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Wei Shao, Guanying Chen, Tymish Y Ohulchanskyy, Chunhui Yang, Hans Ågren, Paras N Prasad
Photon management enables the manipulation of the number of input photons by conversion of two or more light quanta into one (upconversion) or vice versa (quantum cutting). Simultaneous realization of both these processes in a single unit provides unique opportunities of efficient utilization of photons throughout a broad spectral range. Yet, concurrent realization of these two parallel optical processes in one single unit remains elusive, limiting its impact on many existing or possible future applications such as for panchromatic photovoltaics...
January 18, 2017: Nanoscale
Eileen L Axibal, Julia D Kreger, Michael E Contreras, Joel L Cohen
Keratoacanthoma (KA) is a subtype of squamous cell carcinoma whose development has been linked to excessive sun exposure, immunosuppression, and trauma. Given the rapidly expanding therapeutic armamentarium for anti-aging modalities in dermatology, reports of KA secondary to invasive cosmetic procedures are on the rise. We present a case of eruptive KAs after full- eld ablative Erbium:YAG 2940 nm laser resurfacing of the face that resolved with minimal intervention. This case demonstrates the potential for a rare yet signi cant laser complication that may warrant discussion during the consenting process...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Yael Politi, Assi Levi, Moshe Lapidoth
INTRODUCTION: Acne scars are a common result of in ammatory acne, affecting many patients worldwide. Among which, atrophic scars are the most prevalent form, presenting as dermal depressions caused by inflammatory degeneration of dermal collagen. Mid-infrared laser skin interaction is characterized by its modest absorption in water and nite penetration to the mid-dermis. Since collagen is a desirable laser target, 1540-nm wavelength is amenable for collagen remodeling within the depressed area of atrophic scars...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Peiguang Yan, Hao Chen, Jinde Yin, Zihan Xu, Jiarong Li, Zike Jiang, Wenfei Zhang, Jinzhang Wang, Irene Ling Li, Zhipei Sun, Shuangchen Ruan
Two-dimensional (2D) layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have attracted significant interest in various optoelectronic applications due to their excellent nonlinear optical properties. One of the most important applications of TMDs is to be employed as an extraordinary optical modulation material (e.g., the saturable absorber (SA)) in ultrafast photonics. The main challenge arises while embedding TMDs into fiber laser systems to generate ultrafast pulse trains and thus constraints their practical applications...
January 17, 2017: Nanoscale
Ilaria Giovannacci, Marco Meleti, Domenico Corradi, Paolo Vescovi
Medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (MRONJ) is an adverse side effect of several drug therapies, including bisphosphonates (BPs). Osteonecrosis of the jaw specifically related to BP therapy is usually referred to using the acronym BRONJ. However, no consensus has yet been reached regarding the most appropriate management of BRONJ. The greatest success rates have been recorded with surgical removal of necrotic bone. In particular, erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er:YAG) laser-assisted surgery has shown significantly better results than conventional surgical approaches...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Daniel Semrau, Tianhua Xu, Nikita A Shevchenko, Milen Paskov, Alex Alvarado, Robert I Killey, Polina Bayvel
Achievable information rates (AIRs) of wideband optical communication systems using a ∼40  nm (∼5  THz) erbium-doped fiber amplifier and ∼100  nm (∼12.5  THz) distributed Raman amplification are estimated based on a first-order perturbation analysis. The AIRs of each individual channel have been evaluated for DP-64QAM, DP-256QAM, and DP-1024QAM modulation formats. The impact of full-field nonlinear compensation (FF-NLC) and probabilistically shaped constellations using a Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution were studied and compared to electronic dispersion compensation...
January 1, 2017: Optics Letters
Steven R Cohen, Ashley Goodacre, Soobin Lim, Jennifer Johnston, Cory Henssler, Brian Jeffers, Ahmad Saad, Tracy Leong
BACKGROUND: Fractional lasers were introduced to provide increased safety, while maintaining high efficacy and patient satisfaction. Patients with virtually all Fitzpatrick skin types could be safely treated using a wide spectrum of wavelengths and a broad array of skin conditions, and aging could be addressed. Although safety studies have been reported for ablative CO2 and erbium lasers, surprisingly few data are available on adverse events and complications associated with fractional lasers...
