delay. We found that when the two sub-pulses had a different polarization (one linear, the other circular), the microchannel etching rate increased by a factor of 10 compared to when both sub-pulses were linearly polarized. The maximum etching rate was obtained when the polarization combination was circular for the first sub-pulse and vertical for the second one. In this case, the etching rate was independent from the time delay. Laser confocal microscopy images showed that when the polarization was circular, the area modified by the laser was larger than when the polarization was linear, explaining the higher etching rate value obtained after irradiation with circularly polarized laser light.

  17. Laser-assisted electron scattering in strong-field ionization of dense water vapor by ultrashort laser pulses

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    Wilke, M.; Al-Obaidi, R.; Moguilevski, A.; Kothe, A.; Engel, N.; Metje, J.; Kiyan, I. Yu; Aziz, E. F.

    2014-08-01

    We report on strong-field ionization of dense water gas in a short infrared laser pulse. By employing a unique combination of photoelectron spectroscopy with a liquid micro-jet technique, we observe how the character of electron emission at high kinetic energies changes with the increase of the medium density. This change is associated with the process of laser-assisted electron scattering (LAES) on neighboring particles, which becomes a dominant mechanism of hot electron emission at higher medium densities. The manifestation of this mechanism is found to require densities that are orders of magnitude lower than those considered for heating the laser-generated plasmas via the LAES process. The experimental results are supported by simulations of the LAES yield with the use of the Kroll-Watson theory.

  18. Impact of different vehicles for laser-assisted drug permeation via skin: full-surface versus fractional ablation.

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    Lee, Woan-Ruoh; Shen, Shing-Chuan; Aljuffali, Ibrahim A; Li, Yi-Ching; Fang, Jia-You

    2014-02-01

    This study aimed to assess impact of different vehicles for laser-assisted skin drug delivery. We also tried to uncover the mechanisms by which different vehicles affect laser-aided skin permeation. Full-surface ablative (conventional) and fractional lasers were used to irradiate nude mouse skin. Imiquimod and 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) were used as lipophilic and hydrophilic permeants. Vehicles employed included water with 40% polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG 400), propylene glycol (PG), and ethanol. Lipid nanoparticles were also utilized as carriers. In vitro permeation profiles showed improvement in imiquimod flux with conventional laser (2.5 J/cm2) producing a 12-, 9-, and 5-fold increase when loading imiquimod in 40% PEG400, PG, and ethanol, respectively, as compared with intact skin. Nanoparticulate delivery by laser produced a 6-fold enhancement in permeation. Fractional laser produced less enhancement of imiquimod delivery than conventional laser. Laser exposure increased follicular imiquimod accumulation from 0.80 to 5.81 μg/cm2. ALA permeation from aqueous buffer, PEG 400, and PG with conventional laser treatment was 641-, 445-, and 104-fold superior to passive control. In vivo skin deposition of topically applied ALA examined by confocal microscopy indicated the same trend as the in vitro experiment, with aqueous buffer showing the greatest proporphyllin IX signaling. Diffusion of cosolvent molecules into ablated skin and drug partitioning from vehicle to skin are two predominant factors controlling laser-assisted delivery. In contrast to conventional laser, lateral drug diffusion was anticipated for fractional laser. Our results suggest that different drug delivery vehicles substantially influence drug penetration enhanced by lasers.

  19. Laser-assisted surgery of the upper aero-digestive tract: a clarification of nomenclature. A consensus statement of the European Laryngological Society

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    Remacle, Marc; Arens, Christoph; Eldin, Mostafa Badr; Campos, Guillermo; Estomba, Carlos Chiesa; Dulguerov, Pavel; Fiz, Ivana; Hantzakos, Anastasios; Keghian, Jerôme; Mora, Francesco; Matar, Nayla; Peretti, Giorgio; Piazza, Cesare; Postma, Gregory N.; Prasad, Vyas; Sjogren, Elisabeth; Dikkers, Frederik G.

    2017-01-01

    Acronyms and abbreviations are frequently used in otorhinolaryngology and other medical specialties. CO2 laser-assisted transoral surgery of the pharynx, the larynx and the upper airway is a family of commonly performed surgical procedures termed transoral laser microsurgery (TLM). The abbreviation

  20. Ex vivo proof-of-concept of end-to-end scaffold-enhanced laser-assisted vascular anastomosis of porcine arteries

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    Pabittei, Dara R.; Heger, Michal; van Tuijl, Sjoerd; Simonet, Marc; de Boon, Wadim; van der Wal, Allard C.; Balm, Ron; de Mol, Bas A.

    2015-01-01

    The low welding strength of laser-assisted vascular anastomosis (LAVA) has hampered the clinical application of LAVA as an alternative to suture anastomosis. To improve welding strength, LAVA in combination with solder and polymeric scaffolds (ssLAVA) has been optimized in vitro. Currently, ssLAVA

  1. 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.

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

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    Wafa Musa Mujamammi

    2017-11-01

    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.

  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. 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.

  5. Evaluation of a transparent perfluorodecalin-infused patch as an adjunct to laser-assisted tattoo removal: A pivotal trial.

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    Biesman, Brian S; Costner, Cara

    2017-04-01

    Laser-assisted treatment of tattoos is well recognized to produce opaque epidermal whitening that prevents multiple sequential passes during a single treatment session. The amount of epidermal whitening produced in association with the procedure can be minimized by topical application of perfluorodecalin (PFD), which is an optical clearing agent. This pivotal trial assessed the ability of a transparent PFD-infused patch used in conjunction with a Q-switched nanosecond laser in the treatment of tattoos to permit multiple laser passes during a single 5 minute treatment session in comparison to the number of passes that could be completed using conventional treatment of the tattoo with the laser alone. Thirty subjects (mean age 37 years; 14 males) with predominantly dark blue or black tattoos were enrolled in a split-tattoo trial. One half of each tattoo was treated conventionally, whereas the other half was treated through the PFD patch. Treatments were performed using a nanosecond Q-switched 755-nm Alexandrite laser. The number of treatments performed in a 5-minute time period was quantified for each side of the tattoo (primary effectiveness outcome). Patient-reported pain scores and adverse events (AEs) were also evaluated. Significantly more laser passes could be made on average using the PFD patch compared with treatment using the laser alone (3.7 passes vs. 1.4 passes; P tattoos. The proportions of subjects with transient edema and erythema were lower in the PFD patch treatment group (36.7% vs. 63.3% and 33.3% vs. 70.0%, respectively); all AEs were transient and resolved quickly. No patient in either group exhibited dyschromia (hypo- or hyperpigmentation) in the treatment area at the 1-month post treatment visit. Additionally, when surveyed at the 1-month follow-up visit, all subjects (30/30) preferred to continue laser-assisted tattoo removal with the PFD patch. An average of 3.7 laser passes were made in a defined 5-minute treatment session when using the

  6. Corneal biomechanical properties after femtosecond laser assisted LASIK with the corneal visualization Scheimpflug technology and ocular response analyzer

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    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the changes of corneal biomechanical properties before and after femtosecond laser assisted LASIK(FS-LASIKusing Corneal Visualisation Scheimpflug Technology(Corvis STand Ocular Response Analyzer(ORA, and the correlation with other myopic parameters. METHODS:Sixty three patients(63 eyeswho had myopic femtosecond laser assisted LASIK(FS-LASIKwere enrolled in the study. The right eye of each patient was analyzed in this study. The corneal biomechanical parameters pre-operative and 1mo post-operative was measured with the Corvis ST(Oculus, Wetzlar, Germanyand ORA(Reichert, Buffalo, New York, USA. Comparison of the biomechanical property values before and after surgery was peformed using Paired t-test or Mann-Whitney U. Pearson or Spearman correlations were used to evaluate the relationship between parameters.RESULTS: The postoperative 1st A-time, Vin, 2nd A length, Vout, HC time and Radius demonstrate significant decreases comparing with preoperative values(P=0.00, P=0.00, P=0.00, P=0.00, P=0.00, P=0.00 respectively. The postoperative 2nd A-time, DA and PD significantly increases(P=0.00, P=0.00, P=0.00, however, the 1st A length had no significant difference after surgery. The CH and CRF were significantly lower after FS-LASIK(P=0.00, P=0.00. A statistically significant correlation coefficient was found between preoperative central corneal thickness(CCTwith postoperative-preoperative changes of 1st A-time, 2nd A-time, DA and Radius respectively(P=0.01, P=0.04, P=0.03, P=0.01. CONCLUSION:There were significantly changes of corneal biomechanical properties after FS-LASIK surgery. The changes of corneal biomechanical properties after FS-LASIK can be reflected by some parameters of Corvis ST and ORA. The mainly influence of corneal biomechanical alteration was possibly correlation with corneal thickness.

  7. Laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty: 1-year results in patients using a laser-welded anvil-profiled graft.

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    Canovetti, Annalisa; Malandrini, Alex; Lenzetti, Ivo; Rossi, Francesca; Pini, Roberto; Menabuoni, Luca

    2014-10-01

    To describe a new laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty technique combining a femtosecond anvil-like trephination pattern with the laser welding procedure. Cohort prospective study with 1 year of follow-up (June 2011 through January 2013). This study was performed at Misericordia e Dolce Public Hospital, Prato, Italy. Twenty-four eyes of 22 patients underwent penetrating keratoplasty: 4 had granular dystrophy, 12 had keratoconus in its final stages, 3 had post-herpetic leukoma, and 5 had corneal scars. A femtosecond laser was used to create anvil-profiled cuts in donor and recipient corneas. Diode laser welding was performed, supporting standard suturing. All patients were evaluated for corrected distance visual acuity, pachymetry, manifest astigmatism, and endothelial cell density after 1, 3, 6, and 12 months. Mean ± standard deviation postoperative corrected visual acuity was 0.48 ± 0.23 logarithm of the minimal angle of resolution (logMAR), 0.30 ± 0.18 logMAR, 0.18 ± 0.13 logMAR, and 0.13 ± 0.16 logMAR at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months, respectively. At the same follow-up times, mean pachymetry was 537 ± 57 μm, 533 ± 74 μm, 528 ± 72 μm, and 529 ± 58 μm, respectively; and mean endothelial cell density was 1945 ± 371 cells/mm(2), 1881 ± 410 cells/mm(2), 1781 ± 401 cells/mm(2), and 1730 ± 376 cells/mm(2), respectively. Mean manifest and topographic postoperative astigmatism were: 3.6 ± 2.5 diopters (D) and 4.65 ± 2.57 D at 1 month, 2.93 ± 2.34 D and 4.79 ± 2.85 D at 3 months, 2.82 ± 1.75 D and 3.44 ± 2.28 D at 6 months, and 2.08 ± 1.25 D and 2.73 ± 2.01 D at 12 months, respectively. All surgical operations were successful and without intraoperative complications. The use of the anvil trephination profile was effective for performing laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty. The large donor-recipient interface enables the laser welding procedure and good preservation of the recipient's endothelial cell pool. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Tailored surface-enhanced Raman nanopillar arrays fabricated by laser-assisted replication for biomolecular detection using organic semiconductor lasers.

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    Liu, Xin; Lebedkin, Sergei; Besser, Heino; Pfleging, Wilhelm; Prinz, Stephan; Wissmann, Markus; Schwab, Patrick M; Nazarenko, Irina; Guttmann, Markus; Kappes, Manfred M; Lemmer, Uli

    2015-01-27

    Organic semiconductor distributed feedback (DFB) lasers are of interest as external or chip-integrated excitation sources in the visible spectral range for miniaturized Raman-on-chip biomolecular detection systems. However, the inherently limited excitation power of such lasers as well as oftentimes low analyte concentrations requires efficient Raman detection schemes. We present an approach using surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates, which has the potential to significantly improve the sensitivity of on-chip Raman detection systems. Instead of lithographically fabricated Au/Ag-coated periodic nanostructures on Si/SiO2 wafers, which can provide large SERS enhancements but are expensive and time-consuming to fabricate, we use low-cost and large-area SERS substrates made via laser-assisted nanoreplication. These substrates comprise gold-coated cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) nanopillar arrays, which show an estimated SERS enhancement factor of up to ∼ 10(7). The effect of the nanopillar diameter (60-260 nm) and interpillar spacing (10-190 nm) on the local electromagnetic field enhancement is studied by finite-difference-time-domain (FDTD) modeling. The favorable SERS detection capability of this setup is verified by using rhodamine 6G and adenosine as analytes and an organic semiconductor DFB laser with an emission wavelength of 631.4 nm as the external fiber-coupled excitation source.

  11. Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis for correction of astigmatism and increasing contact lens tolerance after penetrating keratoplasty.

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    Park, Chang-Hyun; Kim, Su-Young; Kim, Man-Soo

    2014-10-01

    To determine effectiveness of laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) in the treatment of astigmatism following penetrating keratoplasty (PK). We performed a retrospective review of medical records of patients who underwent LASIK following PK and had over 1 year of follow-up data. Twenty-six patients (26 pairs of eyes) underwent LASIK following PK. Mean age of the patients at the time of LASIK was 40.7 years (range, 26 to 72 years). Following LASIK, the mean cylinder was reduced by 2.4 diopters and mean reduction of cylinder after LASIK was 65.4% from the preoperative values at the last follow-up visit. Uncorrected visual acuity became 20 / 50 or better in 69.2% of the eyes after LASIK. Best-corrected visual acuity became 20 / 50 or better in 73.1% of the eyes after LASIK. All of them were intolerable to contact lenses before LASIK. After LASIK, 6 pairs (23.1%) did not need to use contact lenses and 18 pairs (69.2%) were tolerable to using contact lenses or spectacles. There were no significant endothelial cell density changes 12 months after LASIK (p = 0.239). LASIK is effective in the treatment of astigmatism following PK and increases contact lens and spectacle tolerance.

  12. Optimization of Suture-Free Laser-Assisted Vessel Repair by Solder-Doped Electrospun Poly(ε-caprolactone) Scaffold

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    Pabittei, Dara R.; Heger, Michal; Beek, Johan F.; van Tuijl, Sjoerd; Simonet, Marc; van der Wal, Allard C.; de Mol, Bas A.

    2010-01-01

    Poor welding strength constitutes an obstacle in the clinical employment of laser-assisted vascular repair (LAVR) and anastomosis. We therefore investigated the feasibility of using electrospun poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) scaffold as reinforcement material in LAVR of medium-sized vessels. In vitro solder-doped scaffold LAVR (ssLAVR) was performed on porcine carotid arteries or abdominal aortas using a 670-nm diode laser, a solder composed of 50% bovine serum albumin and 0.5% methylene blue, and electrospun PCL scaffolds. The correlation between leaking point pressures (LPPs) and arterial diameter, the extent of thermal damage, structural and mechanical alterations of the scaffold following ssLAVR, and the weak point were investigated. A strong negative correlation existed between LPP and vessel diameter, albeit LPP (484 ± 111 mmHg) remained well above pathophysiological pressures. Histological analysis revealed that thermal damage extended into the medial layer with a well-preserved internal elastic lamina and endothelial cells. Laser irradiation of PCL fibers and coagulation of solder material resulted in a strong and stiff scaffold. The weak point of the ssLAVR modality was predominantly characterized by cohesive failure. In conclusion, ssLAVR produced supraphysiological LPPs and limited tissue damage. Despite heat-induced structural/mechanical alterations of the scaffold, PCL is a suitable polymer for weld reinforcement in medium-sized vessel ssLAVR. PMID:20835847

  13. A novel approach to brachycephalic syndrome. 3. Isolated laser-assisted turbinectomy of caudal aberrant turbinates (CAT LATE).

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    Schuenemann, Riccarda; Pohl, Sabine; Oechtering, Gerhard U

    2017-01-01

    To describe isolated laser-assisted turbinectomy of caudal aberrant turbinates (CAT LATE) as a new minimally invasive surgical procedure for the treatment of brachycephalic dogs with obstructing caudal aberrant turbinates (CAT). Prospective clinical study. Brachycephalic dogs (24 Pugs, 1 English Bulldog) with CAT but adequate air spaces between the lamellae of the nonobstructing ventral nasal concha. A rhinoscopically guided diode laser fiber introduced from anterior was used to dissect CAT within the nasopharyngeal meatus, while leaving the intranasal turbinates intact. Small grasping forceps were used to extract the dissected CAT from anterior or to push it through the nasopharyngeal meatus for extraction from posterior. Isolated CAT LATE was successfully performed on 32 CAT in 25 dogs. Intranasally applied xylometazoline helped shrink the ventral concha, making the approach and extraction easier. Minor bleeding was the only complication observed. It is possible to remove CAT with endoscopically applied diode-laser energy while leaving the nonobstructing ventral nasal concha intact. © 2017 The American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

  14. Corneal biomechanical effects: small-incision lenticule extraction versus femtosecond laser-assisted laser in situ keratomileusis.

