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A novel MEMS pressure sensor fabricated on an optical fiber

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4 Author(s)
Abeysinghe, D.C. ; Dept. of Phys., Cincinnati Univ., OH, USA ; Dasgupta, S. ; Boyd, J.T. ; Jackson, H.E.

We describe the fabrication, and initial testing of a novel optically interrogated, microelectromechanical system (MEMS) pressure sensor in which the entire MEMS structure is fabricated directly on an optical fiber A new micromachining process for use on a flat fiber end face that includes photolithographic patterning, wet etching of a cavity, and anodic bonding of a silicon diaphragm is utilized. We have employed both 200- and 400-μm-diameter multimode optical fibers. A pressure sensor fabricated on an optical fiber has been tested displaying an approximately linear response to static pressure (0-80 psi). This sensor is expected to find application in situations where small size is advantageous and where dense arrays may be useful.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 9 )