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Enhancement of refractive index sensitivity of the in-line Mach-Zehnder interferometer through bending
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Paper Abstract

This work presents numerical results related to an in-line Mach-Zehnder interferometer used as a refractive index sensor. The in-line Mach-Zehnder is based on abrupt tapers in standard single mode optical fiber. Numerical simulations were carried out using commercial software based on Beam Propagation Method in order to analyze the sensitivity response in terms of wavelength shift when this sensor is bent at certain radii of curvature. We realized that application of bending in the In-line Mach-Zehnder interferometer enhanced considerably the sensitivity of this sensor to the external refractive index. The best result was achieved for a radius of curvature of 10 mm (~500 nm/RIU for the refractive index range of 1.33 to 1.41) improving the sensitivity about eight times in comparison with the case with no bent.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 November 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8785, 8th Iberoamerican Optics Meeting and 11th Latin American Meeting on Optics, Lasers, and Applications, 8785FM (18 November 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2028226
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Clenilson R. da Silveira, Univ. Federal do Pará (Brazil)
J. W. A. Costa, Univ. Federal do Pará (Brazil)
M. T. R. Giraldi, Instituto Militar de Engenharia (Brazil)
Marcos A. R. Franco, Instituto de Estudos Avançados (Brazil)
P. A. S. Jorge, INESC Porto (Portugal)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8785:
8th Iberoamerican Optics Meeting and 11th Latin American Meeting on Optics, Lasers, and Applications
Manuel Filipe P. C. Martins Costa, Editor(s)

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