Low Loss Polycarbonate Polymer Optical Fiber for High Temperature FBG Humidity Sensing

Getinet Woyessa, Andrea Fasano, Christos Markos, Henrik K. Rasmussen, Ole Bang

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Abstract

We report the fabrication and characterization of a polycarbonate (PC) microstructured polymer optical fiber (mPOF) Bragg grating (FBG) humidity sensor that can operate beyond 100°C. The PC preform, from which the fiber was drawn, was produced using an improved casting approach to reduce the attenuation of the fiber. The fiber loss was found reduced by a factor of two compared to the latest reported PC mPOF [20], holding the low loss record in PC based fibers. PC mPOFBG was characterized to humidity and temperature, and a relative humidity (RH) sensitivity of 7.31± 0.13 pm/% RH in the range 10–90% RH at 100°C and a temperature sensitivity of 25.86±0.63 pm/°C in the range 20–100 °C at 90% RH were measured.
Original languageEnglish
JournalI E E E Photonics Technology Letters
Volume29
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)575-578
ISSN1041-1135
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Fiber gratings
  • Temperature measurement
  • Optical fiber sensors
  • Annealing
  • Humidity measurement
  • Plastic optical fiber

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