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Ambient humidity monitoring using a 1D photonic crystal sensor fabricated with glancing angle deposition
Author(s): Matthew M. Hawkeye; Kathleen M. Krause; Michael J. Brett
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Paper Abstract

We present the design, fabrication, and characterization of a GLAD-fabricated photonic crystal sensor with a bandgap located in the visible optical spectrum. The photonic crystal is fabricated from TiO2 using electron-beam evaporation in a GLAD capable vacuum deposition system. Changes in humidity over a wide range (from 3% to 90% relative humidity) are detected by a colour change in the film due to movement of the photonic bandgap. The colour changes are quantified by measuring the transmittance of white light. Coupling the sensitivity of the film with a simple visual feedback system eliminates the need for complicated measurement techniques. This is desirable to minimize the cost and power consumption of the sensor device, making it amenable to large-scale production and deployment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7356, Optical Sensors 2009, 73560G (18 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820731
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew M. Hawkeye, Univ. of Alberta (Canada)
Kathleen M. Krause, Univ. of Alberta (Canada)
Michael J. Brett, Univ. of Alberta (Canada)
National Institute for Nanotechnology (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7356:
Optical Sensors 2009
Francesco Baldini; Jiri Homola; Robert A. Lieberman, Editor(s)

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