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  • Vol. 44, Iss. 24 — Aug. 22, 2005
  • pp: 5042–5045

Physical observation of single step UV-written integrated planar Bragg structures and their application as a refractive-index sensor

Gregory D. Emmerson, Corin B. E. Gawith, Ian J. G. Sparrow, Richard B. Williams, and Peter G. R. Smith  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 24, pp. 5042-5045 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.44.005042


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Abstract

We present what is to our knowledge the first demonstration of a potentially low-cost refractive-index sensor based on UV processing. A channel waveguide and a Bragg grating are defined in a single UV processing step, resulting in a buried structure with a well-defined grating period. A subsequent wet etch process located over the Bragg grating opens a sensing window in the device and reveals the grating structure. Sensitivity of as much as 5×10^-6 was inferred from our device.

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OCIS Codes
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors

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Gregory D. Emmerson, Corin B. E. Gawith, Ian J. G. Sparrow, Richard B. Williams, and Peter G. R. Smith, "Physical observation of single step UV-written integrated planar Bragg structures and their application as a refractive-index sensor," Appl. Opt. 44, 5042-5045 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-44-24-5042


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