Science.gov

Sample records for 157-nm excimer laser

  1. Behavior of 157 nm excimer-laser-induced refractive index changes in silica

    SciTech Connect

    Smith, Charlene M.; Borrelli, Nicholas F.

    2006-09-15

    This study describes the observation of large induced refractive index changes produced by 157 nm excimer laser exposure in high-purity synthetic silica glasses. With 157 nm exposure, large induced changes are observed within a few hundred thousand pulses of exposure. Similar to 193 nm exposures, exposure with polarized 157 nm light yields polarization-induced birefringence (PIB). However, the 157 nm exposure also exhibits a behavior not observed with 193 nm exposures; namely, the initial response of the glass is a decrease in refractive index, followed by an increase with continued exposure. An explanation of the behaviors for both wavelength results is proposed where the induced refractive index is considered to arise from two different concurrent phenomena. One produces a decreased refractive index and also accounts for the PIB. The other, which accounts for the increased refractive index, is associated with an isotropic laser-induced volume change.

  2. Precision drilling of fused silica with 157-nm excimer laser radiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Temme, Thorsten; Ostendorf, Andreas; Kulik, Christian; Meyer, Klaus

    2003-07-01

    μFor drilling fused silica, mechanical techniques like with diamond drills, ultrasonic machining, sand blasting or water jet machining are used. Also chemical techniques like laser assisted wet etching or thermal drilling with CO2-lasers are established. As an extension of these technologies, the drilling of micro-holes in fused silica with VUV laser radiation is presented here. The high absorption of the 157 nm radiation emitted by the F2 excimer laser and the short pulse duration lead to a material ablation with minimised impact on the surrounding material. Contrary to CO2-laser drilling, a molten and solidified phase around the bore can thus be avoided. The high photon energy of 7.9 eV requires either high purity nitrogen flushing or operation in vacuum, which also effects the processing results. Depending on the required precision, the laser can be used for percussion drilling as well as for excimer laser trepanning, by applying rotating masks. Rotating masks are especially used for high aspect ratio drilling with well defined edges and minimised debris. The technology is suitable particularly for holes with a diameter below 200 μm down to some microns in substrates with less than 200 μm thickness, that can not be achieved with mechanical methods. Drilling times in 200 μm fused silica substrates are in the range of ten seconds, which is sufficient to compete with conventional methods while providing similar or even better accuracy.

  3. The formation of metallic nanoparticles in single crystal CaF{sub 2} under 157 nm excimer laser irradiation

    SciTech Connect

    Cramer, L.P.; Langford, S.C.; Dickinson, J.T.

    2006-03-01

    Single crystal calcium fluoride (CaF{sub 2}) is an important material for vacuum-ultraviolet optical components. Unfortunately, all metal halides tend to form defects when exposed to energetic particles and laser radiation, and these defects can degrade optical performance. Here we examine the consequences of exposing CaF{sub 2} to 157 nm excimer laser radiation and show that several tens of thousands of pulses at fluences near 1 J/cm{sup 2} can color the material. Absorption spectra of the exposed material confirm the formation of metallic calcium nanoparticles similar to those produced by other forms of energetic radiation. The rate of nanoparticle formation depends on the bulk temperature and displays a local maximum near 50 deg. C. Absorption measurements at 157 nm display a transient absorption component that grows during prolonged irradiation and disappears on time scales of several minutes after irradiation ceases. The implications of these effects in optical components are discussed.

  4. F 2 excimer laser (157 nm) radiation modification and surface ablation of PHEMA hydrogels and the effects on bioactivity: Surface attachment and proliferation of human corneal epithelial cells

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zainuddin; Chirila, Traian V.; Barnard, Zeke; Watson, Gregory S.; Toh, Chiong; Blakey, Idriss; Whittaker, Andrew K.; Hill, David J. T.

    2011-02-01

    Physical and chemical changes at the surface of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) hydrogels modified by ablation with an F 2 excimer laser were investigated experimentally. An important observation was that only the outer exposed surface layers of the hydrogel were affected by the exposure to 157 nm radiation. The effect of the surface changes on the tendency of cells to adhere to the PHEMA was also investigated. A 0.5 cm 2 area of the hydrogel surfaces was exposed to laser irradiation at 157 nm to fluences of 0.8 and 4 J cm -2. The changes in surface topography were analysed by light microscopy and atomic force microscopy, while the surface chemistry was characterized by attenuated total reflection infrared and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies. Cell-interfacial interactions were examined based on the proliferation of human corneal limbal epithelial (HLE) cells cultured on the laser-modified hydrogels, and on the unexposed hydrogels and tissue culture plastic for comparison. It was observed that the surface topography of laser-exposed hydrogels showed rippled patterns with a surface roughness increasing at the higher exposure dose. The changes in surface chemistry were affected not only by an indirect effect of hydrogen and hydroxyl radicals, formed by water photolysis, on the PHEMA, but also by the direct action of laser radiation on PHEMA if the surface layers of the gel become depleted of water. The laser treatment led to a change in the surface characteristics, with a lower concentration of ester side-chains and the formation of new oxygenated species at the surface. The surface also became more hydrophobic. Most importantly, the surface chemistry and the newly created surface topographical features were able to improve the attachment, spreading and growth of HLE cells.

  5. Machining of optical microstructures with 157 nm laser radiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Temme, Thorsten; Ostendorf, Andreas; Kulik, Christian J.

    2003-11-01

    The precision machining of glass by laser ablation has been expanded with the short wavelength of the 157 nm of the F2 excimer laser. The high absorption of this wavelength in any optical glass, especially in UV-grade fused silica, offers a new approach to generate high quality surfaces, addressing also micro-optical components. In this paper, the machining of basic diffractive and refractive optical components and the required machining and process technology is presented. Applications that are addressed are cylindrical and rotational symmetrical micro lenses and diffractive optics like phase transmission grating and diffractive optical elements (DOEs). These optical surfaces have been machined into bulk material as well as on fiber end surfaces, to achieve compact (electro) -- optical elements with high functionality and packaging density. The short wavelength of 157 nm used in the investigations require either vacuum or high purity inert gas environments. The influence of different ambient conditions is presented.

  6. Laser ablation of polymeric materials at 157 nm

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Costela, A.; García-Moreno, I.; Florido, F.; Figuera, J. M.; Sastre, R.; Hooker, S. M.; Cashmore, J. S.; Webb, C. E.

    1995-03-01

    Results are presented on the ablation by 157 nm laser radiation of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), polyimide, polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), and poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) with 1% of ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as a crosslinking monomer. Direct photoetching of PHB and undoped PTFE is demonstrated for laser fluences ranging from 0.05 to 0.8 J/cm2. The dependence of the ablation process on the polymer structure is analyzed, and insight into the ablation mechanism is gained from an analysis of the data using Beer-Lambert's law and the kinetic model of the moving interface. Consideration of the absorbed energy density required to initiate significant ablation suggests that the photoetching mechanism is similar for all the polymers studied.

  7. Laser etching of quartz and teflon with 157 nm and 193 nm laser radiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Herman, Peter R.; Chen, Boyi; Moore, J. David

    1993-10-01

    Laser etching rates are presented for Teflon and quartz at 193 nm and 157 nm wavelengths. The shorter 157 nm wavelength yields high-quality surfaces with etching thresholds at low fluences of 57 and 470 mJ/cm2, respectively, affording features well-suited to micromachining applications in the electronics and photonics industries. At 193 nm, etching profiles are severely degraded. A computer model was developed to model the ablation, swelling, incubation, and plume absorption processes observed in Teflon under 193 nm irradiation. The computer results satisfactorily represent the experimental data over a large fluence range of 0.6 to 13 J/cm2 with four adjustable parameters.

  8. Excimer lasers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Palmer, A. J.; Hess, L. D.; Stephens, R. R.

    1976-01-01

    A theoretical and experimental investigation into the possibility of achieving CW discharge pumped excimer laser oscillation is reported. Detailed theoretical modeling of capillary discharge pumping of the XeF and KXe and K2 excimer systems was carried out which predicted the required discharge parameters for reaching laser threshold on these systems. Capillary discharge pumping of the XeF excimer system was investigated experimentally. The experiments revealed a lower excimer level population density than predicted theoretically by about an order of magnitude. The experiments also revealed a fluorine consumption problem in the discharge in agreement with theory.

  9. Gratings, photosensitivity, and poling in silica optical waveguides with 157-nm fluorine laser radiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chen, Peng (Kevin)

    2002-08-01

    The energetic 7.9-eV photons of the F2 laser directly access bandgap states in germanosilicate glasses to drive one-photon processes for inducing strong refractive index changes in silica optical waveguides. In this thesis, the author carried out the first comprehensive F2-laser photosensitivity studies with an aim to assess prospects for shaping useful photonic structures directly inside the germanosilicate waveguides. Both planar waveguides and standard telecommunication fibers were examined. Large effective index change (>10-3) was induced in both fibers and planar waveguides without any enhancement technique. With the use of hydrogen loading enhancement, asymmetric refractive index profiles were noted by atomic force microscopy and microreflection microscopy, having a peak index change of larger than 0.01 in the fiber core. The 157-nm laser radiation is effective in rapidly forming long-period gratings in standard fibers. Grating formation is over 250 times faster than that with the 248-nm KrF laser constituting the fastest photosensitivity response ever reported. For planar lightwave circuits (PLCs), the 157-nm laser exposure generate narrow profiles of large index changes (Deltan ˜ 10 -2) that is useful in trimming phase errors and controlling birefringence in frequency domain modulators (FDMs) and interleavers. The large vacuum-ultraviolet-induced birefringence was used to completely compensate the intrinsic birefringence of Deltan ˜ 10-4 in typical PLCs. With hydrogen soaking, modest 157-nm pre-irradiation (accumulated fluence >3 J/cm2) was found to 'lock-in' a permanent photosensitivity enhancement in the germanosilica, permitting the formation of strong (40 dB) and stable fiber Bragg gratings with 248-nm-KrF laser light. The F2-laser photosensitivity locking was 300-time more effective than with KrF-laser pretreatment. The practical trimming applications in PLCs were demonstrated in PLC interleavers and FDMs. The 157-nm laser pre-radiation was found to

  10. Excimer lasers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Palmer, A. J.; Hess, L. D.; Stephens, R. R.; Pepper, D. M.

    1977-01-01

    The results of a two-year investigation into the possibility of developing continuous wave excimer lasers are reported. The program included the evaluation and selection of candidate molecular systems and discharge pumping techniques. The K Ar/K2 excimer dimer molecules and the xenon fluoride excimer molecule were selected for study; each used a transverse and capillary discharges pumping technique. Experimental and theoretical studies of each of the two discharge techniques applied to each of the two molecular systems are reported. Discharge stability and fluorine consumption were found to be the principle impediments to extending the XeF excimer laser into the continuous wave regime. Potassium vapor handling problems were the principal difficulty in achieving laser action on the K Ar/K2 system. Of the four molecular systems and pumping techniques explored, the capillary discharge pumped K Ar/K2 system appears to be the most likely candidate for demonstrating continuous wave excimer laser action primarily because of its predicted lower pumping threshold and a demonstrated discharge stability advantage.

  11. Surface modification of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane block copolymer films by 157 nm laser light

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sarantopoulou, Evangelia; Kollia, Zoe; Cefalas, Alkiviadis Constantinos; Siokou, Ageliki Elina; Argitis, Panagiotis; Bellas, Vassilios; Kobe, Spomenka

    2009-06-01

    Thin films of ethyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (ethyl-POSS) containing polymers at different compositions were chemically modified using laser irradiation at 157 nm. The irradiation caused photodissociation of C-O and C-H bonds followed by the formation of new chemical bonds. The content of Si-O and C-O bonds increased, as did the surface hardness. Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) absorption, mass spectrometry, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy imaging and indentation were used to evaluate the effects of the 157 nm irradiation. The chemical modification was restricted to a thin surface layer. The layer depth was determined by the penetration depth of the 157 nm VUV photons inside the thin copolymer layer. With prolonged VUV irradiation, the absorbance of the polymers increased, eventually becoming saturated. The chemical changes were accompanied by surface hardening, as evidenced by the increase in the Young's modulus from 4 to 24 GPa due to glassification of the irradiated parts. The chemically modified layer acts as a shield against photodissociation and degradation of the deeper portion of the POSS polymer by VUV radiation. Applications include the protection of solar cells on low orbit satellites from solar VUV photons.

  12. VUV 157nm laser ablation of spherical particles and modelling of whispering gallery mode optical antenna structures

    SciTech Connect

    Walton, C. D.; Cockcroft, S.; Metheringham, W. J.

    2012-07-30

    We report on VUV 157nm F{sub 2} laser irradiation of CR-39 polymer substrates that have been intentionally seeded with spherical glass particles. We discuss the importance of adhesive forces for realizing spherical cavity structures by laser ablation. Strong optical absorption at 157nm in CR-39 enables precise control of pedestal height by controlling the laser fluence and the number of laser pulses. Resonant modes for free-standing spherical cavities have been calculated and we discuss briefly the potential applications for use as optical sources on-board lab-on-chip devices.

  13. Planar waveguide Michelson interferometer fabricated by using 157nm mask laser micromachining

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bao, Haihong; Ran, Zengling; Wu, Xuezhong; Yang, Ke; Jiang, Yuan; Rao, Yunjiang

    2015-07-01

    A Michelson interferometer is fabricated on silica planar waveguide by using the one-step technology based on 157nm mask laser micromachining. The fabrication time for one device is ~10s. Experimental results show that such an interferometer has an excellent fringe contrast of >20dB. Its temperature and refractive index (RI) responses are tested by observing the wavelength shift of the interferometric fringes, which shows linear characteristics with a thermo-coefficient of ~9.5pm/°C and a RI-coefficient of ~36.7nm/RIU, respectively. The fabrication technology may pave a new way for direct writing of planar silica waveguide devices for sensing applications with high efficiency and quality.

  14. Miniature in-line photonic crystal fiber etalon fabricated by 157 nm laser micromachining.

    PubMed

    Ran, Z L; Rao, Y J; Deng, H Y; Liao, X

    2007-11-01

    A miniature in-line fiber-optic Fabry-Perot etalon is fabricated on a photonic crystal fiber (PCF) by using 157 nm laser micromachining for the first time to our knowledge. Experimental results show that such a PCF-based etalon has an excellent fringe visibility of up to approximately 26 dB due to the mirror-finish quality of the two cavity surfaces inside the PCF. This etalon can be used as an ideal sensor for precise strain measurement under high temperature of up to 800 degrees C. It can also offer some other outstanding advantages, such as fast and easy fabrication, high reproducibility, capacity of mass production, low cost, low temperature-strain cross-sensitivity, and high signal-to-noise ratio.

  15. Excimer Lasers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1975-06-01

    34hoi- mg both the excimer and dimer states in emission. rurremly. attempts are being made to both measure the gain Meetly us,ng a GaAs probe...source, such as a xenon flashlamp, to pump into the absorption bands of the excimer and dimer transitions themselves. Thus the primary pumping...rate, R, is computed by sim- ply integrating over the transition bandwidth, the product of incident flashlamp spectral flux times the net

  16. Excimer laser refractive surgery.

    PubMed Central

    Manche, E E; Carr, J D; Haw, W W; Hersh, P S

    1998-01-01

    Excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy and excimer laser in situ keratomileusis are relatively new treatment modalities that can be used to correct refractive errors of the eye. They are most commonly used to correct myopia (nearsightedness) but can also be used to correct hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. The excimer laser alters the refractive state of the eye by removing tissue from the anterior cornea through a process known as photoablative decomposition. This process uses ultraviolet energy from the excimer laser to disrupt chemical bonds in the cornea without causing any thermal damage to surrounding tissue. The modified anterior corneal surface enables light to be focused on the retina, thereby reducing or eliminating the dependence on glasses and contact lenses. We discuss in detail all aspects of excimer laser refractive surgery--techniques, indications and contraindications, clinical outcomes, and complications. PMID:9682628

  17. Liquid xenon excimer laser

    SciTech Connect

    Molchanov, Alexander G

    2003-01-31

    The characteristics of the first excimer laser and the history of its creation are presented. The threshold lasing conditions and the modern theory of active media are considered, and the prospects for the development of excimer lasers operating on condensed inert gases are discussed. It is shown that in experiments on pumping liquid xenon, lasing was obtained simultaneously on excimers of several types, including excimers in liquid and gas phases. (special issue devoted to the 80th anniversary of academician n g basov's birth)

  18. Microscope illumination systems for 157 nm

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pesch, Alexander; Uhlendorf, Kristina; Deparnay, Arnaud; Erdmann, Lars; Kuschnerus, Peter; Engel, Thomas; Brunner, Robert

    2003-05-01

    The image quality of an inspection microscope depends strongly on the performance of the illumination system. Especially in the case of laser-based illumination it is necessary to transform the original beam profile into a homogeneous light spot with a flat top field distribution. Simultaneously, speckles caused by the coherence of the laser have to be reduced. Here we discuss different ways to homogenize the multi mode beam profile of a pulsed compact 157 nm excimer laser. A variety of setups, combining dynamic acting diffusers, microlens arrays and primary lenses were realized and characterized in several geometrical arrangements. The homogenizers were evaluated and characterized especially with respect to the statistical behavior on the integrated pulse number.

  19. Excimer Laser Etching

    SciTech Connect

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

    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. Excimer Lasers In Medicine

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tittel, Frank K.; Saidi, Iyad S.; Pettit, George H.; Wisoff, P. J.; Sauerbrey, Roland A.

    1989-06-01

    Excimer lasers emit light energy, short optical pulses at ultraviolet wavelengths, that results in a unique laser tissue interaction. This has led to an increasing number of studies into medical applications of these lasers in fields such as ophthalmology, urology, cardiology and neurology.

  1. Pulsed excimer laser processing

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wong, D.

    1985-06-01

    The status of pulsed excimer laser processing of PV cells is presented. The cost effective feasibility of fabricating high efficiency solar cells on Czochralski wafers using a pulsed excimer laser for junction formation, surface passivation, and front metallization. Laser annealing results were promising with the best AR coated cell having an efficiency of 16.1%. Better results would be expected with larger laser spot size because there was some degradation in open circuit voltage caused by laser spot overlap and edge effects. Surface heating and photolytic decomposition by the laser was used to deposit tungsten from the reaction of tungsten hexafluoride and hydrogen. The line widths were 5 to 10 mils, and the depositions passed the tape adhesion test. Thinner lines are practical using an optimized optical system.

  2. Pulsed excimer laser processing

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Wong, D.

    1985-01-01

    The status of pulsed excimer laser processing of PV cells is presented. The cost effective feasibility of fabricating high efficiency solar cells on Czochralski wafers using a pulsed excimer laser for junction formation, surface passivation, and front metallization. Laser annealing results were promising with the best AR coated cell having an efficiency of 16.1%. Better results would be expected with larger laser spot size because there was some degradation in open circuit voltage caused by laser spot overlap and edge effects. Surface heating and photolytic decomposition by the laser was used to deposit tungsten from the reaction of tungsten hexafluoride and hydrogen. The line widths were 5 to 10 mils, and the depositions passed the tape adhesion test. Thinner lines are practical using an optimized optical system.

  3. Viability of Cladosporium herbarum spores under 157 nm laser and vacuum ultraviolet irradiation, low temperature (10 K) and vacuum

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sarantopoulou, E.; Stefi, A.; Kollia, Z.; Palles, D.; Petrou, P. S.; Bourkoula, A.; Koukouvinos, G.; Velentzas, A. D.; Kakabakos, S.; Cefalas, A. C.

    2014-09-01

    Ultraviolet photons can damage microorganisms, which rarely survive prolonged irradiation. In addition to the need for intact DNA, cell viability is directly linked to the functionality of the cell wall and membrane. In this work, Cladosporium herbarum spore monolayers exhibit high viability (7%) when exposed to 157 nm laser irradiation (412 kJm-2) or vacuum-ultraviolet irradiation (110-180 nm) under standard pressure and temperature in a nitrogen atmosphere. Spore viability can be determined by atomic-force microscopy, nano-indentation, mass, μ-Raman and attenuated reflectance Fourier-transform far-infrared spectroscopies and DNA electrophoresis. Vacuum ultraviolet photons cause molecular damage to the cell wall, but radiation resistance in spores arises from the activation of a photon-triggered signaling reaction, expressed via the exudation of intracellular substances, which, in combination with the low penetration depth of vacuum-ultraviolet photons, shields DNA from radiation. Resistance to phototoxicity under standard conditions was assessed, as was resistance to additional environmental stresses, including exposure in a vacuum, under different rates of change of pressure during pumping time and low (10 K) temperatures. Vacuum conditions were far more destructive to spores than vacuum-ultraviolet irradiation, and UV-B photons were two orders of magnitude more damaging than vacuum-ultraviolet photons. The viability of irradiated spores was also enhanced at 10 K. This work, in addition to contributing to the photonic control of the viability of microorganisms exposed under extreme conditions, including decontamination of biological warfare agents, outlines the basis for identifying bio-signaling in vivo using physical methodologies.

  4. Viability of Cladosporium herbarum spores under 157 nm laser and vacuum ultraviolet irradiation, low temperature (10 K) and vacuum

    SciTech Connect

    Sarantopoulou, E. Stefi, A.; Kollia, Z.; Palles, D.; Cefalas, A. C.; Petrou, P. S.; Bourkoula, A.; Koukouvinos, G.; Kakabakos, S.; Velentzas, A. D.

    2014-09-14

    Ultraviolet photons can damage microorganisms, which rarely survive prolonged irradiation. In addition to the need for intact DNA, cell viability is directly linked to the functionality of the cell wall and membrane. In this work, Cladosporium herbarum spore monolayers exhibit high viability (7%) when exposed to 157 nm laser irradiation (412 kJm⁻²) or vacuum-ultraviolet irradiation (110–180 nm) under standard pressure and temperature in a nitrogen atmosphere. Spore viability can be determined by atomic-force microscopy, nano-indentation, mass, μ-Raman and attenuated reflectance Fourier-transform far-infrared spectroscopies and DNA electrophoresis. Vacuum ultraviolet photons cause molecular damage to the cell wall, but radiation resistance in spores arises from the activation of a photon-triggered signaling reaction, expressed via the exudation of intracellular substances, which, in combination with the low penetration depth of vacuum-ultraviolet photons, shields DNA from radiation. Resistance to phototoxicity under standard conditions was assessed, as was resistance to additional environmental stresses, including exposure in a vacuum, under different rates of change of pressure during pumping time and low (10 K) temperatures. Vacuum conditions were far more destructive to spores than vacuum-ultraviolet irradiation, and UV-B photons were two orders of magnitude more damaging than vacuum-ultraviolet photons. The viability of irradiated spores was also enhanced at 10 K. This work, in addition to contributing to the photonic control of the viability of microorganisms exposed under extreme conditions, including decontamination of biological warfare agents, outlines the basis for identifying bio-signaling in vivo using physical methodologies.

  5. Production excimer laser equipment overview

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sercel, Jeffrey P.

    1993-04-01

    Excimer lasers were commercialized in the late 1970's. The laser community thought that by the early 1980's these UV lasers would enjoy a fruitful industrial market position. CO2 and solid state lasers required almost two decades to be fully accepted as industrial machine while the excimer laser was expected to be a fast learner benefiting from the learning curve of its big brothers. In retrospect, early excimer lasers had a bad reputation for being complicated, expensive and frequently out of commission. By the late 1980's a few excimer laser manufacturers had engineered the problems to acceptable levels for successful pilot lines and small scale manufacturing to begin. At this time, the real industrial learning curves began as engineers worked to refine many subsystems and support technologies. Today, excimer lasers are being used as true industrial lasers. They have a bright future with numerous and diverse market opportunities. This paper is an overview of the technologies proven to be successful in adapting modern excimer lasers to successful full production situations.

  6. Vacuum barrier for excimer lasers

    DOEpatents

    Shurter, R.P.

    1992-09-15

    A barrier for separating the vacuum area of a diode from the pressurized gas area of an excimer laser. The barrier is a composite material comprising layers of a metal such as copper, along with layers of polyimide, and a matrix of graphite fiber yarns impregnated with epoxy. The barrier is stronger than conventional foil barriers, and allows greater electron throughput. 3 figs.

  7. Vacuum barrier for excimer lasers

    DOEpatents

    Shurter, Roger P.

    1992-01-01

    A barrier for separating the vacuum area of a diode from the pressurized gas area of an excimer laser. The barrier is a composite material comprising layers of a metal such as copper, along with layers of polyimide, and a matrix of graphite fiber yarns impregnated with epoxy. The barrier is stronger than conventional foil barriers, and allows greater electron throughput.

  8. Semiconductor processing with excimer lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Young, R.T.; Narayan, J.; Christie, W.H.; van der Leeden, G.A.; Rothe, D.E.; Cheng, L.J.

    1983-01-01

    The advantages of pulsed excimer lasers for semiconductor processing are reviewed. Extensive comparisons of the quality of annealing of ion-implanted Si obtained with XeCl and ruby lasers have been made. The results indicate that irrespective of the large differences in the optical properties of Si at uv and visible wavelengths, the efficiency of usage of the incident energy for annealing is comparable for the two lasers. However, because of the excellent optical beam quality, the XeCl laser can provide superior control of the surface melting and the resulting junction depth. Furthermore, the concentrations of electrically active point defects in the XeCl laser annealed region are 2 to 3 orders of magnitude lower than that obtained from ruby or Nd:YAG lasers. All these results seem to suggest that XeCl lasers should be suitable for fabricating not only solar cells but also the more advanced device structures required for VLSI or VHSIC applications.

  9. Excimer laser in arthroscopic surgery

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Koort, Hans J.

    1991-05-01

    The development of efficient high-power lasersystems for use in surgery, especially in arthroscopic fields, leads to a new push for all endoscopic techniques. Both techniques, laser and endoscope, complete each other in an ideal way and allow applications which could not be reached with conventional techniques. One of the newer laser types is the excimer laser, which will be a good choice for surface treatment because of its very considerate interaction with tissue. One example is the ablation or smoothing of articular cartilage and meniscal shaving in orthopaedics. On the other hand, the power of this laser system is high enough to cut tissue, for instance in the lateral release, and offers therefore an alternative to the mechanical and electrical instruments. All lasers can only work fine with effective delivery systems. Sometimes there is only a single fiber, which becomes very stiff at diameters of more than 800 micrometers . This fiber often allows only the tangential treatment of tissue, most of the laser power is lost in the background. New fiber systems with many, sometimes hundreds of very thin single fibers, could offer a solution. Special handpieces and fibersystems offer distinct advantages in small joint arthroscopy, especially those for use with excimer lasers will be discussed.

  10. Excimer laser chemical problems

    SciTech Connect

    Tennant, R.; Peterson, N.

    1982-01-01

    Techniques need to be developed to maintain XeF and XeCl laser performance over long periods of time without degradation resulting from chemical processes occurring within the laser. The dominant chemical issues include optical damage, corrosions of laser materials, gas contamination, and control of halogen concentration. Each of these issues are discussed and summarized. The methods of minimizing or controlling the chemical processes involved are presented.

  11. Applications of the Excimer Laser: A Review.

    PubMed

    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.

  12. [Perspectives of excimer laser-assisted keratoplasty].

    PubMed

    Seitz, B; Langenbucher, A; Naumann, G O H

    2011-09-01

    The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the evolution of laser keratoplasty and to outline the potential future perspectives of this technique. For non-contact donor trephination from the epithelial side an artificial anterior chamber has been used. Since 1989 more than 3,300 penetrating keratoplasty operations (PKP) have been performed successfully with the Zeiss-Meditec MEL60® excimer laser in Erlangen and Homburg/Saar. Prospective clinical studies have shown that the technique of non-contact excimer laser PKP improves donor and recipient decentration, reduces vertical tilt and horizontal torsion of the graft in the recipient bed, thus resulting in significantly less all-sutures-out keratometric astigmatism, higher regularity of the topography and better visual acuity. Besides less blood-aqueous barrier breakdown during the early postoperative course after PKP, excimer laser trephination does not induce cataract formation and does not impair the graft endothelium. Likewise, the rate of immunological graft rejections is not adversely affected by the excimer laser. In addition, trephination of an instable cornea is facilitated. Because of undisputed clinical advantages, especially in eyes with keratoconus, excimer laser trephination with orientation teeth/notches is still favored in Homburg/Saar in daily practice. The femtosecond laser (FSL)-assisted keratoplasty technique is very exciting but a prospective randomized study is required to determine potential benefits over excimer laser PKP.

  13. 308nm Excimer Laser in Dermatology

    PubMed Central

    Mehraban, Shadi

    2014-01-01

    308nm xenon-chloride excimer laser, a novel mode of phototherapy, is an ultraviolet B radiation system consisting of a noble gas and halide. The aim of this systematic review was to investigate the literature and summarize all the experiments, clinical trials and case reports on 308-nm excimer laser in dermatological disorders. 308-nm excimer laser has currently a verified efficacy in treating skin conditions such as vitiligo, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, alopecia areata, allergic rhinitis, folliculitis, granuloma annulare, lichen planus, mycosis fungoides, palmoplantar pustulosis, pityriasis alba, CD30+ lympho proliferative disorder, leukoderma, prurigo nodularis, localized scleroderma and genital lichen sclerosus. Although the 308-nm excimer laser appears to act as a promising treatment modality in dermatology, further large-scale studies should be undertaken in order to fully affirm its safety profile considering the potential risk, however minimal, of malignancy, it may impose. PMID:25606333

  14. Photoresist outgassing at 157 nm exposure

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hien, Stefan; Angood, Steve; Ashworth, Dominic; Basset, Steve; Bloomstein, Theodore M.; Dean, Kim R.; Kunz, Roderick R.; Miller, Daniel A.; Patel, Shashikant; Rich, Georgia K.

    2001-08-01

    Contamination of optical elements during photoresist exposure is a serious issue in optical lithography. The outgassing of photoresist has been identified as a problem at 248nm and 193nm in production because the organic films that can be formed on an exposure lens can cause transmission loss and sever image distortion. At these exposure energies, the excitation of the photo acid generator, formation of acid, and cleavage of the protecting group are highly selective processes. At 157nm, the exposure energy is much higher (7.9 eV compared to 6.4 eV at 193nm) and it is known from laser ablation experiments that direct laser cleavage of sigma bonds occurs. The fragments formed during this irradiation can be considered as effective laser deposition precursors even in the mid ppb level. In this study, methods to quantify photoresist outgassing at 157 nm are discussed. Three criteria have been set up at International SEMATECH to protect lens contamination and to determine the severity of photoresist outgassing. First, we measured film thickness loss as a function of exposure dose for a variety of materials. In a second test we studied the molecular composition of the outgassing fragments with an exposure chamber coupled to a gas chromatograph and a mass spectrometer detector. Our third method was a deposition test of outgassing vapors on a CaF2 proof plate followed by analysis using VUV and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies (XPS). With this technique we found deposits for many different resists. Our main focus is on F- and Si- containing resists. Both material classes form deposits especially if these atoms are bound to the polymer side chains. Whereas the F-containing films can be cleaned off under 157nm irradiation, cleaning of Si-containing films mainly produces SiO2. Our cleaning studies of plasma deposited F-containing organic films on SiO2 did not indicate damage of this surface by the possible formation of HF. Despite that we strongly recommend engineering

  15. Excimer laser smoothing of endothelial keratoplasty grafts.

    PubMed

    Cleary, Catherine; Liu, Ying; Tang, Maolong; Li, Yan; Stoeger, Christopher; Huang, David

    2012-04-01

    To use excimer laser smoothing passes to reshape Descemet-stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) endothelial grafts and to evaluate the effect on the donor endothelium. The stromal surface of microkeratome-cut DSAEK grafts was smoothed using excimer laser smoothing passes with masking fluid. Excimer laser hyperopic ablation was used to improve the uniformity of graft thickness within the optical zone. Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography was used to measure endothelial graft pachymetry, plan ablations, and evaluate donor contour. Vital dye staining was performed to assess endothelial cell damage. Scanning electron microscopy images of stromal surfaces were graded on a 5-point scale by masked observers to evaluate surface roughness. Four grafts underwent excimer laser smoothing. Vital dye staining showed no endothelial damage. Microkeratome-cut surfaces treated with laser smoothing (mean grade = 2.04) were smoother than nonsmoothed microkeratome-cut surfaces (mean grade = 4.07; P < 0.01), surfaces that underwent dry laser ablation (mean grade = 3.63; P < 0.01) and manually dissected interfaces (mean grade = 4.75; P < 0.0001). No difference was observed between stromal beds created by peeling Descemet membrane (mean grade = 1.64) compared with surfaces produced by microkeratome cutting followed by laser smoothing (mean grade = 2.04; P = 0.14). One graft underwent combined excimer smoothing and peripheral hyperopic ablation. The center-periphery thickness difference was 15 μm before ablation and 4 μm afterward. Laser smoothing passes can be used to improve the contour and smoothness of DSAEK grafts without damaging donor endothelial cells. Clinical trials are needed to determine whether reshaping donors using excimer laser can deliver improved visual outcomes after DSAEK.

  16. Excimer Laser Smoothing of Endothelial Keratoplasty Grafts

    PubMed Central

    Cleary, Catherine; Liu, Ying; Tang, Maolong; Li, Yan; Stoeger, Christopher; Huang, David

    2011-01-01

    Purpose To use excimer laser smoothing passes to reshape DSAEK endothelial grafts, and to evaluate the effect on the donor endothelium. Methods The stromal surface of microkeratome-cut DSAEK grafts was smoothed using excimer laser smoothing passes with masking fluid. Excimer laser hyperopic ablation was used to improve the uniformity of graft thickness within the optical zone. Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) was used to measure endothelial graft pachymetry, plan ablations, and evaluate donor contour. Vital dye staining was performed to assess endothelial cell damage. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of stromal surfaces were graded on a 5-point scale by masked observers to evaluate surface roughness. Results Four grafts underwent excimer laser smoothing. Vital dye staining showed no endothelial damage. Microkeratome-cut surfaces treated with laser smoothing (mean grade=2.04) were smoother than non-smoothed microkeratome-cut surfaces (mean grade=4.07, p<0.01), surfaces which underwent dry laser ablation (mean grade=3.63, p<0.01), and manually dissected interfaces (mean grade=4.75, p<0.0001). No difference was observed between stromal beds created by peeling Descemet’s membrane (mean grade=1.64) compared to surfaces produced by microkeratome cutting followed by laser smoothing (mean grade=2.04, p=0.14). One graft underwent combined excimer smoothing and peripheral hyperopic ablation. The centre-periphery thickness difference was 15μm prior to ablation and 4μm afterward. Conclusion Laser smoothing passes can be used to improve the contour and smoothness of DSAEK grafts without damaging donor endothelial cells. Clinical trials are needed to determine whether reshaping donors using excimer laser can deliver improved visual outcomes following DSAEK. PMID:22322485

  17. Current interventional coronary applications of excimer laser.

    PubMed

    Fracassi, Francesco; Roberto, Marco; Niccoli, Giampaolo

    2013-07-01

    Excimer laser utilization as an adjunctive device for percutaneous coronary intervention has increased in the last few years. Many technical advancements have led to better results in terms of efficacy and safety with a low complication rate. In particular, excimer laser for thrombus-containing lesions is able to achieve rapid thrombus removal and plaque debulking along with subsequent facilitation of stent angioplasty and a low rate of microvascular obstruction. Other indications for laser angioplasty embrace in-stent restenosis, chronic total occlusions, saphenous vein graft lesions and new potential applications, such as stent expansion optimization and bifurcation lesions. As for other medical devices, however, excimer laser should be tested in future randomized studies against current standard of therapy in order to better define its role for each of the indications summarized above.

  18. Effect of excimer laser on microbiological organisms

    SciTech Connect

    Keates, R.H.; Drago, P.C.; Rothchild, E.J.

    1988-10-01

    The effect of radiation emitted from an excimer laser filled with argon fluoride gas at 193 nm on Serratia marcescens, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus faecalis, Hemophilus influenzae, Candida albicans, and Aspergillus niger (collectively labeled the microorganisms) was examined. Colonies were subjected to a variable number of radiation pulses from the excimer laser applied after a 36-hour period of incubation at 37 degrees C, at which time the colonies were fully grown and showed no viability. The lack of viability was confirmed with a subculture from each area that received radiation; all subcultures were negative. The characteristics of the radiation paralleled those used by Serdavic, Darrell, Krueger, et al in 1985. This radiation treatment is believed to be within a therapeutic range, which suggests that the excimer laser, pending further investigation, may be useful in the treatment of corneal infections.

  19. 308-nm excimer laser in endodontics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liesenhoff, Tim

    1992-06-01

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

  20. Excimer lasers and applications; Proceedings of the Meeting, Hamburg, Federal Republic of Germany, Sept. 21-23, 1988

    SciTech Connect

    Basting, D.

    1989-01-01

    Various papers on excimer lasers and applications are presented. Individual topics addressed include: trends in materials processing with laser radiation, high repetition at high power excimer lasers, excimer lasers with large discharge cross section, first results on high power excimer lasers, excimer lasers with capacitatively excited tubular discharges, 1 kW e-beam pumped excimer laser, femtosecond excimer lasers, stretching of excimer laser pulses, advanced control system for excimer lasers, optical control of high-power excimer lasers, excimer laser and geometric optics, UV-laser photoablation of polymers, accelerated laser aging of plastics, excimer laser surface treatment of nonferrous alloys, excimer lasers for materials processing, excimer laser-based machining of amorphous metals, surface treatments of metals with excimer lasers, optical fiber transmission of excimer laser pulses, European joint effort on kilowatt excimer lasers.

  1. New excimer laser marking method using MMD

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kuntze, Thomas H.; Panzner, Michael; Klotzbach, Udo; Beyer, Eckhard

    2003-11-01

    Higher and higher through-puts in marking industry are todays requirements. Mainly packaging industry or cable marking companies ask for part-by-part varying markings like serial numbers, weight, date or barcodes. That gives a need to develop a flexible, high-speed on-the-fly marking technique. Current laser marking techniques like direct writing using a scanned laser beam or excimer laser fixed mask projection offer proven quality and either flexibility or detailism. Their drawbacks are limited speed (direct writing) and invariability (fixed mask projection). The Fraunhofer IWS developed a marking system using excimer laser mask projection with a micro mirror device (MMD) as computer-controlled 'flexible mask.' The idea is to generate complex markings within one laser pulse so the marking speed is only limited by the laser repetition rate. The IWS used a 308nm excimer laser and a reflective phase-shifting mask from Fh IMS to demonstrate the marking capabilities. It was possible to generate free-programmable, high-contrast markings on common materials like paper and plastic. Furthermore, it could be shown that the technique is also usable to generate 3D structures in PI. Result of the studies is the development of a very fast marking technique using MMDs in combination with short wavelength and short pulse lasers. It also has high potential in 3D laser micromachining.

  2. Excimer laser mushroom penetrating keratoplasty: new technique.

    PubMed

    Della Valle, Vincenzo; Bonci, Paolo

    2014-01-01

    To evaluate retrospectively the outcomes of 15 consecutive mushroom-shaped penetrating keratoplasties performed by using excimer laser for both the recipient bed and the fresh donor corneas. Fifteen eyes of 14 patients who underwent excimer laser mushroom-shaped penetrating keratoplasty from October 13, 2010, to October 14, 2011, were included in our retrospective study. Eight were men and 6 were women, with a mean age of 31.45 ± 6.52 (range 27-65) years. Eleven (73.3%) had postinfective central deep corneal scar; 4 (26.7%) had severe keratoconus with Descemet opacity. The mean follow-up was 11.9 ± 2.7 months. The mean preoperative best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 0.15 ± 0.16; the postoperative BCVA was 0.69 ± 0.24 after 12 months with a mean refractive astigmatism of 1.8 ± 1.1 D. The mean preoperative endothelial cell count of the donor corneas was 2297.0 ± 189.7 cells/mm²; after 12 months, it was 1906.5 ± 165.8 with a decrease of 17.0%. No intraoperative complications occurred. Our results showed that excimer laser mushroom penetrating keratoplasty is safe. Furthermore, it does not appear to influence the visual outcomes of the penetrating keratoplasty surgery. This technique is useful for those who use an excimer laser.

  3. Profile characteristics of excimer laser micromachined features

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tabat, Martin D.; O'Keeffe, Terence R.; Ho, Wen

    1993-04-01

    In our work with excimer lasers, we observe a complex depth profile in processed blind holes that is energy, material, and process independent. This feature occurs when processing ceramics, polyimide, semiconductors, and metals. Further it occurs under different optical configurations. An understanding of this phenomena is essential when micron-precision features are required. We present our findings and explore explanations.

  4. Percutaneous angioscopy after excimer laser angioplasty

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nakamura, Fumitaka; Kvasnicka, Jan; Geschwind, Herbert J.; Uchida, Yasumi

    1992-08-01

    Angioscopy has proved to provide more detailed information on lesion morphology before and after interventional procedures than angiography. Therefore, to evaluate the effects of laser angioplasty, angioscopy was performed in five patients with peripheral or coronary vascular disease who underwent excimer laser angioplasty. The excimer laser was operated at 308 nm, 135 nsec, 25 Hz, and 40 - 60 mJ/mm2 and was coupled into multifiber wire-guided catheters of 1.4 to 2.0 mm diameter for coronary lesions and 2.2 mm for peripheral lesions. There were three coronary (one left anterior descending, one circumflex, one right coronary artery) and two peripheral (one common iliac artery, one superficial femoral artery) lesions. Angioscopy was successfully performed before and after laser ablation without any complications in all five lesions. The characteristics of angioscopic findings after excimer laser angioplasty consisted of flaps, fractures of plaques, and abundant tissue remnants. There was no apparent thermal injury. Recanalized channels were small and irregular. These results indicate that (1) angioscopy is effective and safe for evaluation of lesion morphology after laser angioplasty, (2) laser ablation does not result in thermal injury, and (3) irregular channels after recanalization and abundant tissue remnants may explain the suboptimal results after laser angioplasty.

  5. System design of a 157-nm scanner

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nogawa, Hideki; Hata, Hideo; Kohno, Michio

    2002-07-01

    Two key technologies of 157nm exposure tools are projection optics and the environment control with highly purified gasses. For the projection optics, the NA is required to be extremely high even from the beginning to meet the accelerated ITRS roadmap, while compensating for the chromatic aberration issues with a line selected laser. In addition, the NIST has raised an issue of intrinsic birefi-ingence with the CaF2 materials, which has serious effects on the image quality if left uncorrected. We have found answers to suppress the intrinsic birefringence effects in the practical sense for the newly designed high NA system. One solution is to optimize the combination of the rotational positions of [1 11] crystals used for the projection optics, and to combine some [100] crystals with [1 11] crystals. Looking at the environmental control issue, there are two points. One is the purging of the constantly-sealed projection optics. We have experimented on the components in the projection optics, and have achieved the purging target for them. The second point is the purging around the reticle and the wafer both of which are continually carried in and out. We have got a practical solution, partial purge system, through simulations and basic experiments using a mock-up. The partial purge mechanism is effective in keeping the environment at high purity, capable of assuring the target purging level. It can also solve the problem of lens contamination due to outgas from the resist.

  6. Silica with high resistance to excimer laser

    SciTech Connect

    Fujinoki, Akira

    1995-12-31

    Optical properties change of newly developed silica by the both KrF add ArF excimer laser irradiation will be reported. X-2-01 has been provided for high power laser application for several years and has proved its high performance against KrF laser irradiation. The new material X-1-04 shows superior optical stability in transmittance and refractive index change by KrF and ArF laser irradiation. The application of these material will be discussed considering their properties of geometry, homogeneity and laser resistance.

  7. Development of polymer membranes for 157-nm lithography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Eschbach, Florence; Tregub, Alex; Orvek, Kevin; Foster, Corey; Lo, Fu-Chang; Matsukura, Ikuo; Tsushima, Nana

    2004-05-01

    Fluoropolymers were/are successfully used for pellicle manufacturing in 248 and 193 nm lithography. However, all known fluoropolymers rapidly degrade when exposed to high-energy 157 nm irradiation. Lack of suitable polymer "soft" pellicle has become one of the major obstacles for implementing 157 nm lithography. The goal of this research was to investigate the photodegradation mechanisms in fluoropolymers under 157 nm irradiation using various analytical techniques, and establish correlation between polymer structure and transparency/durability. Various polymer platforms, developed by Asahi Glass Corporation, as well as model polymer based on industrially available materials, have been employed in this study. Polymer structures have been analyzed using solution NMR, FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, TOF-SIMS, nanoindentation, outgassing, contact angle, ellipsometry, refractometry, n and k measurements. Transparency and durability of polymer membranes under 157 nm irradiation were established using an F2 157 nm laser as a source of irradiation, and an environmentally controlled chamber. As the result of this study, photodegradation mechanism for some of the tested polymers was tentatively suggested as cleavage of carbonyl, CO, and/or CFO bonds. Additionally, the following general conclusions have been made: environmental moisture, gas environment, and polymer/adhesive solvents affect structure and durability of the exposed polymers; "skin" surface layer can be formed on the surface of the irradiated polymer; polymer membranes are thinning under 157 nm irradiation; polar groups are formed on the irradiated surface. Effects of gas environment, exposure conditions, technology of the sample preparation on the photodegradation mechanism and kinetics were studied. Possible photodegradation pathways have been derived and assessed. Dependence of polymer durability and transparency on such structural features as number of carbon atoms within the ring, oxygen content, type and number

  8. Interaction of vacuum ultraviolet excimer laser radiation with fused silica. I. Positive ion emission

    SciTech Connect

    George, Sharon R.; Leraas, John A.; Langford, S. C.; Dickinson, J. T.

    2010-02-15

    We report time- and mass-resolved measurements of Si{sup +} and O{sup +} emission from ultraviolet-grade fused silica during exposure to pulsed 157 nm excimer laser radiation at fluences below the threshold for optical breakdown. The emission intensities are increased by treatments that increase the density of surface defects, such as abrasion, and are reduced by treatments that reduce the density of surface defects, such as annealing. Ion emission is a sensitive probe of mechanical damage on silica surfaces. The mean ion kinetic energies are typically several eV: 8-9 eV for Si{sup +} and about 4 eV for O{sup +}. Hartree-Fock studies of candidate defect sites suggest that antibonding states excited by 157 nm photons play a critical role in the release of these ions. We propose that positive ion emission from fused silica under these conditions is best explained by a hybrid mechanism involving (a) the excitation of an antibonding chemical state (Menzel-Gomer-Redhead mechanism) and (b) the acceleration of the positive ion by repulsive electrostatic forces due to the photoionization of nearby electron traps.

  9. Absolute refractive indices and thermal coefficients of CaF2, SrF2, BaF2, and LiF near 157 nm.

    PubMed

    Burnett, John H; Gupta, Rajeev; Griesmann, Ulf

    2002-05-01

    We present high-accuracy measurements for wavelengths near 157 nm of the absolute index of refraction, the index dispersion, and the temperature dependence of the index for the ultraviolet optical materials with cubic symmetry: CaF2, SrF2, BaF2, and LiF. Accurate values of these quantities for these materials are needed for designs of the lens systems for F2 excimer-laser-based exposure tools for 157-nm photolithography. These tools are expected to use CaF2 as the primary optical material and possibly one of the others to correct for chromatic aberrations. These optical properties were measured by the minimum deviation method. Absolute refractive indices were obtained with an absolute accuracy of 5 x 10(-6) to 6 x 10(-6).

  10. Wide-aperture excimer laser system

    SciTech Connect

    Losev, V F; Koval'chuk, B M; Tarasenko, Viktor F; Panchenko, Yu N; Ivanov, N G; Konovalov, I N; Abdullin, E N; Panchenko, Aleksei N; Zorin, V B; Skakun, V S; Gubanov, V P; Stepchenko, A S; Tolkachev, Valerii S; Liu, J

    2006-01-31

    An excimer laser system having an output aperture diameter of 40 cm and consisting of five lasers, three of which are excited by an electric discharge and the remaining two by an electron beam, is built. The first laser produces a 308-nm radiation with a duration of 200-250 ns, a spectral linewidth of 0.9 cm{sup -1} and the beam divergence close to the diffraction limit. This pulse is amplified in the active media of the other lasers. As a result, radiation with an energy of 5 J, spectral linewidth 0.9 cm{sup -1} and beam divergence 37 {mu}rad is produced at the output of the third laser. The output energy of the entire system amounts to 330 J and the pulse duration is 200-250 ns. (lasers)

  11. Human excimer laser corneal surgery: preliminary report.

    PubMed Central

    L'Esperance, F A; Taylor, D M; Del Pero, R A; Roberts, A; Gigstad, J; Stokes, M T; Warner, J W; Telfair, W B; Martin, C A; Yoder, P R

    1988-01-01

    The first human trial utilizing the argon fluoride excimer laser at 193 nm to produce a superficial keratectomy in ten human eyes has been described with the histopathological evaluation of four eyes and the longer gross appearance of six eyes at intervals extending to 10 months post-excimer laser treatment. The process of laser superficial keratectomy has proved to be one of the promising areas of surgical intervention for reconstructive or refractive keratoplasty in the future. Intensive investigations need to be undertaken on the corneal wound healing process following laser ablation as well as the nature, and long-term stability of the corneal excisions or induced refractive corrections. It is essential that the optimal laser parameters be established for the various refractive corrections and other corneal surgical techniques, and that pathophysiologic and histopathologic changes that have been induced by the excimer laser-corneal tissue interaction in animals and humans be critically and extensively analyzed. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 19 A FIGURE 19 B FIGURE 20 A FIGURE 20 B FIGURE 21 A FIGURE 21 B FIGURE 22 A FIGURE 22 B FIGURE 23 FIGURE 24 FIGURE 25 FIGURE 26 FIGURE 27 FIGURE 28 FIGURE 29 A FIGURE 29 B FIGURE 29 C FIGURE 29 D FIGURE 30 A FIGURE 30 B FIGURE 31 A FIGURE 31 B FIGURE 32 FIGURE 33 FIGURE 34 FIGURE 35 FIGURE 36 FIGURE 37 A FIGURE 37 B FIGURE 37 C FIGURE 38 A FIGURE 38 B FIGURE 39 A FIGURE 39 B FIGURE 39 C FIGURE 40 A FIGURE 40 B PMID:2979049

  12. Excimer laser surface processing of titanium

    SciTech Connect

    Jervis, T.R.; Hubbard, K.M.; Zocco, T.G.; Foster, L.; Nastasi, M.; Tesmer, J.R.

    1993-05-01

    We have examined the effect of laser surface processing of Ti alloys using pulsed excimer laser light at 248 nm. Thermal transformations of the surface are accomplished by heating the surface and rapid cooling. Alloying and formation of compounds can be obtained by melting and mixing surface layers into the material and by gas alloying. Multiple melting-resolidification cycles result in the inter-diffusion of surface layers in the liquid state and the diffusion of gas species into the material. The effect of alloying from both solid and gas sources and the effects of thermal transformations on the microstructure and surface hardness properties of these alloys will be examined.

  13. Excimer laser surface processing of titanium

    SciTech Connect

    Jervis, T.R.; Hubbard, K.M.; Zocco, T.G.; Foster, L.; Nastasi, M.; Tesmer, J.R.

    1993-01-01

    We have examined the effect of laser surface processing of Ti alloys using pulsed excimer laser light at 248 nm. Thermal transformations of the surface are accomplished by heating the surface and rapid cooling. Alloying and formation of compounds can be obtained by melting and mixing surface layers into the material and by gas alloying. Multiple melting-resolidification cycles result in the inter-diffusion of surface layers in the liquid state and the diffusion of gas species into the material. The effect of alloying from both solid and gas sources and the effects of thermal transformations on the microstructure and surface hardness properties of these alloys will be examined.

  14. Quantum dot intermixing using excimer laser irradiation

    SciTech Connect

    Djie, H. S.; Ooi, B. S; Gunawan, O.

    2006-08-21

    The authors report a spatial control of the band gap in InGaAs/GaAs quantum dots (QDs) using the combined effects of pulsed excimer laser irradiation and impurity-free dielectric cap induced intermixing technique. A large band gap shift of up to 180 meV has been obtained under laser irradiation of 480 mJ/cm{sup 2} and 150 pulses to the SiO{sub 2} capped shallow QD structure, while the nonirradiated SiO{sub 2} and Si{sub x}N{sub y} capped QDs only exhibit band gap shifts of 18 and 91 meV, respectively.

  15. Excimer laser annealing of silicon nanowires

    SciTech Connect

    Misra, Nipun; Xu Li; Pan Yaoling; Cheung, Nathan; Grigoropoulos, Costas P.

    2007-03-12

    Nanowires can potentially be used with low-cost flexible plastic substrates for applications such as large-area displays and sensor arrays. However, high temperature processing steps such as thermal annealing that are incompatible with plastic substrates are still a major hindrance. Laser annealing permits localized energy input without affecting the underlying substrate and can help overcome this problem. In this study, the excimer laser annealing of silicon nanowires is demonstrated to be an efficient means of activating implanted dopants. The optical absorption of the nanowires is discussed and the effect of parameters such as fluence and number of pulses is investigated.

  16. Excimer laser corneal ablation: absence of a significant "incubation" effect.

    PubMed

    Pettit, G H; Ediger, M N; Weiblinger, R P

    1991-01-01

    Pulse-to-pulse consistency of excimer laser etching of cornea has been examined via two noncontact techniques: photoacoustic probe beam deflection, and time-resolved excimer pulse reflectometry. These methods clearly document the incubation phenomenon accompanying excimer laser ablation of polymethyl-methacrylate and the absence of the effect during polyimide ablation. In comparison, results for corneal ablation indicate consistent tissue etching over a train of pulses. Consequently, incubation appears to have negligible impact on corneal ablation.

  17. Pattern transfer processes for 157-nm lithography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Miyoshi, Seiro; Furukawa, Takamitsu; Watanabe, Hiroyuki; Irie, Shigeo; Itani, Toshiro

    2002-07-01

    We describe and evaluate three kinds of pattern transfer processes that are suitable for 157-nm lithography. These transfer processes are 1) a hard mask (HM) process using SiO as a HM material, 2) a HM process using an organic bottom anti-reflecting coating (BARC)/SiN structure, and 3) a bi- layer process using a silicon-containing resist and an organic film as the bottom layer. In all of these processes, the underlayer fo the resist acts as an anti-reflecting layer. For the HM processes, we patterned a newly developed fluorine-containing resist using a 157-nm microstepper, and transferred the resist patterns to the hard mask by reactive ion etching (RIE) with minimal critical dimension shift. Using the HM pattern, we then fabricated a 65nm Wsi/poly-Si gate pattern using a high-NA microstepper (NA=0.85). With the bi-layer process, we transferred a 60nm 1:1 lines and spaces pattern of a newly developed silicon-containing resist to a 300nm-thick organic film by RIE. The fabrication of a 65nm 1:1 gate pattern and 60nm 1:1 organic film patten clearly demonstrated that 157-nm lithography is the best candidate for fabricating sub-70nm node devices.

  18. Advances in excimer laser processing of materials

    SciTech Connect

    Jervis, T.R.; Nastasi, M.; Hirvonen, J.-P.

    1996-08-01

    The use of pulsed excimer lasers to surface processing of materials hinges on an understanding of the nature of the interaction between the laser energy and the material. The application of this understanding of the laser materials interaction to surface modification must also recognize the existence of thermodynamic driving forces and kinetic limitations in light of the short duration of a single pulse event. For species that have higher solubility in the liquid than in the solid phase, segregation by ``zone refinement`` from multiple passes by a solidification front to the surface results in surface enrichment of those species. The most obvious applications for surface processing occur where the bulk properties of a component are not commensurate with the needed surface properties. Improvements in surface mechanical properties have been observed in a number of metal and ceramic alloys. In the microelectronics industry, apart from micromachining or material removal applications, for which excimers are indeed well suited, the same features of the laser-materials interaction that are used to modify the mechanical or electrochemical properties of a surface can be used to advantage. Further advances, such as those demonstrated in microelectronics, await application-specific developments. 22 refs., 1 fig.

  19. Excimer laser irradiation of metal surfaces

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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

  20. Applications of excimer lasers for atmospheric species measurements

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Laudenslager, J. B.; Pacala, T. J.; Mcdermid, I. S.; Rider, D. M.

    1984-01-01

    Excimer lasers are proven sources of high pulse energy and high average power coherent radiation at several wavelength regions throughout the ultraviolet spectrum. If designed properly, excimer lasers can be operated with both low divergence and narrow spectral bandwidth, and using an oscillator - injection-locked amplifier configuration they can be tuned over a 10 to 20 A bandwidth without appreciable loss in energy. Additional wavelength coverage from excimer lasers can be obtained by stimulated Raman scattering. With the development of magnetic switching for the high voltage, high power switches, the electric discharge excimer laser can also be operated reliably for extended periods of time at high pulse rates. All these features make excimer lasers ideal sources of ultraviolet radiation for a variety of remote and in-situ atmospheric species measurements.

  1. Excimer lasers: Applications, beam delivery systems, and laser design; Proceedings of the Meeting, Boston, MA, Nov. 18, 19, 1992

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Greer, James A.

    1993-04-01

    The papers presented in this volume provide an overview of recent advances in excimer laser design and performance and several related technologies, as well as new excimer applications. Topics discussed include laser ablation as a new tool for material science, excimer laser damage testing of optical materials, improvements in crystal optics for excimer lasers, and excimer laser processing of aerospace alloys. Attention is also given to novel applications of excimer lasers for fabricating biomedical and sensor products, progress in discharge-pumped excimer lasers, and micromachining with waveguide excimer lasers.

  2. Clinical experience with peripheral excimer laser angioplasty

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Visona, Adriana; Cecchetti, Walter; Liessi, Guido; Miserocchi, Luigi; Bonanome, Andrea; Lusiani, Luigi; Mayellaro, Valeria; Pagnan, Antonio

    1993-06-01

    We used an excimer laser system (xenon-chloride at the wavelength of 308 nm) to treat totally occluded peripheral vessels in 71 patients. Energy was delivered through a multifiber catheter, which combines 12 (7F) or 18 (9F) fibers (260 (mu) diameter each), concentrically arranged. Balloon dilatation was associated to complete the procedure in 84% of the cases. The immediate success rate was 97%. The cumulative patency rate was 49% at one year. The major problems with this system were that the stiff multifiber tips caused dissections, and spasm; dead space/active space ratio of the catheter was unfavorable, allowing mechanical `dottering;' the maximum lumen obtained was considered inadequate. After this three year period, the goal of our clinical laser program is to develop a stand alone laser technique by employing a multifiber catheter which combines 130 - 150 fibers 100 (mu) diameter each, and features a quartz coated distal tip.

  3. Applications of excimer laser in nanofabrication

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Xia, Qiangfei; Chou, Stephen Y.

    2010-01-01

    This paper addresses novel applications of an excimer laser (308 nm wavelength, 20 ns pulse duration) in nanofabrication. Specifically, laser assisted nanoimprint lithography (LAN), self-perfection by liquefaction (SPEL), fabrication of metal nanoparticle arrays, and the fabrication of sub-10-nm nanofluidic channels are covered. In LAN, a polymeric resist is melted by the laser pulse, and then imprinted with a fused silica mold within 200 ns. LAN has been demonstrated in patterning various polymer nanostructures on different substrates with high fidelity and uniformity, and negligible heat effect on both the mold and the substrate. SPEL is a novel technology that uses selective melting to remove fabrication defects in nanostructures post fabrication. Depending on the boundary conditions, SPEL is categorized into three basic types: Open-SPEL that takes place with surface open, Capped-SPEL where a cap plate holds the top surface of the nanostructures and Guided-SPEL where a plate held a distance above the structure guides the molten materials to rise and form a new structure with better profile. Using SPEL (in less than 200 ns), we have achieved a reduction of line edge roughness (LER) of Cr lines to 1.5 nm (3 σ) (560% improvement from the original), which is well below what the previous technologies permit, and a dramatic increase of the aspect ratio of a nanostructure. We have used SPEL to make sub-25-nm smooth cylindrical NIL pillar molds and smoothing Si waveguides. Excimer laser is also used to make metal nanoparticles. Monolayers of particles are fabricated on various substrates (silicon, fused silica and plastics) by exposing thin metal films to a single laser pulse. Periodic nanoparticle arrays have been fabricated by fragmentation of metal grating lines. The periodicity of these nanoparticles can be regulated by surface topography such as shallow trenches. Finally, an excimer laser pulse has been used to melt the top portion of 1D and 2D Si gratings to seal

  4. [Infection post Excimer Laser Corneal Refractive Surgery].

    PubMed

    Hieda, Osamu; Sotozono, Chie; Nakamura, Takahiro; Kinoshita, Shigeru

    2015-12-01

    To report the cases with severe infection post excimer laser refractive surgery. This study involved 6 eyes of 4 women (mean age 38 years, range : 27-51 years) who underwent excimer laser corneal refractive surgery. In all 4 cases, the respective primary causative organisms of the infection were quinolone-resistant methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus, quinolone-resistant methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, yeast type fungus, and in 1 case, penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae. We initiated topical antibiotics or intensive antifungal treatment, yet due to severe inflammation and ophthalmalgia, analgesic drugs were needed. An average hospitalization period was 38.5 days (range : 22-77 days), and the best spectacle-corrected visual acuity was 0.5 or more than 0.5 post discharge. In the treatment of severe corneal infection post refractive surgery, it is important to identify the primary causative organism. If the response to the initial treatment is poor, such patients should immediately be referred to a special clinic to obtain a better visual outcome.

  5. Excimer laser annealing for low-voltage power MOSFET

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chen, Yi; Okada, Tatsuya; Noguchi, Takashi; Mazzamuto, Fulvio; Huet, Karim

    2016-08-01

    Excimer laser annealing of lumped beam was performed to form the P-base junction for high-performance low-voltage-power MOSFET. An equivalent shallow-junction structure for the P-base junction with a uniform impurity distribution is realized by adopting excimer laser annealing (ELA). The impurity distribution in the P-base junction can be controlled precisely by the irradiated pulse energy density and the number of shots of excimer laser. High impurity activation for the shallow junction has been confirmed in the melted phase. The application of the laser annealing technology in the fabrication process of a practical low-voltage trench gate MOSFET was also examined.

  6. Excimer laser machining of corner cube structures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jolic, K. I.; Ghantasala, M. K.; Harvey, E. C.

