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Optical fiber sensors embedded in polymer flexible foils

Bram Van Hoe, Geert Van Steenberge UGent, Erwin Bosman, Jeroen Missinne UGent, Thomas Geernaert, Francis Berghmans, David J. Webb and Peter Van Daele UGent (2010) Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering. 7726(Optical sensing and detection).
abstract
In traditional electrical sensing applications, multiplexing and interconnecting the different sensing elements is a major challenge. Recently, many optical alternatives have been investigated including optical fiber sensors of which the sensing elements consist of fiber Bragg gratings. Different sensing points can be integrated in one optical fiber solving the interconnection problem and avoiding any electromagnetical interference (EMI). Many new sensing applications also require flexible or stretchable sensing foils which can be attached to or wrapped around irregularly shaped objects such as robot fingers and car bumpers or which can even be applied in biomedical applications where a sensor is fixed on a human body. The use of these optical sensors however always implies the use of a light-source, detectors and electronic circuitry to be coupled and integrated with these sensors. The coupling of these fibers with these light sources and detectors is a critical packaging problem and as it is well-known the costs for packaging, especially with optoelectronic components and fiber alignment issues are huge. The end goal of this embedded sensor is to create a flexible optical sensor integrated with (opto)electronic modules and control circuitry. To obtain this flexibility, one can embed the optical sensors and the driving optoelectronics in a stretchable polymer host material. In this article different embedding techniques for optical fiber sensors are described and characterized. Initial tests based on standard manufacturing processes such as molding and laser structuring are reported as well as a more advanced embedding technique based on soft lithography processing.
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subject
keyword
polymer optical fiber, embedding, polymer, photonic skin, molding, optical fiber sensor, fiber Bragg grating
in
Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering
Proc. SPIE Int. Soc. Opt. Eng.
editor
Francis Berghmans, Anna Grazia Mignani and Chris A van Hoof
volume
7726
issue
Optical sensing and detection
article number
772603
pages
10 pages
publisher
SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering
place of publication
Bellingham, WA, USA
conference name
SPIE Photonics Europe ; Conference on Optical Sensing and Detection
conference location
Brussels, Belgium
conference start
2010-04-12
conference end
2010-04-16
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Proceedings Paper
Web of Science id
000285287900001
ISSN
0277-786X
ISBN
9780819481993
DOI
10.1117/12.854865
language
English
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yes
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P1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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1044986
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1044986
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2010-09-23 10:09:13
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  author       = {Van Hoe, Bram and Van Steenberge, Geert and Bosman, Erwin and Missinne, Jeroen and Geernaert, Thomas and Berghmans, Francis and Webb, David J. and Van Daele, Peter},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering},
  editor       = {Berghmans, Francis and Mignani, Anna Grazia and van Hoof, Chris A},
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Chicago
Van Hoe, Bram, Geert Van Steenberge, Erwin Bosman, Jeroen Missinne, Thomas Geernaert, Francis Berghmans, David J. Webb, and Peter Van Daele. 2010. “Optical Fiber Sensors Embedded in Polymer Flexible Foils.” In Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering, ed. Francis Berghmans, Anna Grazia Mignani, and Chris A van Hoof. Vol. 7726. Bellingham, WA, USA: SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering.
APA
Van Hoe, B., Van Steenberge, G., Bosman, E., Missinne, J., Geernaert, T., Berghmans, F., Webb, D. J., et al. (2010). Optical fiber sensors embedded in polymer flexible foils. In Francis Berghmans, A. G. Mignani, & C. A. van Hoof (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 7726). Presented at the SPIE Photonics Europe ; Conference on Optical Sensing and Detection, Bellingham, WA, USA: SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering.
Vancouver
1.
Van Hoe B, Van Steenberge G, Bosman E, Missinne J, Geernaert T, Berghmans F, et al. Optical fiber sensors embedded in polymer flexible foils. In: Berghmans F, Mignani AG, van Hoof CA, editors. Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering. Bellingham, WA, USA: SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering; 2010.
MLA
Van Hoe, Bram, Geert Van Steenberge, Erwin Bosman, et al. “Optical Fiber Sensors Embedded in Polymer Flexible Foils.” Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering. Ed. Francis Berghmans, Anna Grazia Mignani, & Chris A van Hoof. Vol. 7726. Bellingham, WA, USA: SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering, 2010. Print.