Optical strain sensor based on FPI micro-cavities produced by the fiber fuse effect


In this work we present a cost effective strain sensor based on micro-cavities produced through the re-use of optical fibers destroyed by the catastrophic fuse effect. The strain sensor estimated sensitivity is 2.22 +/- 0.08 pm/mu epsilon. After the fuse effect, the damaged fiber becomes useless and, consequently, it is an economical solution for sensing proposes, when compared with the cavities produced using other complex methods. Also, the low thermal sensitivity is of great interest in several practical applications, allowing eluding cross-sensitivity with less instrumentation, and consequently less cost.

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Optics; Physics


Domingues, MF; Antunes, P; Alberto, N; Frias, R; Ferreira, RAS; Andre, P

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Fatima Domingues, Nelia Alberto and Paulo Antunes acknowledge Fundacao para a Ciencia e Tecnologia (FCT) for the Ph.D. fellowship SFRH/BD/69097/2010, and the Postdoctoral fellowships SFRH/BPD/78141/2011, and SFRH/BPD/76735/2011, respectively.

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