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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 8 — Mar. 10, 2006
  • pp: 1669–1675

Surface-relief fiber Bragg gratings for sensing applications

Kevin H. Smith, Benjamin L. Ipson, Tyson L. Lowder, Aaron R. Hawkins, Richard H. Selfridge, and Stephen M. Schultz  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 8, pp. 1669-1675 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.45.001669


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Abstract

We present a new type of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) in which we etch the grating into the flat surface of a D-shaped optical fiber. Instead of being written in the core of the fiber, as are standard FBGs, these surface-relief FBGs are placed in the cladding above the core. These gratings are a viable alternative to standard FBGs for sensing applications. We describe the fabrication process for etching Bragg gratings into the surface of D-fibers and demonstrate their performance as temperature sensors.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(230.1480) Optical devices : Bragg reflectors

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: November 15, 2004
Revised Manuscript: September 13, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: September 21, 2005

Citation
Kevin H. Smith, Benjamin L. Ipson, Tyson L. Lowder, Aaron R. Hawkins, Richard H. Selfridge, and Stephen M. Schultz, "Surface-relief fiber Bragg gratings for sensing applications," Appl. Opt. 45, 1669-1675 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-45-8-1669

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