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Isabelle Fini Storchi, Steven Parker, Francesca Bovis, Stefano Benedicenti, Andrea Amaroli
Snoring is a sleep phenomenon due to the partial upper airway obstruction during sleep which causes vibration of the tissues of the rhino-oro-hypopharynx and less frequently the larynx. This study evaluated the use and effectiveness of the erbium:YAG 2940-nm laser as an adjunctive in providing treatment for patients suffering from chronic snoring-related sleep disorders. A prospective study of 40 consecutive patients with snoring and sleep disorders was performed, assessing data before and after three Er:YAG laser treatment sessions...
January 15, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
Wen-Hsuan Kuan, Li-Ting Kao, Jing-Yun Wang, Kuei-Huei Lin
We report a passively mode-locked erbium-doped fiber laser with pulse widths switchable from 473 fs to 76.8 ns, where the fundamental mode-locking, noise-like pulse, nanosecond mode-locking, and dual-width mode-locking (DML) are obtained by adjusting a polarization controller. Co-existence of femto- and nano-second pulses in DML is attributed to the gain balancing. Analytic modeling of the fiber laser with the cubic-quintic Ginzburg-Landau equation is presented, in which the pulse widths are calculated as functions of dispersion, self-phase modulation (SPM), cubic saturable absorption (SA), and quintic SA...
January 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Xiao-Fei Liu, Tie-Jun Wang, Chuan Wang
Erbium-doped whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) microcavities have great potential in many important applications, such as the precision detection and the micro/nano laser. However, they are sensitive to the fluctuations from the pump laser and the environment. Here we demonstrate the precise controlling of transmission spectra and optical gains using optothermal scanning methods in erbium-doped WGM microcavities. The transmission spectrum of the probe signal exhibits the transition between asymmetric Fano-like resonance and the Lorentz peak (or dip) through tuning the input frequency and the scanning speed of the pump laser...
January 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Josep Maria Serres, Pavel Loiko, Venkatesan Jambunathan, Xavier Mateos, Vladimir Vitkin, Antonio Lucianetti, Tomas Mocek, Magdalena Aguiló, Francesc Díaz, Uwe Griebner, Valentin Petrov
We report on an efficient diode-pumped continuous-wave erbium-doped monoclinic double tungstate laser. It is based on a 1 at. % Er3+:KLu(WO4)2 (Er:KLuW) crystal cut along the Ng optical indicatrix axis. The Er:KLuW microchip laser, diode pumped at 0.98 μm, generates 268 mW at 1.610 μm with a slope efficiency of 30%. The output is linearly polarized (E||Nm), and the laser beam is nearly diffraction limited (Mp,m2<1.1). Spectroscopic properties of Er3+ in KLuW are also presented. The stimulated-emission cross-section σSE is 0...
January 15, 2018: Optics Letters
L Cheng, T Chick, J Chapman, E F C Dreyer, C D Nie, S Bera, J A Harrington, S C Rand
Erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Er3+:YAG) rods were inserted inside undoped tubes and grown into single-crystal fibers of a diameter of 300 μm using the laser-heated pedestal growth technique. Growth at various rates resulted in radially graded distributions of Er3+ dopant ions, as observed using laser-induced fluorescence imaging. Profiles of the refractive index were measured using cross-sectional reflectometry in a microscope. Dopant distributions and the corresponding index profiles were compared with thermal diffusion theory to determine the inter-diffusion coefficient of Y3+ and Er3+ ions at 2000°C, yielding an estimated value of D=(9...
January 10, 2018: Applied Optics
Xiaoliang Wang, Daru Chen, Haitao Li, Lijuan She, Qiong Wu
The random fiber laser (RFL), which is a milestone in laser physics and nonlinear optics, has attracted considerable attention recently. Most previously reported RFLs are based on distributed feedback of Rayleigh scattering amplified through the stimulated Raman-Brillouin scattering effect in single-mode fibers, which require long-distance (tens of kilometers) single-mode fibers and high threshold, up to watt level, due to the extremely small Rayleigh scattering coefficient of the fiber. We proposed and demonstrated a half-open-cavity RFL based on a segment of an artificially controlled backscattering single-mode fiber with a length of 210 m, 310 m, or 390 m...
