Active wavefront shaping for controlling and improving multimode fiber sensor

Tianting Zhong, Zhipeng Yu, Huanhao Li, Zhihao Li, Haohong Li, Puxiang Lai (Corresponding Author)

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Wavefront shaping (WFS) techniques have been used as a powerful tool to control light propagation in complex media, including multimode fibers. In this paper, we propose a new application of WFS for multimode fiber-based sensors. The use of a single multimode fiber alone, without any special fabrication, as a sensor based on the light intensity variations is not an easy task. The twist effect on multimode fiber is used as an example herein. Experimental results show that light intensity through the multimode fiber shows no direct relationship with the twist angle, but the correlation coefficient (CC) of speckle patterns does. Moreover, if WFS is applied to transform the spatially seemingly random light pattern at the exit of the multimode fiber into an optical focus. The focal pattern correlation and intensity both can serve to gauge the twist angle, with doubled measurement range and allowance of using a fast point detector to provide the feedback. With further development, WFS may find potentials to facilitate the development of multimode fiber-based sensors in a variety of scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1942007
JournalJournal of Innovative Optical Health Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


  • fiber sensor
  • Multimode fiber
  • optical focusing
  • scattering media
  • wavefront shaping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomedical Engineering


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