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IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 1991 Oct;38(10):974-81.

Development of medical pressure and temperature sensors employing optical spectrum modulation.

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  • 1MetriCor Inc., Woodinville, WA 98072.


Fiber optic Fabry-Perot sensors have been developed whose optical reflectance varies with optical cavity depth (pressure) or with change in a material's refractive index (temperature). These sensors employ a unique combination of features: they are interrogated by an LED; they are designed to operate within a single reflectance cycle; and their returned light is analyzed by a dichroic ratio technique. The sensors use a step index glass fiber and are relatively insensitive to absolute light levels and fiber bending. They have an expanded linear operating range and can be built for low cost disposable applications. Sensor performance meets or exceeds established medical requirements.

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