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    Wu, Di; Wang, Yan; Zhang, Lin; Wei, Shengsheng; Tang, Xin

    2014-06-01

    To compare the biomechanical properties of the cornea after small-incision lenticule extraction (lenticule extraction group) with those after femtosecond laser-assisted laser in situ keratomileusis (femtosecond LASIK group). Tianjin Eye Hospital & Eye Institute, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China. Prospective comparative case series. Corneal hysteresis (CH), the corneal resistance factor (CRF), and 37 other biomechanical waveform parameters were quantitatively assessed with the Ocular Response Analyzer preoperatively and 1 week and 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. Each group comprised 40 eyes. The decrease in CH and the CRF was statistically significant 1 week postoperatively compared with preoperatively in both groups (Pcorneal thickness were statistically significant in the lenticule extraction group (r = 0.388 to 0.950, Pbiomechanical waveform parameters differed significantly between preoperative values and postoperative values (Pbiomechanical changes in the cornea. However, changes in the cornea's viscoelastic properties were less after lenticule extraction than after LASIK. No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  15. Studies on laser-assisted Penning ionization by the optogalvanic effect in Ne/Eu hollow cathode discharge.

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    Saini, V K; Kumar, P; Dixit, S K; Nakhe, S V

    2015-02-01

    Laser-assisted Penning ionization (LAPI) is detected in a Ne/Eu hollow cathode (HC) discharge lamp using the pulsed optogalvanic (OG) method. In the Ne/Eu discharge, doubly ionized europium excited energy levels Eu[4f(7)(P(7/2,5/2)6)] lie within the thermal limit (∼kT) from the laser-excited neon's energy level [2p(5)(P3/202)3p or 2p(8) (in Paschen notation)] lying at 149,848  cm(-1). Therefore, Penning ionization (PI) of europium atoms likely to occur into its highly excited ionic states is investigated. To probe the PI of europium, the temporal profiles of its counterpart neon OG signal are studied as a function of discharge current for the transitions (1s(4)→2p(8)) and (1s(2)→2p(2)), corresponding to 650.65 and 659.89 nm wavelengths, respectively. It is observed that PI of europium alters the overall discharge characteristics significantly and, hence, modifies the temporal profile of the OG signals accordingly. The quasi-resonant ionizing energy transfer collisions between laser-excited Ne 2p(8) atoms and electronically excited europium P(9/2)10 atoms are used to explain the LAPI mechanism. Such LAPI studies carried out in HC discharge could be useful for the discharge of a metal-vapor laser with appropriate Penning mixtures.

  16. Endothelial cell loss and refractive predictability in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery compared with conventional cataract surgery

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    Krarup, Therese; Holm, Lars Morten; la Cour, Morten

    2014-01-01

    PURPOSE: To investigate the amount of endothelial cell loss (ECL) and refractive predictability by femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) compared to conventional phacoemulsification cataract surgery (CPS). METHODS: Forty-seven patients had one eye operated by FLACS...... and the contralateral eye operated by CPS (stop and chop technique). Both eyes had intraocular aspheric lenses implanted. Uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), central corneal endothelial cell count and hexagonality with a non-contact specular microscope were assessed...... ± 0.42) by CPS (p = 0.56). Mean CDVA was 0.89 (0.3; 1.25) by FLACS and 0.93 (0.4; 1.25) by CPS at 3 months postoperatively (p = 0.36). Within both groups, 70% gained a CDVA of 6/6. Mean surgery time was 9.3 min (SD ± 1.9) by FLACS and 8.0 min (SD ± 1.9) by CPS, (p = 0.0018). Mean phaco energy was 3...

  17. A procedure for calibration and validation of FE modelling of laser-assisted metal to polymer direct joining

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    Lambiase, F.; Genna, S.; Kant, R.

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    The quality of the joints produced by means of Laser-Assisted Metal to Polymer direct joining (LAMP) is strongly influenced by the temperature field produced during the laser treatment. The main phenomena including the adhesion of the plastic to the metal sheet and the development of bubbles (on the plastic surface) depend on the temperature reached by the polymer at the interface. Such a temperature should be higher than the softening temperature, but lower than the degradation temperature of the polymer. However, the temperature distribution is difficult to be measured by experimental tests since the most polymers (which are transparent to the laser radiation) are often opaque to the infrared wavelength. Thus, infrared analysis involving pyrometers and infrared camera is not suitable for this purpose. On the other hand, thermocouples are difficult to be placed at the interface without influencing the temperature conditions. In this paper, an integrated approach involving both experimental measurements and a Finite Element (FE) model were used to perform such an analysis. LAMP of Polycarbonate and AISI304 stainless steel was performed by means of high power diode laser and the main process parameters i.e. laser power and scanning speed were varied. Comparing the experimental measurements and the FE model prediction of the thermal field, a good correspondence was achieved proving the suitability of the developed model and the proposed calibration procedure to be ready used for process design and optimization.

  18. Formation of plano-convex micro-lens array in fused silica glass using CO2 laser assisted reshaping technique

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    Sohn, Ik-Bu; Yoo, Dongyoon; Noh, Young-Chul; Ahsan, Md Shamim; Sung, Jae-Hee; Lee, Seong-Ku

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    We report on fabricating high-fill-factor plano-convex spherical and square micro-lens arrays on fused silica glass surface using CO2 laser assisted reshaping technique. Initially, periodic micro-pillars have been encoded on the glass surface by means of a femtosecond laser beam. Afterwards, the micro-pillars are polished several times by irradiating a CO2 laser beam on top of the micro-pillars. Consequently, spherical micro-lens array with micro-lens size of 50 um x 50 um and square micro-lens array with micro-lens size of 100 um x 100 um are formed on fused silica glass surface. We also study the intensity distribution of light passed through the spherical micro-lens array engraved glass sample. The simulation result shows that, the focal length of the spherical micro-lens array is 35 um. Furthermore, we investigate the optical properties of the micro-lens array engraved glass samples. The proposed CO2 laser based reshaping technique is simple and fast that shows promises in fabrication arrays of smooth mic...

  19. Statistically Guided Development of Laser-Assisted Cold Spray for Microstructural Control of Ti-6Al-4V

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    Birt, Aaron M.; Champagne, Victor K.; Sisson, Richard D.; Apelian, Diran

    2017-04-01

    Laser-assisted cold spray (LACS) was used to deposit Ti-6Al-4V powders onto Ti-6Al-4V substrates using nitrogen as a carrier gas. An L25 orthogonal array was created with three parameters independent of particle velocity considered thus to be the independent thermal parameters (ITPs) of LACS: powder feed rate, raster speed, and laser power. A signal-to-noise analysis of the influence of the ITPs on porosity, microhardness, and expected thickness was performed revealing that optimum parameter selection is highly dependent on the targeted property, with the ITPs having the largest influence on porosity. Additional bulk trials (>2.5 mm thick) were deposited using parameters of interest from the orthogonal study. These scaled trials demonstrate that it is possible to produce deposits of Ti-6Al-4V via LACS using nitrogen as a carrier gas with porosity less than 1 pct, which is comparable with values described in literature for more expensive helium-based cold spray of Ti-6Al-4V. Additionally, variation of the ITPs indicates that secondary phases and morphologies can be produced and controlled through the thermomechanical treatment caused in situ to LACS.

  20. The efficacy of laser-assisted in-office bleaching and home bleaching on sound and demineralized enamel.

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    Ahrari, Farzaneh; Akbari, Majid; Mohammadpour, Sakineh; Forghani, Maryam

    2015-12-30

    This study investigated the effectiveness of laser-assisted in-office bleaching and home-bleaching in sound and demineralized enamel. The sample consisted of 120 freshly-extracted bovine incisors. Half of the specimens were stored in a demineralizing solution to induce white spot lesions. Following exposure to a tea solution for 7.5 days, the specimens were randomly assigned to 4 groups of 30 according to the type of enamel and the bleaching procedure employed. Groups 1 and 2 consisted of demineralized teeth subjected to in-office bleaching and home bleaching, whereas in groups 3 and 4, sound teeth were subjected to in-office and home bleaching, respectively. A diode laser (810 nm, 2 W, continuous wave, four times for 15 seconds each) was employed for assisting the in-office process. The color of the specimens was measured before (T1) and after (T2) staining and during (T3) and after (T4) the bleaching procedures using a spectrophotometer. The color change (ΔE) between different treatments stages was compared among the groups. There were significant differences in the color change between T2 and T3 (ΔE T2-T3) and T2 and T4 (ΔE T2-T4) stages among the study groups (poffice bleaching (group 1) as compared to the other groups (Poffice bleaching could provide faster and greater whitening effect than home bleaching on stained demineralized enamel, but both procedures produced comparable results on sound teeth.

  1. Pulsed laser-assisted focused electron-beam-induced etching of titanium with XeF2: enhanced reaction rate and precursor transport.

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    Noh, J H; Fowlkes, J D; Timilsina, R; Stanford, M G; Lewis, B B; Rack, P D

    2015-02-25

    In order to enhance the etch rate of electron-beam-induced etching, we introduce a laser-assisted focused electron-beam-induced etching (LA-FEBIE) process which is a versatile, direct write nanofabrication method that allows nanoscale patterning and editing. The results demonstrate that the titanium electron stimulated etch rate via the XeF2 precursor can be enhanced up to a factor of 6 times with an intermittent pulsed laser assist. The evolution of the etching process is correlated to in situ stage current measurements and scanning electron micrographs as a function of time. The increased etch rate is attributed to photothermally enhanced Ti-F reaction and TiF4 desorption and in some regimes enhanced XeF2 surface diffusion to the reaction zone.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Ablative Fractional Laser Resurfacing With Laser-Assisted Delivery of 5-Fluorouracil for the Treatment of Cicatricial Ectropion and Periocular Scarring.

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    Lee, Bradford W; Levitt, Alexandra E; Erickson, Benjamin P; Ko, Audrey C; Nikpoor, Neda; Ezuddin, Nisreen; Lee, Wendy W

    2017-06-27

    Cicatricial ectropion and periocular scarring can cause significant functional and cosmetic deficits. Surgical treatments can be associated with recicatrization, donor site morbidity, and textural and pigmentary abnormalities. This case series reports on efficacy and safety of a novel nonsurgical approach to treating cicatricial ectropion using ablative fractional laser resurfacing and laser-assisted delivery of 5-fluorouracil. A retrospective review was conducted of all patients at a single institution who received ≥3 rounds of ablative fractional laser resurfacing with laser-assisted delivery of 5-fluorouracil. Six patients with cicatricial ectropion and periocular scarring secondary to reconstructive surgery, traumatic lacerations, and facial burns were included. Aesthetic and functional improvement were evaluated via fluorescein staining, tear breakup time, external photography, questionnaires gauging dry eye symptoms, and scar appearance. All patients showed functional improvement based on fluorescein staining (mean improvement 6.0 ± 1.4; p = 0.0007) and other indicators of dry eye. All 4 patients with lagophthalmos improved and 2 showed complete resolution. All patients demonstrated significant cosmetic improvement based on a validated scar assessment questionnaire (mean improvement 37.5 ± 18.9; p = 0.004), and 5 of 6 patients reported improved satisfaction with scar appearance (mean improvement 19.3 ± 12.8; p = 0.014). There were no adverse effects reported. Ablative fractional laser resurfacing with laser-assisted delivery of 5-fluorouracil appears to be a safe and effective modality for treating the functional and aesthetic abnormalities associated with periocular scarring, yielding results that are difficult to attain through surgery alone. Optimal management of cicatricial ectropion and periocular scarring often requires multimodality treatment, and ablative fractional laser resurfacing with laser-assisted delivery of 5-fluorouracil may be

  6. The study on force, surface integrity, tool life and chip on laser assisted machining of inconel 718 using Nd:YAG laser source.

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    Venkatesan, K

    2017-07-01

    Inconel 718, a high-temperature alloy, is a promising material for high-performance aerospace gas turbine engines components. However, the machining of the alloy is difficult owing to immense shear strength, rapid work hardening rate during turning, and less thermal conductivity. Hence, like ceramics and composites, the machining of this alloy is considered as difficult-to-turn materials. Laser assisted turning method has become a promising solution in recent years to lessen cutting stress when materials that are considered difficult-to-turn, such as Inconel 718 is employed. This study investigated the influence of input variables of laser assisted machining on the machinability aspect of the Inconel 718. The comparison of machining characteristics has been carried out to analyze the process benefits with the variation of laser machining variables. The laser assisted machining variables are cutting speeds of 60-150 m/min, feed rates of 0.05-0.125 mm/rev with a laser power between 1200 W and 1300 W. The various output characteristics such as force, roughness, tool life and geometrical characteristic of chip are investigated and compared with conventional machining without application of laser power. From experimental results, at a laser power of 1200 W, laser assisted turning outperforms conventional machining by 2.10 times lessening in cutting force, 46% reduction in surface roughness as well as 66% improvement in tool life when compared that of conventional machining. Compared to conventional machining, with the application of laser, the cutting speed of carbide tool has increased to a cutting condition of 150 m/min, 0.125 mm/rev. Microstructural analysis shows that no damage of the subsurface of the workpiece.

  7. The study on force, surface integrity, tool life and chip on laser assisted machining of inconel 718 using Nd:YAG laser source

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    Full Text Available Inconel 718, a high-temperature alloy, is a promising material for high-performance aerospace gas turbine engines components. However, the machining of the alloy is difficult owing to immense shear strength, rapid work hardening rate during turning, and less thermal conductivity. Hence, like ceramics and composites, the machining of this alloy is considered as difficult-to-turn materials. Laser assisted turning method has become a promising solution in recent years to lessen cutting stress when materials that are considered difficult-to-turn, such as Inconel 718 is employed. This study investigated the influence of input variables of laser assisted machining on the machinability aspect of the Inconel 718. The comparison of machining characteristics has been carried out to analyze the process benefits with the variation of laser machining variables. The laser assisted machining variables are cutting speeds of 60–150 m/min, feed rates of 0.05–0.125 mm/rev with a laser power between 1200 W and 1300 W. The various output characteristics such as force, roughness, tool life and geometrical characteristic of chip are investigated and compared with conventional machining without application of laser power. From experimental results, at a laser power of 1200 W, laser assisted turning outperforms conventional machining by 2.10 times lessening in cutting force, 46% reduction in surface roughness as well as 66% improvement in tool life when compared that of conventional machining. Compared to conventional machining, with the application of laser, the cutting speed of carbide tool has increased to a cutting condition of 150 m/min, 0.125 mm/rev. Microstructural analysis shows that no damage of the subsurface of the workpiece.

  8. Effects of topical ketorolac tromethamine 0.45% on intraoperative miosis and prostaglandin E2 release during femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery.

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    Jun, Jong Hwa; Yoo, Young-Sik; Lim, Sung A; Joo, Choun-Ki

    2017-04-01

    To determine the effects of topical 0.45% ketorolac tromethamine on intraoperative miosis and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) release during femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery. Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, Seoul, Korea. Prospective case series. The study comprised the following 3 groups: conventional cataract surgery without topical NSAIDs (conventional group); femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery with preoperative topical ketorolac tromethamine 0.45% (femtosecond NSAID group), and femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery without topical NSAIDs (femtosecond no-NSAID group). To measure the aqueous humor PGE2 concentration, a 100 μL aqueous humor sample was collected from the anterior chamber after femtosecond laser pretreatment. The PGE2 concentration was measured using an enzyme immunoassay. Topical ketorolac tromethamine 0.45% led to a significant reduction in intraoperative miosis in the femtosecond NSAID group compared with the femtosecond no-NSAID group (P  .05, conventional versus femtosecond NSAID). Preoperative topical ketorolac tromethamine 0.45% reduced miosis induced by femtosecond laser pretreatment and inhibited aqueous humor PGE2 elevation. Copyright © 2017 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. 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....