    2004-03-01

    Fabrication of corner cube structures using excimer laser projection has been a challenge for many years due to lack of a suitable machining strategy. This paper presents a new process methodology developed for this purpose, which consists of varying the projection aperture during machining by applying relative motion to two overlapping masks. The effective projection aperture is the two-dimensional area defined by the intersection of the apertures of each mask. During machining the volume of material removed per laser pulse is defined by the etch rate and the effective projection aperture. Using this approach, arrays of corner cubes up to 200 µm in size and 80 µm in depth were laser machined in polycarbonate. Their geometries and surface roughness were characterized using optical and confocal microscopy. The effects of fluence and number of laser shots on the angle and surface roughness of the corner cube facets have been studied. A relatively low cost replication technique has been established by making an electroformed nickel shim using the laser machined corner cube structures in a polycarbonate substrate. Retroreflectance properties of these structures evaluated using ray tracing simulations showed the importance of having near 90° facet angles and low facet roughness for achieving the highest intensity retroreflected signal.

  7. Optical fiber transmission of high power excimer laser radiation.

    PubMed

    Pini, R; Salimbeni, R; Vannini, M

    1987-10-01

    An experimental investigation of optical fiber transmission of high power excimer laser radiation is presented. Different types of commercially available UV fiber have been tested, measuring energy handling capabilities and transmission losses of short samples at the XeCl (308-nm) and KrF (249-nm) wavelengths by using a standard excimer laser. A power density dependent damage process has been observed over 1 GW/cm(2). Fiber losses due to different radii of curvature are also reported. Experimental results have been examined to evaluate the effectiveness of excimer laser transmission through optical fibers for such medical uses as laser angioplasty, including also a comparison between the use of KrF or XeCl emission lines for this purpose. Finally, optimum excimer laser characteristics to increase the energy coupling in fibers are discussed.

  8. Pulsed excimer laser processing for cost-effective solar cells

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Wong, D.

    1984-01-01

    The goal was to demonstrate the cost effectiveness feasibility of fabricating 16% efficient solar cells on 125 mm diameter Cz wafers using pulsed excimer laser for junction formation, surface passivation, and front metallization.

  9. Prospects and challenges of ArF excimer laser lithography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sasago, Masaru

    1997-07-01

    ArF excimer laser lithography which is extension of the next generation optical lithography is a nearer candidate realizing Giga devices with 0.18 micrometer design-rule and beyond. However, it is the present situation compared with KrF excimer laser lithography introducing to mass-production that infrastructure preparation of ArF is too late. To accelerate ArF excimer laser lithography, 3 pole that is Japanese ASET, SEMATECH of USA, Esprit of EU, consortiums have been established in 1995. The broad development system of industry/government/university was regulated by these consortium in semiconductor industry. A time limit of neither consortiums gets the base infrastructure ready by 1998. The target feature-size is same as 0.13 micrometer from 0.18 micrometer. In this paper, technology issues and the final goal specification of ArF excimer laser lithography and the present development situation with ASET is described.

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

    PubMed

    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.

  11. Aluminum-hollow fiber delivery system for excimer lasers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Matsuura, Yuji; Yamamoto, Takashi; Miyagi, Mitsunobu

    2000-05-01

    Hollow fibers for transmitting high-power ArF-excimer laser light are fabricated by Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition method. The hollow fibers with the inner diameter of 1 mm are fabricated by depositing an aluminum film on the inside of silica glass capillary by employing dimethylethylamine alane as the precursor. The fibers shows low-loss property, high durability, and high-energy threshold with the radiation of excimer lasers.

  12. Excimer laser surface modification: Process and properties

    SciTech Connect

    Jervis, T.R.; Nastasi, M.; Hirvonen, J.P.

    1992-12-01

    Surface modification can improve materials for structural, tribological, and corrosion applications. Excimer laser light has been shown to provide a rapid means of modifying surfaces through heat treating, surface zone refining, and mixing. Laser pulses at modest power levels can easily melt the surfaces of many materials. Mixing within the molten layer or with the gas ambient may occur, if thermodynamically allowed, followed by rapid solidification. The high temperatures allow the system to overcome kinetic barriers found in some ion mixing experiments. Alternatively, surface zone refinement may result from repeated melting-solidification cycles. Ultraviolet laser light couples energy efficiently to the surface of metallic and ceramic materials. The nature of the modification that follows depends on the properties of the surface and substrate materials. Alloying from both gas and predeposited layer sources has been observed in metals, semiconductors, and ceramics as has surface enrichment of Cr by zone refinement of stainless steel. Rapid solidification after melting often results in the formation of nonequilibrium phases, including amorphous materials. Improved surface properties, including tribology and corrosion resistance, are observed in these materials.

  13. Excimer laser crystallization of hydrogenated amorphous silicon

    SciTech Connect

    Dai Yongbing; Xu Zhongyang; Wang Changan; Zhang Shaoqiang; An Chengwu; Li Xingjiao; Wan Xinheng; Ding Hui

    1996-12-31

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films have been crystallized by the irradiations of XeCl excimer laser. The crystallized films have been examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and conductivity measurements to clarify their morphologies, structure and electrical properties. The results show that a high conductive super thin layer is formed by a single pulse laser irradiation with the energy density of 75mJ/cm{sup 2}. The conductivity increases quickly at laser energy density threshold which decreases when the hydrogen in a-Si:H films is removed by pre-annealing. During crystallization process, oxygen atoms from the air ambient have been introduced into the films and such an introducing process is hindered by the hydrogen eruption. When the oxygen content is high enough, the carrier-transport mechanism includes thermionic emission (TE) and thermionic field emission (TFE) in the vicinity of room temperature, which is similar to semi-insulating polycrystalline silicon (SIPOS).

  14. Excimer laser: a module of the alopecia areata common protocol.

    PubMed

    McMichael, Amy J

    2013-12-01

    Alopecia areata (AA) is an autoimmune condition characterized by T cell-mediated attack of the hair follicle. The inciting antigenic stimulus is unknown. A dense perbulbar lymphocytic infiltrate and reproducible immunologic abnormalities are hallmark features of the condition. The cellular infiltrate primarily consists of activated T lymphocytes and antigen-presenting Langerhans cells. The xenon chloride excimer laser emits its total energy at the wavelength of 308 nm and therefore is regarded as a "super-narrowband" UVB light source. Excimer laser treatment is highly effective in psoriasis, another T cell-mediated disorder that shares many immunologic features with AA. The excimer laser is superior in inducing T cell apoptosis in vitro compared with narrowband UVB, with paralleled improved clinical efficacy. The excimer laser has been used successfully in patients with AA. In this context, evaluation of the potential benefit of 308-nm excimer laser therapy in the treatment of AA is clinically warranted. Herein, the use of a common treatment protocol with a specifically designed module to study the outcome of excimer laser treatment on moderate-to-severe scalp AA in adults is described.

  15. Experimental study of 248nm excimer laser etching of alumina

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hu, Hongtao; Shao, Jingzhen; Wang, Xi; Fang, Xiaodong

    2016-10-01

    The 248 nm excimer laser etching characteristic of alumina ceramic and sapphire had been studied using different laser fluence and different number of pulses. And the interaction mechanism of 248 nm excimer laser with alumina ceramic and sapphire had been analyzed. The results showed that when the laser fluence was less than 8 J/cm2, the etching depth of alumina ceramic and sapphire were increased with the increase of laser fluence and number of pulses. At the high number pulses and high-energy, the surface of the sapphire had no obvious melting phenomenon, and the alumina ceramic appeared obvious melting phenomenon. The interaction mechanism of excimer laser with alumina ceramics and sapphire was mainly two-photon absorption. But because of the existence of impurities and defects, the coupling between the laser radiation and ceramic and sapphire was strong, and the thermal evaporation mechanism was also obvious.

  16. Calcified lesion modeling for excimer laser ablation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Scott, Holly A.; Archuleta, Andrew; Splinter, Robert

    2009-06-01

    Objective: Develop a representative calcium target model to evaluate penetration of calcified plaque lesions during atherectomy procedures using 308 nm Excimer laser ablation. Materials and Methods: An in-vitro model representing human calcified plaque was analyzed using Plaster-of-Paris and cement based composite materials as well as a fibrinogen model. The materials were tested for mechanical consistency. The most likely candidate(s) resulting from initial mechanical and chemical screening was submitted for ablation testing. The penetration rate of specific multi-fiber catheter designs and a single fiber probe was obtained and compared to that in human cadaver calcified plaque. The effects of lasing parameters and catheter tip design on penetration speed in a representative calcified model were verified against the results in human cadaver specimens. Results: In Plaster of Paris, the best penetration was obtained using the single fiber tip configuration operating at 100 Fluence, 120 Hz. Calcified human lesions are twice as hard, twice as elastic as and much more complex than Plaster of Paris. Penetration of human calcified specimens was highly inconsistent and varied significantly from specimen to specimen and within individual specimens. Conclusions: Although Plaster of Paris demonstrated predictable increases in penetration with higher energy density and repetition rate, it can not be considered a totally representative laser ablation model for calcified lesions. This is in part due to the more heterogeneous nature and higher density composition of cadaver intravascular human calcified occlusions. Further testing will require a more representative model of human calcified lesions.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  18. Three years of clinical experiences on excimer laser angioplasty

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Viligiardi, Riccardo; Galiberti, Sandra; Pini, Roberto; Salimbeni, Renzo

    1992-08-01

    Our experience on excimer laser angioplasty in peripheral arteries is reported. During three years 34 patients were treated with improved techniques, following the evolution of the laser and of the delivery systems. Encouraging results in the laser stand alone technique allowed us to reduce the association with balloon dilatation to a limited number of cases.

  19. Pre-bonding technology based on excimer laser surface treatment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rotel, M.; Zahavi, J.; Tamir, S.; Buchman, A.; Dodiuk, H.

    2000-02-01

    The application of ArF excimer laser for surface pre-treatment of polycarbonate, polyetherimide, polyaryl ether-ether-ketone (PEEK) composite, fiberglass, aluminum, copper and fused silica was investigated. Various substrates were tested with excimer laser irradiation using various parameters, such as: intensity, repetition rate, and number of pulses. The optimal laser treatment parameters were found for each material needed for achieving maximum adhesional strength of the corresponding bonded joints. Experimental results indicated that UV laser surface treatment improved significantly the adhesion strength compared to conventional treated substrates for all the materials tested. The improved adhesion was correlated with the roughening of the irradiated surface, chemical modification and removal of contamination.

  20. Excimer laser assisted angioplasty in hemodialysis access intervention.

    PubMed

    Yevzlin, Alexander S; Urbanes, Aris

    2009-01-01

    A case is described in which an excimer laser is used to assist angioplasty of a severe central venous lesion that is refractory to conventional techniques. Modern laser technology uses the ultraviolet (UV) spectral region to generate nanosecond pulses of energy. This results in photoablation, which is the process by which energy photons cause molecular bond disruption, while minimizing thermal damage to the surrounding vascular tissues. Further investigation of excimer laser assisted angioplasty in the setting of hemodialysis access intervention is needed to rigorously define its potential role. In occlusive disease where no conventional alternative is available, however, laser therapy is a viable option.

  1. Chemical-free cleaning using excimer lasers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lizotte, Todd E.; O'Keeffe, Terence R.

    1996-04-01

    A critical requirement in many industrial processes is the cleaning of oils and grease, oxides, solvent residues, particles, thin films and other contaminants from surfaces. There is a particularly acute need in the electronics industry for cleaning semiconductor wafers and computer chips and in the metals industry for removing oxides and other contaminants. Cleaning traditionally is done by various wet chemical processes, almost all consuming large amounts of water and producing large amounts of hazardous wastes. To further complicate this, some of these cleaning agents and vast water consumption are undergoing stringent restrictions. The Radiance ProcessSM is a novel, patented Excimer Laser approach to dry surface cleaning. The process has removed particles from 80 microns to submicron sizes, paints, inks, oxides, fingerprints, hazes, parts of molecules and metallic ions in fingerprints. The process does not ablate, melt or damage the underlying surface. Micro-roughening on some Silicon and Gallium Arsenide is on the order of 1A or less. This paper will discuss the various applications with this process and the latest results from a beta wafer cleaning prototype test bed system that is being built under an EPA grant and joint partnership between Radiance Services Company, Neuman Micro Technologies, Inc. and the Microelectronics Research Laboratory.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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

  3. Excimer laser annealing for fabrication of low-cost solar cells

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Greenwald, A. C.

    1984-01-01

    The goal was to determine if a pulsed excimer laser annealing (PELA) is cost effective compared to a baseline process. An excimer laser pulsed annealing apparatus was built. Three hundred solar cells were fabricated. An economic analysis was performed.

  4. Overview on the high power excimer laser technology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  5. Predictive factors of restenosis following excimer laser coronary angioplasty

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Geschwind, Herbert J.; Kvasnicka, Jan; Duport, George; Escojido, Henri; Lablanche, Jean M.

    1993-06-01

    Excimer laser coronary angioplasty has been shown to result in high acute success rate. However, long term follow up has shown significant restenosis. To evaluate the restenosis predictive factors, we analyzed data from patients treated by excimer laser angioplasty in four French clinical centers. A cohort of 166 patients, 140 men and 26 women with mean age of 58 +/- 11 years, was enrolled in the study. Total occlusions, tubular, ostial and calcified lesions, unsuccessful balloon dilatation and/or restenosis were considered as indications for laser angioplasty. Follow-up angiography six months after the procedure was achieved in 80 patients. In conclusion, excimer laser angioplasty is associated with a high initial success rate and an acceptable major complications rate. However the use of this method is limited by significant restenosis rate.

  6. Excimer lasers turning flexible: variable marking with micromirror devices

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kuntze, Thomas; Klotzbach, Udo; Beyer, Eckhard

    2004-07-01

    Higher and higher through-puts in marking industry are todays requirements: especially part-by-part varying markings like serial numbers, weight, date or barcodes are asked for. Taking advantage of the photosensitivity of commonly used opigments like titanium oxide marking industry is interested in turning existing excimer laser marking processes into a flexible, high-speed on-the-fly marking technique. Current laser marking techniques like direct writing using a scanned laser beam offer flexibility but have limitations with sensitive materials like paper or plastics. Excimer laser mask projection technique is best suitable for sensitive materials but up to now has the drawback of invariability due to fixed transmittive masks. The Fraunhofer IWS developed a marking system using excimer laser mask projection with a micro mirror device (MMD) as 'flexible mask'. With up to 2 million separate controllable micro mirrors the MMD provides variability: with every single laser pulse a new complex marking can be achieved. To demostrate the capabilities the FhG IWS used a 308nm excimer laser and a reflective phase-shifting mask from FhG IMS. It was possible to generate free-programmable, high-contrast markings on materials like paper and plastic. Furthermore, it could be shown that the technique is also usable to generate 3D structures in PI. Result of the studies is the development of a very fast marking technique using MMDs in combination with short wavelength and short pulse lasers. It also has high potential in 3D laser micromachining.

  7. Development of compact excimer lasers for remote sensing

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Laudenslager, J. B.; Mcdermid, I. S.; Pacala, T. J.

    1983-01-01

    The capabilities of excimer lasers for remote sensing applications are illustrated in a discussion of the development of a compact tunable XeCl excimer laser for the detection of atmospheric OH radicals. Following a brief review of the operating principles and advantages of excimer lasers, measurements of the wavelength dependence of the net small signal gain coefficient of a discharge excited XeCl laser are presented which demonstrate the overlap of several absorption lines of the A-X(0,0) transition of OH near 308 nm with the wavelengths of the XeCl laser. A range of continuous narrow bandwidth tunability of from 307.6 to 308.4 nm with only a 30 percent variation in output is reported for an XeCl laser used as a double-pass amplifier for a frequency-doubled dye laser, and measurements demonstrating the detection of laser-induced fluorescence from OH in a methane-oxygen flame are also noted. The design of an oscillator-amplifier excimer system comprising a corona-preionized, transverse-discharge oscillator and amplifier is then presented. Output energies of 12-15 mJ have been achieved in the regions where injection locking was established, with energies of 8-10 mJ elsewhere.

  8. Forming n/p Junctions With An Excimer Laser

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Alexander, Paul, Jr.; Campbell, Robert B.; Wong, David C.; Bottenberg, William L.; Byron, Stanley

    1988-01-01

    Compact equipment yields high-quality solar cells. Computer controls pulses of excimer laser and movement of silcon wafer. Mirrors direct laser beam to wafer. Lenses focus beam to small spot on surface. Process suitable for silicon made by dendritic-web-growth process.

  9. Excimer laser interaction with dentin of the human tooth

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  10. Pulsed excimer laser angioplasty of human cadaveric arteries.

    PubMed

    Farrell, E M; Higginson, L A; Nip, W S; Walley, V M; Keon, W J

    1986-02-01

    Laser angioplasty has been limited by the lack of precise control of thermal and acoustic vascular injury. Pulsed excimer lasers, by contrast, have a capacity to affect target tissue without heat dispersion or damage to surrounding structures. The ablative properties of three excimer wavelengths, krypton fluoride (249 nm), xenon chloride (308 nm), and xenon fluoride (351 nm), were investigated with the use of fresh human cadaveric normal and atherosclerotic femoral arteries. Light and electron microscopy demonstrated clean cuts with histologically normal edges. There was no evidence of either thermal or acoustic damage with any of the wavelengths studied. The depth of ablation varied directly with the number of pulses and inversely with tissue density while the incision width remained constant. The excimer laser appears to offer significant advantages over its conventional counterparts for the ablation of atherosclerotic plaque.

  11. Microlens fabrication using an excimer laser and the diaphragm method.

    PubMed

    Chen, Tao; Wang, Tong; Wang, Zhen; Zuo, Tiechuan; Wu, Jian; Liu, Shibing

    2009-06-08

    A new microlens fabrication method using an excimer laser is described in this paper. This method is based on the light vignetting effect. An excimer laser beam was propagated through two groups of fly's-eye lens arrays and separated by the groups, after which divergent beams were formed. When the beams were sectioned by a mask and passed through a circular diaphragm, a vignetting effect was produced relative to an excimer laser mask projection image lens. Then the irradiating intensity at the processing plane varied from the beam center to its margin. This intensity difference in the transverse distribution would result in microlens curvature forming. This diaphragm method has the extinct advantage of short production time, few steps and easy setup construction.

  12. Batch patterning micro circuits and sensors with excimer laser machine

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yang, Ren; Pyka, Ralph; Kramer, Dennis; Mata, John; Souter, Matt; Thompson, Steven

    2008-02-01

    This paper will present the direct photo patterning of micro circuits and sensors with a XeCl excimer laser photo ablation system. The working principle and the ablation equipment for photo ablation of conductive thin film on polymer are described. Both large sheets and reel-to-reel webs can be ablated on this excimer laser photo ablation system. The ablation strategies and alignment strategies for the micro circuits and sensors are introduced. The test results show ablation results with high resolution, high throughput, high yield and cost-efficiency. This clearly shows that excimer laser photo ablation of the conductive materials on polymer substrates is a good choice for industrial mass product fabrication of low priced, disposable micro circuit and sensor devices.

  13. Excimer laser processing of backside-illuminated CCDS

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Russell, S. D.

    1993-01-01

    An excimer laser is used to activate previously implanted dopants on the backside of a backside-illuminated CCD. The controlled ion implantation of the backside and subsequent thin layer heating and recrystallization by the short wavelength pulsed excimer laser simultaneously activates the dopant and anneals out implant damage. This improves the dark current response, repairs defective pixels and improves spectral response. This process heats a very thin layer of the material to high temperatures on a nanosecond time scale while the bulk of the delicate CCD substrate remains at low temperature. Excimer laser processing backside-illuminated CCD's enables salvage and utilization of otherwise nonfunctional components by bringing their dark current response to within an acceptable range. This process is particularly useful for solid state imaging detectors used in commercial, scientific and government applications requiring a wide spectral response and low light level detection.

  14. Analytical Characterization of CFRP Laser Treated by Excimer Laser Radiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kreling, S.; Fischer, F.; Delmdahl, R.; Gäbler, F.; Dilger, K.

    Due to the increasing interest in lightweight structures, carbon-fiber reinforced plastics are increasingly applied, especially in the transportation industry. An interesting technology for joining these materials is adhesive bonding due to numerous advantages compared to conventional techniques like riveting. However, to achieve a strong and durable bond, surface pre-treatment is necessary to remove residues of release agents that are transferred to the surface during manufacturing. This paper describes analytical experiments, namely SEM and XPS, performed on CFRP surfaces pre-treated with 308 nm excimer laser radiation.

  15. Pulsed excimer laser processing for cost-effective solar cells

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Wong, David C.

    1985-01-01

    The application of excimer laser in the fabrication of photovoltaic devices was investigated extensively. Processes included junction formation, laser assisted chemical vapor deposition metallization, and laser assisted chemical vapor deposition surface passivation. Results demonstrated that implementation of junction formation by laser annealing in production is feasible because of excellent control in junction depth and quality. Both metallization and surface passivation, however, were found impractical to be considered for manufacturing at this stage.

  16. Advances in 193 nm excimer lasers for mass spectrometry applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Delmdahl, Ralph; Esser, Hans-Gerd; Bonati, Guido

    2016-03-01

    Ongoing progress in mass analysis applications such as laser ablation inductively coupled mass spectrometry of solid samples and ultraviolet photoionization mediated sequencing of peptides and proteins is to a large extent driven by ultrashort wavelength excimer lasers at 193 nm. This paper will introduce the latest improvements achieved in the development of compact high repetition rate excimer lasers and elaborate on the impact on mass spectrometry instrumentation. Various performance and lifetime measurements obtained in a long-term endurance test over the course of 18 months will be shown and discussed in view of the laser source requirements of different mass spectrometry tasks. These sampling type applications are served by excimer lasers delivering pulsed 193 nm output of several mJ as well as fast repetition rates which are already approaching one Kilohertz. In order to open up the pathway from the laboratory to broader market industrial use, sufficient component lifetimes and long-term stable performance behavior have to be ensured. The obtained long-term results which will be presented are based on diverse 193 nm excimer laser tube improvements aiming at e.g. optimizing the gas flow dynamics and have extended the operational life the laser tube for the first time over several billion pulses even under high duty-cycle conditions.

  17. Excimer laser induced plasma for aluminum alloys surface carburizing

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fariaut, F.; Boulmer-Leborgne, C.; Le Menn, E.; Sauvage, T.; Andreazza-Vignolle, C.; Andreazza, P.; Langlade, C.

    2002-01-01

    Currently, while light alloys are useful for automotive industries, their weak wear behavior is a limiting factor. The excimer laser carburizing process reported here has been developed to enhance the mechanical and chemical properties of aluminum alloys. An excimer laser beam is focused onto the alloy surface in a cell containing 1 bar methane or/and propylene gas. A vapor plasma expands from the surface, the induced shock wave dissociates and ionizes the ambient gas. Carbon atoms diffuse into the plasma in contact with the irradiated surface. An aluminum carbide layer is created by carbon diffusion in the surface liquid layer during the recombination phase of the plasma.

  18. Excimer laser drilling of bone: shock wave and profile measurements

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sviridov, Alexander P.; Dmitriev, A. K.; Karoutis, Athanase D.; Christodoulou, P. N.; Helidonis, Emmanuel S.

    1995-01-01

    The shock wave generation in stapes models during laser ear surgery is experimentally investigated. The intensity absolute measurements of shock waves generated by excimer laser in the treated bone are performed. It is shown that the roughness of the crater bottom profile depends on the laser beam fluence. It is revealed that in the pulse repetition regime of bone drilling there exists an optimal laser beam fluence, which provides as high a rate of drilling as the smooth bottom of the crater. For ArF and KrF excimer lasers the optimal fluence is equal to about 0.4 - 0.5 J/cm2 at the repetition rate 5 Hz. The amplitude of shock wave induced at these parameters of laser beam in the back side of the bone sample of 1.1 mm thickness was measured to be about 25 bar and the corresponding pressure gradient 0.35 bar/micrometers .

  19. Excimer laser coronary angioplasty: clinical results and future directions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bittl, John A.

    1993-06-01

    Despite four years of intensive clinical investigation, excimer laser coronary angioplasty has not been accepted by the interventional cardiology community as the intervention of choice for any lesion type. Although the preliminary analysis presented here shows that the new technology shows promise for the treatment of saphenous vein graft lesions, aorto-ostial lesions and other lesions, these lesion types account for only about 5 - 10% of cases currently targeted for angioplasty and can frequently be treated with other interventional methods. Broader use of excimer laser angioplasty requires convincing proof that the new technology has clear superiority over other interventional techniques for a wider range of lesion types. Furthermore, the mechanisms of vessel dissection, perforation and abrupt closure need further clarification. Thus, the major challenges for excimer laser angioplasty include: (1) randomized trials to document the superiority of excimer laser over balloon angioplasty; (2) improved catheter designs, including devices for eccentric lesions and total occlusions; and (3) a better understanding of laser-tissue interactions to reduce the unpredictability of unfavorable angiographic outcome.

  20. Gain and Lasing in Nuclear Excited Excimer Laser Systems.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1981-04-24

    sources. The most advantageous volumetric nuclear excitation source is UF If enriched UF could be used as a pump source, a self- critical NPL could be...3 lower laser state by nuclear excitation and gas heating or by quenching of the upper laser state by UF6 and other species. Most NPLs demonstrated...induced effects, the loss in power density may be more critical than any nuclear considerations.I * Direct nuclear pumping of XeF excimer lasers has been

  1. Boron trichloride purification with a KrF excimer laser

    SciTech Connect

    Hyer, R.C.; Hartford, A. Jr.; Atencio, J.H.

    1980-01-01

    Selective ultraviolet photolysis using a KrF excimer laser has been used to substantially reduce the phosgene impurity in a binary mixture of boron trichloride and phosgene. Infrared spectroscopic analysis of the sample before and after irradiation shows that it is possible to highly purify commercially available boron trichloride with this technique.

  2. Probing thermal conductivity variations in excimer laser irradiated polyimide foils

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Walther, H. G.; Kitzing, T.; Bozoki, Z.; Liakhou, G. L.; Paoloni, S.

    1999-03-01

    When polyimide foils are irradiated by excimer laser pulses carbon clusters are generated. The material can be switched from being an insulator to a conductor. We observed a strongly increasing thermal diffusivity along with this transition in accordance to the percolation network behavior of densely packed carbon clusters.

  3. Simulation studies for a nuclear photon pumped excimer laser

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Miller, T. G.; Hagefstration, J. E.

    1979-01-01

    Simulation studies were undertaken to determine the feasibility of a nuclear photon pumped excimer laser using a system where high pressure Xe is bombarded with electrons and protons to form 1720 A. Primary measurements included conversion efficiency and gain vs time measurements.

  4. Femoropopliteal Occlusions: Experience with Peripheral Excimer Laser Angioplasty.

    PubMed

    Scheinert, Dierk; Biamino, Giancarlo

    2001-05-01

    Long superficial femoral artery occlusions can be recanalized successfully by excimer laser-assisted angioplasty with a high technical success rate. To maintain a high patency rate, an intensive clinical follow-up is mandatory. Nevertheless, performing repeat interventions will provide a relevant improvement in quality of life that can be maintained in the majority of patients.

  5. Excimer laser lead extraction catheter with increased laser parameters

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Coe, M. Sean; Taylor, Kevin D.; Lippincott, Rebecca A.; Sorokoumov, Oleg; Papaioannou, Thanassis

    2001-05-01

    A fiber optic catheter connected to a pulsed excimer laser (308 nm) is currently used to extract chronically implanted pacemaker and defibrillator leads at Fluence of 60 mJ/mm2 and repetition rate of 40 Hz. The object of this study was to determine the effect of higher repetition rates (80 Hz) in the catheter's cutting performance. The penetration rate (micrometers /sec), and the associated mechanical and thermal effects were measured in soft (porcine myocardium) and hard tissue (bovine tendon) at 60 mJ/mm2-80 Hz, and were compared to the corresponding values at commercially available laser parameters (60 mJ/mm2-40 Hz). Ablation rates were measured with perforation experiments and the extent of thermal and mechanical damage was measured under polarized light microscopy. For hard (soft) tissue, the laser catheter demonstrated penetration speed of 106 +/- 32 (302 +/- 101) micrometers /sec at 40 Hz and 343 +/- 120 (830 +/- 364) micrometers /sec at 80 Hz. Maximum extent of thermal effects at 40 Hz and 80 Hz was 114 +/- 35 micrometers (72 +/- 18) and 233 +/- 63 micrometers (71 +/- 16) respectively. Maximum extent of mechanical effects at 40 Hz and 80 Hz was 188 +/- 63 micrometers (590 +/- 237) and 386 +/- 100 micrometers (767 +/- 160) respectively. In vitro testing of the laser catheter with 80 Hz laser parameters has demonstrated increased penetration speed in both soft and hard fibrous tissue, while maintaining associated thermal and mechanical effects within limited ranges.

  6. Treatment of oral lichen planus using 308-nm excimer laser.

    PubMed

    Liu, Wei-Bing; Sun, Li-Wei; Yang, Hua; Wang, Yan-Fei

    2017-08-23

    Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a chronic inflammatory disease, has prolonged courses, repeated attacks and resistance to treatment. The traditional narrow spectrum UVB treatment has an established efficacy on skin lichen planus, and high safety. However, most of ultraviolet phototherapy devices have a huge volume, thereby cannot be used in the treatment of OLP. Lymphocytic infiltration is evident in the lesions of lichen planus, and the direct irradiation of 308-nm excimer laser can induce apoptosis of the T lymphocytes in skin lesions, thereby has a unique therapeutic effect on the diseases involving T lymphocytes. This study aims to investigate the efficacy of 308-nm excimer laser in the treatment of OLP. A total of six OLP patients were enrolled into this study, and further pathological diagnosis was conducted, then 308-nm excimer laser was used in the treatment. The efficacy of 308-nm excimer laser in the treatment of OLP was satisfactory. The clinical symptoms of five patients were significantly improved. In two patients, the erosion surface based on congestion and the surrounding white spots completely disappeared, and clinical recovery was achieved. Three patients achieved partial remission, that is, the erosion surface healed, congestion and white spot area shrunk by more than 1/2 of the primary skin lesions. In the remaining one patient, the erosion surface had not completely healed after treatment, and congestion and white spot area shrunk by less than 1/2 of the primary skin lesions. Only one patients had developed mild pain during the treatment, and this symptom alleviated by itself. The 308-nm excimer laser therapy can serve as a safe and effective treatment for OLP. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Excimer laser in the treatment of mycosis fungoides.

    PubMed

    Deaver, Darcie; Cauthen, Ashley; Cohen, George; Sokol, Lubomir; Glass, Frank

    2014-06-01

    Mycosis fungoides (MF) is the most common type of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, which typically presents as a patch or plaque in early-stage disease. Phototherapy including psoralen plus ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B are well-established treatment modalities in management of early-stage MF. Only a limited number of reports have evaluated the efficacy of 308-nm excimer laser in therapy of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. We sought to evaluate the efficacy of 308-nm excimer laser (XTRAC, PhotoMedex, Montgomeryville, PA) in patients with stage IA to IIA MF. We reviewed the clinical and laboratory characteristics of 6 consecutive patients given the diagnosis of refractory MF who underwent treatment with excimer laser. We found that the 308-nm excimer laser is a safe and well-tolerated alternative therapy for early-stage MF. In addition, we were able to delineate criteria to help predict treatment response. Our data showed that 4 (66%) patients achieved clinical improvement (3 complete responses, 1 partial response), 1 had stable disease, and 1 had progressive disease. This was a retrospective study consisting of 6 patients. A prospective study with a larger sample size would be desirable for future studies. The use of 308-nm excimer laser in the treatment of stage IA to IIA MF showed clinical and pathological benefit for patients with isolated lesions or lesions in areas that may be difficult to treat because of anatomic location. Copyright © 2014 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Lead extraction experience with high frequency excimer laser.

    PubMed

    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.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  10. Development and characterization of new 157-nm photoresists based on advanced fluorinated polymers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yamazaki, Tamio; Furukawa, Takamitsu; Itani, Toshiro; Ishikawa, Takuji; Koh, Meiten; Araki, Takayuki; Toriumi, Minoru; Kodani, T.; Aoyama, Hirokazu; Yamashita, Tsuneo

    2003-06-01

    Fluorinated polymers show a good transparency at the 157-nm exposure wavelength for single-layer resists. We have developed fluorinated resist polymers for 157-nm lithography. These polymers are main-chain fluorinated polymers synthesized by the co-polymerization of tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) and polymers such as poly(TFE/norbornene/α-fluoroolefin) fluoropolymers (FP1). In this paper, a number of polymerization initiators were evaluated in the polymerization of PF1-type polymers in order to investigate the effect of polymer end groups on optical and dissolution properties. We found that the polymer end group greatly affects the dissolution properties of these polymers when using a standard 0.26N tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) aqueous developer solution. These end groups also affect the polymer transparencies at 157-nm, and the resulting lithographic performance. The fluorocarbon initiator named "F2" induced the lowered absorbance (~0.4μm-1) and an increase in the dissolution rate (~300 nm/sec) without noticeable amounts of swelling. These polymer-based resists can achieve a resolution of less than 60-nm using a 157-nm laser microstepper (NA=0.85) with a Levenson-type strong phase shifting mask.

  11. Excimer Laser Ablation of Egg Tempera Paints and Varnishes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Morais, P. J.; Bordalo, R.; Santos, L. dos; Marques, S. F.; Salgueiredo, E.; Gouveia, H.

    In this work a series of egg tempera paint and varnish systems have been prepared, artificially aged and irradiated with KrF excimer laser at a wavelength of 248 nm. The samples were prepared with pure pigments and selected mixtures. It was found that, for some pigments, the colour changed upon laser irradiation even at low energy densities, below the ablation threshold while for other inorganic pigmented egg temperas the degree of discoloration is very small at moderate fluence of ˜0.30 J cm?2. The varnish systems did not present signs of discoloration. The thickness, superficial roughness and magnitude of the colour changes of the samples were measured. X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and UV/visible spectroscopy were used in order to investigate the changes induced by the KrF excimer laser radiation.

  12. Role of light scattering in excimer laser annealing of Si

    SciTech Connect

    La Magna, Antonino; Alippi, Paola; Privitera, Vittorio; Fortunato, Guglielmo

    2005-04-18

    We have studied, by means of simulations and experiments, the interaction between the electromagnetic field, generated by excimer laser, and Si device. This study strictly refers to laser annealing process, recently attracting a broad interest as an alternative thermal treatment. Our numerical methodology is based on coupling the simulation of the electromagnetic field, for the calculation of the heat source distribution, and the simulations of the thermal, phase, and impurity fields. Simulations of laser irradiation in metal-oxide-semiconductor transistor structures are discussed and compared to the corresponding experimental analysis. Our results are useful to understand problematics and perspectives of the laser annealing application in the fabrication of scaled devices.

  13. Excimer laser system for atmospheric remote sensing of ozone

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Tan, K. O.; Ogura, G. T.; Mckee, T. J.; Mcgee, T.

    1987-01-01

    A high-power narrow-linewidth XeCl excimer laser system developed for use by NASA in the remote sensing of atmospheric ozone is described. The laser system is designed for incorporation in a DIAL lidar utilizing stimulated Raman generation for the reference wavelength and sophisticated data averaging techniques. The laser output has a linewidth of 0.002 nm and a beam divergence of 0.15 mrad (FWHM). The laser was operated over a six-hour period with a constant average power of 18 W and a wavelength stable to within + or - 0.0006 nm.

  14. Treatment of 308-nm excimer laser on vitiligo: A systemic review of randomized controlled trials.

    PubMed

    Sun, Yan; Wu, Yan; Xiao, Bihuan; Li, Lu; Li, Li; Chen, Hong-Duo; Gao, Xing-Hua

    2015-01-01

    Vitiligo is an acquired cutaneous hypopigmentary disorder, which characterized by solitary or multiple depigmented maculae or patches. The 308-nm excimer laser has been used as phototherapy on vitiligo. To evaluate the efficacy and safety of 308-nm excimer laser on vitiligo. Randomized controlled trials were searched to conduct a systematic review. The keywords were identified as laser/excimer laser/quasimolecule/XeCl" and "vitiligo". Seven studies with 390 vitiligo patients were included. No significant differences were seen between 308-nm excimer laser and 308-nm excimer lamp on either ≥75% or ≥50% re-pigmentation rate, or between 308-nm excimer laser and narrowband-ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) on either 100% or ≥75% re-pigmentation rate. More patients or lesions achieved ≥50% re-pigmentation rate by 308-nm excimer laser treatment than by NB-UVB treatment. The side effects of 308-nm excimer laser were slight and tolerable. The 308-nm excimer laser showed equivalent efficacies to 308-nm excimer lamp control and NB-UVB control concerning ≥75% re-pigmentation rate of vitiligo patches. More studies with high methodological quality, low risk of bias and more sample size are needed to confirm the conclusion.

  15. Cross Sections for Ionization of Rare Gas Excimers by Electron Impact and Atomic and Molecular Processes in Excimer Lasers.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-03-01

    Theoretical cross sections for ionization of msetastable excimers - helium , neon, argon, krypton and zenon - and of metastable mercury are presented...AO-A086 698 GEORGIA INST OF TECH ATLANTA SCHOOL. OF PHYSICS FB20/5 CROSS SECTION1S FOR IONIZATION OF RARE GAS EXCIMERS By ELECTRON -- ETC(O) MAR 80 M...in Excimer Lasers. - -- 7 AUT 4OR(u) 8. CONTRACT OR GRANT NUMBER-) M. Raymond Flannery aW K. J./McCann . I F33615-78-C-20 128 9 PERFORMING

  16. Triggering Excimer Lasers by Photoionization from Corona Discharges

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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. Excimer laser coronary angioplasty: relative risk analysis of clinical results

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bittl, John A.

    1992-08-01

    Reports of successful use of excimer laser coronary angioplasty for complex coronary artery disease abound, yet firm indications for its use have not been defined. We attempted to treat 858 coronary stenoses in 764 consecutive patients (mean age 61 years; range 32 - 91 years; 75% men; 76% with Class III or IV angina) with excimer laser angioplasty at 308 nm. Successful treatment was achieved in 86% of patients, as indicated by excimer laser angioplasty, we used relative risk analysis. This showed that certain angiographic features, such as lesions at a vessel bifurcation (odds ratio, OR equals 0.46; 95% confidence interval 0.23, 0.88; P equals 0.017;) or in a tortuous segment (OR equals 0.54; 95% CI equals 0.34, 0.88; P equals 0.041), have decreased likelihood of clinical success. On the other hand, ostial stenoses (OR equals 1.06; 95% CI equals 0.44, 2.56, P equals 0.903) and saphenous vein graft lesions (OR equals 2.17; 95% CI equals 0.98, 4.82; P equals 0.051) have acceptable success rates. Diffuse disease (> 20 mm), total occlusions and calcified lesions were treated as successfully as all other lesion types. Successful treatment with excimer laser coronary angioplasty was also achieved in almost all patients (15/16) who had a prior unsuccessful attempt at balloon angioplasty in the lesion was crossed with a guidewire yet resists either balloon catheter passage or full dilatation. Follow-up angiography was obtained in 70% of eligible patients. Angiographic restenosis, defined by > 50% stenosis, was seen in 60% of patients. Relative risk analysis showed an increased risk of restenosis when adjunctive balloon angioplasty was not used (OR equals 1.68; 95% CI equals 1.02, 2.28; P equals 0.039). Other variables known to affect the outcome of balloon angioplasty, such as lesion length or stenosis in degenerated saphenous vein bypass graft, did not influence the

  18. Nebulae at keratoconus--the result after excimer laser removal.

    PubMed

    Fagerholm, P; Fitzsimmons, T; Ohman, L; Orndahl, M

    1993-12-01

    Ten patients underwent excimer laser ablation due to nebula formation at keratoconus. The nebulae interfered significantly with contact lens fit or wearing time. The mean follow-up time in these patients was 16.5 months. Following surgery all patients could be successfully fitted with a contact lens and thereby obtain good visual acuity. Furthermore, contact lens wearing time was 8 hours or more in all cases. In 2 patients the nebulae recurred but were successfully retreated.

  19. Myopic keratomileusis by excimer laser on a lathe.

    PubMed

    Ganem, S; Aron-Rosa, D; Gross, M; Rosolen, S

    1994-01-01

    We designed an excimer laser keratomileusis delivery system to increase the regularity of the refractive cut surface and allow greater precision in the level and shape of the ablated zone. A parallel faced corneal disc was produced by microkeratectomy from six human eyes and surgical keratectomy in 12 beagle corneas. A 193-nanometer excimer laser that was used to project an oval beam onto the corneal disc was rotated on a flat surface to ensure overlapping of the ovally ablated areas between pulses. Electron microscopy of eye bank lenticules demonstrated a circular smooth regularly concave ablation zone. Histological examination of nine clear corneas confirmed thinning of the stroma without fibroblastic reaction and no epithelial hypertrophy. Mean preoperative corneal power of 43.15 +/- 2.18 decreased postoperatively to 33.61 +/- 2.34. The new technique of excimer laser keratomileusis has the advantage of a cut surface smoother and the clear zone is devoid of the stepwise concavity and irregularity seen in diaphragm based photoablation delivery systems.

  20. Assessment of the Suitability of Excimer Lasers in Treating Onychomycosis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kymplová, Jaroslava; Jelínek, Miroslav; Urzová, Jana; Mikšovský, Jan; Dušek, Karel; Bauerová, Lenka

    2014-04-01

    Since it is known that UV-C radiation kills fungus, we wanted to verify the hypothesis that the use of excimer laser could be an alternative method for treating onychomycosis - nail fungus. The aim of the first stage of this work was to determine the transmission, reflection and absorption of nails. In the following stage we focused on irradiation of fungi. Our final task is to assess whether it is possible to determine the parameters of radiation (a total dose,a dose per pulse frequency, a repetition rate, a number of pulses) for which the elimination of fungi would be the most effective but without damaging the nail and soft tissue underneath it. The results so far have showed that UV-C radiation does not pass through a fingernail to such an extent that it could damage the soft tissue beneath it. Fungi are destroyed by the application of only small doses of radiation using the excimer laser. Additional measurements will be required to determine the modulation parameters of the excimer laser radiation for the treatment of onychomycosis.

  1. Progress of excimer laser development in the AMMTRA project

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nagai, Haruhiko

    1993-05-01

    Since 1986, five kinds of excimer laser technologies have been studied by five companies as part of the large-scale project `Advanced Material-Processing and Machining System,' which is one of the national R&D projects in Japan. The five kinds of excimer lasers being developed are as follows: (1) high power XeCl laser with an average power of 2 kW, (2) high repetition rate XeCl laser with a repetition rate of 5 kHz, (3) automatically power-stabilized 400 W average power XeCl laser with a stability of +/- 1% or less, (4) long-life ArF laser with a gas life of 109 shots or more, and (5) high beam-quality ArF laser with an average power of 200 W. The project passed an interim evaluation at the end of fiscal 1990, and is now ongoing toward the achievement of final targets as of the end of fiscal 1993. The present status and future prospect of the technologies are reviewed.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  3. Cloth-cutting studies using excimer laser ablation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sze, Robert C.; Johnson, Tamara M.; Sanders, Virgil E.

    2000-08-01

    Laser cutting of textiles with excimer lasers was undertaken for the Amtex program at Los Alamos. These studies were carried out in tandem with laser cutting studies at YAG and copper vapor laser (Green) wavelengths at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and at CO2 wavelengths at the Argonne National Laboratory. Laser ablation through the process of photo chemical bond breaking at UV (XeCl at 308 nm) wavelengths proved to be at least a factor of 24 more efficient than thermal ablation at the longer YAG wavelength (1.06 (mu) ). We project that a diffraction limited 100 watt XeCl laser is capable of cutting at a rate of 500 cm/sec (200 in/sec) for all cloths tested with the exception of denim and air bag material.

  4. CO2, excimer and erbium:YAG laser in deep sclerectomy.

    PubMed

    Klink, Thomas; Schlunck, Gunther; Lieb, Wolfgang; Klink, Janine; Grehn, Franz

    2008-01-01

    Deep sclerectomy is a non-penetrating filtering procedure that is not generally accepted, as tissue dissection is difficult and varying success rates have been reported. The purpose of the present study was to compare the use of CO2, excimer and erbium:YAG lasers in dissection of the deep corneoscleral lamella. In enucleated porcine eyes a superficial lamellar scleral flap of 5 x 5 mm was surgically dissected. The deep lamella was removed using a pulsed erbium:YAG, a CO2 or an excimer laser (10 eyes/group). All eyes were analysed histologically and 3 in each group by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It is feasible to ablate the deep corneoscleral lamella with the CO2, excimer and erbium:YAG lasers without perforating the anterior chamber. The following histology and SEM showed a smoother surface after dissection with the CO2 and excimer lasers compared to the erbium:YAG laser. There was no thermal damage after excimer laser treatment, compared to a damage zone of 10-30 mum using the erbium laser and one of 70-100 microm with the CO2 laser. Excimer,erbium:YAG and CO2 lasers allow the microsurgical dissection of the deep lamella. The excimer and CO2 lasers achieve a more regular and smoother tissue surface. The excimer laser has the advantage to dissect without thermal tissue damage. Copyright 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  5. Optical and Kinetic Processes in Excimer Lasers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1993-03-01

    investigations of the spectroscopy and chemical kinetics of XeF and XeCl lasers using theoretical techniques , synchrotron radiation excitation, and laser... technique for characterizing potential SBS media. Our work is described in Appendices N and 0. 3 OTHER TOPICS IN LASERS AND NONLINEAR OPTICS The SRS and... technique described above for several fluorine and chlorine donors are shown in Table 1. The quanitities in parentheses indicate where the yields have

  6. Excimer laser ablation of the cornea

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pettit, George H.; Ediger, Marwood N.; Weiblinger, Richard P.

    1995-03-01

    Pulsed ultraviolet laser ablation is being extensively investigated clinically to reshape the optical surface of the eye and correct vision defects. Current knowledge of the laser/tissue interaction and the present state of the clinical evaluation are reviewed. In addition, the principal findings of internal Food and Drug Administration research are described in some detail, including a risk assessment of the laser-induced-fluorescence and measurement of the nonlinear optical properties of cornea during the intense UV irradiation. Finally, a survey is presented of the alternative laser technologies being explored for this ophthalmic application.

  7. Penetrating Keratoplasty for Keratoconus - Excimer Versus Femtosecond Laser Trephination.

    PubMed

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

    2017-01-01

    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. 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. 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 keratoplasty, however, resemble that of the motor trephine. In

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

    PubMed Central

    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

  9. [Microkeratome and excimer laser-assisted endothelial keratoplasty (MELEK)].

    PubMed

    Thannhäuser, C L; Palka, K; Herbst, H; Schroeter, J; Pham, D T

    2014-10-01

    Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) and Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) have become well established procedures for the treatment of endothelial pathologies. In the last years the field of lamellar corneal surgery has further developed in terms of preparation of the lamellae as well as of implantation. A modified form of the "ultrathin DSAEK" (UT-DSAEK) is the "microkeratome and excimer laser-assisted endothelial keratoplasty" (MELEK). In this new technique a corneal graft is prepared by a single cut of a microkeratome followed by a stromal excimer-laser thinning and smoothing. The purpose of the present report is to describe this new technique and present first clinical results. In this prospective clinical study 18 patients (76 ± 11 years) underwent a MELEK. The BCVA increased from 0.25 ± 0.1 preoperatively to one month postoperatively was 0.33 ± 0.21 (decimal, n = 12), after three months 0.51 ± 0.23 (n = 8) and after six months 0.80 ± 0.16 (n = 4). The average thickness of the residual stromal lamella before laser ablation was 173 ± 42 µm, after ablation 111 ± 15 µm. The central corneal thickness decreased from 704 µm to 639 µm, the thickness of the transplant decreased from 114 µm to 106 µm six months postoperatively. The ultrathin "microkeratome and excimer laser-assisted endothelial keratoplasty" (MELEK) is a new and safe technique in the field of lamellar keratoplasty. In the future it could have the potential to combine the advantages of DSAEK and DMEK for the treatment of endothelial pathologies. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  10. Solid sampling with 193-nm excimer laser ablation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Delmdahl, Ralph

    2007-02-01

    Reproducible and sensitive elemental analysis of solid samples is a crucial task in areas of geology (e.g. microanalysis of fluid inclusions), material sciences, industrial quality control as well as in environmental, forensic and biological studies. To date the most versatile detection method is mass-spectroscopic multi-element analysis. In order to obtain reproducible results, this requires transferring the solid sample into the gas-phase while preserving the sample's stoichiometric composition. Laser ablation in combination with Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) is a proven powerful technique to meet the requirements for reliable solid sample analysis. The sample is laser ablated in an air-tight cell and the aerosol is carried by an inert gas to a micro-wave induced plasma where its constituents are atomized and ionized prior to mass analysis. The 193 nm excimer laser ablation, in particular, provides athermal sample ablation with very precise lateral ablation and controlled depth profiling. The high photon energy and beam homogeneity of the 193 nm excimer laser system avoids elemental fractionation and permits clean ablation of even transmissive solid materials such as carbonates, fluorites and pure quartz.

  11. Excimer laser surface ablation: a review of recent literature.

    PubMed

    O'Brart, David P S

    2014-01-01

    The aim was to review the recently published literature on excimer laser surface ablation procedures, including photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), laser sub-epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK), microkeratome-assisted PRK (epi-LASIK) and trans-epithelial (laser-assisted) PRK, to help elucidate where and how surface ablation may best fit into current refractive surgical practice. The emphasis was on publications within the last three years and included systemic reviews, meta-analyses and randomised controlled trials. Where such evidence did not exist, selective large series cohort studies, case-controlled studies and case series with follow-up preferably greater than six months were examined and included. Refractive and visual outcomes are excellent and comparable to those after LASIK even in complex cases after previous corneal surgery. Indeed, surface ablation combined with corneal collagen cross-linking may be used in selected eyes with biomechanical instability, where LASIK is contraindicated. In addition, there is evidence to suggest that there may be less induction of higher order aberrations with surface techniques. Long-term stability and safety appear to be extremely satisfactory. The literature supports the use of modern excimer laser surface treatments, with outcomes comparable to those after LASIK and evidence of less induction of higher-order aberrations. Follow-up studies at 10 to 20 years indicate excellent stability and safety. © 2013 The Author. Clinical and Experimental Optometry © 2013 Optometrists Association Australia.

  12. Applications of the 308-nm excimer laser in dermatology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Farkas, A.; Kemeny, L.

    2006-05-01

    Excimer lasers contain a mixture of a noble inert gas and a halogen, which form excited dimers only in the activated state. High-energy current is used to produce these dimers, which have a very short lifetime, and after their fast dissociation they release the excitation energy through ultraviolet photons. The application of these lasers proved to be successful in medicine, including the field of ophthalmology, cardiology, angiology, dentistry, orthopaedics, and, in recent years, dermatology. For medical purposes, the 193-nm argon fluoride, the 248-nm krypton fluoride, the 351-nm xenon fluoride, and the 308-nm xenon chloride lasers are used. Recently, the 308-nm xenon chloride laser has gained much attention as a very effective treatment modality in dermatological disorders. It was successfully utilized in psoriasis; later, it proved to be useful in handling other lightsensitive skin disorders and even in the treatment of allergic rhinitis. This review summarizes the possible applications of this promising tool in dermatology.

  13. Microsphere Formation Using an Excimer Laser

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2012-05-01

    particulates was measured at approximately 3.8 m/s. Given that the laser pulse width is 20 ns, the beam would be 6 m in length. Assuming that air resistan ...Opt.Commun., vol. 233, pp. 107–112, 2004. [8] R. K. Chang and A. J. Cam pillo, Eds., Optical Processes in Microcavities, Singapore: World Scientific, 1996

  14. Excimer laser superficial keratectomy for proud nebulae in keratoconus.

    PubMed Central

    Moodaley, L; Liu, C; Woodward, E G; O'Brart, D; Muir, M K; Buckley, R

    1994-01-01

    Contact lens intolerance in keratoconus may be due to the formation of a proud nebula at or near the apex of the cone. Excimer laser superficial keratectomy was performed as an outpatients with proud nebulae as treatment patients with proud nebulae as treatment for their contact lens intolerance. The mean period of contact lens wear before the development of intolerance was 13.4 years (range 2 to 27 years). Following the development of intolerance, three patients abandoned contact lens wear in the affected eye while the remainder experienced a reduction in comfortable wearing time (mean = 3.75 hours; range: 0-14 hours). All patients had good potential Snellen visual acuity with a contact lens of 6/9 (nine eyes) and 6/12 (one eye). The proud nebulae were directly ablated with a 193 nm ArF excimer laser using a 1 mm diameter beam. Between 100-150 pulses were sufficient to ablate the raised area. Patients experienced no pain during the procedure and reported minimal discomfort postoperatively. In all cases flattening of the proud nebulae was achieved. Seven patients were able to resume regular contact lens wear (mean wearing time = 10.17 hours; range 8 to 16 hours). In three patients, resumption of contact lens wear was unsuccessful because of cone steepness. All patients achieved postoperative Snellen visual acuity of 6/12 or better with a contact lens. Four patients experienced a loss of one line in Snellen acuity. The mean follow up period was 8.3 months (range 2 to 17 months). Excimer laser superficial keratectomy is a useful technique for the treatment of contact lens intolerance caused by proud nebulae in patients with keratoconus. Penetrating keratoplasty is thus avoided. Images PMID:8060928

  15. Excimer laser superficial keratectomy for proud nebulae in keratoconus.

    PubMed

    Moodaley, L; Liu, C; Woodward, E G; O'Brart, D; Muir, M K; Buckley, R

    1994-06-01

    Contact lens intolerance in keratoconus may be due to the formation of a proud nebula at or near the apex of the cone. Excimer laser superficial keratectomy was performed as an outpatients with proud nebulae as treatment patients with proud nebulae as treatment for their contact lens intolerance. The mean period of contact lens wear before the development of intolerance was 13.4 years (range 2 to 27 years). Following the development of intolerance, three patients abandoned contact lens wear in the affected eye while the remainder experienced a reduction in comfortable wearing time (mean = 3.75 hours; range: 0-14 hours). All patients had good potential Snellen visual acuity with a contact lens of 6/9 (nine eyes) and 6/12 (one eye). The proud nebulae were directly ablated with a 193 nm ArF excimer laser using a 1 mm diameter beam. Between 100-150 pulses were sufficient to ablate the raised area. Patients experienced no pain during the procedure and reported minimal discomfort postoperatively. In all cases flattening of the proud nebulae was achieved. Seven patients were able to resume regular contact lens wear (mean wearing time = 10.17 hours; range 8 to 16 hours). In three patients, resumption of contact lens wear was unsuccessful because of cone steepness. All patients achieved postoperative Snellen visual acuity of 6/12 or better with a contact lens. Four patients experienced a loss of one line in Snellen acuity. The mean follow up period was 8.3 months (range 2 to 17 months). Excimer laser superficial keratectomy is a useful technique for the treatment of contact lens intolerance caused by proud nebulae in patients with keratoconus. Penetrating keratoplasty is thus avoided.

  16. Results of excimer laser penetrating keratoplasty in aphakic eyes.

    PubMed

    Ninios, K; Matoula, P; Szentmary, N; Schirra, F; Seitz, B

    2013-04-01

    Corneal grafting in aphakic eyes is often challenging. We report about the outcome of excimer laser trephination in aphakic eyes. We examined 17 eyes of 17 patients. Diagnosis in 11 eyes was endothelial decompensation and in six, corneal scars. We performed an excimer laser keratoplasty with intraoperative "Flieringa ring" suturing. Follow-up ranged between 3 and 41 (17.6 ± 11.7) months. Main outcome measures included: best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), intraocular pressure (IOP), topographic astigmatism, corneal refractive power (CRP), central corneal thickness (CCT) and endothelial cell density (ECD). Preoperative BCVA was light perception in two eyes, hand motion in seven, finger counting in one eye, under 20/400 in six eyes and 20/200 in one eye. IOP ranged between 4 and 28 (13.6 ± 5.1) mmHg. Topographic astigmatism ranged from 0.5 to 18.5 (7.0 ± 6.9) dioptres. CRP was between 38 and 59 (46 ± 9) dioptres. CCT was between 404 and 1069 (748 ± 181) μm. Postoperative BCVA was hand motion in five eyes, under 20/400 in two and ranged between 20/200 and 20/20 in ten eyes. IOP ranged between 10 and 40 (18.3 ± 8.5) mmHg. Topographic astigmatism ranged from 0.9 to 13 (5.5 ± 3.2) dioptres. CRP was between 31.9 and 46.7 (42 ± 4.1) dioptres. CCT was between 349 and 820 (552 ± 115.57) μm. ECD was between 592 and 2319 (1674 ± 553) cells/mm(2). Excimer laser trephination can deliver beneficial visual outcomes in most of the aphakic eyes.

  17. Laser dentistry: A new application of excimer laser in root canal therapy

    SciTech Connect

    Pini, R.; Salimbeni, R.; Vannini, M.; Barone, R.; Clauser, C.

    1989-01-01

    We report the first study of the application of excimer lasers in dentistry for the treatment of dental root canals. High-energy ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted by an XeCl excimer laser (308 nm) and delivered through suitable optical fibers can be used to remove residual organic tissue from the canals. To this aim, UV ablation thresholds of dental tissues have been measured, showing a preferential etching of infiltrated dentin in respect to healthy dentin, at laser fluences of 0.5-1.5 J/cm{sup 2}. This technique has been tested on extracted tooth samples, simulating a clinical procedure. Fibers of decreasing core diameters have been used to treat different sections of the root canal down to its apical portion, resulting in an effective, easy, and fast cleaning action. Possible advantages of excimer laser clinical applications in respect to usual procedures are also discussed.

  18. Photodissociation dynamics of HI and DI at 157 nm

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Fengyan; Lu, I.-Chung; Yuan, Kaijun; Cheng, Yuan; Wu, Malcom; Parker, David H.; Yang, Xueming

    2007-11-01

    Photodissociation dynamics of HI and DI have been studied at 157 nm using the H atom Rydberg tagging time-of-flight technique. The photofragment translational energy distribution spectra and angular distributions of H/D atom products have been measured. Both the I( 2P 3/2) and I( 2P 1/2) products come almost exclusively from a perpendicular transition at 157 nm dissociation process, in agreement with the prediction of LeRoy's model [R.J. LeRoy, G.T. Kraemer, S. Manzhos, J. Chem. Phys. 117 (2002) 9353]. However, the branching ratios of I ∗/I measured in the experiment suggests that weak coupling may take place between the potential energy curves, which is noticeably different from the photodissociation of HI in the UV region. The experimental result in this work also suggests that the repulsive state, which has little contribution to the A-band absorption (33 000-53 000 cm -1), plays a greater role in the dissociation of HI and DI at 157 nm.

  19. Excimer laser interaction with zinc oxide

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Khan, Enamul Haque

    When single crystal ZnO is exposed to 193-nm laser photons in vacuum at fluences below 100 mJ/cm2, isolated Zn vacancies are produced due to the emission of energetic Zn+. The pair wise formation of Zn vacancies and Zn+ interstitials is attributed to the photochemical excitation of anti-bonding Zn-O bonds. Interstitial Zn + diffuses to the surface where it is loosely bound to the surface---often atop a photoionizable electron trap; adsorbed Zn+ is emitted when the underlying trap is photoionized. Isolated Zn vacancies also diffuse following the laser pulse. These electron traps can reduce the near-surface free carrier concentration by as much as a factor of five on irradiated samples. At fluences between 150 and 200 mJ/cm2, 193-nm irradiation produces sustained emission of ionic and neutral species. The near-surface region of the irradiated sample becomes increasingly metallic and zinc rich. At fluences in the 250--300 mJ/cm2 range, a slower component of the Zn+ emission appears which is attributed to the excitation of an auto-ionizing state at 12.77 eV. The same excitation also yields Zn atomic light emission, predominately due to transitions on the triplet manifold. Rydberg Zn* atoms in high-lying quantum states appear at a threshold fluence of about 350 mJ/cm2. At fluences greater than or equal to 2 J/cm2, atomic light emission due to optical breakdown is observed.

  20. Excimer laser ablation for spatially controlled protein patterns

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Thissen, Helmut; Hayes, Jason P.; Kingshott, Peter; Johnson, Graham; Harvey, Erol C.; Griesser, Hans J.

    2001-11-01

    Two-dimensional control over the location of proteins on surfaces is desired for a number of applications including diagnostic tests and tissue engineered medical devices. Many of these applications require patterns of specific proteins that allow subsequent two-dimensionally controlled cell attachment. The ideal technique would allow the deposition of specific protein patterns in areas where cell attachment is required, with complete prevention of unspecific protein adsorption in areas where cells are not supposed to attach. In our study, collagen I was used as an example for an extracellular matrix protein known to support the attachment of bovine corneal epithelial cells. An allylamine plasma polymer was deposited on a silicon wafer substrate, followed by grafting of poly(ethylene oxide). Two-dimensional control over the surface chemistry was achieved using a 248 nm excimer laser. Results obtained by XPS and AFM show that the combination of extremely low-fouling surfaces with excimer laser ablation can be used effectively for the production of spatially controlled protein patterns with a resolution of less than 1 micrometers . Furthermore, it was shown that bovine corneal epithelial cell attachment followed exactly the created protein patterns. The presented method is an effective tool for a number of in vitro and in vivo applications.

  1. Excimer laser annealing to fabricate low cost solar cells

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1984-01-01

    The objective is to show whether or not pulsed excimer laser annealing (PELA) of ion-implanted junctions is a cost effective replacement for diffused junctions in fabricating crystalline silicon solar cells. The preliminary economic analysis completed shows that the use of PELA to fabricate both the front junction and back surface field (BSF) would cost approximately 35 cents per peak watt (Wp), compared to a cost of 15 cents/Wp for diffusion, aluminum BSF and an extra cleaning step in the baseline process. The cost advantage of the PELA process depends on improving the average cell efficiency from 14% to 16%, which would lower the overall cost of the module by about 15 cents/Wp. An optimized PELA process compatible with commercial production is to be developed, and increased cell efficiency with sufficient product for adequate statistical analysis demonstrated. An excimer laser annealing station was set-up and made operational. The first experiment used 248 nm radiation to anneal phosphorus implants in polished and texture-etched silicon.

  2. Corneal surface morphology following excimer laser ablation with humidified gases.

    PubMed

    Krueger, R R; Campos, M; Wang, X W; Lee, M; McDonnell, P J

    1993-08-01

    To compare the effects of blowing dry (nitrogen or helium) and humidified gases over the corneal surface during photorefractive keratectomy. Excimer laser myopic ablations were performed on porcine eyes (10 per group) using humidified and dry nitrogen and helium gas under ambient conditions. Surface smoothness was quantified with light and electron microscopy. Corneas that were ablated using humidified gas were smooth and equivalent to those ablated under ambient conditions. Dry nitrogen and helium blowing resulted in increased surface irregularity evident on light and electron microscopy (P < .001). The pseudomembranes in the humidified gas and ambient air groups had fewer surface discontinuities than did those in the nonhumdified gas groups and appeared to have a thinner electron-dense surface layer. The blowing of humidified gas during excimer laser corneal ablation produces a smoother surface than does the blowing of dry gas and is comparable to that produced under ambient (no blowing) conditions. Maintaining corneal moisture is important in photorefractive keratectomy. If blowing gas is necessary to remove debris from the surface, the gas should be humidified.

