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Vol. 82, Issue 8, August 2007, pp. 1450-1457




Enhanced Acoustic Sensitivity in Polymeric Coated Fiber Bragg Grating


Andrea CUSANO, Salvatore D’ADDIO and Antonello CUTOLO

Divisione di Optoelettronica, Università degli Studi del Sannio, Corso Garibaldi 107, Benevento, Italy E-mail: a.cusano@unisannio.it



Dipartimento per le Tecnologie, Università di Napoli “Parthenope”, Napoli, Italy

E-mail: stefania.campopiano@uniparthenope.it


Mario BALBI and Sergio BALZARINI

Withehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei, via Monteruscello 75, Pozzuoli (Na), Italy

E-mail: balbima@wass.it



Istituto per i Materiali Compositi e Biomedici, CNR, Piazzale Tecchio 80, Napoli, Italy

E-mail: gmichele@unina.it



Received: 13 July 2007   /Accepted: 20 August 2007   /Published: 27 August 2007


Abstract: In this work, a new fiber optic hydrophone based on the intensity modulation of the laser light in FBG (Fiber Bragg Grating) under the influence of the sound pressure is experimental proved. In order to increase the sensitivity, FBGs have been coated with proper materials characterized by elastic modulus much lower than the fiber one. The minimum detectable acoustic pressure has been found to be of the order of ~10Pa in the investigated frequency range, with excellent performances in terms of linear response and wide dynamic range. The experimental analysis also reveals that, by a proper design of the coating features, sensor bandwidth and sensitivity can be tailored for specific applications.


Keywords: Fiber optics sensors, Fiber Bragg Gratings, Hydrophones


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