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The present invention discloses an optical radiating apparatus constructed on one end of a light-conducting optical fiber such that, upon encountering this radiator, light is caused to leave the fiber and radiate in a spherical pattern with respect to the end of the fiber. This optical radiator is constructed such that the pattern of radiated light is nearly uniform in intensity in a spherical pattern, without areas of light intensity significantly different from the average distribution around the surface of a sphere. The present invention also discloses a method to manufacture the above-described light radiating apparatus, ensuring uniformity of light intensity and the ability to transmit relatively intense light without developing regions of optical, thermal or mechanical damage.

Title
Apparatus for producing a spherical pattern of light and method of manufacture
Application Number
6/741144
Publication Number
4693556
Application Date
June 4, 1985
Publication Date
September 15, 1987
Inventor
James S McCaughan Jr
Galena
OH, US
Agent
George Wolken Jr
Assignee
Laser Therapeutics
OH, US
IPC
B32B 31/00
F21V 7/04
A61B 17/36
G02B 6/00
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