Slab Coupled Optical Fiber Sensors for Electric Field Sensing Applications
Slab Coupled Optical Sensors
Slab coupled optical sensors (SCOS) are electric field detectors designed to measure electric fields in difficult to reach environments with minimal field perturbation.
Why do we need SCOS?
Weapons such as the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and the high powered microwave (HPM) can be used to destroy
circuitry within an electronic system. Electronics can be protected with metallic shielding which add significant weight and cost to the systems.
A SCOS is used to measure the high-frequency, high-energy pulses produced by these weapons without
affecting the electronics. The data gathered by the SCOS can help create better shielding by detecting
it's weak points and by shutting off the electronic components when an electric field has been detected. An
advantage of these optical sensors is that they are both small and flexible enough to fit in electronic components.
Developed a new sensing platform based on coupling between a D-fiber and a slab waveguide called slab coupled optical fiber sensing (SCOS)