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Fibre optic sensor technology: An engineering reality or a scientific opportunity?
Author(s): Brian Culshaw
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Paper Abstract

Optical fibre sensors have been established now for approaching half a century during which time they have stimulated a great deal of research and some useful practical engineering outcomes. Over the same period we have seen in parallel considerable changes in the photonic tool box of technologies and concepts. The aims of this paper are to take a critical look at the engineering development which we have seen, to assess their contribution and potential for the future, and to speculate on the possibilities which the emerging photonics took box enable for future research and applications. We shall see that whilst the current engineering systems are based upon well established optical principles, both the scientific and technical prospects currently emerging offer significant interest for future research, development and application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7653, Fourth European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors, 765304 (8 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.867986
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Brian Culshaw, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7653:
Fourth European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors
José Luís Santos; Brian Culshaw; José Miguel López-Higuera; William N. MacPherson, Editor(s)

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