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Temperature- and strain-independent curvature sensor based on multimode interference
Author(s): Susana Silva; O. Frazão; L. A. Ferreira; F. M. Araújo; F. X. Malcata; J. L. Santos
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Paper Abstract

This work describes a fibre optic sensing structure that is sensitive to curvature, and features a low temperature- and strain cross-sensitivity. It is based on multimode interference, and relies on a single mode -- step index multimode -- single mode fibre configuration. It was observed that the transmitted optical power in such layout becomes highly sensitive to the wavelength of operation and to the length of the multimode fibre. The optical spectrum entertains two dominant loss bands, at wavelengths that have similar responses both to temperature and strain, and different responses to curvature. Based on this result, an interrogation approach is proposed that permits substantial sensitivity to curvature (8.7±0.1 nm.m) and residual sensitivities to temperature and strain (0.3±0.1 pm/°C and -0.06±0.01 pm/με respectively).

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2010
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 7653, Fourth European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors, 76532A (8 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.865028
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Susana Silva, INESC Porto (Portugal)
Univ. do Porto (Portugal)
O. Frazão, INESC Porto (Portugal)
L. A. Ferreira, INESC Porto (Portugal)
F. M. Araújo, INESC Porto (Portugal)
F. X. Malcata, Instituto Superior da Maia (Portugal)
Ctr. Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (Portugal)
J. L. Santos, INESC Porto (Portugal)
Univ. do Porto (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7653:
Fourth European Workshop on Optical Fibre Sensors
José Luís Santos; Brian Culshaw; José Miguel López-Higuera; William N. MacPherson, Editor(s)

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