December 28, 2016: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Mai Abdel Raouf Osman, Hisham Ali Shokeir, Marwa M Fawzy
BACKGROUND: Ablative fractional erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Er:YAG) laser and microneedling have been popularized in recent years and their effectiveness and side effects individually reported. No previous study, however, has directly compared the efficacy and safety between the 2 different treatments. OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy and safety of the ablative fractional Er:YAG laser and microneedling for the treatment of atrophic acne scars. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty patients with atrophic acne scars were randomly treated in a split-face manner with a fractional Er:YAG laser on one side and microneedling on the other side...
January 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
Sergey V Sergeyev
Insight into instabilities of fiber laser regimes leading to complex self-pulsing operations is an opportunity to unlock the high power and dynamic operation tunability of lasers. Though many models have been suggested, there is no complete covering of self-pulsing complexity observed experimentally. Here, I further generalized our previous vector model of erbium-doped fiber laser and, for the first time, to the best of my knowledge, map tunability of complex vector self-pulsing on Poincare sphere (limit cycles and double scroll polarization attractors) for laser parameters, e...
October 15, 2016: Optics Letters
Mingjie Ding, Shuen Wei, Yanhua Luo, Gang-Ding Peng
We observed photo-bleaching in a bismuth/erbium co-doped optical fiber (BEDF) under 830 nm irradiation. As a result of the photo-bleaching, the absorption at 814 nm and the near-infrared luminescence at 1420 nm are decreased, indicating that the silicon-based bismuth active center (BAC-Si) in a BEDF is bleached in the process. We further found that the photo-bleaching is reversible under room temperature. This is the first time that the BAC-Si could be bleached under 830 nm irradiation, and the photo-bleaching is reversible...
October 15, 2016: Optics Letters
Suraya Ahmad Kamil, Jayakrishnan Chandrappan, Matthew Murray, Paul Steenson, Thomas F Krauss, Gin Jose
An ultrafast laser plasma doping (ULPD) technique is used for high concentration doping of erbium ions into silica-on-silicon substrate. The method uses a femtosecond laser to ablate material from TeO<sub>2</sub>-ZnO-Na<sub>2</sub>O-Er<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub> (Er-TZN) target glass. The laser-generated plasma modifies the silica network, producing a high-index-contrast optical layer suited to the production of on-chip integrated optical circuits. Cross-sectional analysis using scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy revealed homogeneous intermixing of the host silica with Er-TZN, which is unique to ULPD...
October 15, 2016: Optics Letters
Louis-Rafaël Robichaud, Vincent Fortin, Jean-Christophe Gauthier, Stéphane Châtigny, Jean-François Couillard, Jean-Luc Delarosbil, Réal Vallée, Martin Bernier
A mid-infrared supercontinuum source spanning from 3 to 8 μm is demonstrated using a low-loss As<sub>2</sub>Se<sub>3</sub> commercial step-index fiber. A maximum average output power of 1.5 mW is obtained at a low repetition rate of 2 kHz. Thanks to the low NA step-index fiber, the output is single mode for wavelengths above ∼5  μm. The pump source consists of an erbium-doped ZrF<sub>4</sub>-based in-amplifier supercontinuum source spanning from 3 to 4.2 μm. The effects of both the pump power and As<sub>2</sub>Se<sub>3</sub> fiber length on the output characteristics are studied...
October 15, 2016: Optics Letters
Marko Blaskovic, Dragana Gabrić, Nichola J Coleman, Ian J Slipper, Mitko Mladenov, Elizabeta Gjorgievska
The aim of the present study was to compare dynamics of the bone healing process after different types of osteotomies. In total, 24 Wistar rats were subjected to different types of osteotomy performed with standard steel bur, piezosurgery, contact, and non-contact Erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er:YAG) laser ablation. The animals were randomly divided into four groups, to be euthanized immediately after the procedure, or at 1, 2, or 3 weeks after surgery. The obtained bone samples were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
December 2016: Microscopy and Microanalysis
Jing-Yuan Ge, Long Cui, Jing Li, Fei Yu, You Song, Yi-Quan Zhang, Jing-Lin Zuo, Mohamedally Kurmoo
[Er2(thd)4Pc]·2C6H6 (1) (Hthd = 2,2,6,6-tetramethylheptanedione), obtained as green crystals from the reaction of [Er(thd)3]·2H2O with lithium phthalocyanine, Li2Pc, is a stable dinuclear complex with two Er(III) centers. Its lattice benzene solvent can be exchanged by soaking the crystals in dichloromethane to give [Er2(thd)4Pc]·2CH2Cl2 (2). The magnetic susceptibility data suggest different coupling interactions for the two complexes. While 1 exhibits fast relaxation and an estimated energy barrier of Ea = 2...
