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Advances and new applications using the acousto-optic effect in optical fibers

  • Alexandre A. P. Pohl
  • Roberson A. Oliveira
  • Ricardo E. Da Silva
  • Carlos A. F. Marques
  • Paulo de Tarso NevesJr.
  • Kevin Cook
  • John Canning
  • Rogério N. Nogueira
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This work presents a short review of the current research on the acousto-optic mechanism applied to optical fibers. The role of the piezoelectric element and the acousto-optic modulator in the excitation of flexural and longitudinal acoustic modes in the frequency range up to 1.2 MHz is highlighted. A combination of the finite elements and the transfer matrix methods is used to simulate the interaction of the waves with Bragg and long period gratings. Results show a very good agreement with experimental data. Recent applications such as the writing of gratings under the acoustic excitation and a novel viscometer sensor based on the acousto-optic mechanism are discussed.


Acousto-optics fiber gratings optical fibers optical sensors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandre A. P. Pohl
    • 1
  • Roberson A. Oliveira
    • 2
  • Ricardo E. Da Silva
    • 1
  • Carlos A. F. Marques
    • 3
  • Paulo de Tarso NevesJr.
    • 1
  • Kevin Cook
    • 4
  • John Canning
    • 4
  • Rogério N. Nogueira
    • 3
  1. 1.Advanced Telecommunications LaboratoryFederal University of Technology — ParanáCuritibaBrazil
  2. 2.Volvo GTTAdvanced Technology & ResearchCuritibaBrazil
  3. 3.Instituto de TelecomunicaçõesPólo de AveiroAveiroPortugal
  4. 4.Interdisciplinary Photonics Labs, School of ChemistryUniversity of SydneyNew South WalesAustralia

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