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9 May 2011 Microstructure optical fibres for detection of gaseous analytes
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This paper deals with a steering-wheel microstructure optical fibre designed prepared and tested for detection of gaseous analytes. The inner structure of the steering-wheel microstructure fibre consists of a thin silica core that is surrounded by three cladding holes. Numerical simulations showed that the evanescent wave of the guided fundamental mode at a wavelength of 1550 nm penetrates into the cladding holes. The calculated overlap of the evanescent wave of guided mode with the cladding holes of 0.78% can suitably be employed for gaseous analytes detection. The prepared steeringwheel microstructure fibre was experimentally tested for detection of toluene vapors flowing in the cladding holes of the fibre. It has been proved that this type of microstructure fibre can be used for detection of gaseous analytes such as toluene in nitrogen or in air in concentrations of about 0.1 mol.%.
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T. Martan, J. Aubrecht, O. Podrazký, I. Kašík, V. Matějec, and J. Kaňka "Microstructure optical fibres for detection of gaseous analytes", Proc. SPIE 8073, Optical Sensors 2011; and Photonic Crystal Fibers V, 80731O (9 May 2011); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.886957
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