January 3, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
Yan Zhou, Chi-Fai Chan, Daniel W J Kwong, Ga-Lai Law, Steven Cobb, Wai-Kwok Wong, Ka-Leung Wong
We have synthesized a bifunctional erbium-porphyrin tumor imaging and PDT agent (Er-R3) that is capable of killing bladder cancer cells via its selective binding to the integrin αvβ3 isoform overexpressed on the cell membrane.
January 3, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
J D S Witt, J F K Cooper, N Satchell, C J Kinane, P J Curran, S J Bending, S Langridge, L J Heyderman, G Burnell
We present a detailed structural and magnetic characterization of sputter deposited thin film erbium, determined by x-ray diffraction, transport measurements, magnetometry and neutron diffraction. This provides information on the onset and change of the magnetic state as a function of temperature and applied magnetic field. Many of the features of bulk material are reproduced. Also of interest is the identification of a conical magnetic state which repeats with a wavevector parallel to the c axis τc = 4/17 in units of the reciprocal lattice parameter c(*), which is a state not observed in any other thin film or bulk measurements...
December 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hongyu Luo, Jianfneg Li, Jitao Xie, Bo Zhai, Chen Wei, Yong Liu
We reported a high average power and energy microsecond pulse erbium-doped fluoride fiber MOPA system centered at 2786.8 nm. The master oscillator was a passively Q-switched erbium-doped fluoride fiber laser based on SESAM in a linear cavity. Then a one-stage erbium-doped fluoride fiber amplifier was used to boost its average output power to 4.2 W and pulse energy to 58.87 μJ. The pulse duration and repetition rate were 2.29 µs and 71.73 kHz, respectively. To the best of our knowledge, the achieved average output power and pulse energy are the recorded levels for the passively Q-switched fiber lasers at 3 μm wavelength region...
December 12, 2016: Optics Express
Honglei Yang, Xuejian Wu, Hongyuan Zhang, Shijie Zhao, Lijun Yang, Haoyun Wei, Yan Li
We present an optically stabilized Erbium fiber frequency comb with a broad repetition rate tuning range based on a hybrid mode-locked oscillator. We lock two comb modes to narrow-linewidth reference lasers in turn to investigate the best performance of control loops. The control bandwidth of fast and slow piezoelectric transducers reaches 70 kHz, while that of pump current modulation with phase-lead compensation is extended to 32 kHz, exceeding laser intrinsic response. Eventually, simultaneous lock of both loops is realized to totally phase-stabilize the comb, which will facilitate precision dual-comb spectroscopy, laser ranging, and timing distribution...
December 1, 2016: Applied Optics
Merve Akcay, Hakan Arslan, Merve Mese, Nazlı Durmus, Ismail Davut Capar
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the efficacy of different irrigation techniques including laser-activated irrigation using an erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er:YAG) laser with a novel tip design (photon-induced photoacoustic streaming (PIPS)), Er:YAG laser with Preciso tip, sonic activation, and passive ultrasonic activation on the final irrigation solution penetration into dentinal tubules by using a laser scanning confocal microscope. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this study, 65 extracted single-rooted human mandibular premolars were instrumented up to size 40 and randomly divided into 5 groups (n = 13) based on the activation technique of the final irrigation solution as follows: conventional irrigation (control group), sonic activation, passive ultrasonic activation, Er:YAG-PIPS tip activation, and Er:YAG-Preciso tip activation...
December 5, 2016: Clinical Oral Investigations
Hou-Ren Chen, Chih-Ya Tsai, Hsin-Ming Cheng, Kuei-Huei Lin, Po-Hsiu Yen, Chyong-Hua Chen, Wen-Feng Hsieh
A novel high-quality, large-size, reflection-type topological insulator Bi2Te3-Gold (BG) film-based nonlinear optical modulator has been successfully fabricated as a two-dimensional saturable absorber mirror (SAM) by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). This BG-SAM possesses saturation fluence of 108.3 μJ/cm(2), modulation depth (ΔR) of 6.5%, non-saturable loss of 38.4%, high damage threshold above 1.354 mJ/cm(2) and excellent uniformity providing for the generation of passive mode-locked (ML) pulses for erbium-doped fiber lasers (EDFLs) on a large sample area...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
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