Ultrafast Laser Fabrication of Novel Fiber Mach-Zehnder Interferometer Sensors and Its Cost-Effective Alternative Manufacturing Methods


The recent progresses of fiber sensor fabrication in our group are reviewed. Novel inline fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) sensors with various structures are proposed and manufactured by femtosecond laser fabrication and fusion splicing for high-quality sensing of refractivity-sensitive parameters such as temperature, concentration, humidity, pressure, stress and strain: a) for an MZI sensor with a trench on a single-mode fiber, the refractive index (RI) sensitivity of acetone vapor is about 104 nm/RIU (refractive index unit) and the temperature sensitivity is 51.5 pm/°C from 200 to 875°C; b) For an MZI consisting of two micro-air-cavities, the sensitivity is 501.5 nm/RIU and the detection limit is 1.994×10-6 RIU at the refractive index of 1.4; c) to reduce the fabrication cost, a new fusion-splicing based method is proposed to fabricate MZI sensors; the sensitivity is 664.57 nm/RIU with a detection limit of 1.5×10ˉ⁶ RIU and its cost is tens of times cheaper than those of commercialized long period fiber Gratings; Also, 5×10ˉ⁵ acetone vapors are successfully detected by the MZI sensors coated with zeolite thin films.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Second Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Femtosecond Laser Micromachining; Fusion Splicing; Novel Fiber Mach-Zehnder Interferometer; Sensors

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Article - Journal

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Publication Date

01 Jan 2011