Photosensitive and rare-earth doped ceramics for optical sensing: A review

Barrett G Potter, M. B. Sinclair

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Abstract

This work reviews two inorganic materials classes used for optical sensors: photosensitive glasses and rare-earth doped materials. The underlying physical mechanisms contributing to the photosensitive response of germanosilicate glasses are discussed, along with a summary of optical sensor strategies which have been developed based upon photo-imprinted Bragg gratings. Particular attention is paid to the fabrication and characterization of photosensitive germanosilicate thin-films. Insights into the ability to control the photosensitivity of these materials through manipulation of material compositions and structures are also included. The discussion of rare-earth doped optical sensor materials emphasizes the important contribution of the host material to the observed optical behavior of the rare-earth ions. The use of rare-earth doped materials in applications ranging from temperature sensing to fiber-optic gyroscopes is also described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-308
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Electroceramics
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Photosensitive and rare-earth doped ceramics for optical sensing : A review. / Potter, Barrett G; Sinclair, M. B.

In: Journal of Electroceramics, Vol. 2, No. 4, 1998, p. 295-308.

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