Special Issue "Polymer Optical Fibre"
A special issue of Photonics (ISSN 2304-6732).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019
Prof. Beatriz Ortega
Dr. Carlos Marques
I3N and Physics Department, Instituto de Telecomunicações, University of Aveiro, Portugal
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Interests: optical fiber sensors; polymer and silica fiber devices; sensing and data applications; flexible sensor solutions; data processing; low-cost polymer optical solutions for sensing; IoT; biomedical devices; integrated optics
Polymer optical fibers (POF) have been proved during the last years as very attractive fibers due to large sensitivity to external environment, biocompatibility and easy handling amongst other advantages. Short distance telecommunications and sensing have been identified as fields with an increasing number of potential applications.
Local area networks and interconnection based on polymer optical fibers have been demonstrated with successful data rates whereas further work on new materials and components is identified as a promising field for increasing the scope of these fibers. Moreover, sensors based on polymer optical fiber technology have been proposed a long time ago, nonetheless, they are currently under dynamic and fruitful fundamental and applied research with upcoming new applications and developments. In this context, polymer optical fiber technology is a growing research and application area at the intersection of health and general engineering.
The purpose of this Special Issue is to collect advances in fundamental research, development of technologies, as well as innovative applications of polymer optical fibers for communications and sensing.
It is our pleasure to invite you to submit original research papers, short communications or state-of-the-art reviews within the scope of this Special Issue. Contributions can range from fundamental properties of polymer fibers, their fabrication and characterization, as well as innovations in processing technologies for the development of applications.
Topics include, but not limited, theoretical and experimental original work on the following:
- New polymer fibers: materials and special structures (photonic crystal fibers, S-, U- D-type, etc)
- Polymer optical fiber networks: indoor, in-vehicles, etc.
- Multiformat signal transmission over polymer fibers
- POF transceivers
- Multiplexing/Demultiplexing techniques in POF networks
- Physical, chemical, mechanical, electromagnetic, biological and medical sensors
- Sensors based on colorimetry, evanescent wave and infrared spectroscopies
- Plasmonic based sensors
- Interferometers and polarimetric configurations (as FP cavities, MMI, Michelson, Mach-Zehnder, Sagnac, among others)
- Micro and nano fabrication, smart structures and sensors including: gratings (FBG, LPFG), tapers, etched configurations
- Functionalization methods and thin films coatings (Including metals, oxides and graphene)
- Sensor networking and distributed sensing
- New concepts for photonic sensing
- Applications including, but not limited to: aquaculture, mechanical, civil, pharmaceutical, oil and gas industries, human and animal health monitoring, environment monitoring, harsh environments, food processing and monitoring, medical instrumentation.
Prof. Beatriz Ortega
Dr. Carlos Marques
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- polymer fibers
- microstructured fibers
- POF sensors
- POF networks
- POF components