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Hollow core photonic crystal fiber as a viscosity sensor
Author(s): Laura E. Horan; Fatima C. Garcia Gunning
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Paper Abstract

Determining viscosity of nano-liter liquids is challenging, since most viscometers tend to use large volumes. We use short lengths of hollow-core photonic crystal fibres to determine the viscosity of small volumes of two types of monosaccharides diluted in a phosphate buffer solution. The simple optical technique used is based on the change in propagation characteristics of a laser beam travelling through the fibre as it fills with the nano-litre liquid of interest via capiliary action. The fiber length was kept in a temperature controlled casing, to minimize temperature differences across the fiber length for reproducibility and minimal error.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 November 2012
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 8421, OFS2012 22nd International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors, 84216X (7 November 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.968598
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Laura E. Horan, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
Fatima C. Garcia Gunning, Univ. College Cork (Ireland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8421:
OFS2012 22nd International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors
Yanbiao Liao; Wei Jin; David D. Sampson; Ryozo Yamauchi; Youngjoo Chung; Kentaro Nakamura; Yunjiang Rao, Editor(s)

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