Accession Number : ADA140234

Title :   Biological Applications and Effects of Optical Masers.

Descriptive Note : Progress rept. Sep 80-Aug 81,


Personal Author(s) : Ham,W T , Jr ; Mueller,H A ; Ruffolo,J J , Jr ; Cleary,S F ; Clarke,A M

PDF Url : ADA140234

Report Date : Aug 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : A MILES prototype GaAs laser was installed in a visual acuity room where a trained monkey was exposed for 1000 s on a 5 day basis during its visual acuity testing program. Although previous exposures of the rhesus retina to 2 GaAs lasers in the pulsed mode did not produce funduscopically visible effects, a third GaAs laser (830 nm) modulated at 20.4 MHz did produce funduscopically visible damage at power levels too low to cause thermal damage to the retina. Possible explanations are discussed.

Descriptors :   *Laser hazards, *Masers, *Gallium arsenide lasers, *Retina, Sensitivity, Radiation injuries, Rhesus monkeys, Exposure(Physiology), Visible spectra, Near ultraviolet radiation, Visual acuity, Pulses, Xenon lamps, Photochemical reactions

Subject Categories : Radiobiology
      Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE