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A novel, MMI-based all-fiber structure, which consists of two single-mode fibers and a multimode fiber polished on both sides, is described. The light propagation characteristics of this fiber structure, as well as its superior sensing performance, are analyzed theoretically by using the beam propagation method (BPM). This fiber structure demonstrates a significant spectral response to changes of the surrounding refractive index (RI), and the measured results exhibit good agreement with the predicted data. The measured average RI sensitivity is as high as 151.29 nm/RIU over an RI range from 1.3450 to 1.4050, when the polished depth is 30 µm on both sides of the multimode fiber. This fiber structure can be an advantageous platform for various applications, especially for a lab-on-fiber type sensing application.
Wang, X., Zhang, J. & Tian, K. (2018). Investigation of a novel SMS fiber based planar multimode waveguide and its sensing performance. Optics Express, vol. 26, no. 20, pg. 26534-26543. doi.org/10.1364/OE.26.026534