Manufacturing and characterization of femtosecond laser-inscribed Bragg grating in polymer waveguide operation in an IR-A wavelength range

Meyer, Jan; Nedjalkov, Antonio GND; Kelb, Christian; Strobel, Gion Joel; Ganzer, L. GND; Schade, Wolfgang GND

Optical sensors, such as fiber Bragg gratings, offer advantages compared to other sensors in many technological fields due to their outstanding characteristics. This sensor technology is currently transferred to polymer waveguides that provide the potential for cost-effective, easy, and flexible manufacturing of planar structures. While sensor production itself, in the majority of cases, is performed by means of phase mask technique, which is limited in terms of its degrees of freedom, other inscription techniques enable the manufacture of more adaptable sensor elements for a wider range of applications. In this article, we demonstrate the point-by-point femtosecond laser direct inscription method for the processing of polymer Bragg gratings into waveguides of the epoxy-based negative photoresist material EpoCore for a wavelength range around 850 nm. By characterizing the obtained grating back-reflection of the produced sensing element, we determined the sensitivity for the state variables temperature, humidity, and strain to be 45 pm/K, 19 pm/%, and 0.26 pm/με, respectively. Individual and more complex grating structures can be developed from this information, thus opening new fields of utilization.

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Meyer, Jan / Nedjalkov, Antonio / Kelb, Christian / et al: Manufacturing and characterization of femtosecond laser-inscribed Bragg grating in polymer waveguide operation in an IR-A wavelength range. 2020.

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