Abstract

A mode interferometer consisting of a short section of photonic crystal fiber (PCF) fusion spliced to a standard single-mode optical fiber with localized perturbations is proposed for multiparameter sensing. In this sensing configuration, the parameter being sensed changes the visibility (an absolute parameter) of the interference pattern and also causes a shift (a relative parameter) to the interference pattern. To achieve this dual effect, a portion of the PCF is squeezed on localized regions with a serrated mechanical piece. In this manner, we introduce attenuation losses and effective refractive index changes to the interfering modes, hence, visibility changes and a shift to the interference pattern. Our device is suitable for monitoring diverse physical parameters, such as weight, lateral force, pressure, load, etc., with the advantage that compensation to temperature or power fluctuations is not required. Moreover, the sensor sensitivity can be adjusted in a simple manner.

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