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Special Issue "Refractive Index Sensors"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2020).
Interests: MEMS; MOEMS; optical sensors; interferometry; microphotonics; biophotonics; biosensors; lab on a chip
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Optical techniques have currently several applications in various fields, from biomedical diagnoses and therapies to material analyses and shaping, from (bio)chemical sensing to environmental monitoring.
Optical properties like absorption, reflection, transmission and scattering of the fluids/materials under investigation strongly affect transmission and distribution of the optical beams, either used for passive readout or active interaction. As these properties depend on the refractive index of the materials crossed by light, in order to better understand and, possibly, foresee light-material interactions there is still an unsatisfied request of accurate data relative to the refractive index of a wide variety of substances and, as a consequence, of new sensing approaches for their detection.
Huge technological advances have been carried out in the past years in the field of passive and active photonic devices, working on spectral regions different from the classical visible range where most of the available refractive index data have been collected so far. It is time to fully exploit the potential offered by the amazing performances provided by these new technologies for further expanding the application horizons of optical techniques in gas/fluid/matter sensing and conditioning.
Refractive index sensing represents a starting point for new photonic applications as well as a self-standing research area leading to innovative instrumental configurations and/or new sets of data relative to still unexplored materials. The objective of this Special Issue is to present significant work in the field of refractive index sensors: authors from academia and industry are kindly invited to share their research innovations in this field. We welcome review articles and original research papers aiming to the related key issues of basic research, device development, system integration and data processing.
The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Innovative configuration for refractive index sensors
- Fibre optic sensors for refractive index measurements
- Refractive index sensing for environmental monitoring
- New biomedical applications of refractive index sensing
- Refractive index sensing in microfluidic devices
Prof. Dr. Sabina Merlo
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