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Recent developments of Bragg gratings in PMMA and TOPAS polymer optical fibers
Author(s): David J. Webb; Kyriacos Kalli; Karen Carroll; Chi Zhang; Michalis Komodromos; Alex Argyros; Maryanne Large; Grigoriy Emiliyanov; Ole Bang; Eric Kjaer
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Paper Abstract

We report on the temperature response of FBGs recorded in pure PMMA and TOPAS holey fibers. The gratings are fabricated for operational use at near IR wavelengths, using a phase mask and a cw He-Cd laser operating at 325nm. The room temperature grating response is non-linear and characterized by quadratic behavior for temperatures from room temperature to the glass transition temperature, and this permanent change is affected by the thermal history of the gratings. We also report the first FBG inscription in microstructured polymer optical fibers fabricated from TOPAS. This material is fully polymerized and has very low moisture absorption, leading to very good fiber drawing properties. Furthermore, although TOPAS is chemically inert and bio-molecules do not readily bind to its surface, treatment with Antraquinon and subsequent UV activation allows sensing molecules to be deposited in well defined spatial locations. When combined with grating technology this provides considerable potential for label-free bio-sensing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 November 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6830, Advanced Sensor Systems and Applications III, 683002 (26 November 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.761167
Show Author Affiliations
David J. Webb, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)
Kyriacos Kalli, Higher Technical Institute (Cyprus)
Karen Carroll, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)
Chi Zhang, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)
Michalis Komodromos, Frederick Research Ctr. (Cyprus)
Alex Argyros, Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
Maryanne Large, Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
Grigoriy Emiliyanov, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Ole Bang, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Eric Kjaer, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6830:
Advanced Sensor Systems and Applications III
Yun-Jiang Rao; Yanbiao Liao; Gang-Ding Peng, Editor(s)

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