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L-band CYTOP Bragg gratings for ultrasound sensing
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Paper Abstract

Polymer optical fibre (POF) has been receiving increasing attention for sensing applications. The fundamental properties of POF such as PMMA deliver at least an order of magnitude in improvements over silica fibres, though practical difficulties create additional complexity. POF has the potential to deliver lower acoustic impedance, a reduced Young’s Modulus and a higher acoustic sensitivity within the megahertz region. In contrast, existing piezo-electric transducers have an inherent narrow acoustic bandwidth and a proportionality to size that causes difficulties for applications such as endoscopy within the biomedical domain. POF generally suffers high attenuation per kilometre at telecommunications wavelengths, limiting fibre lengths to mere centimetres. However, CYTOP, a graded index perfluorinated polymer, is a commercially certified product allowing the use of telecoms region technology and tens of meters of fibre without exceeding acceptable losses. With an effective refractive index between 1.32 and 1.33, it is fundamentally better placed for applications using water or a similar media for acoustic coupling. We demonstrate ultrasonic detection at 5,10 and 15 MHz using a TFBG within a CYTOP fibre in the telecoms region and the latest knowledge in POF handling and connectorisation. This first step in the use of CYTOP demonstrates the viability of the sensor and paves the way towards further advances towards its eventual application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10681, Micro-Structured and Specialty Optical Fibres V, 1068109 (9 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2307129
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Christian Broadway, Univ. de Mons (Belgium)
Kyriacos Kalli, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Andreas Theodosiou, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
Michal Zubel, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)
Kate Sugden, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)
Patrice Megret, Univ. de Mons (Belgium)
Christophe Caucheteur, Univ. de Mons (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10681:
Micro-Structured and Specialty Optical Fibres V
Kyriacos Kalli; Alexis Mendez; Christian-Alexander Bunge, Editor(s)

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