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Title: The exploitation of thin film coatings for fibre sensors for the application of chemical sensing
Authors: Kalli, Kyriacos 
Webb, David J. 
Allsop, Thomas D P 
Neal, Ron M. 
Davies, Edward M. 
Rehman, Saeed Ur
Maier, Robert R J
Barton, James S.
Jones, Julian D C
Bennion, Ian 
Keywords: Thin films
Surface plasmon resonance
Optical fibers
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Spie Digital Library
Source: Photonics in the Transportation Industry: Auto to Aerospace II;13 -14 April 2009, Orlando, Florida
Abstract: We report on the use of thin film coatings, both single and multi-layered, deposited on the flat side of a lapped, D-shaped fibre to enhance the sensitivity of two kinds of surface plasmon resonance based optical fibre sensors. The first kind involves the use of a tilted Bragg grating inscribed within the fibre core, prior to fibre coating, while the second relies on a surface relief grating photoinscribed after the fibre has been coated. Some of the devices operate in air with high coupling efficiency in excess of 40dB and an estimated index sensitivity of ΔλΔn = 90nm from 1 to 1.15 index range showing potential for gas sensing. Other sensors produced index sensitivities (ΔλΔn) ranging from 6790nm to 12500nm in the aqueous index regime. The materials used for these fibre optical devices are germanium, silica, silver, gold and palladium.
DOI: 10.1117/12.821112
Rights: © 2009 SPIE.
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