January 10, 2018: Applied Optics
Marika Vereb, Knut Liepe, Manfred Fischer, Lucia Kaliska, Lucia Noskovicova, Sona Balogova
BACKGROUND: There is a clinical need for therapeutic alternative in patients with persisting painful arthritis of AC-joint and failure of previous treatments. However, no radiopharmaceutical is currently explicitly approved for radiosynoviorthesis of acromioclavicular joint. The aim of our study was to prospectively assess the efficacy and safety of radiosynoviorthesis of acromioclavicular joint using erbium-169 citrate. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Radiosynoviorthesis of acromioclavicular joint was performed in 51 consecutive patients (18 males, 33 females) mean age 64...
January 10, 2018: Nuclear Medicine Review. Central & Eastern Europe
Zuhal Gorus, Ayse Mese, Berivan Dundar Yilmaz, Ozkan Adiguzel
BACKGROUND This study examined the effect of roughening of the root surface using an erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Er: YAG) laser on the binding strength of teeth undergoing root canal treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS Ninety single-rooted teeth were used and assigned randomly to 9 groups (n=10 each). Root canals were prepared using the FlexMaster rotary system. An Er: YAG laser was applied to the root canals in Group 1, with no surface treatment of the glass-fiber post. In Group 2, aluminum oxide particles were applied...
January 6, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Pablo Lopez-Iscoa, Diego Pugliese, Nadia G Boetti, Davide Janner, Giovanni Baldi, Laeticia Petit, Daniel Milanese
Titania particles doped with various concentrations of Erbium were synthesized by the sol-gel method followed by different heat treatments. The shape and the grain growth of the particles were noticeably affected by the concentration of Erbium and the heat treatment conditions. An infrared emission at 1530 nm, as well as green and red up-conversion emissions at 550 and 670 nm, were observed under excitation at 976 nm from all of the synthesized particles. The emission spectra and lifetime values appeared to be strongly influenced by the presence of the different crystalline phases...
January 2, 2018: Nanomaterials
Hassanali Ghaffari, Amirhossein Mirhashemi, Tahereh Baherimoghadam, Amir Azmi, Reza Rasooli
Objectives: This study sought to compare enamel cracks after orthodontic bracket debonding in the surfaces prepared with erbium, chromium: yttrium-scandium-galliumgarnet (Er,Cr:YSGG) laser and the conventional acid-etching technique. Materials and Methods: This in-vitro experimental study was conducted on 60 sound human premolars extracted for orthodontic purposes. The teeth were randomly divided into two groups (n=30). The teeth in group A were etched with 37% phosphoric acid gel, while the teeth in group B were subjected to Er,Cr:YSGG laser irradiation (gold handpiece, MZ8 tip, 50Hz, 4...
September 2017: Journal of Dentistry of Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Vyacheslav Lebedev, Joshua H Bartlett, Alexander Malyzhenkov, Alonso Castro
We present a novel compact design for a multichannel atomic oven which generates collimated beams of refractory atoms for fieldable laser spectroscopy. Using this resistively heated crucible, we demonstrate spectroscopy of an erbium sample at 1300 °C with improved isotopic resolution with respect to a single-channel design. In addition, our oven has a high thermal efficiency. By minimizing the surface area of the crucible, we achieve 2000 °C at 140 W of applied electrical power. As a result, the design does not require any active cooling and is compact enough to allow for its incorporation into fieldable instruments...
December 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
Margit L W Juhász, Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, Ellen S Marmur
Recall erythema is a phenomenon occurring when an area of epidermis treated with laser is later exposed to a trigger, most often sunlight or hot water, causing erythema in the zone of laser treatment after post-treatment erythema has already resolved. Radiation recall dermatitis is a more specific subtype of recall erythema in which an area treated with radiation is subjected to another exposure causing erythema in the area of previous radiation. Cases of recall dermatitis after laser treatment are extremely rare and have only been reported with diode neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet lasers...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
Sergio Varela Kellesarian, Vanessa Ros Malignaggi, Khaled M Aldosary, Fawad Javed
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this comprehensive review was to assess the effectiveness of erbium lasers in the removal of all ceramic fixed dental prostheses (FDPs). OVERVIEW: Indexed databases were searched without language or time restriction up to and including December 2017 using different combinations of the following keywords: "lasers"; "phototherapy"; "crowns"; "prostheses and implants"; "inlays"; "ceramics"; "dental porcelain"; "zirconium"; "removal"; "debonding"; "fixed dental prostheses"; "veneers"; "laminates"; and "fixed bridge...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry
Allison M Khoo, Sang Hyun Cho, Francisco J Reynoso, Maureen Aliru, Kathryn Aziz, Monica Bodd, Xi Yang, Md F Ahmed, Selcuk Yasar, Nivedh Manohar, Jongmin Cho, Ramesh Tailor, Howard D Thames, Sunil Krishnan
Theoretical investigations suggest that gold nanoparticle (GNP)-mediated radiation dose enhancement and radiosensitization can be maximized when photons interact with gold, predominantly via photoelectric absorption. This makes ytterbium (Yb)-169, which emits photons with an average energy of 93 keV (just above the K-edge of gold), an ideal radioisotope for such purposes. This investigation tests the feasibility of tumor-specific prostate brachytherapy achievable with Yb-169 and actively targeted GNPs, using an external beam surrogate of Yb-169 created from an exotic filter material - erbium (Er) and a standard copper-filtered 250 kVp beam...
