Special Issue "Polymer and Tapered Silica Fiber Connection for Polymer Fiber Sensor Application"

A special issue of Fibers (ISSN 2079-6439).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Gabriela Statkiewicz-Barabach

Department of Optics and Photonics, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wrocław, Poland
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Interests: highly birefringent fibers; fiber Bragg gratings; long period gratings; optical fiber sensors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The unique physical and chemical properties of polymer optical fibers (POFs) have attracted interest for use in the production of high-performance sensors over the past few decades. There are hundreds of applications where POF technology is used, such as in structural health monitoring, sensors for biochemical analyses, civil aircraft, and healthcare and biomedicine fields. One of the most important practical challenges in using POFs as sensors, mostly due to the high attenuation of POFs, is to connect polymer fibers with silica fibers or devices. Although there are commercially available connectors for multimode POFs, small core sizes in singlemode POFs make connecting them, with a relatively low loss, extremely difficult. One of the successful solutions for coupling light with high efficiency, is to glue POFs with silica fiber into a ferrule. However, this approach is unsuitable for microstructured polymer fibers (mPOFs), where glue gets into the the cladding holes, changing the properties of the guiding light. A possible solution, in this case, can be tapered silica fiber/fibers, inserted into one or more cladding holes of mPOFs. Moreover, such connections of polymer and silica fibers open new possibilities; for example, for displacement sensors.

Original research papers are invited for this Special Issue, dedicated to polymer and tapered silica fiber connections for polymer fiber sensor applications. Full papers, communications, feature articles, and reviews are all welcome.

Dr. Gabriela Statkiewicz-Barabach
Guest Editor

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  • Polymer fiber sensor
  • Tapered silica fiber
  • Connectors and Couplers
  • Sensor devices and systems
  • Optical propagation in fibers
  • Chemical, environmental, biological and medical sensors
  • Physical, mechanical, and electromagnetic sensors

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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