Microstructured Optical Fiber Sensors

Zhengyong Liu, Hwa Yaw Tam, Lin Htein, Ming Leung Vincent Tse, Chao Lu

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In this paper, a review of microstructured optical fiber (MOF) sensors is given. Various kinds of MOFs are described and their sensing applications are summarized. Two main types of MOF sensors in terms of grating based and interferometry based are reviewed. In particular, several types of microstructured optical fibers designed for sensing applications in our works are demonstrated, including the measurement of physical parameters, e.g., pressure, strain, torsion, temperature, and the detection of biomedical parameters such as refractive index and microfluidic flow rate. The basic design principles of MOF sensors based on fiber Bragg grating and interferometers are given. Comparisons of the performances of the fibers and sensors are also conducted according to the relevant topics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3425-3439
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2017


  • Doped fibers
  • fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs)
  • microstructured optical fibers (MOFs)
  • optical fiber sensors
  • photonic crystal fibers (PCFs)
  • sagnac interferometer
  • specialty optical fibers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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