Photoacoustic shock wave emission and cavitation from structured optical fiber tips
Gonzalez-Avila, Silvestre Roberto
Wan, Y. C.
Ohl, Claus Dieter
Date of Issue2016-01-11
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology
Photoacoustic waves generated at the tip of an optical fiber consist of a compressive shock wave followed by tensile diffraction waves. These tensile waves overlap along the fiber axis and form a cloud of cavitationbubbles. We demonstrate that shaping the fiber tip through micromachining alters the number and direction of the emitted waves and cavitation clouds. Shock wave emission and cavitation patterns from five distinctively shaped fiber tips have been studied experimentally and compared to a linear wave propagation model. In particular, multiple shock wave emission and generation of strong tension away from the fiber axis have been realized using modified fiber tips. These altered waveforms may be applied for novel microsurgery protocols, such as fiber-based histotripsy, by utilizing bubble-shock wave interaction.
Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Applied Physics Letters
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