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2011-06-27 09:53 - Optofluidic refractive-index sensor in step-index fiber with parallel hollow micro-channel

H. W. Lee, M. A. Schmidt, P. Uebel, H. Tyagi , N. Y. Joly, M. Scharrer and P. St.J. Russell, Opt. Express 19, 8200-8207 (2011)

We present a simple refractive index sensor based on a step-index fiber with a hollow micro-channel running parallel to its core. This channel becomes waveguiding when filled with a liquid of index greater than silica, causing sharp dips to appear in the transmission spectrum at wavelengths where the glass-core mode phase-matches to a mode of the liquid-core. The sensitivity of the dip-wavelengths to changes in liquid refractive index is quantified and the results used to study the dynamic flow characteristics of fluids in narrow channels. Potential applications of this fiber microstructure include measuring the optical properties of liquids, refractive index sensing, biophotonics and studies of fluid dynamics on the nanoscale.