A self-referenced optical intensity sensor network using POFBGs for biomedical applications Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2014

start page

  • 24029

end page

  • 24045

issue

  • 12

volume

  • 14

international standard serial number (ISSN)

  • 1424-8220

abstract

  • This work bridges the gap between the remote interrogation of multiple optical sensors and the advantages of using inherently biocompatible low-cost polymer optical fiber (POF)-based photonic sensing. A novel hybrid sensor network combining both silica fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) and polymer FBGs (POFBG) is analyzed. The topology is compatible with WDM networks so multiple remote sensors can be addressed providing high scalability. A central monitoring unit with virtual data processing is implemented, which could be remotely located up to units of km away. The feasibility of the proposed solution for potential medical environments and biomedical applications is shown.

keywords

  • biomedical applications; polymer optical fiber bragg grating (pofbg); self-referenced fiber-optic sensor; wdm network; biocompatibility; data handling; fiber optic sensors; fibers; functional polymers; hybrid sensors; medical applications; plastic optical fibers; remote sensing; sensor networks; wavelength division multiplexing; biomedical applications; central monitoring units; high scalabilities; optical intensities; photonic sensing; remote sensors; silica fiber bragg grating; wdm networks; fiber bragg gratings.