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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 8 — Apr. 11, 2011
  • pp: 7596–7602

Photonic crystal fiber sensor array based on modes overlapping

Guillermo A. Cárdenas-Sevilla, Vittoria Finazzi, Joel Villatoro, and Valerio Pruneri  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 8, pp. 7596-7602 (2011)

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An alternative method to build point and sensor array based on photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) is presented. A short length (in the 9-12 mm range) of properly selected index-guiding PCF is fusion spliced between conventional single mode fibers. By selective excitation and overlapping of specific modes in the PCF we make the transmission spectra of the sensors to exhibit a single and narrow notch. The notch position changes with external perturbation which allows sensing diverse parameters. The well-defined single notch, the extinction ratio exceeding 30 dB and the low overall insertion loss allow placing the sensors in series. This makes the implementation of sensor networks possible.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(060.4230) Fiber optics and optical communications : Multiplexing
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

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Original Manuscript: February 10, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 26, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2011
Published: April 5, 2011

Guillermo A. Cárdenas-Sevilla, Vittoria Finazzi, Joel Villatoro, and Valerio Pruneri, "Photonic crystal fiber sensor array based on modes overlapping," Opt. Express 19, 7596-7602 (2011)

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