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Indian J Pharm Sci. 2011 Jan;73(1):17-22. doi: 10.4103/0250-474X.89752.

Introduction to fiber optics: Sensors for biomedical applications.

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Department of Pharmaceutical Analysis, Institute of Research and Development, Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar - 382 007, India.


The paper focuses on the introduction of fiber optics, a fusion of science and engineering and describes the materials generally used for its construction along with the procedure used to design the fibers. It gives an idea of the materials used for the construction along with the pros and cons associated with them and various factors governing the emission of ultraviolet, infrared or visible radiations. The central core revolves around the applications of optical fibers in the medical and biomedical field and extending the use of the same in pharmaceutical industry as probes in quality control and dosage form analysis.


Optical fibers; optical sensors; pharmaceuticals; total internal reflection

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