Phase-shifted Bragg grating inscription in PMMA microstructured POF using 248 nm UV radiation


In this work we experimentally validate and characterize the first phase-shifted polymer optical fiber Bragg gratings (PS-POFBGs) produced using a single pulse from a 248 nm krypton fluoride laser. A single-mode poly (methyl methacrylate) optical fiber with a core doped with benzyl dimethyl ketal for photosensitivity improvement was used. A uniform phase mask customized for 850 nm grating inscription was used to inscribe these Bragg structures. The phase shift defect was created directly during the grating inscription process by placing a narrow blocking aperture in the center of the UV beam. The produced high-quality Bragg grating structures, presenting a double dips, reject 16.3 dB (97.6% reflectivity) and 13.2 dB (95.2% reflectivity) of the transmitted power, being therefore appropriate for sensing or other photonic applications. Its transmission spectrum possesses two sharp transmission notches, allowing a significant increase in measurement resolution compared to direct interrogation of a single grating. The reflection and transmission spectra when multiple phase shifts are introduced in the FBG structure are also shown. The PS-POFBG's strain, temperature, pressure, and humidity characteristics have been experimentally analyzed in detail to assess their potential usage as sensors.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Photonics Technology (AIPT)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Informatics and Digital Engineering > Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Aston University (General)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Fiber Bragg gratings,Fiber gratings,Fiber lasers,Gratings,notch filter,Optical fiber sensors,Optical fibers,optical filtering,Polymer optical fiber sensors,ultrasonic detection,Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
Publication ISSN: 0733-8724
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2017-11-07
Accepted Date: 2017-11-04
Submitted Date: 2017-08-14
Authors: Pereira, L.
Pospori, A.
Antunes, Paulo
Domingues, Maria Fatima
Marques, S.
Bang, Ole
Webb, David J. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-5495-1296)
Marques, Carlos A.F.



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