Bubble-filled glass created by Clemson University researchers produces images clearer than the best commercially manufactured optical fibers available for invasive medical procedures.
The reach and scope of this discovery could lead to endoscopes taking clearer images to identify digestive problems, colon cancer, ulcers and other serious medical concerns.
The milestone achievement earned a spot on Physics World’s Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2014. The research was published early this year in the journal Nature Communications.
John Ballato, a Clemson professor of materials science and engineering, led efforts to manufacture the glass optical fiber at the university’s Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies. He said the optical fiber created contained bubbles comparable to foam on beer, making the glass hard to see through when viewed from the side.