  10. 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...

  11. 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))

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    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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Laser-Assisted Indocyanine Green Angiography Aids in the Reconstruction of Gustilo Grade IIIB Open Lower-Limb Fractures.

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    Koshimune, Seijiro; Shinaoka, Akira; Ota, Tomoyuki; Onoda, Satoshi; Kimata, Yoshihiro

    2017-02-01

    Background The treatment of trauma to the lower extremities often carries a high risk of complications. To the best of our knowledge, no study has been published regarding the treatment of open lower-limb fractures using laser-assisted indocyanine green angiography (LA-ICG). Here we retrospectively evaluated LA-ICG-based therapeutic interventions and reported the use of LA-ICG and its results in this application. Patients and Methods Between January 2011 and December 2015, a total of 23 cases with Gustilo grade IIIB open lower-limb fractures were investigated. LA-ICG was used to demonstrate the presence of necrotic tissue and determine the range of debridement. We compared 13 patients treated using LA-ICG from 2013 to 2015 with 10 patients treated without LA-ICG from 2010 to 2013. We reviewed tissue necrosis and other outcomes of these patients. Results The tissue necrosis rate in the LA-ICG-used group was significantly lower than that in the LA-ICG-free group. There were also significant differences in the average number of instances of tissue necrosis per patient, debridements, and deep-site infections. There was no flap loss. Conclusion By using LA-ICG, not only plastic surgeons but also clinicians in all associated departments including orthopedics can perform early reliable debridement and share in trauma treatment planning. We will continue to accumulate similar cases and hope to further improve LA-ICG techniques. Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

  15. Femtosecond Laser-Assisted LASIK With and Without the Adjuvant Use of Mitomycin C to Correct Hyperopia.

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    Garcia-Gonzalez, Montserrat; Iglesias-Iglesias, MariLuz; Drake Rodriguez-Casanova, Pilar; Gros-Otero, Juan; Teus, Miguel A

    2018-01-01

    To compare the visual and refractive results of femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK (FS-LASIK) with and without the adjuvant use of mitomycin C (MMC) to correct hyperopia. A total of 152 consecutive hyperopic eyes were included in this retrospective, observational cohort study, comparing 76 eyes treated with FS-LASIK + MMC with 76 age- and refraction-matched eyes treated with FS-LASIK without MMC. Visual and refractive results were evaluated 1 day, 1 week, and 1, 3, 6, and 15 months postoperatively. Preoperative mean spherical equivalent was +3.27 diopters (D) versus +3.50 D in the MMC and no MMC groups, respectively (P > .05). Three months postoperatively, uncorrected distance visual acuity was significantly better in the MMC group (0.93 ± 0.2) than in the no MMC group (0.87 ± 0.2) (P = .01). The residual spherical equivalent was significantly lower in the MMC group (+0.18 ± 0.40 D) than in the no MMC group (+0.42 ± 0.50 D) (P = .01). Fifteen months postoperatively, including re-treated eyes, no significant differences were found in uncorrected distance visual acuity, corrected distance visual acuity, and residual refraction. Slightly better outcomes were found in the MMC group in terms of efficacy, safety, and predictability; however, these small differences were not statistically significant. The incidence of re-treatments during the 15-month follow-up was significantly lower in the MMC group than in the no MMC group (6.6% vs 10.5%, respectively) (P = .01). FS-LASIK with or without the intraoperative use of MMC is safe and effective to correct hyperopia. However, slightly better refractive outcomes and a lower incidence of re-treatments were observed when intraoperative MMC was used, at least in a 15-month follow-up. [J Refract Surg. 2018;34(1):23-28.]. Copyright 2018, SLACK Incorporated.

  16. Ultrasound guided ablative-laser assisted photodynamic therapy of basal cell carcinoma (US-aL-PDT).

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    Smucler, Roman; Kriz, Martin; Lippert, Jan; Vlk, Marek

    2012-04-01

    With proper noninvasive ultrasound measurement of tumor depth, case selection for laser pre-ablation followed by PDT is possible. This combination of methods provides a less invasive approach to the treatment of BCC. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) primarily affects the face, and, therefore, radical excision is problematic because of the possibility of poor aesthetic outcomes. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) offers an advantage in aesthetic outcomes, but topical PDT is only effective for tumors with a depth up to 2 mm. Seventy-five histologically verified BCCs from 67 patients were selected and divided into three therapeutic groups based on the tumor depth, which was determined by 20 MHz skin ultrasound. The three groups were: A/PDT), B/ 2-3 mm (Er:YAG laser ablation+PDT), and C/>3 mm (diode laser ablation+PDT). The treatment consisted of laser ablation (or no ablation) followed by the application of methyl-aminolevulinate (MAL) and a 3-h treatment period using an occlusive bandage. Subsequently, illumination with 630 nm (MAL-PDT) was performed. MAL-PDT was repeated 1-3 weeks after the first treatment. A clinical evaluation was performed after 6 months. A 100% clearance rate (CR) in the group with the deepest tumors was observed. In addition, a 94.7% CR occurred in the group with tumors 2-3 mm in depth, and an 81.2% CR was observed in the group with superficial tumors. With proper ultrasound case selection and laser ablation before MAL-PDT, the depth of a BCC lesion is not a limiting factor for PDT, and aesthetic outcomes are very good. Therefore, ultrasound-guided ablative laser-assisted PDT of BCC can be the method of choice, particularly in aesthetically challenging cases.

  17. A powerful method for transcriptional profiling of specific cell types in eukaryotes: laser-assisted microdissection and RNA sequencing.

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    Full Text Available The acquisition of distinct cell fates is central to the development of multicellular organisms and is largely mediated by gene expression patterns specific to individual cells and tissues. A spatially and temporally resolved analysis of gene expression facilitates the elucidation of transcriptional networks linked to cellular identity and function. We present an approach that allows cell type-specific transcriptional profiling of distinct target cells, which are rare and difficult to access, with unprecedented sensitivity and resolution. We combined laser-assisted microdissection (LAM, linear amplification starting from <1 ng of total RNA, and RNA-sequencing (RNA-Seq. As a model we used the central cell of the Arabidopsis thaliana female gametophyte, one of the female gametes harbored in the reproductive organs of the flower. We estimated the number of expressed genes to be more than twice the number reported previously in a study using LAM and ATH1 microarrays, and identified several classes of genes that were systematically underrepresented in the transcriptome measured with the ATH1 microarray. Among them are many genes that are likely to be important for developmental processes and specific cellular functions. In addition, we identified several intergenic regions, which are likely to be transcribed, and describe a considerable fraction of reads mapping to introns and regions flanking annotated loci, which may represent alternative transcript isoforms. Finally, we performed a de novo assembly of the transcriptome and show that the method is suitable for studying individual cell types of organisms lacking reference sequence information, demonstrating that this approach can be applied to most eukaryotic organisms.

  18. Effects of Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Pretreatment on Pupil Diameter: A Comparison Between Three Laser Platforms.

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    Diakonis, Vasilios F; Yesilirmak, Nilufer; Sayed-Ahmed, Ibrahim O; Warren, Daniel P; Kounis, George A; Davis, Zachary; Cabot, Florence; Yoo, Sonia H; O'Brien, Terrence P; Donaldson, Kendall E

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    To assess pupil diameter before and after femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) pretreatment and compare the outcomes of three laser platforms. This prospective observational case series included consecutive patients scheduled to undergo cataract extraction using FLACS between August 2013 and February 2015. All eyes received FLACS pretreatment using three laser platforms: LenSx (Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Fort Worth, TX), Catalys (Abbott Medical Optics Inc., Santa Ana, CA), and Victus (Bausch & Lomb, Inc., Rochester, NY). The same protocol for preoperative medical mydriasis was used for all patients, and pupil diameter was assessed immediately before and 3 minutes after FLACS using a surgical ruler. A total of 198 eyes of 161 patients were included in the study. Mean pupillary miosis was 1.42 ± 1.26 mm for the LenSx, 0.66 ± 0.89 mm for the Catalys, and 0.14 ± 0.34 mm for the Victus groups. Furthermore, 8 of the 198 eyes (4.0%) demonstrated a pupil diameter of less than 5 mm after FLACS and 48 eyes (24.24%) demonstrated a pupil diameter of 6 mm or less. There was a statistically significant decrease in pupil diameter for all groups individually (P miosis, followed by Catalys, and finally Victus. A correlation between the pupil diameter before FLACS and degree of FLACS-induced miosis was demonstrated (P miosis. FLACS pretreatment seems to induce significant pupillary miosis with all laser platforms assessed in this study. The decrease in pupil diameter after FLACS reached clinical significance for cataract extraction (< 5 mm) in 4.0% of cases, whereas 20.2% of eyes demonstrated small pupil diameter (≤ 6 mm) after FLACS pretreatment. Copyright 2016, SLACK Incorporated.

  19. Learning curve of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery: Experience of surgeons new to femtosecond laser platform

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of this study is to assess the learning curve in the initial 100 cases of cataract surgery performed using femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS by experienced cataract surgeons without prior experience in femtosecond laser platform. Methods: This study was conducted at tertiary care eye hospital, South India. This was a prospective interventional study. The first 100 consecutive eyes undergoing FLACS were studied to understand docking time, number of docking attempts, problems encountered during docking, and complications attributable to docking. Phacoemulsification performed after femtosecond laser was also studied for complications, need for additional instrumentation, and total time required for surgery. Comparison was also made between two operating surgeons. Results: Successful docking was recorded in 70% eyes at the first attempt. Mean time taken for successful docking was 9.3 ± 6.4 min (median = 6 min, interquartile range (IQR = 5–10 min, range = 4–35 min. When surgeries were divided into quartiles, docking time reduced significantly from 16.2 ± 7.9 min in the first quartile to 6.2 ± 2.7 min in the fourth quartile (P < 0.001. Phacoemulsification postdocking required 12.9 ± 6.2 min (median = 10 min, IQR = 9–17.5 min. Six eyes showed anterior capsular tags, one had radial extension of capsulorhexis, and two eyes showed pupillary miosis after femtosecond laser application. At 6 weeks, 79% eyes attained uncorrected vision of 20/20, and all eyes had best-corrected vision of 20/20. Conclusion: Approximately 25–30 cases were required before obtaining reproducible results with FLACS, irrespective of cataract surgical experience, suggesting that training programs must offer a minimum 25 surgeries. Very few complications occurred during the learning curve, making it patient friendly.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  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. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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...

  11. Laser Assisted Microsurgical Anastomosis.

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    1983-09-22

    our axoral transport platophysiological and ultravascular findings indicat to be inferior ll. to laser epineurial repair, conventional microsurgical...ventral motoneurons . Experimental Neurology, 21:41-51, 1968. 21. Marinacci, AA: Diagnosis of "all median hand". 22. Marinacci, AA: The problem of unusual

  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. 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

  14. Outcomes study between femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery and conventional phacoemulsification surgery using an active fluidics system

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    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Wilson Takashi Hida,1–4 Patrick Frenzel Tzelikis,1–3 César Vilar,1,2 Mario Augusto Pereira Dias Chaves,1,2,5 Antônio Francisco Pimenta Motta,1–3 Pedro Carlos Carricondo,1–3 Bruna Vieira Ventura,1,2,4,6 Renato Ambrosio Junior,1–3 Walton Nosé,1,2,4 Milton Ruiz Alves1–3 1Department of Cataract of Brasília Ophthalmology Hospital (HOB, Brasília, Federal District, 2Renato Ambrosio Research Center (CEORA, Brasília, Federal District, 3Department of Ophthalmology of São Paulo University School of Medicine, (FM-USP, São Paulo, 4Department of Ophthalmology of São Paulo Federal University (UNIFESP School of Medicine, São Paulo, 5ProVisão Hospital, João Pessoa, Paraíba, 6Pernanbuco Eye Hospital (HOPE, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare intraoperative parameters between femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS and conventional phacoemulsification using Centurion® Vision System with Active Fluidics. Setting: This study was performed at Brasília Ophthalmologic Hospital, Brasília, Federal District, Brazil. Patients and methods: This was a prospective randomized comparative study. Patients with the diagnosis of cataract and surgical extraction programmed were divided into two groups: conventional phacoemulsification and FLACS. Intraoperative data were collected and submitted for statistical analysis. Results: A total of 400 eyes were enrolled, 200 in each group. There were no surgical complications. Groups were statistically equivalent in age and nucleus density. Cumulative dissipated energy and torsional time were significantly reduced in the FLACS group. Conventional surgery had less fluid usage, total case time and aspiration (ASP time. Conclusion: FLACS with Active Fluidics System can reduce the ultrasound energy use during cataract surgery, in spite of increasing case time, fluid usage and ASP time. Keywords: FLACS, ultrasound, aspiration

  15. Combined femtosecond laser-assisted intracorneal ring segment implantation and corneal collagen cross-linking for correction of keratoconus

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Osama Ibrahim,1 Ahmed Elmassry,1 Amr Said,1,2 Moones Abdalla,2 Hazem El Hennawi,1 Ihab Osman1 1Department of Ophthalmology, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt; 2Roayah Vision Correction Center, Alexandria, Egypt Purpose: To assess the safety, predictability, and effectiveness of Keraring intrastromal corneal ring segments (ICRS insertion assisted by femtosecond laser and corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL for keratoconus correction. Patients and methods: In this prospective, noncomparative, and interventional case series, 160 eyes of 100 adult keratoconus patients with poor best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA (less than 0.7 and intolerance to contact lens wear were included. Patients underwent femtosecond laser-assisted placement of ICRS and CXL. All patients were examined for a complete ophthalmological test: uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA, BCVA, spherical equivalent, keratometry (K1-flat and K2-steep, pachymetry, and Scheimpflug imaging with the Pentacam at 1 week and at 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively. Results: At 6 months, a significant difference was observed (P<0.001 in mean UCVA and BCVA from 0.92±0.677 and 0.42±0.600 logMAR preoperatively to 0.20±0.568 and 0.119±0.619 logMAR, respectively. Mean spherical equivalent refractions were significantly lower (P<0.001 at 6 months. Mean keratometry (K also significantly reduced (P<0.001 from 50.93±5.53 D (K1-flat and 55.37±5.76 D (K2-steep to 47.32±4.61 and 51.08±5.38 D, respectively. In terms of pachymetry, no significant difference was observed preoperatively versus postoperatively (P=1.000. Conclusion: Keraring ICRS insertion assisted by femtosecond laser and corneal CXL provided significant improvement in visual acuity, spherical equivalent, and keratometry, which suggests that it may be effective, safe, and predictable for keratoconus correction. Keywords: keratometry, pachymetry, keratectesia, Pentacam, irregular astigmatism

  16. Application of Corvis ST to evaluate the effect of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery on corneal biomechanics

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    Wei, Yinjuan; Xu, Lingxiao; Song, Hui

    2017-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) and phacoemulsification on corneal biomechanics using corneal visualization Scheimpflug technology. The medical records of 50 eyes from 50 patients who received phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation because of age-related factors between June 2014 and September 2014 were retrospectively analyzed. FLACS was used in 12 eyes (FLACS group), and conventional phacoemulsification in 38 eyes (PHACO group). The evaluation of corneal biomechanical parameters included the first/second applanation time (A-time1/A-time2), the first/second applanation length (A-length1/A-length2), corneal velocity during the first/second applanation moment (Vin/Vout), highest concavity time, highest concavity-radius (HC-radius), peak distance (PD), deformation amplitude (DA), central corneal thickness (CCT), and intraocular pressure (IOP). The differences in A-length1/A-length2, IOP, CCT, PD, and DA were significant in the PHACO group between those before, 1 week after, and 1 month after surgery. No significant differences in corneal biomechanical parameters were found between those at 1 month after surgery and before surgery. There were significant differences in IOP and CCT in the FLACS group between those before, 1 week after, and 1 month after surgery. There were no significant differences in the other corneal biomechanical parameters. No significant differences were found in corneal biomechanical parameters between those 1 month after surgery and before surgery. There were significant differences in A-length1/A-length2, CCT, PD, and DA between the two groups at 1 week after surgery. There were no significant differences in corneal biomechanical parameters between the two groups at 1 month after surgery. In conclusion, the effect of FLACS on corneal biomechanics is smaller than that of phacoemulsification. The corneal biomechanical parameters are restored to

  17. Application of Corvis ST to evaluate the effect of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery on corneal biomechanics.