  3. [The excimer laser in dermatology and esthetic medicine].

    PubMed

    Grema, H; Raulin, C

    2004-01-01

    First reports about the use of the excimer laser in dermatology date back to 1997. It is seen as an improvement on conventional phototherapy and photochemotherapy because of the lower cumulative UV-dose involved, the shorter time frame required for treatment and the option of targeting individual lesions without affecting the surrounding healthy skin. In addition to the indications of psoriasis vulgaris, vitiligo and atopic eczema (for which there is now FDA approval in the US), the spectrum of possible uses for the excimer laser is growing rapidly, especially in the field of light-sensitive dermatoses. Case studies so far have ranged from post-operative hypopigmentation to acne vulgaris and from alopecia areata to parapsoriasis en plaque. The foremost priorities in the future will be to evaluate reproducible therapeutic regimens with realistic prospects of success in large-scale studies; assess potential iatrogenic risks in treatment; develop pathogenetic models for the mechanism of action; and define therapeutic approaches to new indications. This paper summarizes the publications to date and discusses our observations and experiences.

  4. Effect of Thermal Preconditioning Before Excimer Laser Photoablation

    PubMed Central

    Kim, Joon Mo; Park, Woo Chan; Seo, Jeong-Sun; Chang, Hae Ran

    2004-01-01

    The purposes of this study were to assess the expression patterns of heat shock proteins (Hsps), after eyeball heating or cooling, and to elucidate their relationships with corneal wound healing and intraocular complications after excimer laser treatment. Experimental mice were grouped into three according to local pretreatment type: heating, cooling, and control groups. The preconditioning was to apply saline eyedrops onto the cornea prior to photoablation. Following photoablation, we evaluated corneal wound healing, corneal opacity and lens opacity. Hsp expression patterns were elucidated with Western blot and immunohistochemical staining. The heating and cooling groups recovered more rapidly, and showed less corneal and lens opacity than the control group. In the heating and cooling groups, there were more expressions of Hsps in the cornea and lens than in the control group. These results were confirmed in the Hsp 70.1 knockout mouse model. Our study showed that Hsps were induced by the heating or cooling preconditioning, and appeared to be a major factor in protecting the cornea against serious thermal damage. Induced Hsps also seemed to play an important role in rapid wound healing, and decreased corneal and lens opacity after excimer laser ablation. PMID:15201513

  5. Excimer laser annealing for fabrication of low-cost solar cells

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Spitzer, M. B.; Greenwald, A. C.; Hogan, S. J.

    1985-01-01

    Pulsed excimer laser annealing was successfully performed using a 50 w laser. Both polished and texturized cells were tried, however, there are serious problems with nonuniformity on texturized cells. A number of cells were produced and compared to diffusion furnace annealed cells. There was no clear economic advantage in using an excimer laser and there was a small penalty on average efficiency. The conclusion was that the excimer laser anneal process must be able to produce superior cells to be considered as a viable process option.

  6. Therapeutic modalities for localized psoriasis: 308-nm UVB excimer laser versus nontargeted phototherapy.

    PubMed

    Mudigonda, Tejaswi; Dabade, Tushar S; West, Cameron E; Feldman, Steven R

    2012-09-01

    UVB phototherapy is an effective treatment modality for psoriasis. For patients with localized plaque-type lesions, 308-nm excimer laser phototherapy offers rapidly delivered, targeted, high UVB doses, while sparing adjacent healthy skin. We aimed to compare the advantages and disadvantages of the 308-nm xenon chloride (XeCI) UVB excimer laser with nontargeted broadband UVB (BB-UVB), narrowband UVB (NB-UVB), and psoralen plus UVA (PUVA) phototherapies. A PubMed search for studies evaluating the efficacy and safety of the laser versus nontargeted phototherapeutic modalities was conducted. Three prospective nonrandomized studies compared NB-UVB with excimer laser phototherapy. No head-to-head studies were found for BB-UVB or PUVA compared to excimer laser. Both the 308-nm excimer laser and nontargeted phototherapies were found to effectively clear localized psoriasis. Although it is proposed that excimer laser exclusively treats diseased skin with better response rates, split-body trials revealed no differences. Long-term studies are necessary to compare the effects of high-dose excimer laser regimens with nontargeted phototherapies.

  7. Comparison of the 308-nm excimer laser with the 308-nm excimer lamp in the treatment of vitiligo--a randomized bilateral comparison study.

    PubMed

    Shi, Qiong; Li, Kai; Fu, Jun; Wang, Yanchun; Ma, Cuiling; Li, Qiang; Li, Chunying; Gao, Tianwen

    2013-02-01

    Vitiligo is an acquired pigment disorder characterized by areas of depigmented skin resulting from the loss of epidermal melanocytes. Recently, several investigations have documented the benefits of excimer phototherapy (e.g., using the 308-nm excimer laser or the 308-nm excimer lamp) for the treatment of vitiligo. To compare the effectiveness of the 308-nm excimer laser with the 308-nm excimer lamp in the treatment of vitiligo patients. This intervention study was designed as a randomized self-control trial. Fourteen subjects with 48 symmetrical vitiligo lesions were enrolled in this study. One lesion was treated with the 308-nm excimer laser, and its counterpart was treated with the 308-nm excimer lamp. Lesions were treated three times a week with the same dose on both sides for a total of 20 sessions. All of the patients completed the study, and 48 lesions were treated. The two treatments exhibited similar results in terms of repigmentation. The 308-nm excimer lamp and the 308-nm excimer laser exhibited similar efficacies in treating vitiligo. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  8. Excimer Laser Beam Analyzer Based on CVD Diamond

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Girolami, Marco; Salvatori, Stefano; Conte, Gennaro

    2010-11-01

    1-D and 2-D detector arrays have been realized on CVD-diamond. The relatively high resistivity of diamond in the dark allowed the fabrication of photoconductive "sandwich" strip (1D) or pixel (2D) detectors: a semitransparent light-receiving back-side contact was used for detector biasing. Cross-talk between pixels was limited by using intermediate guard contacts connected at the same ground potential of the pixels. Each pixel photocurrent was conditioned by a read-out electronics composed by a high sensitive integrator and a Σ-Δ ADC converter. The overall 500 μs conversion time allowed a data acquisition rate up to 2 kSPS. The measured fast photoresponse of the samples in the ns time regime suggests to use the proposed devices for fine tuning feedback of high-power pulsed-laser cavities, whereas solar-blindness guarantees high performance in UV beam diagnostics also under high intensity background illumination. Offering unique properties in terms of thermal conductivity and visible-light transparency, diamond represents one of the most suitable candidate for the detection of high-power UV laser emission. The technology of laser beam profiling is evolving with the increase of excimer lasers applications that span from laser-cutting to VLSI and MEMS technologies. Indeed, to improve emission performances, fine tuning of the laser cavity is required. In such a view, the development of a beam-profiler, able to work in real-time between each laser pulse, is mandatory.

  9. Qualification of diode foil materials for excimer lasers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Anderson, R. G.; Shurter, R. P.; Rose, E. A.

    The Aurora facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory uses KrF excimer lasers to produce 248 nm light for inertial confinement fusion applications. Diodes in each amplifier produce relativistic electron beams to pump a Kr-F-Ar gas mixture. A foil is necessary to separate the vacuum diode from the laser gas. High tensile strength, high electron transmission, low ultraviolet reflectivity, and chemical compatibility with fluorine have been identified as requisite foil properties. Several different materials were acquired and tested for use as diode foils. Transmission and fluorine compatibility tests were performed using the Electron Gun Test Facility (EGTF) at Los Alamos. Off-line tests of tensile strength and reflectivity were performed. Titanium foil, which is commonly used as a diode foil, was found to generate solid and gaseous fluoride compounds, some of which are highly reactive in contact with water vapor.

  10. Modeling boron profiles in silicon after pulsed excimer laser annealing

    SciTech Connect

    Hackenberg, M.; Huet, K.; Negru, R.; Venturini, J.; Fisicaro, G.; La Magna, A.; Pichler, P.

    2012-11-06

    In this work, we investigated four possible mechanisms which were candidates to explain the shape of boron profiles after ion implantation and melting excimer laser annealing in silicon. A laser with a wavelength of 308 nm and a pulse duration of {approx}180 ns was used. To simulate this process, an existing model for the temperature and phase evolution was complemented with equations for the migration of dopants. Outdiffusion, thermodiffusion, segregation, and adsorption were investigated as possible mechanisms. As a result, we found that outdiffusion and segregation can be excluded as major mechanisms. Thermodiffusion as well as adsorption could both reproduce the build-up at low melt depths, but only adsorption the one at deeper melt depths. In both cases, ion beam mixing during SIMS measurement had to be taken into account to reproduce the measured profiles.

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

    PubMed

    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.

  12. Laser excited fluorescence in the cesium-xenon excimer and the cesium dimer

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Exton, R. J.; Snow, W. L.; Hillard, M. E.

    1978-01-01

    Argon ion laser lines are used to excite fluorescence in a mixture of cesium and xenon. Excimer band fluorescence is observed at higher pressures (about 1 atm) while at lower pressures (several torr) a diffuse fluorescence due to the cesium dimer is observed whose character changes with exciting wavelength. The excimer fluorescence is shown to be directly related to the location of the exciting wavelength within previously measured Cs/Xe line shapes. This fact suggests that the excimer systems may be efficiently pumped through these line shapes. Qualitative energy-level schemes are proposed to explain the observations in both the excimer and dimer systems.

  13. Laser excited fluorescence in the cesium-xenon excimer and the cesium dimer

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Exton, R. J.; Snow, W. L.; Hillard, M. E.

    1978-01-01

    Argon ion laser lines are used to excite fluorescence in a mixture of cesium and xenon. Excimer band fluorescence is observed at higher pressures (about 1 atm) while at lower pressures (several torr) a diffuse fluorescence due to the cesium dimer is observed whose character changes with exciting wavelength. The excimer fluorescence is shown to be directly related to the location of the exciting wavelength within previously measured Cs/Xe line shapes. This fact suggests that the excimer systems may be efficiently pumped through these line shapes. Qualitative energy-level schemes are proposed to explain the observations in both the excimer and dimer systems.

  14. Outcomes for Myopic LASIK With the MEL 90 excimer laser.

    PubMed

    Reinstein, Dan Z; Carp, Glenn I; Lewis, Tariq A; Archer, Timothy J; Gobbe, Marine

    2015-05-01

    To evaluate the visual outcomes of myopic LASIK performed with the MEL 90 excimer laser (Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Jena, Germany) using the Triple-A profile with a 500-Hz pulse rate. Retrospective analysis of the first 286 myopic LASIK procedures (147 patients) by two experienced surgeons in which the VisuMax femtosecond laser and MEL 90 excimer laser (Carl Zeiss Meditec) were used following a standardized surgical technique. Inclusion criteria were preoperative spherical equivalent refraction (SEQ) up to -10.38 diopters (D), cylinder up to 5.00 D, and corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) of 20/25 or better. No nomogram adjustments were made. Patients were observed for 3 months. Flap thickness was between 80 and 110 µm and optical zone was between 6 and 7 mm. Standard outcomes analysis was performed. Preoperatively, mean SEQ was -3.83 ± 1.83 D (range: -0.13 to -10.38 D) and mean cylinder was -0.94 ± 0.86 D (range: 0.00 to -5.00 D). Mean age was 36.4 years (range: 18.2 to 74.1 years) with 50% female patients. Of this population, 138 eyes were treated by one surgeon and 148 eyes by another. The mean predictability of SEQ was -0.13 ± 0.34 D (range: -1.00 to +1.00 D). Postoperative SEQ was ± 0.50 D in 88% and ± 1.00 D in 100% of eyes. Preoperative CDVA was 20/20 or better in 97% of eyes. Postoperative uncorrected distance visual acuity was 20/20 or better in 92% and 20/25 or better in 99% of eyes. One line of CDVA was lost in 6% of eyes and no eyes lost two or more lines. There was statistically significant improvement in mesopic contrast sensitivity (CSV-1000) at 3 (P = .021), 6, 12, and 18 (all P ≤.001) cycles per degree. The MEL 90 excimer laser using the Triple-A ablation profile with a 500-Hz pulse rate was found to achieve a small but real increase in contrast sensitivity and high efficacy for myopia up to -10.00 D and cylinder up to 5.00 D without the need for a nomogram adjustment. Copyright 2015, SLACK Incorporated.

  15. A prototype erodible mask delivery system for the excimer laser.

    PubMed

    Maloney, R K; Friedman, M; Harmon, T; Hayward, M; Hagen, K; Gailitis, R P; Waring, G O

    1993-04-01

    The authors developed an erodible mask delivery system for the argon-fluoride 193-nm excimer laser, which offers the possibility of correcting hyperopia and astigmatism as well as myopia. Masks were made of polymethylmethacrylate on a quartz window, with intended corrections for myopia and hyperopia of 2.5 and 5 diopters (D). Ablations using the mask and control ablations using an expanding diaphragm were performed in 30 eyes of 15 pigmented rabbits with an Excimed UV200 laser (Summit Technology, Inc, Waltham, MA). The rabbits were followed for 134 days with regular biomicroscopy and retinoscopic examination by two observers. Ablations with the mask to correct myopia were successful and produced stable corrections, although the higher-power mask produced undercorrections. Hyperopic masks produced paradoxic myopic corrections, possibly due to the lack of a transition zone at the edge of the mask. Corneas ablated with the mask had less sub-epithelial haze than those ablated with the diaphragm at all examinations. Results of histopathologic examination showed epithelial hyperplasia over the ablation zone in all eyes. Dichlorotriazinyl aminofluorescein collagen staining showed subepithelial new collagen in all eyes, but there was no relation between the depth of ablation at any point on the cornea and the amount of new collagen deposited there. Myopic ablations are feasible with the erodible mask, although additional calibration is needed. Hyperopic ablations were unsuccessful with the current design. Corneas ablated with the mask may be clearer than corneas ablated with the diaphragm, possibly due to a smoother ablated surface. Regression of effect after laser ablation in the rabbit model is likely due more to epithelial hyperplasia than to stromal remodeling.

  16. A Medical Excimer Laser System For Corneal Surgery And Laser Angioplasty

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Caro, R. G.; Muller, D. F.

    1987-03-01

    The authors report the design criteria and performance of the ExciMeda UV200 medical excimer laser system. A beam delivery system for controlled photoablative machining of variable power optical lenses in organic material is described. Some of the potential applications of this delivery system in corneal surgery are presented. The uses of the UV200 laser system in other areas of medical research are discussed and, in particular, its application i the field of laser angioplasty is outlined. There has been considerable interest recently in the use of excimer lasers in a variety of fields in medicine. The ultraviolet, high peak power beam emitted by an excimer laser has been shown to be capable of producing very clean and precise cuts in organic material. In particular, cuts can be made in biological material with minimal disturbance of the material adjacent to the cut. For example, tissue can be cut in such a way as to produce negligible charring or vacuolization in adjacent areas of the tissue. This is in marked contrast to the results when organic material is cut by a continuous wave laser such as an Argon ion laser, or c.w. CO2 laser. The potential applications in clinical settings which are suggested by this feature of the interaction of tissue with excimer laser radiation have been largely unrealized outside the laboratory as yet. A primary reason for this is that, until recently, excimer lasers have been available only in a form that was suitable for the scientific laboratory. These lasers required large amounts of space, were not mobile once installed, and required con nection to external sources of water cooling, vacuum exhaust, a high current electrical supply, and a variety of gas bottles including the gases F2 and C12. These systems were not designed with clinical applications in mind, and thus provided unnecessary performance features at the cost of added complexity. They also posed potential electrical and gaseous safety hazards not suitable for a

  17. Excimer lasers for superhigh NA 193-nm lithography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Paetzel, Rainer; Albrecht, Hans S.; Lokai, Peter; Zschocke, Wolfgang; Schmidt, Thomas; Bragin, Igor; Schroeder, Thomas; Reusch, Christian; Spratte, Stefan

    2003-06-01

    Excimer lasers are widely used as the light source for microlithography scanners. The volume shipment of scanner systems using 193nm is projected to begin in year 2003. Such tools will directly start with super high numerical aperture (NA) in order to take full advantage of the 193nm wavelength over the advanced 248nm systems. Reliable high repetition rate laser light sources enabling high illumination power and wafer throughput are one of the fundamental prerequisites. In addition these light sources must support a very high NA imaging lens of more than 0.8 which determines the output spectrum of the laser to be less than 0.30 pm FWHM. In this paper we report on our recent progress in the development of high repetition rate ultra-narrow band lasers for high NA 193nm microlithography scanners. The laser, NovaLine A4003, is based on a Single Oscillator Ultral Line-narrowed (SOUL) design which yields a bandwidth of less than 0.30pm FWHM. The SOUL laser enables superior optical performance without adding complexity or cost up to the 4 kHz maximum repetition rate. The A4003's high precision line-narrowing optics used in combination with the high repetition rate of 4 kHz yields an output power of 20 W at an extremely narrow spectral bandwidth of less than 0.30 pm FWHM and highest spectral purity of less than 0.75 pm for the 95% energy content. We present performance and reliability data and discuss the key laser parameters. Improvements in the laser-internal metrology and faster regulation control result in better energy stability and improved overall operation behavior. The design considerations for line narrowing and stable laser operation at high repetition rates are discussed.

  18. Crack suppression of SiO2 thin film formed by 157 nm F2 laser induced photochemical surface modification of hard silicone coating film on polycarbonate(Conference Presentation)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nojiri, Hidetoshi; Okoshi, Masayuki

    2017-03-01

    Light-weighting of vehicle is now strongly required for reducing gasoline consumption and CO2 emission. In this study, F2 laser was irradiated to the surface of hard silicone resin, coated by dip coating method onto the film of acrylic resin on a polycarbonate substrate. The surface part of the silicone resin was photo-chemically modified into SiO2. One of two types of aperture mask, 3×3 mm2 and 50×50 μm2, was set on the sample surface. The single pulse fluence was varied from 4 to 14 mJ/cm2, pulse repetition frequency was set to 10 Hz, and irradiation time was changed from 30 to 120 s. N2 gas was induced around the surface of the sample. After modification, SiO2 modified layer was etched by HF 1% diluted solution, and the etched depth was measured by a stylus-type surface profilometer. As a result of experiments, stress in the SiO2 modified layer increased by increasing of F2 laser irradiation time. In case of using aperture mask of 3×3 mm2, cracks were generated only on the irradiated area for longer irradiation time than 60 s. It is considered that the tensile stress in the modified layer exceeded the tensile fracture strength of 48 MPa of typical SiO2. When a mesh mask of 50×50 μm2 aperture was used, no crack generated even for a long irradiation of 200 s. We found, the tensile stress in SiO2 modified film can be reduced remarkably with using smaller aperture size of mesh mask, and it is very effective to prevent cracking.

  19. Evaluation of fluorinated dissolution inhibitors for 157-nm lithography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hamad, Alyssandrea H.; Houlihan, Francis M.; Seger, Larry; Chang, Chun; Ober, Christopher K.

    2003-06-01

    Fluorinated diesters were synthesized and evaluated as dissolution inhibitors (DIs) for 157 nm lithography. The results of dissolution rate measurements, exposure studies, and etching experiments on blends of fluorinated polymers containing these dissolution inhibitors are reported. It was shown that the DIs effectively slow the dissolution rate of the matrix polymer, poly(hexafluorohydroxyisopropyl styrene) (PHFHIPS). Etching studies show that they enhance the plasma etch resistance of poly(methyl methacrylate) using tetrafluoromethane plasma. Addition of the best performing dissolution inhibitor, cyclohexane-1,4-dicarboxylic acid bis-(1-cyclohexyl-2,2,2-trifluoro-1-methyl-ethyl) ester) (FCDE1) to candidate 157 nm photoresist polymers, Duvcor and poly(hexafluorohydroxyisopropyl styrene)-co-poly(t-butyl methacrylate) [pPHFHIPS-co-pt-BMA], improves the imaging behavior of these polymers. Our attempts to elucidate the mechanism of dissolution inhibition for this series of compounds will be discussed. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) studies in conjunction with dissolution rate measurements performed on a series of DI analogues suggest a mechanism based on hydrogen bonding.

  20. Development of environmental control technologies for 157-nm lithography at ASET

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fukuda, Yasuaki; Takeuchi, Seiji; Aoki, Takashi; Nagasaka, Hiroyuki; Owa, Soichi; Yoshida, Fumika; Kawasa, Youichi; Egawa, Keiji; Watanabe, Takehito; Uchino, Ikuo; Sumitani, Akira; Nakao, Kiyoharu

    2002-07-01

    Purging and reduction of out-gassing are very important issues that need to be treated in order to realize F2 laser lithography system. Several methods of purging are tried and out-gases from metals, O-rings, lubricants, and an adhesive are analyzed. Metal surfaces mainly release oxygen and water independent of surface roughness, Ni plating, or elements. Other substances are not detected by API-MS or GC-MS. Since O-rings are indispensable to make gas-tight structures, several kinds of O-rings made of fluoro-compounds are tested. Black fluoro-rubber o-ring, O-ring F, is recommended from the view of organic out-gassing but Teflon-based fluoro-elastomer, O-ring A, is a good candidate in terms of the water out-gassing. Greases emit a large amount of out-gases even when the samples are not irradiated by 157 nm laser. As an adhesive, Adhesive A is recommended because of the fact that it does not release as much organic and inorganic compounds which may absorb 157 nm laser light. Finally preliminary demonstration using a model exposure system is performed to obtain purging time for several cases.

  1. Enhanced boron diffusion in excimer laser preannealed Si

    SciTech Connect

    Monakhov, E.V.; Svensson, B.G.; Linnarsson, M.K.; La Magna, A.; Spinella, C.; Bongiorno, C.; Privitera, V.; Fortunato, G.; Mariucci, L.

    2005-04-11

    We have investigated boron diffusion during rapid thermal annealing in Si implanted with boron using an energy of 1 keV and a dose of 1x10{sup 16} cm{sup -2}. Two types of samples have been studied: As-implanted and pretreated with excimer laser annealing. For both types an enhanced diffusion of boron has been observed with an enhancement by a factor of 3-5 over the 'standard' diffusion. It is suggested that the high concentration of implanted boron is a dominant factor for the diffusion enhancement as compared to the effect of implantation-induced damage. The data indicate that the proximity of the surface can also affect the boron diffusion enhancement.

  2. Tribology and surface mechanical properties of excimer laser nitrided titanium

    SciTech Connect

    Jervis, T.R.; Zocco, T.G.; Tesmer, J.R.; Hirvonen, J.P.

    1994-11-01

    The authors have nitrided Ti-6Al-4V alloys using excimer laser pulses at 1.2 J-cm{sup {minus}2} in high purity N{sub 2} at approximately one atmosphere. Substantial nitrogen and some oxygen incorporation resulted from multiple pulse processing. Formation of a TiN surface film was not observed. They have examined the tribological and mechanical properties of these surfaces using pin-on-disk and nanoindenter techniques respectively. Nitrogen alloying results in reduced friction and torque noise in the pin-on-disk measurements. At higher N concentrations, very little wear is observed, even after the friction behavior suggests surface deterioration. This is consistent with the formation of a transfer film at the sliding interface. Nanoindenter measurements of the surfaces show increasing hardness proportional to nitrogen incorporation. The tribological improvements can therefore be ascribed to a combination of increased surface hardness and tribochemical effects.

  3. Calibration of a tunable excimer laser using the optogalvanic effect

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Abbitt, John D.

    1991-01-01

    A device for the calibration of a tunable excimer laser is currently under development. The laser provides UV radiation at three principal wavelengths, 193, 248, and 308 nm and is tunable over a range of 1 nm at each of these wavelengths. The laser is used as a non-intrusive optical probe to excite electronic transitions, and thereby induce fluorescence, of the principle molecules or atoms of interest in supersonic flowfields, both reacting and nonreacting. The fluorescence resulting from the excitation is observed with an intensified camera. Over the range of tunability at the three wavelengths are a number of transitions that can be observed. The intensity of the fluorescence depends in part on the local temperature and density. The nature of this thermodynamic dependence is variable among transitions; thus, identification of the transition under observation is required. The specific transition excited corresponds directly to the wavelength of the radiation. The present technique used for transition identification consists of scanning the laser across the range of tunability and observing the fluorescence resulting from various molecular transitions.

  4. Excimer laser crystallization of amorphous silicon on metallic substrate

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Delachat, F.; Antoni, F.; Slaoui, A.; Cayron, C.; Ducros, C.; Lerat, J.-F.; Emeraud, T.; Negru, R.; Huet, K.; Reydet, P.-L.

    2013-06-01

    An attempt has been made to achieve the crystallization of silicon thin film on metallic foils by long pulse duration excimer laser processing. Amorphous silicon thin films (100 nm) were deposited by radiofrequency magnetron sputtering on a commercial metallic alloy (N42-FeNi made of 41 % of Ni) coated by a tantalum nitride (TaN) layer. The TaN coating acts as a barrier layer, preventing the diffusion of metallic impurities in the silicon thin film during the laser annealing. An energy density threshold of 0.3 J cm-2, necessary for surface melting and crystallization of the amorphous silicon, was predicted by a numerical simulation of laser-induced phase transitions and witnessed by Raman analysis. Beyond this fluence, the melt depth increases with the intensification of energy density. A complete crystallization of the layer is achieved for an energy density of 0.9 J cm-2. Scanning electron microscopy unveils the nanostructuring of the silicon after laser irradiation, while cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy reveals the crystallites' columnar growth.

  5. Excimer laser chemical ammonia patterning on PET film.

    PubMed

    Wu, G; Paz, M D; Chiussi, S; Serra, J; González, P; Wang, Y J; Leon, B

    2009-02-01

    Laser is a promising technique used for biopolymer surface modification with micro and/or nano features. In this work, a 193 nm excimer laser was used for poly (ethylene terephthalate) (PET) surfaces chemical patterning. The ablation threshold of the PET film used in the experiments was 62 mJ/cm(2) measured before surface modification. Surface chemical patterning was performed by irradiating PET film in a vacuum chamber filled with ammonia at the flux of 10, 15, 20, 25 ml/min. Roughness of the surface characterized by profilometry showed that there were no significant observed change after modification comparing original film. But the hydrophilicity of the surface increased after patterning and a minimum water contact angle was obtained at the gas flux of 20 ml/min. FT-IR/ATR results showed the distinct amino absorption bands presented at 3352 cm(-1)and 1613 cm(-1) after modification and XPS binding energies of C(1s) at 285.5 eV and N(1s) at 399.0 eV verified the existence of C-N bond formation on the PET film surface. Tof-SIMS ions mapping used to identify the amine containing fragments corroborates that amino grafting mainly happened inside the laser irradiation area of the PET surface. A hypothesized radical reaction mechanism proposes that the collision between radicals in ammonia and on the PET surface caused by the incident laser provokes the grafting of amino groups.

  6. Hollow fiber delivery of ArF and KrF excimer laser light

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Matsuura, Yuji; Miyagi, Mitsunobu

    1999-04-01

    For delivery of ArF and KrF excimer laser light, a hollow fiber composed of a glass capillary tube and an aluminum thin film on the inside was proposed. A thin aluminum film is deposited by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition employing dimethylethylamine alane as the source material. Measured loss spectra in vacuum-UV and UV regions and measured losses for ArF-excimer laser light show the low loss property of the aluminum-coated fiber at both of the ArF and KrF excimer laser light. The straight loss of 1-m long, 1-mm bore fiber was 1.0 dB for ArF and 0.4 dB for KrF excimer lasers.

  7. Studies in fiber guided excimer laser surgery for cutting and drilling bone and meniscus.

    PubMed

    Dressel, M; Jahn, R; Neu, W; Jungbluth, K H

    1991-01-01

    Our experiments on transmitting high-power excimer laser pulses through optical fibers and our investigations on excimer laser ablation of hard tissue show the feasibility of using the excimer laser as an additional instrument in general and accident surgery involving minimal invasive surgery. By combining XeCl-excimer lasers and tapered fused silica fibers we obtained output fluences up to 32 J/cm2 and ablation rates of 3 microns/pulse of hard tissue. This enables us to cut bone and cartilage in a period of time which is suitable for clinical operations. Various experiments were carried out on cadavers in order to optimize the parameters of the excimer laser and fibers: e.g., wavelength, pulse duration, energy, repetition rate, fiber core diameter. The surfaces of the cut tissue are comparable to cuts with conventional instruments. No carbonisation was observed. The temperature increase is below 40 degrees C in the tissue surrounding the laser spot. The healing rate of an excimer laser cut is not slower than mechanical treatments; the quality is comparable.

  8. Effects of femtosecond and excimer lasers on implanted KAMRA corneal inlay in animal models.

    PubMed

    Sammouh, F K; Baban, T A; Dandan, W N; Warrak, E L

    2017-05-01

    To evaluate the effect of femtosecond laser and excimer laser on an intracorneal inlay (KAMRA(®)) implanted in animal models. Femtosecond laser was used to create corneal intrastromal pockets at 250μm depth in five porcine eyes. Four intact KAMRA inlays, examined by slit-lamp biomicroscopy and light microscopy, were implanted in the pocket of four eyes. A standard LASIK flap was created above each implanted inlay in the four eyes using a femtosecond laser with flap thicknesses of 150μm, 130μm, 110μm and 90μm. In the fifth porcine eye, a LASIK flap was created using femtosecond laser at 110μm depth, and a fifth inlay was then implanted in the 250μm pocket. Excimer laser ablation was performed under the flap targeting a -3.00 refraction. The inlay was then explanted, examined and reimplanted in the same pocket followed by a second similar excimer laser ablation. Significant burn, shrinkage and distortion of microholes were noted in all the first four inlays following the femtosecond laser flap creation at all the various flap thicknesses. The damage was noted to be more prominent as the distance between the flap and inlay decreased. No apparent effect was noted on the fifth inlay following repeated excimer laser ablations. Unlike excimer laser, femtosecond laser appears to be hazardous and damaging to the intracorneal KAMRA inlay when applied above it. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  9. Shock propagation and attenuation in high-power excimer lasers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Holzwarth, Achim; Berger, Peter; Huegel, Helmut

    1993-05-01

    Theoretical and experimental investigations on the propagation, reflection, and attenuation of shock waves as they occur in excimer lasers have been performed. The numerical simulations have been carried out using a two-dimensional, unsteady finite difference scheme. The experimental setup is a piston driven shock tube with a rectangular cross section working in air at atmospheric pressure. The shocks were detected interferometrically as well as by means of pressure transducers. This shock tube allows us to investigate basic phenomena of shock diffraction which can be used to confirm the computational results in the range of weak shock waves. In particular, the influence of the shape of the wall contour on the reflection of shock waves has been investigated theoretically. The decay time of pressure and density perturbations differs for various wall configurations in such a way that short electrodes accelerate the attenuation as well as does a strong area increase in the vicinity of them. After each laser pulse there is a shock travelling into the laser channel. Experiments have been carried out on the reflection of this shock at a specially formed bend that is able to focus the shock into a muffling element.

  10. Advanced excimer laser technologies enable green semiconductor manufacturing

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  11. Overview of recent advances in excimer laser technology at Los Alamos

    SciTech Connect

    Bigio, I.J.; Sze, R.C.; Taylor, A.J.; Gibson, R.B.

    1988-01-01

    From among the areas of excimer laser development at Los Alamos two are selected for further discussion: ultra-high brightness excimer laser systems and discharge-pumped XeF(C..-->..A) lasers operating in the blue-green portion of the spectrum. Two different high brightness systems are described. One is based on small-aperture KrF amplifiers, while the other is based on a large-aperture XeCl amplifier. The XeF(C..-->..A) laser is tunable from 435 to 525 nm, and may one day become a viable alternative to pulsed dye lasers for many applications. 14 refs., 4 figs.

  12. Excimer laser-induced incubation of poly(L-lactide)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stepak, Bogusz D.; Antończak, Arkadiusz J.; Szustakiewicz, Konrad; Kozioł, Paweł E.; Wójcik, Michał R.; Lazarek, Lukasz; Abramski, Krzysztof M.

    2014-08-01

    The irradiation of polylactide by KrF excimer laser with subthreshold fluence results in modification of its properties via photochemical reactions. A common approach is to modify chemical composition of polymer surface by UV irradiation, for example, in order to improve their wetting properties. In this paper, authors present a possibility of bulk modification of poly(L-lactide) which is related to photofragmentation and creation of new terminal groups. The irradiation results in decrease of molecular weight and increase of polydispersity. The appearance of new terminal groups is responsible for enhancement of absorption in UV-C range. The intensity of chemical composition changes introduced by UV irradiation can be precisely dosed thanks to a pulse character of laser source. Modifications can be controlled during the process by the analysis of energy transmitted through a polymer sheet. The distribution of absorption coefficient changes along with the depth of irradiated polymer and its correlation with polydispersity was discussed. Presented technique can be used for selective and controllable modification of hydrolytic degradation time of biodegradable polyesters utilized in biomedical applications.

  13. 308-nm excimer laser ablation of human cartilage

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Prodoehl, John A.; Rhodes, Anthony L.; Meller, Menachem M.; Sherk, Henry H.

    1993-07-01

    The XeCl excimer laser was investigated as an ablating tool for human fibrocartilage and hyaline cartilage. Quantitative measurements were made of tissue ablation rates as a function of fluence in meniscal fibrocartilage and articular hyaline cartilage. A force of 1.47 Newtons was applied to an 800 micrometers fiber with the laser delivering a range of fluences (40 to 190 mj/mm2) firing at a frequency of 5 Hz. To assess the effect of repetition rate on ablation rate, a set of measurements was made at a constant fluence of 60 mj/mm2, with the repetition rate varying from 10 to 40 Hz. Histologic and morphometric analysis was performed using light microscopy. The results of these studies revealed that the ablation rate was directly proportional to fluence over the range tested. Fibrocartilage was ablated at a rate 2.56 times faster than hyaline cartilage at the maximum fluence tested. Repetition rate had no effect on the penetration per pulse. Adjacent tissue damage was noted to be minimal (10 - 70 micrometers ).

  14. Technique for cellular microsurgery using the 193-nm excimer laser.

    PubMed

    Palanker, D; Ohad, S; Lewis, A; Simon, A; Shenkar, J; Penchas, S; Laufer, N

    1991-01-01

    A new cell surgery technique has been developed to produce well-defined alterations in cells and tissue without detectable heating and/or other structural damage in the surroundings. The technique involves the use of an argon fluoride excimer laser, in the deep ultraviolet (UV) region of the spectrum at 193 nm, which is guided through a glass pipette filled with a positive air pressure. To demonstrate the method, holes were drilled in the zona pellucida of mouse oocytes. The diameter of the drilled hole was determined by the pipette tip size, and its depth by an energy emitted per pulse and number of pulses. Scanning electron microscopy of the drilled mouse oocytes showed uniform, round, well-circumscribed holes with sharp edges. Oocytes that had their zona pellucida drilled with this new method fertilized in vitro and developed to the blastocyst stage in a rate similar to that of control group. These results demonstrate the nonperturbing nature of this cold laser microsurgical procedure. In addition to the extension of our results for clinical in vitro fertilization purposes, such as enhancement of fertilization and embryo biopsy, there are wide-ranging possible uses of our method in fundamental and applied investigations that require submicron accuracy in cellular alteration.

  15. Percutaneous transluminal excimer laser angioplasty in total peripheral artery occlusion in man

    SciTech Connect

    Wollenek, G.; Laufer, G.; Grabenwoeger, F.

    1988-01-01

    Laser angioplasty and laser-assisted angioplasty have become a clinical reality. Producing sharply defined borders of the ablated area with minimal adjacent thermal damage, excimer lasers offer several proven and some potential advantages over conventional systems. To evaluate the feasibility of excimer laser angioplasty, we have treated one patient using 308-nm radiation via a bare fiber in direct contact with the total occlusion of a right femoral artery. The lesion was successfully recanalized, thus allowing easy passage of the balloon catheter and subsequent dilatation. This percutaneous laser recanalization of an occluded peripheral artery is one of the first to be done in man using excimer laser radiation, thus demonstrating that the technique is feasible and the system is potentially useful.

  16. Excimer lasers. (Latest citations from the US Patent bibliographic file with exemplary claims). Published Search

    SciTech Connect

    1995-01-01

    The bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning the design and development of excimer laser devices, apparatus, and systems for use in industrial and medical applications. Citations discuss ablation and lithography technology, compact excimer lasers, laser gas purification and recycling, microwave and discharge excited lasers, and rare gas halides. Applications are considered, including metallization and patterning, manufacturing of ophthalmic lenses, profiling of optical surfaces, treatment of engine parts, prosthetic surgery, and corneal ablation. (Contains a minimum of 106 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  17. Excimer lasers. (Latest citations from the US Patent Bibliographic file with exemplary claims). Published Search

    SciTech Connect

    1996-01-01

    The bibliography contains citations of selected patents concerning the design and development of excimer laser devices, apparatus, and systems for use in industrial and medical applications. Citations discuss ablation and lithography technology, compact excimer lasers, laser gas purification and recycling, microwave and discharge excited lasers, and rare gas halides. Applications are considered, including metallization and patterning, manufacturing of ophthalmic lenses, profiling of optical surfaces, treatment of engine parts, prosthetic surgery, and corneal ablation. (Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  18. Effectiveness of a 308-nm excimer laser in treatment of vitiligo: a review.

    PubMed

    Alhowaish, Alauldin Khalef; Dietrich, Nathalie; Onder, Meltem; Fritz, Klaus

    2013-05-01

    Vitiligo is a relatively common acquired disorder, characterized by progressive loss of melanocytes from the epidermis and the epidermal appendages. The disease is associated with considerable morbidity because of a major impact on the quality of life. The treatment for vitiligo is generally unsatisfactory and challenging. There are a variety of therapeutic possibilities including topical corticosteroids, topical calcineurin inhibitors, as well as phototherapy with Psoralen plus UVA (PUVA), narrow-band UVB, and a 308-nm excimer laser and/or lamps. Furthermore, surgical methods encompass grafting and transplantation while depigmentation treatments and psychological support may also be considered. The objective is to assess the effect of the 380-nm excimer laser in the treatment of vitiligo based on the available studies and case series. We searched the relevant literature about vitiligo and excimer laser published between 1990 and 2012 using the MEDLINE database. We reviewed all relevant articles about 308-nm excimer laser and light sources assessing their efficacy in the management of vitiligo as well as their side effects. The value of combination treatment methods was also analyzed. The available studies provide strong evidence that the excimer laser represents the most effective approach to treat vitiligo compared to ordinary phototherapy. Excimer laser is relatively safe and effective for localized disease. UV-sensitive areas respond best as well as a short duration of the disease. More frequent treatments achieve better results. Compared to other treatment modalities, the excimer laser most likely constitutes the treatment of choice for localized vitiligo. Its efficacy can be further improved in combination with other therapies such as corticosteroids, pimecrolimus, or tacrolimus.

  19. Breakdown voltages for discharges initiated from plasma pulses produced by high-frequency excimer lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Yamaura, Michiteru

    2006-06-19

    The triggering ability under the different electric field was investigated using a KrF excimer laser with a high repetition rate of kilohertz order. Measurements were made of the magnitude of impulse voltages that were required to initiate a discharge from plasmas produced by a high-frequency excimer laser. Breakdown voltages were found to be reduced by 50% through the production of plasmas in the discharge gap by a high-frequency excimer laser. However, under direct-current electric field, triggering ability decreased drastically due to low plasma density. It is considered that such laser operation applied for laser-triggered lightning due to the produced location of plasma channel is formed under the impulse electric field since an electric field of the location drastically reduces temporary when the downward leader from thunderclouds propagates to the plasma channel.

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

    PubMed

    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.

  1. Corneal multifocality with excimer laser for presbyopia correction.

    PubMed

    Alió, Jorge L; Amparo, Francisco; Ortiz, Dolores; Moreno, Luis

    2009-07-01

    To offer a comprehensive perspective on corneal multifocality created by excimer laser surgery, with the different approaches used for the purpose and its reported outcomes. Three different approaches have been used for corneal multifocality: transitional multifocality, central presbyLasik (center for near) and peripheral presbyLasik (peripheral cornea for near). Although central presbyLasik creates a bifocal cornea, the other techniques increase the depth of focus based on the ablation of the peripheral cornea. Transitional multifocality creates intentionally an increase in coma aberration. According to the reported results, both central and peripheral presbyLasik obtain adequate spectacle independence simultaneously for far and for near. A neuroadaptation process is necessary for peripheral presbyLasik. Transitional techniques have a very limited use and very few outcomes reported. The level of scientific evidence from the literature is enough to consider that presbyLasik is a useful tool in the correction of presbyopia. However, most of the techniques are still under development in clinical investigations and further clinical data will validate the outcomes reported for the different techniques.

  2. Excimer laser induced surface chemical modification of polytetrafluoroethylene

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Révész, K.; Hopp, B.; Bor, Z.

    1997-02-01

    Polytetrafluoroethylene has a notoriously non adhesive and non reactive character. Its successful surface photochemical modification was performed by irradiating the polytetrafluoroethylene/liquid triethylamine interface with an ArF excimer laser (λ=193 nm). Due to the photochemical treatment the polytetrafluoroethylene surface became more hydrophilic. The water receding contact angle decreased from 94° to 43°. The reaction cross section was determined from the decrease of the contact angles. It was found to be as high as 6.4×10-18 cm2. XPS measurements evidenced the removal of fluorine from the polytetrafluoroethylene, incorporation of alkyl carbon and nitrogen. Photochemical dissociation path of the triethylamine makes probable that it bonded to the fluoropolymer backbone via the α-carbon atom of an ethyl group. A radical, or a photoinduced electron transfer mechanism was suggested to describe this reaction. A selective area electroless plating of silver was performed after pretreating the sample with patterned photomodification. The increased adhesion of the sample was proved by gluing with epoxy resin. As a result of the surface modification the tensile strength of gluing increased by 210× and reached 24% of the value characteristic for the bulk material.

  3. Excimer laser debridement of necrotic erosions of skin without collateral damage

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wynne, James J.; Felsenstein, Jerome M.; Trzcinski, Robert; Zupanski-Nielsen, Donna; Connors, Daniel P.

    2011-07-01

    Pulsed ArF excimer laser radiation at 6.4 eV, at fluence exceeding the ablation threshold, will debride burn eschar and other dry necrotic erosions of the skin. Debridement will cease when sufficiently moist viable tissue is exposed, due to absorption by aqueous chloride ions (Cl-) through the non-thermal process of electron photodetachment, thereby inhibiting collateral damage to the viable tissue. ArF excimer laser radiation debrides/ablates ~1 micron of tissue with each pulse. While this provides great precision in controlling the depth of debridement, the process is relatively time-consuming. In contrast, XeCl excimer laser radiation debrides ~8 microns of tissue with each pulse. However the 4.0 eV photon energy of the XeCl excimer laser is insufficient to photodetach an electron from a Cl- ion, so blood or saline will not inhibit debridement. Consequently, a practical laser debridement system should incorporate both lasers, used in sequence. First, the XeCl excimer laser would be used for accelerated debridement. When the necrotic tissue is thinned to a predetermined thickness, the ArF excimer laser would be used for very precise and well-controlled debridement, removing ultra-thin layers of material with each pulse. Clearly, the use of the ArF laser is very desirable when debriding very close to the interface between necrotic tissue and viable tissue, where the overall speed of debridement need not be so rapid and collateral damage to viable tissue is undesirable. Such tissue will be sterile and ready for further treatment, such as a wound dressing and/or a skin graft.

  4. UV excimer laser photochemistry of hybrid organometallic compounds of gallium

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Y.; Cleaver, W. M.; Stuke, M.; Barron, A. R.

    1992-09-01

    The gas phase ultraviolet (UV) excimer laser induced photolysis of the gallium-alkyls Ga( t-C4H9) n - (CH3)3- n ( n=0, 1, 2, 3) was studied, using photolysis wavelengths of 308, 248, and 193 nm. The photofragments Ga, GaH, and GaCH3 were detected by laser ionization time-of-flight mass spectroscopy, while the hydrocarbon products CH4, C2H6, HC(CH3)3 and H2C=C(CH3)2 were identified using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The formation of the GaH photofragment, and a high olefin-to-alkane product ratio, for Ga( t-C4H9)2(CH3) and Ga( t-C4H9)3 are interpreted to indicate a β-hydrogen elimination process. However, β-hydrogen elimination only occurs after fission of the weakest Ga-C bond, thus no β-hydride elimination is observed for Ga( t-C4H9)(CH3)2. Detection of C2H6 for Ga(CH3)3 and Ga( t-C4H9)(CH3)2, but not for Ga( t-C4H9)2(CH3), shows that under our experimental conditions the formation of ethane is as a result of the reductive elimination of the methyl groups, and is not due to the recombination of two free methyl radicals.

  5. Excimer laser-induced formation of metallic microstructures by electroless copper plating

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yang, H.; Pan, C.-T.

    2002-03-01

    Micro-patterns created by the excimer laser and activated by reactants for electroless copper plating are described in this paper. The generated micro-patterns are transformed into copper patterns on the substrate and copper microstructures are formed. This method simplifies the manufacturing process of making circuits on boards compared with the conventional lithography process of forming copper patterns on the substrate. Micro-patterns generated by the excimer laser cause changes of surface electric properties and activation selectively. A chemical reaction through these activated areas may deposit metal, such as copper. The KrF excimer laser not only provides simple and fast machining patterns, but also uses its high-energy density to drill holes and circuits directly. Palladium ions are added as mediators in the electroless plating solution to enable a continuous electroless copper deposition. According to the experiment of excimer laser-assisted electroless copper plating, the procedures of pretreatment and post-cleaning are the key factors that resulted in excellent selective plating. The samples were pretreated by sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and post-cleaned by acetone and diluted nitric acid resulting in distinct micro-patterns. The deposition area is confined to the excimer laser-ablated portion resulting in good selective plating.

  6. Treatment of vitiligo patients by excimer laser improves patients' quality of life.

    PubMed

    Al-Shobaili, Hani A

    2015-01-01

    Vitiligo can negatively affect patients' quality of life (QoL). Assessment of QoL provides relevant information about treatment benefits. To examine the effects of excimer laser treatment on vitiligo patients' QoL and to identify overall patient satisfaction. The literature review failed to show any study concerning the same field. A total of 134 vitiligo patients (with 386 lesions) were studied. The Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) was used to assess the effect of excimer laser treatment on patients' QoL. A visual analogue scale (VAS) was used to rate patients' overall life satisfaction and disturbance. Excimer laser treatment significantly improved QoL in vitiligo patients, with improvement observed in five of six DLQI domains. Treatment-induced changes in the VAS score showed a significant decline in life disturbance and improvement in life satisfaction. Multivariate analysis revealed that sex and treatment duration were independent factors influencing treatment outcomes. Treatment of vitiligo with excimer laser can positively influence patients' QoL. Patients with multiple focal lesions should be treated by excimer laser even if some lesions may not show significant clinical improvement. © 2014 Canadian Dermatology Association.

  7. Laser-driven hydrothermal process studied with excimer laser pulses

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mariella, Raymond; Rubenchik, Alexander; Fong, Erika; Norton, Mary; Hollingsworth, William; Clarkson, James; Johnsen, Howard; Osborn, David L.

    2017-08-01

    Previously, we discovered [Mariella et al., J. Appl. Phys. 114, 014904 (2013)] that modest-fluence/modest-intensity 351-nm laser pulses, with insufficient fluence/intensity to ablate rock, mineral, or concrete samples via surface vaporization, still removed the surface material from water-submerged target samples with confinement of the removed material, and then dispersed at least some of the removed material into the water as a long-lived suspension of nanoparticles. We called this new process, which appears to include the generation of larger colorless particles, "laser-driven hydrothermal processing" (LDHP) [Mariella et al., J. Appl. Phys. 114, 014904 (2013)]. We, now, report that we have studied this process using 248-nm and 193-nm laser light on submerged concrete, quartzite, and obsidian, and, even though light at these wavelengths is more strongly absorbed than at 351 nm, we found that the overall efficiency of LDHP, in terms of the mass of the target removed per Joule of laser-pulse energy, is lower with 248-nm and 193-nm laser pulses than with 351-nm laser pulses. Given that stronger absorption creates higher peak surface temperatures for comparable laser fluence and intensity, it was surprising to observe reduced efficiencies for material removal. We also measured the nascent particle-size distributions that LDHP creates in the submerging water and found that they do not display the long tail towards larger particle sizes that we had observed when there had been a multi-week delay between experiments and the date of measuring the size distributions. This is consistent with transient dissolution of the solid surface, followed by diffusion-limited kinetics of nucleation and growth of particles from the resulting thin layer of supersaturated solution at the sample surface.

  8. Laser-induced fluorescence of fused silica irradiated by ArF excimer laser

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang Haibo; Yuan Zhijun; Zhou Jun; Dong Jingxing; Wei Yunrong; Lou Qihong

    2011-07-01

    Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) of high-purity fused silica irradiated by ArF excimer laser is studied experimentally. LIF bands of the fused silica centered at 281 nm, 478 nm, and 650 nm are observed simultaneously. Furthermore, the angular distribution of the three fluorescence peaks is examined. Microscopic image of the laser modified fused silica indicates that scattering of the generated fluorescence by laser-induced damage sites is the main reason for the angular distribution of LIF signals. Finally, the dependence of LIF signals intensities of the fused silica on laser power densities is presented. LIF signals show a squared power density dependence, which indicates that laser-induced defects are formed mainly via two-photon absorption processes.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  10. Excimer laser annealing: A gold process for CZ silicon junction formation

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Wong, David C.; Bottenberg, William R.; Byron, Stanley; Alexander, Paul

    1987-01-01

    A cold process using an excimer laser for junction formation in silicon has been evaluated as a way to avoid problems associated with thermal diffusion. Conventional thermal diffusion can cause bulk precipitation of SiOx and SiC or fail to completely activate the dopant, leaving a degenerate layer at the surface. Experiments were conducted to determine the feasibility of fabricating high quality p-n junctions using a pulsed excimer laser for junction formation at remelt temperature with ion-implanted surfaces. Solar-cell efficiency exceeding 16 percent was obtained using Czochralski single-crystal silicon without benefit of back surface field or surface passivation. Characterization shows that the formation of uniform, shallow junctions (approximately 0.25 micron) by excimer laser scanning preserves the minority carrier lifetime that leads to high current collection. However, the process is sensitive to initial surface conditions and handling parameters that drive the cost up.

  11. Quantitative and ultrastructural studies of excimer laser ablation of the cornea at 193 and 248 nanometers

    SciTech Connect

    Puliafito, C.A.; Wong, K.; Steinert, R.F.

    1987-01-01

    Excimer laser radiation at 193 nm and 248 nm was used to create linear etch perforations of enucleated calf corneas. The etch depth per pulse was determined for various exposures, and specimens were examined by light and transmission electron microscopy. Compared to 248 nm, excimer laser ablation at 193 nm was found to have a lower threshold for onset of ablation, less increase in etch depth per pulse at increasing fluences, and less structural alteration in adjacent cornea. For 193 nm, structural alterations were minimal, confined to an area less than 0.3 micron wide, and did not increase with increasing fluence. These studies suggest that clinical strategies for excimer laser refractive surgery will employ the 193-nm wavelength, with fluence chosen depending on surgical strategy. Ablation exposures above 600 mJ/cm2 at 193 nm may give the most repeatable etch depth.

  12. [PKP for Keratoconus - From Hand/Motor Trephine to Excimer Laser and Back to Femtosecond Laser].

    PubMed

    Seitz, B; Szentmáry, N; Langenbucher, A; Hager, T; Viestenz, A; Janunts, E; El-Husseiny, M

    2016-06-01

    For patients with keratoconus, rigid gas-permeable contact lenses are the first line correction method and allow good visual acuity for quite some time. In severe stages of the disease with major cone-shaped protrusion of the cornea, even specially designed keratoconus contact lenses are no longer tolerated. If there are contraindications for intrastromal ring segments, corneal transplantation typically has a very good prognosis. In patients with advanced keratoconus - especially after corneal hydrops due to rupture of Descemet's membrane - penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) is still the first line surgical method. Non-contact excimer laser trephination seems to be especially beneficial for eyes with iatrogenic keratectasia after LASIK and for patients with repeat grafts due to "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 is 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. 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, and thus results in significantly less "all-sutures-out" keratometric astigmatism (2.8 vs. 5.7 D), more regular topography (surface regularity index [SRI] 0.80 vs. 1.0) and better visual acuity (0.80 vs. 0.60), in comparison to the motor trephine. The stage of the disease does not influence functional outcome after excimer laser PKP. However, the refractive outcome of femtosecond laser keratoplasty resembles that with

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  14. The mechanism of the surface morphology transformation for the carbon nanotube thin film irradiated via excimer laser

    SciTech Connect

    Chien, Yun-Shan; Lee, I-Che; Yang, Po-Yu; Wang, Chao-Lung; Tsai, Wan-Lin; Wang, Kuang-Yu; Chou, Chia-Hsin; Cheng, Huang-Chung

    2013-05-06

    In this paper, the surface morphology transformation of the sprayed carbon nanotube (CNT) thin film irradiated with the excimer laser has been systematically investigated. Under the excimer-laser irradiation, two phenomena, including the annealing and ablation effects, were found to be dependent on the incident laser energy and overlapping ratios. Moreover, the extremely high protrusions would be produced in the interface between the annealing and ablation regions. The mechanism of the CNT thin film under the excimer laser irradiation was, therefore, proposed to derive the surface morphology modifications and the further reinforced crystallinity with proper laser energy densities and overlapping ratios.

  15. Excimer laser debulking for percutaneous coronary intervention in left main coronary artery disease.

    PubMed

    Topaz, On; Polkampally, Pritam R; Mohanty, Pramod K; Rizk, Maged; Bangs, Julie; Bernardo, Nelson L

    2009-11-01

    Excimer laser has been successfully applied to complex atherosclerotic plaques in acute coronary syndromes; however, its role in debulking in left main coronary artery disease has not been fully explored. Details of a series of 20 patients who underwent excimer laser revascularization of a spectrum of left main coronary artery lesions are presented. Twenty symptomatic patients who received excimer laser debulking were examined for procedural outcome and follow up results. The left main coronary artery was characterized as protected, semi-protected, poorly protected, or unprotected, depending on the presence or absence of patent bypass grafts to the left anterior descending (LAD) and circumflex (CX) arteries. A fully protected left main coronary artery (LMCA) was present in only 20% of the patients. The target lesions included 11(55%) distal LMCA stenoses, six (30%) ostial stenoses, and one (5%) mid-portion lesions. Two (10%) patients had in-stent re-stenosis of the entire length of the LMCA. Small (0.7 mm-1.4 mm) excimer laser catheters were mostly used. A relatively high number of laser energy pulses (1,334 +/- 643) were required to achieve adequate debulking. Successful LMCA intervention was performed in 19 (95%) patients, while in-hospital complications occurred in only one (5%) patient. Subacute/late stent thrombosis developed 3 months after the procedure in one patient, and two patients died from non-cardiac causes during follow-up. Lesions in LMCAs can be revascularized in selected patients by laser debulking and adjunct stenting. Inadequate protection by bypass grafts and decreased left ventricular function do not contradict utilization of excimer laser. Small laser catheters and high energy levels are required during laser debulking of stenoses of left main coronary arteries.

  16. Particle Generation by Pulsed Excimer Laser Ablation in Liquid: Hollow Structures and Laser-Induced Reactions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yan, Zijie

    2011-12-01

    Pulsed laser ablation of solid targets in liquid media is a powerful method to fabricate micro-/nanoparticles, which has attracted much interest in the past decade. It represents a combinatorial library of constituents and interactions, and one can explore disparate regions of parameter space with outcomes that are impossible to envision a priori. In this work, a pulsed excimer laser (wavelength 248 nm, pulse width 30 ns) has been used to ablate targets in liquid media with varying laser fluences, frequencies, ablation times and surfactants. It is observed that hollow particles could be fabricated by excimer laser ablation of Al, Pt, Zn, Mg, Ag, Si, TiO2, and Nb2O5 in water or aqueous solutions. The hollow particles, with sizes from tens of nanometers to micrometers, may have smooth and continuous shells or have morphologies demonstrating that they were assembled from nanoparticles. A new mechanism has been proposed to explain the formation of these novel particle geometries. They were formed on laser-produced bubbles through bubble interface pinning by laser-produced solid species. Considering the bubble dynamics, thermodynamic and kinetic requirements have been discussed in the mechanism that can explain some phenomena associated with the formation of hollow particles, especially (1) larger particles are more likely to be hollow particles; (2) Mg and Al targets have stronger tendency to generate hollow particles; and (3) the 248 nm excimer laser is more beneficial to fabricate hollow particles in water than other lasers with longer wavelengths. The work has also demonstrated the possiblities to fabricate novel nanostructures through laser-induced reactions. Zn(OH)2/dodecyl sulfate flower-like nanostructures, AgCl cubes, and Ag2O cubes, pyramids, triangular plates, pentagonal rods and bars have been obtained via reactions between laser-produced species with water, electrolyes, or surfactant molecules. The underlying mechanisms of forming these structures have been

  17. A review of protocols for 308 nm excimer laser phototherapy in psoriasis.

    PubMed

    Mudigonda, Tejaswi; Dabade, Tushar S; Feldman, Steven R

    2012-01-01

    308 nm excimer laser phototherapy is efficacious in the treatment of localized psoriasis. Different approaches regarding dose fluency, number of treatments, and maintenance have been utilized, and there is yet to be a consensus on standard protocol. To characterize treatment parameters for 308 nm excimer laser phototherapy. We performed a PubMed search for studies describing excimer laser treatment protocol with particular attention to dosage determination, dose adjustment, dose fluency, number of treatments, and maintenance. Seven prospective studies were found describing the excimer efficacy for psoriasis. All studies determined the initial treatment dose using either the minimal erythema dose (MED) or induration. Fluency ranged from 0.5 MED (low) to 16 MED (high); one study demonstrated that medium to high fluencies yielded better improvement in fewer number of treatments. Fluency adjustments during the course of treatment were important to minimize phototherapy-associated side effects. The use of higher fluencies was reported to result in higher occurrences of blistering. One study implemented a maintenance tapering of dose-frequency phase to better manage psoriasis flare-ups. The 308 nm excimer laser is an effective therapy for psoriasis regardless of the method used to determine initial dosage, dose fluency, or number of treatments. As its usage as a targeted monotherapy increases, future trials should consider evaluating and modifying these parameters to determine the most optimal management of localized psoriasis. Based on our reviewed studies, there is no consensus for a single excimer laser therapy protocol and as a result, patient preferences should continue to be an important consideration for phototherapy regimen planning.

  18. Effect of a 308-nm excimer laser on atopic dermatitis-like skin lesions in NC/Nga mice.

    PubMed

    Oh, Chang Taek; Kwon, Tae-Rin; Seok, Joon; Choi, Eun Ja; Kim, Soon Re; Jang, Yu-Jin; Mun, Seog Kyun; Kim, Chan Woong; Lee, Sungeun; Lee, Jongmin; Kim, Myeung Nam; Choi, Sun Young; Kim, Beom Joon

    2016-08-01

    Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common inflammatory skin disease that can affect all age groups. It has a relapsing course, which dramatically affects the quality of life of patients. A 308-nm excimer laser has been reported to be a safe and effective treatment for inflammatory skin diseases, although the range of potential application has not been fully explored. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the therapeutic effects of a 308-nm laser on AD-like skin lesions in NC/Nga mice. Dermatophagoides farinae-exposed NC/Nga mice with a clinical score of 12 were treated with either a 308-nm excimer laser or narrowband-UVB (NB-UVB). The effects of the 308-nm excimer laser were evaluated by dermatitis scores, skin histology, skin barrier function, and immunological parameters, including IgE and Th2-mediated cytokines. The 308-nm excimer laser significantly reduced the severity of skin lesions and decreased the total serum levels of IgE and Th2-mediated cytokines. The excimer laser also significantly reduced the inflammatory cellular infiltrate into AD-induced skin lesions. Moreover, treatment with the 308-nm excimer laser led to recovery of skin barrier function in AD-induced skin lesions. The 308-nm excimer laser can be considered a valid and safe therapeutic option for the treatment of localized AD. Lasers Surg. Med. 48:629-637, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Femtosecond and excimer laser-assisted endothelial keratoplasty (FELEK): a new technique of endothelial transplantation.

    PubMed

    Trinh, L; Saubaméa, B; Auclin, F; Denoyer, A; Lai-Kuen, R; El Hamdaoui, M; Labbé, A; Despiau, M-C; Brignole-Baudouin, F; Baudouin, C

    2014-03-01

    To describe a new technique of endothelial keratoplasty (EK) that improves the quality of lamellar dissection of donor cornea. We compared four techniques of donor cornea preparation for lamellar dissection on 8 donor corneas: mechanical dissection with a microkeratome, a single femtosecond laser lamellar cut, a double femtosecond laser lamellar cut and combined femtosecond laser lamellar dissection with excimer laser surface photoablation. The quality of the donor cornea interface was assessed and compared using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and the most satisfactory technique was employed for EK on three patients. The postoperative anatomic results were analyzed with anterior segment spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM). The smoothest stromal interface was observed on SEM with the combined use of femtosecond laser dissection and excimer photoablation. The surgical procedures performed with donor cornea prepared by a combination of femtosecond and excimer lasers resulted in clear corneas after 1 month. SD-OCT showed good attachment of the endothelial graft and a hyperreflective interface. On IVCM, subepithelial haze, honeycomb-like activated keratocytes and needle-shaped particles were visible in the recipient corneal stroma as well as numerous hyperreflective particles on the donor-recipient interface. A new technique, femtosecond and excimer laser-assisted endothelial keratoplasty (FELEK), which refines the current limitations observed in Descemet-stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK), is described. Femtosecond laser dissection provides a thin and reproducible endothelial graft cut with a high level of safety and accuracy, while excimer photoablation yields a smooth, high-quality interface. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  20. Primary success and one-year followup of percutaneous peripheral excimer laser angioplasty

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Visona, Adriana; Liessi, Guido; Miserocchi, Luigi; Bonanome, Andrea; Lusiani, Luigi; Breggion, Giovanni; Pagnan, Antonio

    1992-08-01

    Excimer laser angioplasty was performed in 59 patients (44 males and 17 females, mean age 63 +/- 9 years, range 39 - 77) affected by peripheral vascular disease. Fifty patients had a total occlusion of the superficial femoral artery, three of the iliac artery, and one of the popliteal artery; seven patients showed a subocclusive stenosis of the superficial femoral artery. A commercial excimer laser (Technolas Max-10) was used at the Xenon-Chloride wavelength of 308 nm. The laser operated at 120 ns pulse length and at 20 Hz repetition rate. Applied energy fluence was 20 mJ/pulse. The energy was delivered through a multifiber catheter, which combines 12 (7F) or 18 (9F) fibers (260 micron diameter each), concentrically arranged. Balloon dilatation was associated in 51 patients. Successful recanalization was obtained in 59 out of 61 patients (97%). Failure to recanalize the occluded arteries occurred in two cases, and was due to dissection. Early thrombosis and reocclusion (within 48 hours) was observed in five patients. The cumulative patency rate was 56% at one year. On the basis of these results, excimer laser assisted angioplasty seems a feasible and safe procedure. However, this technique did not solve the restenosis problem. A wide application of excimer laser as a stand alone approach can be foreseen for treatment of peripheral vascular disease.

