Optical Fiber Methane Sensor Using Refractometry

Apriyanto, H., Bernal, O., Lizion, F., Surre, F., Sharp, J.H. , Chavagnac, V. and Seat, H.C. (2019) Optical Fiber Methane Sensor Using Refractometry. In: IEEE Sensors 2019, Montreal, QC, Canada, 27-30 Oct 2019, ISBN 9781728116341 (doi: 10.1109/SENSORS43011.2019.8956501)

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One potential application of fiber refractometers is gas detection. In this work, a multimode fiber (MMF) refractomer has been designed as a CH4 sensor by de-cladding 2 cm of the MMF and then functionalizing this region using a polymeric thin film of cryptophane-A supramolecules incorporated within a styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) host. CH4 concentration is subsequently measured by observing the variation of the transmitted optical power along the MMF compared to an unfunctionalized MMF used as reference. This variation is induced by the modification of the refractive index of the functionalized film due to CH4 concentration variation. The proposed sensor is potentially of lower cost than alternative sensors and can detect CH4 concentration with a resolution of 186 ppm at a relatively fast response of ~25 s.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sharp, Dr James
Authors: Apriyanto, H., Bernal, O., Lizion, F., Surre, F., Sharp, J.H., Chavagnac, V., and Seat, H.C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Research Group:Systems, Power & Energy
Published Online:13 January 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 IEEE
First Published:First published in IEEE Sensors 2019
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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