We report on the temperature response of FBGs recorded in pure PMMA and TOPAS holey fibers. The gratings are fabricated in the near IR using a cw He-Cd laser operating at 325nm. The room temperature grating response is non-linear and characterised by quadratic behaviour for temperatures from room temperature to the glass transition temperature, and this permanent change is affected by the thermal history of the gratings. We also report the first FBG inscription in microstructured polymer optical fibres fabricated from Topas. This material is fully polymerised and has a very low moisture absorption, leading to very good fibre drawing properties. Furthermore, although Topas is chemically inert and biomolecules do not readily bind to its surface, treatment with Antraquinon and subsequent UV activation allows sensing molecules to be deposited in well defined spatial locations. When combined with grating technology this provides considerable potential for label-free biosensing.
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
|Event||Photonics Asia 2007 - Beijing, China|
Duration: 1 Jan 2007 → …
|Conference||Photonics Asia 2007|
|Period||01/01/2007 → …|