We develop fibre scintillators based on pure silica doped with small amounts of rare earths (to avoid quenching). Scintillating fibres are then connected to photomultipliers by large area conventional fibres. Multicore scintillating fibres doped with Li have been used to produce high resolution imaging of thermalised neutrons.
Distributed fibre sensors
We develop ruggedized portable distributed sensing units for the measurement of vibrations, temperature, strain and magnetic field, using Rayleigh, Brillouin and Raman scattering.
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Laser assisted structuring of optical fibres
We manufacture ultra-low loss waveguides, couplers, gratings, and diffractive optical elements. Our group has developed a range of optical components including: Km-long acoustically enhanced optical fibres for OTDR (optical time domain refractometry) and OFDR (optical frequency domain refractometry) systems; selective modification of fibres with complex geometry such as multicore or hollow-core fibres; optical multicore strain sensors for aerospace applications (with our collaborators at the University of the Basque Country).
Optical scattering spectrometers use scattering media to spatially decompose the spectral components of light. Each wavelength is turned by a scattering medium into a speckle pattern which serves as a unique fingerprint. With a comprehensive base of such light “fingerprints”, an unknown spectrum of light can be analysed.
Extruded polymer fibres
We have developed a novel micro-extrusion process where a conventional 3D printer is converted into an optical fibre extrusion system. The technology is used for making suspended and hollow-core optical fibres operating in mid-IR and THz frequency domains.
Magnetic field sensors