Polymer photonic crystal fibre for sensor applications

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Abstract

Polymer photonic crystal fibres combine two relatively recent developments in fibre technology. On the one hand, polymer optical fibre has very different physical and chemical properties to silica. In particular, polymer fibre has a much smaller Young's modulus than silica, can survive higher strains, is amenable to organic chemical processing and, depending on the constituent polymer, may absorb water. All of these features can be utilised to extend the range of applications of optical fibre sensors. On the other hand, the photonic crystal - or microstructured - geometry also offers advantages: flexibility in the fibre design including control of the dispersion properties of core and cladding modes, the possibility of introducing minute quantities of analyte directly into the electric field of the guided light and enhanced pressure sensitivity. When brought together these two technologies provide interesting possibilities for fibre sensors, particularly when combined with fibre Bragg or long period gratings. This paper discusses the features of polymer photonic crystal fibre relevant to sensing and provides examples of the applications demonstrated to date.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical Sensing and Detection
EditorsFrancis Berghmans, Anna G. Mignani, Chris A. van Hoof
Place of PublicationBellingham, WA (US)
PublisherSPIE
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-8199-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2010
EventOptical sensing and detection - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 12 Apr 201015 Apr 2010

Publication series

NameSPIE Proceedings
PublisherSPIE
Volume7726
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)2410-9045

Conference

ConferenceOptical sensing and detection
CountryBelgium
CityBrussels
Period12/04/1015/04/10

Bibliographical note

David J. Webb, "Polymer photonic crystal fibre for sensor applications", Proc. SPIE 7726, Optical Sensing and Detection, 77260Q (May 13, 2010).

Copyright 2010. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.859090

Keywords

  • mPOF
  • photonic crystal fibre
  • polymer fibre
  • sensor

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