Near-Infrared Ultrashort Pulse Laser Bioeffects Studies
Final rept. Sep 1997-Feb 2003
NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP SAN ANTONIO TX INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
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Applications of ultrashort pulse laser systems have increased dramatically in the past several years. Retinal exposure to these laser pulses can produce visible lesions with pulse energies of less than 1 microjoule microJ per pulse. Our research has found a reduction in the energy required for retinal damage as pulse duration is decreased from the nanosecond ns to femtosecond fs regime. With this data, new laser safety standards are being proposed to reduce the dangers and uncertainties when working around these lasers.
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