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Chemical sensor using Bragg grating-based optical ridge waveguide with polydimethysiloxane as top layer
Author(s): Xiaoli Dai; Stephen J. Mihailov; Chantal Blanchetiere
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Paper Abstract

The polymer polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), which is used as a cladding layer in waveguide-based optical components, is sensitive to some organic compounds. Absorption of organic compounds by PDMS results in changes to the polymer's refractive index and absorption spectrum. In this work, a compact and highly sensitive organic compound sensor based on an evanescent coupling of a Bragg grating ridge waveguide into a PDMS top cladding layer is proposed. The sensor is an open-top Ge-doped SiO2 ridge waveguide possessing a photoinduced Bragg grating in the waveguide core that has a cladding overlayer of PDMS. When an analyte is applied to the top of the waveguide, changes to the refractive index and absorption of the PDMS layer result in shifts to the Bragg resonance of the core grating. The birefringence, and temperature sensitivity of the sensor are examined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2009
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7316, Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications VI, 73160G (27 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818198
Show Author Affiliations
Xiaoli Dai, Communications Research Ctr. Canada (Canada)
Stephen J. Mihailov, Communications Research Ctr. Canada (Canada)
Chantal Blanchetiere, Communications Research Ctr. Canada (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7316:
Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications VI
Eric Udd; Henry H. Du; Anbo Wang, Editor(s)

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