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Photonic Sensors

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 289-314

Lab-on-fiber technology: a new avenue for optical nanosensors

Authors

  • Marco Consales
    • Optoelectronic Division — Department of EngineeringUniversity of Sannio
  • Marco Pisco
    • Optoelectronic Division — Department of EngineeringUniversity of Sannio
  • Andrea Cusano
    • Optoelectronic Division — Department of EngineeringUniversity of Sannio

DOI: 10.1007/s13320-012-0095-y

Abstract

The “lab-on-fiber” concept envisions novel and highly functionalized technological platforms completely integrated in a single optical fiber that would allow the development of advanced devices, components and sub-systems to be incorporated in modern optical systems for communication and sensing applications. The realization of integrated optical fiber devices requires that several structures and materials at nano- and micro-scale are constructed, embedded and connected all together to provide the necessary physical connections and light-matter interactions. This paper reviews the strategies, the main achievements and related devices in the lab-on-fiber roadmap discussing perspectives and challenges that lie ahead.

Keywords

Lab-on-fiber all-in-fiber devices optical fiber sensors and devices microstructured fiber Bragg gratings microstructured optical fibers multimaterial and multifunctional fibers

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