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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 17 — Jun. 10, 2011
  • pp: 2628–2635

Liquid crystal infiltrated photonic crystal fibers for electric field intensity measurements

Sunish Mathews, Gerald Farrell, and Yuliya Semenova  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 17, pp. 2628-2635 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.50.002628


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Abstract

The application of nematic liquid crystal infiltrated photonic crystal fiber as a sensor for electric field intensity measurement is demonstrated. The device is based on an intrinsic sensing mechanism for electric fields. The sensor probe, which consists of a 1 cm infiltrated section of photonic crystal fiber with a lateral size of 125 μm , is very compact with small size and weight. A simple all-fiber design for the sensor is employed in an intensity based measurement scheme. The transmitted and reflected power of the infiltrated photonic crystal fiber is shown to have a linear response with the applied electric field. The sensor is operated in the telecommunication window at 1550 nm . The temperature dependence of the device at this operating wavelength is also experimentally studied and discussed. These structures can be used to accurately measure electric field intensity and can be used for the fabrication of all-fiber sensors for high electric field environments as both an in-line and reflective type point sensor.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: November 18, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 10, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 22, 2011
Published: June 6, 2011

Citation
Sunish Mathews, Gerald Farrell, and Yuliya Semenova, "Liquid crystal infiltrated photonic crystal fibers for electric field intensity measurements," Appl. Opt. 50, 2628-2635 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-50-17-2628

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