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Integrated optic pressure sensor using intermodal interference between TM-like and TE-like modes
Author(s): Kazuhiko Hasebe; Masashi Ohkawa; Chikara Nishiwaki; Seishi Sekine; Takashi Sato
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Paper Abstract

An integrated optic pressure sensor based on intermodal interferometry is described. The sensor consists of a straight waveguide supporting the lowest-order TM-like and TE-like modes and a rectangular diaphragm as a pressure sensitive region. The waveguide is placed along an edge of the diaphragm to maximize the sensitivity of the sensor. The output intensity of the sensor system is dependent on a difference of phase retardations induced in the two guided modes by the applied pressure via the photoelastic effect. The sensor was fabricated using two glass substrates: a Corning 0211 glass with a thickness of 300 micrometer and a thick substrate with a 10 mm X 10 mm square hole to define the diaphragm. The two substrates, were finally bonded together by UV curing adhesion after the waveguide was formed on the thin substrate. The fabricated sensor was tested using a He-Ne laser at 633 nm. We successfully obtained the sinusoidal change of the output power versus the applied pressure. The halfwave pressure was evaluated to be about 80 kPa experimentally.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 1999
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 3740, Optical Engineering for Sensing and Nanotechnology (ICOSN '99), (7 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.347732
Show Author Affiliations
Kazuhiko Hasebe, Niigata Univ. (Japan)
Masashi Ohkawa, Niigata Univ. (Japan)
Chikara Nishiwaki, Niigata Univ. (Japan)
Seishi Sekine, Niigata Univ. (Japan)
Takashi Sato, Niigata Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3740:
Optical Engineering for Sensing and Nanotechnology (ICOSN '99)
Ichirou Yamaguchi, Editor(s)

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