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Special Issue "Specialty Polymer Optical Fibers and Sensors"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Getinet Woyessa
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DTU Fotonik, Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical university of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
Interests: optical fiber materials; specialty optical fibers; fiber Bragg gratings; fiber sensing technologies; fiber lasers; supercontinuum sources

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the realm of fiber optic sensors, the interest in polymer optical fibers (POFs) has increased considerably because of their unique properties in comparison with glass-based fibers for sensing applications. Their biocompatibility, low processing temperature, large elastic strain limits, and low Young’s modulus are some of the distinctive features of POFs. Until now, several polymer materials have been investigated for POF fabrications, and numerous POF sensors have been developed. As a result of these, POFs have been increasingly applied in distinct fields, leading to the emergence of companies involved in the commercialization of POFs and POF sensors.

This Special Issue invites contributions of both original research and review articles, which are not currently under review elsewhere in other journals or conferences, covering the following topics:

  • Materials for POFs;
  • Specialty POF design and structure: multi-material fiber, dual-core, multi-core, solid-core hollow-core, microstructured;
  • POF fabrication methods;
  • Low loss POFs;
  • Post-processing POFs—etching, tapering, coating, cleaving, connectorization;
  • Grating inscription in POFs;
  • POF sensors: both single and multi-parameter sensors;
  • POF sensing technologies and devices;
  • Applications of POFs and POF sensors;
  • High sensitivity POF sensors;
  • Fast response time temperature and humidity POF sensors;
  • Reliable and stable POF sensors;
  • Long-term performance of POF grating sensors;
  • Packaging of polymer fiber sensors;
  • Commercialization of POF sensors.

Papers covering other topics that are relevant to the Special Issue topic are also welcome.

Dr. Getinet Woyessa
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • polymer materials
  • specialty polymer fibers
  • fiber fabrication
  • fiber processing
  • fiber Bragg gratings
  • fiber optic sensors
  • multi-parameter sensors
  • sensing technologies and devices
  • commercialization

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Refractive Index Sensor Based on Double Side-Polished U-Shaped Plastic Optical Fiber
Sensors 2020, 20(18), 5253; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20185253 - 14 Sep 2020
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A U-shaped double-side polished plastic optical fiber (POF) is demonstrated as a liquid refractive index (RI) sensor. The refractive index of glycerinum solutions is identified by the intensity detection on the bending and evanescent wave loss change. Heat treatment and mechanical polishing are [...] Read more.
A U-shaped double-side polished plastic optical fiber (POF) is demonstrated as a liquid refractive index (RI) sensor. The refractive index of glycerinum solutions is identified by the intensity detection on the bending and evanescent wave loss change. Heat treatment and mechanical polishing are adopted to form the symmetrical side-polished POF probe. The processing parameters are experimentally optimized on the power transmittance. The sensitivity of 1541%/RIU (Refractive Index Unit) can be obtained with a resolution of 5.35 × 10−4 in the scope of 1.33–1.39. The favorable temperature characteristic is proved to offer stable RI sensing from 20 to 50 °C. This simple POF sensor has potentials in low-cost visible light intensity RI detection. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Specialty Polymer Optical Fibers and Sensors)
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