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In vacuo measurement of the sensitivity limit of planar Bragg grating sensors for monolayer detection

In vacuo measurement of the sensitivity limit of planar Bragg grating sensors for monolayer detection
In vacuo measurement of the sensitivity limit of planar Bragg grating sensors for monolayer detection
An exposed Bragg grating incorporated into a planar waveguide was used to form an optical device that acts as a refractive index sensor. The exposed evanescent field causes the Bragg peak to be sensitive to the refractive index of its surroundings. The corresponding shift in peak wavelength can be used to detect changes in this environment. Incorporation of a high index overlayer onto the surface has been shown to dramatically enhance this sensitivity. The sensitivity limit was measured via the deposition of a thin film of silica, demonstrating that the system can measure down to a single surface monolayer.
bragg gratings, fibre optic sensors, optical planar waveguides
0003-6951
Parker, Richard M.
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Gates, James C.
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Grossel, Martin C.
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Smith, Peter G.R.
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Parker, Richard M.
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Gates, James C.
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Grossel, Martin C.
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Smith, Peter G.R.
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Parker, Richard M., Gates, James C., Grossel, Martin C. and Smith, Peter G.R. (2009) In vacuo measurement of the sensitivity limit of planar Bragg grating sensors for monolayer detection. Applied Physics Letters, 95 (17). (doi:10.1063/1.3257727).

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Abstract

An exposed Bragg grating incorporated into a planar waveguide was used to form an optical device that acts as a refractive index sensor. The exposed evanescent field causes the Bragg peak to be sensitive to the refractive index of its surroundings. The corresponding shift in peak wavelength can be used to detect changes in this environment. Incorporation of a high index overlayer onto the surface has been shown to dramatically enhance this sensitivity. The sensitivity limit was measured via the deposition of a thin film of silica, demonstrating that the system can measure down to a single surface monolayer.

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Published date: 26 October 2009
Keywords: bragg gratings, fibre optic sensors, optical planar waveguides

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Local EPrints ID: 178851
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/178851
ISSN: 0003-6951
PURE UUID: 7f09f3cf-44ba-48ec-bf8e-deb6026c05b5
ORCID for James C. Gates: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8671-5987
ORCID for Martin C. Grossel: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7469-6854
ORCID for Peter G.R. Smith: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0319-718X

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Date deposited: 31 Mar 2011 10:26
Last modified: 05 Nov 2019 02:05

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