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Special Optical Fibres
Author(s): Simon B. Poole; David N. Payne
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Paper Abstract

Optical fibres are making ever-increasing inroads into areas traditionally satisfied by older, more established technologies. In particular, sensors which rely on the external modulation of the properties of an optical fibre (intrinsic sensors) are receiving much attention since they can be made extremely sensitive and can be used for distributed measurements. Distributed sensing provides some particularly exciting prospects for acoustic, magnetic and electric field monitoring. To date, however, the great majority of experimental and commercial fibre sensors employ telecommunications-grade fibres, largely as a result of their ready availability. Not only does this policy frequently lead to a design compromise, but in some cases makes the performance marginal or untenable as a result of excessive environmental sensitivity. Consequently, attention is now being given to the design of special sensor fibres with enhanced (or depressed) sensitivity to specific measurands.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 1987
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 0734, Fibre Optics '87, (17 September 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.938005
Show Author Affiliations
Simon B. Poole, The University (United Kingdom)
David N. Payne, The University (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0734:
Fibre Optics '87
Lionel R. Baker, Editor(s)

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