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    Wei, Yinjuan; Xu, Lingxiao; Song, Hui

    2017-08-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) and phacoemulsification on corneal biomechanics using corneal visualization Scheimpflug technology. The medical records of 50 eyes from 50 patients who received phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation because of age-related factors between June 2014 and September 2014 were retrospectively analyzed. FLACS was used in 12 eyes (FLACS group), and conventional phacoemulsification in 38 eyes (PHACO group). The evaluation of corneal biomechanical parameters included the first/second applanation time (A-time1/A-time2), the first/second applanation length (A-length1/A-length2), corneal velocity during the first/second applanation moment (Vin/Vout), highest concavity time, highest concavity-radius (HC-radius), peak distance (PD), deformation amplitude (DA), central corneal thickness (CCT), and intraocular pressure (IOP). The differences in A-length1/A-length2, IOP, CCT, PD, and DA were significant in the PHACO group between those before, 1 week after, and 1 month after surgery. No significant differences in corneal biomechanical parameters were found between those at 1 month after surgery and before surgery. There were significant differences in IOP and CCT in the FLACS group between those before, 1 week after, and 1 month after surgery. There were no significant differences in the other corneal biomechanical parameters. No significant differences were found in corneal biomechanical parameters between those 1 month after surgery and before surgery. There were significant differences in A-length1/A-length2, CCT, PD, and DA between the two groups at 1 week after surgery. There were no significant differences in corneal biomechanical parameters between the two groups at 1 month after surgery. In conclusion, the effect of FLACS on corneal biomechanics is smaller than that of phacoemulsification. The corneal biomechanical parameters are restored to

  18. Predictability and stability of laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy with mitomycin C for the correction of high myopia.

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    Iu, Lawrence P L; Fan, Michelle C Y; Chen, Ivan N; Lai, Jimmy S M

    2017-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the predictability and stability of laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) with mitomycin C (MMC) in correction of high myopia (≤-6.0 diopters [D]) as compared to low-to-moderate myopia (>-6.0 D).This is a retrospective, comparative, cohort study which included 43 eyes of 43 consecutive patients who underwent LASEK with MMC in a private hospital in Hong Kong by a single surgeon. Twenty-five eyes had high myopia (mean spherical equivalent [SE] = -8.53 ± 1.82 D) and 18 eyes had low-to-moderate myopia (mean SE = -3.99 ± 1.37 D) before surgery.In terms of refractive predictability, mean SE was significantly better in eyes with preoperative low-to-moderate myopia than high myopia at 6 months (0.04 ± 0.23 vs 0.31 ± 0.52 D, P = .035). In terms of refractive stability, between 1 and 3 months, both groups had mean absolute change of SE of around 0.25 D. Between 3 and 6 months, preoperative low-to-moderate myopia group had significantly less absolute change of SE compared to high myopia group (0.07 vs 0.23 D, P = .003). More eyes with preoperative high myopia changed SE by more than 0.25 D than those with low-to-moderate myopia between 3 and 6 months (32.0% vs 5.6%, P = .057).In conclusion, LASEK with MMC is more unpredictable and unstable in correction of high myopia than low-to-moderate myopia. The refractive outcome of most low-to-moderate myopia correction stabilizes at 3 months. Stability is not achieved until after 6 months in high myopia correction.

  19. Investigations of the potential functions of weakly bound diatomic molecules and laser-assisted excitive Penning ionization

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    Goble, J.H. Jr.

    1982-05-01

    Three variations on the Dunham series expansion function of the potential of a diatomic molecule are compared. The differences among these expansions lie in the choice of the expansion variable, lambda. The functional form of these variables are lambda/sub s/ = l-r/sub e//r for the Simon-Parr-Finlan version, lambda/sub T/ - 1-(r/sub e//r)/sup p/ for that of Thakkar, and lambda/sub H/ = 1-exp(-rho(r/r/sub e/-1) for that of Huffaker. A wide selection of molecular systems are examined. It is found that, for potentials in excess of thirty kcal/mole, the Huffaker expansion provides the best description of the three, extrapolating at large internuclear separation to a value within 10% of the true dissociation energy. For potentials that result from the interaction of excited states, all series expansions show poor behavior away from the equilibrium internuclear separation of the molecule. The series representation of the potentials of weakly bound molecules are examined in more detail. The ground states of BeAr/sup +/, HeNe/sup +/, NaAr, and Ar/sub 2/ and the excited states of HeNe+, NaNe, and NaAr are best described by the Thakkar expansion. Finally, the observation of laser-assisted excitive Penning ionization in a flowing afterglow is reported. The reaction Ar(/sup 3/P/sub 2/) + Ca + h nu ..-->.. Ar + Ca/sup +/(5p /sup 2/P/sub J/) + e/sup -/ occurs when the photon energy, h nu, is approximately equal to the energy difference between the metastable argon and one of the fine structure levels of the ion's doublet. By monitoring the cascade fluorescence of the above reaction and comparing it to the flourescence from the field-free process Ar(/sup 3/P/sub 2/) + Ca ..-->.. Ar + Ca/sup +/(4p /sup 2/P/sub J/) + e/sup -/ a surprisingly large cross section of 6.7 x 10/sup 3/ A/sup 2/ is estimated.

  20. Spectrophotometric analysis of the effectiveness of a novel in-office laser-assisted tooth bleaching method using Er,Cr:YSGG laser.

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    Dionysopoulos, Dimitrios; Strakas, Dimitrios; Tolidis, Kosmas; Tsitrou, Effrosyni; Koumpia, Effimia; Koliniotou-Koumpia, Eugenia

    2017-11-01

    The purpose of this in vitro study was to compare the effectiveness of a novel Er,Cr:YSGG laser-assisted in-office tooth bleaching method with a conventional method by spectrophotometric analysis of the tooth color change. Furthermore, the influence of the application time of the bleaching gel on the effectiveness of the methods and the maintenance of the results 7 days and 1 month after the treatments were also evaluated. Twenty-four bovine incisors were stained and randomly distributed into four groups. Group 1 specimens received an in-office bleaching treatment with 35% H2O2 for 2 × 15 min. Group 2 specimens received the same treatment but with extended application time (2 × 20 min). In Group 3, the same in-office bleaching procedure (2 × 15 min) was carried out as that in Group 1, using Er,Cr:YSGG laser irradiation for 2 × 15 s on each specimen to catalyze the reaction of H2O2 breakdown. Group 4 specimens received the same bleaching treatment as Group 3 but with extended application time (2 × 20 min). Er,Cr:YSGG laser-assisted tooth bleaching treatment is more effective than the conventional treatment regarding color change of the teeth. Application time of the bleaching agent may influence the effectiveness of the methods. The color change of the tested treatments decreases after 7 days and 1 month. The clinical relevance of this study is that this novel laser-assisted bleaching treatment may be more advantageous in color change and application time compared to the conventional bleaching treatment.

  1. 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...

  2. Lidocaine/tetracaine peel in topical anesthesia prior to laser-assisted hair removal: Phase-II and Phase-III study results.

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    Alster, Tina; Garden, Jerome; Fitzpatrick, Richard; Rendon, Marta; Sarkany, Marlis; Adelglass, Jeffrey

    2014-04-01

    Patient comfort is essential during dermatologic procedures. To evaluate anesthetic efficacy in laser-assisted hair removal of a self-occluding topical anesthetic (lidocaine 70 mg/g and tetracaine 70 mg/g, "LT peel"), which air-dries and can be peeled off 30 min post-application. Studies A (Phase-II) and B (Phase-III) were randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled and paired. Applications of LT peel and placebo were concurrent: in Study A, 60 subjects were randomized to 30, 45, or 60-min groups, and in Study B, 50 subjects had 30-min applications. After drug removal, the investigator assessed for erythema, edema, and blanching. Efficacy evaluations followed the procedure: subject's pain [Visual Analog Scale (VAS), no to worst pain (0 - 100)], subject's/investigator's impression of anesthetic adequacy, and investigator's pain ratings. Adverse events (AEs) were recorded. VAS scores were significantly lower (p peel: mean scores were 26.7 for LT Peel vs. 44.3 for placebo (Study A total population, similar between application times) and 23 vs. 31.7 (Study B), respectively. For both studies, subject's/investigator's ratings favored LT peel (p peel. After a 30-min application, LT peel was effective and well-tolerated in providing anesthesia for laser-assisted hair removal.

  3. Intrapulpal Temperature Increases Caused by 445-nm Diode Laser-Assisted Debonding of Self-Ligating Ceramic Brackets During Simulated Pulpal Fluid Circulation.

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    Stein, Steffen; Wenzler, Johannes; Hellak, Andreas; Schauseil, Michael; Korbmacher-Steiner, Heike; Braun, Andreas

    2018-01-03

    This study investigated temperature increases in dental pulp resulting from laser-assisted debonding of ceramic brackets using a 445-nm diode laser. Eighteen ceramic brackets were bonded in standardized manner to 18 caries-free human third molars. Pulpal fluid circulation was simulated by pumping distilled water at 37°C through the pulp chamber. The brackets were irradiated with a 445-nm diode laser. Temperatures were measured using a thermal camera at points P1 (center of the pulp) and P2 (in the hard dental tissue) at the baseline (T0), at the start and end of laser application (T1 and T2), and the maximum during the sequence (Tmax). Significant differences in the temperatures measured at P1 and P2 were observed among T0, T1, T2, and Tmax. Significant increases in temperature were noted at points P1 and P2, between T1 and T2, T1 and Tmax, and T2 and Tmax. The maximum P2 values were significantly higher than at P1. The maximum temperature increase measured in the pulp was 2.23°C, lower than the critical threshold of 5.5°C. On the basis of the laser settings used, there is no risk to the vitality of dental pulp during laser-assisted debonding of ceramic brackets with a 445-nm diode laser.

  4. A study on the edge chipping according to spindle speed and inclination angle of workpiece in laser-assisted milling of silicon nitride

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    Woo, Wan-Sik; Lee, Choon-Man

    2018-02-01

    Ceramics are difficult to machine due to their high hardness and brittleness. As an effective method for machining ceramics, laser-assisted machining (LAM) has been studied by many researchers. In particular, many studies of methods to improve the machinability of silicon nitride using LAM have been performed. However, there is little research on the effect of the inclination angle of the workpiece, because varying the angle increases the difficulty of controlling the laser preheating and tool path. This paper investigates the effect of preheating temperature, spindle speed and inclination angle of the workpiece on edge chipping of silicon nitride in an effort to obtain an enhanced surface finish using laser-assisted milling (LAMill). The machining conditions were determined by considering the parameters that can reduce edge chipping using related theory. Experimental results showed a reduction in edge chipping based on increases in preheating temperature, spindle speed and inclination angle of the workpiece. Also, by increasing the spindle speed and the inclination angle of the workpiece, surface roughness was decreased due to reduction in the cutting force. The energy efficiency of LAMill by comparing the specific cutting energy according to the machining conditions is analyzed.

  5. Performance Improvement of Microcrystalline p-SiC/i-Si/n-Si Thin Film Solar Cells by Using Laser-Assisted Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Hsin-Ying Lee

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The microcrystalline p-SiC/i-Si/n-Si thin film solar cells treated with hydrogen plasma were fabricated at low temperature using a CO2 laser-assisted plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (LAPECVD system. According to the micro-Raman results, the i-Si films shifted from 482 cm−1 to 512 cm−1 as the assisting laser power increased from 0 W to 80 W, which indicated a gradual transformation from amorphous to crystalline Si. From X-ray diffraction (XRD results, the microcrystalline i-Si films with (111, (220, and (311 diffraction were obtained. Compared with the Si-based thin film solar cells deposited without laser assistance, the short-circuit current density and the power conversion efficiency of the solar cells with assisting laser power of 80 W were improved from 14.38 mA/cm2 to 18.16 mA/cm2 and from 6.89% to 8.58%, respectively.

  6. Transient, three-dimensional heat transfer model for the laser assisted machining of silicon nitride: 1. Comparison of predictions with measured surface temperature histories

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    Rozzi, J.C.; Pfefferkorn, F.E.; Shin, Y.C. [Purdue University, (United States). Laser Assisted Materials Processing Laboratory, School of Mechanical Engineering; Incropera, F.P. [University of Notre Dame, (United States). Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department

    2000-04-01

    Laser assisted machining (LAM), in which the material is locally heated by an intense laser source prior to material removal, provides an alternative machining process with the potential to yield higher material removal rates, as well as improved control of workpiece properties and geometry, for difficult-to-machine materials such as structural ceramics. To assess the feasibility of the LAM process and to obtain an improved understanding of governing physical phenomena, experiments have been performed to determine the thermal response of a rotating silicon nitride workpiece undergoing heating by a translating CO{sub 2} laser and material removal by a cutting tool. Using a focused laser pyrometer, surface temperature histories were measured to determine the effect of the rotational and translational speeds, the depth of cut, the laser-tool lead distance, and the laser beam diameter and power on thermal conditions. The measurements are in excellent agreement with predictions based on a transient, three-dimensional numerical solution of the heating and material removal processes. The temperature distribution within the unmachined workpiece is most strongly influenced by the laser power and laser-tool lead distance, as well as by the laser/tool translational velocity. A minimum allowable operating temperature in the material removal region corresponds to the YSiAlON glass transition temperature, below which tool fracture may occur. In a companion paper, the numerical model is used to further elucidate thermal conditions associated with laser assisted machining. (author)

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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.

  20. 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%.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. [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

  10. Topical 0.1% Bromfenac Sodium for Intraoperative Miosis Prevention and Prostaglandin E2 Inhibition in Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery.

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    Chen, Hui; Lin, Haotian; Chen, Wan; Zhang, Bo; Xiang, Wu; Li, Jing; Chen, Weirong

    2017-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of topical 0.1% bromfenac sodium, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), on intraoperative pupil dilation maintenance and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) inhibition during femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery. Sixty patients (30 each in study and control groups) were included in this study. The patients received 0.1% bromfenac ophthalmic solution or control placebo twice a day for 3 days before surgery. Pupil size was measured at the initiation of femtosecond laser pretreatment and phacoemulsification. Aqueous humor was collected at the beginning of routine cataract surgery. PGE2 levels were measured with an enzyme-linked immunoassay. Laser flare photometry was measured preoperatively and at 1 day postoperatively. Compared with untreated patients, the change in pupil size and postoperative day 1 aqueous flare were significantly reduced throughout the operation in the patients treated with 0.1% bromfenac (P miosis, and reducing PGE2 levels.

  11. Randomised, single-masked non-inferiority trial of femtosecond laser-assisted versus manual phacoemulsification cataract surgery for adults with visually significant cataract: the FACT trial protocol.

