A new optical fiber and method of manufacturing the same developed for use with surgical laser systems. The fiber core utilizes an ultra-low expansion (ULE) material. The preferred ULE fiber consists of silicon dioxide core doped with titanium dioxide which is cladded and jacketed for chemical and abrasion resistance. The resulting fiber is stable against degradation due to thermal expansion.
ISURF Reference Number
Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.,
Martin, Steve W., "Method of making a surgical laser fiber from a monolithic silica titania glass rod" (1998). Iowa State University Patents. 124.