Special Issue "Photonic Sensors in Space"


A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemical Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2009)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Caterina Ciminelli
Optoelectronics Laboratory, Politecnico di Bari, Dipartimento di Elettrotecnica ed Elettronica, Via Re David, 200 70125 Bari, Italy
Website: http://dei.poliba.it/optoelectronics/index.html
E-Mail: c.ciminelli@poliba.it
Phone: +39 08 0596 3404
Fax: +39 08 0596 3610
Interests: optoelectronic devices; photonic devices; optical devices; microelectronics; nanoelectronics

Special Issue Information

The rapid growth and implementation of photonic devices in both civil and military systems have reached the stage of applications of the technology in the space.
Photonics has many already perceived benefits for applications in space, such us small size, light weight, high resolution, electromagnetic interference immunity, capability of operating in harsh environment, multiplexing capability, potentially low cost.
Among photonic devices, sensors have been extensively studied in the last decades for different application fields, with different geometrical configurations, materials and detection schemes, resulting in a large number of designs and a wide range of performance.
Specific requirements from the space application field is pushing the development of new photonic sensors to be used on-board, e.g. for structural monitoring of space vehicles, for detection of chemical and biological substances, for high resolution inertial systems, also integrating the sensing systems to the optical communication networks with consequent advantage of using the optical transmission circuits as monitoring ad diagnostic media.
This special issue focuses on photonic sensors for space applications, with the aim of providing research advances on the potential of the sensors to the space field.


  • photonic sensors
  • fiber optic sensors
  • sensor arrays
  • IR sensors
  • chemical detection
  • biological detection
  • inertial platform

Published Papers

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Last update: 4 March 2014

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