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Electro-optic electrodes based on Lithium Niobate Mach Zhender Interferometer Modulators for wearable bioelectric activity recording
Author(s): Mariana S. Fernandes; José H. Correia; Paulo M. Mendes
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Paper Abstract

Wearable devices are used to record several physiological signals, providing unobtrusive and continuous monitoring. A main challenge in these systems is to develop new recording sensors, specially envisioning bioelectric activity detection. Available devices are difficult to integrate, mainly due to the amount of electrical wires and components needed. This work proposes a fiber-optic based device, which basis of operation relies on the electro-optic effect. A Lithium Niobate (LiBnO3) Mach-Zehnder Interferometer (MZI) modulator is used as the core sensing component, followed by a signal conversion and processing stage. Tests were performed in order to validate the proposed acquisition system in terms of signal amplification and quality, stability and frequency response. A light source with a wavelength operation of 1530- 1565 nm was used. The modulated intensity is amplified and converted to an output voltage with a high transimpedance gain. The filtering and electric amplification included a 50Hz notch filter, a bandpass filter with a -3 dB bandwidth from 0.50 to 35 Hz. The obtained system performance on key elements such as sensitivity, frequency content, and signal quality, have shown that the proposed acquisition system allows the development of new wearable bioelectric monitoring solutions based on optical technologies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8001, International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics, 80010Y (26 July 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892142
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Mariana S. Fernandes, Univ. of Minho (Portugal)
José H. Correia, Univ. of Minho (Portugal)
Paulo M. Mendes, Univ. of Minho (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8001:
International Conference on Applications of Optics and Photonics
Manuel Filipe Costa, Editor(s)

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