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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 19 — Sep. 17, 2007
  • pp: 11843–11848

Opening up optical fibres

Felicity M. Cox, Richard Lwin, Maryanne C. J. Large, and Cristiano M. B. Cordeiro  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 19, pp. 11843-11848 (2007)

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A unique optical fibre design is presented in this work: a laterally accessible microstructured optical fibre, in which one of the cladding holes is open to the surrounding environment and the waveguide core exposed over long lengths of fibre. Such a fibre offers the opportunity of real-time chemical sensing and biosensing not previously possible with conventional microstructured optical fibres, as well as the ability to functionalize the core of the fibre without interference from the cladding. The fabrication of such a fibre using PMMA is presented, as well as experimental results demonstrating the use of the fibre as a evanescent wave absorption spectroscopy pH sensor using the indicator Bromothymol Blue.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: May 31, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 14, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 14, 2007
Published: September 4, 2007

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Felicity M. Cox, Richard Lwin, Maryanne C. J. Large, and Cristiano M. B. Cordeiro, "Opening up optical fibres," Opt. Express 15, 11843-11848 (2007)

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