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Long period grating-based ocean pH sensor in an SMS fiber
Author(s): Ke Wang; Denis Klimov; Zbigniew Kolber
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Paper Abstract

A long period grating-based pH sensor has been designed in order to measure the pH in the ocean. The pH-sensitive hydrogel, which is made through the thermal crosslink of poly vinyl alcohol and poly acrylic acid, can swell or contract in response to the pH change in the surrounding environment. The sensor is designed in a single mode-multimode-single mode (SMS) fiber structure. The long period grating is written into the multimode fiber of the SMS structure using a focused CO2 laser at the critical period (1 mm) of this particular multimode fiber. The hydrogel is glued underneath the SMS structure and will physically stretch or compress the long period grating hence change the phase matching condition in the SMS structure. Because of the different core sizes of the single mode fiber and the multimode fiber, only energy coupled in and out of the fundamental mode in the multimode fiber will be detected directly. The SMS structure has a higher sensitivity than using just the multimode sensing fiber. This sensor has been utilized in the seawater pH sensing in the range of 6 ~ 8. Experiments show that the sensor has a pH resolution of 0.0042.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 April 2008
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6932, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2008, 69323U (8 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.775891
Show Author Affiliations
Ke Wang, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (United States)
Denis Klimov, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (United States)
Zbigniew Kolber, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6932:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2008
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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