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The exploitation of thin film coatings for fibre sensors for the application of chemical sensing
Author(s): T. Allsop; R. Neal; K. Kalli; E. M Davies; S. Rehman; R. R. J. Maier; J. Barton; J. D. Jones; D. J. Webb; I. Bennion
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Paper Abstract

We report on the use of thin film coatings, both single and multi-layered, deposited on the flat side of a lapped, D-shaped fibre to enhance the sensitivity of two kinds of surface plasmon resonance based optical fibre sensors. The first kind involves the use of a tilted Bragg grating inscribed within the fibre core, prior to fibre coating, while the second relies on a surface relief grating photoinscribed after the fibre has been coated. Some of the devices operate in air with high coupling efficiency in excess of 40dB and an estimated index sensitivity of Δλ/Δn = 90nm from 1 to 1.15 index range showing potential for gas sensing. Other sensors produced index sensitivities (Δλ/Δn) ranging from 6790nm to 12500nm in the aqueous index regime. The materials used for these fibre optical devices are germanium, silica, silver, gold and palladium.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7314, Photonics in the Transportation Industry: Auto to Aerospace II, 73140F (29 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.821112
Show Author Affiliations
T. Allsop, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)
R. Neal, Univ. of Plymouth (United Kingdom)
K. Kalli, Cyprus Univ. of Technology (Cyprus)
E. M Davies, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)
S. Rehman, STR Fiber Technologies (United Kingdom)
R. R. J. Maier, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
J. Barton, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
J. D. Jones, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
D. J. Webb, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)
I. Bennion, Aston Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7314:
Photonics in the Transportation Industry: Auto to Aerospace II
Alex A. Kazemi; Bernard C. Kress, Editor(s)

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