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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2006
  • pp: 1391–1393

In-line fiber optic structures for environmental sensing applications

Anuj Dhawan and J. F. Muth  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 10, pp. 1391-1393 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.001391


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Abstract

Fiber optic sensors based on the interaction of surface plasmons or evanescent waves with the surrounding environment are usually obtained by tapering an optical fiber, which significantly weakens the structure, or by use of just the end of the optical fiber. A fiber optic structure that maintains the structural integrity of the optical fiber with a long environmental interaction length is presented. Graded-index optical fiber elements are used as lenses, and a coreless optical fiber acts as the environmental interaction area. These elements are fused by an optical fiber splicer and result in a continuous fiber optic sensing system.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: January 17, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: February 5, 2006

Citation
Anuj Dhawan and J. F. Muth, "In-line fiber optic structures for environmental sensing applications," Opt. Lett. 31, 1391-1393 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-10-1391

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