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    Day, Alexander C; Burr, Jennifer M; Bunce, Catey; Doré, Caroline J; Sylvestre, Yvonne; Wormald, Richard P L; Round, Jeff; McCudden, Victoria; Rubin, Gary; Wilkins, Mark R

    2015-11-27

    Cataract is one of the leading causes of low vision in the westernised world, and cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed operations. Laser platforms for cataract surgery are now available, the anticipated advantages of which are broad and may include better visual outcomes through greater precision and reproducibility, and improved safety. FACT is a randomised single masked non-inferiority trial to establish whether laser-assisted cataract surgery is as good as or better than standard manual phacoemulsification. 808 patients aged 18 years and over with visually significant cataract will be randomised to manual phacoemulsification cataract surgery (standard care) or laser-assisted cataract surgery (intervention arm). Outcomes will be measured at 3 and 12 months after surgery. The primary clinical outcome is uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA, logMAR) at 3 months in the study eye recorded by an observer masked to the trial group. Secondary outcomes include UDVA at 12 months, corrected distance visual acuity at 3 and 12 months, complications, endothelial cell loss, patient-reported outcome measures and a health economic analysis conforming to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence standards. Research Ethics Committee Approval was obtained on 6 February 2015, ref: 14/LO/1937. Current protocol: v2.0 (08/04/2015). Study findings will be published in peer-reviewed journals. 77602616. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/

  12. Competitive Excimer Formation and Energy Transfer in Zr-Based Heterolinker Metal-Organic Frameworks.

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    Gutiérrez, Mario; Sánchez, Félix; Douhal, Abderrazzak

    2016-09-05

    The spectroscopy and dynamics of a series of Zr-based MOFs in dichloromethane suspension are reported. These Zr-NADC MOFs were constructed by using different mixtures of 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylate (NDC) and 4-amino-2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylate (NADC) as organic linkers. The fraction of NADC relative to NDC in these heterolinker MOFs ranges from 2 to 35 %. The results indicate two competitive photoprocesses: NDC excimer formation and an energy transfer (ET) from excited NDC linkers to NADC linkers. Increasing the fraction of NADC linkers in the Zr-NADC nanostructure decreases the mean time constant of NDC excimer formation, while the NADC emission intensity experiences a drop at the highest fraction of this linker in the MOF. The first observation is explained by an increase in the energy-transfer probability between the two linkers, and the second by emission quenching in the NADC linkers due to ultrafast charge transfer assisted by the amino group. Femtosecond time-resolved emission studies showed that the ET process (recorded as decaying and rising components) from excited NDC to NADC takes place in 1.2 ps. Direct excitation of the NADC linkers (at 410 nm) shows a decaying, but not rising, component of 250-480 fs, which could reflect the formation of a nonemissive charge-separation state. The results show that by using MOFs having heterolinkers it is possible to trigger and tune excimer formation and ET processes. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Influence of humidity on photochemical ozone generation with 172nm xenon excimer lamps

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    Salvermoser, M. J.; Kogelschatz, U.; Murnick, D. E.

    2009-08-01

    The reaction kinetics of photochemical ozone (O{3}) generation in humid air and oxygen (O{2}) using efficient, narrow band vacuum ultra violet (VUV) 172 nm xenon excimer lamps is discussed. Trace amounts of water (H{2}O) vapor in the process gas leads to hydroxyl (OH) and hydroperoxy (HO{2}) radical formation. These radicals drive a catalytic O{3} destruction cycle limiting O{3} saturation concentration. This catalytic O{3} destruction cycle was included into a quantitative kinetic model describing photochemical O{3} production. Experimental O{3} saturation concentrations obtained with coaxial VUV driven photochemical O{3} generators compare satisfactorily with the models predictions.

  18. High excimer-state emission of perylene bisimides and recognition of latent fingerprints.

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    Wang, Ke-Rang; Yang, Zi-Bo; Li, Xiao-Liu

    2015-04-07

    High excimer-state emission in the H-type aggregate of a novel asymmetric perylene bisimide derivative, 6, with triethyleneglycol chains and lactose functionalization was achieved in water. Furthermore, its application for enhancing the visualization of transfer latent fingerprints from glass slides to the poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membrane was explored, which showed clear images of the latent fingerprint in daylight and under 365 nm ultraviolet illumination. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. 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

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    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.

  20. 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...

  1. 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.

  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. 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...

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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...

  7. Comparison of intraocular pressure during the application of a liquid patient interface (FEMTO LDV Z8) for femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery using two different vacuum levels.

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    Ebner, Martina; Mariacher, Siegfried; Januschowski, Kai; Boden, Katrin; Seuthe, Anna-Maria; Szurman, Peter; Boden, Karl Thomas

    2017-08-01

    To evaluate intraocular pressure (IOP) using the application of a novel liquid patient interface for femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery with the FEMTO LDV Z8. IOP was evaluated in enucleated porcine eyes prior, during and after the application of the Femto LDV Z8 liquid patient interface (Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems, Switzerland) using intracameral cannulation (n=20), intravitreal cannulation (n=20), rebound tonometry (n=20) and indentation tonometry (n=20). Pressure was assessed prior vacuum, during vacuum (30 s, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min) and after releasing the vacuum (1 min and 2 min). Two groups with different predefined vacuum levels (350 mbar, 420 mbar) were investigated. Mean intracameral pressure (±SD) increased during vacuum application from 20 mm Hg to 52.00 mm Hg (±6.35mm Hg; p=0.005) and 45.18 mmHg (±4.34 mm Hg; p=0.005) for the 420 mbar and the 350 mbar vacuum levels, respectively. Mean intravitreal pressure increased from 20 mm Hg to 25.60 mm Hg (±9.85 mm Hg; p=0.058) and 28.10 mm Hg (±2.54 mm Hg; p=0.059) for the 420 mbar and the 350 mbar vacuum levels, respectively. Pressure values from indentation and rebound tonometry were in between intracameral and intravitreal values. Mean intracameral IOP was 18.1% higher (p=0.019) in the 420 mbar group compared with the 350 mbar group. During vacuum application of the liquid patient interface of the Femto LDV Z8 for femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, IOP values were higher in the anterior chamber compared with the intravitreal pressure measurements. The higher predefined vacuum level (350 mbar vs 420 mbar) resulted in significant higher intracameral IOP. © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  8. Rate of ectasia and incidence of irregular topography in patients with unidentified preoperative risk factors undergoing femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK

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    Moshirfar M

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Majid Moshirfar,1 Jared G Smedley,2 Valliammai Muthappan,1 Allison Jarsted,3 Erik M Ostler1 1John A Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA; 2College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI, USA; 3Department of Ophthalmology, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA Purpose: To report the rate of postoperative ectasia after laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK with femtosecond laser-assisted flap creation, in a population of patients with no identified preoperative risk factors. Methods: A retrospective case review of 1,992 eyes (1,364 patients treated between March 2007 and January 2009 was conducted, with a follow up of over 4 years. After identifying cases of ectasia, all the patient charts were examined retrospectively for preoperative findings suggestive of forme fruste keratoconus (FFKC. Results: Five eyes of four patients with post-LASIK ectasia were identified. All eyes passed preoperative screening and received bilateral LASIK. One of the five patients developed ectasia in both eyes. Three patients retrospectively revealed preoperative topography suggestive of FFKC, while one patient had no identifiable preoperative risk factors. Upon review of all the charts, a total 69 eyes, including four of the five eyes with ectasia, were retrospectively found to have topographies suggestive of FFKC. Conclusion: We identified four cases of post-LASIK ectasia that had risk factors for FFKC on reexamination of the chart and one case of post-LASIK ectasia with no identifiable preoperative risk factors. The most conservative screening recommendations would not have precluded this patient from LASIK. The rate of purely iatrogenic post-LASIK ectasia at our center was 0.05% (1/1,992, and the total rate of post-LASIK ectasia for our entire study was 0.25% (1/398. The rate of eyes with unrecognized preoperative FFKC that developed post-LASIK ectasia was 5.8% (1/17. Keywords

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  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. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Pressure dependence of emission intensity of rare-gas excimer light produced by silent discharge; Teikiatsu ryoiki ni okeru musei hoden reiki ki gas excimer hikari shutsuryoku no atsuryoku izonsei

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    Yoshida, Y.; Tanaka, M.; Yukimura, K. [Doshisha University, Kyoto (Japan)

    1996-09-20

    To establish the pressure dependence of silent discharge excited rare gas excimer light emission, a vacua ultraviolet light was subjected to spectroscopic analysis at a pressure lower than 20kPa. Researches are under way to apply the discharge excited rare gas excimer lamp as a vacuum ultraviolet light source for the development of new materials and for the conservation of environments. When the pressure is as low as 1.8kPa or 4.4kPa, the emission has peaks at wavelengths centering on 147nm and 149nm, both of which are the resonance lines of the xenon atom. Excimer generation becomes prominent as the pressure increases, with the second continuum of light growing dominant at 35kPa to weaken relatively the resonance lines and the first continuum of light. In the first continuum, emission increases only at a suppressed rate, as compared with emission in the second continuum, due for instance to a collision caused relaxation process in which excimers are lost. In the case of xenon in the vicinity of 10-11kPa, the first continuum of light and the second continuum of light are approximately equal in emission intensity, producing a vacuum ultraviolet light source with a bandwidth relatively large for a single gas spectrum. 14 refs., 11 figs.

  3. Excimer fluorescence compared to depolarization in the flow cytometric characterization of lateral membrane mobility in platelets

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    Rothe, Gregor; Schaefer, Buerk; Wimmer, Martin S.; Schmitz, Gerd

    1998-04-01

    An altered cellular membrane fluidity secondary to changes of cholesterol metabolism is a potentially important mechanism in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Especially in blood platelets an increased sensitivity for stimulation dependent aggregation which is a risk factor for thrombosis has been experimentally linked to disorders of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism. The goal of this study was the development of a flow cytometric assay for the direct analysis of cellular membrane microviscosity in correlation to activation associated phenotypic changes of platelets in vitro. The analysis of fluorescence polarization following the staining of hydrophobic lipid regions of cell membranes with the fluorescent dye 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene (DPH) is a well established method for the analysis of membrane fluidity. The extent of fluorescence anisotropy dependent on the rotational mobility of this fluorochrome is indirectly proportional to the microviscosity of the stained membrane subcompartment. In this study, an alternative and more simple method based on the diffusion dependent excimer formation of pyrenedecanoic acid (PDA) (J. Immunol. Methods 96:225-31, 1987) was characterized in comparison to the DPH method as a reference. Human platelets showed a rapid uptake of both DPH and PDA resulting in the staining primarily of the plasma membrane after up to 30 min of incubation. Staining analyzed at 351 nm excitation resulted in a saturation of the depolarization coefficient of DPH at 20 (mu) M but an increase of the excimer to monomer ratio of PDA with increasing dye concentration. A 'membrane fluidity coefficient' which saturated at 5 (mu) M PDA was calculated as the excimer fluorescence divided through the square of monomer fluorescence thereby correcting for the influence of dye concentration on excimer formation. The temperature dependent changes of membrane viscosity were further used as a model for the comparison of both methods. Cells analyzed at temperatures

  4. Effect of laser energy, substrate film thickness and bioink viscosity on viability of endothelial cells printed by Laser-Assisted Bioprinting

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    Catros, Sylvain; Guillotin, Bertrand; Bačáková, Markéta; Fricain, Jean-Christophe; Guillemot, Fabien

    2011-04-01

    Biofabrication of three dimensional tissues by Laser-Assisted Bioprinting (LAB) implies to develop specific strategies for assembling the extracellular matrix (ECM) and cells. Possible strategies consist in (i) printing cells onto or in the depth of ECM layer and/or (ii) printing bioinks containing both cells and ECM-like printable biomaterial. The aim of this article was to evaluate combinatorial effects of laser pulse energy, ECM thickness and viscosity of the bioink on cell viability. A LAB workstation was used to print Ea.hy926 endothelial cells onto a quartz substrate covered with a film of ECM mimicking Matrigel™. Hence, effect of laser energy, Matrigel™ film thickness and bioink viscosity was addressed for different experimental conditions (8-24 μJ, 20-100 μm and 40-110 mPa s, respectively). Cell viability was assessed by live/dead assay performed 24 h post-printing. Results show that increasing the laser energy tends to augment the cell mortality while increasing the thickness of the Matrigel™ film and the viscosity of the bioink support cell viability. Hence, critical printing parameters influencing high cell viability have been related to the cell landing conditions and more specifically to the intensity of the cell impacts occurring at the air-ECM interface and at the ECM-glass interface.

  5. Comparison of the corneal biomechanical effects after small-incision lenticule extraction and Q value guided femtosecond laser-assisted laser in situ keratomileusis

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    Jun Zhang

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available AIM:By comparing the changes of biomechanical properties of the cornea after small-incision lenticule extraction(SMILEand those after Q value guided femtosecond laser-assisted laser in situ keratomileusis(FSLASIK, to study the stability of biomechanical properties of the cornea after these two kinds of surgery and provide objective data for clinical operation.METHODS: Prospective comparative cases. One hundred and two cases(200 eyeswith myopia and myopic astigmatism were divided into 2 groups, 51 cases(100 eyesfor SMILE, and 51 cases(100 eyesfor Q value guided FS-LASIK. Corneal hysteresis(CHand the corneal resistance factor(CRFwere quantitatively assessed with the Ocular Response Analyzer(ORApreoperatively and 1d, 2wk, 1 and 3mo postoperatively.RESULTS: The decrease in CH and the CRF were statistically significant in both groups(PP>0.05. There were no statistically significant differences between the biomechanical changes in the two groups at any time(P>0.05.CONCLUSION: Both SMILE and Q value guided FS-LASIK can cause biomechanical decreases in the cornea. After 1d postoperatively, the decreases are nearly stable. There are no significant differences between the effect of SMILE and Q value guided FS-LASIK on the biomechanical properties of the cornea.

  6. Comparison of wavefront aberration changes in the anterior corneal surface after laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy and laser in situ keratomileusis: preliminary study.

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    Buzzonetti, Luca; Iarossi, Giancarlo; Valente, Paola; Volpi, Marzia; Petrocelli, Gianni; Scullica, Luigi

    2004-09-01

    To compare changes in anterior corneal wavefront aberrations after myopic laser-assisted subepithelial keratectomy (LASEK) and laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Institute of Ophthalmology, Catholic University, Rome, Italy. This prospective study included 36 eyes of 25 myopic patients: 18 eyes of 12 patients had LASEK and 18 eyes of 13 patients, LASIK. The topography data (CSO EyeMap, version 6.2) were used to calculate corneal aberrations with 3.0 mm and 7.0 mm pupils before and 3 months after surgery. Total corneal aberrations increased similarly after LASEK and LASIK with the 7.0 mm pupil but did not change with the 3.0 mm pupil. Coma-like and spherical-like aberrations changed similarly after both procedures, but spherical-like aberrations increased after LASEK with the 3.0 mm pupil (P.05, independent t test), in individual eyes with an achieved correction less than 7.50 diopters (D), spherical-like aberrations increased more after LASEK than after LASIK. In this preliminary study, myopic LASEK and LASIK changed total and higher-order corneal aberrations. In both procedures, changes in spherical-like aberrations were dependent on the achieved correction. However, in individual eyes, spherical-like aberrations increased more after LASEK than after LASIK for low-moderate achieved correction, suggesting that these procedures may induce the same optical changes in the anterior corneal surface in different ways.

  7. Ablative Fractional Laser-Assisted Topical Fluorouracil for the Treatment of Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma In Situ: A Follow-Up Study.

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    Hsu, Sarah H; Gan, Stephanie D; Nguyen, Bichchau T; Konnikov, Nellie; Liang, Christine A

    2016-09-01

    The authors previously reported the safety and short-term efficacy of ablative fractional laser (AFXL)-assisted delivery of topical fluorouracil in the treatment of superficial basal cell carcinoma (sBCC) and squamous cell carcinoma in situ (SCCis). This follow-up study was conducted to assess whether tumor clearance was sustained in this cohort of patients at >9 months post-treatment. Thirty primary sBCC or SCCis treatment, 20 patients presented for this follow-up study and underwent shave biopsy to confirm histologic clearance. Mean follow-up time was 15 months. Considering those who had persistent tumor at 4 to 8 weeks post-treatment and those who presented for follow-up at >9 months post-treatment, overall treatment success was 79% (95% confidence interval: 67%-96%), with 92% (11/12) for SCCis and 67% (8/12) for sBCC. Neither the tumor location nor size significantly impacted treatment outcome (p = .96 and 0.87, respectively). Ablative fractional laser-assisted topical fluorouracil is a reasonable noninvasive treatment option for primary SCCis and sBCC, especially for lesions located in areas where self-application is not possible, or when clinician-administered therapy is preferred.

  8. Corneal Backscatter Analysis by In Vivo Confocal Microscopy: Fellow Eye Comparison of Small Incision Lenticule Extraction and Femtosecond Laser-Assisted LASIK

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    Alper Agca

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate and compare corneal backscatter from anterior stroma between small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE and femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK (femto-LASIK. Methods. A cohort of 60 eyes of 30 patients was randomized to receive SMILE in one eye and femto-LASIK in the fellow eye. In vivo confocal microscopy was performed at 1 week and 1, 3, and 6 months after surgery. The main outcome measurements were maximum backscattered intensity and the depth from which it was measured, the backscattered light intensity 30 μm below Bowman’s membrane at the flap interface and 150 μm below the superficial epithelium, and the number of refractive particles at the flap interface. Results. The mean backscattered light intensity (LI at all measured depths and the maximum backscattered LI were higher in the SMILE group than the femto-LASIK group at all postoperative visits. LI differences at 1 week and 1- and 3-month visits were statistically significant (P<0,05. LI differences at 6 months were not statistically significant. There was no difference in the number of refractive particles at the flap interface between the groups at any visit. Conclusions. SMILE results in increased backscattered LI in the anterior stroma when compared with femto-LASIK were evaluated.

