Abstract

A compact dual-cavity Fabry–Perot interferometer (DC-FPI) sensor is proposed and demonstrated based on a hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber (HC-PBF) spliced with a hollow-core fiber (HCF). The HC-PBF, which has low transmission loss, was used as the first FPI cavity and also acted as a bridge between the lead-in single-mode fiber and the HCF. The HCF was used as the second FPI cavity and also acted as a micro gas inlet into the first FPI cavity. A DC-FPI sensor with different cavity lengths of 226 and 634 μm in the first FPI and the second FPI was created. Both gas pressures ranging from 0–10 MPa and temperatures ranging from 100–800°C were measured using the DC-FPI sensors together with a fast Fourier transform and phase-demodulation algorithm. Experimental results showed that the first FPI cavity was gas pressure sensitive but temperature insensitive, while the second FPI cavity was temperature sensitive but gas pressure insensitive. A high gas pressure sensitivity of 1.336 μm/MPa and a temperature sensitivity of 17 nm/°C were achieved in the DC-FPI sensor. Moreover, the cross sensitivity between the gas pressure and temperature was calculated to be 15Pa/°C and 0.3°C/MPa. The proposed DC-FPI sensors provide a promising candidate for the simultaneous measurement of high pressures and high temperatures at some precise locations.

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