We have designed and measured a passive device based on plastic optical fibers (POF’s) that one can use to determine the indices of refraction of liquids. A complementary software has also been designed to simulate the behavior of the device. We report on the theoretical model developed for the device, its implementation in a simulation software program, and the results of the simulation. A comparison of the experimental and calculated results is also shown and discussed.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(120.4570) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical design of instruments
(250.5460) Optoelectronics : Polymer waveguides
Joseba Zubia, Germán Garitaonaindía, and Jon Arrúe, "Passive Device Based on Plastic Optical Fibers to Determine the Indices of Refraction of Liquids," Appl. Opt. 39, 941-946 (2000)