Photonic crystal fiber Bragg grating based sensors: opportunities for applications in healthcare

Francis Berghmans, Thomas Geernaert, Sanne Sulejmani, Hugo Thienpont, Geert van Steenberge, Bram Van Hoe, Peter Dubruel, Waclaw Urbanczyk, Pawel Mergo, David J. Webb, Kyriacos Kalli, Jan Van Roosbroeck, Kate Sugden

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We review the state-of-the-art in photonic crystal fiber (PCF) and microstructured polymer optical fiber (mPOF) based mechanical sensing. We first introduce how the unique properties of PCF can benefit Bragg grating based temperature insensitive pressure and transverse load sensing. Then we describe how the latest developments in mPOF Bragg grating technology can enhance optical fiber pressure sensing. Finally we explain how the integration of specialty fiber sensor technology with bio-compatible polymer based micro-technology provides great opportunities for fiber sensors in the field of healthcare.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 Asia Communications and Photonics Conference and Exhibition, ACP 2011
Subtitle of host publication[Optical Sensor and Biophotonics III]
EditorsJürgen Popp, Dennis L. Matthews, Jie Tian, Chih-Chung Yang
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-8959-3, 978-0-8194-8961-6, 978-0-8194-8955-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011
Event2011 Asia Communications and Photonics Conference and Exhibition - Shanghai, China
Duration: 13 Nov 201116 Nov 2011

Publication series

NameSPIE proceedings
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


Conference2011 Asia Communications and Photonics Conference and Exhibition
Abbreviated titleACP 2011

Bibliographical note

Berghmans, Francis; Geernaert, Thomas; Sulejmani, Sanne; Thienpont, Hugo; Van Steenberge, Geert; Van Hoe, Bram; Dubruel, Peter; Urbanczyk, Waclaw; Mergo, Pawel; Webb, David J.; Kalli, Kyriacos; Van Roosbroeck, Jan; Sugden, Kate, "Photonic crystal fiber Bragg grating based sensors : opportunities for applications in healthcare", Optical sensor and biophotonics III., ed. Jürgen Popp; Dennis L. Matthews; Jie Tian; Chih-Chung Yang. Vol. 8311 SPIE, 2011. (SPIE proceedings).

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  • photonic crystal fiber
  • microstructured optical fiber
  • optical fiber sensor
  • fiber Bragg grating
  • biocompatible
  • biomechanical
  • polymer
  • embedded
  • micro-technology


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