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

    PubMed

    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 < .01). The percentage of eyes with displacement of greater than 300 µm was 52% in the Eye-Q 400 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.

  2. A comparative study of corneal incisions induced by diamond and steel knives and two ultraviolet radiations from an excimer laser.

    PubMed Central

    Marshall, J; Trokel, S; Rothery, S; Krueger, R R

    1986-01-01

    This paper reviews the potential role of excimer lasers in corneal surgery. The morphology of incisions induced by two wavelengths of excimer laser radiation, 193 nm and 248 nm, are compared with the morphology of incisions produced by diamond and steel knives. Analysis suggests that ablation induced by excimer laser results from highly localised photochemical reactions and that 193 nm is the optimal wavelength for surgery. The only significant complication of laser surgery is loss of endothelial cells when incisions are within 40 micron of Descemet's membrane. Images PMID:3013283

  3. Formation of short high-power laser radiation pulses in excimer mediums

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Losev, V. F., Sr.; Ivanov, N. G.; Panchenko, Yu. N.

    2007-06-01

    Presently an excimer mediums continue are examined as one of variants for formation of powerful and over powerful pulses of laser radiation with duration from units of nanosecond up to tens femtosecond. The researches on such powerful installations as "NIKE" (USA) and << SUPER ASHURA >>, Japan) proceed in this direction. The main advantage of excimer mediums is the opportunity to work in a frequency mode, absence of restriction on the size of active area, high uniformity of a gas working medium, high efficiency (up to 10 %) and wide spectral range of laser radiation (KrF, XeCl ~ 2nm, XeF (C-A), Xe IICl ~ 50-100 nanometers). Research in area of high quality laser beams formation in excimer mediums and its amplification in high power amplifiers are carried out the long time in Institute of High Current Electronics SB RAS, Tomsk, Russia. The wide aperture XeCl laser system of MELS-4k is used for these investigations. Last time we take part in program on development of high power excimer laser system with a petawatt level of power. This system supposes the formation and amplification high quality laser beams with different pulse duration from units of nanosecond up to tens femtosecond. We research the possibility of laser beams formation in excimer mediums with ps-ns pulse duration having the low noise and divergence near to diffraction limit. In other hand, we are developing the wide aperture XeF(C-A) amplifier with optical pump on base electron accelerator. According to our estimations of the XeF(C-A) amplifier based on the converter of e-beam energy to the Xe II* fluorescence at 172 nm will allow to obtain up to 100 TW peak power in a 30 fs pulse.

  4. [Corneal wound healing after experimental penetrating keratoplasty after excimer laser trephination in free form].

    PubMed

    Schmitz, K; Lang, G K; Behrens-Baumann, W

    2006-12-01

    The postoperative clinical course after penetrating keratoplasty and trephination in free form using a guided excimer laser beam has been published before. Here the findings of light-microscopy comparing corneal wound healing after experimental penetrating keratoplasty after laser trephination and after conventional mechanical trephination are presented. Homologous penetrating keratoplasty was performed on 12 NZW rabbits (6 animals with mechanical trephination, 6 animals with excimer laser trephination). The cutting edges achieved by both trephination techniques were examined by light microscopy in the remaining donor rings. During the postoperative follow-up animals were sacrificed at 3 and 6 weeks and at 3 months. Corneal specimens were retrieved and corneal healing processes were evaluated by light microscopy. The cutting edges of corneal excisions with the excimer laser demonstrated a high precision with only minimal collateral damage to adjacent tissue structures. At the different intervals both trephination groups demonstrated comparable stages of corneal wound healing regarding epithelial regeneration, stromal fibroblast migration with collagen synthesis and Descemet repair by endothelial synthesis of basement membrane. After 6 months corneal specimens of both groups demonstrated complete healing with nearly parallel orientation of newly synthesised collagen lamellae. Corneal thickness in the wound areas did not differ significantly from normal corneal tissue. Experimental follow-up studies to evaluate the feasibility of the developed technology of laser trephination in the living eye have shown no differences between conventional mechanical and excimer laser trephination with a guided beam. The present histology study also does not demonstrate any significant differences in corneal wound healing between the two trephination groups. Although excimer laser trephination along metal masks has now been established for several years, the here presented technique

  5. Investigation of excimer laser ablation threshold of polymers using a microphone

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Krüger, Jörg; Niino, Hiroyuki; Yabe, Akira

    2002-09-01

    KrF excimer laser ablation of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyimide (PI) and polycarbonate (PC) in air was studied by an in situ monitoring technique using a microphone. The microphone signal generated by a short acoustic pulse represented the etch rate of laser ablation depending on the laser fluence, i.e., the ablation "strength". From a linear relationship between the microphone output voltage and the laser fluence, the single-pulse ablation thresholds were found to be 30 mJ cm -2 for PET, 37 mJ cm -2 for PI and 51 mJ cm -2 for PC (20-pulses threshold). The ablation thresholds of PET and PI were not influenced by the number of pulses per spot, while PC showed an incubation phenomenon. A microphone technique provides a simple method to determine the excimer laser ablation threshold of polymer films.

  6. Excimer laser coronary atherectomy in septal collaterals during retrograde recanalization of a chronic total occlusion

    PubMed Central

    Ohlow, Marc-Alexander; Lotze, Ullrich; Lauer, Bernward

    2011-01-01

    Management of chronic total occlusions has been refined through the development of a retrograde approach via collateral pathways. We describe here the use of excimer laser coronary atherectomy in the septal collaterals. This appraoch was not yet described in the literature. PMID:22355487

  7. Temperature sensitivity of an atmospheric Raman lidar system based on a XeF excimer laser

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Whiteman, David N.; Murphy, William F.; Walsh, Nita W.; Evans, Keith D.

    1993-01-01

    The temperature sensitivity of Raman backscattering from atmospheric nitrogen, oxygen, and water vapor is considered over the range of temperatures expected in the troposphere. These results are applied to the Raman spectrum induced by a XeF excimer laser, which produces three line groups centered at approximately 349, 351, and 353 nm. Bandpass filter characteristics are determined for this case.

  8. Use of 308 nm excimer laser for the treatment of chronic hand and foot eczema.

    PubMed

    Shroff, Anjali; Malajian, Dana; Czarnowicki, Tali; Rose, Sharon; Bernstein, Daniel M; Singer, Giselle K; Lebwohl, Mark G; Hadi, Suhail; Guttman-Yassky, Emma

    2016-08-01

    Chronic hand and foot eczema (CHFE), a prevalent debilitating disorder affecting approximately 15% of the population, presents a socioeconomic and psychosocial burden for patients and often follows a chronic course, refractory to conventional therapies. Thus, a large need exists for more effective therapeutics; the excimer laser (308 nm) is effective for some inflammatory skin diseases, but its efficacy has not been evaluated for CHFE. The study is a retrospective chart review conducted on 30 patients with recalcitrant CHFE (19 with hand involvement, four with foot involvement, and seven with both) treated twice weekly with excimer laser (308 nm) single wavelength ultraviolet (UV)B radiation between January 2013 and December 2014. Improvements in clinical scores included a 69% reduction in average physician's global assessment (PGA) scores (from 2.77 at baseline to 0.87 after treatment, P < 0.0001) with a parallel reduction in average modified total lesion/symptom scores of 70% (from 10.2 to 3.1, P < 0.0001). Only mild sunburn-like reactions were observed. This report evaluates excimer laser for patients with refractory CHFE and shows excellent and sustained efficacy for this treatment. Compared to other UV therapies, excimer laser offers lower cumulative doses of UV radiation by targeting specific areas. This effective treatment should be considered alone or in combination with other established or newer therapies. © 2016 The International Society of Dermatology.

  9. Successful use of the excimer laser for generalized psoriasis in an ustekinumab non-responder.

    PubMed

    Malakouti, Mona; Brown, Gabrielle Elena; Sorenson, Eric; Leon, Argentina; Koo, John; Levin, Ethan Charles

    2014-12-16

    Effective treatments for moderate to severe psoriasis are phototherapy and biologics. These treatments are similar in that they both decrease cutaneous immune system hyperactivity yet do so via different mechanisms. Our patient, a 63 year old Asian male had a rapid response to treatment with the high dose excimer laser, having previously failed treatment with 28 weeks of ustekinumab therapy. A pre-treatment biopsy of a psoriatic plaque was found to contain relatively low levels of IFN-γ (Th1) and IL-17 (Th17) secreting T cells. Following treatment with the excimer laser, the patient had a quick improvement in PASI that was reflected by a 3-fold reduction in the number of live T cells found in the post-treatment biopsy. Although ustekinumab and the excimer laser both result in decreased levels of these cytokines, the excimer laser directly causes apoptosis of T cells and induces DNA damage in antigen presenting cells. Thus, the broader effects of phototherapy on immune cells compared to the targeted inhibition of IL-12 and IL-23 by ustekinumab likely account for the superior response observed.

  10. Collagen crosslinking for ectasia following PRK performed in excimer laser-assisted keratoplasty for keratoconus.

    PubMed

    Spadea, Leopoldo

    2012-01-01

    To report the results of corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) in a patient with corneal ectasia developed after excimer laser-assisted lamellar keratoplasty for keratoconus and a secondary photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for residual refractive error. A 33-year-old woman, who had originally been treated for keratoconus in the right eye by excimer laser-assisted lamellar keratoplasty, subsequently had her residual ametropia treated by topographically guided, transepithelial excimer laser PRK. Five years after PRK, the patient developed corneal ectasia showing concomitant visual changes of best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA) reduced to 20/33 with a refraction of -6.00 +6.00 × 30. The minimum corneal thickness at the ectasia apex was 406 µm. A treatment of riboflavin-UVA-induced corneal CXL was performed on the right eye. Two years after the CXL treatment, the right eye improved to 20/20 BSCVA with a refraction of plano +1.00 × 50 while exhibiting a clear lamellar graft. Corneal CXL provided safe and effective management of ectasia developed after excimer laser-assisted lamellar keratoplasty and PRK.

  11. LASERS: A 223-nm KrCl excimer laser on a He—Kr—HCl mixture

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Razhev, A. M.; Zhupikov, A. A.; Kargapol'tsev, E. S.

    2004-02-01

    The results of experimental studies of the parameters of a 223-nm electric-discharge KrCl excimer laser on a He—Kr—HCl mixture depending on the excitation conditions and the composition of the active gaseous medium are presented. To achieve the maximum values of the output energy and the efficiency of the KrCl laser on mixtures with buffer gaseous helium, an excitation system was used that included a circuit with an LC inverter with a high-voltage switch based on an RU-65 spark gap. An output energy of 320 mJ with an efficiency of 0.5% relative to the energy stored in the capacitors is obtained in a KrCl laser with an active medium based on the buffer He gas at a charging voltage of 30 kV. Radiation pulses with a duration of 22±1 ns and a pulse power of 15 MW are obtained.

  12. Vacuum ultraviolet argon excimer laser at 126 nm excited by a high intensity laser

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kaku, Masanori; Harano, Shinya; Katto, Masahito; Kubodera, Shoichi

    2010-09-01

    We have observed the optical amplification of the Ar2* excimer at 126 nm pumped by optical-field-induced ionization (OFI) caused by an infrared high-intensity laser. We have evaluated similar small signal gain coefficients of approximately 1.0 cm-1 in two different experiments, where OFI Ar plasmas as gain media were produced in free space filled with Ar and inside an Ar-filled hollow fiber. This indicates that the function of a hollow fiber was to guide the infrared excitation laser and VUV Ar2* emissions, and not to regulate the OFI plasma. Despite the gain coefficient value at 126 nm, the laser oscillation has not been observed. This was limited by the optical quality of available state-of-the-art vacuum ultraviolet optics.

  13. Interaction of vacuum ultraviolet excimer laser radiation with fused silica. III. Negative ion formation

    SciTech Connect

    George, Sharon R.; Langford, S. C.; Dickinson, J. T.

    2010-02-15

    We report mass- and time-resolved measurements of negative ions produced by exposing fused silica to 157 nm radiation at fluences below the threshold for optical breakdown. The principal observed negative ions are O{sup -}, Si{sup -}, and SiO{sup -}, in order of decreasing intensity. The peak in the negative ion time-of-flight signals occurs after the peak in the positive ion signal and before the peak in the corresponding neutral atom or molecule signal. The negative ion intensities are strong functions of the degree of overlap between the positive ion and neutral atom densities. We propose that O{sup -}, Si{sup -}, and SiO{sup -} are created after the laser pulse, by electron attachment to these neutral particles and that the electrons participating in attachment events are trapped in the electrostatic potential of the positive ions.

  14. Excimer laser material processing: state-of-the-art and new approaches in microsystem technology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pfleging, W.; Przybylski, M.; Brückner, H. J.

    2006-02-01

    In this paper the current state of the art and new trends in excimer laser processing of polymer materials are presented. Two processing regimes are of general interest: below and above the ablation threshold. The modification of polymer surface can be carried out by laser processing below ablation threshold. This is successfully demonstrated for the fabrication of optical singlemode waveguides in PMMA for the visible optical range and for 1550 nm. The obtained structures reveal absorption losses in the order of 1.4 dB/cm up to 5 dB/cm. Laser exposure using contact masks or direct scanning of planar structures are appropriate methods for the integration of optical waveguides in PMMA sensor devices (Y-branch). Above the ablation threshold excimer laser micromachining is a powerful tool for a rapid manufacturing of complex three-dimensional micro-structures in polymer surfaces with depths between 0.1 μm and 1000 μm and aspect ratios up to 10. Typical application fields are presented in micro-optics, micro-fluidics and rapid tooling. Micro-Laser-LIGA is established in order to fabricate nebulizer membranes, micro-fluidic devices and integrated single mode waveguides. Furthermore, the fabrication of 3d-shapes in metallic mold inserts is successfully demonstrated. Debris formation is completely suppressed. Polymer structuring with a low power short pulse excimer laser with high repetition rates up to 500 Hz is compared to the structuring with a "conventional" high power excimer laser with a repetition rate of about 10-100Hz as well as with a UV-Nd:YAG (1-2 kHz). These "high-repetition-rateexcimer lasers" with relatively small pulse energies but with much shorter laser pulse duration (< 6 ns) provide a significant improvement of pattern quality. Furthermore, the high repetition rate enables a fast material processing which is discussed in detail for several application fields.

  15. Effect of excimer laser treatment on vitiliginous areas with leukotrichia after confirmation by dermoscopy.

    PubMed

    Kim, Min Seok; Cho, Eun Byul; Park, Eun Joo; Kim, Kwang Ho; Kim, Kwang Joong

    2016-08-01

    Leukotrichia is clinically common in patients with vitiligo, and dermoscopy is useful for finding white vellus hair. The use of phototherapy in the repigmentation of vitiliginous areas with leukotrichia is usually difficult because of a deficient melanocyte reservoir. We sought to evaluate the effect of leukotrichia on the clinical outcomes of excimer laser treatment. We treated 77 patients with vitiligo using excimer laser therapy. Vitiligo is classified into two types: segmental vitiligo (SV) and nonsegmental vitiligo (NSV). Before starting the treatment, we confirmed the leukotrichia of vitiliginous lesions by dermoscopy and then treated the areas once weekly for 24 weeks. At the beginning and 24 weeks later, we took clinical pictures and graded the repigmentation from 1 to 4. Grades 1 and 2 were defined as a poor response and grades 3 and 4 as a good response. Thirty-one of 77 patients with vitiligo had SV. Among those with SV, 24 (77.4%) had leukotrichia, and these patients showed a poor response compared to those without leukotrichia (P = 0.272). Three of 24 patients with SV and leukotrichia showed a good response. Among the 46 patients with NSV, 18 (39.1%) had leukotrichia and showed a poor response. Twenty-eight (60.9%) of the 46 patients with NSV without leukotrichia showed a good response in contrast to those with leukotrichia (P < 0.01). Comparison of the response to the excimer laser treatment, regardless of vitiligo type, showed that leukotrichia was a significant negative factor in the repigmentation of vitiliginous areas (P < 0.01). Excimer laser therapy was satisfactory in patients with vitiligo, including SV. Confirming the presence of leukotrichia in patients with vitiligo before excimer laser treatment would be helpful in predicting the response to treatment. © 2015 The International Society of Dermatology.

  16. Preparation and disinfection of root canals by 308-nm excimer laser light

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liesenhoff, Tim; Folwaczny, Matthias; Lehn, Norbert

    1994-09-01

    Conventional root canal treatments often fail due to insufficient removal of root canal contents and due to ineffective reduction of bacterial growth. In vitro investigations on the 308 nm excimer laser root canal preparation showed excellent results concerning the preparation quality. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of 308 nm excimer laserlight on the growth of bacteria. Bacterial suspensions of Staph. aureus, E. coli, and Enterococcus faec. were irradiated with various energy densities and different time duration. In order to exclude thermal side effects the temperature rise inside the suspensions was registered during irradiation. It was able to demonstrate that 308 nm excimer laserlight effects a log reduction of germ concentration at energy densities of 0.5 - 2.4 J/cm2. Laserlight effects germ reduction even without tissue removal. The effectiveness is dependent on the type of bacteria, the energy density, and the time of irradiation. The antimicrobial effect is independent from temperature.

  17. Excimer laser-induced diamond graphitization for high-energy nuclear applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Alemanno, E.; Caricato, A. P.; Chiodini, G.; Martino, M.; Ossi, P. M.; Spagnolo, S.; Perrino, R.

    2013-12-01

    In this work, we have studied the structure and the morphology of a graphite layer induced on the surface of a polycrystalline thermal grade CVD diamond by focusing a pulsed excimer laser operating at KrF (wavelength 248 nm) and ArF (wavelength 193 nm) mixtures. By micro-Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopies, as well as scanning electron microscopy, we reported the synthesis of a turbostratic t-graphite layer after irradiation with ArF laser. By contrast, irradiating with a KrF laser beam, we obtained a disordered graphite layer with 10 laser shots, while 200 consecutive laser pulses resulted in target ablation.

  18. Spectrally narrowed lasing of a self-injection KrF excimer laser

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shimada, Yasuhiro; Wani, Koichi; Miki, Tadaaki; Kawahara, Hidehito; Mimasu, Mutsumi; Ogata, Yoshiro

    1990-08-01

    Spectrally nantwed lasing of a KrF excimer laser has teen ahieved by a self-injection technique using abeam splitter for power extraction aixi intravity etalons for spectral-narrowing. The laser cavity is divithi into an amplifying branch aix! a spectralnarrowing branch. The spectral bandwidth was narrowed to <3pm FWHM with air-sed etalons placed in the spectral-narrowing branch. A laser propagation model was intrOdUced for describing the laser intensity traveling in the laser cavity. The calculated intensityincident onthe intracavityetalons wassmaller thanthat in theconventional Fabry-Perotcavity withplane-parallel mirrors.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    PubMed

    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.

  1. Bioactive glass surface for fiber reinforced composite implants via surface etching by Excimer laser.

    PubMed

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

    2016-07-01

    Biostable fiber-reinforced composites (FRC) prepared from bisphenol-A-glycidyldimethacrylate (BisGMA)-based thermosets reinforced with E-glass fibers are promising alternatives to metallic implants due to the excellent fatigue resistance and the mechanical properties matching those of bone. Bioactive glass (BG) granules can be incorporated within the polymer matrix to improve the osteointegration of the FRC implants. However, the creation of a viable surface layer using BG granules is technically challenging. In this study, we investigated the potential of Excimer laser ablation to achieve the selective removal of the matrix to expose the surface of BG granules. A UV-vis spectroscopic study was carried out to investigate the differences in the penetration of light in the thermoset matrix and BG. Thereafter, optimal Excimer laser ablation parameters were established. The formation of a calcium phosphate (CaP) layer on the surface of the laser-ablated specimens was verified in simulated body fluid (SBF). In addition, the proliferation of MG63 cells on the surfaces of the laser-ablated specimens was investigated. For the laser-ablated specimens, the pattern of proliferation of MG63 cells was comparable to that in the positive control group (Ti6Al4V). We concluded that Excimer laser ablation has potential for the creation of a bioactive surface on FRC-implants. Copyright © 2016 IPEM. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Two-wavelength interferometry on excimer laser induced vapour/plasma plumes during the laser pulse

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schittenhelm, H.; Callies, G.; Berger, P.; Hügel, H.

    1998-05-01

    Ablation-using short-pulse lasers, e.g., excimer lasers and solid state lasers, is becoming an important technology for micro-machining, thin film formation and fine particle generation. Hence, there is a great interest to understand the interaction mechanisms between the radiation field and the evaporated material. Especially the laser-induced material vapour influences the efficiency and the quality of the ablation, as shown in earlier contributions [G. Callies, P. Berger, J. Kästle, H. Hügel, Proc. SPIE, Vol. 2502, p. 706; G. Callies, H. Schittenhelm, P. Berger, F. Dausinger, H. Hügel, Proc. SPIE, Vol. 2246, p. 126]. Two-wavelength interferometry, shadowgraphy and resonance absorption photography allowed us to investigate the whole laser induced region with each probe-laser pulse. The experiments were performed in ambient air, helium and argon at a pressure of 10 5 Pa. Earlier, shadowgraphy experiments indicated several discontinuities within the plume arising during the laser pulse. To get more information about the nature of these discontinuities and their expansion behaviour and to obtain the free electron density distributions within the shock wave, interferometry with two wavelengths was applied. The results show spatially-separated regions of high free electron densities and therefore, high temperatures within the plasma plume. The observed regions correspond to those found by shadowgraphy and resonance absorption photography: the region of material vapour directly behind the contact front, the plasma core near the target surface with high electron densities, and two more regions separated by discontinuities. A variation of the ambient gas causes a drastic change in the electron density. In an argon atmosphere, a formation of a laser supported detonation wave, instead of a shock wave, arises for energy densities higher than 20-25 J/cm 2. The interferometry yields, for this case, a very high electron density within the material vapour near the contact

  3. Controlled study of excimer and pulsed dye lasers in the treatment of psoriasis.

    PubMed

    Taibjee, S M; Cheung, S-T; Laube, S; Lanigan, S W

    2005-11-01

    The excimer laser delivers high energy monochromatic ultraviolet (UV) B at 308 nm. Advantages over conventional UV sources include targeting of lesional skin, reducing cumulative dose and inducing faster clearance. Studies of the pulsed dye laser (PDL) in psoriasis report between 57% and 82% response rates; remission may extend to 15 months. To our knowledge, this is the first study assessing both excimer and PDL in psoriasis. We conducted a within-patient controlled prospective trial of treatment of localized plaque psoriasis. Twenty-two adult patients, mean Psoriasis Area and Severity Index 7.1, were recruited. Fifteen patients completed the full treatment, of which 13 were followed up to 1 year. Two selected plaques were treated with excimer twice weekly and V Beam PDL, pretreated with salicylic acid (SA), every 4 weeks, respectively. Two additional plaques, treated with SA alone or untreated, served as controls. The primary outcome measures were: (i) changes in plaque-modified Psoriasis Activity and Severity Index (PSI) scores from baseline to end of treatment; (ii) clinical response to treatment (CR(T)), assessed by serial photographs; (iii) percentage of plaques clear at the end of treatment; and (iv) percentage of plaques clear at 1-year follow-up. The secondary outcome measures were: (i) number of laser treatments to clearance; (ii) time to relapse; (iii) frequency of side-effects; and (iv) qualitative observations with SIAscope. The mean improvement in PSI was 4.7 (SD 2.1) with excimer and 2.7 (SD 2.4) with PDL. PSI improvement was significantly greater in excimer than PDL (P = 0.003) or both control plaques (P < 0.001). CR(T) indicated 13 patients responded best with excimer, two patients best with PDL, and in seven patients there was no difference between the two lasers. CR(T) was significantly greater for excimer than PDL (P = 0.003) or both controls (P < 0.001). CR(T) was also significantly greater for PDL than SA alone (P = 0.004) or untreated control

  4. The effectiveness of excimer laser on vitiligo treatment in comparison with a combination therapy of Excimer laser and tacrolimus in an Iranian population.

    PubMed

    Matin, Marzieh; Latifi, Sahar; Zoufan, Nasrin; Koushki, Davood; Mirjafari Daryasari, Seyedeh Adeleh; Rahdari, Fereshteh

    2014-10-01

    Usage of 308-nm excimer laser (EL) is an effective treatment in vitiligo. As genetic predispositions along with type of skin and rate of sun exposure are known factors influencing the treatment outcomes, we tried to evaluate the treatment results of using 308 nm-excimer laser alone in comparison with the combined therapy of EL and topical tacrolimus in Iranian patients with vitiligo. We reviewed the medical files of 150 patients with vitiligo who were referred to the Behsima Laser Center between April 2012 and April 2013. Seventy five patients who received combined therapy of 308 nm EL and topical tacrolimus three times a week entered the study. Seventy-five controls with matched characteristics and who received only EL were also selected. The amount of repigmentation was estimated by an expert dermatologist and was classified in 5 ranks. In the case group, 33.3% (n: 25) showed 50-75% repigmentaion and 49.3% (n:37) had more than 75% response to therapy, whereas among the patients in the control group 29.3% (n: 22) showed no repigmentation and only 8% (n: 6) demonstrated more than 75% repigmentation response. The higher efficiency of the combination therapy on repigmentation was statistically significant (P: 0.006). Our study shows that Iranian patients with vitiligo who received a combined treatment course with 308-nm EL and tacrolimus 0.1% experienced significantly higher levels of repigmentation in comparison with laser therapy alone.

  5. Structure-process-property relations in excimer laser surface processed Ti-6Al-4V alloy

    SciTech Connect

    Jervis, T.R.; Zocco, T.G.; Steele, J.H. Jr.

    1990-01-01

    Excimer laser processing results in very rapid solidification of metal surfaces. In addition to mixing or segregation processes, rapid heat treatment can result in phase transformations which yield beneficial surface properties. We have investigated the effect of pulsed excimer laser radiation on the microstructure and surface hardness of Ti-6Al-4V alloy. This material undergoes a well defined martensite transformation during rapid quenching from temperatures in the {beta} phase field. The depth of the transformed layer is thus a marker for the temperature profile during processing. We find that the depth of the transformed layer agrees well with a simple 1-D calculation of heat flow following the laser pulse. As measured by the nanoindenter, we find that the surface martensite is softer than the as-rolled alloy. Multiple pulse processing at high fluences results in an increase in surface hardness, but at a depth much less than that of the martensite, suggesting an independent mechanism. 10 refs., 4 figs.

  6. Effect of diclofenac, ketorolac, and fluorometholone on arachidonic acid metabolites following excimer laser corneal surgery.

    PubMed

    Phillips, A F; Hayashi, S; Seitz, B; Wee, W R; McDonnell, P J

    1996-12-01

    To compare the ability of several topical anti-inflammatory agents to modulate the production of prostaglandin E2 after excimer laser ablation in rabbit cornea. Adult New Zealand white rabbits were subjected to phototherapeutic keratectomy with a commercially available excimer laser. Prostaglandin E2 and leukotriene B4 were detected by enzyme-linked immunoassay, and leukocyte infiltration was determined histologically. Prostaglandin E2 and leukocyte infiltration increased in the cornea after excimer ablation. Treatment with topical fluorometholone and diclofenac sodium significantly reduced prostaglandin E2 levels. Corneas treated with diclofenac had significantly higher levels of leukocyte infiltration than those treated with ketorolac tromethamine. No changes in leukotriene B4 levels were detected in this model. As a group, topical anti-inflammatory medications tend to lower prostaglandin E2 levels in rabbit corneas subjected to excimer ablation, but differ in their ability to reduce polymorphonuclear leukocyte infiltration. Further work is needed in this model to understand how these drugs alter leukocyte infiltration of the remaining stromal bed.

  7. Development of the pellicle for KrF excimer laser photolithography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shirasaki, Toru; Kawakami, S.; Hamada, Y.; Nagata, Y.; Kashida, Meguru; Kubota, Yoshihiro

    1994-11-01

    This paper describes development of the pellicle for KrF excimer laser photolithography. The components of KrF excimer pellicle should have high light resistance. Our pellicle membrane consists of amorphous perfluoropolymer. Since this material provides that scattering and absorption of light at deep-UV wavelength region are very small, transmissivity is high at that wavelength and light resistance is strong against KrF excimer laser. Membrane bond and reticle adhesive consist of silicone resin so that the light resistance of them is high. And the bond strength of our pellicle is very high despite the use of fluoro-polymer membrane. This is because the bond consists of silicone resin which contains fluorocarbon-group. Strict particle suppression is required for the excimer pellicle. We have covered the frame with UV resistant fluoropolymer for the purpose to reduce the possibility of particle generation. This treatment has suppressed the particle generation during transportation. Membrane cutting has been achieved by melt-cutting method. The prominency of this method is melting the membrane with heat and cutting it with no contact with pellicle frame, so that the membrane edge becomes smooth and pellicle frame has not been damaged.

  8. Low temperature deposition of inorganic films by excimer laser assisted chemical vapor deposition

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kuk, Seungkuk; Park, Jongmin; Zhang, Tao; Hwang, David J.

    2017-02-01

    In this study, silicon nitride film is deposited by laser assisted chemical vapor deposition technique based on the direct photolysis of SiH4/NH3 gas mixture using argon fluoride excimer laser of 193 nm wavelength at low substrate temperature around 100°C. By illuminating laser beam in parallel to sample surface, sample damage or heating can be avoided allowing compatibility of temperature sensitive device architectures. A wide range of processing parameters for laser and reactant gases are examined in correlation with deposition mechanisms.

  9. Increasing the electrical conductivity of poly(vinylidene fluoride) by KrF excimer laser irradiation

    SciTech Connect

    Ji Yaling; Jiang Yijian

    2006-11-27

    This letter describes the increase in electrical conductivity of poly(vinylidene fluoride) induced by excimer laser irradiation with {lambda}=248 nm. The electrical conductivity was found to increase from 10{sup -13} to 10{sup -4} {omega}{sup -1} cm{sup -1}. As a result, experiments produced a transition in the property of the material from an insulator to a conductor. Optimal conditions for laser irradiation were determined in terms of the laser energy density, the repetition frequency, and the total number of laser shots. This letter also discusses the micromechanics of increasing conductivity in the light of Raman spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  10. Endovascular excimer laser atherectomy techniques to treat complex peripheral vascular disease: an orderly process.

    PubMed

    Garnic, J Daniel; Hurwitz, Andrew S

    2005-12-01

    Peripheral vascular disease represents the largest obstructive subsegment within the vascular system. Advances in equipment, techniques, biochemical treatments, and the influx of multiple specialties into this arena indicate a coming tidal wave of change to the standard treatment plan for patients with claudication and especially critical limb ischemia. Initial attempts in the 1980s to utilize the "laser" to treat peripheral vascular disease led to a clinical debacle: wavelengths and methods were not optimized; tissue heating was excessive, resulting in restenosis. Since then the "laser" has fallen from grace for endovascular treatment, although it has an infinite set of potential wavelengths, energy levels, and delivery methods. The xenon chloride, excimer laser, a pulsed 308-nm system, has overcome many of these early catastrophes. The long, ongoing success of this method of photoablating thrombus and plaque represents a true step forward in the endovascular treatment of occlusive disease. Although only a tool, the excimer laser provides a means to utilize electromagnetic energy instead of shearing mechanical force to resolve occlusions. With its active element at the tip, the excimer laser requires much less mechanical translation force to cross total occlusions, find the distal lumen, and thereby cause less plaque destabilization. In addition, removing the firm surface layer of plaque, decapping, and some of the plaque volume, debulking, exposes the softer subsegments of the plaque to balloon angioplasty. Utilizing this method, more complex lesions can be approached safely, with a high likelihood of successful revascularization and a low risk of potentially limb-threatening complication.

  11. Percutaneous excimer laser coronary angioplasty: development of technology and initial clinical results

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tcheng, James E.; Miller, James S.; Songer, Ronald W.; Golobic, Robert A.

    1992-08-01

    The development of laser systems suitable for vascular angioplasty is a multidisciplinary endeavor that includes development of the laser energy source, guidance modality, delivery catheter, and assessment of clinical applicability. In this paper we report on the design criteria of percutaneous coronary catheters and how these have guided development of the Spectranetics excimer laser angioplasty system. The Spectranetics CVX-300TM excimer laser angioplasty system was designed for safe application in the cardiac catheterization laboratory while maximizing system maintenance intervals. Recent improvements in catheter design and construction have been directed at optimizing target lesion acquisition and treatment. Lesion access and alignment have been facilitated through the use of optical fiber bundles with increased flexibility. Ablation efficiency has been improved by a combination of increased active fiber area and optimization of the radial location of the fiber array compared to the original devices. Engineered stiffness profiles have been improved and lubricous coatings incorporated to optimize force transmission and tactile feedback for the clinician. Initial clinical results appear favorable. In particular, excimer laser angioplasty appears to have an advantage in the treatment of complex coronary lesions such as diffuse coronary arterial disease, total occlusions, ostial stenoses, moderately calcified lesions, and vein graft disease. In these settings, improved procedural success rates and a lowered incidence of complications have been observed compared to conventional balloon PTCA angioplasty. Examples of complex coronary lesion cases as well as a summary of the data of the initial clinical results from the multicenter trial are also presented in this paper.

  12. Comparative study of excimer and erbium:YAG lasers for ablation of structural components of the knee

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vari, Sandor G.; Shi, Wei-Qiang; van der Veen, Maurits J.; Fishbein, Michael C.; Miller, J. M.; Papaioannou, Thanassis; Grundfest, Warren S.

    1991-05-01

    This study was designed to compare the efficiency and thermal effect of a 135 ns pulsed-stretched XeCl excimer laser (308 nm) and a free-running Erbium:YAG laser (2940 nm) with 200 microsecond(s) pulse duration for ablation of knee joint structures (hyaline and fibrous cartilage, tendon and bone). The radiant exposure used for tissue ablation ranged from 2 to 15 J/cm2 for the XeCl excimer and from 33 to 120 J/cm2 for Er:YAG. The excimer and Er:YAG lasers were operated at 4 and 5 Hz respectively. The ablative laser energy was delivered to tissue through fibers. Ablation rates of soft tissues (hyaline and fibrous cartilage, tendon) varied from 8.5 to 203 micrometers /pulse for excimer and from 8.2 to 273 micrometers /pulse for Er:YAG lasers. Ablation rates of soft tissues are linearly dependent on the radiant exposure. Within the range of parameters tested all the tissues except the bone could be rapidly ablated by both lasers. Bone ablation was much less efficient, requiring 15 J/cm2 and 110 J/cm2 radiant exposure for excimer and Er:YAG lasers to ablate 9.5 and 8.2 micrometers tissue per pulse. However, excimer laser ablation produced less thermal damage in the tissues studied compared to Er:YAG at the same laser parameters. The authors conclude that both lasers are capable of efficient knee joint tissue ablation. XeCl excimer laser requires an order of magnitude less energy than Er:YAG laser for comparable tissue ablation.

  13. Peptide Photodissociation with 157 nm Light in a Commercial Tandem Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer

    PubMed Central

    Zhang, Liangyi; Reilly, James P.

    2009-01-01

    Photodissociation with 157 nm light was implemented in an ABI model 4700 matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) tandem time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometer for peptide analysis. With a homemade computer program to control the light timing based on the m/z of each precursor ion, the photodissociation setup was seamlessly automated with the mass spectrometer. Peptide photodissociation in this apparatus yielded fragments similar to those observed in previous experiments with a homebuilt tandem-TOF mass spectrometer. Peptides having arginine at their C-termini yielded high-energy x-, v- and w- type fragments while peptides with N-terminal arginine produced many a- and d- type ions. Abundant immonium ions were also generated. High-quality photodissociation spectra were obtained with as little as 5 fmol of peptides. In the analysis of various tryptic peptides, photodissociation provided much more sequence information than the conventional TOF-TOF CID. Because of the high fragmentation efficiency, sensitivity was not sacrificed to achieve this. PMID:19702244

  14. The effect of 308nm excimer laser on segmental vitiligo: a retrospective study of 80 patients with segmental vitiligo.

    PubMed

    Do, Jeong Eun; Shin, Jae Yong; Kim, Do-Young; Hann, Seung-Kyung; Oh, Sang Ho

    2011-06-01

    Segmental vitiligo (SV), which frequently accompanies poliosis, indicating a poor prognosis that is likely resistant to treatments. In this study, we performed a retrospective analysis to evaluate the treatment response to 308 nm excimer laser in SV patients. A retrospective chart and photographic review was performed on 80 SV patients who had been treated with 308nm excimer laser for >3 months. Eighty patients with SV (mean age: 24.0 years ± 15.3, males: 50%) were included in this study. The mean grade of repigmentation was 2.3 after 20.6 months of mean treatment duration; 23.8% of 80 patients showed grade 4, 20% showed grade 3, and 56.2% showed grade 1-2 repigmentation. However, none of them achieved complete repigmentation with excimer laser. The degree of repigmentation was positively correlated with treatment duration (r=0.315, P=0.004) and cumulative ultraviolet (UV) dosage (r=0.366, P=0.001), whereas it was negatively correlated with disease duration (r=-0.265, P=0.017). This study suggests that SV has a better repigmentation response when excimer laser is used at earlier stages of the disease and long-term use and high cumulative UV energy of the excimer laser elicit better responses. Additional treatments like surgical procedures in addition to excimer laser should be considered for complete repigmentation. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  15. Correlation of clinical efficacy and psychosocial impact on vitiligo patients by excimer laser treatment.

    PubMed

    Al-Shobaili, Hani A

    2014-01-01

    Vitiligo is a difficult disease to treat. Recently, a 308-nm excimer laser has been shown to be effective in treating vitiligo. In addition, the patients with vitiligo have impairment in their quality of life. The aim of the study was to investigate the clinical efficacy, safety, and psychosocial impact after treating vitiligo with the 308-nm excimer laser. A prospective clinical trial conducted at dermatology clinics of hospitals affiliated with Qassim University, Saudi Arabia, from May 2012 to February 2013. Forty-eight patients with 105 vitiliginous patches were treated using a 308-nm excimer laser. The treatment was performed twice per week for a maximum of 48 treatments or 100% repigmentation of lesions whichever was achieved first. The assessment of the clinical response and recording of side effects were performed biweekly. Out of 105 lesions in these patients, 63 lesions (60.0%) achieved over 75% repigmentation by laser treatment, 12 lesions (11.4%) showed 51% to 75% repigmentation, 9 lesions (8.6%) showed 26% to 50% repigmentation, and another 9 lesions (8.6%) showed 1% to 25% repigmentation, while 12 lesions (11.4%) showed no repigmentation. The average (+/-standard deviation [SD]) number of sessions needed to achieve repigmentation was 16.8 (8.0), whereas the average (+/-SD) number of sessions needed to realize Grade IV repigmentation was 20.2 (15). The type of repigmentation varied between lesions. Diffuse repigmentation was the most common pattern and occurred in 34 lesions (36.6%). Facial lesions responded better than lesions located elsewhere. Skin type did not play a statistically significant role (P=.07) in the lesions response to treatment. All side effects were mild and disappeared shortly after end of treatment sessions. The clinical data indicate that the treatment of vitiligo using the 308-nm excimer laser is effective and safe and improves psychosocial quality of life. Lesion location, duration of disease, and treatment duration are factors

  16. Valacyclovir for the prevention of recurrent herpes simplex virus eye disease after excimer laser photokeratectomy.

    PubMed Central

    Asbell, P A

    2000-01-01

    PURPOSE: A variety of factors have been reported as inducing the reactivation of latent herpes simplex virus (HSV), among them stress, trauma, and UV radiation. Excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a surgical procedure utilizing a 193 nm ultraviolet light to alter the curvature of the cornea and hence correct vision. Reactivation of ocular herpes simplex keratitis following such excimer laser PRK has been reported. All published cases of HSV reactivation following excimer laser treatment in humans are reviewed. The present study evaluates whether stress, trauma of the corneal de-epithelialization prior to the laser, or the excimer laser treatment itself to the stromal bed induces this ocular reactivation of the latent HSV, and whether a systemic antiviral agent, valacyclovir, would prevent such laser PRK-induced reactivation of the HSV. METHODS: Forty-three normal 1.5- to 2.5-kg New Zealand white rabbits were infected on the surface of the cornea with HSV-1, strain RE. The animals were monitored until resolution, and then all animals were divided into 5 treatment groups: (1) de-epithelialization only, intraperitoneal (i.p.) saline for 14 days; (2) de-epithelialization plus laser, i.p. saline for 14 days; (3) de-epithelialization plus laser, valacyclovir 50 mg/kg per day i.p. for 14 days; (4) de-epithelialization plus laser, valacyclovir 100 mg/kg per day i.p. for 14 days; (5) de-epithelialization plus laser, valacyclovir 150 mg/kg per day i.p. for 14 days. Animals were evaluated in a masked fashion by clinical examination biweekly and viral cultures biweekly through day 28. RESULTS: The reactivation rates were as follows: group 1, 0%; group 2, 67%; group 3, 50%; group 4, 17%; and group 5, 0%. Viral titers were negative in animals that had no reactivation but persistently positive in those that had reactivation (day 6 through day 28). CONCLUSIONS: Excimer laser (193 nm) treatment can trigger reactivation of ocular herpes disease (67%) and viral

  17. Efficacy of 308-nm xenon chloride excimer laser in pityriasis alba.

    PubMed

    Al-Mutairi, Nawaf; Hadad, Ahmed Al

    2012-04-01

    Pityriasis alba (PA) is the most common cause of facial hypopigmentation presenting to the dermatologist. The objective of the current study was to study the effect of the 308-nm excimer laser in the treatment of PA. Twelve patients with 37 PA patches were enrolled in this study. The lesions were treated using the 308-nm excimer laser twice a week for 12 weeks. The hypopigmented areas were evaluated at baseline and at weeks 0, 3, 6, and 12 for scaling, hypopigmentation, and pruritus on a 4-point scale (0 = none to 3 = severe). All adverse effects were recorded. There were seven male and five female participants in (aged 5-21 years), with skin type III to V. After 1 month of laser therapy, the clinical scores were significantly lower than at baseline. Similar decreases were observed for the scaling and pruritus scores. Uneven skin color improved by the third week, and near-complete resolution was noticed by the end of 3 months. No serious or unpleasant side-effects were observed, and all patients completed the 12-week treatment. Patients were satisfied or very satisfied with the treatment. The 308-nm excimer laser is an effective therapeutic option for PA. © 2011 by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  19. Endothelial reaction to perforating and non-perforating excimer laser excisions in rabbits

    SciTech Connect

    Koch, J.W.; Lang, G.K.; Naumann, G.O. )

    1991-05-01

    With an ArF excimer laser (193 nm, 750 mJ/cm2, 20 Hz) and a special slit-mask system, perforating and non-perforating linear keratectomies were performed in 55 rabbit corneas with a follow-up from 1 hour to 6 months. Varying the pulse number according to ablation rate (0.8 micron/pulse) and corneal thickness, four linear radial excisions (3 mm length, 70 microns width) of increasing depth (70%, 80%, 90%, 100% perforation) were produced. The corneas were processed for light microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and vital staining of the endothelium. Except for mild cell contact alterations and discrete single cell damage in the 90% deep excisions, no endothelial damage could be detected after non-perforating keratectomies. Minute (less than 20 microns) and small (20 to 100 microns maximal diameter) perforations induced cell enlargement, formation of pseudopodia, rosette-like figures, multi-nucleated giant cells, and ultimately uniform reformation of the cell pattern (1 hour to 7 days postoperatively). Larger excimer laser defects of Descemet's membrane (greater than 100 microns) were overgrown by dedifferentiated endothelial cells producing a new PAS-positive basement membrane. Vital staining revealed the complete and stable reorganization of the endothelium over these lesions within 6 months. The authors observations are similar to those reported on the endothelial repair process following other surgical manipulations (knife incisions, direct Nd:YAG-laser trauma) and support the applicability of excimer lasers for corneal trephination in patients.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  1. Pulsed laser deposition of polyhydroxybutyrate biodegradable polymer thin films using ArF excimer laser

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kecskemeti, G.; Smausz, T.; Kresz, N.; Tóth, Zs.; Hopp, B.; Chrisey, D.; Berkesi, O.

    2006-11-01

    We demonstrated the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of high quality films of a biodegradable polymer, the polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB). Thin films of PHB were deposited on KBr substrates and fused silica plates using an ArF ( λ = 193 nm, FWHM = 30 ns) excimer laser with fluences between 0.05 and 1.5 J cm -2. FTIR spectroscopic measurements proved that at the appropriate fluence (0.05, 0.09 and 0.12 J cm -2), the films exhibited similar functional groups with no significant laser-produced modifications present. Optical microscopic images showed that the layers were contiguous with embedded micrometer-sized grains. Ellipsometric results determined the wavelength dependence ( λ ˜ 245-1000 nm) of the refractive index and absorption coefficient which were new information about the material and were not published in the scientific literature. We believe that our deposited PHB thin films would have more possible applications. For example to our supposal the thin layers would be applicable in laser induced forward transfer (LIFT) of biological materials using them as absorbing thin films.

  2. Ocular drug permeation following experimental excimer laser treatment on the isolated pig eye.

    PubMed

    Scholz, Martina; Schründer, Stephan; Gärtner, Sven; Keipert, Sigrid; Hartmann, Christian; Pleyer, Uwe

    2002-04-01

    Excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is a well-established procedure which is frequently applied to correct myopia. Since structural alterations of the corneal epithelium occur after the treatment, a different drug permeation can be assumed. To investigate the effects of PRK on drug permeation, excimer laser ablations with varying depths were performed on isolated pig eyes. The permeation of lipophilic (diclofenac-sodium; D-Na) and hydrophilic (pilocarpine-hydrochloride; P-HCl model drugs were studied in vitro. Under these experimental conditions, P-HCl demonstrated a significant (p < 0.05) enhancement of permeation in relation to the ablation depth. In contrast, corneal epithelial thickness scarcely influenced the permeation rate of D-Na. Not until removing the entire epithelium did a significantly increased permeability occur, when compared to untreated cornea. These results suggest that PRK may significantly reduce the corneal barrier function and alter pharmacokinetics of topical medication.

  3. Adhesion characteristics of alicyclic polymers for use in ArF excimer laser lithography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nakano, Kaichiro; Iwasa, Shigeyuki; Maeda, Katsumi; Hasegawa, Etsuo

    1998-06-01

    We evaluate the adhesion characteristics and relationship between work of adhesion and structure of polar-alicyclic polymers we developed for use in ArF excimer laser lithography. We found that the adhesion of the polymers and resists in both the alkaline-developer and water circumstances depends on the work of adhesion in air. Stronger adhesion can be obtained with higher polarity of polymer films caused by the higher surface free energy due to hydrogen bonds. The polarity of polymers and functional groups is evaluated with their relative dielectric constants. With the standard developer (2.38% tetramethylammonium hydroxide aqueous solution), the chemically amplified resist based on poly(carboxy- tetracyclo[4.4.0.12,5.17,10]dodecylacrylate- co-hydroxy-tricyclo[5.2.1.02,6]decylacrylate) forms a 0.18-micrometers L&S pattern by the ArF excimer laser dose.

  4. Excimer laser treatment of corneal surface pathology: a laboratory and clinical study.

    PubMed Central

    Gartry, D.; Kerr Muir, M.; Marshall, J.

    1991-01-01

    The argon fluoride excimer laser emits radiation in the far ultraviolet part of the electromagnetic spectrum (193 nm). Each photon has high individual energy. Exposure of materials or tissues with peak absorption around 193 nm results in removal of surface layers (photoablation) with extremely high precision and minimal damage to non-irradiated areas. This precision is confirmed in a series of experiments on cadaver eyes and the treatment of 25 eyes with anterior corneal disease (follow-up 6 to 30 months). Multiple zone excimer laser superficial keratectomy is considered the treatment of choice for rough, painful corneal surfaces. All patients in this group were pain-free postoperatively. Where good visual potential exists, ablation of a single axial zone is recommended and results in improved visual acuity and reduction of glare. A hyperopic shift was noted in this group. Images PMID:1817467

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

    PubMed

    Barsam, Allon; Allan, Bruce D S

    2012-01-18

    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. The aim of this review is to compare the effect of excimer laser refractive surgery versus phakic IOLs for the correction of moderate to high myopia. We searched CENTRAL (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group Trials Register) (The Cochrane Library 2011, Issue 11), MEDLINE (January 1950 to November 2011), EMBASE (January 1980 to November 2011), Latin American and Caribbean Literature on Health Sciences (LILACS) (January 1982 to November 2011), the metaRegister of Controlled Trials (mRCT) (www.controlled-trials.com), ClinicalTrials.gov (www.clinicaltrials.gov) and the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) (www.who.int/ictrp/search/en). There were no date or language restrictions in the electronic searches for trials. The electronic databases were last searched on 28 November 2011. 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 assessed trial quality and extracted data. We performed data analysis. We summarised data for outcomes using odds ratios. We used a fixed

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

    PubMed

    Barsam, Allon; Allan, Bruce Ds

    2010-05-12

    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. The aim of this review is to compare the effect of excimer laser refractive surgery versus phakic IOLs for the correction of moderate to high myopia. We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (which contains the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group Trials Register) (The Cochrane Library), MEDLINE, EMBASE and Latin American and Caribbean Literature on Health Sciences (LILACS). There were no date or language restrictions in the electronic search for trials. The electronic databases were last searched on 9 December 2009. 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 assessed trial quality and extracted data. We performed data analysis. We summarised data for outcomes using odds ratios. We used a fixed-effect model as only three trials were included in the review. This review included three RCTs with a total of 228 eyes. The range of myopia of included patients was -6.0 D to -20.0 D of myopia with up to 4.0 D of myopic astigmatism. The percentage of eyes with uncorrected

  7. Detection of lead in soil with excimer laser fragmentation fluorescence spectroscopy (ELFFS)

    SciTech Connect

    Choi, J.H.; Damm, C.J.; O'Donovan, N.J.; Sawyer, R.F.; Koshland, C.P.; Lucas, D.

    2004-03-01

    Excimer laser fragmentation fluorescence spectroscopy (ELFFS) is used to monitor lead in soil sample and investigate laser-solid interactions. Pure lead nitrate salt and soil doped with lead nitrate are photolyzed with 193 nm light from an ArF excimer at fluences from 0.4 to 4 J/cm{sup 2}. Lead emission is observed at 357.2, 364.0, 368.3, 373.9 and 405.8 nm. Time-resolved data show the decay time of the lead emission at 405.8 nm grows with increasing fluence, and a plasma is formed above fluences of 2 J/cm{sup 2}, where a strong continuum emission interferes with the analyte signal. Fluences below this threshold allow us to achieve a detection limit of approximately 200 ppm in soil.

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

    PubMed

    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. Characterization of the fluorescence spectra produced by excimer laser irradiation of the cornea

    SciTech Connect

    Tuft, S.; al-Dhahir, R.; Dyer, P.; Zhu, Z.H. )

    1990-08-01

    The epithelium and stroma of bovine and human corneas were exposed to both ablative and subablative levels of 193-nm excimer laser radiation and the spectra of the induced fluorescence recorded. Two broad peaks in the emission spectra were observed, at 310 nm and 460 nm, with a difference in the relative height of these peaks between epithelium and stroma. The lower cut-off for fluorescence (260 nm) was similar for both tissues. Time-resolved measurements showed that fluorescence occurs on the nanosecond time scale, and an estimate gives the quantum yield for photons emitted in the 260-350-nm range as approximately 1 X 10(-5). The significance of these results in the evaluation of the safety of surgery with an argon fluoride excimer laser is discussed.

  10. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of excimer laser treated alumina films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Georgiev, D. G.; Kolev, K.; Laude, L. D.; Mednikarov, B.; Starbov, N.

    1998-01-01

    Amorphous alumina layers are deposited on a single crystal Si substrate by a e-gun evaporation technique. These films are then thermally annealed in oxygen to be crystallized and, further, irradiated with an excimer laser beam. At each stage of the film preparation, an x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis is performed at the film surface and in depth, upon ion beam grinding. Results give evidence for the formation of an aluminosilicate upon thermal annealing of the film in oxygen. At the surface itself, this compound is observed to decompose upon excimer laser irradiation at energy densities exceeding 1.75 J/cm2, giving rise to free Si atoms and SiO2, however with complete disappearance of Al atoms. Model photochemical reactions are proposed to explain such transformations.

  11. ArF excimer laser microprocessing of polymer optical fibers for photonic sensor applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Athanasekos, Loukas; Vasileiadis, Miltiadis; El Sachat, Alexandros; Vainos, Nikolaos A.; Riziotis, Christos

    2015-01-01

    A study of polymer optical fiber microstructuring by use of deep ultraviolet excimer laser radiation at 193 nm wavelength is performed. The ablation characteristics of the fiber cladding and core materials are analyzed comparatively. The laser irradiation effects are dynamically studied by on-line monitoring of the laser ablation induced waveguiding losses, the latter being correlated with the spatial structuring parameters. The fiber surface is modified to incorporate cavities, which are subsequently employed as sensitive material receptors for the development of customized photonic sensors. The sensing capability of the microstructured plastic optical fibers is demonstrated by ammonia and humidity detection.

  12. General model and segregation coefficient measurement for ultrashallow doping by excimer laser annealing

    SciTech Connect

    Gillet, Jean-Numa; Degorce, Jean-Yves; Meunier, Michel

    2005-05-30

    A general model of ultrashallow doping by excimer laser annealing is derived from only one diffusion-segregation equation. In our model, the relative dopant profile after some laser shots reaches a stationary distribution, which only depends on the segregation and liquid-phase diffusion coefficients of the dopant but not on the laser-process parameters. From this result, a one-point method is proposed to experimentally determine the out-of-equilibrium segregation coefficient k. Only the relative dopant concentration at the material surface has to be measured prior to determine the k value. Experimental dopant profiles are compared to simulations generated with experimental k values.

  13. Improved model for the angular dependence of excimer laser ablation rates in polymer materials

    SciTech Connect

    Pedder, J. E. A.; Holmes, A. S.; Dyer, P. E.

    2009-10-26

    Measurements of the angle-dependent ablation rates of polymers that have applications in microdevice fabrication are reported. A simple model based on Beer's law, including plume absorption, is shown to give good agreement with the experimental findings for polycarbonate and SU8, ablated using the 193 and 248 nm excimer lasers, respectively. The modeling forms a useful tool for designing masks needed to fabricate complex surface relief by ablation.

  14. Intra-individual variability of penetrating keratoplasty outcome after excimer laser versus motorized corneal trephination.

    PubMed

    Szentmáry, Nóra; Langenbucher, Achim; Naumann, Gottfried O H; Seitz, Berthold

    2006-10-01

    To assess the intra-individual variability of outcomes after penetrating keratoplasty by comparing mechanical and nonmechanical corneal trephination. Fifteen patients (30 eyes, 16 with keratoconus and 14 with Fuchs' dystrophy; median age at penetrating keratoplasty 56.3/53.5 years) were assessed whose trephination was performed using a motor trephine in one eye and the 193-nm excimer laser (MEL 60, Carl Zeiss-Meditec) in the other eye by one experienced surgeon. Subjective refractometry, standard keratometry, and corneal topography were used to assess best spectacle-corrected visual acuity (BSCVA); spherical equivalent refraction; keratometric and topographic central corneal power; refractive, keratometric, and topographic astigmatism; surface regularity index; surface asymmetry index; and potential visual acuity preoperatively, before first suture removal (at 1 year), and at last available follow-up after final suture removal but before additional surgery (1.3 and 1.9 years, respectively). Before first suture removal BSCVA was significantly higher (0.7 vs 0.5; P=.008) after excimer laser trephination. At the end of follow-up, refractive/ keratometric/topographic astigmatism (2.20/2.10/2.40 diopters [D] vs 5.00/6.00/7.10 D) and surface regularity index (0.8 vs 1.1) were significantly lower (P=.02, P=.005, P=.01, and P=.03, respectively) and potential visual acuity was significantly higher (0.9/0.6; P=.02) after excimer laser trephination. During long-term follow-up, all-sutures-out postkeratoplasty astigmatism and surface regularity are superior in the eye where nonmechanical excimer laser was applied in contrast to the fellow eye with motor trephination in the same individual.

  15. Phosphorus doping of 4H SiC by liquid immersion excimer laser irradiation

    SciTech Connect

    Ikeda, Akihiro; Nishi, Koji; Ikenoue, Hiroshi; Asano, Tanemasa

    2013-02-04

    Phosphorus doping of 4H SiC is performed by KrF excimer laser irradiation of 4H SiC immersed in phosphoric acid. Phosphorus is incorporated to a depth of a few tens of nanometers at a concentration of over 10{sup 20}/cm{sup 3} without generating significant crystal defects. Formation of a pn junction diode with an ideality factor of 1.06 is demonstrated.

  16. Vessel wall perforation mechanism of the excimer laser-assisted non-occlusive anastomosis technique.

    PubMed

    Bremmer, Jochem; van Doormaal, Tristan P C; Verweij, Bon H; van der Zwan, Albert; Tulleken, Cornelius A F; Verdaasdonk, Rudolf

    2016-08-01

    The excimer laser assisted non-occlusive anastomosis (ELANA) technique is used to make anastomoses on intracerebral arteries. This end-to-side anastomosis is created without temporary occlusion of the recipient artery using a 308-nm excimer laser with a ring-shaped multi-fiber catheter to punch an opening in the arterial wall. Over 500 patients have received an ELANA bypass. However, the vessel wall perforation mechanism of the laser catheter is not known exactly and not 100 % successful. In this study, we aimed to understand the mechanism of ELANA vessel perforation using specialized imaging techniques to ultimately improve its effectiveness. High-speed imaging, high-contrast imaging, and high-sensitivity thermal imaging were used to study the laser wall perforation mechanism and reveal the mechanical and thermal effects involved. In vitro, rabbit arteries were exposed with the special designed laser catheter in a setup representative for the clinical setting, in which blood was replaced with a transparent UV absorbing liquid for visualization. We observed that laser vessel wall perforation was caused by explosive vapor bubbles tearing through the vessel wall, mostly within the first 20 of the total 200 pulses. Thermal effects were minimal. Unsymmetrical tension in the vessel wall inducing migration of the flap during laser exposure was observed in case of unsuccessful wall perforations. The laser wall perforation mechanism in the ELANA technique is primarily mechanical. Symmetric tension in the recipient vessel wall is essential and should be trained by neurosurgeons.

  17. Single Blinded Left-to-Right Comparison Study of Excimer Laser Versus Pulsed Dye Laser for the Treatment of Nail Psoriasis.

    PubMed

    Al-Mutairi, Nawaf; Noor, Tarek; Al-Haddad, Ahmed

    2014-12-01

    Nail psoriasis is relatively difficult to treat. Excimer laser has been approved for the treatment of psoriasis since 2000. Pulsed dye laser (PDL) in psoriasis therapy has shown good response rates, with extended remissions. This is the first study assessing both the excimer and PDL lasers in nail psoriasis. In a comparison study, excimer laser versus PDL for the treatment of nail psoriasis was evaluated in 42 patients. The right hand nails were treated with excimer laser twice weekly and the left hand nails were treated with PDL once every 4 weeks, for total 12 weeks. The patients were then followed up after a further 12 weeks. Nail Psoriasis Severity Index (NAPSI) scores were recorded at baseline, weeks 4, 8, and 12, and then at week 24. Patients were also asked to grade the clinical response to each treatment. A total of 304 nail changes, 148 with excimer laser and 156 with PDL, were treated. The mean NAPSI score in nails treated with excimer laser was 29.8 at baseline, reduced to 16.3 at week 24. In PDL-treated nails, the NAPSI scores dropped from 29.5 at baseline to 3.2 at week 24. NAPSI improvement was significantly greater in PDL than excimer (P = 0.001; Wilcoxon signed-rank test). Thirty-four (81%) hands achieved NAPSI-50, and 23 (55%) achieved NAPSI-75 at week 12, while complete nail recovery was shown in 6 (14%) hands treated with PDL. Regarding the hands treated with excimer laser, only 16 (38%) hands achieved NAPSI-50, while no hands achieved NAPSI-75 at week 12. In general, subungual hyperkeratosis and onycholysis improved significantly, while nail pitting was least responsive. Oil drops and splinter hemorrhages showed moderate response. When compared to excimer laser, PDL demonstrated a good response for treating nail psoriasis, with minimal side effects.

  18. Elevated intraocular pressure in the early postoperative period following excimer laser penetrating keratoplasty for keratoconus.

    PubMed

    Gatzioufas, Zisis; Labiris, Georgios; Mauer, Benjamin; Zemova, Elena; Eppig, Timo; Langenbucher, Achim; Seitz, Berthold

    2012-01-01

    To assess the incidence of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in the early postoperative period after excimer laser penetrating keratoplasty for keratoconus and reveal potential associations with anterior segment parameters. This prospective, interventional study consisted of 40 patients with keratoconus who were treated with excimer laser penetrating keratoplasty. Corneal pachymetry, anterior chamber depth, anterior chamber volume, and anterior segment angle were measured by Scheimpflug camera preoperatively and 2 months postoperatively. IOP was obtained using Goldmann applanation tonometry. Student's t tests and Pearson correlation were applied. A P value of .05 or less was considered significant. IOP increased from 16.3 ± 3.5 preoperatively to 19.3 ± 5.2 mm Hg postoperatively (P = .007). Significant differences were detected in corneal pachymetry (P < .008), anterior chamber depth (P < .001), and anterior chamber volume (P = .03). Postoperative IOP was significantly correlated with anterior segment angle, anterior chamber depth, and corneal pachymetry. Elevated IOP in the early postoperative period after excimer laser penetrating keratoplasty is significantly correlated with changes in the anterior chamber architecture. Copyright 2012, SLACK Incorporated.

