Optical planar waveguide sensor with integrated digitally-printed light coupling-in and readout elements
Resumen: Optical planar waveguide sensors, able to detect and process information from the environment in a fast, cost-effective, and remote fashion, are of great interest currently in different application areas including security, metrology, automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, energy, environment, or health. Integration of networks of these systems together with other optical elements, such as light sources, readout, or detection systems, in a planar waveguide geometry is greatly demanded towards more compact, portable, and versatile sensing platforms. Herein, we report an optical temperature sensor with a planar waveguide architecture integrating inkjet-printed luminescent light coupling-in and readout elements with matched emission and excitation. The first luminescent element, when illuminated with light in its absorption band, emits light that is partially coupled into the propagation modes of the planar waveguide. Remote excitation of this element can be performed without the need for special alignment of the light source. A thermoresponsive liquid crystal-based film regulates the amount of light coupled out from the planar waveguide at the sensing location. The second luminescent element partly absorbs the waveguided light that reaches its location and emits at longer wavelengths, serving as a temperature readout element through luminescence intensity measurements. Overall, the ability of inkjet technology to digitally print luminescent elements demonstrates great potential for the integration and miniaturization of light coupling-in and readout elements in optical planar waveguide sensing platforms.
Idioma: Inglés
DOI: 10.3390/s19132856
Año: 2019
Publicado en: Sensors (Switzerland) 19, 13 (2019), 2856 [14 pp.]
ISSN: 1424-8220

Factor impacto JCR: 3.275 (2019)
Categ. JCR: CHEMISTRY, ANALYTICAL rank: 22 / 86 = 0.256 (2019) - Q2 - T1
Categ. JCR: INSTRUMENTS & INSTRUMENTATION rank: 15 / 64 = 0.234 (2019) - Q1 - T1
Categ. JCR: ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC rank: 77 / 266 = 0.289 (2019) - Q2 - T1

Factor impacto SCIMAGO: 0.653 - Instrumentation (Q1) - Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics (Q2) - Medicine (miscellaneous) (Q2) - Information Systems (Q2) - Analytical Chemistry (Q2) - Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Q2) - Biochemistry (Q3)

Financiación: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/MINECO/BIO2017-84246-C2-1-R
Tipo y forma: Article (Published version)
Área (Departamento): Área Física Materia Condensada (Dpto. Física Materia Condensa.)

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