Pulsed laser ablation of soft biological tissues

Alfred Vogel*, Vasan Venugopalan

*Corresponding author for this work
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In this chapter we focus on the key elements that form our current understanding of the mechanisms of pulsed laser ablation of soft biological tissues. We present a conceptual framework providing mechanistic links between various ablation applications and the underlying thermodynamic and phase change processes [1]. We define pulsed laser ablation as the use of laser pulses with duration of ~1 ms or less for the incision or removal of tissue regardless of the photophysical or photochemical processes involved. However, we will confine this presentation to pulsed ablation performed on a tissue level that does not involve laser-induced plasma formation. Ablation processes within transparent tissues or cells resulting from non-linear absorption have been considered in reviews by Vogel and Venugopalan [1] and by Vogel and co-workers [2].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical-Thermal Response of Laser-Irradiated Tissue
Number of pages65
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Publication date01.12.2011
ISBN (Print)9789048188307
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2011


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