  19. Elaboration of excimer lasers dosimetry for bone and meniscus cutting and drilling using optical fibers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jahn, Renate; Dressel, Martin; Neu, Walter; Jungbluth, Karl-Heinz

    1991-05-01

    In order to optimize bone and cartilage ablation, various excimer laser systems at 308 nm wavelength (pulse width 28 ns, 60 ns, 300 ns) and tapered fibers (core diameter 400 micrometers , 600 micrometers , 1000 micrometers ) were combined. By varying the major parameters such as fluence, pulselength, repetition rate, fiber diameter, medium, manner of application (drilling, cutting); analysis was made of the interaction of the excimer laser beam with different organic material (meniscus, bone tissue). More than 300 cuts and drillings have been realized with different parameters. The ablation rate mainly depends on fluence, repetition rate and pulse duration. The achieved ablation rate was 3 micrometers /pulse in bone. The drilling speed of the meniscus was 6 mm/s. The samples showed no carbonization at all, when being cut or drilled in liquid medium. This might be a breakthrough in fiber guided excimer laser surgery. From these and further experiments the authors obtained the dosimetry, which will be the basis for the elaboration of necessary operation guidelines for accident surgery.

  20. Psychological aspects of excimer laser surgery for myopia: reasons for seeking treatment and patient satisfaction.

    PubMed Central

    McGhee, C N; Orr, D; Kidd, B; Stark, C; Bryce, I G; Anastas, C N

    1996-01-01

    AIMS: To determine the reasons patients seek excimer laser treatment for myopia and to measure levels of patient satisfaction with each phase of this relatively new treatment. METHODS: A unique 38 item visual analogue questionnaire was developed and applied to 100 consecutive patients (n = 100) who had undergone excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy for myopia or myopic astigmatism at a single centre. All subjects underwent extensive ophthalmic assessment and patient education before treatment. RESULTS: A 90% response rate was achieved (n = 90). Improved unaided vision (85.6%), freedom from spectacles (83.3%), and difficulties with contact lens wear (72.7%) were the most common reasons for seeking treatment. The majority of patients felt that the quality of their life had improved (85.5%) and 82% felt that the quality of their unaided vision was as good as they had anticipated. overall, 95.5% of patients were pleased that they had undergone this procedure. The vast majority (98.9%) of patients felt that they fully understood the operation pretreatment but almost one quarter (23.9%) found the actual operation distressing. Only 15.7% found postoperative pain did not respond adequately to prescribed analgesia. CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates a very high level of patient satisfaction after excimer laser treatment for myopia and myopic astigmatism. It suggests that most patients seek treatment to enjoy better vision free from optical aids and that a high level of patient education preoperatively may establish realistic expectations and satisfaction with overall outcome. PMID:8976697

  1. Change in choroidal thickness and the relationship with accommodation following myopic excimer laser surgery.

    PubMed

    Li, M; Cheng, H; Yuan, Y; Wang, J; Chen, Q; Me, R; Ke, B

    2016-07-01

    PurposeTo investigate early changes in choroidal thickness (CT) and the relationship with accommodation after myopic excimer laser surgery.MethodsWe enrolled the right eye of 70 patients with myopia and without other ophthalmic or systemic diseases who were suitable for myopic excimer laser surgery. The CT was measured at the fovea and at distances of 0.5 and 2.5 mm for the following: nasal; temporal; superior; and inferior to the fovea preoperatively and at 1 month postoperatively. Other data collected included demographic information (age, sex, and refractive error), the amplitude of accommodation (AA), intraocular pressure, axial length, corneal thickness, and surgical parameters. The data were analyzed with a paired Student's t-test, stepwise linear regression, and correlation analysis.ResultsThe CT was significantly thicker postoperatively compared with the preoperative CT. The AA significantly decreased postoperatively. The change in the AA was the most significant factor associated with the change in the CT at the fovea. Except for 2.5 mm inferior to the fovea, the increase in the CT at other locations was positively correlated with the decrease in the AA.ConclusionsThe CT increased following myopic excimer laser surgery and the change was most obvious when accompanied by a decrease in the AA early after the surgery.

  2. Efficacy of different excimer laser techniques in the management of recurrent corneal erosions.

    PubMed

    Hütz, Werner W; Stachs, Oliver; Hengerer, Fritz; Eckhardt, Berthold

    2010-01-01

    To investigate the efficacy of two excimer laser techniques for recurrent corneal erosions (RCEs). Of 100 patients with RCEs not responding to common treatments, 50 received transepithelial (group 1) and 50 received subepithelial (group 2) treatment of 20 pulses of a 193-nm excimer laser (170 J/cm(2)). Postoperative follow-up occurred at 4 and 52 weeks. Outcome measures were frequency of RCEs, haze formation, and refractive changes. At first follow-up, 7 patients (14%) in each group displayed recurrence. At second follow-up, 12 patients in group 1 (24%) and 10 patients in group 2 (20%) had RCE. Follow-up recurrence risk was 6% to 27% in both groups at 4 weeks and 13% to 38% in group 1 and 10% to 34% in group 2 at 52 weeks. The spherical equivalent remained unaffected in group 1, but a statistically significant change was observed in group 2. Excimer laser treatment (transepithelial and subepithelial) of RCEs can be performed successfully on the intact epithelium without adjunct therapy or pain. The transepithelial technique is a simple and relatively painless way to reduce the rate of RCE and is equivalent to the well-established subepithelial treatment. Copyright 2010, SLACK Incorporated.

  3. Expression of Epidermal c-Kit+ of Vitiligo Lesions Is Related to Responses to Excimer Laser

    PubMed Central

    Park, Oun Jae; Han, Ji Su; Lee, Sang Hyung; Park, Chan-Sik; Won, Chong Hyun; Lee, Mi Woo; Choi, Jee Ho

    2016-01-01

    Background The survival and growth of melanocytes are controlled by the binding of stem cell factor to its cell surface receptor c-kit+ (CD117). We have observed that c-kit+ melanocytes existed in some lesions of vitiligo, while Melan A+ cells were absent. Objective To verify possible relation between c-kit+ expression and treatment response in non-segmental vitiligo lesions Methods Skin biopsies were done from the center of the 47 lesions from the 47 patients with non-segmental vitiligo. Expression of c-kit+ and Melan A, and amounts of melanin in the epidermis were assessed in each lesion, and treatment responses to excimer laser were evaluated. Results Thirty-five of the 47 lesions (74.5%) had c-kit+ phenotypes. There was significant difference of c-kit staining value between good responders in 3 months of excimer laser treatment (average of 24 sessions) and the others. Conclusion c-Kit expression in vitiliginous epidermis may be related to better treatment responses to excimer laser. PMID:27489428

  4. A study of structure formation on PET, PBT, and PS surfaces by excimer laser ablation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kim, Jongdae

    Usually polymer surface treatment is performed to modify surface layers by inserting some functional group and/or by inducing roughness on surfaces to improve their wettability, printability, and adhesion to other polymers or metals. In this work, different polymer surfaces were treated using an excimer laser (LPX 240i, Lambda Physik). Polystyrene, polyethylene terephtalate, and polybutylene terephtalate were chosen as model materials for this study. Films were made by cast film processing and stretched with biaxial stretching machine. With excimer laser treatment on polymer surfaces, it was found that we could produce 1--2 micron size structures depending on material properties and film processing conditions. Materials with lower UV absorption coefficient produced double digit micron size structures, while those with higher UV absorption coefficients produced single digit micron size structures. In all these cases the structures formed only on stretched films. In addition to those microstructure developments, the determination of ablation threshold fluence was of interest mainly for understanding fundamentals of ablation behavior and technical applications. In this study, ablation thresholds were measured by various methods including ablation depth, ablation weight, and ablation sound level measurements. Among these methods, we confirmed that the measurement by ablation sound level gives the most reliable results, because this method is based on single pulse ablation. To understand the ablation phenomenon, and how microstructures can be developed during ablation, different material processing and excimer laser conditions were chosen for experimentation. During our experiments, we observed incubation phenomenon during laser ablation and showed that this incubation was significant for materials with low UV absorption coefficients. Based on UV absorption value change after excimer laser irradiation, we proposed a mechanism to explain the ablation of PS films. From

  5. Short-pulse excimer laser performances and its applications: I. ophthamology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Przybylski, Marius; Simon, Gabriel

    1997-05-01

    A new very small powerful air-cooled excimer laser (193, 248, 308 nm) with metal-ceramic technology was developed by ATL Lasertechnik in Germany. The laser won 1995 Prize for the best innovation awarded by German federal states of Berlin & Brandenburg. The pulse energy of 10 - 20 mJ at high rep rates (200 - 500 Hz) from an active volume of only 1 cm3 are reached. The raw laser beam produces energy density of > 100 mJ/cm2 which is comparable to the performance of standard (large) excimer lasers. Its very short pulse length (3 ns), permits extremely high peak power density (30 MW/cm2). The ATLEX SP laser uses a new type of pre-ionization technique providing high beam homogeneity at low discharge voltages. Small footprint and weight, low operation costs opens up new industrial (micro-machining) and biomedical applications. Recently the ATLEX SP laser (193 nm) has been used for corneal refractive surgery. The setup consists of splitting a 193 nm laser beam into couples of beams which simultaneously ablates the corneal surface in a symmetrical scan-like fashion. Refractive changes up to 20 diopters were realized. Results of an analysis by corneal topography showed homogeneous ablation throughout the entire ablation zone.

  6. First Report of Human Gastroenteritis Caused by Escherichia coli O157:NM in Brazil.

    PubMed

    Santos, Renata França Castro; Nascimento, Janaína Dos Santos; Geimba, Mercedes Passos; Hessel, Claudia Titze; Tondo, Eduardo Cesar

    2017-08-02

    In September 2005, the Sanitary Surveillance Service of Rio de Janeiro (SSS/RJ), Brazil, investigated a case of gastroenteritis involving a 13-year-old teenager hospitalized because of bloody diarrhea and severe abdominal pain. Owing to the severity of the symptoms, an epidemiological investigation was conducted in two states of Brazil. Escherichia coli O157:NM was isolated from stools and from a tomato and cheese salad prepared at the school canteen where the teenager attended. This is the first report of a human case of gastroenteritis related to E. coli O157:NM infection in Brazil.

  7. High-repetition-rate ultranarrow-bandwidth 193-nm excimer lasers for DUV lithography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stamm, Uwe; Paetzel, Rainer; Bragin, Igor; Kleinschmidt, Juergen; Lokai, Peter; Osmanov, Rustem; Schroeder, Thomas; Sprenger, Martin; Zschocke, Wolfgang

    2000-07-01

    Results on the feasibility of highest repetition rate ArF lithography excimer lasers with narrow spectral bandwidth of less than 0.4 pm are presented. The current 193 nm lithography laser product NovaLine A2010 delivers output power of 10W at 2 kHz repetition rate with energy dose stability of +/- 0.5 percent. A novel 193 nm absolute wavelength calibration technique has ben incorporated in the laser which gives absolute wavelength accuracy better than 0.5 pm. Long-term results of optical materials, coatings and laser components give insight into estimated cost of ownership developments for the laser operation over the next years. Progress in pulse stretching approaches to achieve lower stress of the wafer scanner illumination optics and lens allow optimistic estimates of total system CoO. Initial results on the laser operation at 4 kHz in order to reach 20W output power are discussed.

  8. The development and progress of XeCl Excimer laser system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Van Overschelde, O.; Guisbiers, G.; Snyders, R.

    2013-10-01

    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).

  10. SiO2 Film Deposition by KrF Excimer Laser Irradiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nishino, Shigehiro; Honda, Hiroki; Matsunami, Hiroyuki

    1986-01-01

    Deposition of SiO2 on a Si substrate by irradiating SiH4-O2-N2 mixture gas with focused KrF excimer laser (wavelength: 249 nm) was carried out. The deposition rate was 300Å/min at a substrate temperature of 250°C. The deposition strongly depends on the substrate temperature, laser power and flow ratio of O2/SiH4, and these parameters have individual threshold values for the film deposition. Photo-initiation phenomena in SiO2 deposition are observed for the first time. The deposited film was evaluated by etching and infrared measurements together with electrical measurements.

  11. Photoelectric effects in x-ray preionization for excimer laser gases

    SciTech Connect

    Azarov, A. V.; Peters, P. J. M.; Boller, K.-J.

    2008-02-15

    We present detailed measurements on the x-ray preionization electron density in a discharge chamber filled with different gases relevant to discharge pumped high-pressure excimer lasers. By comparing experimental results with the theoretical electron densities, we conclude that the observed preionization is inconsistent with the standard picture of direct ionization through x-ray absorption in the gas. We conclude that depending on the gas pressure, type of gas, and the gap length between the discharge electrodes used, x-ray preionization in excimer gases is, to a significant extent or even dominantly, based on a different mechanism. We identify that this mechanism is based on fast photoelectrons emitted by the cathode into the discharge chamber.

  12. Excimer laser phototherapy for the dissolution of vascular obstruction

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, D.M.; Young, C.E.; Pellin, M.J.

    1984-01-09

    Removal of abnormal human tissue with reduced thermal damage is achieved by selecting a laser having a wavelength in the order of 290 to 400 nm, orienting a laser-transmitting glass member toward the abnormal tissue and directing the laser through the glass member at power densities, pulse rates, and times sufficient to cause multiphoton absorption and bond breaking by Coulomb repulsion rather than thermal destruction. 2 figures.

  13. Excimer laser phototherapy for the dissolution of abnormal growth

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M.; Young, Charles E.; Pellin, Michael J.

    1987-01-01

    Removal of abnormal human tissue with reduced thermal damage is achieved by selecting a laser having a wavelength in the order of 290-400 nm, orienting a laser-transmitting glass member toward the abnormal tissue and directing the laser through the glass member at power densities, pulse rates, and times sufficient to cause multiphoton absorption and bond breaking by Coulomb repulsion rather than thermal destruction. The glass member may include a laser beam concentrator provided by a lens or cone at the tissue-treatment end to increase the beam energy per unit area and reduce the treatment area.

  14. Excimer laser phototherapy for the dissolution of abnormal growth

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, D.M.; Young, C.E.; Pellin, M.J.

    1985-02-19

    Removal of abnormal human tissue with reduced thermal damage is achieved by selecting a laser having a wavelength in the order of 290 to 400 nm, orienting a laser-transmitting glass member toward the abnormal tissue and directing the laser through the glass member at power densities, pulse rates, and times sufficient to cause multiphoton absorption and bond breaking by Coulomb repulsion rather than thermal destruction. The glass member may include a laser beam concentrator provided by a lens or cone at the tissue-treatment end to increase the beam energy per unit area and reduce the treatment area. 6 figs.

  15. In-vitro fragmentation of biliary calculi with a 308-nm excimer laser

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shi, Wei-Qiang; Papaioannou, Thanassis; Vari, Sandor G.; Daykhovsky, Leon; Grundfest, Warren S.

    1990-06-01

    We report the use of a 308 mu XeC1 exciiuer laser for- biliary stone fragnientation. The 130 nsec laser pulses are delivered through tJV grade fused silica fibers to the target stones inmiersed in normal saline solution and placed in direct contact with the fiber. Sixty biliary calculi, 20 cholesterol and 40 pigment, were fragmented in vitro. The effect of laser repetition rate, energy fluence, and fiber core size on stone fragmentation was studied. Fragmentation thresholds for biliary calculi of different compositions were measured. It was found that higher fragmentation efficiency was obtained with larger fluence, lower repetition rate and fiber of larger core. Our study suggests that the long pulse 308 nm excimer laser may be an effective device for laser lithotripsy with low threshold and good efficiency for biliary stone fragmentation.

  16. Development of narrow-linewidth Yb- and Er- fiber lasers and frequency mixing for ArF excimer laser seeding

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Xuan, Hongwen; Zhao, Zhigang; Igarashi, Hironori; Ito, Shinji; Kakizaki, Kouji; Kobayashi, Yohei

    2014-03-01

    We propose and report a 193 nm narrow-linewidth light generation by a frequency mixing of Yb and Er-fiber lasers as the seed for an ArF excimer laser. The Yb-fiber laser includes a pulsed distributed feedback (DFB) or external cavity diode laser (ECDL), acousto-optic modulator(AOM), fiber amplifiers and an Yb:YAG single crystal fiber (SCF) power amplifier with more than 7 W output. The Er-fiber laser consists of a continuous-wave (CW) DFB laser, a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA), and fiber amplifiers. The second harmonic generation (SHG) and the fourth harmonic generation (FHG) of Yb laser at 515 nm and 258 nm reach 5 W and 1.5 W, respectively. Two stages of sum-frequency generation (SFG) produce the power of 100 mW for 193 nm laser by use of CLBO crystals.

  17. Experimental and clinical evaluation of a spectroscopy system for fluorescence-guided excimer laser angioplasty

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Morguet, Andreas J.; Gabriel, Ruth E.; Buchwald, Arnd B.

    1996-12-01

    This study evaluated a single-laser approach for simultaneous ablation and fluorescence excitation for spectroscopic guidance of laser angioplasty. A spectroscopy system was developed and coupled to a clinical XeCl excimer laser. Ablation of 162 human aortic samples in saline and blood with 45 mJ/mm2 per pulse yielded 676 fluorescence spectra validated histologically. Five types of spectra could be differentiated: atheroma, fibrous plaque, calcified lesion in saline, normal media and calcified lesion in blood. Discriminant analysis prospectively classified 576 validation spectra with a sensitivity between 83.5 and 100 percent and a specificity between 96.8 and 100 percent. Subsequently, the equipment was used in 16 patients for angioplasty of 18 coronary stenoses applying 500 to 1725 pulses with 45 to 60 mJ/mm2 under saline flushing. A total of 783 spectra were recorded and validated by intracoronary ultrasound. Except for the media spectrum, all types of spectra were observed in vivo, too. The predominant sonographic category also prevailed in spectroscopy. In conclusion, using an excimer laser for angioplasty allows combining ablation and fluorescence excitation without a diagnostic laser. Principal types of atherosclerotic lesions and the media can be differentiated spectroscopically with this approach.

  18. Finite element simulation for ultraviolet excimer laser processing of patterned Si/SiGe/Si(100) heterostructures

    SciTech Connect

    Conde, J. C.; Chiussi, S.; Gontad, F.; Gonzalez, P.; Martin, E.; Serra, C.

    2010-07-05

    Ultraviolet (UV) Excimer laser assisted processing is an alternative strategy for producing patterned silicon germanium heterostructures. We numerically analyzed the effects caused by pulsed 193 Excimer laser radiation impinging on patterned amorphous hydrogenated silicon (a-Si:H) and germanium (a-Ge:H) bilayers deposited on a crystalline silicon substrate [Si(100)]. The proposed two dimensional axisymmetric numerical model allowed us to estimate the temperature and concentration gradients caused by the laser induced rapid melting and solidification processes. Energy density dependence of maximum melting depth and melting time evolution as well as three dimensional temperature and element distribution have been simulated and compared with experimentally obtained results.

  19. Surface modification of polytetrafluoroethylene by excimer-laser radiation

    SciTech Connect

    Nishii, M.; Sugimoto, S.; Shimizu, Y.; Suzuki, N.; Kewanishi, S.; Nagese, T.; Endo, M.; Eguchi, Y.

    1993-12-31

    The adhesive strength of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) films was enhanced remarkably by KrF-laser irradiation in air when a small amount of aromatic polymers such as aromatic polyester, polyetheretherketone and polyimide were blended with PTFE. From the surface analysis of the laser-irradiated PTFE by an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and a scanning electron microscopy, it was found that the enhancement in the adhesive properties was attributable to both the chemical effect owing to the formation of the polar groups such as carbonyl group and ethylene linkage and the physical one owing to the formation of the uneveness by the KrF-laser irradiation.

  20. Ultraviolet-excimer laser-based incoherent Doppler lidar system

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Mcdermid, I. Stuart; Laudenslager, James B.; Rees, David

    1985-01-01

    The topics covered include the following: principles of Doppler measurements, laser backscatter, eye safety, demonstration concepts, the wavelength-meter, the interferometer detector, return signal model, and comparison of incoherent and coherent lidars.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Benerji, N. S. E-mail: bsingh@rrcat.gov.in; Singh, A.; Varshnay, N.; Singh, Bijendra E-mail: bsingh@rrcat.gov.in

    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.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  3. Corneal ray tracing versus simulated keratometry for estimating corneal power changes after excimer laser surgery.

    PubMed

    Savini, Giacomo; Calossi, Antonio; Camellin, Massimo; Carones, Francesco; Fantozzi, Marco; Hoffer, Kenneth J

    2014-07-01

    To evaluate whether the refractive changes induced by excimer laser surgery can be accurately measured by corneal ray tracing performed by a combined rotating Scheimpflug camera-Placido-disk corneal topographer (Sirius). Private practices. Evaluation of diagnostic test. This multicenter retrospective study comprised patients who had myopic or hyperopic excimer laser refractive surgery. Preoperatively and postoperatively, 2 corneal power measurements--simulated keratometry (K) and mean pupil power--were obtained. The mean pupil power was the corneal power calculated over the entrance pupil by ray tracing through the anterior and posterior corneal surfaces using Snell's law. Agreement between the refractive and corneal power change was analyzed according to Bland and Altman. Regression analysis and Bland-Altman plots were used to evaluate agreement between measurements. The study evaluated 72 eyes (54 patients). The difference between the postoperative and preoperative simulated K values underestimated the refractive change after myopic correction and overestimated it after hyperopic correction. Agreement between simulated K changes and refractive changes was poor, especially for higher amounts of correction. A proportional bias was detected (r = -0.77; P<.0001), and the 95% limits of agreement (LoA) were -0.15 -0.14 × ±0.62 diopters (D). The difference between the postoperative and preoperative mean pupil power showed an excellent correlation with the refractive change (r(2) = 0.98). The mean pupil power did not overestimate or underestimate the refractive change. The 95% LoA ranged between -0.97 D and +0.56 D. Corneal ray tracing accurately measured corneal power changes after excimer laser refractive surgery. Dr. Calossi is consultant to Costruzione Strumenti Oftalmici. Dr. Carones is consultant to Wavelight Laser Technologie AG. No other author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2014 ASCRS and ESCRS

  4. Laser-induced damage measurements on phase-unifying mirrors for XeF excimer laser cavities

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Protopapa, Maria Lucia; Perrone, Maria Rita; Piegari, Angela M.; Andre, Bernard; Ravel, Guillaume

    2004-02-01

    Mirrors with a graded reflectance profile have been used for many years in unstable cavities for improving the optical quality of the laser output beams. All the variable reflectivity mirrors are realized with multilayer-coatings containing one or more profiled layers inside the stack. They generally exhibit high reflectance in the central area and very low reflectance in the external area. In particular, phase-unifying (PU) mirrors are graded mirrors properly designed in order to obtain a low wave-front distortion in the transmitted laser beam. In this paper, the laser damage resistance properties of a PU mirror designed for XeF excimer lasers (351 nm) have been studied. The laser-induced damage threshold has been measured by a XeF laser on the high and low reflectivity areas. A correlation between the damage threshold values and the standing wave electric field profile, which settles inside the two coating structures during laser irradiation, has been found.

  5. Effects of ArF excimer laser irradiation of dentin on the tensile bonding strength to composite resin.

    PubMed

    Sano, Kazunobu; Tonami, Ken-Ichi; Ichinose, Shizuko; Araki, Kouji

    2012-02-01

    The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effects of argon fluoride (ArF) excimer laser irradiation on the tensile bonding strength (TBS) of dentin to composite resin. Dental lasers use a photothermal process, which potentially entails risk of tissue damage caused by heat affecting the bond strength of resins. The ArF excimer laser functions by a photochemical process in which the energy of photons directly cuts covalent bonds in molecules without generating heat. Twenty extracted human molars were sectioned perpendicularly to the tooth axis to expose a flat dentin surface. The surfaces were treated with various combinations of ArF excimer laser irradiation, primer treatment, and bonding treatment. After composite resin was built up on the treated dentin surface, specimens with a 1×1 mm bonding interface were prepared and subjected to TBS tests. Treated dentin surfaces were also observed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Specimens that underwent laser irradiation followed by bonding treatment had a TBS that did not differ significantly from that of specimens that received conventional treatment, with or without priming. TEM observations showed sectioned and dispersed collagen matrix in the hybrid layer after laser irradiation, priming, and bonding, but no hybrid layer after laser irradiation and bonding at the treated dentin surface. The TBS of conditioning with ArF excimer laser irradiation was identical to that with conventional treatment when bonding was used. The bonding mechanism with the ArF irradiation differed from that of conventional bonding depending upon dentin hybridization.

  6. Effect of excimer laser radiant exposure on uniformity of ablated corneal surface.

    PubMed

    Fantes, F E; Waring, G O

    1989-01-01

    The argon fluoride (193 nm) excimer laser is being used to change the anterior corneal curvature for correction of refractive errors. Uniformity of the surface following laser ablation may play an important role in the rate of epithelial healing and amount and type of stromal scarring. To test the effect of radiant exposure (fluence) on surface smoothness, we ablated rabbit corneas with the 193 nm argon fluoride excimer laser at nine radiant exposures from 50 to 850 mJ/cm2. A total energy of 100 J/cm2 was used for each ablation at a frequency of 1 Hz. Scanning electron microscopy demonstrated progressive improvement of surface smoothness with increasing radiant exposures. Transmission electron microscopy demonstrated no consistent increase in thickness to the surface condensate (pseudomembrane) with increasing radiant exposure. Improvement in surface quality associated with increasing radiant exposures may result from a more uniform depth of ablation per pulse in the corneal lamellae that absorb laser wavelengths differently. Radiant exposures at levels where the depth of ablation is the same regardless of increasing energy densities achieve a more uniform surface because inhomogeneities in the beam and variation in energy from pulse to pulse do not affect the ablation rate.

  7. Quantitative solid sample analysis by ArF excimer laser ablation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Delmdahl, Ralph; von Oldershausen, Georg

    2005-06-01

    Reproducible and sensitive elemental analysis of solid samples is a crucial task in areas of geology (e.g. microanalysis of fluid inclusions), material sciences, industrial quality control as well as in environmental, forensic and biological studies. To date the most versatile detection method is mass-spectroscopic multi-element analysis. In order to obtain reproducible results, this requires transferring the solid sample into the gas-phase while preserving the sample's stoichiometric composition. Laser Ablation in combination with inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) is a proven powerful technique to meet the requirements for reliable solid sample analysis. The sample is laser ablated in an air-tight cell and the aerosol is carried by an inert gas to a micro-wave induced plasma where its constituents are atomized and ionized prior to mass analysis. The 193 nm excimer laser ablation, in particular, provides athermal sample ablation with very precise lateral ablation and controlled depth profiling. The high photon energy and beam homogeneity of the 193 nm excimer laser system avoids elemental fractionation and permits clean ablation of even transmissive solid materials such as carbonates, fluorites and pure quartz.

  8. Treatment of mixed astigmatism: early clinical outcomes withWaveLight and Technolas excimer lasers.

    PubMed

    Kilavuzoğlu, Ayşe Ebru; Gönen, Tansu; Çelebi, Ali Rıza Cenk; Coşar Yurteri, Cemile Banu; Şener, Asım Bozkurt

    2016-04-19

    We aimed to compare the results of WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q 400 Hz and Technolas 217z100 excimer lasers in the treatment of mixed astigmatism. Forty-nine patients who underwent laser in situ keratomileusis for mixed astigmatism were included in this retrospective study. Twenty-eight eyes of 21 patients were treated with WaveLight and 46 eyes of 28 patients were treated with the Technolas excimer laser. The patients' visual acuities and refractive values were evaluated on postoperative day 1 and at 1 and 3 months. In the WaveLight and Technolas groups, cylindrical refractive errors at month 3 were -0.92 ± 0.28 D and -0.88 ± 0.46 D, respectively. Spherical equivalent values for the groups at month 3 were -0.38 ± 0.73 D and -0.33 ± 0.20 D, respectively. There was no significant difference in postoperative uncorrected distance visual acuity at month 3 between the two groups (P = 0.671). At postoperative month 3, 70% of patients treated with WaveLight and 100% of patients treated with Technolas had an uncorrected distance visual acuity of 20/25 or better (P = 0.211). There were no significant differences in refraction and visual acuity between the WaveLight and Technolas groups during a 3-month follow-up period after laser in situ keratomileusis for mixed astigmatism.

  9. Excimer laser angioplasty in acute myocardial infarction (the CARMEL multicenter trial).

    PubMed

    Topaz, On; Ebersole, Douglas; Das, Tony; Alderman, Edwin L; Madyoon, Hooman; Vora, Kishor; Baker, John D; Hilton, David; Dahm, Johannes B

    2004-03-15

    Patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) with thrombus-laden lesions constitute a revascularization challenge. Thrombus and atherosclerotic plaque absorb laser energy; thus, we studied the safety and efficacy of excimer laser in AMI. In a multicenter trial, 151 patients with AMI underwent excimer laser angioplasty. Baseline left ventricular ejection fraction was 44 +/- 13%, and 13% of patients were in cardiogenic shock. A saphenous vein graft was the target vessel in 21%. Quantitative coronary angiography and statistical analysis were performed by independent core laboratories. A 95% device success, 97% angiographic success, and 91% overall procedural success rate were recorded. Maximal laser gain was achieved in lesions with extensive thrombus burden (p <0.03 vs small burden). Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) trial flow increased significantly by laser: 1.2 +/- 1.1 to 2.8 +/- 0.5 (p <0.001), reaching a final 3.0 +/- 0.2 (p <0.001 vs baseline). Minimal luminal diameter increased by laser from 0.5 +/- 0.5 to 1.6 +/- 0.5 mm (mean +/- SD, p <0.001), followed by 2.7 +/- 0.6 mm after stenting (p <0.001 vs baseline and vs after laser). Laser decreased target stenosis from 83 +/- 17% to 52 +/- 15% (mean +/- SD, p <0.001 vs baseline), followed by 20 +/- 16% after stenting (p <0.001 vs baseline and vs after laser). Six patients (4%) died, each presented with cardiogenic shock. Complications included perforation (0.6%), dissection (5% major, 3% minor), acute closure (0.6%), distal embolization (2%), and bleeding (3%). In a multivariant regression model, absence of cardiogenic shock was a significant factor affecting procedural success. Thus, in the setting of AMI, gaining maximal thrombus dissolution in lesions with extensive thrombus burden, combined with a considerable increase in minimal luminal diameter and restoration of anterograde TIMI flow, support successful debulking by excimer laser. The presence of thrombus does not adversely affect procedural

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  11. AlGaAs growth by OMCVD using an excimer laser

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Warner, Joseph D.; Wilt, David M.; Pouch, John J.; Aron, Paul R.

    1986-01-01

    AlGaAs has been grown on GaAs by laser assisted OMCVD using an excimer laser, wavelength 193 nm, and a Cambridge OMCVD reactor. Films were grown at temperatures of 450 and 500 C with the laser beam parallel to the surface and impinging onto the surface at 15 deg from parallel. The samples were heated by RF coils while the laser beam was perpendicular to the gas flow. Typical gas flow parameters are 12 slm of H2, 15 sccm of Ga(CH3)3, 13 sccm of Al(CH3)3, and a pressure of 250 mbar. The initial energy density of the beam at the surface was 40 mJ/sq cm, the pulse rate was 20 pps, and the growth time was 7 min. The films were analyzed by Auger electron spectroscopy for the aluminum concentration and by TEM for the surface morphology.

  12. Atomic oxygen fluorescence excitation using a Raman-shifted, tunable ArF-excimer laser

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Fletcher, D. G.

    1994-01-01

    A novel method for exciting the two-photon, 2p3 3p 3P left arrow 2p4 3P atomic oxygen transition is reported. The transition to the upper state is achieved through the combined absorption of photons from the second and third Stokes order pulses of an ArF-excimer laser that is wavelength-shifted by the use of deuterium Raman cell. All three transitions from the ground electronic state of the oxygen atom lie within the tuning range of the Raman-shifted ArF laser. The available pulse energy from this laser configuration is comparable to that of commercially available Nd:YAG-pumped dye laser systems operated at 226 nm.

  13. A 223-nm KrCl excimer laser on a He-Kr-HCl mixture

    SciTech Connect

    Razhev, A M; Zhupikov, A A; Kargapol'tsev, E S

    2004-02-28

    The results of experimental studies of the parameters of a 223-nm electric-discharge KrCl excimer laser on a He-Kr-HCl mixture depending on the excitation conditions and the composition of the active gaseous medium are presented. To achieve the maximum values of the output energy and the efficiency of the KrCl laser on mixtures with buffer gaseous helium, an excitation system was used that included a circuit with an LC inverter with a high-voltage switch based on an RU-65 spark gap. An output energy of 320 mJ with an efficiency of 0.5% relative to the energy stored in the capacitors is obtained in a KrCl laser with an active medium based on the buffer He gas at a charging voltage of 30 kV. Radiation pulses with a duration of 22{+-}1 ns and a pulse power of 15 MW are obtained. (lasers)

  14. Surface modification of dental tissues by KrF excimer laser radiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sivakumar, M.; Oliveira, V.; Vilar, R.

    2007-02-01

    Laser treatment is a promising technique for dental applications such as caries removal, dental hypersensitivity reduction and improvement of the bond strength between dentin and restoration materials. In this study the topographic and morphological changes induced in enamel and dentin surfaces by treating with KrF excimer laser radiation were studied as a function of the number of laser pulses and radiation fluence by scanning electron microscopy and optical profilometry. For enamel, independently of the fluence used, material removal occurs preferentially at the prisms sheaths, leading to the formation of surface pits of a few micrometers. For dentin, a cone-like topography develops when the tubules are approximately parallel to the laser beam direction and the radiation fluence is within the range 0.5 to 1.5 J/cm2. For higher fluences, the treated surfaces are flat and covered with a layer of re-solidified materials.

  15. Characteristics of XeCl excimer-laser annealed insulator

    SciTech Connect

    Jang, K.H.; Choi, H.S.; Jun, J.H.; Yoo, J.S.; Han, M.K.

    1996-12-31

    Laser-induced crystallization method has been successfully utilized to fabricate the low-temperature polysilicon (poly-Si) films for the application to the thin film transistors (TFTs). The laser annealing effects on the TEOS (Tetra-Ethyl-Ortho-Silicate) oxide of MOS (Al/TEOS/n{sup +} Silicon) structures was investigated with different initial oxide conditions, such as breakdown field. The breakdown field increased up to the 170 mJ/cm{sup 2} with increasing laser energy density and decreased at 220 mJ/cm{sup 2}. It is considered that the increase of breakdown field is originated from the restore of strains which exist mainly at the metal/oxide interface.

  16. Optimization of electron-beam pumped excimer laser

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lowum, T. F.; Swecker, J. L.

    The output energy of an electron-beam pumped xenon flouride laser has been enhanced by optimizing certain electron-gun and gas-mix parameters. The optimized e-gun parameters include anode-cathode spacing, magnetic field strength, and cathode voltage. The optimized laser gas parameters include NF3 concentration, Xe concentration, and total pressure. The shortest anode-cathode spacing (9 cm), the strongest magnetic guide field (1600 Gauss), and the highest cathode voltage (375 kV) gave the highest laser output. The optimum gas concentrations were 0.05 percent NF3, 0.3 percent Xe, with Ne added to bring the total gas pressure to 60 psia. The energy degraded by 2 percent per shot with this gas mix.

  17. Aluminum-coated hollow glass fibers for ArF-excimer laser light fabricated by metallorganic chemical-vapor deposition.

    PubMed

    Matsuura, Y; Miyagi, M

    1999-04-20

    A hollow fiber composed of a glass capillary tube and a metal thin film upon the inside of the tube is proposed for the delivery of ArF-excimer laser light. From theoretical analysis, aluminum is chosen as the metal layer. A thin aluminum film is deposited by metallorganic chemical-vapor deposition, with dimethylethylamine alane employed as the source material. Measured loss spectra in vacuum-ultraviolet and ultraviolet regions and losses for ArF-excimer laser light show the low-loss property of the aluminum-coated fiber at the 193-nm wavelength of ArF-excimer laser light. The straight loss of the 1-m long, 1-mm-bore fiber is 1.0 dB.

  18. Aluminum-Coated Hollow Glass Fibers for ArF-Excimer Laser Light Fabricated by Metallorganic Chemical-Vapor Deposition

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Matsuura, Yuji; Miyagi, Mitsunobu

    1999-04-01

    A hollow fiber composed of a glass capillary tube and a metal thin film upon the inside of the tube is proposed for the delivery of ArF-excimer laser light. From theoretical analysis, aluminum is chosen as the metal layer. A thin aluminum film is deposited by metallorganic chemical-vapor deposition, with dimethylethylamine alane employed as the source material. Measured loss spectra in vacuum-ultraviolet and ultraviolet regions and losses for ArF-excimer laser light show the low-loss property of the aluminum-coated fiber at the 193-nm wavelength of ArF-excimer laser light. The straight loss of the 1-m long, 1-mm-bore fiber is 1.0 dB.

  19. Three-Year Follow-up of Hyperopic LASIK Using a 500-Hz Excimer Laser System.

    PubMed

    Plaza-Puche, Ana B; Yebana, Pilar; Arba-Mosquera, Samuel; Alió, Jorge L

    2015-10-01

    To evaluate the long-term visual, refractive, and corneal aberrometric outcomes and regression of the achieved correction of hyperopia with a sixth-generation excimer laser. This retrospective, consecutive, observational case series study comprised 86 eyes of 44 patients who underwent LASIK to correct hyperopia with a postoperative follow-up of 3 years. LASIK procedures were performed using the sixth-generation Amaris excimer laser (Schwind eye-tech-solutions GmbH and Co., Kleinostheim, Germany). Visual acuity, manifest refraction, corneal topography, and aberrometry were evaluated in the follow-up. Three years postoperatively, 65 eyes (76%) had an uncorrected distance visual acuity of 20/20 or better. Five eyes (6.2%) lost one or more lines of corrected distance visual acuity. Sixty eyes (70%) had a spherical equivalent within ± 0.50 diopters (D). There was regression of 0.47 D between 3 and 36 months postoperatively. Statistically significant differences were found in spherical equivalent between 3 and 36 months (P < .01), but no differences were observed between 12 and 36 months (P = .08). A flattening of 0.16 D was observed between 3 and 36 months after surgery in the mean simulated keratometry. A significant increase of root mean square spherical-like, coma-like, and higher-order aberrations (P < .01) were observed postoperatively. Twenty-five eyes (29%) required re-treatment. Treatment of hyperopia using the sixth-generation Amaris excimer laser provides good results in terms of efficacy, safety, predictability, and visual outcomes after 3 years. The refractive stability shows a significant regression in the first 12 months after surgery with more stable results from 12 months postoperatively. Copyright 2015, SLACK Incorporated.

  20. Treatment of plaque-type psoriasis with the 308 nm excimer laser in combination with dithranol or calcipotriol.

    PubMed

    Rogalski, Christina; Grunewald, Sonja; Schetschorke, Mario; Bodendorf, Marc Oliver; Kauer, Friederike; Simon, Jan Christoph; Paasch, Uwe

    2012-01-01

    The combination of excimer laser and topical treatment has not been studied in clinical trials. This within-patient comparison study evaluates the response rates of plaque-type psoriasis after treatment with topical only (dithranol or calcipotriol), laser only, and combination therapy with topical medication and laser. A total of 61 patients with psoriatic plaques located at symmetric body areas (PASI ≥ 6) were screened, 59 were enrolled, 54 completed treatment and 45 completed the 6 months follow-up. Treatments with the excimer laser were performed twice weekly until resolution or a maximum of 15 treatments. Each ointment was applied on one of the test lesions, which had to be at least 10 cm apart from each other. Efficacy was rated with a modified PASI score. At the end of the treatment phase only one patient in both topical therapy regimens met the criteria of partial clearance (modified PASI ≤ 2). The combined therapies resulted in 23 cases of partial clearance in both treatment arms. Four areas treated with calcipotriol, respectively six areas treated with dithranol resulted in total clearance at the end of the treatment phase. The average reduction of modified PASI scores was higher in combination than in topical treatment alone (49.8% calcipotriol + excimer versus 22.9% calcipotriol, 49.7% dithranol + excimer versus 26.8% dithranol). After six months there was a total clearance of 30.5% dithranol + excimer. Treatment of plaque-type psoriasis with laser in combination with topical treatment is a safe and effective therapy. The best long-term results can be obtained by the application of dithranol and excimer laser.

  1. Sample temperature profile during the excimer laser annealing of silicon nanoparticles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Caninenberg, M.; Verheyen, E.; Kiesler, D.; Stoib, B.; Brandt, M. S.; Benson, N.; Schmechel, R.

    2015-11-01

    Based on the heat diffusion equation we describe the temperature profile of a silicon nanoparticle thin film on silicon during excimer laser annealing using COMSOL Multiphysics. For this purpose system specific material parameters are determined such as the silicon nanoparticle melting point at 1683 K, the surface reflectivity at 248 nm of 20% and the nanoparticle thermal conductivity between 0.3 and 1.2 W/m K. To validate our model, the simulation results are compared to experimental data obtained by Raman spectroscopy, SEM microscopy and electrochemical capacitance-voltage measurements (ECV). The experimental data are in good agreement with our theoretical findings and support the validity of the model.

  2. Amorphous and excimer laser annealed SiC films for TFT fabrication

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    García, B.; Estrada, M.; Albertin, K. F.; Carreño, M. N. P.; Pereyra, I.; Resendiz, L.

    2006-02-01

    The characteristics of hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide films prepared by PECVD and crystallized by KrF UV excimer laser annealing (ELA), for different annealing conditions, are studied to determine particulate size, surface roughness, band gap and resistivity in order to apply them to TFTs fabrication. Raman spectra for ELA SiC films indicate the presence of 6H-SiC polytype together with Si and C crystallites. We also describe the fabrication process to obtain a-Si 1- xC x:H TFTs and ELA TFTs on the same wafer, comparing their output and transfer characteristics.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  4. Impact of Angioscopic Evaluation for Femoropopliteal In-Stent Restenosis Before and After Excimer Laser Atherectomy.

    PubMed

    Idemoto, Akiko; Okamoto, Naotaka; Tanaka, Akihiro; Mori, Naoki; Nakamura, Daisuke; Yano, Masamichi; Makino, Nobuhiko; Egami, Yasuyuki; Shutta, Ryu; Tanouchi, Jun; Nishino, Masami

    2017-07-01

    In-stent restenosis (ISR) is a prevalent problem following stenting of femoropopliteal lesions. A potential novel treatment modality for ISR including excimer laser atherectomy (ELA) has become available. We performed ELA for in-stent chronic total occlusion (CTO) of femoropopliteal lesions and evaluated lesion morphology before and after ELA by angioscopy in 2 patients. The angioscopic findings clearly showed removal of in-stent thrombi after ELA. Thus, ELA may be effective for in-stent CTO of femoropopliteal lesions. This is the first report describing the direct visualization of ELA effect for vaporization of thrombi in femoropopliteal in-stent lesions by angioscopy.

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

    PubMed

    Belovickis, Jaroslavas; Kurylenka, Aliaksei; Murashko, Vadim

    2017-01-01

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

  6. Patterning of single walled carbon nanotubes using a low-fluence excimer laser photoablation process

    SciTech Connect

    Chae, Junghun; Jain, Kanti; Ho Xinning; Rogers, John A.

    2008-04-28

    Carbon nanotube films were patterned by an excimer laser projection photoablation process at low incident energy conditions. The carbon nanotubes were deposited on a quartz substrate and then a conventional photoresist was coated on it as a photoablation assistor. The photoresist and the carbon nanotubes were simultaneously patterned by the projection photoablation process, and then the photoresist was removed. It was possible to make clean patterns of carbon nanotubes even though the incident fluence on the carbon nanotubes was significantly lower than the threshold energy otherwise needed for their direct ablation.

  7. Excimer laser-induced surface fixation of polymer and its patterning

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nakayama, Yasuhide; Matsuda, Takehisa

    1996-07-01

    When ArF excimer laser pulses irradiated an UV-absorbing polymer film, such as poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) or polystyrene, in close contact with an optically transparent substrate, such as polyethylene or poly(vinyl alcohol), the target was selectively photolyzed, resulting in the formation of a crosslinked polymer which was covalently bonded onto the substrate surface. The formed polymer exhibited IR spectral features very similar to those of the target. Fine surface patterning of the formed polymer layer was attained by pulsed irradiation through a projection mask.

  8. Excimer laser-induced surface fixation of polymer and its patterning

    SciTech Connect

    Nakayama, Y.; Matsuda, T.

    1996-07-01

    When ArF excimer laser pulses irradiated an UV-absorbing polymer film, such as poly({ital N},{ital N}-dimethylacrylamide) or polystyrene, in close contact with an optically transparent substrate, such as polyethylene or poly(vinyl alcohol), the target was selectively photolyzed, resulting in the formation of a crosslinked polymer which was covalently bonded onto the substrate surface. The formed polymer exhibited IR spectral features very similar to those of the target. Fine surface patterning of the formed polymer layer was attained by pulsed irradiation through a projection mask. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  9. Pulsed Excimer Laser Processing for Cost-Effective Solar Cells

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Wong, D.

    1985-01-01

    Residual lattice damage by 5 keV ion implantation and surface flaws induced by wafer cleaning are proven to affect the V sub oc more adversely for laser annealed cells than conventional thermal diffusion. However, an alternative, molecular implantation of molecular species holds potential. The first experimental results are encouraging. The lack of a commercially available mass analyzed implantation with low energy, high fluence ions is constraining.

  10. Long pulse KrCl excimer laser at 222 nm

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hueber, J.-M.; Fontaine, B. L.; Bernard, N.; Forestier, B. M.; Sentis, M. L.; Delaporte, Ph. C.

    1992-11-01

    A long pulse (up to 185 ns FWHM) KrCl laser at lambda = 222 nm has been achieved by combining X-ray preionization and double discharge (spiker/sustainer) with fast ferrite magnetic switch. A relatively low pumping power (0.5 to 1 MW/cu cm) and 25 cm gain length allows a maximum extracted energy of 115 mJ in 135 ns FWHM, with an overall energy efficiency of 0.75 percent.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  12. Optical Profile Following High Hyperopia Correction With a 500-Hz Excimer Laser System.

    PubMed

    Plaza-Puche, Ana B; El Aswad, Amr; Arba-Mosquera, Samuel; Wróbel-Dudzinska, Dominika; Abdou, Ahmed A; Alió, Jorge L

    2016-01-01

    To evaluate corneal higher order aberrations after LASIK for the correction of high hyperopia using a 500-Hz excimer laser and optimized ablation profile. Retrospective consecutive study including 51 eyes of 28 patients (age range: 21 to 54 years) with high hyperopia or hyperopic astigmatism (sphere ≥ 5.00 diopters). All cases underwent LASIK using the sixth generation Amaris excimer laser (SCHWIND eye-tech-solutions, Kleinostheim, Germany) and a femtosecond laser platform for flap creation. Postoperative changes in corneal higher order aberrations for the 4-, 5-, and 6-mm pupil diameters and corneal asphericity for 4.5 and 8 mm were represented at the end of the 6-month follow-up. A significant increase in corneal root mean square higher order, spherical, and coma aberrations was observed 6 months after surgery (P < .01). Corneal asphericity for the 4.5-mm (Q45) and 8-mm (Q8) corneal diameter also changed significantly during the postoperative period (P < .01). Strehl ratio change was not statistically significant (P = .77). Correction of high hyperopia with LASIK significantly induces corneal higher order aberrations regardless of the physiologic level of photopic and mesopic pupil conditions. Copyright 2016, SLACK Incorporated.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  14. Ablation of bone and polymethylmethacrylate by an XeCl (308 nm) excimer laser

    SciTech Connect

    Yow, L.; Nelson, J.S.; Berns, M.W.

    1989-01-01

    One of the main problems in orthopaedics is the surgical removal of hard substances, such as bone and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). Such materials are often very difficult to remove without mechanical trauma to the remaining tissue. This study investigated the feasibility of the ultraviolet 308 nm excimer laser in the ablation of these materials. The beam was delivered through a 1 mm-diameter fiber optic at 40 Hz with energy densities at the target surface of 20-80 J/cm2 per pulse. The goal of the study was to establish the ideal dosimetry for removing bone and PMMA with minimum trauma to the adjacent tissue. Histology revealed that the 308 nm laser effectively removed bone leaving a thermal damage zone of only 2-3 microns in the remaining tissue. Increasing the energy per pulse gave correspondingly larger and deeper cuts with increasing zones of thermal damage. The excimer laser was also effective in the ablation of PMMA, creating craters in the substrate with a thermal damage zone of 10-40 microns. The debris from both substrates was evaluated.

  15. Tailoring immobilization of immunoglobulin by excimer laser for biosensor applications.

    PubMed

    Sima, Felix; Axente, Emanuel; Ristoscu, Carmen; Mihailescu, Ion N; Kononenko, Taras V; Nagovitsin, Ilya A; Chudinova, Galina; Konov, Vitaly I; Socol, Marcela; Enculescu, Ionut; Sima, Livia E; Petrescu, Stefana M

    2011-02-01

    The sheltered transfer and immobilization of rabbit anti-human antiserum immunoglobulin G (IgG) by matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) are reported. The iced targets submitted to laser irradiation consisted of 0.2-2 mg/mL IgG blended or not with lipid (L-α-phosphatidylcholine dipalmitoyl) dissolved in distilled water-based saline buffer. Thin IgG coatings were obtained at room temperature onto glass, fused silica, or silicon substrates. Ten thousand subsequent laser pulses of 0.33, 0.5, or 0.67 J/cm(2) fluence were applied for the synthesis of each sample. Morphology and composition of the thin films were studied by optical, scanning, and atomic force microscopy and Fourier transformed infrared spectrometry. Optical labeling methods such as spectrofluorimetry and fluorescence microscopy were selected to verify the biosensor transduction principle because of their high sensitivity for detecting low amounts of antigen (IgG). Protein immobilization to the substrate surface was demonstrated for all obtained structures after immersion in the donkey anti-rabbit secondary antibody solution. The IgG transfer and immobilization onto substrates were improved by addition of lipid to MAPLE solutions.

  16. The Results of Raster-Scan Laser Conditioning Studies on DKDP Triplers Using Nd: YAG and Excimer Lasers

    SciTech Connect

    Runkel, M; Neeb, K; Staggs, M; Auerbach, J; Burnham, A

    2001-11-01

    In this paper we present the results of damage tests performed at 1064 and 355-nm at 8-10 ns on conventional and rapid growth DKDP tripler crystals. The crystals were laser conditioned prior to damage testing by raster scanning using either Nd:YAG (1064 and 355 nm, 8-10ns) or excimer lasers at 248, 308 or 351 nm with pulse durations of approximately 30-47 ns. The results show that it is possible to attain increases in 355-nm damage probability fluences of 2X for excimer conditioning at 248 and 308 nm. However these wavelengths can induce absorption sufficient to induce bulk fracture by thermal shock when impurities such as arsenic, rubidium and sulfur are present in the crystals in sufficient quantity. Tests to evaluate the efficiency of 351-nm conditioning (XeF excimer) show improvements of 2X and that thermal fracture by induced absorption is not a problem. We also discuss our recent discovery that low fluence raster scanning at UV wavelengths leads to 1064-nm damage thresholds of over 100 J/cm{sup 2} (10-ns pulses).

  17. Performance characteristics of an excimer laser (XeCl) with single-stage magnetic pulse compression

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Varshnay, N. K.; Singh, A.; Benerji, N. S.

    2017-02-01

    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. A magnetically coupled tangential blower is used for gas circulation inside the laser chamber for repetitive operation. The exciter consists of C-C energy transfer circuit and thyratron is used as a high-voltage main switch with single-stage magnetic pulse compression (MPC) between thyratron and the laser electrodes. Low inductance of the laser head and uniform and intense pre-ionization are the main features of the electric circuit used in the laser. A 250 ns rise time voltage pulse was compressed to 100 ns duration with a single-stage magnetic pulse compressor using Ni-Zn ferrite cores. The laser can generate about 150 mJ at ˜100 Hz rep-rate reliably from a discharge volume of 100 cm 3. 2D spatial laser beam profile generated is presented here. The profile shows that the laser beam is completely filled with flat-top which is suitable for material processing applications. The SEM image of the microhole generated on copper target is presented here.

  18. Design Considerations For A Clinical XeC1 Excimer Laser Angioplasty System

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Laudenslager, James B.; Goldenberg, Tsvi; Naghieh, Harry R.; Pham, Andrew A.; Narciso, Hugh L.; Tranis, Art; Pacala, Thomas J.

    1989-09-01

    Laser ablation and removal of intravascular plaque has long been a goal of physicians and physicists as an alternative treatment for coronary and peripheral artery disease. Early application of cw free light beam visible and infrared lasers such as argon ion or Nd:YAG lasers for this application were plagued by thermal side effects of the ablation process. Specifically, imprecise control of the boundary tissue injury produced by the deep penetration depth of the laser beam gave rise to early reclosure of the vessel due to the thermal nature of the ablation process. Pulsed ultraviolet laser free beam ablation of atherosclerotic plaque, however, does not produce thermal effects, cuts tissue precisely leaving a smooth wall and can ablate hard calcific lesions. We have chosen to develop a XeC1 excimer laser-fiberoptic delivery system for the clinical application of laser angioplasty based on achieving the desired therapeutic results for a laser revascularization procedure. Four major engineering design issues must be considered in order to produce a successful clinical laser angioplasty product. These engineering issues are: 1) Functional clinical engineering, 2) Regulatory design issues, 3) Hospital facility and user requirements, and 4) Economic issues for the manufacturer, the hospital and the patient.

  19. Evaluation of probe lasers employed in optical diagnostics for phase transformation of thin films during excimer laser crystallization

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kuo, Chil-Chyuan

    2008-06-01

    The stability and reliability of probe laser is an important factor affecting the inspection of the phase transformation process of Si thin films during excimer laser crystallization using in-situ time-resolved optical measurements. The changes in 2D intensity profile, peak power density, and beam wander of the commonly used helium-neon (He-Ne) and diode laser are investigated experimentally. It is found that the peak power density of He-Ne laser is higher than that of diode laser, while the total power of He-Ne laser is lower than that of diode laser. Although the instability in the peak power density of He-Ne laser will increase with increasing the operation time, the beam stability of He-Ne laser is better than that of diode laser. For long-time operation (>24 h) of optical measurements, the diode laser is a good candidate of probe laser. Conversely, the diode laser is suitable for the short-time operation (<24 h) of optical measurements because the beam-wander is higher than that of He-Ne laser.

  20. Crack-free surface sealing of plasma sprayed ceramic coatings using an excimer laser

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liu, Z.

    2002-01-01

    Yttria stabilized zirconia coatings are typically used in the aerospace industry as high-temperature thermal barriers. These coatings are normally applied by plasma thermal spray, which has an inherent problem of producing coatings containing a substantial amount of open or closed porosity. Surface sealing of plasma sprayed ceramic coatings with CO 2 and Nd:YAG lasers is always associated with the problem of cracking on melted layers. Although some attempts such as pre-heating have been used to overcome the problem, formation of cracking is still not prevented, especially in zirconia-based ceramic coatings. The present work investigates an alternative method of surface sealing of plasma sprayed 8 wt.% Y 2O 3-ZrO 2 coatings using an excimer laser. The results show that smooth, crack-free and crater-free sealing can be obtained. Effects of laser operating parameters on the sealing quality and involved mechanism are also discussed.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  2. 193 nm Excimer laser processing of Si/Ge/Si(100) micropatterns

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gontad, F.; Conde, J. C.; Chiussi, S.; Serra, C.; González, P.

    2016-01-01

    193 nm Excimer laser assisted growth and crystallization of amorphous Si/Ge bilayer patterns with circular structures of 3 μm diameter and around 25 nm total thickness, is presented. Amorphous patterns were grown by Laser induced Chemical Vapor Deposition, using nanostencils as shadow masks and then irradiated with the same laser to induce structural and compositional modifications for producing crystalline SiGe alloys through fast melting/solidification cycles. Compositional and structural analyses demonstrated that pulses of 240 mJ/cm2 lead to graded SiGe alloys with Si rich discs of 2 μm diameter on top, a buried Ge layer, and Ge rich SiGe rings surrounding each feature, as predicted by previous numerical simulation.

  3. Positive ion emission from oxidized aluminum during ultraviolet excimer laser irradiation

    SciTech Connect

    Khan, Enamul; Langford, S. C.; Dickinson, J. T.

    2011-07-15

    We report quadrupole mass-selected time-of-flight measurements of positive ions from oxidized aluminum metal (and for comparison, single-crystal sapphire) during pulsed excimer laser irradiation at 193 and 248 nm. This work focuses on laser fluences well below onset of rapid etching or optical breakdown. By far the most intense emissions are due to Al{sup +}. On previously unexposed material, the ion kinetic energies are initially well above the photon energy, consistent with the ejection of Al{sup +} sorbed at surface electron traps. During prolonged irradiation, the emission intensities and kinetic energies gradually fall. Emission from patches of oxide would account for previous reports of laser-induced Al{sup +} emission from metallic aluminum surfaces cleaned by ion etching if patches of thin oxide were to survive the etching treatment.

  4. Excimer-laser-induced surface treatments on metal and ceramic materials: applications to automotive, aerospace, and microelectronic industries

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Autric, Michel L.

    1999-09-01

    Surface treatments by laser irradiation can improve materials properties in terms of mechanical and physico- chemical behaviors, these improvements being related to the topography, the hardness, the microstructure, the chemical composition. Up to now, the use of excimer lasers for industrial applications remained marginal in spite of the interest related to the short wavelength (high photon energy and better energetic coupling with materials and reduced thermal effects in the bulk material). Up to now, the main limitations concerned the beam quality, the beam delivery, the gas handling and the relatively high investment cost. At this time, the cost of laser devices is going down and the ultraviolet radiation can be conducted through optical fibers. These two elements give new interest in using excimer laser for industrial applications. The main objective of this research program which we are involved in, is to underline some materials processing applications for automotive, aerospace or microelectronic industries for which it could be more interesting to use excimer lasers (minimized thermal effects). This paper concerns the modifications of the roughness, porosity, hardness, structure, phase, residual stresses, chemical composition of the surface of materials such as metallic alloys (aluminum, steel, cast iron, titanium, and ceramics (oxide, nitride, carbide,...) irradiated by KrF and XeCl excimer lasers.

  5. Excimer laser induced diffusion in magnetic semiconductor quantum wells

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Howari, H.; Sands, D.; Nicholls, J. E.; Hogg, J. H. C.; Stirner, T.; Hagston, W. E.

    2000-08-01

    Studies of pulsed laser annealing (PLA) of CdTe/CdMnTe quantum well structures are made in order to examine depth dependent effects in laser irradiated semiconductors. Since diffusion coefficients are strongly dependent on the temperature, depth resolution is achieved because the diffusion of Mn from the barriers into the quantum wells is depth dependent. Multiple quantum well (MQW) structures of CdTe/CdMnTe were annealed with single pulses from an XeCl laser at 308 nm. At a threshold of 90 mJ cm-2 two new emission bands are observed that are attributed to the diffusion of Mn from barrier layers to QWs. The diffusion associated with these bands, measured as the integrated product of the diffusion constant and time, is found to be 300 and 30 Å2. Calculations of the temperature, reached within the surface following PLA, using an analytical solution of the heat diffusion equation coupled with known high temperature diffusion coefficients predict the diffusion to decrease by one order of magnitude within one period at the top of the MQW stack. It is suggested that at the threshold surface melting occurs and that these emission bands arise from the QWs immediately beneath the melt front. The diffusion of Mn ions into the QWs is confirmed by magneto-optical data. A further emission band occurs at this same threshold with a Mn concentration above that of the concentration in the barrier layers of the MQW stack. This emission is attributed tentatively to the segregation of the Mn ion within the molten region following recrystallization.

  6. Investigation of a fluorinated ESCAP-based resist for 157-nm lithography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cho, Sungseo; Klauck-Jacobs, Axel; Yamada, Shintaro; Xu, Cheng-Bai; Leonard, JoAnne; Zampini, Anthony

    2002-07-01

    A survey of fluorine-containing aromatic polymers, with and without base soluble functionality, was conducted to determine their potential utility in 157 nm lithography. The focus was toward the design and evaluation of fluorine- containing polymers that closely paralleled the ESCAP matrix resins now successfully used in 248 nm photoresists. New 4- hydroxytetrafluorostyrene (HTFS) based homo-, co- and ter- polymers were prepared and evaluated for their potential utility at 157 nm resists. Significant advances were made toward reducing absorbance with fluorine substitution and monomer variation. The polymers form good films, have acceptable thermal stability and show good dry etch resistance with promising potential in thin film resist applications. The synthesis and pertinent characteristics of the new polymer systems as well as preliminary oxide etch results on representative polymers are discussed.

  7. Contamination monitoring and control on ASML MS-VII 157-nm exposure tool

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Okoroanyanwu, Uzodinma; Gronheid, Roel; Coenen, Jan; Hermans, Jan; Ronse, Kurt G.

    2004-05-01

    This paper presents results of monitoring and control of contaminants in an ASML MS-VII 157nm full-field exposure tool at IMEC, as verified lithographically in terms of field uniformity, lens transmission, CD uniformity, and scattered light. The daily contamination monitoring system utilizes in-line photo-ionization detector, oxygen and moisture analyzers, as well as chemiluminescent detector, and gas chromatograph that is coupled to a mass spectrometer. On a monthly basis, contamination monitoring was performed with thermal desorption-gas chromatographi/mass spectrometric techniques. The following four locations within the optical path of the MS-VII are monitored: source optic assembly, condenser lens optic, 1X relay station, and projection optics box. Contamination control is realized in the system with an on-board purge control unit, which is equipped with gas purifiers that remove contaminants such as H2O, O2, CO, CO2, hydrocarbons, H2, and sulfur compounds. All the observed contaminants have been trending within expected values and no contamination-related tool performance degradation has been observed. The excursions observed in the contaminant concentrations are coincident with tool downtime/maintenance events. Siloxane levels appear to be consistently below 50 ppt in all the monitored locations within the optical path of the tool, except on one occasion when it reached 90 ppt in the projection optics. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) concentration within the MS-VII enclosure show a stable background level of around 10-25 ppb during weekends and levels of 45-60 ppb (during working days). VOCs concentration variations inside the MS-VII enclosure during the working days correlate well with activities inside the clean room. Air recirculation and low intake of fresh air inside the MS-VII tend to slow down the speed with which the VOCs levels decreases to stable background level, whenever there was a major upward excursion in their concentration. Average light

  8. Characterization of excimer laser ablation generated pepsin particles using multi-wavelength photoacoustic instrument

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hopp, B.; Kecskeméti, G.; Smausz, T.; Ajtai, T.; Filep, A.; Utry, N.; Kohut, A.; Bozóki, Z.; Szabó, G.