December 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yi-Hao Lin, Wu-Chiao Hsieh, Lulu Huang, Ching-Chung Liang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of non-ablative laser treatment on overactive bladder (OAB) syndromes, stress urinary incontinence and sexual function in women with urodynamic stress incontinence (USI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between April 2015 and June 2015, consecutive patients with USI with OAB syndromes underwent two sessions of Erbium:YAG laser treatment in a tertiary hospital. Patients received validated urological questionnaires, urodynamic studies, 1-h pad test and measurement of vaginal pressure before, one and three months after laser treatment...
December 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Chenchen Wan, Thomas R Schibli, Peng Li, Carlo Bevilacqua, Axel Ruehl, Ingmar Hartl
We present an experimental and numerical study on the spectrally resolved pump-to-output intensity noise coupling in soliton fiber oscillators. In our study, we observe a strong pump noise coupling to the Kelly sidebands, while the coupling to the soliton pulse is damped. This behavior is observed in erbium-doped as well as holmium-doped fiber oscillators and confirmed by numerical modeling. It can be seen as a general feature of laser oscillators in which soliton pulse formation is dominant. We show that spectral blocking of the Kelly sidebands outside the laser cavity can improve the intensity noise performance of the laser dramatically...
December 15, 2017: Optics Letters
Mingjie Ding, Jie Fang, Yanhua Luo, Wenyu Wang, Gang-Ding Peng
Photo-bleaching of the silica-related bismuth active center (BAC-Si) in bismuth/erbium co-doped optical fibers is investigated. By analyzing dynamic spectral characteristics of BAC-Si, the photo-bleaching of the BAC-Si is found to be linked to the escape of an excited electron from the bismuth site in the BAC-Si. This mechanism of BAC-Si bleaching linked to an escaping excited electron is further confirmed with both photo-bleaching experiments by different laser pump wavelengths and a potential energy model describing the loss of an excited electron...
December 15, 2017: Optics Letters
Peng Zhang, Di Wu, Quanli Du, Xiaoyan Li, Kexuan Han, Lizhong Zhang, Tianshu Wang, Huilin Jiang
A 1.7 μm band tunable narrow-linewidth Raman fiber laser based on spectrally sliced amplified spontaneous emission (SS-ASE) and multiple filter structures is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. In this scheme, an SS-ASE source is employed as a pump source in order to avoid stimulated Brillouin scattering. The ring configuration includes a 500 m long high nonlinear optical fiber and a 10 km long dispersion shifted fiber as the gain medium. A segment of un-pumped polarization-maintaining erbium-doped fiber is used to modify the shape of the spectrum...
December 10, 2017: Applied Optics
Shihua Chen, Yanlin Ye, Fabio Baronio, Yi Liu, Xian-Ming Cai, Philippe Grelu
The resonant interaction of an optical field with two-level doping ions in a cryogenic optical fiber is investigated within the framework of nonlinear Schrödinger and Maxwell-Bloch equations. We present explicit fundamental rational rogue wave solutions in the context of self-induced transparency for the coupled optical and matter waves. It is exhibited that the optical wave component always features a typical Peregrine-like structure, while the matter waves involve more complicated yet spatiotemporally balanced amplitude distribution...
November 27, 2017: Optics Express
Haitao Zhang, Ryo Nakanishi, Keiichi Katoh, Brian K Breedlove, Yasutaka Kitagawa, Masahiro Yamashita
Structures and magnetic characteristics of two three-coordinate erbium(iii) compounds with C3v geometry, tris(2,6-di-tert-butyl-p-cresolate)erbium, Er(dbpc)3 (1) and tris(bis(trimethylsilyl)methyl)erbium, Er(btmsm)3 (2), were determined. Both underwent temperature-dependent slow magnetic relaxation processes in the absence of an external magnetic field. As a result of the differences in the coordination environment, they exhibit different energy barriers and quantum tunneling of magnetization (QTM) constants...
December 8, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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