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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 21 — Oct. 13, 2008
  • pp: 16616–16631

Analysis of the use of tapered graded-index polymer optical fibers for refractive-index sensors

J. Arrue, F. Jiménez, G. Aldabaldetreku, G. Durana, J. Zubia, M. Lomer, and J. Mateo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 21, pp. 16616-16631 (2008)

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The behavior of tapered graded-index polymer optical fibers is analyzed computationally for different refractive indices of the surrounding medium. This serves to clarify the main parameters affecting their possible performance as refractive-index sensors and extends an existing study of similar structures in glass fibers. The ray-tracing method is employed, its specific implementation is explained, and its results are compared with experimental ones, both from our laboratory and from the literature. The results show that the current commercial graded-index polymer optical fibers can be used to measure a large range of refractive indices with several advantages over glass fibers.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(080.2720) Geometric optics : Mathematical methods (general)
(250.5460) Optoelectronics : Polymer waveguides

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: August 11, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 21, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 22, 2008
Published: October 2, 2008

J. Arrue, F. Jiménez, G. Aldabaldetreku, G. Durana, J. Zubia, M. Lomer, and J. Mateo, "Analysis of the use of tapered graded-index polymer optical fibers for refractive-index Sensors," Opt. Express 16, 16616-16631 (2008)

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