    2012-05-01

    Preparation of organic thin layers on various special substrates using the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique is an important task from the point of view of bioengineering and biosensor technologies. Earlier studies demonstrated that particle ejection starts during the ablating laser pulse resulting in significant shielding effects which can influence the real fluence on the target surface and consequently the efficiency of layer preparation. In this study, we introduce a photoacoustic absorption measurement technique for in-situ characterization of ablated particles during PLD experiments. A KrF excimer laser beam ( λ=248 nm, FWHM=18 ns) was focused onto pepsin targets in a PLD chamber; the applied laser fluences were 440 and 660 mJ/cm2. We determined the wavelength dependence of optical absorption and mass specific absorption coefficient of laser ablation generated pepsin aerosols in the UV-VIS-NIR range. On the basis of our measurements, we calculated the absorbance at the ablating laser wavelength, too. We demonstrated that when the laser ablation generated pepsin aerosols spread through the whole PLD chamber the effect of absorptivity is negligible for the subsequent pulses. However, the interaction of the laser pulse and the just formed particle cloud generated by the same pulse is more significant.

  9. Effects of XeCl excimer lasers and fluoride application on artificial caries-like lesions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wilder-Smith, Petra B. B.; Phan, T.; Liaw, Lih-Huei L.; Berns, Michael W.

    1994-09-01

    In this study the affects of a pulsed excimer laser emitting at 308 nm (XeCl) on enamel susceptibility to artificial caries-like lesions were investigated. Additional effects of fluoride (F) application were also studied and SEC examinations performed. Sixty-four extracted human molar teeth were coated with acid resistant varnish leaving four windows, then sectioned, leaving one window on each tooth quarter. The windows were treated in one of the following ways: untreated (control), or lased, or exposed to 4 min. APF (1.23% F) before lasing, or exposed to 4 min. APF (1.23% F) after lasing. After lasing, microhardness profiles were obtained and SEM was performed. Caries resistance was generally increased at moderate fluences. F application combined with lasing enhanced caries resistance at some parameters. SEM showed effects ranging from minimal to localized effects to extended glazing. Pulsed excimer laser irradiation, especially combined with topical F application can inhibit development of artificial caries-like lesions.

  10. Linear scleroderma in an adolescent woman treated with methotrexate and excimer laser.

    PubMed

    Hanson, Anne H; Fivenson, David P; Schapiro, Brian

    2014-01-01

    A 17-year-old Caucasian woman presented for evaluation and treatment of a tender expanding linear plaque on her left flank. Biopsy findings were consistent with morphea. Treatment initially included intralesional steroid injections and topical calcipotriene ointment, followed by methotrexate and excimer laser. The lesion decreased in size considerably with relief of symptomatic discomfort by 7 months. An excisional biopsy of a persistent eroded papule on the superior aspect of the morphea plaque revealed dermal thickening and sclerosis with superimposed perforation of a calcified nodule. Localized scleroderma, or morphea, is an autoimmune disease of the skin and underlying subcutaneous tissue primarily affecting the pediatric population. The excimer laser has been reported to effectively treat a variety of dermatologic conditions, including morphea. Its mechanism of action may be via depletion of T cells, altering apoptosis-mediating molecules and decreasing cytokine expression. Methotrexate is also useful for the acute and deep forms of morphea and has been shown to decrease levels of inter leukins-2 and -6, tenascin, and mast cells. This patient had a good clinical response with a combination of these two modalities. The epidermal perforation with transepidermal elimination of calcified necrotic collagen is a unique complication that may have been secondary to this combination treatment modality. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Surface roughness in PMMA is linearly related to the amount of excimer laser ablation.

    PubMed

    O'Donnell, C B; Kemner, J; O'Donnell, F E

    1996-01-01

    To determine if surface roughness after excimer laser ablation is a function of the amount of ablation and to identify a standard unit for ablation roughness. We used a VISX 20/20 excimer laser to perform a series of single zone 6-mm diameter ablations (photorefractive keratectomy [PRK]) in polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). Corrections ranged from -1.00 diopter (D) to -15.00 D. A scanning white light interferometry microscope (Zygo Corp, Middlefield, Conn) was used to quantify the surface roughness at the center of each ablation. We found a linear increase in surface roughness as the refractive correction increased. Each diopter increment resulted in an approximately 300 nm increased peak-to-valley measurement. This represented an increase of 25 nm roughness per micron of ablation in PMMA. Surface irregularities in PMMA increase with ablation depth. We propose a unit of measure of roughness, the "ablation," expressed as the peak-to-valley distance in nm/divided by m of ablation.

  12. Percutaneous peripheral excimer laser angioplasty: immediate success rate and short-term outcome

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Visona, Adriana; Liessi, Guido; Bonanome, Andrea; Lusiani, Luigi; Miserocchi, Luigi; Pagnan, Antonio

    1991-05-01

    Excimer Laser Angioplasty was attempted in 47 patients (36 males, 11 females, mean age 62+/- 7 years, range 39-77 years), affected by peripheral vascular disease. Thirty-seven patients had a total occlusion of the superficial femoral artery, 3 of the iliac artery and 1 of the popliteal artery; 6 patients showed a subocclusive stenosis of the superficial femoral artery. Occlusions and subocclusive stenoses were classified by length: < 10 cm (28 cases), > 10 cm (19 cases). A commercial excimer laser (Technolas Max-10) was used at the Xenon- Chloride wavelength of 308 nm. The laser operated at 60 ns pulse length and at 20-40 Hz repetition rate. Applied energy fluence was 20 mJ/pulse. The energy was delivered through a multifiber catheter, which combines 12 (7F) or 18 (9F) fibers (260 micron diameter each), concentrically arranged. Balloon dilatation was associated to complete the procedure in 38 cases. The treated arteries were successfully recanalized in 41 out of 47 patients (87%). Hemodynamic improvement was confirmed by a significant increase of ankle/brachial systolic pressure index (from 0.60+/- 0.17 to 0.79+/- 0.20, p < 0.005). Failure to recanalize arterial occlusion occurred in 6 cases, and was due to dissection in 3 patients and inability to cross the final segment of a long occlusion in 3 patients. The success rate was higher for lesions < 10 cm in length. Early reocclusion was observed in 7 patients and was associated with poor run-off. The cumulative patency rate at 1 month was 90.7%. Preliminary results are encouraging. More suitable catheters and better selection of patients should improve the efficacy of laser angioplasty and should allow to perform laser procedures without combining balloon angioplasty.

  13. Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis in high mixed astigmatism with optimized, fast-repetition and cyclotorsion control excimer laser.

    PubMed

    Alio, Jorge L; Pachkoria, Ketevan; El Aswad, Amr; Plaza-Puche, Ana Belen

    2013-05-01

    To evaluate the visual refractive and aberrometric outcomes of laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery for the correction of high mixed astigmatism using a new-generation excimer laser and optimized aspherical profiles. Retrospective interventional case series. Fifty-two eyes of 36 patients (21-53 years) with primary mixed astigmatism over 3.0 diopters (D) were included. All cases underwent LASIK surgery using the sixth-generation excimer laser Amaris with cyclotorsion control and a femtosecond platform for flap creation. Visual, refractive, corneal topographic, and aberrometric outcomes were evaluated during a 3-month follow-up. Refractive astigmatic changes were analyzed by Alpins method. A significant reduction of refractive sphere and cylinder was observed 3 months postoperatively (P = .001), with an associated improvement of uncorrected distance visual acuity (P = .001). Best-corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) remained unchanged in 31 eyes (59.6%), while 3 eyes (5.76%) lost 2 lines of CDVA. Fourteen eyes (26.9%) had spherical equivalent (SE) within ±0.5 D of emmetropia and 34 (65.3%) had SE within ±1.0 D of emmetropia. No significant difference was observed when comparing surgically induced and target astigmatism. A significant induction of higher-order aberration attributable to increase of spherical aberration was found (P = .003). Seven eyes (13.4%) required retreatment. LASIK for primary high mixed astigmatism using optimized aspherical profiles and a fast-repetition-rate excimer laser with cyclotorsion control is a safe, effective, and predictable procedure. Induction of higher-order aberrations is still present in the correction of the refraction error of the magnitude included in this study. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Excimer laser ablation lithography applied to the fabrication of reflective diffractive optics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Flury, M.; Benatmane, A.; Gérard, P.; Montgomery, P. C.; Fontaine, J.; Engel, T.; Schunck, J. P.; Fogarassy, E.

    2003-03-01

    We propose a low cost technique for the production of diffractive optical elements (DOE). These elements are devoted to high power lasers beam shaping in the mid-infrared wavelengths. This process called laser ablation lithography (LAL), may seem similar to laser beam writing (LBW) in the way the whole DOE's design is reproduced pixel by pixel on the substrate placed on a computer controlled XY translation stage. A first difference is that the photoresist is not exposed with UV light but is directly ablated with short excimer laser pulses. Furthermore, with LAL technique the size of the smallest pixel ( 5 μm×5 μm) is more than 10 times greater than those produced by LBW. We discuss in details the experimental set-up for LAL and demonstrate that it gives a resolution up to 10 times greater than photolithography with flexible masks. This makes LAL a promising solution for the production of DOE for use with Nd:YAG lasers. New applications of DOEs are finally introduced with high power lasers sources, such as laser marking or multi-point brazing.

  15. Excimer laser ablation of aluminum: influence of spot size on ablation rate

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shaheen, M. E.; Gagnon, J. E.; Fryer, B. J.

    2016-11-01

    The dependence of ablation rate of an Al alloy on laser beam spot size (10-150 µm) was investigated using an ArF excimer laser operating at a wavelength of 193 nm and pulse width less than 4 ns. Ablation was conducted in air at a fluence of 11 J cm-2 and at a repetition rate of 20 Hz. Surface morphology and depth of craters produced by a variable number of laser pulses were characterized using optical and scanning electron microscopy. Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) was used as an additional diagnostic technique to estimate the amount of material ablated from craters produced by a laser beam of different diameters. Laser beam spot size and number of laser pulses applied to the same spot were found to influence crater morphology, ablation rate, shape and amount of particles deposited at or around the crater rim. Ablation rate was found to be less dependent on spot size for craters greater than 85 µm. A four-fold increase in ablation rate was observed with decreasing crater size from 150 µm to 10 µm.

  16. Excimer laser induced photolytic deposition of aluminum nitride: Film growth and properties

    SciTech Connect

    Radhakrishnan, G.; Adams, P.M.; Marquez, N.

    1996-12-31

    Excimer laser photolysis has been used for the growth of smooth and well-adhering thin films of aluminum nitride (AlN) on Si, fused quartz, and KBr substrates at temperatures as low as 350 K. The photolysis was carried out at 193 nm, with the laser beam propagating parallel to the substrate. Trimethylamine alane and ammonia were used as gas-phase precursors. The growth rate of these films was investigated as a function of laser fluence. These measurements, as well as other investigations of film growth with and without the photolysis laser, reveal that no AlN film is produced in the absence of laser-induced photolysis of the precursors. The morphology and physical properties of these laser-grown films have been studied by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Optical absorption spectra of films grown on fused quartz were measured as a function of substrate temperature. A substrate temperature of 350 K was found to be optimum for obtaining good film quality while precluding any effects due to the thermal decomposition of the precursors. The films have excellent dielectric properties as shown by I-V and C-V measurements. The details of AlN film growth using low-temperature gas-phase photolysis at 193 nm and the characterization of these laser grown films will be discussed.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2015-10-01

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

  18. About Losses in Pumping Generators of High-Power Electrodischarge Excimer Lasers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ivanov, N. G.; Losev, V. F.

    2015-04-01

    Energy losses in pumping systems of discharge high-power lasers are investigated. To estimate the losses, the discharge circuit operation was modeled, and its calculation was performed using the program PSpice. Results of measurements and calculations demonstrate that the resistance of a rail gap with electric field distortion exceeds several times the resistance of a single-channel gap without field distortion. A difference in the resistances is explained by different mechanisms of discharge burning: in the first case diffusion mechanism and in the second case the spark mechanism. The low efficiency of the high-power excimer lasers (~1%) is explained by high energy losses in the rail gap that reach more than 50% of the initially stored energy.

  19. Surface, structural and mechanical properties of zirconium ablated by KrF excimer laser radiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ali, Nisar; Bashir, Shazia; Umm-i-Kalsoom; Begum, Narjis; Waqas Ahmad, Syed

    2016-11-01

    We study the effect of the ambient - dry (air) and wet (propanol) - environment on the surface, structural and mechanical properties of zirconium samples after irradiation with a KrF excimer laser (wavelength of 248 {\\text{nm}}, pulse duration of 20 {\\text{ns}} and repetition rate of 20 {\\text{Hz}}). The samples are exposed to an increasing number of laser pulses varying from 500 to 2000 in both media. Various features of the treated targets such as surface morphology, chemical composition, crystalline structure and hardness are analysed by complementary characterisation techniques, such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and Vickers hardness tester, respectively. Surface morphology and hardness are explained on the basis of modifications in crystalinity, residual pressures and chemical properties of the sample surface after its irradiation.

  20. Microstructure and texture developments in multiple pulses excimer laser crystallization of GaAs thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Pirzada, Daniel; Cheng, Gary J.

    2009-05-01

    In this paper, we observed and characterized changes in the microstructure and texture during recrystallization and grain growth in polycrystalline GaAs thin films using multiple pulses crystallization by a KrF excimer laser. Films of various thicknesses were studied to assess film thickness and laser energy density effects. In the low temperature domain corresponding to the partial melting regime, normal grain growth was observed. In the superlateral grain growth regime the increase in grain size was notable with grain sizes much greater than the film thickness. A bimodal grain size distribution emerged implying the onset of secondary grain growth. The change in grain size distribution, texture, and grain boundary texture were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction. It was found that grain growth is accompanied by a strengthening in (001) texture, indicating that the grain growth phenomenon is strain energy driven. The experimental results are explained with theory of secondary grain growth in thin films.

  1. Modulation of corneal wound healing after excimer laser keratomileusis using topical mitomycin C and steroids

    SciTech Connect

    Talamo, J.H.; Gollamudi, S.; Green, W.R.; De La Cruz, Z.; Filatov, V.; Stark, W.J. )

    1991-08-01

    A 193-nm excimer laser system was used to create deep stromal ablations in seven New Zealand white rabbits and shallow ablations in three. Eyes were randomized for treatment with topical mitomycin C, steroids, and erythromycin; topical steroids and erythromycin; or topical erythromycin only. All treatment regimens were instituted twice daily for 14 days. All eyes reepithelialized normally within 3 to 5 days. During 10 weeks of follow-up, all eyes developed moderate reticular subepithelial haze without significant differences among treatment groups. Results of light, fluorescence, and electron microscopic examination showed anterior stromal scarring and markedly reduced new subepithelial collagen formation in the group treated with mitomycin C, corticosteroids, and erythromycin. Focal abnormalities of Descemet's membrane and endothelial abnormalities were present in all treatment groups. Combination therapy with topical steroids, mitomycin C, and erythromycin to control the corneal wound healing response after refractive laser surgery appears promising and warrants further study.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Radu, L.; Mihailescu, I.; Radu, S.; Gazdaru, D.

    2007-09-01

    The analysis of chromatin damage produced by a 248 nm excimer laser radiation, for doses of 0.3-3 MJ/m 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.

  3. Influence of excitation parameters and active medium on the efficiency of an electric-discharge excimer ArF laser

    SciTech Connect

    Razhev, A M; Zhupikov, A A; Shchedrin, A I; Kalyuzhnaya, Anna G

    2005-09-30

    The kinetic model of processes occurring in the plasma of an electric-discharge 193-nm excimer ArF laser operating on mixtures of He and Ne buffer gases is developed. The influence of excitation and active medium parameters on the lasing energy and total efficiency of the electric-discharge excimer ArF laser is studied theoretically and experimentally. It is shown that a specific pump power of {approx}4.5-5.0 MW cm{sup -3} is required for attaining the maximum lasing energy for the highest efficiency of an ArF laser operating on a He-Ar-F{sub 2} mixture. For the first time, the pulse energy of 1.3 J at an efficiency of 2.0% is attained for an ArF laser with a specific pump power of 5.0 MW cm{sup -3} using mixtures with helium as a buffer gas. (lasers)

  4. Excimer laser induced quantum well intermixing: a reproducibility study of the process for fabrication of photonic integrated devices.

    PubMed

    Beal, Romain; Aimez, Vincent; Dubowski, Jan J

    2015-01-26

    Excimer (ultraviolet) laser-induced quantum well intermixing (UV-Laser-QWI) is an attractive technique for wafer level post-growth processing and fabrication of a variety of monolithically integrated photonic devices. The results of UV-Laser-QWI employed for the fabrication of multibandgap III-V semiconductor wafers have demonstrated the attractive character of this approach although the process accuracy and reproducibility have remained relatively weakly covered in related literature. We report on a systematic investigation of the reproducibility of this process induced with a KrF excimer laser. The influence of both the irradiation with different laser doses and the annealing temperatures on the amplitude of intermixing in InGaAs/InGaAsP/InP quantum well heterostructures has been evaluated based on the photoluminescence measurements. Under optimized conditions, the process allows to blue shift the bandgap of a heterostructure by more than 100 nm with a remarkable 5.3% relative standard deviation.

  5. Excimer laser "corneal shaping": a new technique for customized trephination in penetrating keratoplasty. First experimental results in rabbits.

    PubMed

    Schmitz, Klaus; Schreiber, Wolfram; Behrens-Baumann, Wolfgang

    2003-05-01

    The aim of the presented experimental work was to develop a technique for congruent trephination of donor and recipient corneas in free form using a 193-nm excimer laser and to study the clinical follow-up after the application of the technique in a rabbit model. In 12 New Zealand White rabbits homologous penetrating keratoplasty was performed. Trephination of donor buttons and recipient beds was achieved in six animals by conventional mechanical trephination and in six by excimer laser trephination with a guided laser beam in a non-circular geometry. The surgical procedure and its applicability to human subjects were evaluated and the postoperative clinical course was followed for 6 months. The surgical procedure of full-thickness excimer laser trephination could be performed reproducibly in the animal model both for dissection of the donor buttons and for preparation of the recipient beds. Keratoplasty was performed with kidney-shaped transplants after trephination in free form with the guided laser beam. Postoperative clinical follow-up did not show any differences between the two trephination groups that could be related to the applied trephination technique. After 6 months we observed well-adapted and clear corneal grafts, kidney-shaped in the excimer trephination group and circular in the mechanical trephination group. No side effects on the crystalline lens and the central retina could be clinically observed following excimer laser trephination. We present the first experimental study of keratoplasty with freely selected transplant geometry and perfect congruence of donor button and recipient bed. The application of this technique in certain corneal disorders in humans will offer improved treatment options in the future.

  6. Eye-tracker-guided non-mechanical excimer laser assisted penetrating keratoplasty.

    PubMed

    Janunts, Edgar; Schirra, Frank; Szentmáry, Nora; Seitz, Berthold; Langenbucher, Achim

    2013-03-18

    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. 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. 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. 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.

  7. Evaluation of the Efficacy of Excimer Laser Ablation of Cross-Linked Porcine Cornea

    PubMed Central

    Chen, Shihao; Li, Yini; Stojanovic, Aleksander; Zhang, Jia; Wang, Yibo; Wang, Qinmei; Seiler, Theo

    2012-01-01

    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. PMID:23056269

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

    PubMed Central

    Janunts, Edgar; Schirra, Frank; Szentmáry, Nora; Seitz, Berthold; Langenbucher, Achim

    2013-01-01

    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. PMID:23507821

  9. Direct growth of graphene on SiC(0001) by KrF-excimer-laser irradiation

    SciTech Connect

    Hattori, Masakazu E-mail: ikenoue@ees.kyushu-u.ac.jp; Ikenoue, Hiroshi E-mail: ikenoue@ees.kyushu-u.ac.jp; Nakamura, Daisuke; Okada, Tatsuo; Furukawa, Kazuaki; Takamura, Makoto; Hibino, Hiroki

    2016-02-29

    In this report, we propose a direct patterning method of graphene on the SiC(0001) surface by KrF-excimer-laser irradiation. In this method, Si atoms are locally sublimated from the SiC surface in the laser-irradiated area, and direct graphene growth is induced by the rearrangement of surplus carbon on the SiC surface. Using Raman microscopy, we demonstrated the formation of graphene by laser irradiation and observed the growth process by transmission electron microscopy and conductive atomic force microscopy. When SiC was irradiated by 5000 shots of the laser beam with a fluence of 1.2 J/cm{sup 2}, two layers of graphene were synthesized on the SiC(0001) surface. The number of graphene layers increased from 2 to 5–7 with an increase in the number of laser shots. Based on the results of conductive-atomic force microscopy measurements, we conclude that graphene formation was initiated from the step area, after which the graphene grew towards the terrace area by further Si evaporation and C recombination with increasing laser irradiation.

  10. Automated measurement of the EUREKA EU213 excimer laser pulse-forming line

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Boardman, Allan D.; Hodgson, Elizabeth M.; Spence, A. J.; Wilkins, M.; Wu, Jian; Ashton, J. A.

    1990-08-01

    This paper describes part of the EUREKA Eurolaser project EU213, to build an excimer laser. The emphasis is on control and monitoring systems. The performance of a test-bed laser built at Salford will be described. In the design discussed, two voltage components are generated separately and combined at the laser head to form a pumping pulse. A "magnetic switch" is used to isolate the two parts of the transmission line'. A theoretical analysis of the sustainer section of the line has been carried out and compared with measurements made using a dummy load in place of the laser head. A control system is discussed that is being developed to monitor the shape of each laser pulse at a high repetition rate. The control system is designed to protect the laser from damage. The construction of various conventional probes, and the progress towards various fibre probes will be reported with emphasis on measuring fast current pulses on the various parts of the line.

  11. Optical pachymetry-guided custom excimer laser-assisted lamellar keratoplasty for the surgical treatment of keratoconus.

    PubMed

    Spadea, Leopoldo; Gizzi, Riccardo; Evangelista Conocchia, Nicole; Urbano, Sara

    2012-09-01

    To evaluate the anatomic and functional results of optical pachymetry-guided custom excimer laser-assisted lamellar keratoplasty in keratoconus patients. Eye Clinic, University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy. Prospective noncomparative case series. Patients with keratoconus having unilateral surgery using custom excimer laser-assisted lamellar keratoplasty were evaluated. A transepithelial excimer laser ablation was planned to leave an estimated uniform thickness residual stromal corneal bed of 200 μm. The donor lamella was prepared with the excimer laser and subsequently sutured to the host cornea using 16 single 10-0 nylon sutures. The eyes were examined preoperatively and 3, 6, 12, and 24 months postoperatively. Outcome measures were uncorrected (UDVA) and corrected (CDVA) distance visual acuities, manifest refraction, computerized videokeratography, pachymetry, and endothelial specular microscopy. Of the forty-three treated eyes, 35 were available at the 24-month follow-up visit, at which time the UDVA was better than 20/60 in 16 patients (45.7%) and the CDVA was 20/40 or better in 31 patients (88.6%). The mean refractive astigmatism was -2.11 diopters (D) (P<.05) and the mean spherical equivalent manifest refraction, -2.60 D (P<.05). No statistically significant changes in mean corneal endothelial cell density were observed postoperatively. In 1 case, the donor lamella was exchanged secondary to an altered reepithelialization process with initial corneal melting. Two-year findings indicate that pachymetry-guided custom excimer laser-assisted lamellar keratoplasty is a useful surgical treatment for moderate to advanced keratoconus, preventing the need for the more invasive procedure of penetrating keratoplasty. Copyright © 2012 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Effect of an antioxydant cream versus placebo in patients with vitiligo in association with excimer laser. A pilot randomized, investigator-blinded, and half-side comparison trial.

    PubMed

    Leone, G; Paro Vidolin, A

    2015-08-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the combined effect of excimer laser and a topical antioxidant in the treatment for vitiligo. The study was conducted in a single blinded design on 10 vitiligo patients with symmetrical vitiligo lesions treated with the active antioxidant or a placebo that were irradiated with an excimer laser. Results have shown that the lesions treated with the active cream achieved earlier regimentation compared to the placebo. The use of a cream containing antioxidants may improve the results of excimer laser treatment in patients with vitiligo.

  13. Visual outcomes of topography-guided excimer laser surgery for treatment of patients with irregular astigmatism.

    PubMed

    Ghoreishi, Mohammad; Naderi Beni, Afsaneh; Naderi Beni, Zahra

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and predictability of topography-guided treatments to enhance refractive status following other corneal surgical procedures. In a prospective case series study, 28 consecutive eyes of 26 patients with irregular astigmatism after radial keratotomy, corneal transplant, small hyperopic and myopic excimer laser optical zones, and corneal scars were operated. Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) (n = 8) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) (n = 20) were performed using the ALLEGRETTO WAVE excimer laser and topography-guided customized ablation treatment software. Preoperative and postoperative uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA), best corrected visual acuity (BCVA), manifest and cycloplegic refraction, and corneal topography with asphericity were analyzed in 12 months follow-up. Uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) changed from 0.2 ± 0.2 or (20/100 ± 20/100) to 0.51 ± 0.31 or (20/40 ± 20/60) in the LASIK group (P = 0.01) and from 0.34 ± 0.16 or (20/60 ± 20/120) to 0.5 ± 0.23 or (20/40 ± 20/80) in the PRK group (P = 0.01). Refractive cylinder decreased from -3.2 ± 0.84 diopters (D) to -2.06 ± 0.42 D in the LASIK group (P = 0.07) and from -2.25 ± 0.39 D to -1.5 ± 0.23 D in the PRK group (P = 0.008). Best corrected visual acuity did not change significantly in either group. Topography-guided treatment is effective in correcting the irregular astigmatism after refractive surgery. Topography-guided PRK can significantly reduce irregular astigmatism and increase the UCVA and BCVA.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  15. Self-control study of combination treatment of 308 nm excimer laser and calcipotriene ointment on stable psoriasis vulgaris.

    PubMed

    Tang, Ya-Juan; Xu, Wan-Wen; Liu, Xiao-Ming; Zhang, Ru-Zhi; Xu, Chun-Xing; Xu, Bin; Cheng, Sai; Liu, Qi

    2014-01-01

    This study aims to compare the differences of clinical efficacy and safety of treatment of stable psoriasis vulgaris with calcipotriene ointment in combination with 308 nm excimer laser to 308 nm excimer laser alone. Randomized, open and self-control trial was conducted in 36 selected patients. The skin lesions from these patients with stable psoriasis vulgaris were divided into two sides along the midline of torso, one side was treated with 308 nm excimer laser, 2 times/week, at meantime Calcipotriene was applied externally, 2 times/day (treatment group); the other side was given 308 nm excimer laser alone, 2 times/week, the treatment period was 6 weeks (control group). Skin lesion area, PASI scores and cumulative doses of 308 nm excimer laser in patients with psoriasis were assessed before treatment and on weeks 2, 4 and 6 after treatment. 32 of 36 patients with stable psoriasis vulgaris completed study, effective rates in two groups were better on week 6 (84.37%, 56.25%) than on week 4 (53.12%, 37.5%) and on week 2 (31.25%, 18.75%) (P < 0.05). Effective rate on week 6 in control group (56.25%) was lower than treatment group (84.37%) (P < 0.05). The two groups showed that PASI scores on weeks 2 and 4 after treatment were significantly lower than before treatments (P < 0.05), and PASI scores on week 6 in treatment group was significantly lower than control group (P < 0.05). The average cumulative laser doses in treatment group at the end of trial was 4.69 (2.03) J/cm(2), which was significantly lower than in control group 8.41 (2.42) J/cm (P < 0.05). Treatment efficacies in the head, folds, back, abdomen and limbs were similar and no serious adverse effects, however the number of treatment and irradiation doses in the head and folds were significantly less than in back, abdomen and limbs (P < 0.05). Treatment of psoriasis vulgaris with 308 nm excimer laser in combination with external application of Calcipotriene ointment can improve long-term treatment efficacy

  16. High-performance thin-film transistors fabricated using excimer laser processing and grain engineering

    SciTech Connect

    Giust, G.K.; Sigmon, T.W.

    1998-04-01

    High-performance polysilicon thin-film transistors (TFT`s) are fabricated using an excimer laser to recrystallize the undoped channel and dope the source-drain regions. Using a technique the authors call grain engineering they are able to control grain microstructure using laser parameters. Resulting polysilicon films are obtained with average grain sizes of {approximately}4--9 {micro}m in sub-100 nm thick polysilicon films without substrate heating during the laser recrystallization process. Using a simple four-mask self-aligned aluminum top-gate structure, they fabricate TFT`s in these films. By combining the grain-engineered channel polysilicon regions with laser-doped source-drain regions, TFT`s are fabricated with electron mobilities up to 260 cm{sup 2}/Vs and on/off current ratios greater than 10{sup 7} To their knowledge, these devices represent the highest performance laser-processed TFT`s reported to date fabricated without substrate heating or hydrogenation.

  17. Irradiation planning for automated treatment of psoriasis with a high-power excimer laser

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Klämpfl, Florian; Schmidt, Michael; Hagenah, Hinnerk; Görtler, Andreas; Wolfsgruber, Frank; Lampalzer, Ralf; Kaudewitz, Peter

    2006-02-01

    American and European statistics have shown that 1-2 per cent of the human population is affected by the skin disease psoriasis. Recent research reports promising treatment results when irradiating skin areas affected by psoriasis with high powered excimer lasers with a wavelength of 308 nm. In order to apply the necessary high energy dose without hurting healthy parts of the skin new approaches regarding the system technology must be considered. The aim of the current research project is the development of a sensor-based, automated laser treatment system for psoriasis. In this paper we present the algorithms used to cope with the diffculties of irradiating irregularly shaped areas on curved surfaces with a predefined energy level using a pulsed laser. Patients prefer the treatment to take as little time as possible. This also helps to reduce costs. Thus the distribution of laser pulses on the surface to achieve the given energy level on every point of the surface has to be calculated within a limited time frame. The remainder of the paper will describe in detail an efficient method to plan and optimize the laser pulse distribution. Towards the end, some first results will be presented.

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

    PubMed

    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.

  19. DNA damage in cultured human skin fibroblasts exposed to excimer laser radiation

    SciTech Connect

    Rimoldi, D.; Miller, A.C.; Freeman, S.E.; Samid, D. )

    1991-06-01

    Ultraviolet excimer lasers are being considered for use in a variety of refractive and therapeutic procedures, the long-term biologic consequences of which are unknown. The effect of sublethal doses of 193-nm laser radiation on cellular DNA was examined in cultured human skin fibroblasts. In contrast to 248 nm, treatments with the 193-nm laser radiation below 70 J/m2 did not cause significant pyrimidine dimer formation in the skin cells. This was indicated by the lack of excision repair activities (unscheduled DNA synthesis assay), and further demonstrated by direct analysis of pyrimidine dimers in DNA from irradiated cells. However, a low level of unscheduled DNA synthesis could be detected following irradiation at 193 nm with 70 J/m2. Both the 193-nm and 248-nm radiation were able to induce chromosomal aberrations, as indicated by a micronucleus assay. A dose-dependent increase in micronuclei frequency was observed 48 and 72 h after laser irradiation. These results indicate that exposure of actively replicating human skin fibroblasts to sublethal doses of either 193- or 248-nm laser radiation can result in genotoxicity.

  20. Pulsed excimer laser processing of AlN/GaN thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Wong, W.S.; Schloss, L.F.; Sudhir, G.S.; Linder, B.P.; Weber, E.R.; Sands, T.; Cheung, N.W.; Yu, K.M.

    1997-12-31

    A KrF (248 nm) excimer laser with a 38 ns pulse width was used to study pulsed laser annealing of AlN/GaN bi-layers and dopant activation of Mg-implanted GaN thin films. For the AlN/GaN bi-layers, cathodoluminescence (CL) showed an increase in the intensity of the GaN band-edge peak at 3.47 eV after pulsed laser annealing at an energy density of 2,000 mJ/cm{sup 2}. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry of a Mg-implanted AlN (75 nm thick)/GaN (1.0 {micro}m thick) thin-film heterostructure showed a 20% reduction of the {sup 4}He{sup +} backscattering yield after laser annealing at an energy density of 400 mJ/cm{sup 2}. CL measurements revealed a 410 nm emission peak indicating the incorporation of Mg after laser processing.

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

    PubMed

    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

  2. Excimer Lasers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1976-06-01

    CONTINUE 46 C HATE CONSTANTS - ELCTRONIC VD=SQRT(2*TE/MASXE)* 3E10 J=NE*E*VD VDISC=V-H*J*A-L*A*E*VD*(NE-NEP)/DT NEP=NE RC=6.38E7*(5QRT(2*TE))**3...TG)/ 3E10 +CSTMDE*P**2*EXP(-VüXE/ +TG)*.25/3EI0 BETAD=CSTMD*P**2*EXP(-VDX/TG)*.25/ 3E10 GAJNE=CSTME*(PX1*EXP(-VEA/TG)/(KAEX*1.5)-2*P*XE*EXP(-VEX/TG...3EI0 +-CSTMDE*(P**2*EXP(-VDXE/TG)*.25)/ 3E10 GAIND=CSTMD*(PD1*EXP(-VDA/TG)/(KADI*12)-P**2*EXP(-VDX/TG)*.25) +/3EI0 C OUTPUT IF(ISTEP/IPrMNT-FL()AT

  3. Ultraviolet Excimer Laser-Based Ignition of H2/Air and H2/O2 Premixed Flows

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1990-08-01

    minimum occurring for lean mixtures. The ignition is due to efficient formation of microplasmas . Unlike the laser-produced microplasmas that are formed...Air Ignition by the ArF Excimer Lasero... ... .o.2 B. Microplasma Formation Mechanism ....... o...... ..... .o.o....2 C. Atmospheric Absorption...Ratio for H2/02 Premixed Flows Using ArF Laser (193 nm) (Unstable Resonator) ............... 3 2 Excitation Spectra for Microplasma Formation in H2

  4. Micromachining of polyurethane (PU) polymer using a KrF excimer laser (248 nm)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Singh, Sarabpreet; Sharma, Sunil

    2014-12-01

    Polyurethane (PU) polymer, due to its biocompatibility, weather resistance, and favorable physical properties, finds a number of applications in medical implants, protective coatings, and as a prototype material for structural components in MEMS devices. An excimer laser (wavelength = 248 nm, FWHM = 25 ns) is employed for micromachining of polyurethane (PU) polymer. For air environment, the ablation rate is 0.18 μm/pulse and for underwater environment, the ablation rate is 0.07 μm/pulse (with underwater ablation threshold as 0.10 J/cm2), which concluded low taper angles (∼32°) for in air as compared to high taper angles (∼65°) with underwater micromachining. The experimental results for air and under water micromachining demonstrate ablation process as a combination of photo-thermal and photo-chemical mechanism.

  5. The effect of excimer laser pretreatment on diffusion and activation of boron implanted in silicon

    SciTech Connect

    Monakhov, E.V.; Svensson, B.G.; Linnarsson, M.K.; La Magna, A.; Italia, M.; Privitera, V.; Fortunato, G.; Cuscuna, M.; Mariucci, L.

    2005-11-07

    We have investigated the effect of excimer laser annealing (ELA) on transient enhanced diffusion (TED) and activation of boron implanted in Si during subsequent rapid thermal annealing (RTA). It is observed that ELA with partial melting of the implanted region causes reduction of TED in the region that remains solid during ELA, where the diffusion length of boron is reduced by a factor of {approx}4 as compared to the as-implanted sample. This is attributed to several mechanisms such as liquid-state annealing of a fraction of the implantation induced defects, introduction of excess vacancies during ELA, and solid-state annealing of the defects beyond the maximum melting depth by the heat wave propagating into the Si wafer. The ELA pretreatment provides a substantially improved electrical activation of boron during subsequent RTA.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  7. Ultraviolet-induced flashover of a plastic insulator using a pulsed excimer laser

    SciTech Connect

    Enloe, C.L.; Gilgenbach, R.M.

    1987-03-01

    Ultraviolet-induced flashover has been observed over stressed, angled, acrylic insulators illuminated by a short (60 ns) pulse of excimer laser light at 249 nm. Flashover has been observed at ultraviolet fluences of 5-65 mJ/cm/sup 2/ for electric field stresses approximately 10-30% of static breakdown stress. Insulators at positive angle (conventional configuration) exhibit a reduced tolerance to ultraviolet light versus insulators at negative angle (unconventional configuration) by approximately a factor of 2, while the presence of impurities at the triple point reduces the tolerance to ultraviolet even further. Flashover is related to the fluence, rather than the power density, for short pulses, and the production of photoelectrons is a likely mechanism for the initiation of flashover.

  8. [The effect of tranilast on subepithelial corneal opacity after excimer laser keratectomy].

    PubMed

    Sakai, T; Okamoto, S; Iwaki, Y

    1997-10-01

    Recent studies have reported that tranilast inhibited in vitro the proliferation of keratocytes from corneal subepithelial opacities (haze) and collagen synthesis in cultured corneas after excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). In this study 0.5% tranilast eye drops, 0.1% betametazone phosphate eyedrops, and a 0.5% tranilast base solution (control) were administered four times daily to rabbits which had undergone PRK. Weekly evaluation of the inhibitory effect of these drugs on haze began two weeks after surgery according to Fantes' classification. 0.5% tranilast suppressed haze from six weeks to thirteen weeks after PRK (p < 0.05). 0.1% betametazone phosphate showed no effect. These results suggested that 0.5% tranilast had a satisfactory therapeutic effect on haze after PRK.

  9. Delivery of F2-excimer laser light by aluminum hollow fibers.

    PubMed

    Matsuura, Y; Yamamoto, T; Miyagi, M

    2000-06-19

    A hollow fiber composed of a glass-tube substrate and an aluminum thin film coated upon the inside of the tube delivers F2-excimer laser light. A smooth, aluminum thin film was deposited by using metal-organic chemical vapor deposition using dimethylethylamine:alane (DMEAA) as the precursor. It was shown that the transmission loss of the fiber with a 1.0-mm inner diameter was as low as 0.5 dB/m for the fiber with 1.0-mm diameter when the bore of the fiber is pressurized with an inert gas to remove the absorption of air. When the fiber is bent at the radius of 30 cm, the additional loss was 1.6 dB.

  10. Delivery of F2-excimer laser light by aluminum hollow fibers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Matsuura, Yuji; Yamamoto, Takashi; Miyagi, Mitsunobu

    2000-06-01

    A hollow fiber composed of a glass-tube substrate and an aluminum thin film coated upon the inside of the tube delivers F2-excimer laser light. A smooth, aluminum thin film was deposited by using metal-organic chemical vapor deposition using dimethylethylamine:alane (DMEAA) as the precursor. It was shown that the transmission loss of the fiber with a 1.0-mm inner diameter was as low as 0.5 dB/m for the fiber with 1.0-mm diameter when the bore of the fiber is pressurized with an inert gas to remove the absorption of air. When the fiber is bent at the radius of 30 cm, the additional loss was 1.6 dB.

  11. [Relationship between corneal surface temperature and air flow conditions during refractive laser eye surgery using three different excimer lasers].

    PubMed

    Szekrényesi, Csaba; Sándor, Gábor László; Gyenes, Andrea; Kiss, Huba; Filkorn, Tamás; Nagy, Zoltán

    2016-10-01

    Thermal conditions during photorefractive keratectomy might be an important issue related to the corneal wound healing and long-term outcomes. Authors tried to find out the importance of temperature conditions during the treatment. One eye of 90 patients has been included into the study. Photorefractive keratoctomy was applied with Carl Zeiss MEL 70, MEL 80 and Wavelight Allegretto excimer lasers. EBRO TLC 730 infrared thermometer was used for the measurement of surface temperature of the cornea before epithelial removal, as well as before and after the treatment. Average age of the patients was 25.5 ± 3 yr. Average myopic correction was -3.2 ± 0.8 Dpt. Statistically significant difference was found in temperature change between MEL 80 and the other two types of excimer laser devices. Different air flow conditions of the smoke removal system might have an influence on changes of the corneal temperature during treatment, but the refractive results were not influenced by this issue. Orv. Hetil., 2016, 157(43), 1717-1721.

  12. Analysis of the change in peak corneal temperature during excimer laser ablation in porcine eyes.

    PubMed

    Arba Mosquera, Samuel; Verma, Shwetabh

    2015-07-01

    The objective is to characterize the impact of different ablation parameters on the thermal load during corneal refractive surgery by means of excimer laser ablation on porcine eyes. One hundred eleven ablations were performed in 105 porcine eyes. Each ablation was recorded using infrared thermography and analyzed mainly based on the two tested local frequencies (40 Hz, clinical local frequency; 1000 Hz, no local frequency). The change in peak corneal temperature was analyzed with respect to varying ablation parameters [local frequency, system repetition rate, pulse energy, optical zone (OZ) size, and refractive correction]. Transepithelial ablations were also compared to intrastromal ablations. The average of the baseline temperature across all eyes was 20.5°C±1.1 (17.7°C to 22.2°C). Average of the change in peak corneal temperature for all clinical local frequency ablations was 5.8°C±0.8 (p=3.3E-53 to baseline), whereas the average was 9.0°C±1.5 for all no local frequency ablations (p=1.8E-35 to baseline, 1.6E-16 to clinical local frequency ablations). A logarithmic relationship was observed between the changes in peak corneal temperature with increasing local frequency. For clinical local frequency, change in peak corneal temperature was comparatively flat (r 2 =0.68 with a range of 1.5°C) with increasing system repetition rate and increased linearly with increasing OZ size (r 2 =0.95 with a range of 2.4°C). Local frequency controls help maintain safe corneal temperature increase during excimer laser ablations. Transepithelial ablations induce higher thermal load compared to intrastromal ablations, indicating a need for stronger thermal controls in transepithelial refractive procedures.

  13. Stretchable multilayer self-aligned interconnects fabricated using excimer laser photoablation and in situ masking

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lin, Kevin L.; Jain, Kanti

    2009-02-01

    Stretchable interconnects are essential to large-area flexible circuits and large-area sensor array systems, and they play an important role towards the realization of the realm of systems which include wearable electronics, sensor arrays for structural health monitoring, and sensor skins for tactile feedback. These interconnects must be reliable and robust for viability, and must be flexible, stretchable, and conformable to non-planar surfaces. This research describes the design, modeling, fabrication, and testing of stretchable interconnects on polymer substrates using metal patterns both as functional interconnect layers and as in-situ masks for excimer laser photoablation. Excimer laser photoablation is often used for patterning of polymers and thin-film metals. The fluences for photoablation of polymers are generally much lower than the threshold fluence for removal or damage of high-thermallyconductive metals; thus, metal thin films can be used as in-situ masks for polymers if the proper fluence is used. Selfaligned single-layer and multi-layer interconnects of various designs (rectilinear and 'meandering') have been fabricated, and certain 'meandering' interconnect designs can be stretched up to 50% uniaxially while maintaining good electrical conductivity and structural integrity. These results are compared with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) models and are observed to be in good accordance with them. This fabrication approach eliminates masks and microfabrication processing steps as compared to traditional fabrication approaches; furthermore, this technology is scalable for large-area sensor arrays and electronic circuits, adaptable for a variety of materials and interconnects designs, and compatible with MEMS-based capacitive sensor technology.

  14. Refractive and keratometric stability in high myopic LASIK with high-frequency femtosecond and excimer lasers.

    PubMed

    Kanellopoulos, Anastasios John; Asimellis, George

    2013-12-01

    To evaluate safety, efficacy, ergonomy, and refractive and keratometric stability in high myopia LASIK procedures using a novel femtosecond and excimer laser surgery platform. One hundred sixteen eyes in consecutive cases of high myopic LASIK ( ≥ -6.00 diopters [D]) with the Alcon-WaveLight FS200 femtosecond and EX500 excimer lasers (Alcon Laboratories, Fort Worth, TX) were evaluated preoperatively and postoperatively for the following parameters: refractive error, corrected distance visual acuity, uncorrected distance visual acuity, spherical equivalent correction, keratometry (with Placido topography and Scheimpflug tomography), and refractive astigmatism. Average follow-up time was 6.2 months (range: 3 to 12 months). Postoperative average refractive error was -0.37, -0.43, and -0.25 D for the 3-, 6-, and 12-month period, compared to -7.67 ± 1.55 D preoperatively. At 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively 94%, 96.3%, and 100% of eyes, respectively, were within 1.0 D defocus equivalent. Postoperative refractive astigmatism was -0.21, -0.21, -0.13 D for the 3-, 6-, and 12-month period compared to -1.07 ± 1.91 D preoperatively. The proportion of eyes with postoperative astigmatism within 0.25 D was 85.3%, 81.5%, and 100%, for the 3-, 6-, and 12-month visit, respectively. Keratometric stability was within 0.22 D after the 12-month visit. There was no epithelial ingrowth or diffuse lamellar keratitis in any case. Clinical outcomes with this technique and technology appear to be promising in high level uncorrected visual rehabilitation of high myopia. There was small regression potential in the sample evaluated. Copyright 2013, SLACK Incorporated.

  15. Analysis of the change in peak corneal temperature during excimer laser ablation in porcine eyes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mosquera, Samuel Arba; Verma, Shwetabh

    2015-07-01

    The objective is to characterize the impact of different ablation parameters on the thermal load during corneal refractive surgery by means of excimer laser ablation on porcine eyes. One hundred eleven ablations were performed in 105 porcine eyes. Each ablation was recorded using infrared thermography and analyzed mainly based on the two tested local frequencies (40 Hz, clinical local frequency; 1000 Hz, no local frequency). The change in peak corneal temperature was analyzed with respect to varying ablation parameters [local frequency, system repetition rate, pulse energy, optical zone (OZ) size, and refractive correction]. Transepithelial ablations were also compared to intrastromal ablations. The average of the baseline temperature across all eyes was 20.5°C±1.1 (17.7°C to 22.2°C). Average of the change in peak corneal temperature for all clinical local frequency ablations was 5.8°C±0.8 (p=3.3E-53 to baseline), whereas the average was 9.0°C±1.5 for all no local frequency ablations (p=1.8E-35 to baseline, 1.6E-16 to clinical local frequency ablations). A logarithmic relationship was observed between the changes in peak corneal temperature with increasing local frequency. For clinical local frequency, change in peak corneal temperature was comparatively flat (r2=0.68 with a range of 1.5°C) with increasing system repetition rate and increased linearly with increasing OZ size (r2=0.95 with a range of 2.4°C). Local frequency controls help maintain safe corneal temperature increase during excimer laser ablations. Transepithelial ablations induce higher thermal load compared to intrastromal ablations, indicating a need for stronger thermal controls in transepithelial refractive procedures.

  16. Excimer versus Femtosecond Laser Assisted Penetrating Keratoplasty in Keratoconus and Fuchs Dystrophy: Intraoperative Pitfalls

    PubMed Central

    El-Husseiny, Moatasem; Seitz, Berthold; Akhmedova, Elena; Szentmary, Nora; Hager, Tobias; Tsintarakis, Themistoklis

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To assess the intraoperative results comparing two non-mechanical laser assisted penetrating keratoplasty approaches in keratoconus and Fuchs dystrophy. Patients and Methods. 68 patients (age 18 to 87 years) with keratoconus or Fuchs dystrophy were randomly distributed to 4 groups. 35 eyes with keratoconus and 33 eyes with Fuchs dystrophy were treated with either excimer laser ([Exc] groups I and II) or femtosecond laser-assisted ([FLAK] groups III and IV) penetrating keratoplasty. Main intraoperative outcome measures included intraoperative decentration, need for additional interrupted sutures, alignment of orientation markers, and intraocular positive pressure (vis a tergo). Results. Intraoperative recipient decentration occurred in 4 eyes of groups III/IV but in none of groups I/II. Additional interrupted sutures were not necessary in groups I/II but in 5 eyes of groups III/IV. Orientation markers were all aligned in groups I/II but were partly misaligned in 8 eyes of groups III/IV. Intraocular positive pressure grade was recognized in 12 eyes of groups I/II and in 19 eyes of groups III/IV. In particular, in group III, severe vis a tergo occurred in 8 eyes. Conclusions. Intraoperative decentration, misalignment of the donor in the recipient bed, and need for additional interrupted sutures as well as high percentage of severe intraocular positive pressure were predominantly present in the femtosecond laser in keratoconus eyes. PMID:26483974

  17. Single-pulse excimer laser nanostructuring of silicon: A heat transfer problem and surface morphology

    SciTech Connect

    Eizenkop, Julia; Avrutsky, Ivan; Georgiev, Daniel G.; Chaudchary, Vipin

    2008-05-01

    We present computer modeling along with experimental data on the formation of sharp conical tips on silicon-based three-layer structures that consist of a single-crystal Si layer on a 1 {mu}m layer of silica on a bulk Si substrate. The upper Si layers with thicknesses in the range of 0.8-4.1 {mu}m were irradiated by single pulses from a KrF excimer laser focused onto a spot several micrometers in diameter. The computer simulation includes two-dimensional time-dependent heat transfer and phase transformations in Si films that result from the laser irradiation (the Stefan problem). After the laser pulse, the molten material self-cools and resolidifies, forming a sharp conical structure, the height of which can exceed 1 {mu}m depending on the irradiation conditions. We also performed computer simulations for experiments involving single-pulse irradiation of bulk silicon, reported by other groups. We discuss conditions under which different types of structures (cones versus hollows) emerge. We confirm a correlation between the presence of the lateral resolidification condition after the laser pulse and the presence of conical structures on a solidified surface.

  18. Excimer laser micromachining of TiN films from chromium and copper sacrificial layers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dowling, A. J.; Ghantasala, M. K.; Hayes, J. P.; Harvey, E. C.; Doyle, E. D.

    2002-10-01

    This paper presents results on the laser micromachining of TiN films. Machining performance was evaluated in terms of patterning quality and the ability to remove TiN with minimal interference with an underlying sacrificial layer. TiN was arc-deposited onto (100) silicon substrate with chromium (Cr) and copper (Cu) sacrificial layers. Films were also deposited onto bare silicon substrates under the same conditions. These films were analysed for their composition and structure using Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction techniques. Laser micromachining was performed using a KrF excimer laser at 248 nm. The effect of fluence and number of shots on the machined features has been investigated in detail. The patterned features were examined using optical, confocal and scanning electron microscopes. The characteristics observed were analysed and compared in all three sets of samples. The results showed selective removal of TiN films from Cr and Cu sacrificial layers under different conditions. The machining of TiN from (100) silicon showed relatively poor definition of patterned features. The analysis of these results indicated that laser machining of TiN from Cr and Cu layers is best explained using the explosion mechanism of removal.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  20. Analysis of excimer laser radiant exposure effect toward corneal ablation volume at LASIK procedure

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Adiati, Rima Fitria; Rini Rizki, Artha Bona; Kusumawardhani, Apriani; Setijono, Heru; Rahmadiansah, Andi

    2016-11-01

    LASIK (Laser Asissted In Situ Interlamelar Keratomilieusis) is a technique for correcting refractive disorders of the eye such as myopia and astigmatism using an excimer laser. This procedure use photoablation technique to decompose corneal tissues. Although preferred due to its efficiency, permanency, and accuracy, the inappropriate amount radiant exposure often cause side effects like under-over correction, irregular astigmatism and problems on surrounding tissues. In this study, the radiant exposure effect toward corneal ablation volume has been modelled through several processes. Data collecting results is laser data specifications with 193 nm wavelength, beam diameter of 0.065 - 0.65 cm, and fluence of 160 mJ/cm2. For the medical data, the myopia-astigmatism value, cornea size, corneal ablation thickness, and flap data are taken. The first modelling step is determining the laser diameter between 0.065 - 0.65 cm with 0.45 cm increment. The energy, power, and intensity of laser determined from laser beam area. Number of pulse and total energy is calculated before the radiant exposure of laser is obtained. Next is to determine the parameters influence the ablation volume. Regression method used to create the equation, and then the spot size is substituted to the model. The validation used is statistic correlation method to both experimental data and theory. By the model created, it is expected that any potential complications can be prevented during LASIK procedures. The recommendations can give the users clearer picture to determine the appropriate amount of radiant exposure with the corneal ablation volume necessary.

  1. Enhanced efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells by excimer laser irradiated carbon nanotube network counter electrode

    SciTech Connect

    Chien, Yun-San Fu, Wei-En; Yang, Po-Yu; Lee, I-Che; Chu, Chih-Chieh; Chou, Chia-Hsin; Cheng, Huang-Chung

    2014-02-03

    The carbon nanotube network decorated with Pt nanoparticles (PtCNT) irradiated by excimer laser as counter electrode (CE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) has been systematically demonstrated. The conversion efficiency would be improved from 7.12% to 9.28% with respect to conventional Pt-film one. It was attributed to the enhanced catalytic surface from Pt nanoparticles and the improved conductivity due to the adjoining phenomenon of PtCNTs irradiated by laser. Moreover, the laser annealing could also promote the interface contact between CE and conductive glass. Therefore, such a simple laser-irradiated PtCNT network is promising for the future flexible DSSCs applications.

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

    SciTech Connect

    None, None

    1999-10-04

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

  3. Synthesis of fluorinated materials for 193-nm immersion lithography and 157-nm lithography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yamashita, T.; Ishikawa, T.; Yoshida, T.; Hayamai, T.; Araki, Takayuki; Aoyama, H.; Hagiwara, T.; Itani, Toshiro; Fujii, Kiyoshi

    2005-05-01

    Various fluorinated polymers were synthesized for application in 193-nm immersion lithography with the goal of improving 157-nm photoresist performance. Their fundamental properties were characterized, such as transparency at 193-nm and 157-nm (wavelength) and solubility in water and a standard alkaline developer. High transparency, i.e., absorbance better than 0.3 μm-1 at 193-nm wavelength, was achieved. The dissolution behaviors of them were studied by using the Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) method. We find that the dissolution rate of Poly(norbornene-2-fluoro-2-hexafluoroalchol) (PNB1FVIP) in 0.065N tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) was >200 times (nm/s) faster than that of the copolymer of tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) and norbornene-2-fluoro-2-hexafluoroalchol (TFE/NB1FVIP). A resist based on TFE/NB1FVIP was able to delineate 75 nm dense lines by exposure at 193-nm (wavelength) with an alternating phase shift mask using a 0.75 NA ArF scanner. The dissolution rates of the fluoropolymers in water and a 0.262N and 0.065 TMAH can be controlled by optimizing counter monomers containing hexafluoroisopropanol (HFA) unit, carboxylic acid unit and so on. In addition, we have collect water contact angle data. This data shows that fluoropolymers can be used as resist cover materials for 193-nm immersion lithography.

  4. Comparison of 2 wavefront-guided excimer lasers for myopic laser in situ keratomileusis: one-year results.

    PubMed

    Yu, Charles Q; Manche, Edward E

    2014-03-01

    To compare laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) outcomes between 2 wavefront-guided excimer laser systems in the treatment of myopia. University eye clinic, Palo Alto, California, USA. Prospective comparative case series. One eye of patients was treated with the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q system (small-spot scanning laser) and the fellow eye with the Visx Star Customvue S4 IR system (variable-spot scanning laser). Evaluations included measurement of uncorrected visual acuity, corrected visual acuity, and wavefront aberrometry. One hundred eyes (50 patients) were treated. The mean preoperative spherical equivalent (SE) refraction was -3.89 diopters (D) ± 1.67 (SD) and -4.18 ± 1.73 D in the small-spot scanning laser group and variable-spot scanning laser group, respectively. There were no significant differences in preoperative higher-order aberrations (HOAs) between the groups. Twelve months postoperatively, all eyes in the small-spot scanning laser group and 92% in the variable-spot scanning laser group were within ±0.50 D of the intended correction (P = .04). At that time, the small-spot scanning laser group had significantly less spherical aberration (0.12 versus 0.15) (P = .04) and significantly less mean total higher-order root mean square (0.33 μm versus 0.40 μm) (P = .01). Subjectively, patients reported that the clarity of night and day vision was significantly better in the eye treated with the small-spot scanning laser. The predictability and self-reported clarity of vision of wavefront-guided LASIK were better with the small-spot scanning laser. Eyes treated with the small-spot scanning laser had significantly fewer HOAs. Copyright © 2014 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Results of topography-guided laser in situ keratomileusis custom ablation treatment with a refractive excimer laser.

    PubMed

    Stulting, R Doyle; Fant, Barbara S; Bond, William; Chotiner, Ben; Durrie, Daniel; Gordon, Michael; Milauskas, Albert; Moore, Charles; Slade, Stephen; Randleman, J. Bradley; Stonecipher, Karl

    2016-01-01

    To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of topography-guided custom ablation treatment (T-CAT) to correct myopia and myopic astigmatism with laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Nine clinical sites in the USA. Prospective observational nonrandomized unmasked study. The study comprised patients aged 18 to 65 years old with myopia or myopic astigmatism with a manifest refraction spherical equivalent (MRSE) up to -9.0 diopters (D) and astigmatism of 6.0 D or less. Patients with previous refractive surgery or abnormal topography were excluded. Corneal topographies were obtained using the Allegro Topolyzer, and laser treatment was delivered with the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q excimer laser system. Visual outcomes were evaluated postoperatively at 1 day, 1 week, and 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months. The clinical trial enrolled 212 patients (249 eyes). The T-CAT procedure significantly reduced the MRSE and cylinder, with stability of outcomes evident from 3 to 12 months after surgery. Compared with the preoperative corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), the postoperative uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA) improved by 1 line or more in 30% of eyes and the postoperative UDVA was at least as good as the preoperative CDVA in 90% of eyes. Most visual symptoms improved after T-CAT. There were no significant treatment-related adverse events or loss of vision. The T-CAT procedure performed with the diagnostic device and the refractive excimer laser system safely and effectively achieved predictable refractive outcomes and reduced visual symptoms with stable results through 12 months. Dr. Stulting is a paid consultant to Alcon Laboratories, Inc., and was a medical monitor for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clinical trial. Dr. Fant is president of Clinical Research Consultants, Inc. (CRC), the clinical and regulatory consulting group that sponsored the FDA clinical trial. Dr. Fant and CRC were supported by Alcon Laboratories, Inc. Copyright © 2016 ASCRS and ESCRS

  6. Interaction of vacuum ultraviolet excimer laser radiation with fused silica: II. Neutral atom and molecule emission

    SciTech Connect

    George, Sharon R.; Langford, S. C.; Dickinson, J. T.

    2010-02-15

    We report mass-resolved time-of-flight measurements of neutral Si, O, and SiO from ultraviolet-grade fused silica during pulsed 157-nm irradiation at fluences well below the threshold for optical breakdown. Although the emission intensities are strongly affected by thermal treatments that affect the density of strained bonds in the lattice, they are not consistently affected by mechanical treatments that alter the density of point defects, such as polishing and abrasion. We propose that the absorption of single 157 nm photons cleave strained bonds to produce defects that subsequently diffuse to the surface. There they react with dangling bonds to release neutral atoms and molecules. Hartree-Fock calculations on clusters containing these defects support the contention that defect interactions can yield emission. More direct emission by the photoelectronic excitation of antibonding chemical states is also supported.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  8. Preparation of metal oxide thin films using coating photolysis process with ArF excimer laser

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tsuchiya, Tetsuo; Watanabe, Akio; Imai, Yoji; Niino, Hiroyuki; Yabe, Akira; Yamaguchi, Iwao; Manabe, Takaaki; Kumagai, Toshiya; Mizuta, Susumu

    2000-11-01

    The preparation of metal oxide thin films have been developed using the metalorganic (MO) compounds coating photolysis process with ArF excimer laser irradiation at room temperature. The effect of the starting materials and irradiation method on the product films was investigated by FT-IR, UV, XRD and SEM. It was found that metal acetylacetonates or metal 2-ethylhexanoate was effective as the starting materials. When using metal acetylacetonates as the starting materials, crystallized TiO2, In2O3 and ZrO2 were obtained with ArF laser irradiation at 50 mJ/cm2 at a repetition rate of 5 Hz for 5 min. When using An-acac, Fe, Sn, or In 2-ethylhexanoate as the starting material, a two-step process consisting of both preliminary weak (10mJ/cm2) and sufficiently strong irradiation (50mJ/cm2) was found to be effective for obtaining crystallized ZnO, Fe2O3, SnO2 and In2O3 films. In addition, crystallized complex oxide thin films such as ITO, PbTo3 and PbZrO3 were successfully obtained from the metal acetylacetonates or metal 2-ethylhexanoate using MO coating photolysis process. Patterned metal oxide thin films were also obtained by the ArF laser irradiation through the photomask, followed by leaching with solvents. The crystallization mechanism was discussed from the point of view of the photochemical reaction and photothermal reaction.

  9. Excimer laser machining of microvias in glass substrates for the manufacture of high density interconnects

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bhatt, D.; Hutt, D. A.; Conway, P. P.

    2012-07-01

    Machining of microvias in 100-50 μm thick CMZ glass using an excimer laser (248 nm) was investigated. The effect of various laser process parameters: pulse energy, repetition rate, irradiation time were studied to optimise the microvia drilling process and a process window was identified. Through-hole drilling of 100 μm diameter (entry hole) microvias was achieved at a fluence (energy density) as low as 2.3 J/cm2 with an irradiation time of 30-40 s at a repetition rate of 20 Hz, giving a taper angle between 22-24∘ relative to the vertical. However, by increasing the fluence to 4.5 J/cm2, this reduced the machining time to 5-10 s and taper angle to 14∘, giving an exit hole diameter of around 45-50 μm. With 50 μm thick glass, it was possible to machine through-hole microvias with smaller entry hole diameters down to 40 μm. Machined microvias were characterised to investigate debris, recast layer and microcrack formation. Debris and recast layer around the machined features was minimised by using a protective photoresist layer coating on the glass and through appropriate operating parameter selection. Microcracks along the sidewalls of the microvias could not be avoided, but their severity depended on the laser machining parameters used.

  10. High Spatial Resolution Analysis of Carbonates by In Situ Excimer Laser Ablation MC-ICP-MS

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shuttleworth, S.; Lloyd, N.; Douthitt, C.

