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Multilayered self-assembled optical fiber sensors for biomedical applications
Author(s): Jeffrey B. Mecham; Y. Kang; B. Davis; Francisco J. Arregui; Ignacio R. Matias; Richard O. Claus
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Paper Abstract

We report recent developments in the design and fabrication of molecularly self-assembled thin film materials that may be incorporated with optical fiber waveguides to form humidity and other gas sensors of use in biomedical diagnositc systems. Optical fiber distal end sensors based on this concept may be fabricated by molecularly self-assembling selected polymers and functionalized inorganic nanoclustesr into multilayered optical thin films on the cleaved and polished flat ends of singlemode optical fibers. Prior work reported at this meeting has studied the synthesis process and sensor dynamics, including sensor 10-90% risetime on the order of microseconds. This paper briefly reviews that work but then reports new developments in the synthesis of the sensor films.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2003
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4957, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Applications III, (1 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.476740
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Jeffrey B. Mecham, NanoSonic, Inc. (United States)
Y. Kang, NanoSonic, Inc. (United States)
B. Davis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Francisco J. Arregui, Univ. Publica de Navarra (Spain)
Ignacio R. Matias, Univ. Publica de Navarra (Spain)
Richard O. Claus, Fiber and ElectroOptics Research Ctr./Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4957:
Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Applications III
Israel Gannot, Editor(s)

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