Diode-Pumped, Mid-Infrared Surgical Laser

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$79,988.00
Award Year:
1997
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
37155
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Schwartz Electro-optics, Inc.
45 Winthrop St., Concord, MA, 01742
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Peter F. Moulton
 (508) 371-2299
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We propose to begin development of a new class of surgical lasers made possible by recent advances in high power, semiconductor-laser technology. Multi-Watt level, diode-pumped, mid-infrared solid state lasers will eventually replaced lamp-pumped systems for many surgical applications. The compact nature of these lasers will allow multiple wavelength modules to be incorporated into a single fiber-deliverable surgical system, thereby giving the surgeon the ability to choose the wavelength (or combination of wavelengths) most appropriate for a particular procedure.In our Phase I effort, we will build a 1-W, diode-pumped, cw erbium laser emitting near 3 microns and deliver it to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). At MGH, the cutting rate and thermal damage zone produced by the laser in both hard and soft tissue will be measured.

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