    2012-12-01

    Speleothems are important climate archives. The time resolution of the paleochlimate proxies depends on the growth rates and the precision limitation of the analytical instrumentation [1]. As a consequence, for speleothems, better analytical precision combined with better spatial resolution will always be the goal, driven by a need to probe the timing and duration of climate events [1]. The Thermo Scientific NEPTUNE Plus with Jet Interface option offers unparalleled MC-ICP-MS sensitivity for heavy elements. An ion yield of >3 % has previously been reported for uranium solutions introduced by desolvating nebulizer[2]. For laser ablation Hf, the Jet Interface with N2 addition significantly improved sensitivity, which allowed precise and accurate 176Hf/177Hf ratios to be calculated using a spot size of just 25 μm diameter [3]. A Thermo Scientific NEPTUNE Plus with Jet Interface option was coupled with a Photon Machines excimer laser ablation system. This system features a short pulse width (4ns) 193 nm excimer laser and the HELEX 2 volume sample cell. The 193nm wavelength has been shown to reduce the particle size distribution of the aerosol produced by the laser ablation process [4] and this in turn has been shown to help minimize the effects of fractionation by ensuring that particles are in a size range so as to avoid incomplete vaporization and ionization in the plasma [5]. In this work we investigate U-Th dating of carbonates. Accurate LA U-Th isotope measurements on carbonates with U concentrations smaller than 1 μg/g are difficult due to small ion beams [1]. Hoffman et. al. [1] noted individual LA U-Th ratio precisions of about 2% (2 sigma) on a 134 ka sample with 134 μg/g U concentration. In this work we apply a combination of the high sampling efficiency two volume cell plus mixed gas plasmas to further enhance the capability. [1] Hoffman, D.L., et al. (2009). Chemical Geology. 259 253-261 [2] Bouman, C., et al. (2009). Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 73

  11. Excimer laser-assisted retrieval of Günther Tulip vena cava filters: a pilot study in a canine Model.

    PubMed

    Saito, Naritatsu; Shimamoto, Takeshi; Takeda, Takahide; Marui, Akira; Kimura, Takeshi; Ikeda, Tadashi; Sakata, Ryuzo

    2010-05-01

    Although most Günther Tulip filters (GTFs) can be safely retrieved within a few months after implantation, their recommended safe retrieval period is within a few weeks. This study aims to assess the feasibility of excimer laser-assisted retrieval of GTFs incorporated into the inferior vena cava (IVC) wall in a canine model. Six GTFs were implanted in six mongrel dogs and retrieved after four weeks. The retrieval system consisted of a 14-F excimer laser sheath, an 8-F guide catheter, and a 15-mm Goose Neck snare. All filters were tightly fixed to the IVC wall. After ablation of the adhesions by excimer laser emission, all filters were successfully retrieved. Final cavography after retrieval revealed no caval damage except for minor extravasation in three dogs. Examination of the caval specimen taken from a dog immediately after filter retrieval revealed partial absence of the intima and media. In the remaining five dogs, cavography performed 2 days after filter retrieval revealed complete hemostasis and almost indistinguishable intimal indentations. On follow-up cavography 28 days after filter retrieval, caval stenosis with 38% +/- 11% diameter narrowing was noted. The caval specimen obtained from a dog at 28 days showed neointima formation at the level where the filter struts were in contact with the caval wall. The other four dogs have survived for more than 3 months without any adverse events. Laser-assisted retrieval of a GTF incorporated into the IVC wall is feasible in dogs.

  12. UV excimer laser and low temperature plasma treatments of polyamide materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yip, Yiu Wan Joanne

    Polyamides have found widespread application in various industrial sectors, for example, they are used in apparel, home furnishings and similar uses. However, the requirements for high quality performance products are continually increasing and these promote a variety of surface treatments for polymer modification. UV excimer laser and low temperature plasma treatments are ideally suited for polyamide modification because they can change the physical and chemical properties of the material without affecting its bulk features. This project aimed to study the modification of polyamides by UV excimer laser irradiation and low temperature plasma treatment. The morphological changes in the resulting samples were analysed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and tapping mode atomic force microscopy (TM-AFM). The chemical modifications were studied by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and chemical force microscopy (CFM). Change in degree of crystallinity was examined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). After high-fluence laser irradiation, topographical results showed that ripples of micrometer size form on the fibre surface. By contrast, sub-micrometer size structures form on the polyamide surface when the applied laser energy is well below its ablation threshold. After high-fluence laser irradiation, chemical studies showed that the surface oxygen content of polyamide is reduced. A reverse result is obtained with low-fluence treatment. The DSC result showed no significant change in degree of crystallinity in either high-fluence or low-fluence treated samples. The same modifications in polyamide surfaces were studied after low temperature plasma treatment with oxygen, argon or tetrafluoromethane gas. The most significant result was that the surface oxygen content of polyamide increased after oxygen and argon plasma treatments. Both treatments induced many hydroxyl (-OH) and carboxylic acid (-COOH

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

    PubMed

    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.

  14. Formation and modification of surface alloys by excimer laser melting and resolidification

    SciTech Connect

    Jervis, T.R.; Nastasi, M.; Hirvonen, J.P. )

    1989-01-01

    The use of pulsed lasers operating in the ultra-violet for the formation and modification of metal alloys opens a range of processing techniques which offer the precision of ion beam techniques but at much higher processing rates. In addition, excimer laser surface processing offers the possibility of new surface modification technologies. Most metals have low reflectivities in the uv, so laser light is coupled strongly to the surface. The short pulse length of these lasers, along with a shallow absorption depth, results in a heated zone which is also quite shallow, of the order of 1 micrometer. Modest fluences, of the order of 1 J-cm{sup {minus}2} are sufficient to melt this surface zone. Typical quench rates from the melt are of the order of 10{sup 10} K-sec{sup {minus}1}; high enough to produce amorphous phases in some materials. Mixing by liquid phase diffusion between layers of vacuum evaporated materials and zone refinement can result from multiple melt resolidification events. These techniques make available a large range of alloy compositions on engineering materials. The surface morphology of the processed layers is quite smooth with a surface finish less than 100 nm. Further processing prior to use is therefore not required for most applications. We have studied laser mixing of metals into engineering materials, both metal alloys and ceramics, the formation of ceramic structures on metals, the modification of alloys by surface zone refinement, and the mixing of binary and ternary multilayer structures. 25 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs.

  15. Putative photoacoustic damage in skin induced by pulsed ArF excimer laser

    SciTech Connect

    Watanabe, S.; Flotte, T.J.; McAuliffe, D.J.; Jacques, S.L.

    1988-05-01

    Argon-fluoride excimer laser ablation of guinea pig stratum corneum causes deeper tissue damage than expected for thermal or photochemical mechanisms, suggesting that photoacoustic waves have a role in tissue damage. Laser irradiation (193 nm, 14-ns pulse) at two different radiant exposures, 62 and 156 mJ/cm2 per pulse, was used to ablate the 15-microns-thick stratum corneum of the skin. Light and electron microscopy of immediate biopsies demonstrated damage to fibroblasts as deep as 88 and 220 microns, respectively, below the ablation site. These depths are far in excess of the optical penetration depth of 193-nm light (1/e depth = 1.5 micron). The damage is unlikely to be due to a photochemical mechanism because (a) the photons will not penetrate to these depths, (b) it is a long distance for toxic photoproducts to diffuse, and (c) damage is proportional to laser pulse intensity and not the total dose that accumulates in the residual tissue; therefore, reciprocity does not hold. Damage due to a thermal mechanism is not expected because there is not sufficient energy deposited in the tissue to cause significant heating at such depths. The damage is most likely due to a photoacoustic mechanism because (a) photoacoustic waves can propagate deep into tissue, (b) the depth of damage increases with increasing laser pulse intensity rather than with increasing total residual energy, and (c) the effects are immediate. These effects should be considered in the evaluation of short pulse, high peak power laser-tissue interactions.

  16. Fabrication of micro-lenses using excimer laser ablation by means of laser-generated grey-tone-masks

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Klotzbuecher, T.; Dadic, D.

    2010-02-01

    Micro-lenses, including Fresnel-Lenses, were fabricated by excimer laser ablation of polymers by means of lasergenerated grey-tone-masks. The smallest reproducible holes that could be fabricated by excimer laser ablation (193 nm, 1 J/cm2) of chromium-on-quartz (thickness 50-100 nm) were around 3 μm, the pitch of which should be at least at the same value to ensure a reproducibility of hole-arrays. To achieve acceptable ablation times during the fabrication of the grey-tone-masks, on-the-fly ablation instead of step-and-repeat technique was used, operating the laser at a constant pulse repetition rate <30 Hz with a continuously moving quartz-substrate. In this way and using different encoding techniques it was possible to generate at least 11 different grey-tones. The available grey-tones were used to generate grey-tone-masks for ablation of Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and Polycarbonate (PC). For that, fluences in the range of 0.07-0.14 J/cm2 could be applied, corresponding to a value of 1.25 J/cm2 on the workpiece without grey-tonemask and a value lying well below the damage threshold of the chromium mask. Refractive micro-lenses fabricated in this way did not show a good imaging quality, since 11 grey-tones is less than required to generate a continuous surface profile over the full diameter of the lens during ablation and the achievable aspect ratio is limited with the small fluences. However, flat diffractive micro-lenses of the Fresenel type with a quasi-continuously surface profile could be fabricated in a sufficient manner. This can be attributed to the fact that each segment of the Fresenel-lenses can be encoded by 11 grey-tones, leading to much smoother surface reliefs and to a sufficient imaging quality.

  17. Wettability characteristics of carbon steel modified with CO 2, Nd:YAG, excimer and high power diode lasers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lawrence, J.; Li, L.

    2000-02-01

    Interaction of CO 2, 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 controlled and/or modified by laser surface treatment. A correlation between the change of the wetting properties of the mild steel and the laser wavelength was found.

  18. Excimer laser fragmentation fluorescence spectroscopy for real-time monitoring of combustion generated pollutants

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Damm, Christopher John

    Toxic pollutant emissions from combustion pose a hazard to public and environmental health. Better diagnostic techniques would benefit emissions monitoring programs and aid research aimed at understanding toxic pollutant formation and behavior. Excimer Laser Fragmentation Fluorescence Spectroscopy (ELFFS) provides sensitive, real-time, in situ measurements of several important combustion related pollutants. This thesis demonstrates the capabilities of ELFFS for detecting amines in combustion exhausts and carbonaceous particulate matter from engines. ELFFS photofragments target species using a 193 nm excimer laser to form fluorescent signature species. The NH (A--X) band at 336 nm is used to monitor ammonia, ammonium nitrate and ammonium sulfate. There are no major interferences in this spectral region. The sensitivity is approximately 100 ppb (1 second measurement) for ammonia in post flame gases and 100 ppb (mole fraction) for ammonium nitrate/sulfate in ambient air. Quenching of NH by the major combustion products does not limit the applicability of the detection method. Fluorescence from excited carbon atoms at 248 nm (1P 0 → 1S0) following photofragmentation measures particulate matter in a two-stroke gasoline engine and a four-stroke diesel engine. Fluorescence from CH (A2Delta → X 2pi, 431 nm) C2 (d3pig → a3piu, 468 nm) fragments is also observed. The atomic carbon fluorescence signal is proportional to the mass concentration of particles in the laser interrogation region. The 100-shot (1 second) detection limit for particles in the two-stroke gasoline engine exhaust is 0.5 ppb (volume fraction). The 100-shot detection limit for four-stroke diesel particulate matter is 0.2 ppb. Interferences from carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide are negligible. The ratios of atomic carbon, C2, and CH peaks provide information on the molecular forms of compounds condensed on or contained within the particles measured. The C/C2 signal ratio can be used to distinguish

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  20. Measurement of the frequency response of a diaphragm-based pressure sensor by use of a pulsed excimer laser.

    PubMed

    Shen, Fabin; Xu, Juncheng; Wang, Anbo

    2005-08-01

    We present a novel method for measuring the frequency response of a diaphragm-based optical fiber Fabry-Perot interferometric pressure sensor. The impulse response of the sensor to the radiation pressure generated by an excimer laser pulse is measured. The Fourier transform of the impulse response yields the frequency response of the pressure sensor. Experimental results show that it is a convenient and efficient method for measurement of the frequency response of diaphragm-based pressure sensors.

  1. Factors Affecting the Production of Aromatic Immonium Ions in MALDI 157 nm Photodissociation Studies

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    DeGraan-Weber, Nick; Ashley, Daniel C.; Keijzer, Karlijn; Baik, Mu-Hyun; Reilly, James P.

    2016-05-01

    Immonium ions are commonly observed in the high energy fragmentation of peptide ions. In a MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometer, singly charged peptides photofragmented with 157 nm VUV light yield a copious abundance of immonium ions, especially those from aromatic residues. However, their intensities may vary from one peptide to another. In this work, the effect of varying amino acid position, peptide length, and peptide composition on immonium ion yield is investigated. Internal immonium ions are found to have the strongest intensity, whereas immonium ions arising from C-terminal residues are the weakest. Peptide length and competition among residues also strongly influence the immonium ion production. Quantum calculations provide insights about immonium ion structures and the fragment ion conformations that promote or inhibit immonium ion formation.

  2. 157 nm photodissociation of dipeptide ions containing N-terminal arginine.

    PubMed

    Webber, Nathaniel; He, Yi; Reilly, James P

    2014-02-01

    Twenty singly-charged dipeptide ions with N-terminal arginine were photodissociated using 157 nm light in both a linear ion-trap mass spectrometer and a MALDI-TOF-TOF mass spectrometer. Analogous to previous work on dipeptides containing C-terminal arginine, this set of samples enabled insights into the photofragmentation propensities associated with individual residues. In addition to familiar products such as a-, d-, and immonium ions, m2 and m2+13 ions were also observed. Certain side chains tended to cleave between their β and γ carbons without necessarily forming d- or w-type ions, and a few other ions were produced by the high-energy fragmentation of multiple bonds.

  3. The collision-free photochemistry of methyl azide at 157 nm: Mechanism and energy release

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Quinto-Hernandez, Alfredo; Lee, Shih-Huang; Wodtke, Alec M.

    2017-08-01

    Synchrotron radiation VUV-photoionization based photofragment translational spectroscopy was used to identify the primary and secondary photodissociation reactions of methyl azide (CH3N3) at 157 nm under collision-free conditions. Two primary dissociation channels are identified, leading to CH3 + N3 (the radical channel) and CH3N + N2 (the molecular elimination channel). The last channel is the major dissociation pathway, but unlike work at longer photolysis wavelengths, here, the radical channel exclusively produces the higher energy isomer cyclic-N3. Product time-of-flight data for both channels were obtained and compared with earlier work on methyl azide photochemistry at 193 nm based on electron impact ionization, allowing us to estimate a product branching ratio Φ/CH3-N3 ΦCH3N-N2 =2.3/% ±0.6 % 97.7 % ±0.6 % .

  4. CAD/CAM interface design of excimer laser micro-processing system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jing, Liang; Chen, Tao; Zuo, Tiechuan

    2005-12-01

    Recently CAD/CAM technology has been gradually used in the field of laser processing. The excimer laser micro-processing system just identified G instruction before CAD/CAM interface was designed. However the course of designing a part with G instruction for users is too hard. The efficiency is low and probability of making errors is high. By secondary development technology of AutoCAD with Visual Basic, an application was developed to pick-up each entity's information in graph and convert them to each entity's processing parameters. Also an additional function was added into former controlling software to identify these processing parameters of each entity and realize continue processing of graphic. Based on the above CAD/CAM interface, Users can design a part in AutoCAD instead of using G instruction. The period of designing a part is sharply shortened. This new way of design greatly guarantees the processing parameters of the part is right and exclusive. The processing of complex novel bio-chip has been realized by this new function.

  5. Direct immobilization of biotin on the micro-patterned PEN foil treated by excimer laser.

    PubMed

    Štofik, Marcel; Semerádtová, Alena; Malý, Jan; Kolská, Zdeňka; Neděla, Oldřich; Wrobel, Dominika; Slepička, Petr

    2015-04-01

    Polymers with functionalized surfaces have attracted a lot of attention in the last few years. Due to the progress in the techniques of polymer micro-patterning, miniaturized bioanalytical assays and biocompatible devices can be developed. In the presented work, we performed surface modification of polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) foil by an excimer laser beam through a photolithographic contact mask. The aim was to fabricate micro-patterned areas with surface functional groups available for localized covalent immobilization of biotin. It was found out that depending on the properties of the laser scans, a polymer surface exhibits different degrees of modification and as a consequence, different degrees of surface biotinylation can be achieved. Several affinity tests with optical detection of fluorescently labeled streptavidin were successfully performed on biotinylated micro-patterns of a PEN foil. The polymer surface properties were also evaluated by electrokinetic analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The results have shown that PEN foils can be considered suitable substrates for construction of micro-patterned bioanalytical affinity assays.

  6. The Effect of Excimer Laser Treatment on the Surface Roughness and Fracture Strength of Alumina Substrates

    SciTech Connect

    Smoot, J.E.

    1998-05-13

    The microelectronics industry requires alumina substrates with exceptionally smooth surfaces and few surface defects to allow successful deposition of metallic films for reliable electronic performance. Irradiation by a 248-nm wavelength excimer laser beam (KrF) at a fluence of 125 mJ/mm{sup 2} and at various angles of incidence is shown to significantly reduce the surface roughness of alumina substrates. However, irradiation also creates a fine particulate deposit of alumina that only partially adheres to the substrate and impedes deposition of metal films. Annealing in air between 1350 C and 1450 C was found to remove the particles by sintering. As-received material showed surface roughness average (R{sub a}) mean values of 457 nm, which was reduced to 60 nm (mean) following irradiation and 71 nm (mean) following irradiation and annealing at 1350 C. Irradiation also produced a decrease in the number and severity of surface defects. The flexural strength and Weibull modulus were both increased by laser irradiation and thermal treatment. Flexural strength went from an as-received value of 450 MPa to 560 MPa following irradiation/sintering, measured at 10% probability of failure. The Weibull modulus was increased from the as-received value of about 9, to about 13 following irradiation/sintering. It was concluded that irradiation at an angle of incidence of 60{degree} from perpendicular was most effective in producing a low surface roughness.

  7. Adhesion strength measurements of excimer-laser-treated PTFE surfaces using liquid photoreagents

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hopp, Bela; Smausz, Tomi; Kresz, Norbert; Ignacz, Ferenc

    2003-04-01

    The most known feature of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is its adhesion behavior: it is hydrophobic and oleophobic at the same time. This can cause serious problems and obstacles during the surface treatment and fixing of PTFE objects. During our experiments Teflon films were irradiated by an ArF excimer laser beam in presence of liquid photoreagents containing amine groups (aminoethanol, 1,2-diaminoethane, triethylene-tetramine). In consequence of the treatment the adhesion of the modified surfaces significantly increased, the samples could be glued and moistened. The adhesion strength of the glued surfaces was measured in the function of the applied laser fluence. The adhesion strength increased drastically between 0 - 1 mJ/cm2 and showed saturation above 1 mJ/cm2 at approximately 5 - 9 MPa values depending on the applied photoreagents. On the basis of our experiments it was found that the treatment with triethylene-tetramine was the most effective. The surface chemical modifications of the treated Teflon samples can be due to the incorporation of amine groups into the surface layer.

  8. N-type doping of Ge by As implantation and excimer laser annealing

    SciTech Connect

    Milazzo, R.; Napolitani, E. De Salvador, D.; Mastromatteo, M.; Carnera, A.; Impellizzeri, G.; Boninelli, S.; Priolo, F.; Privitera, V.; Fisicaro, G.; Italia, M.; La Magna, A.; Cuscunà, M.; Fortunato, G.

    2014-02-07

    The diffusion and activation of arsenic implanted into germanium at 40 keV with maximum concentrations below and above the solid solubility (8 × 10{sup 19} cm{sup −3}) have been studied, both experimentally and theoretically, after excimer laser annealing (λ = 308 nm) in the melting regime with different laser energy densities and single or multiple pulses. Arsenic is observed to diffuse similarly for different fluences with no out-diffusion and no formation of pile-up at the maximum melt depth. The diffusion profiles have been satisfactorily simulated by assuming two diffusivity states of As in the molten Ge and a non-equilibrium segregation at the maximum melt depth. The electrical activation is partial and decreases with increasing the chemical concentration with a saturation of the active concentration at 1 × 10{sup 20} cm{sup −3}, which represents a new record for the As-doped Ge system.

  9. Negative charge emission due to excimer laser bombardment of sodium trisilicate glass

    SciTech Connect

    Langford, S.C.; Jensen, L.C.; Dickinson, J.T. ); Pederson, L.R. )

    1990-10-15

    We describe measurements of negative charge emission accompanying irradiation of sodium trisilicate glass (Na{sub 2}O{center dot}3SiO{sub 2}) with 248-nm excimer laser light at fluences on the order of 2 J/cm{sup 2} per pulse, i.e., at the threshold for ablative etching of the glass surface. The negative charge emission consists of a very prompt photoelectron burst coincident with the laser pulse, followed by a much slower plume of electrons and negative ions traveling with a high density cloud of positive ions, previously identified as primarily Na{sup +}. Using combinations of {bold E} and {bold B} fields in conjunction with time-of-flight methods, the negative ions were successfully separated from the plume and tentatively identified as O{sup {minus}}, Si{sup {minus}}, NaO{sup {minus}}, and perhaps NaSi{sup {minus}}. These negative species are probably formed by gas phase collisions in the near-surface region which result in electron attachment.

  10. High power excimer laser image relay system analysis using Delano diagram

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Yongshen; Zhao, Jun; Zhao, Xueqing; Hu, Yun; Wang, Dahui; Xue, Quanxi; Liu, Jingru

    2013-05-01

    The characteristics of Delano diagram are especially helpful in instrumental systems type with considerably separated components. For high power excimer laser system, especially for image relay scheme, the Delano diagram method is highly advantageous for the system's thin lens layout design. A primitive experimental image relay and it's combination optical layout is investigated in our high power XeCl laser system, with intensity smoothed spatial incoherent source. Instead of the uniform intensity distribution on the target as expected, it is obvious shows in the final image on the target that a gauss like intensity profile and a large amount of astigmatism results. There are two possible reasons: the first one is that not keeping proper relay of pupil plane (or Fourier plane) in the final stage, simply care the collimated beam of virtual object in the final focusing stage. With the help of Delano diagram, it's clearly shown in the diagram that the Fourier plane and the image plane come very close, indicates that a complete image relay of the object plane and Fourier plane is needed. The second reason is due to the off-axis setup in the large aperture main amplifier, which introduce significant astigmatism aberrations in the final optical path. This question can be solved using proper tilt and de-center of reflective mirror pair setup, and two possible such combination pairs are proposed.

  11. Precision shaping of transparent materials for optical devices with VUV laser radiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Temme, Thorsten; Ostendorf, Andreas; Kulik, Christian J.

    2004-04-01

    The precision machining of glass by laser ablation has been expanded with the short wavelength of the 157 nm of the F2 excimer laser. The high absorption of this wavelength in any optical glass, especially in UV-grade fused silica, offers a new approach to generate high quality surfaces, addressing also micro-optical components. In this paper, the machining of basic diffractive and refractive optical components and the required machining and process technology is presented. Applications that are addressed are cylindrical and rotational symmetrical micro lenses and diffractive optics like phase transmission grating and diffractive optical elements (DOEs). These optical surfaces have been machined into bulk material as well as on fiber end surfaces, to achieve compact (electro)-optical elements with high functionality and packaging density. The short wavelength of 157 nm used in the investigations require either vacuum or high purity inert gas environments. The influence of different ambient conditions is presented.

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

    PubMed

    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.

  13. Excimer Laser LEsion modification to expand non-dilatable stents: the ELLEMENT registry.

    PubMed

    Latib, Azeem; Takagi, Kensuke; Chizzola, Giuliano; Tobis, Jonathan; Ambrosini, Vittorio; Niccoli, Giampaolo; Sardella, Gennaro; DiSalvo, Maria Elena; Armigliato, Pietro; Valgimigli, Marco; Tarsia, Giandomenico; Gabrielli, Gabriele; Lazar, Lawrence; Maffeo, Diego; Colombo, Antonio

    2014-01-01

    Stent underexpansion is a risk factor for in-stent restenosis and stent thrombosis. Existing techniques to optimize stent expansion are sometimes ineffective. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness and feasibility of Excimer Laser Coronary Angioplasty (ELCA) in improving stent expansion when high-pressure non-compliant balloon inflation was ineffective. ECLA ablation was performed at high energy during contrast injection and only within the underexpanded stent. The primary endpoint of successful laser dilatation was defined as an increase of at least 1mm(2) in minimal stent cross-sectional area (MSA) on IVUS or an increase of at least 20% in minimal stent diameter (MSD) by QCA, following redilatation with the same non-compliant balloon that had been unsuccessful prior to ELCA. Secondary endpoints were cardiac death, myocardial infarction (MI) and target lesion revascularization. Between June 2009 and November 2011, 28 patients with an underexpanded stent despite high-pressure balloon inflation were included. The mean laser catheter size was 1.2±0.4 (range 0.9-2.0mm) and a mean of 62±12mJ/mm(2) at 62±21hertz were required for optimal expansion. Laser-assisted stent dilatation was successful in 27 cases (96.4%), with an improvement in MSD by QCA (1.6±0.6mm at baseline to 2.6±0.6mm post-procedure) and MSA by IVUS (3.5±1.1mm(2) to 7.1±1.9mm(2)). Periprocedural MI occurred in 7.1%, transient slow-flow in 3.6% and ST elevation in 3.6%. During follow-up, there were no MIs, there was 1 cardiac-death, and TLR occurred in 6.7%. The ELLEMENT study confirms the feasibility of ELCA with contrast injection to improve stent underexpansion in undilatable stented lesions. © 2014.

  14. A neuro-fuzzy approach to failure detection and diagnosis of excimer laser ablation in microvia formation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Setia, Ronald; May, Gary S.

    2006-02-01

    Excimer laser ablation is used for microvia formation in the microelectronics packaging industry. With continuing advancement of laser systems, there is an increasing need to offset capital equipment investment and lower equipment downtime. This paper presents a neuro-fuzzy methodology for in-line failure detection and diagnosis of the excimer laser ablation process. Response data originating directly from laser tool sensors and the characterization of microvias were used as failure symptoms for potential deviations in four laser system parameters from their corresponding baseline values. The response characteristics consist of via diameter, via wall angle, and via resistance. Resistance measurements on copper deposited in the ablated vias were performed to characterize the degree to which debris remaining inside the vias affected quality. The laser system parameters include laser fluence, shot frequency, number of pulses, and helium pressure flow. The adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) was trained and subsequently validated for its capability in evidential reasoning using the data collected. Results indicated only a single false alarm occurred in 19 possible failure detection scenarios. In failure diagnosis, a single false alarm and a single missed alarm occurred.

  15. Does imiquimod pretreatment optimize 308-nm excimer laser (UVB) therapy in psoriasis patients?

    PubMed

    Tacastacas, Joselin D; Oyetakin-White, Patricia; Soler, David C; Young, Andrew; Groft, Sarah; Honda, Kord; Cooper, Kevin D; McCormick, Thomas S

    2017-07-01

    Psoriasis continues to be a debilitating skin disease affecting 1-3% of the United States population. Although the effectiveness of several current biologic therapies have described this pathology as a IL-23, TNF-a and Th17-mediated disease, less invasive approaches are still in use and in need of refinement. One of these is the usage of narrow band-UVB (NB-UVB) therapy to deplete specifically intra-epidermal CD3+, CD4+ and CD8+ cells to clear psoriatic plaques. In order to improve NB-UVB therapy, we sought to determine whether skin pre-treatment with the TLR7 agonist imiquimod (IMQ) would help increase the efficiency of the former at resolving psoriatic plaques. Eucerin(®) Original Moisturizing Lotion (topical vehicle) or Aldara(®) (imiquimod 5% topical cream) were applied for 5 days once daily to a maximum contiguous area of 25 cm(2) (5 cm × 5 cm area). Patients were provided with sachets containing 12.5 mg of imiquimod each and were instructed to apply imiquimod (I) to two psoriasis plaques (5 sachets of imiquimod allotted to each plaque). A PHAROS excimer Laser EX-308 (Ra Medical Systems, Inc. Carlsbad, CA, USA) with an output of monochromatic 308-nm light and pulse width of 20-50 ns was used for all patients. Punch biopsies of psoriatic lesions (6 mm) were taken at 4 and 48 h after final application of topical treatment with or without excimer laser treatment. Real-time quantitative RT-PCR was performed according to manufacturer's instructions and Inmunohistochemistry was used as described before. Our results suggests that although IMQ seemed to activate the type I interferon pathway as previously described, its concomitant usage with NB-UVB for clearing psoriatic skin was ineffective. Although upregulation of genes MxA, GRAMD1A and DMXL2 suggested that IMQ treatment did induce skin changes in psoriasis patients, more optimal dosing of IMQ and NB-UVB might be necessary to achieve desired treatment responses. The observation that psoriasis involvement was

  16. LASERS: Influence of excitation parameters and active medium on the efficiency of an electric-discharge excimer ArF laser

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Razhev, A. M.; Shchedrin, A. I.; Kalyuzhnaya, Anna G.; Zhupikov, A. A.

    2005-09-01

    The kinetic model of processes occurring in the plasma of an electric-discharge 193-nm excimer ArF laser operating on mixtures of He and Ne buffer gases is developed. The influence of excitation and active medium parameters on the lasing energy and total efficiency of the electric-discharge excimer ArF laser is studied theoretically and experimentally. It is shown that a specific pump power of ~4.5-5.0 MW cm-3 is required for attaining the maximum lasing energy for the highest efficiency of an ArF laser operating on a He—Ar—F2 mixture. For the first time, the pulse energy of 1.3 J at an efficiency of 2.0% is attained for an ArF laser with a specific pump power of 5.0 MW cm-3 using mixtures with helium as a buffer gas.

  17. Comparison of ablation channels created by the ultrapulsed CO2 laser, holmium laser, and 308-nm excimer laser in view of transmyocardial revascularization

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sachinopoulou, Anna; Verdaasdonck, Rudolf M.; Beek, Johan F.

    1996-05-01

    The perfusion of hibernating myocardium by oxygenated blood coming from transmyocardial channels to the left ventricular cavity has been considered as an alternative for patients unsuitable for bypass surgery. Channels created by lasers are believed to assure patency in the long term. At this moment, several laser systems have become available to create these channels with minimal thermal effects. The systems should be ECG triggered and the exposure should preferably be within the relaxation phase of the cardiac cycle (0.1 - 0.2 s). The lasers examined were an ultrapulsed carbon-dioxide laser with long focus delivery optics, a Holmium laser coupled to a 1 mm spot fiber and an Excimer laser coupled to a 950 fiber. Pieces of bovine myocardium (10 - 20 mm thickness) were exposed while the displacement during penetration was monitored. Pulse trains were delivered within 0.05 - 0.2 s with a repetition rate of 1 - 3 Hz. The fiber delivery devices were loaded with weights between 10 - 80 gram to study the influence of exerted force. For the carbon dioxide laser the creation of the channels was also recorded on high speed video and with a thermal imaging method in a model tissue to visualize explosive and thermal effects. With the Holmium laser immediate penetration of the fiber was obtained while with the Excimer laser the penetration of the fiber started only after several pulses within the train depending on force and energy. The carbon-dioxide laser beam created a channel instantly, up to 30 mm/pulse depending on spotsize and energy. We conclude that all three lasers are capable of creating a channel of 20 mm long on the heart within a few cardiac cycles. Histologic analysis showed that in contrast to the smooth channels of the carbon-dioxide laser, the Holmium and Excimer laser create irregular channels with ruptures to the sides with some thermal damage. It is not clear which kind of channels will have the best potentials to provide maximum perfusion of the

  18. Etching of fused silica and glass with excimer laser at 351 nm

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zimmer, K.; Braun, A.; Böhme, R.

    2003-03-01

    The etching of solid surfaces at the interface to liquids is a new promising method for micro-machining of transparent materials. To extend the method to additional materials the pulsed radiation of a XeF-excimer laser (351 nm) was used for etching different types of glass (Corning Inc.: Pyrex, 7059 and Schott Group: D263, AF45) and fused silica for comparison. The etch rates of the investigated materials increase almost linear at low laser fluences. Threshold fluences for glass as low as 0.5 J/cm 2 and etch rates from 6 to 10 nm per pulse at 1 J/cm 2 have been determined. The etch rate and the threshold fluence depend also on the used liquid, consisting of a solvent (acetone, toluene) and a certain concentration of dissolved pyrene, but only little on the glass type. Due to the low etch rate typically very smooth surfaces are achieved. The surface roughness measured by AFM on Corning 7059-glass at an etch depth of 3.7 μm is as low as 4 nm. Contrary to the other glasses the surface roughness of Pyrex is much higher and dominated by typical arbitrary etch pits with micron dimensions. Comparing the etching of fused silica at a wavelength of 248 and 351 nm the used solution influences both the etch threshold and the etch rate. In accordance to earlier investigations at 248 nm also XeF-laser etching at the interface to an absorbing liquid results in a good surface quality, well defined patterns and almost no debris deposition. Thus, this technique is a good candidate for precise micro-machining applications.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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).

  20. Characteristics of excitation discharge of an excimer laser in gas density depletion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Imada, Go; Masuda, Wataru; Yatsui, Kiyoshi

    1998-12-01

    The influences of gas density depletion on the highly- repetitive, high-pressure, pulsed glow discharge for excitation of excimer laser have been investigated eliminating the other instabilities, such as shock waves, residual ions, discharge products and electrode heating. The gas density depletion is simulated by utilizing a subsonic flow between the curved electrodes. The comparison has been made on the discharge occurred in the presence of the gas density depletion with the second discharge on the double-pulse experiment. We have found that the big gas density non uniformity, (Delta) (rho) /(rho) 0 approximately 3.6% corresponding to a pulse repetition rate (PRR) of approximately 20 Hz, tends to cause the arc discharge without the shocks, ions, discharge products and electrode heating. On the other hand, the second discharge on the double-pulse experiment becomes arc discharge in much smaller non uniformity ((Delta) (rho) /(rho) 0 approximately 1.2% corresponding to PRR approximately 3 Hz). The arc discharge in the double-pulse experiment might be driven by the residual ions and/or discharge products other than gas density depletion except for PRR greater than 20 Hz.

  1. Photoinitiator-free 3D scaffolds fabricated by excimer laser photocuring.

    PubMed

    Farkas, Balázs; Dante, Silvia; Brandi, Fernando

    2017-01-20

    Photoinitiator-free fabrication of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) scaffolds is achieved using a novel three-dimensional (3D) printing method called mask projected excimer laser stereolithography (MPExSL). The spatial resolution of photoinitiator-free curing is suitable for 3D layer-by-layer fabrication with a single layer thickness well controllable at tens to hundreds of microns using 248 nm wavelength for the irradiation. The photoinitiator-free scaffolds are superior compared to their counterparts fabricated by using photoinitiator molecules, showing a higher level of biocompatibility. A release of toxic chemicals from the photoinitiator containing scaffolds is proven by cell proliferation tests. In contrast, no toxic release is found from the photoinitiator-free scaffolds, resulting in the very same level of cell proliferation as the control sample. The demonstration of photoinitiator-free PEGDA scaffolds enables the fabrication of 3D scaffolds with the highest level of biocompatibility for both in vitro and in vivo applications.

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

    PubMed Central

    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 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. PMID:24891945

  3. Post-growth annealing of germanium-tin alloys using pulsed excimer laser

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, Lanxiang; Wang, Wei; Zhou, Qian; Yeo, Yee-Chia; Pan, Jisheng; Zhang, Zheng; Tok, Eng Soon

    2015-07-14

    We investigate the impact of pulsed excimer laser anneal on fully strained germanium-tin alloys (Ge{sub 1−x}Sn{sub x}) epitaxially grown on Ge substrate by molecular beam epitaxy. Using atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the morphological and compositional evolution of Ge{sub 1−x}Sn{sub x} with Sn content up to 17% after annealing using various conditions is studied. Ge{sub 0.83}Sn{sub 0.17} samples annealed at 80 mJ/cm{sup 2} or 150 mJ/cm{sup 2} have no observable changes with respect to the as-grown sample. However, Ge{sub 0.83}Sn{sub 0.17} samples annealed at 250 mJ/cm{sup 2} or 300 mJ/cm{sup 2} have Sn-rich islands on the surface, which is due to Sn segregation in the compressively strained epitaxial film. For Ge{sub 0.89}Sn{sub 0.11}, significant Sn redistribution occurs only when annealed at 300 mJ/cm{sup 2}, indicating that it has better thermal stability than Ge{sub 0.83}Sn{sub 0.17}. A mechanism is proposed to explain the formation of Sn-rich islands and Sn-depleted regions.

  4. Refractive and visual results and patient satisfaction after excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy for myopia.

    PubMed Central

    Halliday, B L

    1995-01-01

    A study of excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy was performed on 108 patients. Variation in individual refractive outcome was noted, particularly for the higher levels of correction. At 12 months, of those with up to 3 dioptres of myopia, 93% were within 1 dioptre of emmetropia, 100% achieved an acuity of 6/12 unaided, 69% were very pleased with their result, and 10% were very disappointed. Of those with between 3.1 and 6 dioptres of myopia, the respective figures were 75%, 73%, 65%, and 11%. For those with over 6 dioptres of myopia the respective figures were 46%, 58%, 38%, and 23%. Some patients were disappointed despite having achieved good unaided visual acuity. Forty seven per cent of patients lost at least one Snellen line of best corrected acuity. Glare was a problem for some of the time in over 60%. Perceived distortion of vision was a problem for all of the time in 11% to 31% of cases depending on the initial level of myopia. In some cases the refraction continued to change between 12 months and 20 months. PMID:7488574

  5. Excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy in conjunction with mitomycin C in corneal macular and granular dystrophies.

    PubMed

    Yuksel, Erdem; Cubuk, Mehmet Ozgur; Eroglu, Hulya Yazıcı; Bilgihan, Kamil

    2016-04-01

    To evaluate the visual outcomes, recurrence patterns, safety, and efficacy of excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) in conjunction with mitomycin C (MMC) for corneal macular and granular diystrophies. The patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 included patients with macular corneal dystrophy (MCD) that caused superficial corneal plaque opacities, and Group 2 included patients with granular corneal dystrophy (GCD). Patients in both groups were pre-, peri-, and postoperatively evaluated. The groups were compared in terms of uncorrected visual acuity (VA), best spectacle-corrected VA, presence of mild or significant recurrence, and time of recurrence. Eighteen eyes (nine with MCD and nine with GCD) of 18 patients (10 men and eight women) were included. PTK was performed for each eye that was included in this study. The mean ablation amount was 117.8 ± 24.4 µm and 83.5 ± 45.7 µm in MCD and GCD, respectively, (p=0.18). The postoperative improvement of the mean VA was similar between the two groups before recurrences (p>0.43) and after recurrences (p>0.71). There were no statistically significant differences in the recurrence rate and the recurrence-free period for any recurrence type. PTK was an effective, safe, and minimally invasive procedure for patients with MCD and GCD. PTK in conjunction with MMC was similarly effective for both groups in terms of recurrence and visual outcomes.

  6. Photoinitiator-free 3D scaffolds fabricated by excimer laser photocuring

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Farkas, Balázs; Dante, Silvia; Brandi, Fernando

    2017-01-01

    Photoinitiator-free fabrication of poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEGDA) scaffolds is achieved using a novel three-dimensional (3D) printing method called mask projected excimer laser stereolithography (MPExSL). The spatial resolution of photoinitiator-free curing is suitable for 3D layer-by-layer fabrication with a single layer thickness well controllable at tens to hundreds of microns using 248 nm wavelength for the irradiation. The photoinitiator-free scaffolds are superior compared to their counterparts fabricated by using photoinitiator molecules, showing a higher level of biocompatibility. A release of toxic chemicals from the photoinitiator containing scaffolds is proven by cell proliferation tests. In contrast, no toxic release is found from the photoinitiator-free scaffolds, resulting in the very same level of cell proliferation as the control sample. The demonstration of photoinitiator-free PEGDA scaffolds enables the fabrication of 3D scaffolds with the highest level of biocompatibility for both in vitro and in vivo applications.

  7. Raman scattering measurements in flames using a tunable KrF excimer laser

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Wehrmeyer, Joseph A.; Cheng, Tsarng-Sheng; Pitz, Robert W.

    1992-01-01

    A narrow-band tunable KrF excimer laser is used as a spontaneous vibrational Raman scattering source to demonstrate that single-pulse concentration and temperature measurements, with only minimal fluorescence interference, are possible for all major species (O2, N2, H2O, and H2) at all stoichiometries (fuel-lean to fuel rich) of H2-air flames. Photon-statistics-limited precisions in these instantaneous and spatially resolved single-pulse measurements are typically 5 percent, which are based on the relative standard deviations of single-pulse probability distributions. In addition to the single-pulse N2 Stokes/anti-Stokes ratio temperature measurement technique, a time-averaged temperature measurement technique is presented that matches the N2 Stokes Raman spectrum to theoretical spectra by using a single intermediate state frequency to account for near-resonance enhancement. Raman flame spectra in CH4-air flames are presented that have good signal-to-noise characteristics and show promise for single-pulse UV Raman measurements in hydrocarbon flames.

  8. Ruthenium Grubbs' catalyst nanostructures grown by UV-excimer-laser ablation for self-healing applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Aïssa, B.; Nechache, R.; Haddad, E.; Jamroz, W.; Merle, P. G.; Rosei, F.

    2012-10-01

    A self healing composite material consisting of 5-Ethylidene-2-Norbornene (5E2N) monomer reacted with Ruthenium Grubbs' Catalyst (RGC) was prepared. First, the kinetics of the 5E2N ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) reaction RGC was studied as a function of temperature. We show that the polymerization reaction is still effective in a large temperature range (-15 to 45 °C), occurring at short time scales (less than 1 min at 40 °C). Second, the amount of RGC required for ROMP reaction significantly decreased through its nanostructuration by means of a UV-excimer laser ablation process. RGC nanostructures of few nanometers in size where successfully obtained directly on silicon substrates. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data strongly suggest that the RGC still keep its original stoichiometry after nanostructuration. More importantly, the associated ROMP reaction was successfully achieved at an extreme low RGC concentration equivalent to (11.16 ± 1.28) × 10-4 Vol.%, occurring at very short time reaction. This approach opens new prospects for using healing agent nanocomposite materials for self-repair functionality, thereby obtaining a higher catalytic efficiency per unit mass.

  9. Sub-70-nm pattern fabrication using an alternating phase-shifting mask in 157-nm lithography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Irie, Shigeo; Kanda, Noriyoshi; Watanabe, Kunio; Suganaga, Toshifumi; Itani, Toshiro

    2002-07-01

    In Selete, we have developed various resolution-enhancement technologies (RETs) such as the alternating phase shifting mask (alt-PSM), attenuated-PSM (att-PSM), and off-axis illumination (OAI). The alt-PSM, for example, reduces the k1 factor and extends the lithographic performance. A problem concerning the alt-PSM is the difference in the transmitted light intensities of the non-phase-shifting region and the phase-shifting region which can cause critical-dimension (CD) placement error. The transmitted light intensities of the two regions can be made equal by side-etching, in which the quartz (Qz) is undercut by wet-etching at the side of the transmitting region. We sought to optimize the mask structure in terms of a high numerical aperture (NA) through a simulation using two kinds of structures with a 157 nm exposure wavelength. The structures were a single-trench structure and a dual-trench structure, with each trench dug in the transmitting region. To attain a high NA (NA equals 0.85), we tried to optimize the parameters of the Cr film thickness, the amount of the undercut (side-etching), and the phase shift. The evaluated line pattern sizes were 70 nm (line/space size equals 70/70 nm, 70/140 nm, 70/210 nm, and 70/350 nm) and 50 nm (line/space size equals 50/50 nm, 50/100 nm, 50/150 nm, and 50/250 nm) at the wafer. Further, using the optimized mask, we calculated the lithographic margin of a sub 70 nm pattern through a simulation. For the 70 nm line patterns, we found that it will be difficult to fabricate precisely a 70 nm line patten using a mask with a single- trench structure. And we also found that the most suitable conditions for the dual-trench structure mask were a 90 nm undercut, a 100 nm Cr film thickness, and a 180 degree(s) phase shift. The exposure latitude at a depth of focus (DOF) of 0.3 micrometers , simulated using the optimized mask, was 5.3% for the 70/70 nm pattern, 3.6% for 70/140 nm 16.0% for 70/210 nm, and 29.3% for 70/350 nm. As the pitch

  10. Evaluation of outgassing from a fluorinated resist for 157-nm lithography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Irie, Shigeo; Fujii, Kiyoshi; Itakura, Yasuo; Kawasa, Youichi; Egawa, Keiji; Uchino, Ikuo; Sumitani, Akira; Itani, Toshiro

    2004-05-01

    We have evaluated the outgassing products and the in-situ transmittance of a contaminated CaF2 substrate for monocyclic fluoropolymers with four protecting groups: methoxymethyl (MOM), tert-butoxycarbonyl (t-BOC), menthoxymethyl (MM), and 2-cyclohexylcyclohexyloxymethyl (CCOM). We have also evaluated the same type of fluoropolymer with seven kinds of photo-acid generators (PAGs) added to a base fluoropolymer solution. We found little correlation between the total amount of outgassing from the polymer and the decreasing rate of the CaF2 substrate transmittance caused by outgassing adhesion. Although the MOM protecting group generated the largest amount of outgassing products, the most substantial decrease in the transmittance was observed for the t-BOC protecting group. Also, the outgassing products due to use of a PAG did not greatly reduce the absorption coefficient of a CaF2 substrate regardless of the kind of PAG. Therefore, the absorption coefficient of the outgassing-contaminated CaF2 substrate appears to be more sensitive to the type of protecting group, especially the t-BOC protecting group including a t-butyl unit, rather than the type of fluoropolymer or PAG. We analyzed the substrate surface contaminant due to the t-butyl unit by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), and found that increasing amounts of organic compounds, containing mainly C- and H-atoms, were adhered to and deposited on the substrate surface with an increasing irradiation dose. We speculate that the contaminants on a CaF2 surface with or without an anti-reflective coating were formed not only through mere physical adsorption, but also through certain chemical combinations. We conclude that in terms of material design of the fluoropolymer resist for 157-nm lithography, we need to pay attention to the protecting group of polymers, especially the t-BOC or t-butyl protecting group, which

  11. Treatment of subacute and chronic thrombotic occlusions of lower extremity peripheral arteries with the excimer laser: a feasibility study.

    PubMed

    Shammas, Nicolas W; Weissman, Neil J; Coiner, Denise; Shammas, Gail A; Dippel, Eric; Jerin, Michael

    2012-01-01

    Thrombus is highly prevalent in patients with recent symptoms (< 6 months) of claudication or limb ischemia due to an occluded culprit lower extremity vessels. Treatment of these thrombotic occlusions is challenging. In this feasibility study, the excimer laser (Spectranetics, Colorado Springs, CO) has been tested for its safety and ability to ablate thrombus in patients with recent arterial occlusions. Angiographic operator assessment and volumetric core lab quantitation of the thrombus were performed at baseline and after excimer laser but prior to definitive treatment of the vessel to evaluate thrombus resolution. Consecutive patients were prospectively enrolled at a single site. Procedural success was defined as achieving a residual stenosis of <30% after final treatment with no intraprocedural complications requiring additional treatment. 20 consecutive patients were enrolled in this study (8 males, mean age 69.5±11.1 years). Based on patients symptom onset, 12 patients were subacute (> 24 h, < 30 days), and 8 chronic (between 1 to 6 months). 15/20 (75%) had restenotic occlusions. Due to the long, occlusive nature of these lesions, only 8 patients had complete intravascular ultrasound images at each time point which allowed volumetric analysis by the core lab. There was no statistical difference in plaque/thrombus volume between baseline (pretreatment) and excimer laser (P=.68). There was however a significant reduction in residual angiographic stenosis post laser alone (100% vs. 66.75%±23.9%, P=.001). Procedural success was 100%. There were no deaths or amputations. Bail out stenting was performed in 10/20 (50%) patients. Embolic filters were used in 15/20 (75%) of patients. Macrodebris>2 mm were seen in 85.7% of filters. There was no in-hospital or 30-day reocclusion of the treated vessel but one patient had a vascular access complication (small AV fistula) conservatively managed. No other serious adverse events were noted. Using the excimer laser appears

  12. Effect of triggered discharge using an excimer laser with high-repetition-rate of the order of kilohertz

    SciTech Connect

    Yamaura, Michiteru; Watanabe, Takashi; Hayashi, Nobuya; Ihara, Satoshi

    2005-03-28

    The triggering ability of the laser-triggered lightning method is improved by using a KrF excimer laser with a high-repetition-rate of the order of kHz order. It is clarified that the effect of a triggered discharge is considerably enhanced when the plasma density is greater than 10{sup 13} cm{sup -3}. Thus far, the laser-triggered lightning method has not been expected to display a triggering ability since one pulse of an excimer laser possesses energy of less than 1 J, and the produced plasma has a low density of 10{sup 12} cm{sup -3}, its plasma density is one order lower than that required for its application in the triggering and guiding of lightning discharge. The enhancement of plasma density achieved by utilizing the accumulation effect of charged particles generated by the high-repetition-rate laser was 10{sup 13} cm{sup -3}. This led to an effective a 50% reduction in the self-breakdown voltage.

  13. The effect of microarc oxidation and excimer laser processing on the microstructure and corrosion resistance of Zr-1Nb alloy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yang, Jiaoxi; Wang, Xin; Wen, Qiang; Wang, Xibing; Wang, Rongshan; Zhang, Yanwei; Xue, Wenbin

    2015-12-01

    The main purpose of this research was to investigate the effect of microarc oxidation (MAO) and excimer laser processing on the corrosion resistance of Zr-1Nb alloy in service environment. The pre-oxide film was fabricated on the surface of Zr-1Nb cladding tubes by MAO processing, and then subjected to KrF excimer laser irradiation. The surface morphology of the pre-oxide film was observed using a scanning electron microscope; phase compositions and quantities were determined using an X-ray diffraction; surface roughness was determined using a profilometer; and thermal expansion coefficient was measured using a dilatometer. Autoclave experiments were conducted for 94 days in an aqueous condition of 360 °C under 18.6 MPa in 0.01 mol/L LiOH solutions. The results showed that MAO + laser treatment resulted in a significant increase in the corrosion resistance of Zr-1Nb cladding tubes at high temperatures, because laser melting and etching could lead to a reduction in surface roughness and an increase in compactness of the pre-oxide film, and laser processing could promote the transformation of m-ZrO2 phase to t-ZrO2 phase. The best corrosion resistance was obtained when the pulse energy was 500 mJ, scanning speed was 0.13 mm/s, and pulse number was 2400.

  14. The additive effect of excimer laser on non-cultured melanocyte-keratinocyte transplantation for the treatment of vitiligo: a clinical trial in an Iranian population.

    PubMed

    Ebadi, A; Rad, M M; Nazari, S; Fesharaki, R J; Ghalamkarpour, F; Younespour, S

    2015-04-01

    Non-cultured cellular grafting is specified for stable vitiligo treatment as a novel surgical technique, however, the additive effect of excimer laser on melanocytes-keratinocytes transplantation (MKT) have not experienced yet. To assay the additive effect of excimer laser on MKT for the treatment of vitiligo in an Iranian population. In this non-randomized clinical trial, 39 patches were evaluated. Nine patches treated by MKT alone, 10 patches treated by MKT and excimer laser, 10 patches treated with excimer alone and 10 patches left without any treatments as control patches. In the patches treated with excimer, the percentage reduction of depigmented area from baseline varied, ranging from 0 to 43.9%. In the nine patches treated with non-cultured MKT, the median percentage reduction of depigmented area from baseline was 15.9%. The median percentage reduction of depigmented area in excimer + MKT was 41.9% .In the untreated patches, the median percentage reduction of depigmented area was 0.1%. After controlling for the effect of 'depigmented area at baseline', significant reductions were observed in depigmented area of the patches treated with combination therapy of excimer and non-cultured MKT in comparison with the other therapies and untreated patches. Although pigmentation in our patients was lower than previous reports from Iran and other countries, however, we signified adding excimer to MKT increased the pigmentation rate in treated patches. Further investigations are recommended with longer follow-up and larger series to validate the findings reported here. © 2014 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

  15. Investigation into the interaction of a XeCl excimer laser with hard tissue

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Murray, Andrea K.; Dickinson, Mark R.

    2000-06-01

    An investigation into the interaction of a fiber deliverable, long pulse, xenon chloride (308 nm) excimer laser with hard biotissue has been carried out. The laser produces pulses of 200+ ns as opposed to around 10 - 20 ns for most of the previously reported data. The threshold of ablation and the maximum ablation depth (AD) in human molar dentine were found to be 0.30 +/- 0.05 J/cm2 and 1.57 +/- 0.04 micrometer/pulse respectively. The threshold for enamel was found to be above the achievable fluence with the available optics. The ablation process was investigated as a function of fluence (approximately 0.1 - 6 J/cm2), pulse repetition rate (PRR) (5 - 25 Hz) and number of pulses (500 - 4000). Each variable was altered independently of the other two. At a constant number of pulses, ablation depth per pulse was found to increase linearly as a function of fluence, up to a saturation fluence of approximately 4 J/cm2. Variation of the PRR alone was found to affect both the ablation threshold and the AD. For constant fluence and PRR, AD decreases non- linearly with an increasing number of pulses. This could be because at high pulse numbers the craters are deep, the walls of the crater absorb more energy and as it is increasingly difficult for the debris to escape, shielding of the tissue occurs. Shielding may also be due to absorption in a luminescent plume. At high fluence and PRR, sharp holes were formed in the dentine although charring was sometimes found around the edges. High PRR also induced considerable mechanical damage.

  16. Traitement superficiel d'acier par laser excimère

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pereira, A.; Cros, A.; Delaporte, Ph.; Marine, W.; Sentis, M.

    2003-06-01

    Motivée par des nécessités économiques et environnementales, l'industrie est amenée à développer de nouveaux procédés propres, notamment pour les applications concernant la préparation de surface (nettoyage, décapage...). Dans ce domaine, l'utilisation du laser excinière présente de nombreux avantages. En effet, en raison d'un temps d'interaction de courte durée (ns), suivi d'un échauffement et d'un refroidissement rapide de la zone irradiée sur une profondeur très fine (μm), il est possible de modifier localement les propriétés physico-chimiques d'une surface sans changer les propriétés intrinsèques du matériau. Le but de nos travaux a consisté en l'étude des effets d'un traitement par laser excimère (XeCI) sur les propriétés chimiques (XPS et AES), structurales (XRD et GIXRD) et morphologiques (MEB) de surface d'acier. Outre le nettoyage de la surface, les analyses chimiques réalisées sur de l'acier ont mis en évidence pour des densités d'énergie importantes la formation d'une couche de Fe2O3 au détriment de FeOOH. Les observations MEB ont révélé la création de structures sphériques nanométriques. Ce traitement permet notamment d'améliorer la tenue à la corrosion de la surface.

  17. Outcomes of excimer laser enhancements in pseudophakic patients with multifocal intraocular lens

    PubMed Central

    Schallhorn, Steven C; Venter, Jan A; Teenan, David; Schallhorn, Julie M; Hettinger, Keith A; Hannan, Stephen J; Pelouskova, Martina

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this study was to assess visual and refractive outcomes of laser vision correction (LVC) to correct residual refraction after multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Patients and methods In this retrospective study, 782 eyes that underwent LVC to correct unintended ametropia after multifocal IOL implantation were evaluated. Of all multifocal lenses implanted during primary procedure, 98.7% were refractive and 1.3% had a diffractive design. All eyes were treated with VISX STAR S4 IR excimer laser using a convectional ablation profile. Refractive outcomes, visual acuities, patient satisfaction, and quality of life were evaluated at the last available visit. Results The mean time between enhancement and last visit was 6.3±4.4 months. Manifest spherical equivalent changed from −0.02±0.83 D (−3.38 D to +2.25 D) pre-enhancement to 0.00±0.34 D (−1.38 D to +1.25 D) post-enhancement. At the last follow-up, the percentage of eyes within 0.50 D and 1.00 D of emmetropia was 90.4% and 99.5%, respectively. Of all eyes, 74.9% achieved monocular uncorrected distance visual acuity 20/20 or better. The mean corrected distance visual acuity remained the same before (−0.04±0.06 logMAR [logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution]) and after LVC procedure (−0.04±0.07 logMAR; P=0.70). There was a slight improvement in visual phenomena (starburst, halo, glare, ghosting/double vision) following the enhancement. No sight-threatening complications related to LVC occurred in this study. Conclusion LVC in pseudophakic patients with multifocal IOL was safe, effective, and predictable in a large cohort of patients. PMID:27175059

  18. Nickel-affected silicon crystallization and silicidation on polyimide by multipulse excimer laser annealing

    SciTech Connect

    Alberti, A.; La Magna, A.; Spinella, C.; Privitera, V.; Cuscuna, M.; Fortunato, G.

    2010-12-15

    Nickel enhanced amorphous Si crystallization and silicidation on polyimide were studied during multipulse excimer laser annealing (ELA) from submelting to melting conditions. A {approx}8 nm thick Ni film was deposited on a 100 nm thick {alpha}-Si layer at {approx}70 deg. C in order to promote partial nickel diffusion into silicon. In the submelting regime, Ni atoms distributed during deposition in {alpha}-Si and the thermal gradient due to the presence of the plastic substrate were crucial to induce low fluence ({>=}0.08 J/cm{sup 2}) Si crystallization to a depth which is strictly related to the starting Ni profile. {Alpha}morphous-Si crystallization is not expected on pure Si at those low fluences. Additional pulses at higher fluences do not modify the double poly-Si/{alpha}-Si structure until melting conditions are reached. At a threshold of {approx}0.2 J/cm{sup 2}, melting was induced simultaneously in the polycrystalline layer as well as in the residual {alpha}-Si due to a thermal gradient of {approx}200 deg. C. Further increasing the laser fluence causes the poly-Si layer to be progressively melted to a depth which is proportional to the energy density used. As a consequence of the complete Si melting, columnar poly-Si grains are formed above 0.3 J/cm{sup 2}. For all fluences, a continuous NiSi{sub 2} layer is formed at the surface which fills the large Si grain boundaries, with the beneficial effect of flattening the poly-Si surface. The results would open the perspective of integrating Ni-silicide layers as metallic contacts on Si during {alpha}-Si-crystallization by ELA on plastic substrate.

  19. Connective tissue growth factor is not necessary for haze formation in excimer laser wounded mouse corneas

    PubMed Central

    Feng, Xiaodi; Pi, Liya; Sriram, Sriniwas; Schultz, Gregory S.

    2017-01-01

    We sought to determine if connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is necessary for the formation of corneal haze after corneal injury. Mice with post-natal, tamoxifen-induced, knockout of CTGF were subjected to excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) and the corneas were allowed to heal. The extent of scaring was observed in non-induced mice, heterozygotes, and full homozygous knockout mice and quantified by macrophotography. The eyes from these mice were collected after euthanization for re-genotyping to control for possible Cre-mosaicism. Primary corneal fibroblasts from CTGF knockout corneas were established in a gel plug assay. The plug was removed, simulating an injury, and the rate of hole closure and the capacity for these cells to form light reflecting cells in response to CTGF and platelet-derived growth factor B (PDGF-B) were tested and compared to wild-type cells. We found that independent of genotype, each group of mice was still capable of forming light reflecting haze in the cornea after laser ablation (p = 0.40). Results from the gel plug closure rate in primary cell cultures of knockout cells were not statistically different from serum starved wild-type cells, independent of treatment. Compared to the serum starved wild-type cells, stimulation with PDGF-BB significantly increased the KO cell culture’s light reflection (p = 0.03). Most interestingly, both reflective cultures were positive for α-SMA, but the cellular morphology and levels of α-SMA were distinct and not in proportion to the light reflection seen. This new work demonstrates that corneas without CTGF can still form sub-epithelial haze, and that the light reflecting phenotype can be reproduced in culture. These data support the possibilities of growth factor redundancy and that multiple pro-haze pathways exist. PMID:28207886

  20. Treatment of psoriasis and long-term maintenance using 308 nm excimer laser, clobetasol spray, and calcitriol ointment: a case series.

    PubMed

    Wong, Jillian W; Nguyen, Tien V; Bhutani, Tina; Koo, John Y M

    2012-08-01

    Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that is characterized by thickened red plaques covered with silvery scales. Excimer laser therapy is a cutting-edge advancement in UVB phototherapy. In contrast to traditional phototherapy, the 308 nm excimer laser only targets psoriasis plaques, while it spares uninvolved skin. It allows for treatment with a supra-erythmogenic dose of UVB irradiation. Targeted UVB therapy is a possible treatment especially for many who have failed topical treatments, systemic therapy, and traditional phototherapy. For safe and effective psoriasis treatment, a combination of therapies may be used, including a combination of laser treatment with topical medications. We present two cases demonstrating effective treatment with excimer laser in conjunction with clobetasol spray and calcitriol ointment for 12 weeks. Long-term near-clearance of psoriasis was sustained after 6 months and one-year follow up periods without further therapy.

  1. A repetitively pulsed xenon chloride excimer laser with all ferrite magnetic cores (AFMC) based all solid state exciter

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Benerji, N. S.; Varshnay, N. K.; Ghodke, D. V.; Singh, A.

    2016-10-01

    Performance of repetitively pulsed xenon chloride excimer laser (λ~308 nm) with solid state pulser consisting of magnetic pulse compression circuit (MPC) using all ferrite magnetic cores (AFMC) is reported. Laser system suitable for 100 Hz operation with inbuilt pre-ionizer, compact gas circulation and cooling has been developed and presented. In this configuration, high voltage pulses of ~8 μs duration are compressed to ~100 ns by magnetic pulse compression circuit with overall compression factor of ~80. Pulse energy of ~18 J stored in the primary capacitor is transferred to the laser head with an efficiency of ~85% compared to ~70% that is normally achieved in such configurations using annealed met-glass core. This is a significant improvement of about 21%. Maximum output laser pulse energy of ~100 mJ was achieved at repetition rate of 100 Hz with a typical pulse to pulse energy stability of ±5% and laser pulse energy of 150 mJ was generated at low rep-rate of ~40 Hz. This exciter uses a low current and low voltage solid state switch (SCR) that replaces high voltage and high current switch i. e, thyratron completely. The use of solid state exciter in turn reduces electromagnetic interference (EMI) effects particularly in excimer lasers where high EMI is present due to high di/dt. The laser is focused on a thin copper sheet for generation of micro-hole and the SEM image of the generated micro hole shows the energy stability of the laser at high repetition rate operation. Nearly homogeneous, regular and well developed xenon chloride (XeCl) laser beam spot was achieved using the laser.

  2. Effectiveness of 308-nm Excimer Laser Therapy in Treating Alopecia Areata, Determined by Examining the Treated Sides of Selected Alopecic Patches.

