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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 27 — Dec. 19, 2011
  • pp: 26423–26428

Fiber-pigtailed temperature sensors based on dielectric-loaded plasmonic waveguide-ring resonators

Thomas B. Andersen, Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi, Laurent Markey, and Alain Dereux  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 27, pp. 26423-26428 (2011)

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We demonstrate optical fiber-pigtailed temperature sensors based on dielectric-loaded surface plasmon-polariton waveguide-ring resonators (DLSPP-WRRs), whose transmission depends on the ambient temperature. The DLSPP-WRR-based temperature sensors represent polymer ridge waveguides (~1×1 µm2 in cross section) forming 5-µm-radius rings coupled to straight waveguides fabricated by UV-lithography on a 50-nm-thick gold layer atop a 2.3-µm-thick CYTOP layer covering a Si wafer. A broadband light source is used to characterize the DLSPP-WRR wavelength-dependent transmission in the range of 1480-1600 nm and to select the DLSPP-WRR component for temperature sensing. In- and out-coupling single-mode optical fibers are then glued to the corresponding access (photonic) waveguides made of 10-µm-wide polymer ridges. The sample is heated from 21°C to 46 °C resulting in the transmission change of ~0.7 dB at the operation wavelength of ~1510 nm. The minimum detectable temperature change is estimated to be ~5.1∙10−3 °C for the bandwidth of 1 Hz when using standard commercial optical detectors.

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OCIS Codes
(040.0040) Detectors : Detectors
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(250.5460) Optoelectronics : Polymer waveguides
(070.5753) Fourier optics and signal processing : Resonators

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Original Manuscript: October 11, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 25, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 27, 2011
Published: December 12, 2011

Thomas B. Andersen, Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi, Laurent Markey, and Alain Dereux, "Fiber-pigtailed temperature sensors based on dielectric-loaded plasmonic waveguide-ring resonators," Opt. Express 19, 26423-26428 (2011)

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