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Periodic microbending on single-mode optical fibers for multiplexed sensing
Author(s): Manish H. Nasta; Vivek Arya; Kent A. Murphy; Anbo Wang; Richard O. Claus
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Paper Abstract

Attenuation spectra of single mode fibers, subjected to periodic spatial deformations, have been investigated. The transmission spectra of the deformed single mode fibers show attenuation bands. These bands are a function of the period of the microbends, fiber radii, and cutoff wavelengths of the fibers. Mathematical relations have been developed to predict the location of the attenuation bands in the wavelength domain for specific microbending periods. Several standard single mode fibers were characterized for an increasing series of spatial deformation periods. Characteristic curves are plotted indicating the variation of parameters of the transmission spectra with change in the number and amplitude of the spatial deformation periods. Sensing applications utilizing the attenuation bands at specific spatial periods are presented and a multiplexed system is demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1994
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2191, Smart Structures and Materials 1994: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation, (1 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.173979
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Manish H. Nasta, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Vivek Arya, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Kent A. Murphy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Anbo Wang, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Richard O. Claus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2191:
Smart Structures and Materials 1994: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instrumentation
James S. Sirkis, Editor(s)

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