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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2009
  • pp: 6044–6049

Macrobending single-mode fiber-based refractometer

Pengfei Wang, Yuliya Semenova, Qiang Wu, Gerald Farrell, Yunqiang Ti, and Jie Zheng  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 31, pp. 6044-6049 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.48.006044


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Abstract

A macrobending-based all-fiber refractometer sensor with a simple optical configuration is proposed and investigated both theoretically and experimentally. The proposed fiber refractometer sensor consists of a single-loop structure of bare macrobending standard single-mode fiber (SMF28) with a selected bending radius and reduced cladding diameter. The well-known scalar approximation theory is employed to theoretically predict the characteristics of the proposed fiber refractometer sensor. An approach to improve the resolution of the refractometer is presented, which shows that the refractometer with a reduced cladding diameter of 81 μm has an experimentally verified resolution of 5.75 × 10 5 for a refractive index range from 1.4586 to 1.5396 at the wavelength of 1550 nm .

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: June 25, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 2, 2009
Published: October 28, 2009

Citation
Pengfei Wang, Yuliya Semenova, Qiang Wu, Gerald Farrell, Yunqiang Ti, and Jie Zheng, "Macrobending single-mode fiber-based refractometer," Appl. Opt. 48, 6044-6049 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-48-31-6044

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