Fundamentals of Optical Fiber Sensors


  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470575409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470575406
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds


This book describes the latest development in optical fiber devices, and their applications to sensor technology. Optical fiber sensors, an important application of the optical fiber, have experienced fast development, and attracted wide attentions in basic science as well as in practical applications. Sensing is often likened to human sense organs. Optical fiber can not only transport information acquired by sensors at high speed and large volume, but also can play the roles of sensing element itself. Compared with electric and other types of sensors, fiber sensor technology has unique merits. It has advantages over conventional bulky optic sensors, such as combination of sensing and signal transportation, smaller size, and possibility of building distributed systems. Fiber sensor technology has been used in various areas of industry, transportation, communication, security and defense, as well as daily life. Its importance has been growing with the advancement of the technology and the expansion of the scope of its application, a growth this book fully describes.

From the Back Cover

Explains the physical principles of optical fiber sensors and makes their practical applications readily and easily accessible

This all-encompassing book provides a systematic treatment of optical fiber sensors, presenting the subject from every angle with great breadth and detail, offering readers a deep and well-rounded understanding of the technology and its expanding applications.

Fundamentals of Optical Fiber Sensors begins with basic physical principles, progresses to sensing mechanisms, and moves on to take an in-depth look at applications. Emphasizing the structure and optical characteristics of optical fiber sensors, it employs clear figures and fundamental formulas to explain their mechanisms. Featuring a summary of the basics and tools at the end of each chapter, extensive references, and a comprehensive subject index, this unique and timely guide:

  • Reviews the essential principles of optical fiber, including the electromagnetic theory and ray optics
  • Explains fiber sensitivities and fiber devices
  • Describes fiber gratings of various structures and their applications in sensor technology
  • Explores distributed fiber sensors, based on elastic and inelastic optical scatterings in fibers
  • Introduces fiber sensors with special applications, including fiber gyroscopes, fiber hydrophones, Faraday effect sensors, and sensors based on surface plasmon
  • Examines extrinsic fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer sensors

Fundamentals of Optical Fiber Sensors is an excellent introduction to this topic for senior undergraduates and graduate students as well as a convenient reference for scientists and engineers working in the field.

About the Authors

ZUJIE FANG is a Professor at the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

KEN K. CHIN is a Professor of Physics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. His research interests include infrared imaging sensing and device physics.

RONGHUI QU is a Professor at the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

HAIWEN CAI is a Professor at the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.