  9. 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

    2003-12-01

    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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Selective Determination of tetrabromobisphenol A by liquid chromatography following intramolecular excimer-forming fluorescence derivatization with pyrene-labeling reagent

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    Yoshida, H.; Tsunetomo, S.; Todoroki, K.; Nohta, H.; Yamaguchi, M. [Fukuoka Univ. (Japan); Hayama, T. [Foundation for Kyushu Environmental and Occupational Health, Kurume (Japan); Kuroki, H. [Daiichi College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Fukuoka (Japan)

    2004-09-15

    A large number of compounds have been used as flame-retardants to protect different products from catching fire, and one of the most widely used flameretardants is tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA). Trace amounts of TBBPA have been determined by gas chromatography (GC) with electron-capture detection or GC-mass spectrometry (MS) as reviewed in. Only a few liquid chromatographic (LC) methods have been reported. Recently, we developed highly selective and sensitive determination methods for polyamines and dicarboxylic acids based on intramolecular excimer-forming fluorescence derivatization using pyrene reagents. By the derivatization, the resulting polypyrene-labeled derivatives of polyamines and dicarboxylic acids provided intramolecular excimer fluorescence at the wavelength region of 440 - 520 nm, which was shifted markedly to the higher emission wavelengths as compared to the wavelengths of the pyrene reagent itself and monopyrene-labeled concomitants (360 - 420 nm). This chemistry allowed to selectively analyzing poly-functional compounds even in the complex samples containing monofunctional compounds. More recently, we have found that 4-(1-pyrene)butanoyl chloride (PBC) reacts with not only polyamines, but also phenol compounds such as bisphenols, and the obtained PBC derivatives form strong intramolecular excimers. The aim of this work was to develop an intramolecular excimer-forming derivatization method for fluorimetric determination of halogenated-bisphenols including TBBPA following their derivatization with PBC. The new method allows a highly sensitive and selective determination of tetrabromobisphenol A.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. High frequency excitation waveform for efficient operation of a xenon excimer dielectric barrier discharge lamp

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    Beleznai, Sz; Mihajlik, G.; Maros, I.; Balázs, L.; Richter, P.

    2010-01-01

    The application of a high frequency (~2.5 MHz) burst (amplitude-modulated sinusoidal) excitation voltage waveform is investigated for driving a fluorescent dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) light source. The excitation waveform presents a novel method for generating spatially stable homogeneous Xe DBD possessing a high conversion efficiency from electrical energy to VUV Xe_{2}^{\\ast} excimer radiation (~172 nm), even at a significantly higher electrical energy deposition than realized by pulsed excitation. Simulation and experimental results predict discharge efficiencies around 60%. Lamp efficacy above 74 lm W-1 has been achieved. VUV emission and loss mechanisms are investigated extensively and the performance of burst and pulsed waveforms is compared both theoretically and experimentally.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.)

  7. High frequency excitation waveform for efficient operation of a xenon excimer dielectric barrier discharge lamp

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    Beleznai, Sz; Mihajlik, G; Richter, P [Department of Atomic Physics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, 3-9.Muegyetem rkp., Budapest H-1111 (Hungary); Maros, I; Balazs, L, E-mail: beleznai@dept.phy.bme.h [GE Consumer and Industrial-Lighting, 77 Vaci ut, Budapest H-1344 (Hungary)

    2010-01-13

    The application of a high frequency ({approx}2.5 MHz) burst (amplitude-modulated sinusoidal) excitation voltage waveform is investigated for driving a fluorescent dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) light source. The excitation waveform presents a novel method for generating spatially stable homogeneous Xe DBD possessing a high conversion efficiency from electrical energy to VUV Xe{sub 2}{sup *} excimer radiation ({approx}172 nm), even at a significantly higher electrical energy deposition than realized by pulsed excitation. Simulation and experimental results predict discharge efficiencies around 60%. Lamp efficacy above 74 lm W{sup -1} has been achieved. VUV emission and loss mechanisms are investigated extensively and the performance of burst and pulsed waveforms is compared both theoretically and experimentally.

  8. Temperature Development on the External Root Surface During Laser-Assisted Endodontic Treatment Applying a Microchopped Mode of a 980 nm Diode Laser.

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    Beer, Franziska; Farmakis, Eleftherios Terry R; Kopic, Josip; Kurzmann, Christoph; Moritz, Andreas

    2017-04-01

    The aim of this article was to investigate the temperature increase of the external root surface during laser-assisted endodontic treatment using a diode laser (980 nm) in a microchopped mode. Ten freshly extracted, human maxillary incisors with mature apices were collected, prepared to size F4 at working length (ProTaper; Dentsply Maillefer, Ballaigues, Switzerland), mounted to a holder, and irradiated (using spiral movements in coronal direction) with a diode laser (GENTLEray 980 Classic Plus; KaVo, Biberach, Germany) with a 200 μm fiber in four different treatment groups: Group 1 (control group) was irradiated in six cycles of 5-sec irradiation/20-sec pause with 2.5 W in the pulse mode. Groups 2 to 4 were irradiated at six cycles of 5-sec irradiation/20-sec pause in the microchopped mode (Group 2-1.6 W; Group 3-2.0 W; Group 4-2.5 W). The applied mode was 25 ms on/25 ms off. Within the on period, the laser delivered an intermittent sequence of energy complexes and the maximum output was equal to the nominated output of the device (12 W). Canals were kept moist by sterile saline irrigation in between irradiations, and temperature changes were continuously measured using a thermal imaging camera. Recordings were analyzed by a mixed model (analysis of variance [ANOVA] for repeated measurements). The highest mean of temperature rise, 1.94°C ± 1.07°C, was measured in Group 4, followed by Group 3 (1.74°C ± 1.22°C) and Group 2 (1.58°C ± 1.18°C). The lowest increase occurred in Group 1 (1.06°C ± 1.20°C). There was a significant difference (p = 0.041) between the groups. Significant differences were found between Groups 1 and 4 (p = 0.007) and 1 and 2 (p = 0.035). In addition, a marginally significant difference between Groups 1 and 2 (p = 0.052) was noted. There was no significant difference between Groups 2, 3, and 4. Despite the low mean values reported, the highest temperature increase (+5.7°C) was

  9. Femtosecond laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis multifocal ablation profile using a mini-monovision approach for presbyopic patients with hyperopia

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Iraklis Vastardis,1 Brigitte Pajic-Eggspühler,1 Jörg Müller,1,2 Zeljka Cvejic,2 Bojan Pajic,1–4 1Swiss Eye Research Foundation, Orasis Eye Clinic, Aargau, Reinach, Switzerland; 2Faculty of Physics, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia; 3Department of Ophthalmology, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland; 4Medical Faculty, Military Medical Academy, University of Defence, Belgrade, Serbia Purpose: To report the visual outcomes of the femtosecond laser-assisted multifocal aspheric corneal ablation profile using a mini-monovision approach and to evaluate if corneal multifocality was effective, and to report the relative benefits of this approach.Patients and methods: Bilateral femtosecond laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis using a multifocal aspheric corneal ablation profile was performed on 19 hyperopic patients (38 eyes. They were divided into two groups based on eye dominance: dominant eye (DE group targeting emmetropia and the nondominant eye (NDE group targeting -0.5 D slight myopia. The uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA, uncorrected intermediate visual acuity (UIVA, uncorrected near visual acuity (UNVA, and retreatment rates were reported from baseline to 6 months.Results: The UNVA, UIVA, and UDVA improved significantly in both groups (Kruskal–Wallis test, DE and NDE: P<0.00001, P<0.000005, and P=0.00001, respectively. Corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA baseline was better in both groups in comparison to UDVA at 6 months (Wilcoxon test, DE: P<0.001, 95% confidence interval (CI of the median 0.0–0.0 LogMAR and 0.1000–0.1218 LogMAR and NDE: P=0.010, 95% CI of the median 0.0–0.0 LogMAR and 0.00–0.10 LogMAR. There was a significant loss of lines between CDVA baseline and UDVA at 6 months in both groups (DE group: 68% of eyes lost one line or more; NDE group: 58% of eyes lost one line or more. The corrected near visual acuity baseline compared to UNVA at 6 months was not statistically important

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

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    Shihao Chen

    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.

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

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    2016-01-01

    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.

  14. Intramolecular photoassociation and photoinduced charge transfer in bridged diaryl compounds. 4. Temporal studies of intramolecular triplet excimer formation in dinaphthylmethanes and dinaphthyl ethers

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    Modiano, S.H.; Dresner, J.; Cai, J.; Lim, E.C. (Univ. of Akron, OH (United States))

    1993-04-08

    Comparisons of the temporal characteristics of the transient absorption with those of the delayed fluorescence for dinaphthylmethanes and dinaphthyl ethers provide compelling kinetic evidence for the formation of intramolecular triplet excimers. 7 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  15. Early changes in ocular surface and tear inflammatory mediators after small-incision lenticule extraction and femtosecond laser-assisted laser in situ keratomileusis.

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    Shaohui Gao

    Full Text Available To characterize the early ocular-surface changes or tear inflammatory-mediators levels following small-incision lenticule extraction (ReLEx smile and femtosecond laser-assisted laser in situ keratomileusis (FS-LASIK.Forty-seven myopic subjects were recruited for this prospective study. Fifteen underwent ReLEx smile and thirty-two underwent FS-LASIK. Corneal fluorescein (FL staining, tear break-up time (TBUT, Schirmer I test (SIT, ocular surface disease index (OSDI and central corneal sensitivity were evaluated in all participants. Tears were collected and analyzed for interleukin-6 (IL-6, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α, nerve growth factor (NGF and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1 levels using multiplex magnetic beads. All measurements were preformed preoperatively and 1 day, 1 week, 1 month and 3 months postoperatively.FL scores in ReLEx smile group were lower than those of FS-LASIK group 1 week postoperatively (P = 0.010. Compared to the FS-LASIK group, longer TBUT were observed in ReLEx smile group 1 month (P = 0.029 and 3 months (P = 0.045 postoperatively. No significant differences were found in tear secretion for the two groups (P>0.05. OSDI scores were higher in FS-LASIK group 1 month after surgery (P = 0.020. Higher central corneal sensitivity was observed in ReLEx smile group 1 week, 1 month and 3 months (P0.05. Moreover, IL-6 and NGF levels correlated with ocular surface changes after ReLEx smile or FS-LASIK.In the early postoperative period, ReLEx smile results in milder ocular surface changes than FS-LASIK. Furthermore, the tear inflammatory mediators IL-6 and NGF may play a crucial role in the ocular surface healing process following ReLEx smile and FS-LASIK.

  16. Racing performance following prosthetic laryngoplasty using a polyurethane prosthesis combined with a laser-assisted ventriculocordectomy for treatment of recurrent laryngeal neuropathy in 78 Thoroughbred racehorses.

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    Raffetto, J A; Wearn, J G; Fischer, A T

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    Recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (RLN) causes airway obstruction and adversely affects racing performance in Thoroughbred racehorses. Prosthetic laryngoplasty (PL) is the preferred treatment of RLN as it returns variables of airway mechanics to baseline. A number of materials have been evaluated as prostheses; however, the application of Lycra has not been rigorously investigated. To evaluate the efficacy of PL using a Lycra prosthesis, in combination with transendoscopic, laser-assisted ventriculocordectomy, to restore racing performance in Thoroughbred racehorses with RLN. Retrospective case series. Medical records, preoperative and post operative racing performance indices from 78 Thoroughbred racehorses that underwent surgical treatment for RLN were evaluated. Medical records, preoperative and post operative racing performance indices were evaluated. Case history, postoperative complications and PL failure were recorded. Racing performance was analysed using Beyer Speed Figures (BSF), earnings and a performance index (PI), with comparisons made between the 3 races before and after surgery. Factors associated with return to racing and racing performance were analysed. Eighty-two per cent (46/56) of horses that raced prior to surgery and 75% (15/20) of horses that had not raced prior to surgery competed in at least one race post operatively. Horses had a lower BSF and PI in the final race before surgery. Following surgery, PI and BSF values were restored to preoperative values in 73% and 78% of horses respectively. Surgical failure rate and immediate post operative complication rate were lower than, or comparable with,other reported prosthesis materials. Thoroughbred racehorses with RLN have a good prognosis for racing successfully after PL using a Lycra prosthesis. The described surgical technique is associated with a low post operative complication rate and an increase in indicators of racing performance (PI and BSF) post operatively. Lycra offers an attractive

  17. Tailoring through Technology: A Retrospective Review of a Single Surgeon's Experience with Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction before and after Implementation of Laser-Assisted Indocyanine Green Angiography.

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    Harless, Christin A; Jacobson, Steven R

    2016-05-01

    Reported complication rates of implant-based breast reconstruction in the literature exceed 50%, with mastectomy skin flap necrosis reported to occur in up to 25% of cases. Laser-assisted indocyanine green angiography (LA-ICGA) technology allows the surgeon to optimize preservation of the mastectomy skin flap while avoiding skin necrosis. The purpose of this study was to determine if outcomes of breast reconstruction are beneficially affected by using LA-ICGA. A total 269 consecutive women (467 breast reconstructions) undergoing implant-based breast reconstruction from 2008 to 2013 were examined. The complication rates of those who underwent reconstruction prior to the implementation of LA-ICGA were compared with those who were reconstructed after implementation of LA-ICGA. A total of 254 consecutive breast reconstructions were performed prior to implementation of LA-ICGA, and 213 breasts were reconstructed with the use of LA-ICGA. After implementation of LA-ICGA System, the rate of mastectomy skin flap necrosis decreased by 86% (6.7% versus 0.9%, p = 0.02). The overall complication rate prior to LA-ICGA was 13.8% compared with 6.6% with the use of LA-ICGA (p = 0.01). After LA-ICGA was incorporated, the percentage of patients undergoing single-stage reconstruction increased from 12% to 32% (p = <0.001). Implementation of LA-ICGA provides the surgeon with an objective assessment of mastectomy flap perfusion resulting in a trend toward overall reduction in complications as well as an 86% decrease in the rate of subsequent skin necrosis. The objective assessment of mastectomy flap perfusion allows the surgeon to tailor breast reconstruction intraoperatively, in real-time, adjusting for the individual patient's mastectomy flap perfusion. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Comparison of the change in posterior corneal elevation and corneal biomechanical parameters after small incision lenticule extraction and femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK for high myopia correction.

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    Wang, Bingjie; Zhang, Zhenyong; Naidu, Rajeev K; Chu, Renyuan; Dai, Jinhui; Qu, Xiaomei; Yu, Zhiqiang; Zhou, Hao

    2016-06-01

    To compare posterior corneal elevation (PCE) changes and corneal biomechanical changes post fematosecond laser-assisted laser in situ keratomileusis (FS-LASIK) and small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) procedures using the Pentacam system and the Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA). Retrospective observational case series study. 106 patients with bilateral myopia who underwent either FS-LASIK (56 patients) or SMILE (50 patients) were reviewed, only the right eye was used in the analysis. Inclusion criteria include a spherical equivalent of -6.00DS and completion of 12 months follow up. The main outcome evaluated was change in PCE at 3 months, 6 months and 12 months post-operation using the Pentacam system. Corneal biomechanical parameters were evaluated at 6 and 12 months with the ORA. PCE change at 3 and 6 months were not significantly different between the two procedures (p=0.064, p=0.109 respectively). At 12 months, PCE change was greater in FS-LASIK than SMILE (p=0.048). One-way ANOVA showed that for either procedure, the change in PCE did not differ at 3, 6 or 12 months post operation. CH and CRF values were reduced after both procedures, with FS-LASIK demonstrating a greater reduction in CRF than SMILE at 6 and 12 months (p=0.037 and p=0.001). Both CH and CRF reduction correlated with PCE increase at 6 and 12 months. FS-LASIK demonstrated a greater increase in PCE than SMILE only at 12 months, as well as a greater reduction of CRF than SMILE. There were no significant differences in PCE change over time within either group. Copyright © 2016 British Contact Lens Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Comparison of corneal hysteresis and corneal resistance factor after small incision lenticule extraction and femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK: a prospective fellow eye study.

