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Authors: J. Missinne, A. Vasiliev, A. Elmogi, N. Teigell Beneitez, E. Bosman, B. Van Hoe, G. Van Steenberge
Title: Bragg Grating Sensors in Laser-written Single Mode Polymer Waveguides
Format: International Conference Proceedings
Publication date: 12/2014
Journal/Conference/Book: Eurosensors 2015
Editor/Publisher: Procedia Engineering, 
Volume(Issue): Volume 120 p.878-881
Location: Freiburg, Germany
DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2015.08.756
Citations: 3 ( - last update: 19/5/2024)
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We present a technology for integrating Bragg gratings with single mode polymer waveguides fabricated in the EpoCore/EpoClad material system. The gratings were inscribed in a photosensitive polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) coatingusing a phase mask and then transferred in the lower cladding layer using reactive ion etching maintaining compatibility withstandard waveguide fabrication technologies. Subsequently, the waveguide core was patterned on top using laser direct-write lithography of a spin-coated polymer layer. When exciting the waveguides with a broadband spectrum around 1550 nm, 2 reflection peaks around 1580 nm were found corresponding to the fundamental TE and TM mode in the polymer waveguide. Eventually, this technology will be used for structural health monitoring in concrete constructions or composite materials.

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