Fabry-Perot Interferometer Embedded in a Glass Chip Fabricated by Femtosecond Laser
We report a simple Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) embedded in a glass chip, which is capable of precisely measuring the refractive indices of liquid samples. The microdevice is the integration of a single-mode optical fiber and a microchannel in the photosensitive glass fabricated by femtosecond laser followed by thermal treatment, wet etching, and annealing. The function of the FPI is demonstrated by measuring the refractive indices of water and methanol. The interference visibility is more than 4.0 dB, which is sufficient for most sensing applications. This refractive index sensor with rigid structure could be further integrated to become a more complex 3D lab-on-a-chip for reliable biomedical applications.
C. Lin et al., "Fabry-Perot Interferometer Embedded in a Glass Chip Fabricated by Femtosecond Laser," Optics Letters, Optical Society of America, Aug 2009.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.002408
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Fiber Optic Sensors; Heat Treatment; Light Measurement; Light Refraction; Optical Fiber Fabrication; Organic Polymers; Pulsed Laser Applications; Ultrashort Pulses; Fabry-Perot interferometers; Glass, Photosensitive; Interferometry; Methanol; Refractive index; Refractometers
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