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An array waveguide sensor for artificial optical skins
Author(s): Jeroen Missinne; Geert Van Steenberge; Bram Van Hoe; Kristof Van Coillie; Tim Van Gijseghem; Peter Dubruel; Jan Vanfleteren; Peter Van Daele
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Paper Abstract

We present a concept for an artificial optical skin, a flexible foil in which a novel type of optical force sensing elements is integrated. The principle relies on the change in coupling between two arrays of crossing polymer waveguides separated by a thin layer of soft silicone. When the exerted pressure is increasing, the distance between the waveguides decreases and consequently power is transmitted from one to another. A process flow to produce a proof of principle demonstrator with arrays of TruemodeTM waveguides embedded in silicone is described. In a second approach also the waveguides are fabricated in silicone using an embossing technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 February 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7221, Photonics Packaging, Integration, and Interconnects IX, 722105 (12 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.809154
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Jeroen Missinne, Ghent Univ.-IMEC (Belgium)
Geert Van Steenberge, Ghent Univ.-IMEC (Belgium)
Bram Van Hoe, Ghent Univ.-IMEC (Belgium)
Kristof Van Coillie, Ghent Univ.-IMEC (Belgium)
Tim Van Gijseghem, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)
Peter Dubruel, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)
Jan Vanfleteren, Ghent Univ.-IMEC (Belgium)
Peter Van Daele, Ghent Univ.-IMEC (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7221:
Photonics Packaging, Integration, and Interconnects IX
Alexei L. Glebov; Ray T. Chen, Editor(s)

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