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Label-Free and Reproducible Chemical Sensor Using the Vertical-Fluid-Array Induced Optical Fiber Long Period Grating (VIOLIN)

Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Optical Fiber Sensing and Communications, Institute of Photonics Technology, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632, China
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Sensors 2020, 20(12), 3415; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20123415
Received: 28 May 2020 / Revised: 14 June 2020 / Accepted: 15 June 2020 / Published: 17 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fiber Optic Sensors in Chemical and Biological Applications)
Fiber optical refractometers have gained a substantial reputation in biological and chemical sensing domain regarding their label-free and remote-operation working mode. However, the practical breakthrough of the fiber optical bio/chemosensor is impeded by a lack of reconfigurability as well as the explicitness of the determination between bulk and surface refractive indices. In this letter, we further implement the highly flexible and reproducible long period grating called “VIOLIN” in chemical sensing area for the demonstration of moving those obstacles. In this configuration, the liquid is not only leveraged as the chemical carrier but also the periodic modulation of the optical fiber to facilitate the resonant signal. The thiol compound that is adsorbed by the fluidic substrate can be transduced to the pure alteration of the bulk refractive index of the liquid, which can be sensitively perceived by the resonant drift. Taking advantage of its freely dismantled feature, the VIOLIN sensor enables flexible reproduction and high throughput detection, yielding a new vision to the fiber optic biochemical sensing field. View Full-Text
Keywords: fiber optics; long period grating; fiber optical sensors; refractive index; chemical sensing; mercapto compound fiber optics; long period grating; fiber optical sensors; refractive index; chemical sensing; mercapto compound
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Hu, D.; Xu, Z.; Long, J.; Xiao, P.; Liang, L.; Sun, L.; Liang, H.; Ran, Y.; Guan, B.-O. Label-Free and Reproducible Chemical Sensor Using the Vertical-Fluid-Array Induced Optical Fiber Long Period Grating (VIOLIN). Sensors 2020, 20, 3415.

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