    PubMed

    Byun, Ji Won; Moon, Jong Hyuk; Bang, Chan Yl; Shin, Jeonghyun; Choi, Gwang Seong

    2015-01-01

    Some studies have reported the use of 308-nm excimer laser therapy for treating alopecia areata (AA); however, the effectiveness of this therapy on a theoretical basis has not yet been comparatively analyzed. To determine the therapeutic effect of excimer laser therapy on AA. One alopecic patch was divided into control and treated sides in 10 patients with AA. Then, 308-nm excimer laser therapy was administered twice a week for 12 weeks. Photograph and phototrichogram analyses were performed. Photographic assessments by both dermatologists and individuals of the general population showed objective improvements after excimer laser therapy. On the treated side, the hair count and hair diameter had statistically increased after treatment. However, only the hair diameter was found to be significantly high in the treated half when it was compared with the control side. The 308-nm excimer laser has a therapeutic effect on AA, which is proven by photograph and phototrichogram analysis by a side-by-side comparison. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  3. Dry-etching resistance of fluoropolymers for 157-nm single-layer resists

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kawaguchi, Yasuhide; Irisawa, Jun; Kodama, Shun-ichi; Okada, Shinji; Takebe, Yoko; Kaneko, Isamu; Yokokoji, Osamu; Ishikawa, Seiichi; Irie, Shigeo; Hagiwara, Takuya; Itani, Toshiro

    2003-06-01

    Novel fluoropolymers having partially fluorinated monocyclic (5-membered and 6-membered ring) structure have been synthesized with radical cyclo-polymerization, which have C-F bond in the polymer main chain and also possess fluorocontaining acidic alcohol group. These polymers have excellent transparency lower than 1.0 μm-1 at 157nm wavelength, a small amount of outgassing, high sensitivity and good adhesion to the wafer. However, this fluoropolymer have lower etching resistance (half of conventional KrF resists) and it must be improved for applying to the single-layer resist. In this paper, we show the new model of the estimation of the dry-etching resistance for designing polymer compositions. It is well known that the model using carbon-atom-density as a parameter is useful for estimating dry-etching resistance. However, these models did not agree with the results of our fluoropolymers. Our new model was focused on the surface area and the volume of the polymer. We succeeded to explain the relationship between the dry-etching resistance and the composition of the fluoropolymer. According to this model, the compositions of fluoropolymer such as protective groups, protective ration and co-polymer units were optimized to improve their etching resistance.

  4. Factors influencing the properties of fluoropolymer-based resists for 157-nm lithography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Taylor, Gary N.; Xu, Cheng-Bai; Teng, Gary; Leonard, JoAnne; Szmanda, Charles R.; Lawrence, William; Nur, Sassan; Brown, Kirk W.; Stephen, Al

    2002-07-01

    This paper describes characterization and lithographic results for one class of low absorbance fluoropolymers that were developed for use in 157 nm lithography. We discuss basic resist properties such as absorbance, hydrophobicity, thickness, resolution and profile for dense 1:1 and semi- dense 1:1.5-10 L/S features, reflection control and plasma etching resistance as a function of composition. Lithographic results were obtained on two types of substrates, silicon and SiON hardmask anti-reflectant. The results on the anti-reflectant were compared to those obtained from simulations using PROLITH. Some of the conclusions of this investigation are: Lower absorbance resists have higher hydrophobicity and better resolution; Resists with high hydrophobicity have very poor adhesion on SiOn, but have very good adhesion on Si and organic anti-reflectants; Only inorganic anti-reflectants have sufficient absorption to provide very low reflectance in <30nm thick films; 100 nm 1:1 L/S resolution is attained in 205 nm thick resist on Si at a resist absorption of 2.2/micrometers . The profile is tapered due to absorption; Adhesion to SiON has been achieved by polymer modification.

  5. Treatment of moderate-to-high hyperopia with the WaveLight Allegretto 400 and EX500 excimer laser systems.

    PubMed

    Motwani, Manoj; Pei, Ronald

    2017-01-01

    To evaluate the efficacy of treating patients with +3.00 diopters (D) to +6.00 D of hyperopia via laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with the WaveLight Allegretto 400 and EX500 excimer laser systems. Private clinical ophthalmology practice. This was a retrospective study of patients undergoing LASIK treatments of +3.00 to +6.00 D on two different WaveLight laser systems: 163 eyes on the 400 (Hertz) Hz system and 54 eyes on the 500 Hz system. The duration of follow-up was 6 months postoperation. Data were evaluated for uncorrected distance visual acuity, corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), spherical equivalents (SEQs), and changes in these parameters (eg, loss of vision, regression over time). Treatment with both lasers was safe and effective, with loss of one line of CDVA in four of 162 eyes using the 400 Hz laser system, and none of the 54 eyes with the 500 Hz laser system. Overall, regression ≥0.75 D from goal at 6 months was observed in 11.7% (19/163) of eyes in the 400 Hz laser group and 9.26% (5/54) of eyes in the 500 Hz laser group (regression ≥0.50 D =77.9% [127/163] and 77.8% [42/54], respectively). The mean SEQ regressions for all eyes with moderate hyperopia were 0.10 and 0.18 D for those with high hyperopia. Both the 400 and 500 Hz excimer laser systems were safe and effective for the LASIK treatment of moderate-to-high hyperopia. The overall rate of regression was low and the amount of regression was relatively small with both systems.

  6. Treatment of moderate-to-high hyperopia with the WaveLight Allegretto 400 and EX500 excimer laser systems

    PubMed Central

    Motwani, Manoj; Pei, Ronald

    2017-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the efficacy of treating patients with +3.00 diopters (D) to +6.00 D of hyperopia via laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with the WaveLight Allegretto 400 and EX500 excimer laser systems. Setting Private clinical ophthalmology practice. Patients and methods This was a retrospective study of patients undergoing LASIK treatments of +3.00 to +6.00 D on two different WaveLight laser systems: 163 eyes on the 400 (Hertz) Hz system and 54 eyes on the 500 Hz system. The duration of follow-up was 6 months postoperation. Data were evaluated for uncorrected distance visual acuity, corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), spherical equivalents (SEQs), and changes in these parameters (eg, loss of vision, regression over time). Results Treatment with both lasers was safe and effective, with loss of one line of CDVA in four of 162 eyes using the 400 Hz laser system, and none of the 54 eyes with the 500 Hz laser system. Overall, regression ≥0.75 D from goal at 6 months was observed in 11.7% (19/163) of eyes in the 400 Hz laser group and 9.26% (5/54) of eyes in the 500 Hz laser group (regression ≥0.50 D =77.9% [127/163] and 77.8% [42/54], respectively). The mean SEQ regressions for all eyes with moderate hyperopia were 0.10 and 0.18 D for those with high hyperopia. Conclusions Both the 400 and 500 Hz excimer laser systems were safe and effective for the LASIK treatment of moderate-to-high hyperopia. The overall rate of regression was low and the amount of regression was relatively small with both systems. PMID:28579751

  7. Excimer laser assisted re-oxidation of BaTiO{sub 3} thin films on Ni metal foils

    SciTech Connect

    Bharadwaja, S. S. N. Ko, S. W.; Qu, W.; Clark, T.; Rajashekhar, A.; Motyka, M.; Podraza, N.; Randall, C. A.; Trolier-McKinstry, S.

    2016-01-14

    Excimer laser assisted re-oxidation for reduced, crystallized BaTiO{sub 3} thin films on Ni-foils was investigated. It was found that the BaTiO{sub 3} can be re-oxidized at an oxygen partial pressure of ∼50 mTorr and substrate temperature of 350 °C without forming a NiO{sub x} interface layer between the film and base metal foil. The dielectric permittivity of re-oxidized films was >1000 with loss tangent values <2% at 100 Hz, 30 mV{sub rms} excitation signal. Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy indicated that BaTiO{sub 3} thin films can be re-oxidized to an oxygen stoichiometry close to ∼3 (e.g., stoichiometric). High resolution cross sectional transmission electron microscopy showed no evidence of NiO{sub x} formation between the BaTiO{sub 3} and the Ni foil upon excimer laser re-oxidation. Spectroscopic ellipsometry studies on laser re-oxidized [001]{sub C} and [111]{sub C} BaTiO{sub 3} single crystals indicate that the re-oxidation of BaTiO{sub 3} single crystals is augmented by photo-excitation of the ozone, as well as laser pulse induced temperature and local stress gradients.

  8. Preparation of Ultrafine Fe-Pt Alloy and Au Nanoparticle Colloids by KrF Excimer Laser Solution Photolysis.

    PubMed

    Watanabe, Masato; Takamura, Hitoshi; Sugai, Hiroshi

    2009-03-10

    We prepared ultrafine Fe-Pt alloy nanoparticle colloids by UV laser solution photolysis (KrF excimer laser of 248 nm wavelength) using precursors of methanol solutions into which iron and platinum complexes were dissolved together with PVP dispersant to prevent aggregations. From TEM observations, the Fe-Pt nanoparticles were found to be composed of disordered FCC A1 phase with average diameters of 0.5-3 nm regardless of the preparation conditions. Higher iron compositions of nanoparticles require irradiations of higher laser pulse energies typically more than 350 mJ, which is considered to be due to the difficulty in dissociation of Fe(III) acetylacetonate compared with Pt(II) acetylacetonate. Au colloid preparation by the same method was also attempted, resulting in Au nanoparticle colloids with over 10 times larger diameters than the Fe-Pt nanoparticles and UV-visible absorption peaks around 530 nm that originate from the surface plasmon resonance. Differences between the Fe-Pt and Au nanoparticles prepared by the KrF excimer laser solution photolysis are also discussed.

  9. Analysis of damage threshold of K9 glass irradiated by 248-nm KrF excimer laser

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Xi; Shao, Jingzhen; Li, Hua; Nie, Jinsong; Fang, Xiaodong

    2016-02-01

    The theoretical model of K9 glass irradiated by a 248-nm KrF excimer laser was established, and a numerical simulation was performed to calculate temperature and thermal stress fields in the K9 glass sample using the finite element method. The laser-induced damage thresholds were defined and calculated, and the effect of repetition frequency and the number of pulses on the damage threshold were also studied. Furthermore, the experiment research was carried out to confirm the numerical simulation. The damage threshold and damage morphology were analyzed by means of a metallurgical microscope and scanning electron microscopy. The simulation and experimental results indicated that the damage mechanism of K9 glass irradiated by a KrF excimer laser was melting damage and stress damage, and the stress damage first appeared inside the K9 glass sample. The tensile stress damage threshold, the compressive stress damage threshold, and the melting damage threshold were 0.64, 0.76, and 1.05 J/cm2, respectively. The damage threshold decreased with increasing repetition frequency and number of laser pulses. The experimental results indicated that the damage threshold of K9 glass was 2.8 J/cm2.

  10. Preparatory study for detection of nickel in industrial flue gas by excimer laser-induced fragmentation fluorescence spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Gottwald, U; Monkhouse, P

    2003-02-01

    The purpose of this work is to survey possibilities for detecting molecular nickel species in industrial flue gas using excimer laser-induced fragmentation fluorescence (ELIF), in particular to establish suitable detection schemes and to obtain a sensitivity estimate for Ni detection. Investigations were conducted in a heated laboratory cell under defined conditions of temperature and pressure, using NiCl2 as the precursor molecule. An ArF excimer laser (193 nm) was used for excitation and Ni atomic emission spectra were recorded in the range 300 to 550 nm. The dependence of ELIF signal on laser fluence was quadratic in the range of laser intensities investigated, as expected for a two-photon excitation process. The temporal behavior of the ELIF signals gave lifetimes significantly longer than the known natural lifetimes. This result and the energetics of the system suggest a Ni* production mechanism involving the formation of Ni+ and subsequent ion-electron recombination. The temperature dependence of the ELIF signal, determined in the range 773 to 1223 K, was found to follow the vapor-pressure curve (Antoine equation) known from the literature. Finally, quenching effects were investigated by measuring ELIF signals and lifetimes in nitrogen or air up to 1 atm. On the basis of the results so far, detection limits for Ni in practical combustion applications in the range of tens of ppb should be achievable, which will be sufficient for regulatory measurements in incinerators and power plants.

  11. Excimer laser ablation of thick SiOx-films: Etch rate measurements and simulation of the ablation threshold

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ihlemann, J.; Meinertz, J.; Danev, G.

    2012-08-01

    Excimer laser ablation of 4.5 μm thick SiOx-films with x ≈ 1 is investigated at 193 nm, 248 nm, and 308 nm. Strong absorption enables precisely tunable removal depths. The ablation rates correlate with laser penetration depths calculated from low level absorption coefficients. The experimental ablation thresholds are in agreement with numerical simulations on the basis of linear absorption and one-dimensional heat flow. This behaviour is similar to that of strongly UV-absorbing polymers, leading to well controllable micro machining prospects. After laser processing, SiOx can be converted to SiO2, opening a route to laser based fabrication of micro optical components.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    1998-06-01

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

  13. Case experience of 308-nm excimer laser therapy compatibility with PUVA and oral bexarotene for the treatment of cutaneous lesions in mycosis fungoides.

    PubMed

    Huang, Jing; Cowper, Shawn; Moss, Jeremy; Girardi, Michael

    2013-04-01

    Little is known about the safety and effectiveness of excimer laser therapy when used in conjunction with other therapies in the treatment of mycosis fungoides (MF) lesions. We describe the use of adjunctive excimer laser therapy in combination with psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA) and oral bexarotene for the treatment of recalcitrant and sanctuary plaques in a patient with MF. In our patient, this regimen successfully induced clinical and histologic resolution in MF plaques with minimal side effects limited to mild, short-lived tenderness and, rarely, local erythema. Our experience suggests that adjunctive excimer laser therapy with PUVA and oral bexarotene has the potential to be a safe, well-tolerated, and effective focal treatment regimen for cutaneous MF lesions.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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

  15. [Excimer laser-assisted lamellar endothelial keratoplasty (ExALEK): Technique and results].

    PubMed

    Bonissent, A; Vabres, B; Orignac, I; Martin, E; Libeau, L; Heymann, D; Ducourneau, Y; Weber, M

    2016-02-01

    The purpose of this study is to describe a technique for thin endothelial lamellar keratoplasty and to present the results for endothelial transplant performed at the University Hospital of Nantes. This paper is a retrospective, single-center descriptive study conducted at the University Hospital of Nantes from September 2010 to May 2014, at first for anatomical or analgesic indications (group 1) and then extended to visual indications (group 2). Patients were followed for 12 months. The preparation of the endothelial graft includes an excimer-laser ablation of the residual stromal bed after lamellar keratectomy by manual deep anterior approach. Seventy surgeries were analyzed. The etiologies were mainly Fuchs Dystrophy, secondary endothelial dystrophy and post-penetrating keratoplasty endothelial failure. Fifty-three patients were integrated in group 1 and seventeen patients in group 2. In group 1, the mean VA at 12 months was 0.70 ± 0.30 Log MAR (0.2 decimal equivalent). In group 2, the mean VA at 12 months was 0.28 ± 0.12 Log MAR (0.5 decimal equivalent). Pachymetry decreased from 740 ± 125.1 μm preoperatively to 613.4 ± 73.4 μm at 12 months. The average central thickness of the graft was 84.1 ± 28.9 μm at 1 month and 80.2 ± 29.4 μm at 12 months. The advantage of this new surgical technique is that it is a rapid and repeatable method allowing thin grafts with satisfactory functionality and easy handling. Its performance independent of the scheduled surgery, allows for predictable organization in the operating room. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  16. Targeted phototherapy using 308 nm Xecl monochromatic excimer laser for psoriasis at difficult to treat sites.

    PubMed

    Al-Mutairi, Nawaf; Al-Haddad, Ahmad

    2013-07-01

    Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory multisystem disease involving skin and joints affecting 1-3 % of the world population. The 308-nm excimer laser has been recently used in the treatment of psoriasis, especially localized psoriasis of scalp and palm and soles. The objective of the study is to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy and safety of a 308-nm excimer laser for the treatment of scalp and palmoplantar psoriasis. A total of 41 adult patients (25 males and 16 females) were enrolled in this study, of which 26 patients had lesions localized to scalp, and 15 patients had involvement of palm and soles. The mean age was 44.5 years (range 18-73). And, the mean duration of psoriasis in our patients was 15 years. They were treated with a 308-nm excimer laser. The initial dose was based on multiples of a predetermined minimal erythema dose, twice weekly for a maximum 12 weeks. Twenty-two of the 23 patients with scalp psoriasis showed improvement, while one patient showed no change; none experienced worsening of symptoms. The mean minimal erythema dose (MED) was found to be 383 mJ/cm(2) (range 180-650 mJ/cm(2)). The cumulative dose of irradiation was 1,841 mJ/cm(2) (range 600-2,500). The percentage improvement from baseline in PSSI score was 78.57 %. Side effects were seen in 20 patients (86.96 %) mainly in the form of erythema. Four patients developed mild relapse at the end of 6 months after the therapy. In 15 patients with palmoplantar psoriasis, the mean MED was found to be 415 mJ/cm(2) (range 200-950 mJ/cm(2)). The cumulative dose of irradiation was 28.4-115.5 J cm(2) (mean 59.1 J cm(2)). The mean number of treatments to achieve clearance (equal to 90 % reduction of PSI score) was 16. Two patients relapsed at the end of 6 months after the therapy. The 308-nm excimer laser is an effective, safe, easy, and relatively quicker method for the treatment of psoriasis at difficult to treat sites, with good results in a somewhat short time.

  17. Effect of KrF excimer laser irradiation on the properties of ZnO thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Zhao Yan; Jiang Yijian

    2008-06-01

    At room temperature, the effect of KrF pulsed excimer laser irradiation on the structural, photoluminescence, and electrical properties and on the surface morphology of ZnO thin films under different laser energy densities was investigated. Compared to the as grown sample, at an irradiation energy density of about 450 mJ/cm{sup 2}, the ZnO thin film exhibits a series of desirable properties: UV emission is distinctly higher, resistivity is decreased by three orders of magnitude, and the surface is flat and smooth and, at the same time, it maintains a good epitaxial orientation and a wurtzite crystal lattice structure. UV emission enhancement after laser irradiation is discussed in detail. It is suggested that the mechanism responsible for the UV enhancement is the increase in donors and not the improvement in the crystalline quality.

  18. [One-year results after combined cataract surgery and excimer laser trabeculotomy for elevated intraocular pressure].

    PubMed

    Töteberg-Harms, M; Ciechanowski, P P; Hirn, C; Funk, J

    2011-08-01

    Glaucoma is one of the most common reasons for blindness. Usually an elevated resistance to aqueous outflow is the reason, while aqueous humor production is still normal. Medical reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP) is the first-line therapy in most cases. The gold standard of surgical treatment is trabeculectomy (TE). But TE has a lot of postoperative complications. Therefore we prefer the combined procedure of cataract extraction plus excimer laser trabeculotomy (phaco-ELT) for a selected group of glaucoma patients. Indications are cataract together with moderately elevated IOP without medical therapy or a moderate cataract together with elevated IOP under medical therapy. During ELT, 10 pores were created over 90° of the anterior chamber angle; 28 eyes of 28 patients (10 men and 18 women) were reexamined 12 months ± 2 weeks after combined phaco-ELT. Four patients were excluded because of IOP-lowering surgery during the follow-up. IOP, best corrected visual acuity, slit lamp biomicroscopy as well as glaucoma medication history (antiglaucoma drugs, AGD) were recorded. The mean age was 74.33±11.81 years. The diagnosis was primary open-angle glaucoma in 9 eyes, pseudoexfoliative glaucoma in 15 eyes, ocular hypertension in 3 eyes, and 1 post-traumatic secondary glaucoma. On average, phaco-ELT could reduce the IOP by 8.79±5.28 mmHg (-34.70%, p<0.001). AGD could be reduced by 0.79±1.50 (-62.70%, p=0.017) at the same time. The ELT is easy to perform at the end of cataract surgery. Duration of surgery is only prolonged by 2 to 3 minutes. We found an average IOP reduction of 8.79 mmHg (-34.70%) and an average reduction of 0.79 AGD. It is known that the effect of IOP reduction is constant over time unlike argon or selective laser trabeculoplasty. If needed later on, filtering surgery is not compromised because there is no conjunctival touch during ELT and therefore no scarring of the conjunctiva. For a selected collective of glaucoma patients this procedure could

  19. Numerical analysis of excimer laser-induced breakdown of Kr gas

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hamam, Kholoud A.; Elsayed, Khaled A.; Gamal, Yosr E. E.

    2017-03-01

    The present paper displays a numerical study on the role of electron dynamics in relation to the dependence of the threshold intensity on the pressure in the breakdown of gases by laser radiation. The analysis aimed to find out the origin of the steep slope observed in the measurements of threshold intensity against gas pressure in the breakdown of Kr induced by an excimer laser source (Opt. Commun. 13:66-68, 1). The experiment was carried out using wavelength 248 nm and pulse width of 18 ns for a gas pressure range 4.5-300 torr. The investigation centered on an adaptation of our previously developed electron cascade model given in Evans and Gamal (J. Phys. D Appl. Phys. 13:1447-1458, 2). This model solves numerically a time-dependent energy equation simultaneously with a set of rate equations that describe the change of the population of the formed excited states. The modifications introduced into the model the realistic structure of the krypton gas atom as well as electron diffusion as a loss process to inspect the experimentally tested low-pressure regime. A computer program is undertaken to determine the breakdown threshold intensity as a function of gas pressure. Reasonable agreement is obtained between the calculated thresholds and measured ones, corresponding to the examined pressure range. This agreement validates the applicability of the model. The relationship between the role of the physical mechanisms and gas pressure is studied by analyzing the EEDF and its parameters at selected pressure values that cover the experimentally tested range. The result of this study clarified that electron diffusion out of the focal region is responsible for the steep slope of the threshold intensities for pressures <75 torr. For higher pressures (75-300 torr), collisional excitation of ground-state atoms followed by their ionization via multiphoton and collisional processes acts to convert the Kr gas in the interaction region into the state of breakdown. Investigation of

  20. Time-resolved diagnostics of excimer laser-generated ablation plasmas used for pulsed laser deposition

    SciTech Connect

    Geohegan, D.B.

    1994-09-01

    Characteristics of laser plasmas used for pulsed laser deposition (PLD) of thin films are examined with four in situ diagnostic techniques: Optical emission spectroscopy, optical absorption spectroscopy, ion probe studies, and gated ICCD (intensified charge-coupled-device array) fast photography. These four techniques are complementary and permit simultaneous views of the transport of ions, excited states, ground state neutrals and ions, and hot particulates following KrF laser ablation of YBCO, BN, graphite and Si in vacuum and background gases. The implementation and advantages of the four techniques are first described in order to introduce the key features of laser plasmas for pulsed laser deposition. Aspects of the interaction of the ablation plume with background gases (i.e., thermalization, attenuation, shock formation) and the collision of the plasma plume with the substrate heater are then summarized. The techniques of fast ICCD photography and gated photon counting are then applied to investigate the temperature, velocity, and spatial distribution of hot particles generated during KrF ablation of YBCO, BN, Si and graphite. Finally, key features of fast imaging of the laser ablation of graphite into high pressure rare gases are presented in order to elucidate internal reflected shocks within the plume, redeposition of material on a surface, and formation of hot nanoparticles within the plume.

  1. Determination of flue gas alkali concentrations in fluidized-bed coal combustion by excimer-laser-induced fragmentation fluorescence

    SciTech Connect

    Hartinger, K.T.; Monkhouse, P.B.; Wolfrum, J.; Baumann, H.; Bonn, B.

    1994-12-31

    Gas-phase sodium concentrations were measured for the first time in situ in the flue gas of a fluidized-bed reactor by the excimer-laser-induced fragmentation fluorescence (ELIF) technique. This method involves using ArF-excimer laser light at 193 nm to simultaneously photodissociate the alkali compounds of interest and excite electronically the alkali atoms formed. The resulting fluorescence from Na (3{sup 2}P) atoms can he readily detected at 589 nm. Measured signals were converted to absolute concentrations using a calibration system that monitors alkali compounds under known conditions of temperature, pressure, and composition and rising the same optical setup as at the reactor. Several different coals were investigated under a specific set of reactor conditions at total pressures close to 1 bar. Sodium concentrations ranging from the sub-ppb region to 20 ppb were obtained, and a detection limit for sodium of 0.1 ppb under the present conditions was estimated. Over the course of the reactor program, contrasting concentration histories were observed for the two lignites and the hard coal investigated. In particular, significantly higher sodium concentrations were found for the hard coal, consistent with both the higher chlorine and sodium contents determined in the corresponding coal analysis.

  2. Photography of shock waves during excimer laser ablation of the cornea. Effect of helium gas on propagation velocity.

    PubMed

    Krueger, R R; Krasinski, J S; Radzewicz, C; Stonecipher, K G; Rowsey, J J

    1993-07-01

    Shadow photography of shock waves excited by means of a xenon chloride excimer laser was performed to determine the shock wave propagation velocity in air, nitrogen and helium. Energy densities between 500 and 2,000 mJ/cm2 were used to ablate a rotating rubber cylindrical target and porcine corneas. In ablating the rubber cylinder, a shock wave velocity of 3.3 km/s was generated in air and nitrogen at 40 ns; this decreased to 1.4 km/s at 320 ns. When helium was blown on the target, the velocity increased by a factor of approximately two, to 5.9 km/s at 40 ns and 2.7 km/s at 320 ns. We suggest that blowing helium on the surface of the cornea during excimer laser ablation may speed the dissipation of high-energy acoustic waves and gaseous particles, and thus reduce the exposure and transfer of heat energy to the surrounding tissue.

  3. Excimer laser annealing to fabricate low cost solar cells. Quarterly technical report No. 1, 26 March-30 June 1984

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1984-07-01

    The objective of this research is to show whether or not pulsed excimer laser annealing (PELA) of ion-implanted junctions is a cost effective replacement for diffused junctions in fabricating crystalline silicon solar cells. The preliminary economic analysis completed during the first quarter of this program shows that the use of PELA to fabricate both the front junction and back surface field (BSF) would cost approximately 35 cents per peak watt (Wp), compared to a cost of 15 cents/Wp for diffusion, aluminum BSF and an extra cleaning step in the baseline process described by JPL. The cost advantage of the PELA process depends on improving the average cell efficiency from 14% to 16%, which would lower the overall cost of the module by about 15 cents/Wp. The technical goal of this research is to develop an optimized PELA process compatible with commercial production, and to demonstrate increased cell efficiency with sufficient product for adequate statistical analysis. During the first quarter of this program an excimer laser annealing station was set-up and made operational. The first experiment used 248 nm radiation to anneal phosphorus implants in polished and texture-etched silicon. Preliminary results showed that the PELA processed cells had overall efficiencies comparable to furnace annealed ion implanted controls, and that texture-etched material requires lower fluence for annealing than polished silicon. Process optimization will be carried out in the second quarter.

  4. Analysis of KrF excimer laser beam modification resulting from ablation under closed thick film flowing filtered water

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dowding, Colin; Lawrence, Jonathan

    2011-09-01

    The application of a closed thick film flowing filtered water to immerse the ablation etching mechanism of an excimer laser poses interesting possibilities concerning debris control, modification of machined feature topography and modification of the ablation rate. Furthermore, these parameters have been shown to be dependent on flow velocity; hence, offering further user control of machining characteristics. However, the impact of this technique requires investigation. This contribution offers comparison of the calculated ablation pressure and the effect on feature surface characteristics given for laser ablation of bisphenol A polycarbonate using KrF excimer laser radiation in ambient air against laser ablation of the same substrate under closed thick film flowing filtered water immersion. Also, an impact of such immersion equipment on the optical performance of the micromachining centre used is quantified and reviewed. The pressure is calculated to have risen by a magnitude of 48, when using the liquid immersed ablation technique. This increase in pressure is proposed to have an increased surface roughness, promoting the number of asperities with a surface area lower than 16 μm 2; resulting in a diffuse reflection of light and an apparent darkening of features. The focal length of the optical system was accurately predicted to increase by 2.958 mm, when using the closed flowing liquid immersion equipment. This equipment is predicted to have increased the optical depth of focus via reduction in the angle of convergence of the two defining image rays; yet the perceived focus, measured discretely by mean feature wall angle, was found to be 25% smaller when using the closed thick film flowing filtered water immersion technique instead of similar laser ablation in ambient air. A compressed plume interaction is proposed as a contributing factor in this change.

  5. A Comparison of Excimer Laser Microprobe (U-Th)/He and Conventional Laser-Heating (U-Th)/He Thermochronometry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Boyce, J. W.; Hodges, K. V.; Olszewski, W. J.; Jercinovic, M. J.; Carpenter, B.; Reiners, P. W.

    2005-12-01

    Recent advances in Excimer laser ablation (U-Th)/He thermochronology (ExLA-(U-Th)/He) of monazite have demonstrated the potential of the technique with regard to generating precise cooling age information while dealing with parent element zoning, inclusions and avoiding the alpha ejection correction and the uncertainty therein [1]. ExLA-(U-Th)/He age determinations consist of three independent measurements: 1) Moles of He, 2) Ablated volume, and 3) Parent element (U, Th, Sm) concentrations. After samples are polished, an Excimer laser is used to drill a 10-250 μm diameter hole in the surface, liberating radiogenic helium which is then quantified by isotope dilution. The volume of the hole is then measured by an ADE-Phase Shift MicroXAM vertical scanning interferometer, allowing us to calculate He concentration. U, Th, and Sm concentrations are obtained (in the case of monazite), by electron microprobe analysis (either before or after helium analysis). While the precision of the technique has been adequately demonstrated on monazites as young as ~700 ka [1,2], the question of accuracy has to this point been unanswered because of the lack of a suitable monazite (U-Th)/He standard amenable to conventional (U-Th)/He analysis for comparison. Typical natural monazites are very small and strongly zoned, resulting in large and poorly constrained alpha-recoil corrections, and therefore conventional (U-Th)/He ages with unacceptably large uncertainties. Eighteen ExLA-(U-Th)/He ages on a polished section of the centimeter-sized, gem-quality Brazilian monazite MOM1 yield an error-weighted mean of 447.4 ± 3.4 Ma (0.75% at two standard errors from the mean or 2SE). Ten additional 25 μm spot analyses on a small fragment of a second crystal (MOM3) result a similar weighted mean age, albeit with more scatter, of 454.6 ± 8.9 Ma (2.0% at 2SE). Taken together, the 28 ExLA-(U-Th)/He analyses on the two crystals can be used to calculate one age of 450.4 ± 3.9 Ma (0.86% at 2SE). The

  6. Cataract surgery combined with excimer laser trabeculotomy to lower intraocular pressure: effectiveness dependent on preoperative IOP.

    PubMed

    Töteberg-Harms, Marc; Hanson, James Vm; Funk, Jens

    2013-06-24

    Cataract surgery combined with excimer laser trabeculotomy (phaco-ELT) can reduce intraocular pressure (IOP). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of phaco-ELT on IOP in patients as a function of preoperative IOP. Patients with open-angle glacuoma or ocular hypertension who received phaco-ELT between 01/2008 and 10/2009 were included. Patients were assigned based on preoperative IOP either to the study group (≤21 mmHg) or control group (>21 mmHg) in this IRB-approved, prospective, consecutive case series. Visual Acuity, IOP, and number of anti-glaucoma drugs (AGD) were recorded at baseline and 12 months after phaco-ELT. Any postoperative complications were also recorded. 64 eyes of 64 patients (76.5 ± 9.4 years) were included. Baseline IOP was 19.8 ± 5.3 mmHg (AGD 2.4 ± 1.1) for all eyes, 16.5 ± 2.9 mmHg (AGD 2.5 ± 1.0) for the study group, and 25.8 ± 2.9 mmHg (AGD 2.2 ± 1.4) for the control group. Across the two groups, IOP was reduced by 4.5 ± 5.9 mmHg (-23.0%, p < 0.001) and AGD by 0.9 ± 1.5 (-38.9%, p < 0.001). For the study group IOP was reduced by 1.9 ± 4.4 mmHg (-11. 5 %, p = 0.012) and AGD by 1.1 ± 1.4 (-42.9%, p < 0.001), and for the control group by 9.5 ± 5.4 mmHg (-36.6%, p < 0.001) and AGD by 0.7 ± 1.6 (-29.5%, p = 0.085). There were no serious postoperative complications such as endophthalmitis, significant hyphema, or a severe fibrinous reaction of the anterior chamber. IOP remained significantly reduced from baseline 12 months after phaco-ELT regardless of preoperative IOP levels, with no major complications. The IOP reduction remained constant over the entire follow-up. Hence, phaco-ELT can be considered in glaucoma and ocular hypertensive patients whenever cataract surgery is performed, in order to further reduce IOP or to reduce the requirement for IOP-reducing medications.

  7. Excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy in eyes with corneal stromal dystrophies with and without a corneal graft.

    PubMed

    Reddy, Jagadesh C; Rapuano, Christopher J; Nagra, Parveen K; Hammersmith, Kristin M

    2013-06-01

    To evaluate and compare the visual outcomes and recurrence patterns of corneal stromal dystrophies after excimer laser phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) in eyes with and without a corneal graft. Retrospective, comparative case series. setting: Cornea Service, Wills Eye Institute, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. study population: The patients were divided into 2 groups. Group 1 comprised patients with no graft who underwent PTK (22 eyes of 15 patients), and group 2 comprised patients who underwent PTK over a previous full-thickness graft (18 eyes of 14 patients). intervention: All patients underwent PTK for decreased vision, symptoms of recurrent erosions, or both. main outcome measures: Visual outcomes and recurrence patterns of corneal stromal dystrophies. Preoperative and postoperative best-corrected visual acuities were 0.46 ± 0.25 and 0.51 ± 0.27 (P = .56), respectively, in group 1 and 0.16 ± 0.13 and 0.21 ± 0.18 (P = .25), respectively, in group 2. Mean preoperative spherical equivalent was 1.54 ± 2.59 diopters (D) and -5.10 ± 5.81 D (P = .01) in groups 1 and 2, respectively, and mean postoperative spherical equivalent was 0.44 ± 1.8 D and -1.8 ± 4.25 D (P = .19) in groups 1 and 2, respectively. There was no statistically significant difference in the efficacy (P = .73) and safety (P = .62) indices between the 2 groups. In group 1, mild recurrence was seen in 7 eyes (32%) and significant recurrence was seen in 4 eyes (18%) at a mean of 32 and 47 months after PTK, respectively. In group 2, mild recurrence was seen in 5 eyes (28%) and significant recurrence was seen in 5 eyes (28%) at a mean of 36 and 50 months after PTK, respectively. PTK improved central corneal clarity, alleviated symptoms resulting from recurrent erosions, and improved visual acuity in both groups. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Effect of beam variables on corneal sensitivity after excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy

    PubMed Central

    Lawrenson, J.; Corbett, M.; O'Brart, D.; Marshall, J.

    1997-01-01

    AIM—To investigate changes in corneal touch sensitivity following excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) using different beam configurations.
METHODS—20 subjects were given a unilateral −3.00 D correction with either a 5 mm (26 µm, n=10) or 6 mm (42 µm, n=10) beam diameter. Thirty subjects underwent a unilateral −6.00 D correction with 5 mm (62 µm, n=10), 6 mm (78 µm, n=10), or multizone (62 µm, n=10) treatments. The multizone treatment was 6 mm in diameter with the depth of the 5 mm treatment. Corneal sensitivity was measured using a slit-lamp mounted Cochet-Bonnet aesthesiometer before and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after PRK. Stimulus locations included points lying within the ablated zone (central) and outside (peripheral). These were compared with the equivalent locations in control (untreated) eyes.
RESULTS—There was a significant reduction in corneal sensitivity within the central (ablated) zone in all treatment groups after PRK. In most groups a return to full sensitivity was achieved by 6 months with the exception of the multizone treatment group which showed significant corneal hypoaesthesia at 12 months. Peripheral corneal sensitivity was also reduced in this group up to 3 months after the procedure. A comparison between the −3.00 D and −6.00 D treatment groups showed no significant difference. However, combining data from all treatment groups, a significant correlation was found between the interocular difference in central corneal sensitivity and postoperative haze at 3 and 6 months.
CONCLUSIONS—For corrections up to −6.00 D ablation depth and treatment zone diameter do not appear to be clinically important determinants of corneal hypoaesthesia. In contrast, postoperative corneal haze appears to correlate with sensitivity loss.

 PMID:9349159

  9. The influence of ArF excimer laser micromachining on physicochemical properties of bioresorbable poly(L-lactide)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stepak, Bogusz D.; Antończak, Arkadiusz J.; Szustakiewicz, Konrad; Pezowicz, Celina; Abramski, Krzysztof M.

    2016-03-01

    The main advantage of laser processing is a non-contact character of material removal and high precision attainable thanks to low laser beam dimensions. This technique enables forming a complex, submillimeter geometrical shapes such as vascular stents which cannot be manufactured using traditional techniques e.g. injection moulding or mechanical treatment. In the domain of nanosecond laser sources, an ArF excimer laser appears as a good candidate for laser micromachining of bioresorbable polymers such as poly(L-lactide). Due to long pulse duration, however, there is a risk of heat diffusion and accumulation in the material. In addition, due to short wavelength (193 nm) photochemical process can modify the chemical composition of ablated surfaces. The motivation for this research was to evaluate the influence of laser micromachining on physicochemical properties of poly(L-lactide). We performed calorimetric analysis of laser machined samples by using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). It allowed us to find the optimal process parameters for heat affected zone (HAZ) reduction. The chemical composition of the ablated surface was investigated by FTIR in attenuated total reflectance (ATR) mode.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Švanda, Jan; Siegel, Jakub; Švorčík, Vaclav; Lyutakov, Oleksiy

    2016-05-01

    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.

  12. Novel reactions of quadricyclane: a new route to monomers for low-absorbing polymers in 157-nm photoresists

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Marsella, John A.; Abdourazak, Atteye H.; Carr, Richard V. C.; Markley, Thomas J.; Robertson, Eric A., III

    2004-05-01

    Norbornene monomers with fluorinated substituents are often used in copolymers targeted for photoresist applications at 157 nm. Homopolymers of these norbornene monomers typically exhibit an absorption coefficient greater than 1.5 μm-1. Comonomers, which are often perfluoroolefins, are needed to meet the transparency requirement for 157 nm lithography, namely an absorption coefficient less than 1.0 μm-1. Clearly, a norbornene monomer that gives a homopolymer with an optical density less than 1.0 μm-1 would require less, if any, perfluoroolefin comonomer, providing a distinct advantage in the production of the base resin. Research in Air Products and Chemicals" labs has led to the discovery that fluorinated hydroxyalkyl ether derivatives of norbornene ring systems with suitable substitution patterns can give homopolymers with absorption coefficients of less than 1 μm-1. The monomers are produced via a novel reaction pathway involving quadricyclane. This pathway provides a versatile and rich synthetic chemistry, and the potential for eliminating, or at least substantially decreasing, perfluoroolefin incorporation into 157 nm photoresists. Specific examples of these reactions are discussed here, along with VUV-VASE and etch resistance data for a series of polymers derived from quadricyclane reactions.

  13. Single pulse vibrational Raman scattering by a broadband KrF excimer laser in a hydrogen-air flame

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Pitz, Robert W.; Wehrmeyer, Joseph A.; Bowling, J. M.; Cheng, Tsarng-Sheng

    1990-01-01

    Spontaneous vibrational Raman scattering (VRS) is produced by a broadband excimer laser at 248 nm (KrF) in a H2-air flame, and VRS spectra are recorded for lean, stoichiometric, and rich flames. Except at very lean flame conditions, laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) processes interfere with VRS Stokes lines from H2, H2O, and O2. No interference is found for the N2 Stokes and N2 anti-Stokes lines. In a stoichiometric H2/air flame, single-pulse measurements of N2 concentration and temperature (by the VRS Stokes to anti-Stokes ratio) have a relative standard deviation of 7.7 and 10 percent, respectively. These single pulse measurement errors compare well with photon statistics calculations using measured Raman cross sections.

  14. Dynamics of the hydrodynamical growth of columns on silicon exposed to ArF excimer-laser irradiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sánchez, F.; Morenza, J. L.; Aguiar, R.; Delgado, J. C.; Varela, M.

    We present new results about the development of the whiskerlike structures that grow on silicon single crystals exposed in air to ArF excimer-laser irradiation. Small depressions appear on the surface after 100-200 laser pulses. With the next pulses, the size of these depressions increases, without change in depth, and new depressions are formed. At the end of this step the non-depressed regions are constricted and form a reticular network with a mesh size of some μm. With more pulses the material of the network tends to desert the branches and accumulate in the nodes, and discrete hillocks result. The hillocks progressively change their shape until tall columns are formed. Independent of this process, small protuberances appear on flat areas of the irradiated spot, initially in regions far from the center of the spot. These protuberances evolve to mushroom-type shapes, which remain much shorter than the columns.

  15. Fabrication of superhydrophobic silicone rubber by ArF-excimer-laser-induced microstructuring for repelling water in water

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Okoshi, Masayuki; Setyo Pambudi, Wisnu

    2016-11-01

    Microswellings of 1 µm height, 1.5 µm diameter, and regular intervals of 2.5 µm on a silicone rubber surface were fabricated using a 193 nm ArF excimer laser. The laser was focused on silicone by each microsphere made of silica glass of 2.5 µm diameter; these microspheres covered the entire surface of the silicone. The surface underneath each microsphere selectively swelled owing to the photodissociation of the Si-O bonds of silicone. The contact angle of water was measured to be approximately 155°, indicating a clear superhydrophobicity. The samples successfully repelled water in water to form an air gap layer between silicone and water.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Van Overschelde, O.; Delsate, T.; Snyders, R.

    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.

  17. <100>-textured self-assembled square-shaped polycrystalline silicon grains by multiple shot excimer laser crystallization

    SciTech Connect

    He Ming; Ishihara, Ryoichi; Metselaar, Wim; Beenakker, Kees

    2006-10-15

    Strong preference for <100> surface and in-plane orientations has been observed in polycrystalline silicon film on SiO{sub 2} after crystallization with multiple excimer laser pulses. Laser induced periodic surface structure (LIPSS) is developed in the film, constructing self-assembled square-shaped grains. The clear texture can be observed in a relatively wide energy density window, from 250 to 275 mJ/cm{sup 2}, for a 30 nm thick {alpha}-Si layer. It is speculated that the lateral growth velocity of <100>-oriented grains is the fastest, and the orthogonal in-plane <100> directions are developed due to the alternate directions of melting and solidification during the LIPSS formation.

  18. Single pulse vibrational Raman scattering by a broadband KrF excimer laser in a hydrogen-air flame

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Pitz, Robert W.; Wehrmeyer, Joseph A.; Bowling, J. M.; Cheng, Tsarng-Sheng

    1990-01-01

    Spontaneous vibrational Raman scattering (VRS) is produced by a broadband excimer laser at 248 nm (KrF) in a H2-air flame, and VRS spectra are recorded for lean, stoichiometric, and rich flames. Except at very lean flame conditions, laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) processes interfere with VRS Stokes lines from H2, H2O, and O2. No interference is found for the N2 Stokes and N2 anti-Stokes lines. In a stoichiometric H2/air flame, single-pulse measurements of N2 concentration and temperature (by the VRS Stokes to anti-Stokes ratio) have a relative standard deviation of 7.7 and 10 percent, respectively. These single pulse measurement errors compare well with photon statistics calculations using measured Raman cross sections.

  19. A combination of excimer laser treatment and topical tacrolimus is more effective in treating vitiligo than either therapy alone for the initial 6 months, but not thereafter.

    PubMed

    Park, O J; Park, G-H; Choi, J R; Jung, H J; Oh, E S; Choi, J H; Lee, M W; Chang, S E

    2016-04-01

    There are insufficient data on the long-term outcome of a combination therapy that comprises phototherapy and topical administration of tacrolimus. To evaluate the clinical efficacy according to the duration of treatment and in vitro results of a combination therapy involving topical tacrolimus and an excimer laser in the treatment of vitiligo. In total, 276 patients with nonsegmental vitiligo were treated with an excimer laser twice weekly, or with tacrolimus ointment twice daily, or both. The melanin contents and levels of melanogenic enzymes were measured in cultured human melanocytes treated with tacrolimus and/or excimer laser. After adjusting for potential confounders, the combination of tacrolimus plus excimer laser was significantly more effective than either tacrolimus or excimer laser alone (P < 0.001 and P < 0.01, respectively) for the first 6 months. However, this superiority was not observed after the initial 6 months of treatment. In vitro, the combination of tacrolimus plus excimer laser led to a higher level of melanogenesis than with either treatment alone. A combination treatment with topical tacrolimus and an excimer laser may be useful as an induction therapy for up to 6 months, but continuation of this therapy for > 6 months might not provide a better final outcome than monotherapy. © 2015 British Association of Dermatologists.

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

    PubMed

    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.

  1. In Vivo Confocal Microscopic Imaging of the Cornea After Femtosecond and Excimer Laser-assisted Penetrating Keratoplasty.

    PubMed

    Resch, Miklós D; Zemova, Elena; Marsovszky, László; Szentmáry, Nóra; Bauer, Florian; Daas, Loay; Pattmöller, Max; El-Husseiny, Moatasem; Németh, János; Nagy, Zoltán Z; Seitz, Berthold

    2015-09-01

    To examine the microstructure of the cornea after excimer and femtosecond laser-assisted penetrating keratoplasty (ELAK and FLAK) in eyes with Fuchs' dystrophy and keratoconus. Fifty-seven patients were divided into four groups according to corneal disease and surgical technique: Fuchs' dystrophy and ELAK (n = 9; mean age: 70.4 ± 10.6 years); Fuchs' dystrophy and FLAK (n = 13; mean age: 64.3 ± 11.2 years); keratoconus and ELAK (n = 9; mean age: 47.4 ± 13.9 years); and keratoconus and FLAK (n = 9; mean age: 43.5 ± 13.8 years). The control group comprised individuals without ocular disease (n = 17; mean age: 39.9 ± 17.3 years). In vivo investigation of the corneal graft and graft-host junction zone was performed with confocal corneal microscopy. All corneal grafts were transparent and no rejection reaction could be observed during the follow-up period. Confocal microscopy revealed no difference in basal epithelial cell density compared to controls. Anterior keratocyte density was lower than in the control group (818 ± 131 cells/mm(2)) in all four treatment groups (596 ± 174, 586 ± 113, 529 ± 75, 552 ± 91 cells/mm(2)). Langerhans cells could barely be seen; there was no difference in the cutting edge configuration and wound integrity. In vivo confocal microscopy provided evidence that good alignment of graft-host junction could be created with both techniques. The excimer laser was not inferior to the femtosecond laser in performing corneal cuts. The low density of Langerhans cells revealed well-controlled cellular immunological response and sustained corneal integrity in both laser groups. Copyright 2015, SLACK Incorporated.

  2. An open label pilot study of supraerythemogenic excimer laser in combination with clobetasol spray and calcitriol ointment for the treatment of generalized plaque psoriasis.

    PubMed

    Levin, Ethan; Nguyen, Catherine M; Danesh, Melissa J; Beroukhim, Kourosh; Leon, Argentina; Koo, John

    2016-01-01

    A common therapeutic modality for psoriasis includes the combination of phototherapy with topical treatments. The recent development of targeted phototherapy with the excimer laser and spray formulations for topical treatments has increased the efficacy and convenience of these combinational therapies. Herein, we aim to assess the efficacy of a novel combination of therapies using the 308 nm excimer laser, clobetasol propionate spray and calcitriol ointment for the treatment of moderate to severe generalized psoriasis. In this 12-week study, patients with moderate to severe psoriasis received twice weekly treatments with a 308-nm excimer laser combined with clobetasol proprionate twice daily for a month followed by calcitriol ointment twice daily for the next month. Of the 30 patients enrolled, 83% of patients (25/30) achieved PASI-75 [65-94%, 95% confidence interval (CI)] at week 12. For PGA, there was an estimated decrease of 3.6 points (3.1-4.1, 95% CI, p < 0.0005) by week 12. In conclusion, the combination of excimer laser with alternating clobetasol and calcitriol application has shown to be a promising combination of therapies for the treatment of moderate to severe generalized psoriasis. Further evaluation may be conducted with a larger study inclusive of control groups and head-to-head comparisons against topical steroid and UVB therapy as monotherapies.

  3. Supraerythemogenic excimer laser in combination with clobetasol spray and calcitriol ointment for the treatment of generalized plaque psoriasis: Interim results of an open label pilot study.

    PubMed

    Levin, Ethan; Debbaneh, Maya; Malakouti, Mona; Brown, Gabrielle; Wang, Eva; Gupta, Rishu; Butler, Daniel; Huynh, Monica; Leon, Argentina; Koo, John Y M

    2015-02-01

    The combination of phototherapy and topical therapy is one of the most widely used treatment modalities for moderate to severe psoriasis. The development of targeted phototherapy with excimer laser and new topical spray formulations has made these therapies both more convenient and more effective. In this open label pilot study, we aim to assess the efficacy of combination therapy using 308-nm excimer laser, clobetasol propionate spray and calcitriol ointment for the treatment of moderate to severe generalized psoriasis. In this 12-week study, patients with moderate to severe psoriasis received twice weekly treatment with XTRAC® Velocity 308-nm excimer laser combined with clobetasol propionate twice daily followed by calitriol ointment twice daily. To date, 21 patients have completed the protocol. By week 12, 76% of the patients had a reduction in Psoriasis Area and Severity Index by at least 75% (PASI-75) and 52% had a Physicians Global Assessment of "clear" or "almost clear". Excimer laser therapy combined with an optimized topical regimen that includes clobetasol spray followed by calictriol ointment appears to be an effective treatment for moderate to severe generalized psoriasis that avoids the risk of serious internal side effects associated with many systemic agents.

  4. Corneal higher order aberrations after LASIK for high myopia with a fast repetition rate excimer laser, optimized ablation profile, and femtosecond laser-assisted flap.

    PubMed

    Vega-Estrada, Alfredo; Alió, Jorge L; Arba Mosquera, Samuel; Moreno, Luis J

    2012-10-01

    To evaluate corneal higher order aberrations (HOAs) after LASIK for the correction of high myopia using a new generation of excimer laser (500-Hz repetition rate) and optimized ablation profiles. Retrospective consecutive study including 29 eyes from 17 patients (age range: 24 to 61 years) with high levels of myopia (spherical equivalent refraction ≥8.50 diopters). All cases underwent LASIK using the sixth-generation Amaris (SCHWIND eye-tech-solutions) excimer laser and flap creation with the IntraLase (Abbott Medical Optics) femtosecond laser. Postoperative changes in corneal HOAs and corneal asphericity were analyzed during 6-month follow-up. Significant improvement in uncorrected distance visual acuity and spherical equivalent was observed (P<.01). Corrected distance visual acuity did not change after surgery (P=.37). Significant increases in corneal root-mean-square (RMS) HOA, RMS spherical aberration (SA), and RMS coma were observed 6 months after surgery (P<.01). Corneal asphericity for the 4.5-mm (Q45) and 8-mm (Q8) corneal diameter also increased significantly during the postoperative period (P<.01). Significant correlations were found between postoperative RMS HOA and RMS SA and RMS coma (r(2)=0.375, P=0.000 and r(2)=0.596, P=.000, respectively). Linear regression analysis showed a significant relationship between postoperative Q45 and preoperative pachymetry and treatment optical zone (R(2)=0.24, P<.05). A correlation was also found between postoperative Q8 and preoperative sphere and treatment ablation zone (R(2)=0.459, P<.006). A significant induction of corneal HOAs still exists with the latest generation Schwind excimer laser. Linear regression analysis will help predict postoperative asphericity obtained when using LASIK for the correction of high myopia. Copyright 2012, SLACK Incorporated.

  5. Subjective Quality of Vision After Myopic LASIK: Prospective 1-Year Comparison of Two Wavefront-Guided Excimer Lasers.

    PubMed

    Yu, Charles Q; Manche, Edward E

    2016-04-01

    To compare subjective quality of vision between two wavefront-guided lasers in the treatment of myopia up to 1 year postoperatively. In this prospective randomized study, 100 eyes of 50 patients were treated with wavefront-guided LASIK. One eye was treated with the WaveLight Allegretto Wave Eye-Q 400-Hz excimer laser (Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Hünenberg, Switzerland) and the other was treated with the VISX Star S4 IR CustomVue excimer laser (Abbott Medical Optics, Santa Ana, CA). Patients completed a questionnaire assessing quality of vision and visual symptoms preoperatively and at postoperative months 1, 3, 6, and 12. The Allegretto system demonstrated non-statistically significant superiority in several subjective parameters as early as 1 month after surgery. At 12 months, there was better clarity during the day (P = .001) in the Allegretto group. Subgroup analyses were performed on eyes with preoperative higher order aberrations of 0.3 µm or less and in patients with preoperative higher order aberrations greater than 0.3 µm. In subgroup analysis, there were no differences between the two systems in eyes with low higher order aberrations or high higher order aberrations. Patients did not express any preference for one system over the other when surveyed at 1 year postoperatively. One year after surgery, there were no differences in self-reported quality of vision outcomes with the exception of better clarity of vision during the day in the eyes treated with the Allegretto system. Patients did not express any preference for one treatment modality over the other. Copyright 2016, SLACK Incorporated.

  6. Excimer laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) under a corneal flap for myopia of 2 to 20 D.

    PubMed Central

    Salah, T; Waring, G O; el-Maghraby, A; Moadel, K; Grimm, S B

    1995-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We report the results of a recent technique of keratomileusis for myopia: excimer laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK). METHODS: We studied retrospectively 88 eyes of 63 patients that received LASIK with the Chiron Automated Corneal Shaper and the Summit OmniMed excimer laser under a hinged corneal flap without sutures. RESULTS: Mean follow-up was 5.2 months. Mean spherical equivalent of the manifest refraction before surgery was -8.24 diopters (D)(range -2.00 to -20.00 D). Mean spherical equivalent refraction after surgery was +0.22 D (SD, 1.42 D). Of 40 eyes with a baseline refraction from -2.00 to -6.00 D, 25 (63%) had a refraction within +/- 0.50 D and 37 eyes (93%) within +/-1.00 D. In 29 eyes with baseline refraction of -6.12 to -12.00 D, postoperative refraction was within +/-1.00 D in 19 (65%). In 19 eyes with baseline refraction of -12.10 to -20.00 D postoperative refraction was +/-1.00 D in 8 (43%). Overall, 64 of 88 eyes (72.8%) had a refraction within +/-1.00 D after surgery. Between three weeks and five months after surgery the change in the mean spherical equivalent refraction was -0.61 D in the myopic direction. Uncorrected visual acuity after surgery was 20/20 or better in 31 eyes (36%) and 20/40 or better in 61 eyes (71%). Three eyes (3.6%) lost two lines or more of spectacle corrected visual acuity, two from progressive myopic maculopathy and one from irregular astigmatism. No eyes had vision threatening complications. CONCLUSION: Excimer laser in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) under a corneal flap can be an effective method of reducing myopia between -2.00 to -20.00 D, with minimal complications. Current surgical algorithms need modification to improve predictability. Stability of refraction after surgery requires further study. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4 FIGURE 5 FIGURE 6 PMID:8719677

  7. KrF- and ArF-excimer-laser-induced absorption in silica glasses produced by melting synthetic silica powder

    SciTech Connect

    Kuzuu, Nobu; Sasaki, Toshiya; Kojima, Tatsuya; Tanaka, Jun-ichiro; Nakamura, Takayuki; Horikoshi, Hideharu

    2013-07-07

    KrF- and ArF-excimer-laser-induced absorption of silica glasses produced by electric melting and flame fusion of synthetic silica powder were investigated. The growth of KrF-laser-induced absorption was more gradual than that of ArF-laser-induced absorption. Induced absorption spectra exhibited a peak at about 5.8 eV, of which the position and width differed slightly among samples and laser species. Widths of ArF-laser-induced absorption spectra were wider than those of KrF-laser-induced spectra. KrF-laser-induced absorption is reproducible by two Gaussian absorption bands peaking at 5.80 eV with full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 0.62 eV and at 6.50 eV with FWHM of 0.74 eV. For reproduction of ArF-laser-induced absorption, Gaussian bands at 5.41 eV with FWHM of 0.62 eV was necessary in addition to components used for reproducing KrF-laser-induced absorption. Based on the discussion of the change of defect structures evaluated from change of absorption components, we proposed that the precursor of the 5.8-eV band ascribed to E Prime center ({identical_to}Si{center_dot}) is {identical_to}Si-H HO-Si{identical_to} structures formed by the reaction between strained Si-O-Si bonds and interstitial H{sub 2} molecules during the irradiation.

  8. Cataract Surgery combined with excimer laser trabeculotomy to lower intraocular pressure: effectiveness dependent on preoperative IOP

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Background Cataract surgery combined with excimer laser trabeculotomy (phaco-ELT) can reduce intraocular pressure (IOP). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of phaco-ELT on IOP in patients as a function of preoperative IOP. Methods Patients with open-angle glacuoma or ocular hypertension who received phaco-ELT between 01/2008 and 10/2009 were included. Patients were assigned based on preoperative IOP either to the study group (≤21 mmHg) or control group (>21 mmHg) in this IRB-approved, prospective, consecutive case series. Visual Acuity, IOP, and number of anti-glaucoma drugs (AGD) were recorded at baseline and 12 months after phaco-ELT. Any postoperative complications were also recorded. Results 64 eyes of 64 patients (76.5 ± 9.4 years) were included. Baseline IOP was 19.8 ± 5.3 mmHg (AGD 2.4 ± 1.1) for all eyes, 16.5 ± 2.9 mmHg (AGD 2.5 ± 1.0) for the study group, and 25.8 ± 2.9 mmHg (AGD 2.2 ± 1.4) for the control group. Across the two groups, IOP was reduced by 4.5 ± 5.9 mmHg (-23.0%, p < 0.001) and AGD by 0.9 ± 1.5 (-38.9%, p < 0.001). For the study group IOP was reduced by 1.9 ± 4.4 mmHg (-11. 5 %, p = 0.012) and AGD by 1.1 ± 1.4 (-42.9%, p < 0.001), and for the control group by 9.5 ± 5.4 mmHg (-36.6%, p < 0.001) and AGD by 0.7 ± 1.6 (-29.5%, p = 0.085). There were no serious postoperative complications such as endophthalmitis, significant hyphema, or a severe fibrinous reaction of the anterior chamber. Conclusions IOP remained significantly reduced from baseline 12 months after phaco-ELT regardless of preoperative IOP levels, with no major complications. The IOP reduction remained constant over the entire follow-up. Hence, phaco-ELT can be considered in glaucoma and ocular hypertensive patients whenever cataract surgery is performed, in order to further reduce IOP or to reduce the requirement for IOP-reducing medications. PMID:23799932

  9. Vacuum ultraviolet argon excimer laser excited by optical-field-induced ionized electrons produced in an argon-filled hollow fiber

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kubodera, Shoichi; Kaku, Masanori; Katto, Masahito

    2011-10-01

    Short-wavelength lasers in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectral region between 100 and 200 nm have not yet been developed to the same degree as visible and infrared lasers. We have demonstrated the production of argon excimers via an optical-field-induced ionization (OFI) process by using a high-intensity infrared laser. We here report optical amplification of argon excimers at the wavelength of 126 nm by producing an extended OFI plasma inside an argon-filled hollow fiber with an inner diameter of 250 microns with a length of 5.0 cm. A gain-length product of 4.3 through the use of single-pass amplification with VUV optics was observed, indicating a small signal gain coefficient of 0.86 cm-1 with an uncertainty of 0.03. It was found that the hollow fiber served to extend the OFI plasma length and to guide the excitation of the infrared laser and the produced VUV emissions at 126 nm, but did not affect the OFI plasma conditions to produce argon excimer molecules. Short-wavelength lasers in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectral region between 100 and 200 nm have not yet been developed to the same degree as visible and infrared lasers. We have demonstrated the production of argon excimers via an optical-field-induced ionization (OFI) process by using a high-intensity infrared laser. We here report optical amplification of argon excimers at the wavelength of 126 nm by producing an extended OFI plasma inside an argon-filled hollow fiber with an inner diameter of 250 microns with a length of 5.0 cm. A gain-length product of 4.3 through the use of single-pass amplification with VUV optics was observed, indicating a small signal gain coefficient of 0.86 cm-1 with an uncertainty of 0.03. It was found that the hollow fiber served to extend the OFI plasma length and to guide the excitation of the infrared laser and the produced VUV emissions at 126 nm, but did not affect the OFI plasma conditions to produce argon excimer molecules. Part of this work has been supported by

  10. [Narrowband UV-B, monochromatic excimer laser, and photodynamic therapy in psoriasis: a consensus statement of the Spanish Psoriasis Group].

    PubMed

    Carrascosa, J M; López-Estebaranz, J L; Carretero, G; Daudén, E; Ferrándiz, C; Vidal, D; Belinchón, I; Sánchez-Regaña, M; Puig, L

    2011-04-01

    Novel treatment strategies and new information concerning the management of moderate to severe psoriasis justify a reassessment of the role of the classic therapies in this setting. This consensus statement evaluates narrowband UV-B therapy, which is currently considered the phototherapy option of choice in psoriasis because of its risk-to-benefit ratio. The role of excimer laser and photodynamic therapies are also discussed. These targeted therapies are still only available in a small number of centers in Spain and are used principally in the treatment of localized and recalcitrant forms of psoriasis. We discuss the efficacy and safety of phototherapy as well as treatment regimens, combination therapy, and clinical considerations relating to the characteristics of the patient or the disease. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier España, S.L. y AEDV. All rights reserved.

  11. Control of structure and electric properties of amorphous organic semiconductive thin films prepared by excimer laser ablation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nishio, S.; Sato, H.; Yamabe, T.

    Excimer laser ablation (ELA) of 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) with ArF (193 nm), KrF (248 nm), XeCl (308 nm), and XeF (351 nm) beams under optimized conditions enables us to obtain organic semiconductor thin films with various structures such as amorphous carbon, polyperinaphthalene (PPN), and PTCDA itself. Electric conductivity and carrier species of the films depend strongly on the ablation wavelength, fluence, substrate temperature, and ambient vapor species. It is found that electric conductivities of the films are controllable, ranging from 10-6 to 101 Scm-1 with the selection of appropriate ablation conditions. An organic pn junction is successfully constructed by the change of ablation conditions during ELA. Furthermore, ELA of PTCDA at 248 nm in iodine vapor leads to formation of tetraiodoallene in the film.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  13. A novel approach to pseudopodia proteomics: excimer laser etching, two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis, and confocal imaging

    PubMed Central

    Mimae, Takahiro; Ito, Akihiko; Hagiyama, Man; Nakanishi, Jun; Hosokawa, Yoichiroh; Okada, Morihito; Murakami, Yoshinori; Kondo, Tadashi

    2014-01-01

    Pseudopodia are actin-rich ventral cellular protrusions shown to facilitate the migration and metastasis of tumor cells. Here, we present a novel approach to perform pseudopodia proteomics. Tumor cells growing on porous membranes extend pseudopodia into the membrane pores. In our method, cell bodies are removed by horizontal ablation at the basal cell surface with the excimer laser while pseudopodia are left in the membrane pores. For protein expression profiling, whole cell and pseudopodia proteins are extracted with a lysis buffer, labeled with highly sensitive fluorescent dyes, and separated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Proteins with unique expression patterns in pseudopodia are identified by mass spectrometry. The effects of the identified proteins on pseudopodia for