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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 18 — Sep. 1, 2008
  • pp: 14015–14023

Three-dimensional optical sensing network written in fused silica glass with femtosecond laser

Haibin Zhang, Stephen Ho, Shane M. Eaton, Jianzhao Li, and Peter R. Herman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 18, pp. 14015-14023 (2008)

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A single-step fast-writing method of burst ultrafast laser modification was applied to form a mesh network of multi-wavelength Bragg grating waveguides in bulk fused silica glass. Strain-optic and thermo-optic responses of the laser-written internal sensors are reported for the first time. A dual planar layout provided independent temperature- and strain-compensated characterization of temperature and strain distribution with coarse spatial resolution. The grating responses were thermally stable to 500°C. To our best knowledge, the grating network represents the first demonstration of 3D distributed optical sensing network in a bulk transparent medium. Such 3D grating networks open new directions for strain and temperature sensing in optical circuits, optofluidic, MEMS or lab-on-a-chip microsystems, actuators, and windows and other large display or civil structures.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.1480) Optical devices : Bragg reflectors
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.5390) Ultrafast optics : Picosecond phenomena
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: July 8, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 21, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 22, 2008
Published: August 25, 2008

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Haibin Zhang, Stephen Ho, Shane M. Eaton, Jianzhao Li, and Peter R. Herman, "Three-dimensional optical sensing network written in fused silica glass with femtosecond laser," Opt. Express 16, 14015-14023 (2008)

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