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Comparison of Al2O3 nano-overlays deposited with magnetron sputtering and atomic layer deposition on optical fibers for sensing purposes
Author(s): Mateusz Śmietana; Tomasz Drążewski; Piotr Firek; Predrag Mikulic; Wojtek J. Bock
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Paper Abstract

In this work we compare effects of thin (<300 nm) aluminum oxide (Al2O3) deposition using advanced physical (Magnetron Sputtering - MS) and chemical (Atomic Layer Deposition – ALD) vapor deposition methods on optical fibers. We investigate an influence of the process parameters on optical properties of the nano-films deposited with MS. In order to investigate the properties of the films directly on the fibers, we induced long-period fiber grating (LPG) in the fiber prior the deposition. Thanks to LPG sensitivity to thickness and optical properties of the overlays deposited on the fiber, we are able to monitor Al2O3 nano-overlay properties. Moreover, we investigate an influence of the overlays deposited with both the methods on LPG-based refractive index (RI) sensing. We show and discuss tuning of the RI sensitivity by proper selection of both thickness and optical properties of the Al2O3 nano-overlays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 December 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8923, Micro/Nano Materials, Devices, and Systems, 89231G (7 December 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2033792
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Mateusz Śmietana, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Tomasz Drążewski, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Piotr Firek, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Predrag Mikulic, Univ. du Québec en Outaouais (Canada)
Wojtek J. Bock, Univ. du Québec en Outaouais (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8923:
Micro/Nano Materials, Devices, and Systems
James Friend; H. Hoe Tan, Editor(s)

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