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    Agca, Alper; Ozgurhan, Engin Bilge; Demirok, Ahmet; Bozkurt, Ercument; Celik, Ugur; Ozkaya, Abdullah; Cankaya, Ilker; Yilmaz, Omer Faruk

    2014-04-01

    To compare corneal hysteresis (CH) and corneal resistance factor (CRF) between eyes treated with small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) and femtosecond laser-assisted laser in situ keratomileusis (femto-LASIK). Beyoğlu Eye Training and Research Hospital. Prospective comparative case series. Sixty eyes from 30 patients with bilateral myopia or myopic astigmatism were studied. Inclusion criteria were spherical equivalent of subjective manifest refraction (SE) <10diopters (D) and a difference ≤0.50D between the SEs of both eyes. One eye of each patient was treated with SMILE, and the fellow eye underwent femto-LASIK. Randomization was performed using a sealed envelope system. The main outcome measures were CH and CRF measured preoperatively and postoperatively (1 and 6 months). Preoperative SE was similar in both groups (p=0.852). CH and CRF values were reduced postoperatively in both groups compared to their corresponding preoperative values (p<0.001). At the 6-month follow-up visit, the mean CH values in the SMILE and femto-LASIK groups were 8.95±1.47 and 9.02±1.27, respectively (p=0.852), and the mean CRF values were 7.77±1.37 and 8.07±1.26, respectively (p=0.380). CH and CRF decreased after SMILE. There were no differences between SMILE and femto-LASIK treatments in postoperative CH or CRF values. Crown Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Epithelial remodeling after femtosecond laser-assisted high myopic LASIK: comparison of stand-alone with LASIK combined with prophylactic high-fluence cross-linking.

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    Kanellopoulos, Anastasios J; Asimellis, George

    2014-05-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the possible topographic epithelial profile thickness changes (remodeling) after high myopic femtosecond laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with concurrent prophylactic high-fluence cross-linking (CXL) in comparison with standard femtosecond LASIK. Preoperative and 6-month postoperative 3-dimensional epithelial thickness distribution maps were investigated through clinical spectral domain anterior-segment optical coherence tomography in 2 groups of femtosecond laser-assisted myopic LASIK cases. Group A represented 67 eyes treated additionally with concurrent prophylactic CXL (LASIK-Xtra); group B represented 72 eyes subjected to stand-alone femtosecond LASIK. Optical coherence tomography measurements of the epithelial thickness over the center 2-mm-diameter disk, mid-peripheral 5-mm rim, and overall (the entire 6-mm-diameter disc area) were investigated. The comparison of matched myopic correction subgroups indicated statistically significant differences in the epithelial thickness increase specifically between high myopia subgroups. For example, in group A (LASIK-Xtra), the mid-peripheral epithelial thickness increase was +3.79 and +3.95 μm for the "-8.00 to -9.00 diopter" and "-7.00 to -8.00 diopter" subgroups, which compare with increased thickness in group B (stand-alone LASIK), of +9.75 μm (P = 0.032) and +7.14 μm (P = 0.041), respectively, for the same subgroups. Application of prophylactic CXL concurrently with high myopic LASIK operation results in a statistically significant reduced epithelial increase in comparison with stand-alone LASIK. This comparison is observed between matched high myopic correction subgroups. This difference may correlate with higher regression rates and/or may depict increased biomechanical instability in stand-alone LASIK.

  1. Treatment of elderly patients with advanced lipedema: a combination of laser-assisted liposuction, medial thigh lift, and lower partial abdominoplasty

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    Wollina U

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Uwe Wollina,1 Birgit Heinig,2 Andreas Nowak31Department of Dermatology and Allergology, 2Centre of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Medicine, 3Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Medical Care, Emergency Medicine and Pain Management, Academic Teaching Hospital Dresden-Friedrichstadt, Dresden, GermanyBackground: Lipedema is a rare female disorder with a characteristic distribution of adipose tissue hypertrophy on the extremities, with pain and bruising. In advanced stages, reduction of adipose tissue is the only available effective treatment. In elderly patients with advanced lipedema, correction of increased skin laxity has to be considered for an optimal outcome.Methods: We report on a tailored combined approach to improve advanced lipedema in elderly females with multiple comorbidities. Microcannular laser-assisted liposuction of the upper legs and knees is performed under tumescent anesthesia. Medial thigh lift and partial lower abdominoplasty with minimal undermining are used to correct skin laxity and prevent intertrigo. Postsurgical care with nonelastic flat knitted compression garments and manual lymph drainage are used.Results: We report on three women aged 55–77 years with advanced lipedema of the legs and multiple comorbidities. Using this step-by-step approach, a short operation time and early mobilization were possible. Minor adverse effects were temporary methemoglobinemia after tumescent anesthesia and postsurgical pain. No severe adverse effects were seen. Patient satisfaction was high.Conclusion: A tailored approach may be useful in advanced lipedema and is applicable even in elderly patients with multiple comorbidities.Keywords: lipedema, tumescent anesthesia, liposuction, subdermal diode laser, medial thigh lift, lower abdominoplasty

  2. Novel experience of laser-assisted 'inside-out' central venous access in a patient with bilateral subclavian vein occlusion requiring pacemaker implantation.

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    Aye, Thandar; Phan, Thanh Trung; Muir, Douglas Findlay; Linker, Nicholas John; Hartley, Richard; Turley, Andrew John

    2017-10-01

    This new laser facilitated 'inside-out' technique was used for transvenous pacemaker insertion in a pacemaker-dependent patient with bilateral subclavian occlusion and a failed epicardial system who is not suitable for a transfemoral approach. Procedure was undertaken under general anaesthesia with venous access obtained from right femoral vein and left axillary vein. 7F multipurpose catheter was used to enter proximal edge of the occluded segment of subclavian vein via femoral approach, which then supported stiff angioplasty wires and microcatheters to tunnel into the body of occlusion. When encountered with impenetrable resistance, 1.4 mm Excimer laser helped delivery of a Pilot 200 wire, which then progressed towards the distal edge of occlusion. Serial balloon dilatations allowed wire tracked into subintimal plane, advanced towards left clavicle using knuckle wire technique, which was then externalized with blunt dissection from infraclavicular pocket area. It was later changed to Amplatz superstiff wire exiting from both ends to form a rail, which ultimately allowed passage of pacing leads after serial balloon dilatation from clavicular end. Our hybrid 'inside-out' technique permitted transvenous pacemaker insertion without complication and this is, to our knowledge, the first case using laser in this context.

  3. 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.

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

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    Radu, L. [Department of Molecular Genetics and Radiobiology, Babes National Institute, Bucharest (Romania)], E-mail: lilianajradu@yahoo.fr; Mihailescu, I. [Department of Lasers, Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics Institute, Bucharest (Romania); Radu, S. [Department of Computer Science, Polytechnics University, Bucharest (Romania); Gazdaru, D. [Department of Biophysics, Bucharest University (Romania)

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    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.

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

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    Jian-Zhong Wu

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    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.

  6. 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

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    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...

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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    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.

  9. 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...

  10. Preprosthetic Laser Assisted Mandibular Vestibuloplasty

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    Kacarska M.

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available A prosthetic treatment of the edentulous mandible can be very challenging. In cases with inadequate buccal depth, a necessary deepening of the oral vestibule can be achieved by surgically detaching the soft tissue attachments. A preprosthetic vestibuloplasty is usually done surgically by scalpel. With the permanent advancement of laser technology, a laser vestibuloplasty has become a preferred surgical procedure. The aim of this report was to present individuality of a mandible vestibuloplasty performed with Er.YAG laser.

  11. 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.

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

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    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.

  13. 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...

  14. Early changes in ocular surface and tear inflammatory mediators after small-incision lenticule extraction and femtosecond laser-assisted laser in situ keratomileusis.

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    Gao, Shaohui; Li, Saiqun; Liu, Liangping; Wang, Yong; Ding, Hui; Li, Lili; Zhong, Xingwu

    2014-01-01

    To characterize the early ocular-surface changes or tear inflammatory-mediators levels following small-incision lenticule extraction (ReLEx smile) and femtosecond laser-assisted laser in situ keratomileusis (FS-LASIK). Forty-seven myopic subjects were recruited for this prospective study. Fifteen underwent ReLEx smile and thirty-two underwent FS-LASIK. Corneal fluorescein (FL) staining, tear break-up time (TBUT), Schirmer I test (SIT), ocular surface disease index (OSDI) and central corneal sensitivity were evaluated in all participants. Tears were collected and analyzed for interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), nerve growth factor (NGF) and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) levels using multiplex magnetic beads. All measurements were preformed preoperatively and 1 day, 1 week, 1 month and 3 months postoperatively. FL scores in ReLEx smile group were lower than those of FS-LASIK group 1 week postoperatively (P = 0.010). Compared to the FS-LASIK group, longer TBUT were observed in ReLEx smile group 1 month (P = 0.029) and 3 months (P = 0.045) postoperatively. No significant differences were found in tear secretion for the two groups (P>0.05). OSDI scores were higher in FS-LASIK group 1 month after surgery (P = 0.020). Higher central corneal sensitivity was observed in ReLEx smile group 1 week, 1 month and 3 months (Ptears was observed in ReLEx smile group postoperatively (PTears TNF-α and ICAM-1 concentrations were not significantly different between the two groups at any follow-up time (P>0.05). Moreover, IL-6 and NGF levels correlated with ocular surface changes after ReLEx smile or FS-LASIK. In the early postoperative period, ReLEx smile results in milder ocular surface changes than FS-LASIK. Furthermore, the tear inflammatory mediators IL-6 and NGF may play a crucial role in the ocular surface healing process following ReLEx smile and FS-LASIK.

  15. A prospective comparison of phakic collamer lenses and wavefront-optimized laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis for correction of myopia

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    Full Text Available Gregory D Parkhurst1,2 1Refractive Surgery Center, Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, 2Parkhurst NuVision, San Antonio, TX, USA Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare night vision and low-luminance contrast sensitivity (CS in patients undergoing implantation of phakic collamer lenses or wavefront-optimized laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK.Patients and methods: This is a nonrandomized, prospective study, in which 48 military personnel were recruited. Rabin Super Vision Test was used to compare the visual acuity and CS of Visian implantable collamer lens (ICL and LASIK groups under normal and low light conditions, using a filter for simulated vision through night vision goggles.Results: Preoperative mean spherical equivalent was –6.10 D in the ICL group and –6.04 D in the LASIK group (P=0.863. Three months postoperatively, super vision acuity (SVa, super vision acuity with (low-luminance goggles (SVaG, super vision contrast (SVc, and super vision contrast with (low luminance goggles (SVcG significantly improved in the ICL and LASIK groups (P<0.001. Mean improvement in SVaG at 3 months postoperatively was statistically significantly greater in the ICL group than in the LASIK group (mean change [logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution, LogMAR]: ICL =-0.134, LASIK =-0.085; P=0.032. Mean improvements in SVc and SVcG were also statistically significantly greater in the ICL group than in the LASIK group (SVc mean change [logarithm of the CS, LogCS]: ICL =0.356, LASIK =0.209; P=0.018 and SVcG mean change [LogCS]: ICL =0.390, LASIK =0.259; P=0.024. Mean improvement in SVa at 3 months was comparable in both groups (P=0.154.Conclusion: Simulated night vision improved with both ICL implantation and wavefront-optimized LASIK, but improvements were significantly greater with ICLs. These differences may be important in a military setting and may also affect satisfaction with civilian vision correction

  16. Ex vivo proof-of-concept of end-to-end scaffold-enhanced laser-assisted vascular anastomosis of porcine arteries.

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    Pabittei, Dara R; Heger, Michal; van Tuijl, Sjoerd; Simonet, Marc; de Boon, Wadim; van der Wal, Allard C; Balm, Ron; de Mol, Bas A

    2015-07-01

    The low welding strength of laser-assisted vascular anastomosis (LAVA) has hampered the clinical application of LAVA as an alternative to suture anastomosis. To improve welding strength, LAVA in combination with solder and polymeric scaffolds (ssLAVA) has been optimized in vitro. Currently, ssLAVA requires proof-of-concept in a physiologically representative ex vivo model before advancing to in vivo studies. This study therefore investigated the feasibility of ex vivo ssLAVA in medium-sized porcine arteries. Scaffolds composed of poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) or poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) were impregnated with semisolid solder and placed over coapted aortic segments. ssLAVA was performed with a 670-nm diode laser. In the first substudy, the optimum number of laser spots was determined by bursting pressure analysis. The second substudy investigated the resilience of the welds in a Langendorf-type pulsatile pressure setup, monitoring the number of failed vessels. The type of failure (cohesive vs adhesive) was confirmed by electron microscopy, and thermal damage was assessed histologically. The third substudy compared breaking strength of aortic repairs made with PLGA and semisolid genipin solder (ssLAVR) to repairs made with BioGlue. ssLAVA with 11 lasing spots and PLGA scaffold yielded the highest bursting pressure (923 ± 56 mm Hg vs 703 ± 96 mm Hg with PCL ssLAVA; P = .0002) and exhibited the fewest failures (20% vs 70% for PCL ssLAVA; P = .0218). The two failed PLGA ssLAVA arteries leaked at 19 and 22 hours, whereas the seven failed PCL ssLAVA arteries burst between 12 and 23 hours. PLGA anastomoses broke adhesively, whereas PCL welds failed cohesively. Both modalities exhibited full-thickness thermal damage. Repairs with PLGA scaffold yielded higher breaking strength than BioGlue repairs (323 ± 28 N/cm(2) vs 25 ± 4 N/cm(2), respectively; P = .0003). PLGA ssLAVA yields greater anastomotic strength and fewer anastomotic failures than PCL ssLAVA. Aortic

  17. Subcellular distribution of daunorubicin in P-glycoprotein-positive and -negative drug-resistant cell lines using laser-assisted confocal microscopy.

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    Gervasoni, J E; Fields, S Z; Krishna, S; Baker, M A; Rosado, M; Thuraisamy, K; Hindenburg, A A; Taub, R N

    1991-09-15

    Four well defined multidrug-resistant cell lines and their drug-sensitive counterparts were examined for intracellular distribution of daunorubicin (DNR) by laser-assisted confocal fluorescence microscopy: P-glycoprotein-negative HL-60/AR cells, and P-glycoprotein-positive P388/ADR, KBV-1, and MCF-7/ADR cells. Both drug sensitive cell lines (HL-60/S, P388/S, KB3-1, and MCF-7/S) and drug-resistant cell lines (HL-60/AR, P388/ADR, KBV-1, and MCF-7/ADR) exposed to DNR showed a similar rapid distribution of drug from the plasma membrane to the perinuclear region within the first 2 min. From 2-10 min, the drug sensitive HL-60/S, P388/S, and MCF-7/S cells redistributed drug to the nucleus and to the cytoplasm in a diffuse pattern. In contrast, drug-resistant HL-60/AR, P388/ADR, and MCF-7/ADR redistributed DNR from the perinuclear region into vesicles distinct from nuclear structures, thereby assuming a "punctate" pattern. This latter redistribution could be inhibited by glucose deprivation (indicating energy dependence), or by lowering the temperature of the medium below 18 degrees C. The differences in distribution between sensitive and resistant cells did not appear to be a function of intracellular DNR content, nor the result of drug cytotoxicity. Drug-sensitive KB3-1 and -resistant KBV-1 cells did not fully follow this pattern in that they demonstrated an intracellular DNR distribution intermediate between HL-60/S and HL-60/AR cells with both "punctate" and nuclear/cytoplasmic uptake sometimes in the same cell. These data indicate that the intracellular distribution of DNR is an important determinant of drug resistance regardless of the overexpression of P-glycoprotein. The intracellular movement of drug requires the presence of glucose and a temperature above 18 degrees C, implicating energy-dependent processes and vesicle fusion in the distribution process. This intracellular transport of DNR away from the nucleus in multidrug-resistant cells may protect putative

  18. [Comparison of the effects of different side-cut angles on corneal biomechanical properties after femtosecond laser assisted-laser in situ keratomileusis].

