Microring structure for flexible polymer waveguide-based optical pressure sensing
Flexible pressure sensors provide a promising platform for artificial smart skins, and photonic devices provide a new technique to fabricate pressure sensors. Here, we present a flexible waveguide-based optical pressure sensor based on a microring structure. The waveguide-based optical pressure sensor is based on a five-cascade microring array structure with a size of 1500 µm × 500 µm and uses the change in output power to linearly characterize the change in pressure acting on the device. The results show that the device has a sensing range of 0–60 kPa with a sensitivity of 23.14 µW/kPa, as well as the ability to detect pulse signals, swallowing, hand gestures, etc. The waveguide-based pressure sensors offer the advantages of good output linearity, high integration density and easy-to-build arrays.
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National Natural Science Foundation of China