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Conference Paper

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2. ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

Publication Details

25th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors.

Abstract

In this paper we report on a novel approach to implementing a compact humidity sensor that utilizes whispering gallery mode (WGM) phenomena in a silica microsphere coated with Agarose hydrogel. The spectral positions of the WGM resonances for such a sensor depend strongly on the refractive index and thickness of the coating. The WGM’s spectral shift occurs due to adsorption/desorption of the water vapor in response to changes in ambient humidity and also due to the corresponding changes of the coating thickness. We experimentally investigated the WGMs spectral shift for a 100 μm diameter silica microsphere coated with Agarose hydrogel over a wide range of relative humidity (RH) values from 30%RH to 70%RH at a constant temperature. Six dip coating cycles of 2.25% wt. /vol. Agarose hydrogel were carried out in sequence with a characterization of the sensor performed for each coating thickness. A resonance shift of 16 nm is achieved in our experiment for the six-layer Agarose hydrogel coating sensor

DOI

10.1117/12.2263529>

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