Skin tissue optical and thermal reactions to pulse sequences of thulium yttrium aluminum garnet laser irradiation
The increasing interest in new lasers operating in the mid-infrared region has produced a need for better understanding of tissue reactions for safety purposes. One of the lasers of interest for skin irradiation is the Tm:YAG which produces 2.0 micron wavelength light. However, there are many vital pieces of knowledge missing to calculate thermal effects of two micron light interactions with human skin. This work aims to fill several of these deficiencies. The first unresolved issue is the fundamental optical absorption coefficient of skin layers for 2.0 pm because current published values span ...
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