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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 18 — Sep. 4, 2006
  • pp: 8413–8418

Microstructured optical fiber coated with thin films for gas and chemical sensing

Vladimir P. Minkovich, D. Monzón-Hernández, Joel Villatoro, and Gonçal Badenes  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 18, pp. 8413-8418 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.008413


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Abstract

We propose the use of tapered microstructured fibers with collapsed air-holes coated with thin layers for gas sensing. The collapsing of the holes allows having access to the evanescent fields which can be absorbed or attenuated with gas-permeable thin films. On the other hand, a section of the holey fiber is transformed into a solid multimode fiber. The beating between the multiple modes of the latter makes the transmission spectra of the device to exhibit an oscillatory pattern. This evanescent-fields-plus-modal-interferometer structure may offer interesting properties for gas and chemical sensing. As an example we demonstrate a hydrogen sensor.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystal Fibers

History
Original Manuscript: May 31, 2006
Revised Manuscript: August 18, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 18, 2006
Published: September 1, 2006

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Vol. 1, Iss. 10 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Vladimir P. Minkovich, D. Monzón-Hernández, Joel Villatoro, and Gonçal Badenes, "Microstructured optical fiber coated with thin films for gas and chemical sensing," Opt. Express 14, 8413-8418 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-18-8413


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