Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid publications, Vol 10 (2015)

Refractive index sensing setup based on a taper and an intrinsic micro Fabry-Perot interferometer

M. Cano-Contreras, A. D. Guzman-Chavez, E. Vargas-Rodriguez, E. Gallegos-Arellano, D. Jauregui-Vazquez, R. I. Mata-Chavez, M. Torres-Cisneros, R. Rojas-Laguna


In this work, a refractive index sensor setup based on a biconically tapered fiber (BTF) concatenated to an intrinsic all-fiber micro Fabry-Perot interferometer (MFPI) is presented. Here, the power of the MFPI spectral fringes decreases as the refractive index interacts with theevanescent field of the BTF segment. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the RI sensitivity can be enhanced by bending the BTF segment.Finally, it is shown that by using this sensing arrangement, at ~1.53 µm wavelength, it is possible to detect refractive index changeswithin the measurement range of 1.3 to 1.7 RIU, with a sensitivity of 39.92 dB/RIU and a RI resolution of 2.5 x 10􀀀^-3 RIU with a curvature of C = 18.02 m^-􀀀1.

© The Authors. All rights reserved. [DOI: 10.2971/jeos.2015.15039]

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