Two years of free-electron laser applications research in biological physics


Conference Paper

© 1994 SPIE. All rights reserved. The Vanderbilt free-electron laser has been operational for several years. This extended collaboration has been investigating outstanding problems in biological physics and medical physics with several research goals in mind. Our most fundamental goal is to improve the understanding of intermolecular and intramolecular vibrational energy transfer mechanisms in biopolymers. Our approach is to pursue both experimental and theoretical research addressing vibrational energy transfer in biological physics. The remaining goals can be summarized as the application of our fundamental advancements in polymer physics to molecular biology and to clinical and surgical medicine. One of our most successful research programs to date has been a systematic investigation of the wavelength dependence for infrared laser ablation of tissue, highlighting the potential for clinical and surgical applications of infrared light delivered with picosecond pulses. This research program demonstrates the role of molecular mechanisms for vibrational energy transfer in determining the ablative properties of tissue.

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Cited Authors

  • Edwards, G; Logan, R; Copeland, M; Reinisch, L; Davidson, J; Johnson, B; MacIunas, R; Mendenhall, M; Ossoff, R; Tribble, J; Werkhaven, J; O'Day, D

Published Date

  • July 27, 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2138 /

Start / End Page

  • 35 - 40

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1996-756X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0277-786X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1117/12.181340

Citation Source

  • Scopus