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Versatile all-fiber slow-light assisted sensor
Author(s): Mikel Bravo ; Xabier Angulo-Vinuesa; Sonia Martin-López; Manuel Lopez-Amo; Miguel González-Herráez
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Paper Abstract

We present theoretical and experimental results on a slow-light assisted all-fiber configuration that can be used for efficient sensing of a variety of parameters (pressure, displacement...). In particular, we report here a structure that can be transformed into a slow-light assisted displacement sensor capable of sub-micrometric resolution values with a potentially simple intensiometric measurement scheme. The basic element in the structure is a lossy ring resonator tuned close to the critical coupling regime. In this working regime, the resonator transfer function displays extremely high group delay values close to the resonances, and, accordingly, a large sensitivity to additional losses. A mechanic transducer transforms displacement into small additional losses in the ring. This leads to strong variations in the log transmission of the resonances, which are shown to scale with the group index. This scheme shows orders of magnitude sensitivity enhancements over a conventional bending-loss configuration. We believe that this structure can be further developed to provide large sensitivity enhancements to conventional intensiometric fiber sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2013
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8636, Advances in Slow and Fast Light VI, 86360K (6 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2013183
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Mikel Bravo , Univ. Pública de Navarra (Spain)
Xabier Angulo-Vinuesa, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
Sonia Martin-López, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
Manuel Lopez-Amo, Univ. Pública de Navarra (Spain)
Miguel González-Herráez, Univ. de Alcalá (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8636:
Advances in Slow and Fast Light VI
Selim M. Shahriar; Frank A. Narducci, Editor(s)

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