Highly Birefringent D-Shaped Microfiber and Its Application in High-Sensitive Optical Sensing

Haipeng Luo, Qizhen Sun, Yanpeng Li, Deming Liu, Lin Zhang

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A highly sensitive sensor based on a D-shaped microfiber with high birefringence is theoretically and experimentally demonstrated. The fiber is fabricated by side-polishing a single-mode fiber and then tapering down the polished region into a micrometer size. Through analyzing the electric field distribution of the evanescent wave, the relationship between the structural parameters and the birefringence value of the D-shaped microfiber is established. Simulation results reveal that the maximum birefringence is always achieved at the biggest ratio of the removed depth to the microfiber diameter, i.e., h/D for a certain diameter. By optimizing the diameter and h/D, fantastic birefringence of 4.8 × 10-2 is achieved, as well as the enhanced refractive index (RI) and temperature sensitivity can be realized when the group birefringence G approaches to zero. By utilizing Sagnac loop interferometer, high RI sensitivity of 9951 nm/RIU and temperature sensitivity up to -0.989 nm/°C are obtained with the microfiber diameter of 2.724 μm and the length of only 15 mm in experiment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4793-4797
JournalIEEE Sensors Journal
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2016


  • Microfiber, highly birefringent, high refractive index sensor, high temperature sensor


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