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Low-profile fibers for embedded smart structure applications
Author(s): Ashish M. Vengsarkar; Kent A. Murphy; Michael F. Gunther; Angela J. Plante; Richard O. Claus
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Paper Abstract

Low profile single-mode and multimode fibers with cladding sizes on the order of 35-40 microns have been fabricated for embedded sensor applications. Sensor performance of a single-mode Fabry-Perot configuration as well as a two-mode, elliptical-core, differential interferometric scheme shows sensitivities as high as those expected from conventional fiber sensors. Comparative effects of embedded fibers evaluated using simple c-scans and photomicrographs indicate the relatively less deleterious effects of low profile fibers. We present a prognosis of the lowest possible diameters that may be feasible in the future, from the handling ability and manufacturability standpoints.

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Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1588, Fiber Optic Smart Structures and Skins IV, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.50160
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Ashish M. Vengsarkar, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Kent A. Murphy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Michael F. Gunther, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Angela J. Plante, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Richard O. Claus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1588:
Fiber Optic Smart Structures and Skins IV

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