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Optical power-based interrogation of plasmonic tilted fiber Bragg grating biosensors
Author(s): Á. González-Vila; A. Lopez-Aldaba; D. Kinet; P. Mégret; M. Lopez-Amo; C. Caucheteur
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Paper Abstract

Two interrogation techniques for plasmonic tilted fiber Bragg grating sensors are reported and experimentally tested. Typical interrogation methods are usually based on tracking the wavelength shift of the most sensitive cladding mode, but for biosensing applications, spectrometer-based methods can be replaced by more efficient solutions. The proposed techniques thus rely on the measurement of the induced changes in optical power. The first one consists of a properly polarized tunable laser source set to emit at the wavelength of the sensor most sensitive mode and an optical power meter to measure the transmitted response. For the second method, a uniform fiber Bragg grating is photo-inscribed beyond the sensor in such a way that its central wavelength matches the sensor most sensitive mode, acting as an optical filter. Using a LED source, light reflected backwards by this grating is partially attenuated when passing through the sensor due to plasmon wave excitation and the power changes are quantified once again with an optical power meter. A performance analysis of the techniques is carried out and they both result competitive interrogation solutions. The work thus focuses on the development of cost-effective alternatives for monitoring this kind of biosensors in practical situations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 April 2017
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 10323, 25th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors, 103234V (23 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2265896
Show Author Affiliations
Á. González-Vila, Univ. de Mons (Belgium)
A. Lopez-Aldaba, Univ. Pública de Navarra (Spain)
D. Kinet, Univ. de Mons (Belgium)
P. Mégret, Univ. de Mons (Belgium)
M. Lopez-Amo, Univ. Pública de Navarra (Spain)
C. Caucheteur, Univ. de Mons (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10323:
25th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors
Youngjoo Chung; Wei Jin; Byoungho Lee; John Canning; Kentaro Nakamura; Libo Yuan, Editor(s)

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