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Monolithic liquid crystal waveguide Fourier transform spectrometer for gas species sensing
Author(s): Tien-Hsin Chao; Thomas T. Lu; Scott R. Davis; Scott D. Rommel; George Farca; Ben Luey; Alan Martin; Michael H. Anderson
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Paper Abstract

Jet Propulsion Lab and Vescent Photonics Inc. and are jointly developing an innovative ultracompact (volume < 10 cm3), ultra-low power (<10-3 Watt-hours per measurement and zero power consumption when not measuring), completely non-mechanical Liquid Crystal Waveguide Fourier Transform Spectrometer (LCWFTS) that will be suitable for a variety of remote-platform, in-situ measurements. These devices are made possible by novel electro-evanescent waveguide architecture, enabling "monolithic chip-scale" Electro Optic-FTS (EO-FTS) sensors. The potential performance of these EO-FTS sensors include: i) a spectral range throughout 0.4-5 μm (25000 - 2000 cm-1), ii) high-resolution (Δλ ≤ 0.1 nm), iii) high-speed (< 1 ms) measurements, and iv) rugged integrated optical construction. This performance potential enables the detection and quantification of a large number of different atmospheric gases simultaneously in the same air mass and the rugged construction will enable deployment on previously inaccessible platforms. The sensor construction is also amenable for analyzing aqueous samples on remote floating or submerged platforms. We will report a proof-of-principle prototype LCWFTS sensor that has been demonstrated in the near-IR (range of 1450-1700 nm) with a 5 nm resolution. This performance is in good agreement with theoretical models, which are being used to design and build the next generation LCWFTS devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 April 2011
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8055, Optical Pattern Recognition XXII, 805506 (26 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.886146
Show Author Affiliations
Tien-Hsin Chao, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Thomas T. Lu, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Scott R. Davis, Vescent Photonics Inc. (United States)
Scott D. Rommel, Vescent Photonics Inc. (United States)
George Farca, Vescent Photonics Inc. (United States)
Ben Luey, Vescent Photonics Inc. (United States)
Alan Martin, Vescent Photonics Inc. (United States)
Michael H. Anderson, Vescent Photonics Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8055:
Optical Pattern Recognition XXII
David P. Casasent; Tien-Hsin Chao, Editor(s)

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