Recent advances in mid-ir optical fibres for chemical and biological sensing in the 2-15 μm spectral range

Animesh Jha, Xin Jiang, Joris Lousteau, Billy Richards, Hongxia Li, William N. Macpherson, Henry T. Bookey, James S. Barton, Ajoy Kar, Yuen H. Tsang, David J. Binks

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The invited paper explains the transmission properties of a range of near-, mid-, and far-IR optical fibres for their applications in chemical and biological sensing. Methods for the fabrication of single and multiple-core mid-IR fibres are discussed in view of controlling the thermal and viscosity properties for fibre drawing. In particular, the need for removing impurity bands in the 5000 to 1000 cm-1 range is explained. The importance of engineering multi-core fibres is also discussed for simultaneous measurements of Raman, IR and surface plasmon enhanced modes together with say, temperature using a mid-IR transmitting tellurite fibre e.g. in a chemical process. The paper explains the principles and advantages of evanescent wave coupling of light at the resonant frequency bands for chemical sensing using a fibre evanescent wave spectroscopic sensor having a GeTeSe chalcogenide fibre. Using fibre based techniques, measurements for Cr6+ions in solution and As3+and As5+in solids have been characterized at visible and mid-IR regions, respectively. In this paper we also explain the importance of using mid-IR fibres for engineering novel laser and broadband sources for chemical sensing. © 2009 SPIE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhotonics North 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventPhotonics North 2009 - Laval, QC, Canada
Duration: 24 May 200927 May 2009


ConferencePhotonics North 2009
CityLaval, QC


  • Chemical and biological sensing
  • IR fibres


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