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New optical fibre technologies

An EU team has improved biosensors and laser sensors intended for food quality and security control applications. The innovations resulted from a knowledge sharing and training programme.
New optical fibre technologies
Smart optical fibre sensor technologies are in high demand across a range of industrial sectors. For two decades, sensors and applications have been rapidly developing, yet certain technological challenges remain.

The EU-funded SOFST (Knowledge transfer of smart optical fibre sensor technology) project examined the issues. The group developed new smart optical sensors and micro/nano-fibre sensor platforms. They exploited special fibres and coatings, plus high-resolution laser sensor technologies. Applications of the new sensors include food quality and security control.

SOFST achieved its goals via a knowledge sharing programme. The collaboration also helped provide training in the topic to young researchers and students, in the form of talks and seminars. Researchers delivered several public talks at institutions external to the project.

Team members completed 10 technical research achievements. Highlights include a proposed 3D hybrid network, theoretically achieving a very high sensor resolution. The group also either proposed or investigated numerous other candidate technologies. The overall result was improvement to the project's optical fibre biosensors and laser sensors.

The SOFST project achieved knowledge transfer leading to new developments and applications in the field of optical fibre sensors. The work will mean opportunity for European industry.

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Optical fibre, biosensors, laser sensors, food quality, security control, SOFST
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