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    Li, H; Wang, Y; Dou, R; Wang, L; Xu, L L; Li, X J; Zhang, J M

    2017-01-11

    Objective: To evaluate the effects of side-cut angles on corneal biomechanical properties after femtosecond laser assisted-laser in situ keratomileusis (FS-LASIK). Methods: In this clinical control study, 97 right eyes of 97 patients with myopia and myopic astigmatism undergoing FS-LASIK surgery were included randomly. Two types of side-cut angles were designed for the flap, 90° in 48 eyes and 130° in 49 eyes. The values of corneal resistance factor (CRF), cornea hysteresis (CH) and 37 biomechanical waveform parameters were measured using the ocular response analyzer preoperatively and at 1 and 3 months postoperatively. The comparison between the two groups at different follow-up time points was made with one-way analysis of variance, and the comparison among different follow-up time points in each group was performed with the repeated measures analysis of variance. Results: The mean CRF, CH, p area, h, dive1, dive2, w11 and w21 in both groups showed significant reduction at 1 month postoperatively (group 90°: CRF 10.49 vs. 6.85, CH 10.02 vs. 7.55, p1 area 3 537.54 vs. 1 918.07, h1 404.74 vs. 283.25, dive1 350.63 vs. 243.33, w11 10.50 vs. 7.58. group 130°: CRF 10.14 vs. 6.38, CH 9.93 vs. 7.13, p1 area 3 498.93 vs. 2 038.74, h1 411.93 vs. 304.49, dive1 352.51 vs. 265.12, w11 10.55 vs. 7.78. PCorneal biomechanical properties significantly decrease after FS-LASIK, and different side-cut angles have some effect on corneal biomechanical properties after FS-LASIK. The corneal deformation is more stable after flap creation with an obtuse side-cut angle making the cornea under stress. Combined with waveform parameters of the ocular response analyzer, more subtle changes of corneal biomechanical properties can be found. (Chin J Ophthalmol, 2017, 53:23-32).

  19. Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE versus Femtosecond Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (FS-LASIK for Myopia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

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    Full Text Available The goal of this study was to compare small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE with femtosecond laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (FS-LASIK for treating myopia.The CENTRAL, EMBASE, PubMed databases and a Chinese database (SinoMed were searched in May of 2016. Twelve studies with 1,076 eyes, which included three randomized controlled trials (RCTs and nine cohorts, met our inclusion criteria. The overall quality of evidence was evaluated using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE working group framework. Data were extracted and analysed at three to six months postoperatively. Primary outcome measures included a loss of one or more lines of best spectacle corrected visual acuity (BSCVA, uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA of 20/20 or better, mean logMAR UCVA, postoperative mean spherical equivalent (SE and postoperative refraction within ±1.0 D of the target refraction. Secondary outcome measures included ocular surface disease index (OSDI, tear breakup time (TBUT and Schirmer's 1 test (S1T as dry eye parameters, along with corneal sensitivity.The overall quality of evidence was considered to be low to very low. Pooled results revealed no significant differences between the two groups with regard to a loss of one or more lines in the BSCVA (OR 1.71; 95% CI: 0.81, 3.63; P = 0.16, UCVA of 20/20 or better (OR 0.71; 95% CI: 0.44, 1.15; P = 0.16, logMAR UCVA (MD 0.00; 95% CI: -0.03, 0.04; P = 0.87, postoperative refractive SE (MD -0.00; 95% CI: -0.05, 0.05; P = 0.97 or postoperative refraction within ±1.0 D of the target refraction (OR 0.78; 95% CI: 0.22, 2.77; P = 0.70 within six months postoperatively. The pooled analysis also indicated that the FS-LASIK group suffered more severely from dry eye symptoms (OSDI; MD -6.68; 95% CI: -11.76, -2.00; P = 0.006 and lower corneal sensitivity (MD 12.40; 95% CI: 10.23, 14.56; P < 0.00001 at six months postoperatively.In conclusion, both FS-LASIK and SMILE are safe

  20. 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

  1. Charge carrier mobility and electronic properties of Al(Op3: impact of excimer formation

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    Andrea Magri

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available We have studied the electronic properties and the charge carrier mobility of the organic semiconductor tris(1-oxo-1H-phenalen-9-olatealuminium(III (Al(Op3 both experimentally and theoretically. We experimentally estimated the HOMO and LUMO energy levels to be −5.93 and −3.26 eV, respectively, which were close to the corresponding calculated values. Al(Op3 was successfully evaporated onto quartz substrates and was clearly identified in the absorption spectra of both the solution and the thin film. A structured steady state fluorescence emission was detected in solution, whereas a broad, red-shifted emission was observed in the thin film. This indicates the formation of excimers in the solid state, which is crucial for the transport properties. The incorporation of Al(Op3 into organic thin film transistors (TFTs was performed in order to measure the charge carrier mobility. The experimental setup detected no electron mobility, while a hole mobility between 0.6 × 10−6 and 2.1 × 10−6 cm2·V−1·s−1 was measured. Theoretical simulations, on the other hand, predicted an electron mobility of 9.5 × 10−6 cm2·V−1·s−1 and a hole mobility of 1.4 × 10−4 cm2·V−1·s−1. The theoretical simulation for the hole mobility predicted an approximately one order of magnitude higher hole mobility than was observed in the experiment, which is considered to be in good agreement. The result for the electron mobility was, on the other hand, unexpected, as both the calculated electron mobility and chemical common sense (based on the capability of extended aromatic structures to efficiently accept and delocalize additional electrons suggest more robust electron charge transport properties. This discrepancy is explained by the excimer formation, whose inclusion in the multiscale simulation workflow is expected to bring the theoretical simulation and experiment into agreement.

  2. Self-Calibrating Mechanochromic Fluorescent Polymers Based on Encapsulated Excimer-Forming Dyes.

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    Calvino, Céline; Guha, Anirvan; Weder, Christoph; Schrettl, Stephen

    2018-01-18

    While mechanochemical transduction principles are omnipresent in nature, mimicking these in artificial materials is challenging. The ability to reliably detect the exposure of man-made objects to mechanical forces is, however, of great interest for many applications, including structural health monitoring and tamper-proof packaging. A useful concept to achieve mechanochromic responses in polymers is the integration of microcapsules, which rupture upon deformation and release a payload causing a visually detectable response. Herein, it is reported that this approach can be used to create mechanochromic fluorescent materials that show a direct and ratiometric response to mechanical deformation. This can be achieved by filling poly(urea-formaldehyde) microcapsules with a solution of a photoluminescent aggregachromic cyano-substituted oligo(p-phenylene vinylene) and embedding these particles in poly(dimethylsiloxane). The application of mechanical force by way of impact, incision, or tensile deformation opens the microcapsules and releases the fluorophore in the damaged area. Due to excimer formation, the subsequent aggregation of the dye furnishes a detectable fluorescence color change. With the emission from unopened microcapsules as built-in reference, the approach affords materials that are self-calibrating. This new concept appears to be readily applicable to a range of polymer matrices and allows for the straightforward assessment of their structural integrity. © 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. 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...

  4. 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)

    2015-10-15

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Photolytic degradation of organic azo dye in aqueous solution using Xe-excimer lamp.

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    Feng, X; Zhu, S; Hou, H

    2006-02-01

    The photodegradation of organic azo dye C.I. Food Yellow 4 (FY-4) in aqueous solution was achieved, without the addition of oxidants, by 172 nm vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation emitted from the planar Xe-excimer lamp. The degradation was mainly attributed to the impact of HO radicals produced by water absorbing VUV radiation. The dye decolorization followed pseudo-first order kinetics. The initial quantum yields of FY-4 decolorization in O2-saturated solution and N2-saturated solution were respectively 0.151 +/- 0.003 and 0.103 +/- 0.002. Dissolved oxygen in the solution contributed to the increase of the decolorization rate and chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal rate while KCI added as HO radical scavenger decreased the efficiency of the decolorization and COD removal. It was found from the change of the UV-Vis spectra that the degradation of FY-4 was accompanied by both the cleavage of chromophoric group and the opening of aromatic ring. Major intermediates detected were aromatic compounds, some low molecular weight by-products and several organic acids and inorganic ions.

  11. 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.

  12. 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...

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Ventajas de la cicatrización cutánea asistida por láser (LASH Advantages of laser assisted scar healing (LASH

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    S. Mordon

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available La fase final de toda cirugía es la sutura y su cicatriz correspondiente y, frecuentemente, ésta es la única secuela visible de una intervención. La técnica LASH (cicatrización cutánea asistida por láser, estimula los mecanismos de reparación de la piel por efecto térmico, condicionando la calidad de la cicatrización. Estudios experimentales en ratones comparando los resultados obtenidos en heridas quirúrgicas radiadas con laser diodo 810 nm tras ser suturadas, con los obtenidos en igual tipo de heridas suturadas de manera convencional, han demostrado que se consiguen cicatrices mucho menos visibles cuando se practica el tratamiento con láser. La histología confirma, comparativamente, una notable aceleración del proceso cicatricial con modificación del TGFβ (Transforming Growth Factor-Beta directamente implicado en la reparación tisular, en los animales en los que la sutura fue asistida por láser. Igualmente, el análisis tensiométrico demostró mayor resistencia a la acción de estiramiento mecánico en estas heridas. Estudios clínicos en pacientes sometidos a dermolipectomia, reducción mamaria y estiramiento facial, demuestran que al tratar con LASH una parte o una de las líneas de sutura, los análisis realizados tanto por los pacientes como por cirujanos independientes a los 8 días, 3 meses y un año, evidencian resultados más favorables para la técnica láser, Las dosis eficaces determinadas para las fluencias láser están entre 80 y 120 J/cm². La técnica LASH es simple de efectuar, reproducible, rápida y ofrece una clara evidencia de que es posible reducir considerablemente la cicatriz, logrando que ésta sea de mejor calidad y más estética.Suture is the final stage of surgery and as a consequence, a scar is frequently the only visible effect after an operation. LASH technique (Laser Assisted Scar Healing produces thermal effects to stimulate mechanisms for tissue repair that will determine the quality of

  16. [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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Photochemically induced deposition of protective alumina coatings onto UV emitting phosphors for Xe excimer discharge lamps

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    Broxtermann, Mike, E-mail: mike.b@fh-muenster.de; Jüstel, Thomas, E-mail: tj@fh-muenster.de

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • A UV-reactor for the pH induced precipitation of inorganic material is described. • The photolysis of Azide (N{sub 3}{sup −}) leads to a steady pH increase used for precipitation. • A UV induced Al(OH){sub 3} precipitation is used to craft Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coatings onto YPO{sub 4}:Bi. • The influence of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coated onto YPO{sub 4}:Bi with different thicknesses is discussed. • SEM, VUV-spectroscopy and ESA measurements were performed on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coated samples. - Abstract: This work concerns the particle coating of the UV-C emitting phosphor YPO{sub 4}:Bi, targeting a stability enhancement of the phosphor material for Xe excimer lamp operation. To this end, the material is coated by the wide band gap material Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. In order to obtain a thin and homogeneous coating layer, a novel process based on the photochemical cleavage of NaN{sub 3} in water was developed. This results in a slow and continuous enhancement of the pH value due to ongoing NaOH formation, which results in the precipitation of Al(OH){sub 3} from an Al{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} {sub ×} 18H{sub 2}O solution. It turned out that the obtained particle coatings are of much better quality, i.e. homogeneity, compared to coatings made from a wet-chemical homogeneous precipitation process. The morphology and electrochemical properties of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coated YPO{sub 4}:Bi are discussed on the basis of optical spectroscopy, ESA measurements, and SEM/EDX investigations.

  3. 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).

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

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    Lawrence, Jonathan; Li, Lin

    1999-01-01

    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...

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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,

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

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    Yan Zhao

    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.

  20. 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.

  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. 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%.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Light-controlled resistive switching in laser-assisted annealed Ba{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}TiO{sub 3} thin films

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    Silva, J.P.B. [Centre of Physics, University of Minho, Braga (Portugal); Departamento de Fisica e Astronomia, Faculdade de Ciencias, IFIMUP and IN-Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Universidade do Porto (Portugal); Kamakshi, Koppole [Centre of Physics, University of Minho, Braga (Portugal); Departamento de Fisica e Astronomia, Faculdade de Ciencias, IFIMUP and IN-Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Universidade do Porto (Portugal); Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology Andhra Pradesh (India); Sekhar, K.C. [Centre of Physics, University of Minho, Braga (Portugal); Department of Physics, School of Basic and Applied Sciences, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur (India); Moreira, J. Agostinho; Almeida, A. [Departamento de Fisica e Astronomia, Faculdade de Ciencias, IFIMUP and IN-Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Universidade do Porto (Portugal); Pereira, M.; Gomes, M.J.M. [Centre of Physics, University of Minho, Braga (Portugal)

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    In this work, Ba{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}TiO{sub 3} (BST)/ITO structures were grown on glass substrate and laser assisted annealing (LAA) was performed to promote the crystallization of BST. Atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffraction studies confirm the crack free and polycrystalline perovskite phase of BST. White light controlled resistive switching (RS) effect in Au/BST/ITO device is investigated. The device displays the electroforming-free bipolar RS characteristics and are explained by the modulation of the width and height of barrier at the BST/ITO interface via ferroelectric polarization. Moreover, the RS effect is significantly improved under white light illumination compared to that in the dark. The enhanced RS and photovoltaic effects are explained by considering depolarization field and charge distribution at the interface. The devices exhibit stable retention characteristics with low currents (≤μA), which make them attractive for non volatile memory devices. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  7. 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...

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Synthesis and fluorescence studies of nine 1,5-benzodiazepine-2,4-dione derivatives: Dual emission and excimer fluorescence

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    Qomi, Hamid Reza; Habibi, Azizollah; Shahcheragh, Seyyed Mohammad

    2017-03-01

    The photophysical properties of nine 1,5-benzodiazepine-2,4-dione (BZD) derivatives were investigated using absorption and fluorescence spectral techniques in dimethyl sulfoxide. The trend of red shifts caused by the substitutions had full compliance with the trend of decreasing the calculated band gap (ΔELUMO-HOMO) by semi-empirical AM1 and DFT/B3LYP/6-311 + G* computational methods. The positive solvatochromism of BZD a demonstrated the π-π* nature of the singlet excited state. Dual fluorescence was observed in the emission spectra of BZD f and g, while their spectrum in different concentration showed only one peak short wavelength (SW) in dilute solutions. The main peak in SW around 370 nm was attributed to the monomer of BZD (f* or g*) and the broader emission shifted to the visible region around 400 nm in middle wavelength (MW) to the intermolecular excimer emission of BZD ([f/f]*or [g/g]*). The observed phenomena, such as solvatochromism, dual fluorescence, some red shifts caused by substitution, and larger Stokes shift indicated the existence of intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) in the BZDs series. The phosphorescence emission of the BZDs demonstrated their intersystem crossing (ISC) process.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. A battery-operated, stabilized, high-energy pulsed electron gun for the production of rare gas excimers.

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    Barcellan, L; Berto, E; Carugno, G; Galet, G; Galeazzi, G; Borghesani, A F

    2011-09-01

    We report on the design of a new type of hot-filament electron gun delivering fairly high current (a few hundreds of μ A) at high voltage (up to 100 kV) in continuous or pulsed mode. Its novel features are that the filament is heated by means of a pack of rechargeable batteries floated atop the high-voltage power supply in order to get rid of bulky isolation transformers, and that the filament current and, hence, the electron gun current, is controlled by a feedback circuit including a superluminescent diode decoupled from the high voltage by means of an optical fiber. This electron gun is intended for general purposes, although we have especially developed it to meet the needs of our experiment on the infrared emission spectroscopy of rare gas excimers. Our experiment requires that the charge injection into the sample is pulsed and constant and stable in time. The new electron gun can deliver several tens of nC per pulse of electrons of energy up to 100 keV into the sample cell. The new design also eliminates ripples in the emission current and ensures up to 12 h of stable performance. © 2011 American Institute of Physics

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.